Enroute to Diversion
Thesis Manifesto
2015—01
We crave spontaneous urban encounters yet our current city model, based on large swaths of non-space for transit, lacks the public platform needed to satisfy our social nature. This new infrastructure, based in a future where solely electric cars are allowed to traverse the streets, transforms the Los Angeles freeway network into a public space that re-connects the city with its inhabitants. Once the most vibrant part of the city, Medieval walls allowed for informal commerce that escaped city regulation. Re-imagining these stark borders as more permeable boundaries, “Enroute to Diversion” proposes a shared public platform where locals and commuters mix to create a vibrant public platform for civic vitality and more accessible paths of mobility. Hollenbeck Park, once an idyllic escape for neighbors to coalesce, was bisected by the I-5 and the I-10 in the 1960s blocking East LA from easily reaching Downtown LA. Reviving this freeway into a permeable membrane, returns the once spontaneous mediator condition roads and boundaries once held to the presently static role the network holds within the community.

Doug Jackson Thesis Studio
California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo