From Parking Lot to a Place Take 1

From Parking Lot to a Place Take 1

Years ago we reviewed a book on affordable housing for Booklist magazine. The book grappled with the tension that can arise between between place and architecture. Specifically, why can non-descript architecture help form great places whereas, sometimes, great architecture falls short at placemaking?

This project captures that tension. A non-descript parking lot by day is transformed into a sustainable market at night. The idea is tap into the node that is the Fullerton L Red Line Stop.

With thousands of riders, we observed and discussed what could be done. Datasets like Yelp! are gold mines for figuring out what people want. Creating design tools that can tap into these existing datasets is what interests us. Augmenting those with our own experience and judgment is what makes Architects like Italo Calvino's Mr. Palomar.

We will keep you updated as to the status of this project.

Scheme lines the existing pathway

Scheme lines the existing pathway

Circling the wagons around the turf

Circling the wagons around the turf