The parking garage apartment park, a proposal for accommodating the increasing density of Los Angeles
Master of Architecture
Los Angeles is landlocked but its population continues to grow steadily. These conflicting geographic and demographic pressures have created a unique low-rise, high-density suburbanism; a car-centric region with a major housing shortage and an acute lack of public parks. Like Downtown mega-projects and illegal garage apartments, this project houses new population growth by intensifying land currently dedicated to car storage. However, this thesis proposes a distributed model for densification that creates both new housing and new parks throughout the Los Angeles region. Focusing on the suburban city of Alhambra, this project is sited on a large supermarket parking lot. It replaces surface parking with a new park and adds eighty housing units while still accommodating the high automobile density lifestyle currently found in Southern California.