For almost a century, management of the river has been singular in focus: to protect the residents of the river basin from rare but potentially devastating floods. Now, the region is looking to transform this river of concrete into a healthy, resilient resource for all.

River LA works to rethink the future of the Los Angeles River by leveraging design and advocacy to create vibrant, accessible open space while continuing to keep the region secure from flooding. In 2014, a team comprised of River LA, Gehry Partners, OLIN, and Geosyntec Consultants began developing the LA River Index based on 25 years of existing data to evaluate and maximize the river’s possibilities. Today, River LA is working to integrate this commitment to responsible design with Los Angeles County’s Master Plan for the revitalization of the river. The Los Angeles River is on the verge of its next evolutionary moment to dramatically improve public health, enhance the region’s water management efforts, and revitalize communities that have been underserved for too long.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Waterfront / Waterway
Status Advocacy & Design
Opening To be determined
Size 51 miles
Design Team Gehry Partners, OLIN, Geosyntec

To be determined; the United States Army Corps of Engineers currently manages the channel with Los Angeles County

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Architectural Record

A data-driven approach to revitalizing the L.A. River

For the majority of its 51 miles, the Los Angeles River winds through the metropolitan area in a concrete flood-control ditch—a setting better suited for chase scenes in films like Grease and Terminator II than, say, a picnic lunch.