TEAM: Zach Chance, Jordon Gearhart, Matt Goldsberry, Deane Madsen, Alex Pandjiris
ADVISOR: Roger Sherman (RSAUD), Mark Linder, & Mclain Clutter (MCRD)
BRIEF: Use GIS data to inform interventions along a 5-mile section of Los Angeles
Our goal in this project was to analyze the 5-mile Vermont Avenue Corridor in Los Angeles, and produce models that would suggest possible futures. To this end, we documented, manipulated, and re-described our findings by converting data into hybrid modes of spatial description.
Mclain Clutter, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert, led us in experiments involving freely available census data to produce a series of TINs (Triangular Interpolated Networks). We then used these TINs to speculate on possible scenarios, from which we developed our project.
To start, we examined opportunities for hybridization along Vermont Avenue. We found that there were over 36 gas stations along our 5-mile site, as well as several golfing equipment stores and elementary schools. These schools, however, had very little in the way of recreational spaces; in fact, public outdoor space was noticeably lacking. Gas stations, meanwhile, were a significant presence along Vermont, occupying underutilized, strategic locations along this central corridor. Having examined trends in gasoline purchasing habits in the vicinity, we propose the creation of an 18-hole mini golf course at 18 of the gas station canopies along Vermont Avenue to provide playspaces for elementary school children and inhabitants of the surrounding community.
Few links exist along Vermont Avenue through the several communities established across its linear corridor. The mini golf course would provide infrastructural link, also allowing for the formation of a cohesive identity for an otherwise discontinuous set of neighborhoods.