Saturday, January 31, 2009

L.a. now by Thom Mayne

These diagrams/ mappings will be helpful in the evolution of my project.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Inverse Relationship between Farms and Farmer's Markets

Produce Diagram

This diagram shows what produce is being harvested in Southern California, at major farm.

CROP: plant grown in significant quantities then harvested
ORCHARD: Intentional planting of trees or shrubs maintained for food production
CULTIVATE: to prepare work on the land in order to raise crops, to promote or improve the growth. (

Major products that are being farmed:

Los Angeles County:
Ornamental Trees/ shrubs
Bedding plants
Orchard fruit

San Bernardino County:

Riverside County:
Table Grapes
Leaf Lettuce

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

El Puente

A band of commercial buildings flock to a creek paralleled by the railroad which have interrupted the grid.

North Palm Springs

The 10 fwy and Hwy 111 create edges for the triangular piece of land that houses wind turbines. The two transportation arteries have interrupted the grid creating a new grain. The slope on this site houses a wash which drains all the way to the Salton Sea. The water running through the site is diverted into water basins.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Salton Sea

The Salton Sea and Hwy create edges


The shift in topography, quarry, wash, and railroad create divisions/ boundaries within this area.


A wash creates a boundary between a farming community and an airport.


The base of the mountain creates an edge. The change in topography prohibits the grid to climb.

Farmers Markets/ Train Transportation

Small Circles= weekly farmers markets
Medium Circle= daily farmers markets (still gathering research)
Large Circle= location of 15-30 produce distribution centers

An inverse relationship is happening with farmland to farmers markets. Inverse Map to come.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier acts as an extension of the 10 fwy (visually), protruding into the Pacific. The pier acts as a bridge connecting the natural with the man made, an interruption of the edge.

Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon shows a shift in the infrastructure as it meets topography creating a boundary in section and plan.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pacific Ocean to Salton Sea

Still In Progress: This map highlighting the 10Fwy also shows topography and main arteries. I am currently working on the patterning that is happening with the grid. The highlighted areas are locations where a shift in the pattern/grid has taken place.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Interruption of the Grid 1

Instance 1: NW of Redlands
This diagram shows the infrastructure of built communities next to farm lands. The grid is interrupted at the North by a large wash (which services the farm).