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Clever Goat Pen, Produce Stand, More Arrive on the LA River

Winner of the Unconventional Building Material Award of the Day goes to Woodbury University's Architecture + Civic Engagment Center, which created these unique structures out of lath (the thin wood strips commonly used for garden trellises) for the nonprofit Taking the Reins, which teaches horseback riding and gardening to at-risk girls. The eight structures stand in Taking the Reins's riding pen/garden area alongside the LA River in Atwater Village; the recently-completed lath creations include a goat pen, two adjacent kitchen spaces, a seed-saving shed, and a stand to sell the produce grown on the urban farm, says the LA Times. The site is close to the future La Kretz Crossing pedestrian/horse/bike bridge that will span the river between North Atwater Park and Griffith Park; the ACE Center says Taking the Reins "plans to create a new entrance to their facility along the river walk as part of this revitalization effort."

· ACE Center builds an environment for learning at Taking the Reins [LAT]
· Taking the Reins [ACE Center]
· Taking the Reins [Official Site]