ARCH 402A: Architectural Design IV Gallery: Extreme-ness, or Nine Points for an Architecture of Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

Lot 9

The original land of what is now Elysian Park was home to many Mexican American Angelinos who were affected by housing discrimination. It was then purchased using eminent domain with the intention of building a sizable housing project funded by the Federal Housing Act of 1949. Unfortunately, through poor city planning, the original housing project was never completed and was privately purchased for the construction of Dodgers Stadium. My intention with utilizing unoccupied, liminal spaces on adjacent hillsides and lot spaces is to revive the original intention of the city public housing project. Programmatically, the project is intended to be utilized as a small village, with access to public facilities such as a clinic/pharmacy, grocers, childcare, and other communal spaces. Conceptually, the project allows the shape to be driven by the original shape of the hillside in which is it placed. This gives access to the variety of view corridors offered by the housing project being placed on one of the highest elevations in all of Los Angeles.