Published On: Sun, Aug 9th, 2015

Hydrology, not landscaping or landmarks, is focus of Frank Gehry’s L.A. River plan

Architect Frank Gehry attends a press visit at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne,   western Paris


Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles River: It’s a combination that makes zero sense (if you’re looking strictly at Gehry’s resume) and follows a natural logic (if you think about the interest the architect’s work has long shown in L.A.’s linear infrastructure and its overlooked, harder-to-love corners).

And it might give Mayor Eric Garcetti a way to confront the growing conventional wisdom that he is sometimes paralyzed by caution, gun-shy about big-ticket or controversial efforts to remake the city.


Frank Gehry Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles


The 86-year-old Gehry has been working for about a year on a wide-ranging new plan for the river. His client is the L.A. River Revitalization Corp., a nonprofit group founded by the city in 2009 to coordinate river policy.


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