New Angeles was created as an assemblage of the urban landscapes of New York City and Los Angeles, directly responding to the critiques of Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York and Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: the Architecture of Four Ecologies by preserving the most coveted attributes of each city (the distinct verticality, mobility, and density of New York and the dramatic topography and eclectic ecologies of Los Angeles) and reworking of the negative characteristics (traffic, pollution, and sprawl).
The new city re-appropriates the cultural enclaves of Los Angeles and New York City into a continuous fantastical landscape, attempting a compromise between the distinct organizational strategies, cultural makeup, and topographical qualities of the markedly incongruous cities. Because the New Angeles itself is a collage of two cities, it is modeled in a two dimensional collage and a three dimensional site model of found objects. These objects were chosen for their implications as much as their form and are meant to characterize each neighborhood.
The New Angeles site model is comprised of five sections, each denoting a different set of paired neighborhoods that are linked by their essential cultural temperaments.