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Arch leong haerichoi  fa19 01 ground floor plan

South LA Art Plant

This non-institution is serving its radical hospitality through intergenerational education with art as a medium. Conventionally, ‘education’ used to be conceived as an activity that happens in a particular classroom and targeted to relatively young generations. From the perspective that education is supposed to happen throughout the entire lifetime, and the ideal way of education is ‘navigating’ people to a certain point within a variety of activities, the concept of ‘education’ of this non-institution is ‘informal learning from play’.

Since this site has potential as an outdoor playground because of wetland and the weather of LA, ‘classroom’ could be extended out to the landscape. The courtyard, which is extended from an outdoor classroom/playground, is transitional space between each volume. In addition, the existing site is not interacting aggressively with the neighborhood because of the big mass of the old bus terminal building and huge continuous wetland park. To achieve higher porous circulation, I scattered the volumes over the site and made bridges so that the building is inviting people into the overall wetland park. From the metaphor of education that is navigating people, architectural features in this non-institution which plays a role as a ‘navigator’ is ‘surface’. Extended curved surfaces that divide each volume are also defining outdoor spaces and the overall circulation of the building.