Under Construction in Inglewood - on the old Hollywood Park horse track - is the new Los Angeles Stadium which will purportedly surpass $5 billion in costs.  Alongside and surrounding the stadium are plans for an entertainment district and residential neighborhood and will incorporate - along with office, a hotel, retail and park space - 3000 units of housing.

At the moment, the designated residential site is being used for construction phasing, but preliminary images used to show the future intentions of the neighborhood reveal an unusually generic response to the layout of the buildings. Perhaps these buildings are merely ‘placeholders’, or perhaps the developers’ true intentions? Either way, the plan is an unmistakable weak strategy in 19th century block planning. The project asks if alternatives for a community of 3000 or more in such close proximity to a super large building and its surrounding park prone to enormous influxes of individuals - could be developed differently.
 

Project Site

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 Primarily used as a horse track, void of public access and green communal spaces. Between the Forum and the Hollywood Park Racetrack, the site was forced to incorporate vast amounts of parking space, removing the possibility to activate the site beyond the day of the performance.

 

Located directly underneath the landing pattern for LAX, visitors and locals are met with views of the site before they even arrive. Views from the air show the bland, unexciting nature of the existing site, but as construction continues, the future of Inglewood is exciting. 

 

The immediate vicinity is home to a variety of socioeconomic demographics, resulting in a wide spectrum of retail zones. The car is king, and businesses are centered around catering to vehicular access, resulting in vast areas of dead space to allow for parking. 

Century Boulevard provides the primary point of circulation and access as it holds the highest density of traffic. There are hotels, but none over three star and only on Century. No buildings rise over four stories in the visible distance from the site. 

Construction phasing for Los Angeles Ram's stadium

Preliminary District Analyses

French Quarter, New Orleans District Analyses

New Orleans Figure Ground
New Orleans Figure Ground

New Orleans Hotel Diagram
New Orleans Hotel Diagram

New Orleans Architectural Elements
New Orleans Architectural Elements

New Orleans Figure Ground
New Orleans Figure Ground

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SOHO, New York Analyses

SOHO Figure Ground Analysis
SOHO Figure Ground Analysis

SOHO Axonometric
SOHO Axonometric

SOHO Architectural Elements
SOHO Architectural Elements

SOHO Figure Ground Analysis
SOHO Figure Ground Analysis

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Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong Analyses

Lan Kwai Fong Figure Ground
Lan Kwai Fong Figure Ground

Lan Kwai Fong Axon
Lan Kwai Fong Axon

Lan Kwai Fong Architectural Elements
Lan Kwai Fong Architectural Elements

Lan Kwai Fong Figure Ground
Lan Kwai Fong Figure Ground

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Preliminary Stadium Analyses

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum Circulation + Green Space Analysis
Colosseum Circulation + Green Space Analysis

Colosseum Figure Ground
Colosseum Figure Ground

Colosseum Circulation + Green Space Analysis
Colosseum Circulation + Green Space Analysis

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Barclays Center, New York

Barclays Center Greenspace Analysis
Barclays Center Greenspace Analysis

Barclays Center Activity Analysis
Barclays Center Activity Analysis

Barclays Center Activity Analysis [Larger Context]
Barclays Center Activity Analysis [Larger Context]

Barclays Center Greenspace Analysis
Barclays Center Greenspace Analysis

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Petco Park, San Diego

Petco Park Figure Ground
Petco Park Figure Ground

Petco Park Activity Analysis
Petco Park Activity Analysis

Petco Park Figure Ground
Petco Park Figure Ground

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Preliminary Pattern Studies

During initial studies for the urban masterplan development, the team was inspired to create a variety of conceptual pattern diagram that illustrated potential schemes for the project. The studies included but were not limited to imposing a variety of artist drawing that were inspired by Piet Mondrian’s and Wassily Kandinsky’s works and an employment of the 20 existing american grids of the 20th century.

The playful scheme of the 20 american grids was used to process the initial massing studies for the urban scheme and we reconfigured to programmatically accomodate the various aspects of the urban masterplan.

initial site design isometric

Programs Used:
Rhinoceros 6
Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
V-Ray Renderer [Rhino]
AutoCAD 2018

initial site design master plan

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This is the Inglewood Genesis Center

2018 | FOURTH YEAR 

[in collaboration with fellow USC students, Milad Rohani and Can Derman]

Our team took an explicit position of the urbanism being proposed and the fundamental increment, order, and goals for the new neighborhood by placing an emphasis on city’s revival through developing a dynamic green belt that follows the flow of greenery in Los Angeles and acts as a nexus of natural landscape rather than a blockade.

 

The Inglewood GenCen incorporates the daily needs of the community, from a wide variety of housing options to state of the art sports center to a school and more.

A harmonious relationship will be established between cars and pedestrians through the introduction of an elevated grid system. This will allow for cars and pedestrians to navigate the site without worrying about each other, and heighten the site’s circulatory efficiency. 

 

The site will promote pedestrian circulation through the careful placement of pathways, courtyards and parking to facilitate walking between retail stores. 

Hotels and offices will also play a part in giving life to the site, providing a destination beyond Sunday afternoon to watch a football game.

 

The urban master plan was resolved by segregating and organizing the grid in 5 different parts through the following criteria:

Grid A: Public Parking Areas

Grid B: Sports Facilities

Grid C: Public Facilities [including Retail, a Casino, Offices and a Hotel]

 

Grid D: Communal Facilities [Community Supermarkets]

 

Grid E: Private Residences [Including Dormitories]

program matrix

circulation diagram

Individual Student Dormitory Design

The county of Los Angeles has the highest concentration of student athletes and future olympians from the city of Inglewood.  To foster the spirit of athletic competitiveness and academic excellence, three buildings meant for student dormitory use were integrated within the whole system of the master plan (each with its own distinctive school team). The three buildings are nested within a system of grids that are activated through varying sports courts: tennis courts, basketball courts and a football field and an activation of landscapes that bring in the nexus of natural landscapes into the buildings’ immediate environment. Through these moves, the student dormitories aim to captivate the students by placing an emphasis of competitiveness through sports and a support for healthy minds and bodies through the use of greeneries.

Comprehensive Design Drawings

overall drawings

Overall Axon
Overall Axon

Overall Siteplan + Iso
Overall Siteplan + Iso

Overall Axon
Overall Axon

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GenCen Plan.png

dormitory site plan

building chunk

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program diagram

student module plan

01 student housing
02 shared study room
03 public bathrooms
04 green zones
05 administrative offices

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longitudinal section

transverse section

sectional axon

floor plan

perspective renders

Courtyard Perspective
Courtyard Perspective

Exterior Perspective
Exterior Perspective

Dormitory Perspective
Dormitory Perspective

Courtyard Perspective
Courtyard Perspective

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