In this assignment, we considered a site on the Ballona Creek through a set of lenses that preface the site’s ecological history and present environmental conditions. We used diagrams, drawings, and models as both analytic and projective tools to uncover the many layers of the site—historical, ecological, economical, and architectural—and to presuppose a narrative about the influence and interactions of these layers. Through our work, we constructed a distinct attitude about the site as a place for architectural speculation.
Beginning with a site study, I looked at the natural and tectonic composition of the site. Since I did not have an accurate precedent model to start from, I mapped out an estimate of the width and height of the creek using research as well as the google maps measuring tool. From that I created a site section, and a site plan.
Following this, I considered different variations of the topology and how each would impact the flow of water and the food area. This informed my first board, which was composed of my research and diagrams.
I also researched birds extensively in order to understand their habitats, and their behavior. The intent was to use this information to inform the design of my project. Since there were many bird types in the surrounding areas, I decided to focus on only five based on their size, their food sources and their dependence on water/ an aquatic habitat.
In the diagram below, the circular areas highlight the sites where these birds were sighted most, and are measured according to their proximity to the site. At the top is a section of the site with the creek running in the center, and a road along one perimeter. The flow of the water is indicated by the blue arrow adjacent to the site. Metro stops and public spaces are plotted with blue markers since access to the site is important, and the location of these stops informed the location of the primary entry point of the site.
The speculative diagrams illustrated the various ways the landscape/hardscape could be manipulated in order to create new habitats, and perhaps to increase the flow of water through the site. Some of these speculations were certainly not viable, but still interesting to consider.