Los Angeles Urban Development | Character Interactions
SCI_Arc | Fourteen weeks
This project searches for a more physical and intimate interaction between distinct city parts as a proposition for urban development in downtown Los angeles.
Represented as a “playful rumble,” characters twist, push, pull, and wrap around one another materializing as a “knot" in space. The characters interact with each other, and their surroundings, becoming entangled around the X, Y, and Z axis.
The project is introduced into the urban environment.
The pedestrian bridges in downtown Los Angeles set the stage for a range of character development.
The pedestrin bridges, originally conceived as independent elevated walkways with no real overall plan, exist today as an incomplete system. Interior lobby spaces link to rooftop plazas, with no reason to occupy the space between.
Characters formalize around the bridges and between the buildings.
They repurpose, reshape, and redefine an unused and existing piece of infrastructure.
The design consists of:
Character Families, each given their own architectural characteristics
Character Clusters, each given a different unifying characteristic
Each cluster of characters connects multiple levels of ground and elevates pedestrian traffic throughout the city. The space between the characters, sometimes inside and sometimes outside, becomes the new bridge system. This network of shared space simultaneously seperates and connects unique moments of occupiable and programable space. It sets up a unique social experience linking "back stage" to "apartments" or "conference rooms" etc....
"I live on floor three and a half, in the brick hare, on top of Bonaventure plaza."