A THEATRE FOR WATER
Since the founding of Los Angeles we have literally and figuratively turned our backs towards the River. The main goal of this project is to turn around.
Mile 17 runs through Burbank, just below Cahuenega Peak where the Hollywood sign is perched on the south side of the Santa Monica Mountains. On both sides of the River’s vertical, concrete banks there are two major movie studios – Universal and Warner Brothers. The River’s original, idyllic look is in part what attracted them there for filming in the first place.
Because of Mile 17’s strong historical connection to L.A.’s movie and television industry, I propose a massive amphitheater/gathering space at the river’s edge. In addition to adding a substantial programmable space for L.A. the site acts as a spreading ground for water infiltration and habitat regeneration.
At the River’s edge, engaging in communal activity – this is one of the strongest ways to reestablish our relationship with water and each other. We are beginning to turn around.