De_evolution future ruin
De_evolution is a pocket park that stands as a window on our future and offers perspective on the relationship between humanity and nature. Questioning what the world will be like if we don’t act, the goal is to highlight the positive impact nature has on everyone, and everything, that lives in our world.
Expansion and urbanization are causing a decline in green space. The issue affects all of us, and everyone is responsible. While knowing this is harmful, we are not changing our actions. Lack of greenery leads to higher air temperatures and more ground-level ozone, with fewer trees and plants to clean the air and provide oxygen. Also, without soil to receive the rain and filter water, sewers become overloaded, causing neighborhood flooding as well as polluted water. This, in turn, is harmful to aquatic ecosystems.
We know the solutions to these issues that would result in harmony with nature and a better world. De_evolution reminds us of the negative outcome of doing nothing, what the future holds if we don’t do act today. The ruin is the inspiration leading to this design. Due to urbanization and city expansion, we are keeping nature far away from where we live, so we have lost the sense of nature's important role. We depend on nature, and we are not separate from its effects.
The goal of De_evolution is to excavate abandoned areas and bring greenery back into the cities. This will call awareness to the relationship between humans and nature. It works as a portal to illustrate the negative future - which is ruins - as a visual warning to people in the park about the current situation.
Triangle park, Art Districs DTLA
This park is a micro-oasis, located in the Arts District of DTLA. It's open to everyone who passes by and offers a view of the future, the ruin of typical human cities. It reminds us of the current ecosystem crisis since we are removing nature from where we live, through urban expansion. The park will not only provide a comfortable public space but also add a piece of art to the Arts District.
Surrounded by apartments, retail, factories, and restaurants - there are many people who would enjoy a place to rest, relax, and meet neighbors. It could also be a start in building a sustainable system to generate power and water recycling. There is a great potential for serving the people of DTLA, to offer respite from the dense urban landscape and neighboring industry.
This A-shape wall with an open window provides a shady area for sitting. Blocking the sunlight from east to west, the window on the west side allows afternoon sun into the park. Also, the concrete wall will work as a noise barrier to block ambient city sounds.
This standing wall connects to a two-level balcony structure on the east edge of the park. The two-story height will offer privacy on the west from the facing six-floor apartment building. A pathway under the upper-level balcony provides a hidden resting space for a pedestrian.
This giant triangle structure acts as a huge umbrella to block the direct sunlight throughout the day. Also, the concrete will absorb heat during the day, offering warmth as the sunsets.
View to north
The park’s biological pool is an ecological system identical to what is found in natural, freshwater sources. It contains plants and organisms of various kinds, all of which have a role to play. Also, due to the high temperatures in LA, the pool offers a cooling factor to the surrounding air, improving the pedestrian’s experience.
Concrete has a high thermal mass with properties similar to brick and stone. It absorbs heat from the atmosphere in warm weather and releases it during cooler periods, after sunset. This is the ‘thermal flywheel’ effect.
CITY NOISE BLOCK
One of the functions of the park is to mitigate ambient noise. The concrete, fountain, and sound of water flowing all work to cover the city noise resulting from traffic and the urban environment.
View to east