18 May Compiling the Evidence: Bringing Ideas For the L.A. River To Life
The energy in the room is electric. Students in Mr. Velasco’s class are grouped together talking about their presentation and checking their posters one last time. This may be their first presentation of their proposals for their L.A. River Design project, but the teams are taking this extremely seriously. After all, it’s not everyday that community members attend student presentations to provide feedback. But this presentation is different, and the students know it. They know that in a short time they will be presenting their proposals at City Hall.
In April students from LFCSA were challenged to design a public use plan for the Bowtie Parcel that sits along the Los Angeles River in Glassell Park. For the past several weeks the students have been learning about and developing ideas for their project, using the design thinking process that began with the question, “Can you imagine an ideal community place in the Bowtie Parcel that is inspiring and inclusive for humans, native plants and animals?” The students jumped into the process by first visiting the location, then meeting with experts on urban planning and design, and recently brainstorming and developing ideas in teams.
Read Rubi Fregoso’s full KCET article here.