ARCH 793B: Architecture Directed Design Research Gallery - Composite Figures: Design Innovation Toward Resilient Housing Communities in Los Angeles


This project proposes a new type of nomadic housing typology that caters to people seeking a high level of flexibility. At an urban scale, the project consists of a superstructure, primarily made with FRP, that is built over transit stops throughout Los Angeles. Within the structure, housing units (or pods) dock above transit stops that are anchored by a community amenity space servicing the moving community above, and the fixed community below. At the unit scale, the units are compact, customizable, expandable. By having access to the rail line below the structure, the housing units travel throughout Los Angeles, offering residents access to neighborhoods convenient to their daily needs. The result is a new type of housing community that is untethered from a specific location.