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  • Flow begins as an infrastructural armature, giving rise to dense vertical habitation. This common hybrid infrastructure of vascular networks will emerge in alignment with the existing stormwater, transportation, power and sewage networks, with subterranean networks of tunnels serving as both conduits and water storage in impermeable and contaminated zones. Flow will serve to process human and industrial waste through mechanical and natural filtration, and then bank water into aquifers. It will also serve to convey materials, goods, and people through integrated tubular networks that will exist both above and below ground. Strategic integration with a global subterranean high speed rail network allows L.A. to maintain and expand its industrial base while becoming a vibrant employee outpost for a globally mobile workforce.

    Fuzz represents the vast areas of land that will be needed to capture, detain, treat, and infiltrate stormwater, as well as productive regions for energy generation and agriculture. A mycorrhizal inoculation campaign will be deployed to remediate soil, eliminate decaying urban fabric and act as a gateway species for the emergence of productive landscapes such as; reservoirs and injection galleries, agricultural fields, algal energy generation fields, waste treatment fields, and aquaculture zones.

    Focus represents the concentration of populations along bundled flow networks. Horizontal geographies of low density sprawl and individualized transportation dependency will be supplanted by vertical and subterranean collective zero-waste regions. A meta-bolic, no-waste urbanism will capture, mine, and reuse all available resources. These new architectures will also include vertical agriculture, wind harnessing, solar towers, and photosynthetic energy generation. The southern and western portions of the arma-ture will primarily serve as the locus for energy generation through off shore wave and tide power systems, and desalination. The northern extents will primarily function in large scale water capture, treatment, and storage.

    LOCAL WATER UTILIZED(BILLIONS OF GALLONS)

    NON-RESIDENTS (MILLIONS)

    ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT(HECTARES PER INDIVIDUAL)

    IMPORTED WATER UTILIZED(BILLIONS OF GALLONS)

    MASS TRANSIT NETWORK(MILES)

    RESIDENTS (MILLIONS)

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    DESALINATION PLANT

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    WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY

    WASTEWATER

    LEGEND

    SEWER MAINS

    SEWERSHED BOUNDARY

    FREEWAYS

    TRANSPORT

    GEOLOGY

    ARTERIALSRAIL

    MAJOR FAULTLINES

    OVERLOADED + UNDERFUNDEDThis proposal asserts that infrastructural investment should lead to a reformulation and simplification of the entire transit system, rather than discrete inter-ventions.Termed by some a managed fantasy, Los Angeles is a mirage. It is defined and sustained by its aging infrastructural legacy: freeways, channel-ized water networks, power grids, and sewage. These networks have grown horizontally, in response to and in anticipation of human land use. They under-pin a vast landscape of sprawling enclaves served by an incessant frenzy of individualized transportation. Yet after decades of relative climatic and geologi-cal stability, cheap reliable energy input, and resources imported from distant sources, the fate of this experiment is increasingly uncertain.The gathering forces of resource scarcity, global warming, sea level rise, economic destabilization will all serve to radically alter its future modes of transport and develop-ment patterns. In the face of these challenges, Los Angeles is placed in a unique moment of opportunitywith a chance to assert its resiliency by radically altering its modes of infrastructural, not as a measure of remedial planning, but as a matter of survival. It must inoculate, desalinate, articulate, and abandon.

    Predicated on three symbiotic constructs, Flow, Focus, and Fuzz, this exhibit outlines a possible scenario for Los Angeles over the course of the 21st cen-tury. Taken together, they comprise a mutually supportive metabolism that responds to and embraces regional pressures as a catalyst for new land uses, new economies, new forms of transportation, and new modes of urbanism. Recognizing the vital role that mobility, water, and sewage will play Los Angeles' future, it must begin investment in a core armature of new bundled infrastructures which will allow the city to survive impending peak water/peak oil. The city must reorganize along the matrices of transportation, water and sewarshed networks, and grow infrastructural tentacles out into the world to ship and receive.. Let the streets fall apart! Lets mine them for valuable minerals and petrochemicals...

    LAX

    PORT OF LOS ANGELES

    The continuing forces of economic and seismic instability diminish L.A.s ability to support its periphery, resulting in the redistribution of many urban populations within zones of existing infrastructural conuence (primary nodes). No longer obsessively maintained, abandoned enclaves begin to succumb to an inevitable process of succession, urban mining, and desertication.

    AMID THE RUBBLE

    In an eort to abate the encroaching desert and in anticipa-tion of future land uses, L.A.s already deteriorating interstitial enclaves are strategically inoculated with the spores of vora-cious fungal strains, which thrive on the wood cellulose of aging structures, decomposing the acres of single-family homes to make way for future operative landscapes.

    EAT ME

    INTERSTATE + NATIONAL HIGH SPEED RAIL

    FLOW PRIME: INFRASTRUCTURAL ARMATURE

    FOCUS ONE: PRIMARY FOCAL NODE

    FUZZ ONE: AQUACULTURE ZONE

    FUZZ TWO: WAVE ENERGY GENERATION MANIFOLD

    FUZZ FIVE: TRANSITIONAL MYCELIAL MATT

    FUZZ SIX: OPERATIVE LANDSCAPE

    FOCUS 3: WASTE + WATER DISTRIBUTIONFUZZ FIVE: TRANSITIONAL MYCELIAL MATT

    FUZZ SIX: OPERATIVE LANDSCAPE

    FOCUS 2: MYCORRHYZAL OUTPOST

    FUZZ FOUR: DRYLANDS

    PACIFIC FREIGHT+PASSENGER TUNNELCENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICAN HIGH SPEED RAIL

    PACIFIC FREIGHT+PASSENGER TUNNELCENTRAL + SOUTH AMERICAN HIGH SPEED RAIL

    FUZZ THREE: MYCORRHYZAL PLATFORM

    TRANSPORTATIONWASTEWATERENERGY

    FRESHWATER STORAGESECURITY

    ALGAL FIELDSSOLAR/ WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION

    DRYLAND AGRICULTURE

    BIOMASS PRODUCTIONMININGSOLID WASTE PROCESSINGHABITAT

    HABITATIONHABITATFUZZ SOLAR CHIMNEY TOWER HABITATIONVERTICAL AGRICULTURE FLOWFOCUS

    ALGAL FIELDSWIND ENERGY PRODUCTION

    DRYLAND AGRICULTURE

    BIOMASS PRODUCTIONURBAN MININGSOLID WASTE PROCESSINGSUCCESSION HABITAT

    WATER RESERVOIRGROUNDWATER INJECTIONMICHO

    HABITATION

    SOLAR ARRAY FIELDSMINERAL MININGNUCLEAR ENERGY AQUACULTURE

    FUZZFRINGE

    THE ALAMEDA CORRIDOR

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    HYPERION

    TILLMAN

    BURBANK

    SANTA SUSANAMOUNTAINS

    SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS

    SEWERSHED WATERSHED

    LOS ANGELES RIVER

    2135 km2

    DOWNTOWN LA

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