Land use and travel patterns are closely linked. The lack of pedestrian-friendly streets is a public problem. It puts safety of drivers and pedestrians at risk and requires a public solution. In order to sustain its functionality, Los Angeles must become efficient in its traffic arteries and public space availability. Street space fulfills a wide variety of functions, thus streets and streets’ corners must be redesigned to satisfy different users at once. Pedestrians, drivers, and workers now can commingle comfortably in series of zoning overlaps.
I propose a transformation of the existing traffic and corner plaza typologies. Transformation of public space within and around vehicle service utilities aims to improve street space movement and accommodate all users. Redesigned streets become building sites for new public and commercial fabrics that will overlay existing street corner conditions with new type of urbanity. The old fabric will fade away and be replaced by productive green space and open public land to reduce urban heat islands and air pollution. The new Streets’ movement will be accomplished by mediating between pedestrian and vehicular trajectories of movement and modifying a majority of the city’s traffic system to encourage physical activity, reduce automobile-related pedestrian accidents, and to promote mental health and a stronger sense of community.
Status: School Project
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US