Architecture, Los Angeles, Housing, Courtyard Housing, Housing Density, Ego-Centric
Los Angeles has spread out too far and needs to adjust its urban strategy in terms of higher density develpments and compact urban nuclei.
These nuclei will establish more defined city centers with locally available amenities, thereby decreasing Angelino’s reliance on an overtaxed private transportation infrastructure. To sustain these centers there is a need to increase both population and housing density. Courtyard housing is the ideal typological model to remedy the situation. The Courtyard model, additional allocation of public space, and encentivised public transportation are key to achieving the best possible results.
Re-evaluate Los Angeles through a Freudian filter, identifying what elements cater to the id, ego, and superego. An understanding that LA has traditionally been an id-centric city, will allows for a more intentional negotiation with the superego elements of design and how they can be applied to the courtyard house as a model for the the ideal ego.
Matthews, Yannick, "High Density LA: Ego-Centric Housing" (2013). Architecture Thesis Prep. Paper 223.
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