TEAM: UCLA CLASS OF 2011
ADVISORS: Dana Cuff, Kevin Daly, Ben Refuerzo, Deborah Richmond, Roger Sherman
BRIEF: Self-published book with datascapes describing the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown
The Koreatown district of Los Angeles poses several unique challenges when facing the prospect of categorizing one of the city's most populous areas. For starters, its very borders are in question, making the exact location of Koreatown hard to pinpoint. From there, further questions emerge when taking into account the various subcultures of Angelenos inhabiting this porous locality. Our class was tasked with the test of quantifying data about and within the area, and formulating datascapes to describe our findings. For this purpose, we relied heavily upon site research and GIS data, combining multiple layers of data in each datascape. We assembled all of the datascapes we had put together, along with relevant housing codes and photographs, and combined them into this book. We divided our findings on Koreatown into categories such as Land Use, Demographics, Economics, Commercial, Resources, Transportation, Entertainment, Social Systems, and Signage. The research yielded enough data to produce a book of 283 pages, which we self-published through lulu.com, available for perusal and purchase here.