Sponge City: Understanding Stormwater and its Urban Design Implications
Thursday, October 9, 2013, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90031
AIA|LA Urban Design Committee Presents...

Sponge City:  Understanding Stormwater and its Urban Design Implications

When: Wednesday, October 9 (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

Where: AIA Los Angeles Offices, 3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA  90010
RSVP to will@aialosangeles.org - Limited Capacity.
Guest Speakers:

Sponge City:  Understanding Stormwater and its Urban Design Implications
The goal of the seminar is to introduce architecture and urban design professionals to the most advanced research on LA's stormwater resources and how it can be used to inform planning, policy, and design choices.  

Using the Upper LA River Watershed as study area, The Arid Lands Institute (ALI) will present recent high-resolution modeling commissioned by water agencies, showing precise opportunities and constraints on harvesting local water.

The seminar will take a fine-grain look at several case study sites, the existing mechanics of hydrologic function on those sites, and how future design might optimize them for urban resilience.
Speaker Bios:
Hadley + Peter Arnold are founding co-directors of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University.  ALI is an education, outreach, and research center devoted to water-sensitive design in dry lands.  

Peter Arnold serves as ALI's director for research.   Current research includes analytic modeling and visualization of ephemeral stream systems in arid rural environments; the analysis of embedded energy within imported water supplies in the urbanized west; and the quantification of stormwater as groundwater augmentation supply. Peter has  taught design and geospatial research studos at Woodbury and UCLA, and has photographed the infrastructural landscapes of the west extensively.

Hadley serves as ALI's executive director. She has taught urban history, theory, and design studios at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and Woodbury.  With support from private foundations, public agencies, and federal grants, the Arnolds have focussed their teaching, research, and practice on drylands design since 1998.