02 Dec 6th Street Bridge – Re-Imagining an Icon
FoLAR’s Board, with the leadership of newly-elected Board Chairman Alex Ward of lxw design, is calling for an international competition to propose alternatives to the current plans to tear down and re-build the 6th St Bridge over the LA River. The weakened bridge has fallen victim to a well-documented problem that has destroyed many older poured concrete bridges. A chemical reaction causes the concrete to disintegrate, creating cracks and eventually causing the collapse of the bridges that were made with a certain kind of sand, used widely when the 6th St Bridge was built in 1932.
Working with architects at Buro Happold and Hargreaves Associates, FoLAR is proposing a call for ideas from around the world to create a new bridge, iconic on its own merits, rather than a pallid imitation of our current 6th Street Bridge. If we are to lose such an icon, something of international scope selected from a pool of international talent should take its place as a centerpiece of the Los Angeles city scape. If you would like to support this idea, please feel free to contact FoLAR via email. Updates will come as this effort unfolds.SPACE