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Author: Michael Wolfe
Title: Bridging the Gap
Description: The Marina Del Rey Marina is the largest man-made small craft harbor in the world. It is a valuable resource for boaters, but a major disruption to cyclists and pedestrians utilizing LA County’s 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Trevor Abramson FAIA, cyclist and founder of Abramson Architects, was inspired to seek an aspirational solution reflective of Los Angeles’ commitment to resiliency. His team envisioned a latticed shell structure with a gentle five-percent slope capable of persuading visitors with varying degrees of mobility to continue onwards, if only to see around the next corner. The dynamic form, visible to passengers arriving into nearby LAX Airport, serves as an iconic gateway signaling the arrival into Los Angeles from the Pacific Ocean. The LALA Bridge, short for “Los Angeles Looping Arch” isn’t being funded by the government or private developers. Instead Trevor and his team are leveraging their exploration, inviting the community into the design process and creating opportunities for dialogue about enhancing the inclusive nature of the city’s infrastructure. “Bridging the Gap” is the story of how one big architectural solution can inspire connections between physical, geographical, and socio-economical divides in an effort to create a safer, more accessible and interconnected city.