Play the la river



To create a project that brings individuals out to the River, and through the concept of ‘play’, begin to think of themselves, and their participation as serving a political role in the physical re-imagining of the space. 



River is life, in the past, it feeds people, grows people, and entertains people. However, urbanization and concrete hold people back from river. We believe “play” is bringing back the original meaning of river to the urban people. It is gathering, it is connecting, and it is nature-pleasure.



ID   Roy Ren

 ID   Gina Om

  ID   Mary Kim



The LA River starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, and it is nearly 48 miles, ends in Long Beach. Due to its frequent flooding in 1934, US Army Corps of Engineer’s Flood Control decided to use concrete to channelize LA River, in order to prevent floods. However, the concrete damages the natural habit map of the river, and wildlife.


our recreation strategy

Embrace history. Connect people. Minimize environmental impact.


Goals to achieve


1. Tie recreation into restoring the natural ecology of the river

2. Allow a way for people to be involved with restoring the river

3. Provide personal space in public areas, while allowing people to get away

4. Connect people with similar interests related to recreation and leisure

5. Help people notice the river from afar, and treat it as real river

6. Respect the history, and embrace concrete in the design



Design Details

Stepping stones. Wave walking pathways. Cave rest area. Public garden.


1. Stepping stones

Stepping stones allow people to immerse themselves in the river, and also encourage people to walk to the other side of the river to connect the community. Stones are created by reusing existing concrete material. It is cost-effective and ecologically sustainable.


2. wave walking pathways

The wave form language of the concrete pathways extends the visual identity of the water. It attracts people from far away to explore and enjoy the river, and treat it as daily exercise routine.


3. cave rest area

Concrete pathways lead people to the concave areas, which for various sized groups to congregate and enjoy the beauty of the nature. It is also a good place for people who want to get away from busy urban life and enjoy their own time and space.