Arraying Prototypical Houses in Strip Patterns: Gregory Ain’s Park Planned Homes of 1946–1949
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Los Angeles architect Gregory Ain’s series of housing projects are reviewed and analyzed with regard to the frieze groups of symmetry. Ain was very conscious of utilizing a simple reflection and translation method of arranging prototypical units along a street. He argues that although such a method is simple, it would be enough to create a variable housing layout and a diverse look. First, this article briefly introduces a formal methodology with regard to frieze symmetry in the analysis and design of housing arrangements. The concept is then applied to review a series of Ain’s housing designs, which demonstrate the use of the method in his consecutive designs. Finally, the same method is applied to test possible alternative arrangements to create a dynamic streetscape. The notion of parametric designs may be applied to transform the typical unit to generate a variety of dissimilar designs.
KeywordsGregory Ain Freeze symmetry Park planned homes Housing Compositional possibilities
This work was supported by an Inha University Research Grant.
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