WATTS MARKED

fourth year | spring '19

This project conceptualizes the possible redevelopment of Central Avenue in Watts, Los Angeles. This project is inspired by an observation of signage and markings - which often appear in the form of graffiti or tags. These markings suggest a territorial condition atop a programmatic one, which speaks to the urban condition of this neighborhood.

 

Watts Marked considers an approach that foresees the future of development in Watts given its renewed zoning. Taking from this idea of markings, graffiti and signage that currently exists, this project expresses these ideas in an architecture. These forms of architectural graffiti are designed in relationship to a programmatic primitive, understanding that as a form, can suggest relationships with lifestyle to that of boundaries and programmatic connections.

BLOCK H

BLOCK G

BLOCK F

BLOCK E

BLOCK D

BLOCK C

BLOCK B

BLOCK A

PROGRAM LAYOUT

URBAN CONNECTION

36' LOT DIVISION

3D GRAFFITI ADAPTATION

SECTION INVESTIGATION

INLAY & CUT PIECES

MASSING & INLAY DESIGN

BLOCK A: PERFORMANCE

BLOCK B: LIBRARY

BLOCK C: ART & RETAIL

BLOCK C/D: BRIDGE

BLOCK D: OFFICE

BLOCK E: RESIDENTIAL

BLOCK E/F: BRIDGE

BLOCK F: RESIDENTIAL

BLOCK G: COMMERCIAL

BLOCK H: RESIDENTIAL/OFFICE

2020 - Mitchell Foo