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RAC Design Build: Looking at the Present and Future of Elysian Valley

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The NELA River Collaborative project builds upon the growing momentum of efforts already underway to transform the Los Angeles River into a "riverfront district" and to create a focal point of community revitalization. For more information visit www.mylariver.org

Elysian Valley is a small neighborhood nestled in between the Los Angeles River and Elysian Park. Its unique mix of residential and industrial activity creates a rich and fluid complexity, with long time businesses and residents interacting with new arrivals made up of art galleries, studios and L.A. River enthusiasts.

Rick Cortez is a business owner who is engaged and motivated by this complexity. He is the founder and principal architect of RAC Design Build Studio. Founded 1989, the Studio is a full range architectural design studio and custom fabrication shop that specializes in both residential and commercial architectural design, and construction.

For this interview, Youth Voices student producers from The L.A. River School spoke with Rick about his history and appreciation for Elysian Valley, and his role in the evolving nature of the neighborhood and the L.A. River.

Below are some of the photos taken by the student producers during our visit:

The interior of RAC Design Build Studio
The interior of RAC Design Build Studio
RAC project board
RAC project board
Residential model
Residential model
Work table covered with parts for possible light fixtures
Work table covered with parts for possible light fixtures
Finished light fixture
Finished light fixture
Finished lamp on display
Finished lamp on display
RAC lounge
RAC lounge
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Rick Cortez answers students' questions during tour of Studio
Rick Cortez answers students' questions during tour of Studio
Rick Cortez answers students' questions during tour of Studio
Workshop looks out to Coolidge Ave. in Elysian Valley
Workshop looks out to Coolidge Ave. in Elysian Valley
RAC Patio leads out to the L.A. River bike/walking path
RAC Patio leads out to the L.A. River bike/walking path
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