| Authors: Aikaterini Paitazoglou, Cameron Reid
| Critics: Evan Tribus, Dragana Zoric
| Pratt Institute
| Recipient of Lee and Norman Rosenfeld Award 2016
“All This Space” is a critique on the suburban housing system that is prevalent in Los Angeles and across the United States. It utilizes a unique take on zoning rules and regulations as a design tool to promote growth. R1 residential zoning through this method could be reinvented to promote varied architecture, density, and use of all the interstitial space that plagues Suburban typologies to date.
Housing is a battle that the city of Los Angeles has been facing for years, featuring one of the most expensive housing markets in the United States. It is defined as a system where young residents can’t afford to buy, and where “affordable housing” is of a generally poor quality, and where the suburban expansive dream stamps out community spirit and individual expression.
San Pedro is a low density suburb of LA with a close proximity to the downtown area. It is an area that can be characterized by the archaic housing typologies that are typical of post war building methodologies. Some of these houses have been endearingly named “ding bat houses”.
Old post war zoning codes have made it a daunting task to build densely in Los Angeles due to the fact that 80-85% of the land is zoned for single-family house construction. There are missed opportunities living the existing fabric of the city and therein lies the premise for “All This Space”.
Our proposal breaks with the old zoning concept as we seek to re-define the sedimentary housing typology. The new method of zoning would strip the requirement for space only down to the shell of the building itself, allowing owners of properties to sell small parcels of their land off in order to be developed upon. For instance, one home-owner could sell their side yard rights as well as the air rights above their roof, resulting in another owner to build their house straddling the pre-existing conditions and filling in the spaces between the houses. This interwoven connection would allow for further densification of Los Angeles while also empowering and fueling micro affordable housing to a broader subsection of the population.