Urban Patterns

Through a lifelong examination of the Latino built environment, I have uncovered a pattern language of how residents use, imagine and construct space. As great numbers of Latinos have settled into the suburbs of East Los Angeles and elsewhere in the US, they have brought attitudes to housing, land and public space that differ from how their houses and neighborhoods were originally planned, designed and constructed. The dialogue between home and plaza — public and private — so apparent in the physical structures of Latin American settlements, manifests itself in the way Latinos redesign their single-family homes and communities in the US.