31 Jul 2008

Engineer Pr0n

You've got to visit Friends Of Vast Industrial Concrete Kafkaesque Structures to really see how engineers have gone to town with their "enhancement" of the LA River. Here's the FOVICKS philosophy:
As an amateur "Industrial Archaeologist," I love the LA River as a bizarre curiosity. Many groups have formed in attempt to beautify or revert the "river" to a previous state. But I like it the way it is; a weird, massive flood control channel.

This unusual structure is testimony to the local geology, seasonal rains, and the vast urbanization of the LA area. It is mainly the urbanization in the 20's and 30's which severely modified the drainage of the Los Angeles basin and San Fernando Valley, creating the immediate need for the necessarily large, ominous flood control system that we see today.
I prefer this version of engineering:

via WaterSISWEB

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