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If MacArthur Park Were a Mixed-Use Farm (With Cow Palace)

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Tomorrow Woodbury University is hosting Advancing Sustainability: Business + Design Symposium, with talks and panels by Wil Carson of Michael Maltzan Architecture (about the Sixth Street Viaduct competition), Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch, and Max Kuo of ALLTHATISSOLID, who will present this wild vision for MacArthur Park. The idea is called Gastropolis and here's what it does: "Resting in the green spaces of the park and along the lake's edge, the topography thickens to contain (3 stories) of retail and services programming, a plateau that allows the visitors to travel and meander along the coiled massing. Bridging across Wilshire Blvd., the Project erupts out of the ground becoming a vertical farm as it stands upright in voluptuous form converting solar energy into crop yields."

Inside there'll be "a vertical network of aeroponic farming" for quick crop yields, housing for farmers, restaurants, and a Cow Palace: "The Cow Palace is a series of cellular bubbles that metastasize up into the building connected by corkscrew ramps. The Cow Palace provides a translucent architectural chamber for the rotated pasturing of cows. Its methane capture will be directed to diversified farming practices distributed throughout the farming tower."

ALLTHATISSOLID is also the firm behind the big Sunset Junction saddle installation.
· Gastropolis [ALLTHATISSOLID]

MacArthur Park

2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057