Pacoima has become a pedestrian dystopia and a place where the freeway continually diminishes the health of its inhabitants. In the cultivation of site, an identity for Pacoima is transformed through the insertion of an architectural organism that combats the infrastructure and reconnects pedestrian and site. The pedestrian becomes an important aspect to the re-design of Pacoima’s identity. The resulting hybrid architecture creates spaces that solidify and enhance the relationships between pedestrian and site, thus increasing the existing parks connectivity that was once severed by the freeway.
In order to reflect the realities of its dystopian context the introduction of the Freeway Atmospheric Research Center serves as a catalytic system that continually activates each point, the bridge, and the liminal areas below it with pedestrian activity. The resulting effects generate new spatial and environmental relationships, and make the park a permanent part of Pacoima’s identity from now, and into the future.
Status: School Project
Location: Pacoima, CA, US