TLA-Productive: Mats, Fields and Types: The Los Angeles Flower Market 2.0
Course: 123 Studio III (undergrad)

This studio will pursue a trajectory of research aimed at covering the discourse surrounding current urban design practices and an in-field analysis of L.A.’s market districts, culminating in the architectural execution of a project in the historic Flower Markets of downtown L.A. Given its current operations, students will contend with the integration of greenhouses and marketplaces that are responsive to the limitations evoked by the stubborn constraints of the existing site. These stubborn constraints, made up of alleyways, open surface parking, and existing buildings generate a context where a single attitude to urban development cannot be maintained. Proposals will negotiate a combinatory approach where qualities of mat-ness, field-ness and type all play a pivotal role in constructing an architectural proposal. Responses will contend with the given infrastructures, dynamic and time-based flows, and the experiential qualities of atmosphere and feeling specific to the site to allow their final projects to extend the continuity of the existing market.
As an introduction to the discourse of urban design, students will begin with a precedent analysis that will expose them to the conversations evoked within MAT and field oriented architectures. As a part of this introductory assignment, students will pursue the development of representational skills, honing in on the systems and forces at play in the manifestation of these works and the graphic means through which we illustrate them. Next, students will pursue research specific to the history and contemporary condition of various markets in Downtown Los Angeles.
Exploiting cartographic fictions, students will work to illustrate and communicate temporal ideas of movement within each given site. Using this basis of research as a foundation of information, students will conclude the quarter with an architectural project that extends the existing Flower Market with new greenhouses, temporary worker housing and additional markets in an attempt to understand the urban and architectural impact of a “local” industry.
Students: Andrew Cheu, Michelle Chung, Carol Cotu, Jordan Doane, Christine Gaglione, Victor Gomez-Mustafa, Dawn Jeong, Brett Jones, Allison Laverty, Michael McGuire, Anna Meloyan, Natasha Sadikin, Steven Shipley, Kelli Steinke, Tianze Tong, David Tracy, Elliot Yamamoto