The future is in Corona? The other weekend, we were visiting a friend who lives in Corona, and we stopped by the newly constructed Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos. Now, to be honest, we've never considered much in the I.E. (Inland Empire) to be on the cutting edge of modern design. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find this pedestrian promenade that is connected to Dos Lagos. It was actually quite long but fun to walk through. This futuristic snake-like walkway consists of curved metal beams, covered with bamboo stalks, that will eventually be covered in rose vines. It cuts through a man-made lake, with a waterfall that follows its path.
The entire park area is designed by Norberto F. Nardi, of Nardi Associates, locally based in Monrovia. He wanted to "connect people and architecture to nature...using contemporary forms and spaces." We're normally used to seeing these types of images on international design blogs or, say, Surface Magazine, but they're always located in some far off foreign land, or big urban city. That's why it's so exciting to see this piece popping up in a more common and suburban environment like Corona. Unfortunately the rest of the Dos Lagos community aesthetic doesn't completely match with it. However we hope that it will inspire other city planners to take the risk to build more parks like this and to be bring back art and function and rethink public architecture. Has anyone else been to Dos Lagos and noticed the bridge? What did you think of it?