AIA|LA Encourages Iconic, New Design for the Sixth Street Viaduct

Last Updated: November 17, 2011

AIA|LA Encourages Iconic, New Design for the Sixth Street Viaduct

November 18, 2011

Honorable Eric Garcetti
and Members of the Los Angeles City Council
City of Los Angeles
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012-2601

Re: AIA|LA Encourages Iconic, New Design for the Sixth Street Viaduct

Dear Council President Garcetti:

On behalf of The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA), we express our strong support for the Bureau of Engineering and its efforts to replace the Sixth Street Viaduct. Since the design for the replacement bridge should represent a positive and progressive vision for Los Angeles, we strongly favor an iconic design that will create a compelling new monument for 21st Century Los Angeles.

A bridge designed with the highest standards of design excellence in mind will serve as an excellent and compelling addition to the historic Merrill Butler family of bridges. In fact, to uphold the high standards Mr. Butler set forth: new bridges are not to be mere efficient conveyors of traffic, but stylish, unique civic monuments that uplift the populace and engender pride in the expanding city.

We strongly encourage City Council to support a progressive design direction for the Sixth Street Bridge that will allow for the opportunity to:

  • Create a new iconic and contemporary landmark for Los Angeles.
  • Catalyze economic growth and revitalization in the Arts District, Boyle Heights and throughout Downtown and to attract greater tourist interest citywide.
  • Strengthen the link between Boyle Heights and Downtown LA.
  • Create new, accessible public open space along the Los Angeles River.
  • Encourage pedestrian and bicycle activity through the creation of attractive and safe walking paths and bicycling lanes.

As an expensive piece of infrastructure, the Sixth Street Viaduct must serve a multiplicity of functions to perform optimally. Its design must facilitate greater mobility, connectivity and social equity for all Angelenos and, as a gateway to the revitalization of the Los Angeles River, its design must perform for the betterment of our ecology and sense of place citywide.

The AIA|LA offers our resources to assist the City in shaping this important and worthwhile endeavor.

Very truly yours,
Nicci Solomons, Hon. AIACC
Executive Director

For more information, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
Tel: (213) 639-0764
email: will [@]

Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 10:42 PM
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