Ecology of Social Relations

Heather Owings, M.Arch+2 ’20

SP. 20

Instructor: Amy Murphy

To understand the future of downtown Los Angeles, this thesis analyzes the role of work within the context of the Bonaventure hotel. In a reimagining of the building 56 years into the future, the question of social relations in the building shifts from a dichotomy between server and served, to a more harmonious relationship between people who each own a share of the whole. Ultimately, this project grapples with the question of how architecture can break down the capital-centered boundary between what is a “service” function and what is a “served” function in order to simply facilitate life.