urban development for the Olympic West District establishes a dialogue
between two forces inherent in the American Dream: the pastoral ideal,
represented by the landscape garden, and technological reality, exemplified
by the automobile, steel and glass buildings, and the lights of the city.
The use of the machine of the computer and the repetition and permutation
of forms that it encourages, both parallels and contrasts the metaphor
of the garden.
Speculative office building projects are driven by economic and market
forces that favor undifferentiated, non-hierarchical spaces, but the implied
structure of the existing city is the reference for the design of a single
block at the northwest corner of Olympic Boulevard and Barrington Avenue.
The proposal posits a prototypical methodology for development that resurrects
layers of history that are typically obliterated in Los Angeles in the
name of progress. The proposal asserts and makes more legible the critical
underlying syntax of the existing context in a reconstructive process,
which builds on traces of former texts.
First Stage Competition Finalist