About the Enacted Environment
The Enacted Environment describes the exterior space between buildings that gives people a place to manipulate as they please, as well as people's behavior patterns as they act as creators of space. A fence becomes a place of social interaction, a store sign becomes a work of art, and a front yard becomes a plaza. This website is an extension of my original MIT Thesis research on the Enacted Environment as it applies to the evolving Latino landscapes in the US.
Latinos who have settled into the suburbs of East Los Angeles and elsewhere in the US have brought new attitudes to buildings and public space that have transformed their old single family homes and communities. Through a lifelong examination of the Latino built environment, I have uncovered a pattern language of how residents use, imagine and construct space.
Latino Immigrants, Sustainability, and the American Suburb.
A Place Erased: Family, Latino Urbanism, and Displacement on L.A.'s Eastside.
Is L.A. Losing Its Outrageous Past? The Birth of Gay Urbanism in 1970s West Hollywood.