STUDIO 4B URBANISM “VERTICAL METROPOLIS
Professor: Theresa Hwang
Partners: Jose Siquina
Los Angeles is a city that has been growing exponentially for the past 200 years and will continue to do so over the next 50 years. It is also a city that has been known to grow horizontally rather than vertically. The biggest issue surrounding skid row lies not in the types of resources, rather the quantity of those resources.
There is currently a major need to house hundreds if not thousands of homeless residing in the the 60 block area known as skid row. We have come to understand through research that many of the projects being developed for skid row reach a 200 permanent housing cap while taking up an immense amount of real estate. This limits many programmatic elements essential for a densely occupied urban area such as skid row. It is absolutely unsustainable for the mass community that needs to be accommodated in skid row.
Skid row has hundreds of missed opportunities for potential growth in the form of under-used parking lots and roof tops. Maximizing the usage of these areas by filling the spaces with layered program as well as layered circulation throughout the entirety of Skid Row, we propose to maximum per square foot. We define infill as taking advantage of all wasted space. We define layered program as the ability to stack/intervene commercial, industrial, and residential into a single building thus eliminating building zones and giving rise to districts, specializing in targeted amenities within skid row.
This urban development is set to run its course over 50 years beginning with major urban anchors designed to slowly between one another.