@ Architecture and Environmental Design Discipline

A How to Map Your Neighborhood
A spatial database where house for the Los Angeles county
A degree certificate
Census, business, health, land use spatial data for planning neighborhoods.

Warehouse for spatial database for the community neighborhood councils and non-profit organization projects .
Template support for Developing “economic development basic map” for the community neighborhood councils and non-profit organization projects.

An interactive website and searchable spatial database of the community services, assets, demographics, population, business, parks, age groups, etc.

1.- Cross secting LA
2.- Route 66
3.- Chinatown Economic Development
4.- CORO Foundation and District 10

Mapping L.A. is a visualization and communication thinking tool for the LosAngeles County made by the community to the community, it makes mapping design accessible in a grass rooted educational environment.
Mapping L.A is dynamic online spatial database for the Los Angeles County.

Mapping LA is predicated on the notion that knowledge is power and INFORMATION IS CHANGE The use of GIS technology has the potential to reveal relationships that underline each unique neighborhood. Furthermore, the nature of its graphical output -the map, can provide a highly effective nonverbal vehicle to communicate.

Mapping LA Includes the community perspective by using GIS spatial database that can be utilized by residents for describing, evaluating and prescribing what they believe is desirable in their neighborhoods taking advantage of regional talents and persons interest for each community.

Mapping LA helps the neighborhood be described through the people’s experiences of the people that lives in the community. They manipulate and build a new and unique layer representing their own perceptions and options.
Mapping LA has the analytical potential and the spatial explicitness of geographic information systems (GIS) can be a powerful tool bridging the gap between resident comprehension and expression of their neighborhoods and therefore go a long way in making neighborhood planning more contextual and useful.


Educational Environment: three studios internet enable, archdesktop, business archview, 3d studio, national business data, autocad, Bentley and current architectecture and environmental design programs.

Geographical Information System (GIS) at a Community College Educational Environment–

A multifaceted approach to learning with “hands on” experience projects, it uses exercises and examples relevant to the Los Angeles City and Urban Landscape that may be applied to any other location (state, city community, etc). This technology provides great resources to workforce development projects.

This program is designed for beginning GIS users, doers, builders and developers that want to develop regional studies. GIS provides visual analysis tools that assist you to make better decisions by integrating different databases and information. You can save valuable resources, plan more effectively, visualize assets and streamline workflow processes. GIS examples used in this course address real social, economic, and environmental planning issues of the city. You will be able to study alternative solutions and communicate your project graphically in an interactive interface.

The value of GIS is transforming every single industry and field, the ones that do not incorporate this technology will be left behind.GIS technology combines layers of information about a place giving you a better understanding of your project by combining visual and spatial data in a map. Each layer has different types of information for example: major streets, 2000 census population, elementary schools, community services and public parks. By looking at these layers visually on a map, you can find relationships and patterns on your GIS interactive map. What layers of information you combine depend on the purpose of your project. Finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city, identifying vacant land, knowing your inventory, identifying population for a proposal, community services in a neighborhood, business, open areas, parks, vacant lands, non profit organization, associations, and so on.

Goals and Objectives:
Cross-Secting LA is a two-year partnership project, involving local public schools, universities, community organizations and their respective members. This project accesses the academic and professional assets of each participant in an innovative, new media context that possesses unique outcomes, both as a produced art object and as tool for dialog and representation. The process by which this project is actualized includes a series of panels and community forums that marry, progressive arts and architecture movements of the 1960’s (Kevin Lynch; the Situationist), formative conceptives of the 1980’s LA School (Mike Davis, Edward Soja), with the expansive possibilities in imaging, correlating and understating the challengeing complexity of contemporary Los Angeles. Specifically, from these forms, this project will realize:

An online dynamic mapping database, revealing complexity to visualize:
Cross Secting L.A.

Missing LA: Lost urban clustes (Bunker Hill, Old Chinatown, Chavez Ravine, Temple-Beaudry); industrial-era infrastructures (LA River, Lost Trolleys, Freeways, Oilwells); vacancies(Central Avenue; Pico-Aliso; Pan Pacific Auditorium)

Greening LA: soil samples of an industrial past; exploration of contemporary revitalization of the Los Angeles River and Alameda corridor; Green Maps; visions and realities of an ecological LA.

Filming LA: vanished Hollywood Studios; Los Angeles as portrayed through known and unknown locations; LA history as film history; fictions and ghost images.

Living LA: demographic shifts and marketing clusters; housing vs. storage; urban density and emergent shelters; early 20th century boosterism and restrictive ownership covenants.

Working LA: empty downtown; unions and free agents; communities served vs. home address – undocumented workers and police officers; density ratio of bus routes vs. freeways; working Hollywood – ‘acting’ as myth or reality.

The process of production for Cross-Secting LA will be organized as teams within each thematic layer, including: one project/theme director, ten high school students and /or community members and one UC student as technical assistant. Methods for production include GIS (Geographical Information Systems) maping, video and photographic multimedia, streaming design layouts and database driven text information and narratives. By combining these media, the methods of production are expanded from the traditional model of application-specific utilization, generating unexpected and unique results. Like GIS itself, Cross-Secting LA presents the layered content both as detailed understandings within each sub-section, as well as correlated information between the five primary layers.

Emerging complexity within urban environments is actively being researched and discussed both within new media and academic communities, but this dialog often lacks consideration of the actual, lived realities that both form and experience this development. Without the ability to demarcate direction within the emerging complexity that is at the core of Los Angeles, local communities and their members are left powerless in an increasingly globalized urban experience. To meet this need, Cross-Secting LA creates an active mapping’ as not only an accessible platform which enables this direction, but engages multiple communities in the process of its production.

Business, Natural, Census, Planning and Social Data.
Projects and Partnerships

3. ROUTE 66
5.- Two Cities- United Way mapping two cities