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RailLA Station Design Workshop on Saturday

On Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 11AM – 2PM, railLA will be hosting three Station Design Workshops in the Pico House on Olvera Street at Pueblo de Los Angeles.

This kid-friendly event encourages all to bring their family and friends to either the 11AM, 12PM, or 1PM workshop.

railLA’s Workshop Sub-Committee will be asking participants to design their ideal high-speed rail station and project with LA’s Union Station as the backdrop.

Urban planner and artist James Rojas believes he has found a way to develop community consensus through design and provide a process for the public to envision their ideal California High-Speed Rail project, which is now in the process of finalizing its track alignments in Northern and Southern California.  Interactive models of the 30/10 scenario for Los Angeles County and Union Station with High-Speed Rail will also be on display.

Organized by railLA and sponsored jointly by California Speaker of the Assembly John Perez and Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, the event is intended to gather public input on how the area around Union Station will best adapt to the introduction of high-speed rail.

Rojas and railLA event co-chair Alan Huynh are leading the exercise that taps into the public’s creative thinking. Participants use colorful scraps of craft material and discarded odds and ends to each build, in a few minutes time, proposed solutions that attempt to address personal concerns and priorities that are sometimes difficult to express verbally. By engaging in form-making, which is an inherently constructive process, Rojas has found that participants unwittingly drop their guard to become open-minded and cooperative, even when not setting-out to do so.

Said Rojas, “The creation of small models helps participants of any age or linguistic background to articulate their desires publicly. Since there are no-right or wrong answers, all social barriers are broken down, thereby creating a friendly exchange of ideas.”

For more information about the workshop process, please visitthe railLA website  here.

railLA is a collaboration between the Los Angeles chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA) and American Planning Association (APA-LA), which have joined forces to effect change and build public awareness of the benefits of next-generation bullet trains in California.

Saturday, July 17, 2010
11AM – 2PM

The Pico House
430 N. Main Street

(just south of the Mariachi Plaza)

Ride your bike or take public transit. Union Station is your bus or metro train stop.


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