Landscape Intervention for Safe Outdoor Cohabitation Models

Siwei Chen, MLA+U '21


ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research

Gallery: Home Territory: Studies for the Democratization of Civic Space

Instructor: Katy Foley & Hyunch Sung

I am interested in exploring strategies toward the effective use of community space between drug users and housed families. Because I want to find safe outdoor relief models that offer inte- grated responsibility for homelessness users and their neighbors. In order to understand how to mitigate conflicts spatially and emotionally between community groups in public space. I am working at MacArthur park in the West-Lake neighborhood. This research began to look into the site background. This neighborhood has gone through several stages, from streetcar suburbs, dis-invested neighborhoods with the construction of Wilshire Bled and white flight, immigrant enclaves, to settlement of immigrants and their families.

I am interested in exploring strategies toward the effective use of community space between drug users and housed families. Because I want to find safe outdoor relief models that offer inte- grated responsibility for homelessness users and their neighbors. In order to understand how to mitigate conflicts spatially and emotionally between community groups in public space. I am working at MacArthur park in the West-Lake neighborhood. This research began to look into the site background. This neighborhood has gone through several stages, from streetcar suburbs, dis-invested neighborhoods with the construction of Wilshire Bled and white flight, immigrant enclaves, to settlement of immigrants and their families.

Leisure Facilitator

Qingru Yang, MLA+U '21


ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research

Gallery: Home Territory: Studies for the Democratization of Civic Space

Instructor: Hyunchoo Sung

My project argues that the unhoused as citizens and part of the community in our society have the right to enjoy leisure as we are even in this specific position in their life. Public space has the potential to provide comfort to the vagabond heart in its darkness. My research is to study the role of leisure in public space to create an equitable strategy for the enjoyment of a hospitable civic landscape. So that I could allow the unhoused population access to the momentary ease and well-being provided by leisure.

My project argues that the unhoused as citizens and part of the community in our society have the right to enjoy leisure as we are even in this specific position in their life. Public space has the potential to provide comfort to the vagabond heart in its darkness. My research is to study the role of leisure in public space to create an equitable strategy for the enjoyment of a hospitable civic landscape. So that I could allow the unhoused population access to the momentary ease and well-being provided by leisure.

Your Heart on the Whole Will Last

Danielle VonLehe, MLA+U '21


ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research

Gallery: Home Territory: Studies for the Democratization of Civic Space

Instructor: Katy Foley

I am studying how artistic platforms can be used to amplify unhoused individuals’ voices in the public realm of Los Angeles because I want to find out expressive design interventions created from cross disciplinary collaboration can challenge the repressive principles that exist in the design of public space and advocate for the adoption of emancipatory design practices. By designing public spaces that encourage emotionality rather than repressing it, that provide a platform to be heard, we may be able to develop empathy in the dark places of ourselves that judge without justice, and we may be able to welcome those parts of humanity back that are beautiful for being able to feel.

I am studying how artistic platforms can be used to amplify unhoused individuals’ voices in the public realm of Los Angeles because I want to find out expressive design interventions created from cross disciplinary collaboration can challenge the repressive principles that exist in the design of public space and advocate for the adoption of emancipatory design practices. By designing public spaces that encourage emotionality rather than repressing it, that provide a platform to be heard, we may be able to develop empathy in the dark places of ourselves that judge without justice, and we may be able to welcome those parts of humanity back that are beautiful for being able to feel.

Social justice for next generation: emotional therapy for unhoused children

Wanting Zhou


ARCH 698B: MLA Advanced Design Research

Gallery: Home Territory: Studies for the Democratization of Civic Space

Instructor: Hyunchoo Sung

We have more sense than ever to be part of the entire human race this year. We have more awareness of establishing a collective consciousness whether because of health, political or social reasons. A severe homeless crisis that has been exacerbated by our current pandemic, leading us to consider our society as whole to offer unique solutions to address this issue in terms of environment justice, social justice, and even fairness to the next generation.The topic I am studying is the homeless children who lives on street with mental health in Los Angeles, because I want to learn how shared civic space can support their participation with housed children through integrated community programming to better understand how to decrease the traumatic impact of homeless children and to provide a process towards a brighter future. The project starts with considering these special groups of people, their needs, simulating their daily route and how they use the spaces, and test design ideas how to create a beautiful but practical and interactive space so that children will smile unconsciously and arouse emotional resonance when they use the space. It represents the relationship between people and city, the relationship between people and the things they see. It is will be a place full of emotional therapy and joy.

We have more sense than ever to be part of the entire human race this year. We have more awareness of establishing a collective consciousness whether because of health, political or social reasons. A severe homeless crisis that has been exacerbated by our current pandemic, leading us to consider our society as whole to offer unique solutions to address this issue in terms of environment justice, social justice, and even fairness to the next generation.The topic I am studying is the homeless children who lives on street with mental health in Los Angeles, because I want to learn how shared civic space can support their participation with housed children through integrated community programming to better understand how to decrease the traumatic impact of homeless children and to provide a process towards a brighter future. The project starts with considering these special groups of people, their needs, simulating their daily route and how they use the spaces, and test design ideas how to create a beautiful but practical and interactive space so that children will smile unconsciously and arouse emotional resonance when they use the space. It represents the relationship between people and city, the relationship between people and the things they see. It is will be a place full of emotional therapy and joy.

SHOP-OP

Beatriz Suarez, B.Arch '21


ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V

Gallery: Designing for a New Collective Good – Inclusive Alternatives of Urban Value Creation

Instructor: Sascha Delz

SHOP-OP is a proposal for a new retail typology built around the cooperative business model. By providing flexible shop modules and encouraging participation through workshops and thematic strategies, SHOP-OP interventions present a counterpoint to large commercial shopping malls. These interventions can come in one of three configurations: in existing buildings, parking lots, or interstitial spaces along streets. The result is a localized and scaled-down approach to shopping and selling, by and for the community.

SHOP-OP is a proposal for a new retail typology built around the cooperative business model. By providing flexible shop modules and encouraging participation through workshops and thematic strategies, SHOP-OP interventions present a counterpoint to large commercial shopping malls. These interventions can come in one of three configurations: in existing buildings, parking lots, or interstitial spaces along streets. The result is a localized and scaled-down approach to shopping and selling, by and for the community.

Co-exist with the Wild

Qiushi Dong, M.Arch '21


ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research

Gallery - Composite Figures: Design Innovation Toward Resilient Housing Communities in Los Angeles

Instructor: Geoffrey von Oeyen

The goal of this project is to build affordable houses with good fire resistance at the WUI so that people who have lost their homes can have a safe place to live. A non-combustible FRP material developed by Each Dream Inc. in Japan was used in the project. The material can withstand temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees and is very lightweight. Walls made of this material can easily be removed and reassembled into firewalls, which protect against wildfires and keep the property safe.

The goal of this project is to build affordable houses with good fire resistance at the WUI so that people who have lost their homes can have a safe place to live. A non-combustible FRP material developed by Each Dream Inc. in Japan was used in the project. The material can withstand temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees and is very lightweight. Walls made of this material can easily be removed and reassembled into firewalls, which protect against wildfires and keep the property safe.

REWILDING SUBURBIA

ISABELLA MARILES-OSTHEIMER, B.Arch '21


ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V

Gallery: Designing for a New Collective Good – Inclusive Alternatives of Urban Value Creation

Instructor: Sascha Delz

Rewilding Suburbia is a project focused on creating new networks of sustainable practices that can teach, encourage, and provide a more sustainable lifestyle to all residents within a suburban neighborhood. The project looks to build various HUBs throughout the neighborhood where residents can buy produce, learn new sustainable techniques, and become part of a larger network.

Rewilding Suburbia is a project focused on creating new networks of sustainable practices that can teach, encourage, and provide a more sustainable lifestyle to all residents within a suburban neighborhood. The project looks to build various HUBs throughout the neighborhood where residents can buy produce, learn new sustainable techniques, and become part of a larger network.

A Laboratory Landscape for the Outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

Brian Wei-Chun Chou, B.Arch '21


ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V

Gallery: Proving Ground: UNESCO's Laboratories

Instructor: Marcos Sánchez

As metropolitan Bangkok sprawls and expands, the boundaries of the nearby Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage site are under increasing pressure. This project seeks to preserve the integrity of the UNESCO-mandated buffer zone between the Thai capital and the Forest Complex by transforming it into a vast agricultural testing zone.

Blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with agricultural laboratory buildings and schools, the buffer zone would become a testing field, focusing on studying and effectively producing food for Bangkok’s growing population. The project imagines a form of bargain: the more productive this agricultural “laboratory,” the more likely it is to remain an intact and effective protector of the World Heritage site it surrounds.

As metropolitan Bangkok sprawls and expands, the boundaries of the nearby Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage site are under increasing pressure. This project seeks to preserve the integrity of the UNESCO-mandated buffer zone between the Thai capital and the Forest Complex by transforming it into a vast agricultural testing zone.

Blanketed with rice paddies and dotted with agricultural laboratory buildings and schools, the buffer zone would become a testing field, focusing on studying and effectively producing food for Bangkok’s growing population. The project imagines a form of bargain: the more productive this agricultural “laboratory,” the more likely it is to remain an intact and effective protector of the World Heritage site it surrounds.

Hospital Infecting Rome

Can Derman, B.Arch '21


ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V

Gallery: Proving Ground: UNESCO's Laboratories

Instructor: Marcos Sánchez

The urban center of Rome, a preserved UNESCO site, has witnessed many pandemics throughout its history and COVID-19 will presumably not be its last. The project’s site is Villa della Conciliazione, a vast boulevard established by demolishing an entire neighborhood of working class people, furthering the grandiose urban aims of Benito Mussolini’s fascist administration. Appropriating this site and marking the boundaries of its demolished buildings, the project proposes a modular emergency hospital for a future epidemic. In times between health emergencies, the site would remain as an “infrastructural surface” with power, water, gas and data connections allowing for community programs such as support for political protests, art center, markets and workshops.

The urban center of Rome, a preserved UNESCO site, has witnessed many pandemics throughout its history and COVID-19 will presumably not be its last. The project’s site is Villa della Conciliazione, a vast boulevard established by demolishing an entire neighborhood of working class people, furthering the grandiose urban aims of Benito Mussolini’s fascist administration. Appropriating this site and marking the boundaries of its demolished buildings, the project proposes a modular emergency hospital for a future epidemic. In times between health emergencies, the site would remain as an “infrastructural surface” with power, water, gas and data connections allowing for community programs such as support for political protests, art center, markets and workshops.

Golfo Nuevo Sea Rise Laboratory

Jorge M Aguirre B.Arch '21


ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V

Gallery: Proving Ground: UNESCO's Laboratories

Instructor: Marcos Sánchez

This project proposes the creation of a Sea Level Rise laboratory in the Golfo Nuevo area of Southern Argentina; the laboratory would have a main hub with satellite facilities distributed across the gulf and the nearby Peninsula Valdes World Heritage site. The Peninsula is known for its diversity of sea life, including migrating population of whales and seals. Puerto Madryn, a nearby small city with an aluminum plant as its main industry, is constructed close to the shoreline and this would be deeply affected by sea level rise. With climate change affecting both World Heritage site and city, this project imagines how Puerto Madryn might survive these changes, reorient its industry and benefit from the tourism revenue that the Peninsula Valdes would bring.

This project proposes the creation of a Sea Level Rise laboratory in the Golfo Nuevo area of Southern Argentina; the laboratory would have a main hub with satellite facilities distributed across the gulf and the nearby Peninsula Valdes World Heritage site. The Peninsula is known for its diversity of sea life, including migrating population of whales and seals. Puerto Madryn, a nearby small city with an aluminum plant as its main industry, is constructed close to the shoreline and this would be deeply affected by sea level rise. With climate change affecting both World Heritage site and city, this project imagines how Puerto Madryn might survive these changes, reorient its industry and benefit from the tourism revenue that the Peninsula Valdes would bring.