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

Transformation Strip Malls

Based on 3 different kinds of studies, this thesis project proposes the repurpose and transformation of the single story strip mall near LA Metro stops into communal transit oriented housing.

Developing community centered mixed-use projects on the inefficient and under-utilised commercial land can become a model for strip malls throughout Los Angeles.

The existing structure will become the commercial plinth, while housing for between 50-100 people is stacked on top made of lightweight and incredibly strong FRP material.

Togetherness and sharing are at the center of this design; while privacy can be found at various levels throughout the project as well. Providing a safe and healthy place for everyone to live.