Energy+Urbanism

RegenLA

Statement

The Los Angeles basin has been living well outside its carrying capacity for decades. At the same time that the entertainment industry has been proliferating the American dream with a Southern California backdrop, quality of life in Los Angeles has been slowly deteriorating as an increasing number of people vie for its finite resources. Once a perceived utopia that to this day draws people from around the world to its climate, amenities, and natural setting, Los Angeles’ economic and cultural success has created the context for environmental and social failures. It is too late and simply not enough for the L.A. region to think about sustaining its current condition, but instead must collectively begin to repair its natural and man-made systems in order to provide for its long-term prosperity. This paper outlines nine city design principles that are essential to defining the concept of a regenerative city, and considers how each of these principles could be applied in the context of Los Angeles.

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