The explosive growth of the post-war middle class and the convenience of the automobile led to urban growth beyond the boundaries of the traditional city center. Los Angeles in particular became characterized by rapid

horizontal growth and planned enclave communities.

The city’s population decentralized and ultimately formed nodal patchwork suburbs for living. These low-density patches are often buffered from their urban counterparts by underutilized fabric that retains post-industrial zones. This generic, underperforming fabric is what Ignasi Sola-Morales Rubio refers to as the “Terrain Vague”.

The [sub]urban fabric of the terrain vague is stitched together with concentrated nodes that have expanded outwards concentrically. Collectively, the syntax of the urban, [sub]urban, and the suburb form the larger notion of the current Los Angeles urban-ecosystem.

The objective of this studio was to explore the interrelationship of the suburb, the [sub]urban, and the urban conditions of Los Angeles. 

Through strategies of activating the [sub]urban fabric, the blurred zones of the in-between, and outlying communities, our studio focused on interventions that could serve as catalysts for social, economic, and morphological reform.

Each student explored a programmatic element that could activate the [sub]urban fabric of the Glendale Amtrak

Station. With a hotel, retail, a multi-cultural performance center, commercial, urban farming, and housing, this studio created a node of activity, ultimately bridging the in-between.



[SUB]URB is a 196 unit hotel, located in the developing rust belt of Glendale. Being one stop away from both Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Burbank, it is the prime location for anyone looking to take advantage of public transportation. [SUB]URB features a 20,000 square foot flexible event space, ideal for use by any of the companies located in the adjacent commercial towers, as well as business in the greater Los Angeles area seeking offsite opportunities.