16 Jun Third graders present their LA River design project at City Hall
“Imagine that you are walking through the gates of the flat dry area that we call the Bowtie Project,” said a team of very young city planners calling themselves “When the Lights Go Out,” to a panel of city officials. “Well its not all flat, dry area! Soon you come across green lush grass. In the distance you will see a clock tower. The clock tower has plants and vines and dirt growing on it. Inside a solar battery holds excess energy. Huge solar panels are disguised as flowers.”
The nerves and excitement of the third graders of the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) filled the room at L.A. City Hall as they presented their ideas to re-imagine the Bowtie Parcel, a vacant industrial lot located along the L.A. River, just beyond the fence of their school in Glassel Park. Each of the student teams from LFCSA used a colorful 3-D model to walk the panel through their plans, which included horse trails, a nature preserve, an outdoor movie theatre, and even a robotic fish that would tell stories of life at the river.
Read the full article by KCET writer Lucy Guanuna here.