The excavated area is the architecture while excavated earth becomes the landscape.
Over time, the land of Los Angeles has been built by excessive land manipulation. Construction projects require deep excavations for the foundation before functional spaces are actually built. The unused earth is then transported to some other place which is both uneconomical and unsustainable. The proposal of Earthpiles introduces a typology that uses “dig and fill” method for construction where the amount of earth excavated is equal to the amount of earth-filled on a site. The excavated area becomes the architecture while excavated earth becomes the landscape. Both the landscape and architecture can have multiple public uses, undefined at this point, where people can gather and enrich the pedestrian lives. The structural system is also earthquake resistant and generates a microclimate.
Land formation through excavation
Bunker Hill, Los Angeles