Cities accumulate materials and the disposal of excess material becomes a logistical dilemma. By creating temporary processing and storage vectors on a site of deconstruction, the project makes a commentary about the material consumption of Los Angeles. In response to the closure of Puente Hills Landfill in 2013 (currently the largest landfill in the United States), I propose to focus on how construction and demolition (C&D) waste materials can be processed in order to reduce waste in the urban environment. The project site would serve as a hub for the collection of C&D materials, weaving the city together by deconstructing and processing building materials that address the typological, contextual, and historical importance of local materials within Los Angeles. By eliminating the distance that materials travel, there is a correlation with how a site of deconstruction and demolition could develop and transform itself within its context. The processing and storage vectors consist of a C&D waste processing factory, a C&D waste retail building, a recycled concrete panel processing factory, and a visiting center via circulation park paths. The memory and existence of each object that was processed through the system is catalogued virtually to save and display the nostalgia and forgotten value. The changing nature of these processes demands an architecture that can also grow, feeding off of the remainders of a city that is constantly under construction.
The process and storage buildings are temporal occupants of the site, to be taken down after 15 years. By designing with deconstruction in mind, the temporal nature (circa 15 years) of the building is a deliberate design move to engage the material cycle of the city. By intervening the material cycle, the process minimizes transportation and construction costs as well as environmental impact. Concerns arise with the temporary relevance of buildings and the permanence of materials leading to the modification of an abandoned and residual terrain in a productive site recycling the materials left behind by the complex processes in the city.
Status: School Project
Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California
My Role: Designer, Architect, Project Manager, Model Maker