A bio-pool park that engages a diverse neighborhood through the ecological water clean system. 

 

Project Overview

A pocket park, also known as a mini-park, is urban open space at the very small scale. Thanks to its scale, a pocket park can be tucked into and scattered throughout the urban fabric where it serves the local population immediately. The goal of this project is to create a heightened awareness in sustainability and ecological issues and to design a dynamic community gathering place by creating a pocket park in Hollywood. 


ISSUE 1: THE LOST WETLANDS

Recently, research shows that LA was not arid area in 100 years ago. LA became more drier when wetlands were covered by freeways, office towers, and houses.

ISSUE 2: SWIMMING POOL

Pool water has turned cloudy or green which is a sign that it lacks enough disinfectant. In addition to water quality issue, all Los Angeles swimming pools would lose roughly 2,000 acre-feet of water per year to evaporation.

Considering severe water shortage issue in Los Angeles, swimming pools are not managed well in efficient and sustainable way. 

A man wades into Ballona Lagoon, Circa 1902 / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

A man wades into Ballona Lagoon, Circa 1902 / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, USC Libraries.

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Biopool: purified water the same way that mother nature does it

A biopool is a system consisting of a constructed body of water, where the water is contained by an isolating membrane or membranes, in which no chemicals or devices that disinfect or sterilize water are used, and all clarifying and purifying of the water is achieved through biological filters and plants rooted hydroponically in the system. It is called a “natural swimming pool” because the filtration systems used have biological equivalents in the natural world.


SITE

The site is near the corner of sunset blvd. and van ness blvd. This site is an abandon lot where an apartment building once stood. Proximity to the hollywood proposal site is unique, and is ideal for a small pocket park. Site is approximately 183’ x 88’.



SUSTAINABLE ELEMENTS


ECOLOGICAL WETLAND FILTERATION PLANTS


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DECLARATION SIGNAGE

To celebrate Urban Oasis park as sustainable, I designed several declaration signages which would be installed in my park. These declaration signages will let visitors know why this park is self-sustainable and how to maintain the park in a ecological way.  


SCALED PHYSICAL MODEL