This proposal, titled ‘Scaffold City’, is a 54 unit apartment complex located at the corner of La Cienega and Jefferson Blvds, adjacent to a new LA Expo Line train station. As a transit oriented development, the project had a number of sustainability goals and aspirations in order to create open and accesible public space at this busy Los Angeles intersection. The initial conceptual strategy was to treat the level of the train platform as a new ‘street level’ I devised an organizational strategy for the apartment block that would divide unit types between ‘Substructure’ Units and ‘Superstructure’ Units. The units below the train level are constructed using concrete with stone surfacing, to create a subterranean ambiance, as if one is amongst ancient ruins. Emerging from this substructure is a complex scaffolding system that connects the train platform to to the housing complex by a network of staircases, open-air corridors, and terraces. The public is allowed full access to these outdoor spaces, which offer varying views of the surrounding landscape and city, and could accomodate a diverse set of programmatic activities. This scaffolding would be covered in ivy during the summer months to provide shade; likewise, winter leaf loss would allow for passive solar heat gain. Finally, the large courtyard space in the ‘substructure’ would be proposed as an urban farm, open for cultivation to residents and the public alike. Refer to the sustainability strategy diagrams for more information on the passive systems incorporated into the design.