Inclusivity at 43: Green Living at 3146

Cassandra Vasquez, B.Arch '23

ARCH 302A: Architectural Design III

Gallery: Co-op City – Housing for the Collective Good: From Minimal Dwelling to Maximal Housing

Instructor: Sascha Delz

From the research that me and my peers have conducted on Leimert Park and the surrounding areas, I chose to focus my co-op plot design on food security with education, job and volunteer opportunities implemented into the program. Through the use of renewable materials, such as bamboo and wood, this complex is built around four light wells in the form of a typical greenhouse typological structure. This combines the functions of the additional program with the necessary light access for the residents in their individual private units. The roof garden provides additional green space in the area, sustainable insulation, and a chance for education on personal gardening and food security. The upper three floor of the complex sit cantilevered on the first floor to provide a shaded arcade that acts as a vendor area for residents, and through its open form, it also offers an additional space in the Leimert Park neighborhood that allows organic interaction, chances for food donations and overall appreciation for the existing culture in the neighborhood.


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