The class project is to design a series of ‘Seeing Machines.’ These seeing machines should identify an aspect of a community that you think is significant, hidden in plane site or is not typically accessible (examples – behind the counter, intimate moments, when someone lights up) or some inequality or issue (race, gender, access). These seeing machines should both expose you and document for others this unique dimension. Part one includes identifying what issue/place/moment you would like to reveal then exploring what you would like to collect or exchange and how that will be possible. Consider both quantitative and qualitative aspects of these communities. Your design iterations and data collection should include a mix of both digital and physical assets.
Group 1 : Mariachi Plaza Station – Boyle Heights
Group 2 : Expo Park/ USC Station – Exposition Park
Group 3 : MacArthur Park Station – Westlake
Group 4 : Sunset / Vermont Station -Thai Town/ Little Armenia
Everyday Urbanism – Introduction
Margaret Crawford covers the origins of ‘everyday urbanism’ which serves as the contextual foundation of how this class looks at site and programmed spaces—particulary with Los Angeles. This argues that a certain dialogue of temporal modalities and tactical operations occur in public space.
Blurring the Boundaries: Public Space and Private Life
Margaret Crawford goes in more detail on how certain areas of Los Angeles has become places of tactical operations both challenging and negotiating set rules of public space. This article sheds light on how the Projects Sites for this class developed into multi-faceted places of many issues from access, populations growth, equity and race.
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