Ever since my first visit to Los Angeles, I have been captivated by the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs, these beautiful open bodies of water in the heart of a vibrant community. Since I first settled in Silver Lake six years ago, I have been excited to see the culmination of the Silver Lake Master Plan. We have wonderful new jogging trails and a meadow that has truly enhanced our connections with these reservoirs.
When I think about the future of Silver Lake, I have wondered what the future of these bodies of water and the community will hold, and what this area will look like in a generation. The California Architectural Foundation (CAF) William Turnbull Jr. Design Competition: Drylands Design held in 2011 gave me the opportunity to distill some of these ideas into a cohesive design proposition. I was honored to win a research grant from the competition partners, The Aridlands Institute at Woodbury University, which allowed me to further develop these ideas formally and technically with the assistance of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.
I have created this web site to share the research I presented at the Drylands Design Conference with the community and others interested in my work. Like any ambitious project, this design will inevitably evolve and develop over time. My goal has always been to create a positive vision for the future of Silver Lake that recognizes the coming challenges of a drier American West and the evolution of the open-air reservoir as a part of our water delivery system.
-Robert Lamb AIA AICP, April 2012