A cleantech incubator, education center, and neighborhood park developed by the local public utility.

La Kretz Innovation Campus and Arts District Park in Los Angeles, California aims to create a dialogue among clean technology innovators, residents, and visitors. La Kretz Innovation Campus’s 61,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in the Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District is designed to serve as a “hub” for engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers. Flexible open and closed workspaces and an inner loop connecting the warehouse’s eight bays foster interaction, and the building features faceted walls and skylights for abundant natural light. Arts District Park – the first public park in the neighborhood – likewise offers a variety of multi-functional spaces to create an “outdoor living room” for the campus and neighborhood. The park creates a “green oasis” while meeting high sustainability standards, including 100% storm water capture and gray water irrigation, and it balances its small size with small-scale habitable spaces along the edges that make the park look and feel more expansive. Completed in 2016, funding for the $49.2 million project was provided by public and private sources and including New Market Tax Credits.

This project has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. In February, March, April, and May RBA staff will begin site visits to each finalist project in preparation for the committee’s selection of the medal winners in June. A Metropolis magazine POV blog series will document these visits, giving readers close-up experiences with each of the sites. Findings and lessons learned will be relayed through detailed case studies and published on this site and in book form in 2018 as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students.