2017-06-19 Kate Harvey Moderates Panel Discussion on LA's Public Lands
Join Stoss Studio Director Katherine Harvey and NAC Senior Associate Janica Ley Baker as they lead a panel discussion exploring the potential of LA's Public Lands. Hosted by friends and collaborators, NAC Architecture in Los Angeles.

No RSVP required. Join us!

Thursday, June 22
7 - 9 pm

NAC Architecture
837 N Spring Street, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

In May 2016, the Association for Women in Architecture Foundation awarded its first Professional Development Fellowship to Katherine Harvey and Janica Ley Baker. Since then, Kate and Janica have explored the potential of Los Angeles Unified School District play yards to address the effects of climate and urbanization while providing new learning environments and enhancing access to public green space.

This research looks into the regional potential of 1200 play yards owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District. As one of the largest land owners in the county, this work suggests the district-wide impact of addressing regional dynamics of cyclical drought, effects of urbanization: impermeability, heat island effects, and loss of native species diversity. The work attempts to unveil an alternative future, aggregated from the micro-scale of the singular public school campus and put into focus the collective impact of all these campus sites. It strategically considers their respective landscapes in terms of educational enrichment, ecological services, and public health benefits. Proposed solutions are at once strategic, measured, playful, and optimistic about our region and the role of public lands in its future.

The mappings identify the LAUSD boundary and the intertwined relationship that the school sites have with both systems of reserved and flowing water, open space, biodiversity banks, carbon sinks and energy infrastructure. A sub-watershed of the Tujunga Wash was selected as case study, dissecting the potential of the schools within the watershed in relation to a series of linear infrastructures: the Tujunga Central Branch, an LADWP Right of Way, a rail corridor, and a series of water wells.

The model represents an educational and outreach tool developed to facilitate discussion about how planning and design might break down the barriers to considering individual school sites in relation to regional infrastructures: wildlife corridors, greenways, waterways and the connective network between campuses.