The Pollution Cleaning Floating Village That Could Be Built Above LA Freeways
The Skyvillage offers a radically different way of thinking about development in car-centric cities.
Los Angeles proposes some huge problems for urbanists who want to reduce Americans' car use. Though urban planners malign freeways for destroying and dividing neighborhoods, the entire city is flat and spread out, and its network of highways seems crucial to its culture and way of being. How can LA be adapted for a more social, sustainable 21st century without massive disruptions? One unusual proposal, an honorable mention in the 2014 eVolo skyscraper competition, is Ziwei Song‘s Skyvillage, which lets LA residents have their cake and eat it too – it proposes to connect the city's four quadrants (Downtown, Chinatown, Echo Park, and Temple Beaudry), which are separated by the freeways known as 101 and 110. There are more than 27 acres of wasted space around those roads, creating ample room for the structure to set down its pillars.