Los Angeles is a prime test site to explore how water can be used and reused. The city is particularly unique in its multifarious conditions that are characteristic of many American cities: it has environments that are both urban and suburban, is geographically diverse, and has a rapidly expanding population. Los Angeles is also marked by a number of common urban crisis including congestion, tired infrastructure, and a lack of natural resources.

In spring of 2013 SLO Capacity Studio, students conducted a thorough analysis of the city’s resources as they relate to urban growth. It was no surprise that water, a topic with a long history and much debate in Los Angeles, was the most limiting factor for expansion. While in the fall of 2013, the SLO Water Studio, students researched water and proposed a water block, to address some of the findings. The Fall 2015 water studio aims to address the issue of water treatment in Los Angeles as it relates to future building, development, and as a way of life.

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