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Launching Cleantech 2010

The depressing strip of grey concrete nothing-ness you see in the photo above runs through East Downtown LA, right along the LA River. It’s the site of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, recently announced by SCI-Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) and The Architect’s Newspaper. The hope is to transform this zone into “an integrated economic, residential and cultural engine for the city,” and asks architects, landscape architects, designers, engineers, urban planners, and environmental professionals to challenge conventional wisdom about civic development and green architecture to create a thriving, livable new space.

Established in 2008, the Cleantech Corridor is a 2,000 acre plot of land designated for use by researchers, designers and manufactures as a testing ground for clean technology products and a place for experimenting with solutions to climate change. Mayor Villaraigosa has hopes that Cleantech will put LA at the ” forefront of the cleantech revolution and transform the old, downtown industrial core into an incubator for green jobs, technology and the growth of LA’s economy.” Entries for the competition should expand on Villaraigosa’s ideas for a large-scale “new urban vision,” which includes a new Cleantech Facility and a Green District with schematics for public transportation and open spaces.