THE SUBLIME WASTELAND

by Jon on 30 April, 2013, no comments

USING FILM FOR SITE DOCUMENTATION 

This short little film documents the sublime wasteland of San Fernando Valley. As part of a school project we traded our journals and pencils for a camera and tape to record the current conditions of this place hidden between the mountains. We set out not just to document but also to discover and understand the life and the landscape that make it what it is.

A film by Jonathan Alarcon, Yorvin Moreno & Rene Orta.
LA 402L Project
Landscape Architecture Program
Cal Poly Pomona

THE URBAN QUILT OF SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

San Fernando Valley Urban Quilt of Master Plan

We proposed a master plan that would stitch the industrial patches of the landscape with new and improved “green patches.” We acknowledged that this industry, although toxic to a certain degree, it was the heart of the economy of the valley and that is why as part of these green patches we proposed to clean abandoned toxic sites via phytoremediation and improve existing toxic functioning sites by including green buffers. These buffers come in the form of greening power corridors adjacent to freeways and abandoned toxic sites to greening the channels and increasing green community space through parks and woonerfs.

TOXIC SITE RESTORATION

Toxic Site Section Cut

Part of our master plan was to use plants via phytoremediation to clean and rehabilitate abandoned toxic sites to create green community spaces.

Toxic Site Restoration - From Brown to Green

Toxic site restoration – From brown to green

SUNSHINE CANYON REGIONAL PARK

Sunshine Canyon - Landfill Facts

Another site we had as part of our masterplan was Sunshine Canyon Landfill which plans to close soon. Once the landfill is covered and suitable for redevelopment, we envisioned a regional park as well as a source of gas fuel from the waste of the once landfill and a possible site to harvest solar energy with a solar farm.

Sunshine Canyon Regional Park Master Plan

Sunshine Canyon Regional Park Section-Cut