Julian Daly

MArch I

Made in LA

Advised by Andrew Holder 

As Los Angeles embarks on a series of ambitious new mobility projects, a long history of development, immigration, rail right-of-ways, and zoning regulations coalesce to make LA’s industrial corridors the most straightforward location for these new pathways through the city. As the spaces of production that line these corridors become increasingly part of everyday experience, they need to be transformed to fit the curated presentation of oneself ubiquitous to LA. 

This thesis posits that by displaying the processes of the different trades housed within the structures, a new form of architectural signage can be developed, one that meets the needs of LA’s craftspeople as their anonymity erodes and their processes are put on display for a new passing audience. This form of signage differs from that of the decorated shed or the supergraphic in that it translates specific knowledge into observable details that display the logic of what occurs within. Relying on a limited material palette, common to the industrial landscape, and a set of primitive forms familiar to each trade, the assembly logic of the different trades becomes explicitly clear as the structures’ construction varies across the site to match specific trades’ processes. The project puts impetus on the sensibilities of the maker by acknowledging the history of each trade as a means of generating new construction systems and forms of architectural expression.

Digital drawing of circles and cones