Los Angeles

Built on mountains, deserts and beaches, Los Angeles is rural, urban and suburban all at once. Within LA county, one city has a population of four million and another has one hundred. The diversity paves way for promising neighborhoods, a new initiative of “promised zones” adopted by the US government to create jobs, expand opportunities and increase access to living quality in the region. The key strategies puts Los Angeles in a mode of change and pushes the city forward, with new housing and a widened transit infrastructure including bus, bike lanes and transits.

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Los Angeles County has the most residents per county in the entire country.

The city contains 88 communities, populated by the average highly educated 34 years old. With the highest growing job opportunities in biomed and health aids, occupation in 2014 is predicting growths in carpenters and brickworks in order to accommodate for the cities expansion.

Once a home for the wealthy,

the historical neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Financial Downtown LA, have always had an explicit past; times of luxury as well as deficit. The area was first built by private investors and maintained its exclusive aura until the post-war, when most of the area was flattened and redeveloped. From the 1950’s until the present, Los Angeles built some of the tallest buildings in the area, part of the longest redevelopment project in Los Angeles history. With a new skyscraper finalized every year, Bunker Hill quickly became the part of the city with the highest density, hosting 22400 people per square mile. Today Bunker Hill and the Financial district home to most of the city’s Financial, Insurance, Accounting, Law, and Utilities companies. Even though the properties in Bunker Hill rank among the premier office assets in LA, many still suffers from a high vacancy rate. It is as if the area had hit a standstill, keeping streets far from the creative glory of the past. With a prime location and high density, Bunker Hill has become a lucrative location to hack. With most buildings passive, the opportunity lies in multi-property office spaces, with a more diverse activity-based experience, injecting culture and entertainment both for the users and for the surrounding downtown area.

L.A. Rental Prices Heat Map

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    Uncage the Center

    By removing visual barriers between the tower and shell, greater connectivity is allowed and the cultural neighborhood context is encouraged.
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    Space Between to Space Within

    The area is also more easily accessed though the widened entries to the interior plaza. On the upper level it is all about visibility, with increased circulation allowing for better views for the upper offices.
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    Shifted Spaces

    To highlight the increasing motion and activity more light and focus is brought to the street frontage, creating a feeling of a community plaza.
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