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For my ideal artistry safe space I tried to focus more on alleys. I live near an alley and sometimes it can get creepy or scary when passing by there. So as an artist, when passing by the alley I see the walls very boring and just dry. I wish that alleys can be more of a gathering place for artist to paint on the walls without being in trouble. And can also be for people to walk through and see color in alleys instead of having the fear to walk through.
- For my housing Illustration, I decided to draw a Duplex with a Granny Flat. I was inspired from some duplexes around my home that seemed to be combined with Granny Flats. I believe it's quite affordable, utilizes height for a second story, and the Granny Flat adds for variety.
- So, I managed to only explore the Southern-Western part of Costa Mesa. I found streets such as Adams Ave and Baker St that stretched way too far with the sidewalk being so bland. I believe that maybe a long greening walkway and some benches would definitely improve the route. With trees to minimize the car sounds, it'll make for a calm path. To add on Victoria St, it'd be a good addition to add benches to the bike trail. Additionally, I thought about adding a safe bike path that stretched from 19th St to the 405 Freeway. For community gardens, I placed them at Fairview Park and Canyon Park. Parks which consists of more wilderness. Throughout the parks in Costa Mesa, I decided to add Artist safe spaces because I believe that parks could unite artist. Even an artist safe space at MoonGoat Coffee would be nice, which I was inspired by some other candidates. While looking on the map I was given, I realized that a vacant land would be a great spot for a pocket park. Lastly, I was to identify locations for housing places. I went out for two bike rides and found 3 vacant lots that'd be nice for a duplex or maybe a fourplex. Costa Mesa has limited land so searching for viable housing places was challenging. I found that Fairview Development Center has a great deal of open land that is close to a hospital and transportation such as the bus. Thus, it'd be a good location for housing. I also marked the OC Fair and Event Center as a good location for housing, at least due to the large land it offers.
While incorporating the necessary 11,733 new units, I focused on spacing out apartment communities throughout Costa Mesa, in order to reduce the impact of these additional units on the city. In addition, I placed artist safe spaces nearby apartment communities and schools, where they would be accessible to the most amount of individuals. I also wanted to make the city more environmentally-sustainable by adding bike lanes along major streets, such as Harbor and Newport Blvd. Besides apartment communities, I added duplexes, fourplexes, and single family housing units throughout Costa Mesa; specifically near low-traffic areas in order to prevent increased traffic in the city. Lastly, I placed mobile home units, granny flats, and artist housing evenly across Costa Mesa in order to promote housing diversity for easier affordability. On Victoria Street and Harbor Blvd., I designed for pocket parks to be placed along the streets either in the grass pathways (next to Victoria St.) or in unused alleys near department stores (alongside Harbor).
For what I added to the cost mesa map I had a plan . That my plan was to add more park and a art Wall Street were people can look at the art . I also think that we need more is parks with restrooms and a auto center , we need a library too so we can have more . Also where people can sit down and rest and look at flowers or trees and like have a little river were fish can be .
For the housing map, I placed the units based on my prior knowledge, the housing map example, and Google Maps. I mainly focused on the North Costa Mesa Specific Plan Area. I didn’t put any of the housing units in parks because there is wildlife living there. During this process, it was important for me to place the units where people could interact. I tried to include different types of housing units, but they mainly consisted of apartment complexes and apartment communities. In the map, I labeled about 11,000 units based on the video and example. I tried to include units that would be affordable to families in Costa Mesa. For some of the spots, I overlapped the orange and tan dots. The overlap shows the single-family housing has a granny flat. I tried to incorporate artist safe spaces in empty areas. One important thing to me was making sure that the artist safe spaces were within walking distance. The location makes it accessible for people.
Artist Safe Space:
For my artist safe space I made it very colorful. I made it colorful to reflect the joyful mood that my ideal art safe space would have. I would want the floor to look interesting and artistic, so I added little paint splatters. At the very center of the artist safe space there I envision a yellow hand painted on the floor to show that the community is together. I also included a few bits of greenery, so there’s a little bit of a nature. There are also some benches (legos, small blue and yellow blocks) so people can sit down. The cubes around the yellow hand would be walls, where people can paint murals and express their art. The orange cubes would be a statue of some sort. People could get supplies by going to the little red building which would have supplies. To make sure that everyone enjoys themselves there would be an area for music. Music is another way people can express themselves. Also, there are some areas where street vendors can sell food, so artists can eat. Lastly, another way people can express themselves is through gardening. People can plant flowers or other stuff so the artist safe space looks beautiful.
I wanted to create a safe community full of all interests, people can relax by libraries and also have inspiration by reading, painting or learning my a garden. I also created many bike paths to create an easy way to travel from your house to your school. I also made sure to create several housing units in the black spaces of the maps while also creating an area around it that is a part of their property for privacy reasons.
For my dream housing unit, I wanted to create an apartment that had enough room for each person and that has accessibility to parks and schools, as well as light sources for the night to create a safer community.
My map illustration shows the City of Costa Mesa based on the most innovative units. The map I drew identity the places about 11,733 housing on the open areas like Charle Street and Hamilton there’s an vacant lot we can build an single family with other units that include granny flats. Another thing, Davis School behind the school there’s an ROP Coastline we can offer culinary art classes. More likely, Fairview Park has plenty of green space that we can build dive in movie at the park, small water park, green walls, community gardens, art place where people can enjoy the breeze of nature. In the most recent update, on W 16 St, Monrovia St, Whitter Ave, W 17 St, and Industrial Park I scrolled through the Costa Mesa Map I seen something that we can actually make it realistic by placing 11,733 housing in the enormous amount of open space. For instance, the map above shows housing labels build Granny’s and Single Family Houses by Costa Mesa County Club. On the other hand, on the 5 mention streets I will like to see somewhat a diverse community such as the industrial park is where we can locate new housings. Much like Duplex, Fourplex, Apartment Community, Mobile Home Community, and a large park for everyone to swing by to view the artistic landscape. Providing colored buildings, improve bike lanes in all areas that been the most occurred incidents, have different areas of the city culinary school like cooking, baking, painting, building, etc. Additionally, there isn’t an art museum that has exclusive features only South Coast Plaza but we can build one in Costa Mesa.
For my art center I would have kind of a community square. It would have many things that people could do and also have activities for non-artists as well. For the artists I would have certain spaces for murals and sculpting. I would also have an area for people to make things or “invent”. There could also be designated car meet ups so that there could be more of a car presence in Costa Mesa. There would also be music and food for everyone. For the kids their could be an animal exhibit every once in a while, as well as designated movie times. Their could also be places for people to skate that aren’t that close to everyone so that they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else.
For what I added to the Costa Mesa map I had a plan. That plan was to add more gardens in parks with greenery walkways nearby, as well as art centers near them. I also thought of some places that need bike paths, some places already had bike paths but I think they would need to be a little more wide and designated. For some bike paths I place I put them in places where I wanted more of them, for example near schools so students could get to them easier and safer. I also put in a few extra playgrounds and also some places where they could improve playgrounds and make a “Mega-Playground”.
For the map of Costa Mesa, I tried to avoid areas that I knew already had significant amounts of people living in them and avoid placing housing units in our parks. I tried to place most of the housing in commercial areas because I felt that was a better choice. I included artist safe spaces in areas I put higher density housing such as apartments and trailer parks. In some of the areas I know the yards are big enough, I included granny houses. For the artist safe spaces, they can be a variety of things, as simple as an empty area for chalk and painting or more developed areas with murals and easels. For the artist safe spaces on the highway, I was thinking the city could commission a local muralist to do "Welcome to Costa Mesa" murals on the sides of the highway. Overall, I think this map was the hardest part of this event, as I ran out of space multiple times and did not want to have only one type of housing on the map.
For the drawing of my ideal block I drew a multi-use housing area. It includes shops/restaurants on the bottom and apartment units on the top. I included porches for the people who live there can have some open space. I was also thinking (it isn't the most perfectly portrayed in the image) that on the top you could have an artist safe space and maybe a green roof. I also drew lots of trees and bike lines in the area so people feel more comfortable commuting without cars.
For the housing locations, I showed on the map where in Costa Mesa you could redevelop areas to add housing. For instance, there are a lot of car dealerships on Harbor. Do we need that many? There is space that has a lot of left over space like Fairview Development Center. Lastly, there are a lot of industrial areas that could be reimagined to include artists space, lofts, and multi-family buildings or small homes.
For my design, I chose to design an apartment complex because to add over 11,000 units it will need to include many apartment complexes. In my apartment I have a rooftop garden, an atrium with a fireplace, a large pool, a green wall, a bike path, balconies from the units and a lot of trees for shade.
With this new idea I think it would bring Costa Mesa more life and diversity in the form of Artist villages and support, affordable housing, and ADU’s strategically placed around the city in order to diversify housing choices around town. With this idea I think that we could bring more light to our city.