Shifting Scenes – Heightened Perspectives on Taylor Yard
Visionary Design Concept
SWA Summer Student Program Internship
Challenged with the task to propose a transformation of Taylor Yard – a former train maintenance site adjacent to the Los Angeles River – into an iconic park, I took inspiration from the contrasting characteristics of the existing river channel. On the one hand a large-scale and function-oriented hardscape of concrete surfaces, and on the other a tranquil and intimate space inside the channel with thriving plant- and animal life, the currently inaccessible river has potential to facilitate a range of different activities.
Building on the proposition of connecting the nearby communities to the water by a grand park boulevard transecting an adjacent neighborhood park (a scheme conceived together with fellow interns Marie Salembier and Adrian Duncan Smith), my design concept aims to take advantage of both the majestic scale and the close-up intimacy of the river. By shaping the concrete channel profile into a unique vista point by the river, the overall design scheme becomes a ground for diverse river experiences and user programs where visitors can both admire the grand views from above and get their toes wet in the stream.