Nearly every article about the demolition of the old Sixth Street Viaduct in 2016 mentions Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In Los Angeles, where every location is scenery, the iconic, double-arched span played backdrop to the Skynet apocalypse. Architect Michael Maltzan, designer along with engineering firm HNTB, of the new expressive, ribbon-like Sixth Street Viaduct, has a rosier vision—one of equity and accessibility. L.A. infrastructure, however, is linked to unjust acts of clearance and partition, localized catastrophes not always captured by Hollywood. Can a new bridge rewrite the narrative?
Built in 1932, the original art deco bridge appeared in dozens of film shoots, from Repo
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