Cultivating Rehabilitation is a homeless assistance facility located in the heart of Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles, California. The chronically homeless population in Los Angeles , which are the people that continually remain homeless, are the target population for rehabilitation at the Cultivating Rehabilitation Homeless Assistance Center. The center will bring a unique approach in homeless assistance to the already existing network of shelters and missions in the Skid Row area of squalor in Downtown Los Angeles. The main programmatic aim of the project for homeless rehabilitation is assisted by the Urban Micro Farm (U.M.F) creating the link between improving one’s environment through full immersion into the agricultural assistance programs and the reintegration into society by successfully completing the offered substance abuse and mental health rehabilitation programs . The Micro Farm is a Hydroponic system that scales the entirety of the southern facade along the circulation grill creating shade for the programmatic spaces and allowing the inhabitants to tend to the farm throughout the day. The farming provides a system of interaction between the three populations by having the residents in the year long program take part in a mentor program to help the thirty day residents gain a more comprehensive understanding of the farming process. The thirty day residents in turn mentor the overnight residents to continue the education of farming cycle at the center. In order to accommodate the existing site necessities of near by business for parking, shipping/receiving products and access road the structure is lifted above the ground plane to allow for movement below the building.
Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Additional Credits: Jorge Jocol, Alexis Urtiz