A building becomes an urban artifact when the scale of it become big enough to be considered as urbanism.

The dumb form started from simple extrusions with diagrams of Locomotive II and Peachtree. And the dumbness comes from the behavior of its transformation with the form.

Los Angeles is a great city without great urbanism. While the structure and atmosphere of the city are compelling, its urban form remains an ephemeral promise rather than a concrete fact. To counteract this, Los Angeles requires the willful shaping of the city, imagined large
and without trepidation, to bring its form in line with its aspirations. By introducing urban circulation systems, the functional meaning of a city–convenience–can be excited in the big dumb building.

This proposal is not only reproducing a city in Los Angeles but also trying to create a new lifestyle with the site. The programs in the big dumb building are for people’s daily needs which is like foods, retails, housing, and working. On the other hand, the buildings around the site are for supporting people’s non-daily needs like the post office, hospital, police stations, etc.

The graphics tried to make an effect of the crudeness of the form as a single urban artifact. It’s the only gold building in the site. By using the curtain wall and conventional windows for different functions and using the reflection for the connections with other cities, it looks like cities around the world are all in a big dumb building.

Location: Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles
Typology: Mix-used
Critic: Ramiro Diaz-Granados
Tool: Maya, Rhino, V-ray
Link: suckerPUNCH