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Open 'n Fill  ︎ Graduate Studio Five

ARCH 691
Fall 2020 ︎

Los Angeles

Carmelia Chiang

Drawing by M.Arch students Maneh Tahmasian and Xavier Chavez

Open 'n Fill is an experimental design studio that generates ideas for immediate response to current problems:

At & Post COVID-19
- Facing the reality of pandemic outbreaks, almost all existing structures need some kind of retrofitting work to make the existing space functional again. The concerns of indoor air quality (IAQ), social distancing, an increase of personal space, and new typology for congregation space are merely a few aspects that are in need to be addressed during the retrofit.

Climate Change - 1.1°C has risen since the industrial revolution. If we pass 2°C, there will be no going back in saving the planet. To ensure that we don't pass that threshold, we need to cut emissions in half by 2030. The building industry has been a huge contributor to cause damage. We, as architects, have the responsibility and obligations to slow down the process of temperature rising. Urban infill is not a new idea of sustainable community development. Cities/ communities have constantly been revitalized by reusing or renewing existing structures for repurposing.

Housing - The problem of housing shortage remains a current issue in Los Angeles. With the newly implemented Senate Bill 330 Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (SB330) in the states of California, combined with the planning strategy Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines (TOC) announced in 2018, the city encourages developers and architects to increase density within existing zones to help relieve housing problem.

Work by M.Arch student Samin Hoizouritazlighi

This studio investigates how architects can provide visionary for: 
  • Open up existing structures* and implement new spatial configuration to address the health issue
  • Sustainable communities/ cities with urban infill
  • Retrofit existing buildings with the addition of housing units


Diagrams by M.Arch students Maneh Thamasian and Xavier Chavez

Catalog Description

Students examine a contemporary architectural design topic through a vertical option studio or specialize through the selection of a focus studio. Topics vary and focuses correspond to the three emphases and post-professional tracks.