Eco-Technical Mapping of the Northeastern San Fernando Valley

LA402L Winter 2012 Sublime Infrastructures Mid-Review Videos

SUBLIME (adj): Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

INFRASTRUCTURE (n): 1. An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

ECO-TECHNICAL SYSTEMS (n): ‘…an unprecedented amalgam of biology and technology… Urban eco-technical systems differ profoundly from nature’s ecosystems in that they are essentially linear systems.  They transcend local ecological boundaries by importing ecological services from elsewhere, using nature as a source of materials as well as a sink for their wastes.” – Herbert Girardet

MAPPING (v):     The act defining the spatial/temporal relationships between different places and systems.

INDEXING (v): The graphic spatial depiction of a system’s (or phenomena’s) influence on a place.

Project 1: Eco-technical Systems Analysis

Each team is to create at least 3 distinct maps or indexes drawn to scale that exploring the political, cultural, spatial, ecological, temporal, or technical fabric of the Valley and their connections to larger systems.  At least one of the maps must explore the temporal development of a system or place, and another must look at ecological systems.

  • Research     5 points
  • Process         5 points
  • Graphics     5 points
  • Innovation     5 points

Video 1: Eco-technical Systems

Documents the site and systems around the site, edited together with animation of the maps produced in Project 1 and historic documents.  Video 1 will provide a narrative about place that hints at the sublime.  The readings are expected to inform the content of the video.

  • Storyboards/pre-production        2 points
  • Script/Narrative                    3 points
  • Cinematography/Animation        3 points
  • Editing/post-production            2 points

(Student generated videos next)

LA 402L- Urban Wildland Interface from Karla Benitez, Kelly Espinoza, and Rico Molden on Vimeo.

Effected Movement: integrated infrastructure from Rico Molden, Carly McNeil, and Garrett Reger on Vimeo.

Está  Muerto by Jonathan Alarcon, Yorvin Moreno, Rene Orta on Vimeo.

Special thanks to:

Bill Ferehawk – Radiant Features
Pam GIbson & Jake Aalfs – Treepeople
V Miller and Gale Harris – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Takako Tajima, Carolina González Vives, Evan Mather, and Michael Woo – Critics

Video gear provided by:

College of ENV
eLearning at CPP
Radiant Features

Our next project will be:

Project 2: Tactical Infrastructure

Tactical urbanism is defined by the following five characteristics:

  • A deliberate, phased approach to instigating change;
  • Implementation of local solutions to local planning challenges;
  • Short-term commitment and realistic expectations;
  • Low-risk actions which hold the potential for high reward; and
  • The development of social capital between citizens and the growth of collective organizational capacity among public, private, and non-profit institutions and their constituents

As a process for city-making, tactical urbanism effectively addresses the convergence of three well-documented trends: shrinking municipal budgets, a generational shift to urban living, and the rapid exchange of ideas enabled by advances in information and communications technology.

The final review March 9th at CPP – let me know if you want to be on the jury.

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