Joshua tree rock junction II

glen howard small      aia architect            consultant :   jack rendler        june 2021

joshua tree village is functioning with  a deadly highway 62 running right though town to the largest marine base in the usa in 29 palms with an intersection at park blvd to joshua tree national park with 3 million visitors a year.

intersections in small towns are notorious for being disruptive and dangerous.  this project applicable to intersections throughout the usa.


the concept being a raised park to have multifunctional activities,  thus making a safe fun crossing to hang out,  in a town with no parks in the downtown. 


creating a destination point to explore the rebel arty community.
ramp, stair, elevator, restroom, and maintenance-security  room at each corner.


it is  green and socially conscious. all on caltrans street land, publicly owned.a philanthropic donor should find this public park of interest. 


thanks for your consideration.  
glen

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11 comments

    • I agree,, some rich creepy guy did this project without the people of Joshua Tree being part of the discussion..
      THIS IS THE DUMBEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN AND IT WILL BE A DEVASTATION IF ADDED TO THE SMALL DOWNTOWN AREA…..
      WHO PAYS FOR THE UPKEEP AS IT DETERIORATES IN THE DESERT SUN AND WIND?
      It’s a mess… it’s ugly and it’s going to be dangerous and an expensive fix when it starts fluttering in the wind as it becomes tattered and worn out….

      • I don’t get it. Why can’t you act more civilly? Of course, you can express your feelings of not liking the plan, but why be so vicious and dismissive?

        Glen Small is a highly respected architect, and he is offering his expertise (for free) to solve a very important problem in Joshua Tree – how to get across the deadly highway in a safer fashion. For those who want to cross the highway safe, beautiful way.

        And yes, I do think the design compliments the desert hills in your area. And yes, I am the daughter of the architect but I would say this either way. You don’t have to use it.

    • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Often artwork is misunderstood. This is a clever proposal to deal with a real problem we have. It could potentially save lives. Glen Small designed our home which we are very happy with and I support his work.

  1. Well, it’s an interesting concept, although our area is in dire need of some other projects that could make better of the money. Yes, we have had numerous highway fatalities, but would those people have chosen this (whichever) one location to cross, rather than where they actually crossed over.

  2. A shock for travelers for the first time approaching the structure: a nature-built bypass! a rock formation. Curious enough to stop and get inside, expecting confined environment of natural caves. Surprise! The wings to take you places of your imagination; a palace to break the fast rhythm of the day, a park! Clearly a genial work as expected from Glenn.
    I hope, actually, this will be realized so that an art of this magnitude with timeless functionality can adorn the beloved city.

    • hi mahmut,

      thanks for moving poem on the park, yes it is uplifting and spiritual.
      there is a dimension in nature that soothes one soul, thus, this
      made to inspire and bring happiness and joy with a practical life saving need.

      the obvious village center to enhance the community.

      glen

  3. This is a bridge I’d like to cross and take my time doing so.
    It’s an amazing example or form and function merging in a fantastic way!
    We are blessed to have an Architect, Glen Small, who is socially conscious and beyond talented!
    Let’s make this happen.

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