It might be difficult to ignore the paranoid demand of security in Los Angeles and to revitalize the walkway on the bridge as a free observing deck to the strange ecosystem from Los Angeles River.
LA Hub, The Catalyst, is formulated to be an interconnection between abandoned community and two sides of the bridge that have no social relationship. To set up diversely the level of participation on site, the spatial organizations for fitted architecture are created to be “active participation” and “passive participation.” The active space for job opportunity is hosted underneath the incubator space, where the hub people circulate, to the floating landscape so-called a communal hill which opens up the different configuration of interaction. The passive participation is organized by the loop circulation which interplays with steps and perceptions [porous wall, sharp-fillet corner.] However, spaces will be occupied from time to time by the monthly membership which in this case would allow the hierarchy of the space to occur. Thus, the catalyst system, where the public and hub people can interact, is invented as a lifting platform to diversify the activities. That is to say catalysts are the special programs accompanying with specialists dispersed all around the site when needed.
THE CATALYST - LA WORKING HUB – Social Revitalization and Co-Working Space
Up-moving and Down-moving platforms have the character to advocate working collaboration for both the hub people and live-work people. Not only to encourage the co-working space, do the catalyst, but also to change the public and private hierarchy of space though accessibility and perception. Ultimately, formal gestures suggest the complexity between permeable public realm and flexible private realm. To amplify, the adjacencies of catalysts and positions of working spaces are laid out according between co-working space and public circulation. While the public roaming on site, the curvaceous surfaces function as an indicator on site informing the changeable positioning and programming catalysts. With all system integrated, we can begin to overcome the fear of crime in Los Angeles by exploiting the architecture to create dense, compact multifunctional core area. Hence, it will be more activities which will determine what ’type’ of people will be strolling the walkways and challenging how permeable the architecture, society and city can be.