I am very pleased to initiate this new category on the blog about Thesis projects. As a community of students and professionals, I would like to begin sharing the work of my colleagues around the world. The graduated students Aikaterini Paitazoglou and Cameron Reid, from Pratt Institute School of Architecture are sharing their thesis project with us today. I would like to say thanks for the opportunity for working with you guys and thanks sharing your ideas with the world. Below is the full concept statement in their words and project photographs.
All This Space!
“All This Space!” is a critique on the housing system today. It is a unique take on zoning as a technique of growth. R1 zoning will be reinvented promoting varied architecture, density, use of all that space in the in between zone. It is a technique that the redefined zoning will promote a slow pace of development and a comment on the housing system today.
There is a battle The City of Los Angeles has been facing, a housing problem for a number of years as it is one of the most expensive housing markets in the United States. A system where young people can’t afford to buy, where ‘affordable housing’ is of such a poor quality, and where the suburban dream stamps out community spirit and individual expression.
San Pedro is a low density area and has close proximity to downtown. San Pedro will face issues in the near future when it comes to the housing problem. The area is characterized by archaic housing typologies spread throughout Los Angeles. As stated by many in the words put forward by Joe Buscaino “It’s a horrible land use there and no one today should be living in World War II-era housing.” Archaic zoning codes have made it unnecessarily difficult to build densely in Los Angeles since 80-85% of land is zoned for single-family house construction. There are missed opportunities living in the existing fabric of the city – there is “All This Space”. Our proposal breaks with the old zoning concept. We seek to re-define the sedimentary housing typology to allow for more density and form the block in a new way.