Paradise Lose – Los Angeles and Bali

Posted: April 20, 2011 by nimadesandradewi in Uncategorized

By Ni Made Sandra Dewi

Los Angeles grew from a small pueblo along side the Los Angeles River to the sprawling metropolis known today. In the begging Los Angeles had one plaza (urban space) and one vital connection to nature (the river) as the city grew the connection of the people to an urban place has lost the important of the earlier model.

At this moment Los Angeles is one of the most populous city in United States (after New York) with a land area of 498.3 square miles. Its is a dispersed city because of the outburst farm development in early 20th and one of the other big cause is the development of streetcar and rail road systems.

The growth of modern transportation – especially automobile – has helped shaped the growth of the city to the extent that the business and social life is dependent upon the continued use of automobile. The dependency of automobile affects the development of the city; it makes the possibility for suburban development, and the planning of housing is based on the automobile easy access. Los Angeles becomes a decentralized city.

As Jane Jacobs stated in her book The Death and Life of the Great American Cities, “ A growing number of planners and designers have come to believe that if they can solve the problems of traffic, they will be thereby have solved the major problem of cities”.

This decentralize resulted in suburban area where people becoming more interested in owning private housing which creates less interaction within the community because of the lack of shared space and thus resulting individuality within the community.

Los Angeles can learn from Balinese architecture and develop urban spaces for communal interaction. Los Angeles must be looked at from the standpoint of the individual and their interaction in a larger group setting. The Balinese model illustrates how families / home owners/ tenants can share certain programmatic elements of a dwelling to combine resources and create shared spaces while enabling important social interaction.  The shared context in Balinese housing are the kitchen area, where family share the kitchen and dine together which then resulting in more interaction between the community as a whole. It is to deconstruct the idea of a house as a single family social units and material status object.

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