The city of Los Angeles has the largest and most extensive bus network in the United States with an average daily boarding of approximately 1.2 million across almost 200 bus routes and 1,500 square miles. Yet, this system is highly underutilized and goes largely unnoticed by the majority of Los Angelenos.
One contributing factor to the lack of visibility and recognition of this extensive and interlaced network of movement involves the dislocation of a point of view. That is, the network described above has as no readily accessible point of view, no way to look at or understand it. In any given time or location, the network exists in the spaces between the maps, diagrams, and timetables.
This network bisects multiple boroughs of the vast, sprawling urban landscape of Los Angeles with little or no recognition or exchange of identity between the network and the area it serves. In cities with a greater reliance on public transportation like London or New York, this is not typically the case. Neighborhoods become identified by their transportation stop and vice versa. In this way, civic and cultural identity is often tied together with a connection to the transportation network.
It is the goal this design studio to develop and provide a visual architectural language to the otherwise invisible, interconnected and multidimensional transportation network. Students will then utilize this visual language to develop and deploy specific transportation stops to help build an identifiable neighborhood district between downtown LA and Santa Monica.