GRASSROOTS CACTIVISM HAS BEEN AWARDED FIRST PLACE IN THE SPECULATIVE CATEGORY IN ARCHINECT'S 'DRY FUTURES' COMPETITION. AN EXERPT TAKEN FROM GOOD MAGAZINE, "As local governments scratch their heads, many in the design community are looking for out-of-the-box, innovative solutions. Recently online publication Archinect held its first ever ‘Dry Futures’ competition, which challenged architects and creatives to reimagine water-use infrastructure – splitting the contest into “speculative” and “pragmatic” categories. The winner of the former was an ambitious “grassroots cactivism” scheme by LA’s Ali Chen to utilize cacti to clean polluted water and provide an alterior form of vegetation to feed CA’s lifestock"
I am happy to share an aerial photo of California Market in its present state. Construction is currently underway in the heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles. When it first opened in 1987, California Market was one of the most prominent international supermarket chains in Southern California. “Gaju,” which means “new California market,” will be built on the site of the former market by Gruen Associates, and I'm extremely excited to see the project become a reality.