In collaboration with SOM, the Twin Creeks Linear Park Competition reconsiders the pattern of development for 15,000 acres of open fields on the periphery of Kansas City. Weaving together the natural forms of the creeks and the existing development framework of the Jeffersonian grid proposes a new pattern of mixed-use construction and open space connections linking the area’s future 75,000 inhabitants with the natural environment creating a unique creek-centric urbanism that supports human occupation while addressing the need for flood resilient communities.
Our proposal for the Lincoln Heights Jail site creates a new mixed use district along the LA River called "The Linc", centered around the adaptive re-use of the historic jail. The project is a mix of creative office, multi-family and low-income housing, retail, restaurants and an urban farm. All these uses are tied together through a public open space spanning the length of the site. The park contains gathering plazas, a hillside amphitheater and areas for active and passive recreation. A bike/pedestrian promenade connects these programs through a native riparian habitat; creating a new hotpot of bio-diversity along the river.
Our proposal calls for converting the art deco portion of the structure into a hotel with a rooftop restaurant. The 1953 addition would be converted to residential use. A new retail building brings vibrancy to the district and features a habitat trellis structure creating shade for flexible programming below and a unique pedestrian experience as you transcend above the trellis with views beyond of the LA River, Griffith Park and Downtown Los Angeles.
Our Tower Park project creates a verdant public landscape floating over the street with panoramic views of Vancouver. The project uses landscape as a means of connecting the project to the broader narratives of Vancouver; its industrial past, rich ecology, and cultural vibrancy. Conceptually the project creates a pine forest, punctuated by a rolling lawn that serves as an amphitheater connecting the housing towers to the city.
This urban infill project will add 270+ units of housing and a publicly accessible open space to a rapidly developing transit oriented district in the San Fernando Valley. Drawing upon the site’s natural setting within the alluvial flood plain of the Los Angeles River, the landscape flows from the western street frontage through the building to the podium level amenity deck depositing a variety of landscape features along its path. Landforms, native plants, repurposed logs and boulders, work together to express the history of the place, both natural and cultural.
This 1920 Los Feliz hillside estate is a Spanish colonial remix. The hillside gardens of this home will create a botanical garden of cactus and succulents referencing both local and exotic horticultures. Stylistically, the gardens work as a mediating device between a new modern aesthetic and its historical past.
A conceptual study for the re-branding of an existing mixed use apartment building to include an outdoor food marketplace in what was originally intended to be wholesale space for vendors. The concept melds together artists, innovative food entrepreneurs, and the everyday public within an urban open space of pedestrian streets, covered walks and outdoor gardens to create a new model for urban retail in the heart of the historic core.
In a near future Los Angeles....
....the lines between urban and ecological challenges have become a blur. In the landscape of the Anthropocene everything we do, want, eat or dream requires careful consideration, as our individual actions have global impacts. Strong will and an adventurous spirit will be required to tackle the urban and environmental challenges of the future, resulting in new lifestyle paradigms to emerge that are rooted in an expression of the individual yet interconnected across society.
The cultural landscape of Los Angeles is rich in both history and context, yet often appears ostentatious and wasteful - a landscape predicated on auto-centric suburban urbanism and an unsustainable thirst for water. Suburbia is a unique vestige of cultural landscapes long entrenched in the history of private gardens. Private gardens have long been accessible to only the wealthiest classes of society, designed as cultural representations of the needs and desires of the landowner. The invention of Suburbia inverted this relationship between private gardens and wealth, creating opportunities for everyday individual to have a lawn of their own. In the production of suburban regions, landscape became normalized and no longer expressed the individual, but rather mirrored visions of a singular ‘American Dream.’ Lawns, manicured hedges and concrete patios emerged as the new vernacular, around the world, devoid of a reaction to local culture and climate. The 20th century created widespread access to the private garden as “oasis”, but under the pretense of a narrow aesthetic vision of American ideals.
In the wake of chronic drought, a new landscape vernacular has emerged that moves away from lawn to low water solutions of gravel and native plants. But, is trading lawn for gravel enough? How can the people of Los Angeles get back to the original premise of the private garden – the idea of a private “oasis? How can these gardens of the future be both culturally and ecologically performative? With the rich architectural and cultural diversity of Los Angeles, why do residential gardens have to follow a singular expression of outdoor living? How can a garden express our individual personalities while at the same time address our biggest environmental and spatial challenges?
Rather than lose our cultural landscapes in the name of efficiency and performance, a symbiotic relationship can emerge where societal needs are met through the interests and pursuits of individual Angelenos. By thinking of the residential landscape as a single building block within the urbanized region of Southern California, these gardens can work together as network to multiply their impact, scaling up to provide solutions to regional challenges.
Anticipating these new lifestyle paradigms that bring together the dreams and desires of the individual with the collective consciousness and limited resources of the city at large, the Fitzpatrick-Leland House serves as a model site for the development of gardens of collective individualism. The grounds of the Fitzpatrick-Leland House, originally designed as a speculative real estate venture for no specific owner, are re-imagined as the very specific oasis of three speculative owners. These hypothetical Angelenos of the future find themselves living in a city now defined by its interconnected patchwork of ecology and urbanity, a place and time where cities are the answers to our biggest challenges, no longer the cause.
Loco’l is about real fast food made with the ideology, heart, and science of a chef. Superjacent collaborated with Chef Roy Choi and partner Daniel Patterson to create conceptual landscape strategies centered on access, empowerment, revolution and craft to create strong connections with the Watts community. In addition to outdoor patio seating, new ways were envisioned for the sidewalk, street and parking lot to serve as zones for programming community events.
Third and Traction is new creative community in the heart of the arts district of Downtown LA. The project will bring a new retail and restaurant experience to the district that is tied together through a series of outdoor spaces. These spaces include a rooftop restaurant, private roof gardens and an alley plaza. Superjacent collaborated to provide design direction for the outdoor experience of the project.
City Labs is a purpose-driven work space for Boyle Heights innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business. The landscape converts a parking lot into a public space through temporary and tactical interventions. Seating elements, painted patterning and moveable planters create a suite of flexible interventions allowing the incubator to re-envision the outdoor space specific to their shifting programmatic needs.
The renovation of this classic Southern California motel aims to retain its mid-century modern lineage while adding new sustainable gathering spaces. Drawing inspiration from the adjacent canyon to create a formal language for the motel landscape - guests will move through a series of outdoor rooms designed for recreation and relaxation. Private gardens attached to each room extend the living space of each room while creating strong indoor-outdoor relationships connecting the motel guests to the surrounding canyon and mountain views.
This adaptive mixed-use project restores a historic structure and adds a series of new buildings to create a micro-block of housing and retail. Inspired by the historic mission plaza and yard landscapes, the project creates strong spatial relationship between structures and open spaces to become vibrant social spaces. Also outward reaching, the passageways and plazas seamlessly connect to the adjacent walkable community, creating a new neighborhood attractor and public space for the neighborhood.
This adaptive re-use project converts a historic structure to 60+ units of housing in addition to retail space. Starting from the streetscape, reaching up towards private balconies and finally on the roof deck, the landscape creates a distinct strata of landscape experiences. These layers are inspired by the rich history, everyday landscapes and vibrant ecologies of the neighborhood and region.
This historic hillside residence originally designed by Richard Neutra in the 1930’s is being carefully and meticulously restored inside and out. Although the site is extremely tight and steeply graded, the design of the landscape provides a simple and complete integration of the home with its surrounding context. Along with the wide terraces of each floor, small outdoor areas allow for the ease of southern California living and panoramic views of the hills.
Partner Chris Torres co-curated the summer 2017 edition of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design newsletter on public space in Los Angeles. The project pulls together city leaders, designers and artists to re-think the notion of public space in Los Angeles and build a road map towards a more equitable city.