Adriana Garcia


The Getty museum’s exhibition, Overdrive was the most eye opening learning experience that I have ever had about the Los Angeles County. The exhibition showcased numerous original architectural drawings and models which was the reason that no photography was allowed. However, I took many notes on several exhibit themes. The Overdrive exhibition displayed thematic information about the city of Los Angeles’ evolution and growth from the 20th century until today. The exhibition’s creative name refers to the literal definition meaning that an engine churning at top speed may overheat. This is thought about the city of Los Angeles because ever since the foundation of the city, the city’s impressive growth has just kept skyrocketing. As I walked into the exhibition room, a projected presentation caught my attention because it was an illustrative production of L.A. region’s infrastructure and it showed a rapid growth of the metropolitan development in nothing but factual diagrams.

I had never really taken a moment to appreciate such innovative and important designs in the city of Los Angeles such as the networking freeway designs that connect us to the rest of the state and country. I learned that the freeway system was designed and created to accommodate the rapid growth of the car technology during the early 20th century. The networks of freeways divide and unite all of the different cities and communities that make up the Los Angeles County. I was most fascinated with the different architectural designs that make up the urban landscape of Los Angeles and the fact that the designs were presented in photographs, sketches, detailed plans and drawings, and models. Architectural design definitely develops with each time period; I analyzed several 1950’s café and restaurant structures and then compared them with the designs of a different time and then I understood that design indeed respects the time era it is being built in. Overall, the Overdrive exhibition was an exceptional showcase full of information about Los Angeles County and since the resources were abundant, I have to go back to learn more.


HSRS Liege

Santiago Calatrava was born on July 28, 1951 in Valencia, Spain. His professions include fine art, architecture, and civil engineering. Calatrava’s work has gained international recognition and his work stands out because he designs structures that resemble the shapes and motion of organic objects. He is overall a very modernist designer who incorporates geometric lines and manifests them through the construction elements of concrete, glass, and steel. Calatrava’s high speed rail station design in Liège, Belgium is called the Liège Guillemins Station. This mass transit rail station opened officially to the public on September 18, 2009. The high-speed railway station is one of the city’s most important hubs in the country, and accommodates usage to more than 36,000 people a day. The railway station’s structure design is that of a transparent façade made of glass and steel; for purpose being that Calatrava meant for the design to establish a transitional interaction between the interior of the station and the city of Liège itself. The arched shape of the modern structure was designed to resemble the Cointe hills in the landscape of the city of Liège. Calatrava’s transparent design also meant to expose the trains and the working platforms to show off the dynamic movement of passengers and trains in a busy station as well as the innovative technology of the high-speed railway station. This magnificent structure allows for the users to experience the city and notice the landscape beyond the urban city from inside of the railway station itself.


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Flame Towers

1964, AG Roche

Visionary Gardens: Modern Landscapes by Ernst Cramer

The 15 meter high sculpture among the garden of plane trees almost blends in with the context despite of its stature; the sculpture manages to highlight the nature of the trees.


Green House

1969, Javier Senosiain Aguilar

Landscape by Sarah Vance

The lifting of the hillside land to form an entrance for a manifested integrated space creates a wilderness like disposition so that the spaces look like burrows.

waterworksWaterWorks Gardens

1996, Jones & Jones Landscape Architects

Landscape by Sarah Vance

WaterWorks gardens is an exemplary design for habitat restoration;the vast land lies in between infrastructure and is sustained by natural water filtering, creating a wetland with several gardens and a weaving trail throughout the public space.

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I visited Griffith Park located in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. This park consists of a wide terrace of landscape rich with wildlife, and historical landmarks and buildings. The park’s landscape is immediately the first aspect that I explore, I followed a nature trail off the edge of the park and followed it up the slope of the land. The trails are markers of constant wear by visitors and tourists; the park is not wild therefore it can be considered second nature. Because the park slopes up on hills the views are astonishing, I stood on top of a hill and overlooked the Los Angeles city infrastructure. I continued up the trail and enjoyed the surrounding vegetation, the park is covered in mostly shrubbery and wild flowers but there also many trees spread out across the landscape. After my hike along the trails I took a visit to the Observatory, I observed the building’s architecture and sketched out the building’s domes. I also visited the Greek Ampitheater at the foothills of the park; the building’s architecture resembled that of the original Greek Theater  The contrast between the architecture and the green landscape is very high because it stands out against the wilderness of the park. Another structure that was very interesting was located on the back side of the park, it was an old carousel in the old zoo section. This carousel seemed vintage and the art on the surface was fading off. I liked that the art had not been retouched because it gave it more of a precious value since it is a historic structure as well. The structures on the park’s territory are entirely unique and they all serve different entertainment purposes, however they all make up a type of historic theme that they go perfectly among the park’s wilderness.

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Griffith Park was one of the locations that I visited; it is located in the east end of the Santa Monica Mountains. This vast piece of second nature land allows people to feel the richness of wilderness in city of Los Angeles by walking through the trees on one of the many trails. When I arrived to the park, I walked outside of the Greek Theatre simply because I wanted to admire the venue’s Greek style architecture and the trimmed landscape contrast that the front of the venue had compared to the nature of the whole park. I felt nature’s energy immediately after taking a few steps into the trail. I walked along a trail that headed towards the “Hollywood” sign. Before I turned back to my car I stood over the mountain and stared towards the city, and I was able to locate my home and other familiar locations but the neatest view of all was the connection that I made between the San Gabriels, the Santa Monicas and the Ocean. Then I walked back to where I parked my car and decided to explore the back side of Griffith Park where the Old Zoo is. As I drove to the back part of Griffith Park, I discovered the old merry-go-round that I had never seen. The merry-go-round was closed but I was able to enjoy a sense of eeriness from the merry-go-round since the apparatus is very old and antique looking. My experience at the Griffith Park reminded me why I love Los Angeles so much.

          The figure ground image is a barium mineral in the shape of ruffled raspy roses. The mineral itself is of a pale pink shade and its color softness contradicts its hard and rough texture. The figure part of the image is to strong because of the contour of the shape that the ground highlights the figure instantly.