[A still from Gumball Rally, via motortrend.com. As high-speed races on the clogged freeways of Los Angeles have become increasingly implausible, the wide-open expanse of paved riverbed has proven irresistible to filmmakers.]
SUPRbrains’ “The Lowline” hypothesizes futures for the river as a series of Tschumi-esque event-spaces.
F.A.D.’s “Visual Histories of the Los Angeles River: Past and Envisioned Futures” curates images of the L.A. River’s history, and offers a critique of the official Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.
Nam Henderson’s “A zone comprised of an invisible pattern of ownership and maintenance jurisdictions, railroadlands and easements” initiates discussion on several topics touched on by the discussion of ‘freakologies’ in the chapter and our earlier post.
Peter Nunns links the Los Angeles River to “Fire control freakology”, via Mike Davis’s Ecology of Fear, and then ponders the legal and lo-fi terrains of fire control.
FASLANYC provides a comparative survey of Latin American freakologies, in Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires.
dpr-barcelona looks at the Los Angeles river as a Foucauldian heterotopia.
Next Monday, we’ll be discussing Frank Ruchala’s “Crude City”. Ruchala traces the city’s complex cultural and economic relationship with oil, which has been both vital to its development and a bit of a black sheep in Los Angeles’s family of infrastructures.
We’ll try to update this post with additional links as more material is posted this week. If you have responded to this week’s chapter and we haven’t added a link here, please let us know via email or in the comments.