Fractal Boundaries

LAX_bannerLos Angeles Jun Pak | Cole Reynolds

A study of mobility in Los Angeles as it pertains to the formation of self-similar patchwork organizations of neighborhoods and sub districts within the downtown. Travel distance to freeway access points and public transportation was tabulated for each commercial or residential unit within the subject area and cross referenced against census data on automobile ownership. The mapping reveals patches and regions exhibiting ranges of high to low connectivity that correspond to data about socioeconomic status. These are understood to be regions that would support the introduction of secondary pedestrian-oriented circulation infrastructures that outline future regions for vertical development now that the horizontal growth of the city is approaching its limit.

The scale of the infrastructure is a direct correspondence to that of its user. Devices such as water collection, energy collection, light control and agriculture pods are used in an immediate way for results that aim to stimulate a changing lifestyle and characteristic of Los Angeles in an effort to catalyze certain areas of the city in a way to formulate new circulation routes and augment density.

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