As one of Reyner Banham’s Four Ecologies of LA, Los Angeles’ freeway system is notable for being the primary infrastructure for public life in the city, and as the basis for the association of LA with the glamour of car culture. Massive land transformations were undertaken in the construction of southern California’s freeways, and, with the scale of past construction in mind, there is opportunity in Freeways’ embodied energy as a given land for future urban development. This new prototype for development recommends modifying the single-use transportation system into multi-use infrastructure with permanent and temporary mobile architecture spread across the freeway system’s intersections, simultaneously responding to land scarcity and providing new ground for urban life in LA 2050.
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