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Urban Continuance

Urban Continuance is the new urban typology. In dense urban areas, large, open park spaces are under utilized and inefficient. Sprawling expanses of grass are both unsustainable and unrepresentative of the needs of an urban population. Instead of the isolated grass lawn, then, a new park typology is needed: the park as connective tissue. The term “park” is used loosely because Urban Flow functions as more than a recreational space; it is an integrated infrastructure, a connection between the disparate aspects of the city. Urban Continuance connects. Urban Flow connects literally by linking the Arts District and Boyle Heights across the east and west banks of the Los Angeles River. The bridges provide a pedestrian access across the river to support the existing 1st Street Bridge. Urban Continuance connects epochs. The formal disposition of the new pedestrian bridges respects the existing structure and they bow out to acknowledge its presence. By framing the old 1st Street bridge the project creates a dialogue between the old and new; a connection through time. Urban Continuance connects people. Urban Flow provides a meeting space, a recognizable landmark for social gatherings. You can walk, jog, run, skate, bike, jump, and play or just sit and relax and catch up on your tan at Urban Flow. Urban Flow combines a number of activities providing a variety of experiences to the people of the city. Urban Continuance connects infrastructures. The structural supports of the bridge double as water extraction and purification systems to draw water from the river. The water drawn from the river is then used in the closed loop system of algae growth tubes feeding to and from an algae research center. These tubes constitute the skin of the bridge system. This system becomes an integral part of Urban Flow and prominently displays green technologies.