STOzone

In collaboration with cityLAB and Roger Sherman Architecture and Urbanism, STO_zone follows up on an investigation of new forms of community identity. In this case, the act/desire/need to store goods in our society of consumption gives rise to a new urban dilemma. More than expanded closets or ever increasing public storage facilities, STO_zone organizes community around a built infrastructure of storage. Our homes, always storage of a one kind or another, open up to different market places – suddenly mobilizing our otherwise neglected goods.

The site is an existing,14-acre site in Glassel Park, north of downtown Los Angeles once occupied by K-Mart but now fully abandoned. The project assumes an adaptive model for big-box sites once the existing retail anchor (Target, Home Depot, WalMart, etc.) becomes defunct. The site would be reinvented as the land owner, through city zoning approval, subdivides the property and existing surface parking lot into individual private micro-parcels of land each 16’ by 60’. Each parcel is sold as a fee-simple property, like shares of a publicly-traded company. Drive aisles are legislated as easements to allow access to each lot and each of the properties “grows” upward as space is needed. Public parks coalesce organically as green rooftops grow and connect.