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Sacred Springs Native Culture Center, University High School 2001 | Los Angeles, California

Is it possible to create a scaled replica of our migration patterns along the Southern California coastline to teach younger generations?

The Kuruvungva spring — a natural artesian spring on the land of a west Los Angeles High School — has been a sacred resource since ancient times. The Gabrielinos used its nutrient-rich healing powers, the Spaniards lunched on its watercress, and today thousands of school children, countless Angelenos, and all the Gabrielino descendents will see this restored eco-system as an immensely powerful, sacred place. It is a teaching landscape in the middle of the city and a showcase of cooperation, native landscapes, and the importance of preserving water resources.

The site plan is designed as a walking journey across a storied landscape. Indigenous plantings aid in telling the story of the site, and will be used by the Gabrielino / Tongva people for ceremonial and educational purposes.

The existing classroom building will be moved to the corner of the site and adapted for re-use as a cultural center, museum, classroom, and offices for the Sacred Springs Foundation. During school hours the classroom will be used for the study of general environmental sciences; much of the learning will occur outside observing the eco-system as it evolves.

principals
Michael Rotondi
Clark Stevens

project manager
Bo Sundius

assistant
Jack Nyman