Competition Entry, 2009
Recalling the Depression-era Works Project Administration (1935-1943), the WPA 2.0 is an open ideas competition that seeks innovative, implementable proposals to place infrastructure at the heart of rebuilding our cities during this next era of metropolitan recovery. The original WPA program employed architects, artists, engineers, and, ultimately, workers to design and build public buildings, parks, bridges, and roads across the nation, many of which are still in service today. This competition’s purpose is to raise awareness and ultimately move the political agenda beyond just maintenance and repairs, to long term, transformative and sustainable economic goals.
Our proposal took the form of a narrative satire in which we looked at the City of Los Angeles’ storm drainage system and the various Federal and State regulatory requirements that govern the water pollution control. Within the narrative, we propose a series of “designer” catch basin screens that meet the requirements of the recently implemented City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ engineering standards. Like the approved standard, the designs meet the requirements for limiting debris from entering the storm water run-off system and ending up in the Pacific Ocean.
COMPETITION ORGANIZER: cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Ted Rubenstein
JURY: Stan Allen, Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller, Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Jordan Taylor