The project for my urban design studio involved creating a master plan for the St. Vincent De Paul Society in LA. It was a great exercise because our small class, under the instruction of John Kaliski, met with the client and then presented our proposals to the entire SVDP board. It was a nerve-racking, but great experience.
The problem: SVDP runs its LA office as well as a profitable thrift store out of an old building in an industrial area of the city. They want to include housing, address issues with parking and access. The adjacent site to the south is available for lease and potential use by SVDP.
Proposal: "The Backyard." Reconstruct part of the building, create street-facing entrances, and public space. Reprogram the internior building spaces to include offices, retail, and community center. Lease the adjacent parcel for surface parking, and redesign the streetscape. Use a strategic phasing plan in order to maintain retail and office operations during construction.
Here's some of the work my partner and I put together:
|Site Plan - Existing Conditions|
|Site Plan - Proposed Improvements|
|New "Backyard" space|
|New entrance from parking lot|
|Humboldt Street - Exisitng Conditions|
|Humboldt Street - Proposed Improvements|