The evolution of logistics-related architecture began with buildings whose dimensions and shapes were based on cost and material limitations. Those architectural limitations were translated into the way goods were packaged and transported from warehouse to warehouse. Modern logistics buildings incorporate technological innovations and construction cost-savings that allow the architecture to conform to the requirements imposed by the efficient movement of goods and that work in concert with the tenants they house.
Industrial real estate has been an integral part of the historical development of the City of Los Angeles and the adjacent cities that have grown up around it. Two notable and important arteries connect the City of Los Angeles to its neighboring cities, to its industrial core, and to the world around it. Slauson Avenue stretches west to east across the center of Los Angeles while Alameda Avenue begins in the heart of the city and moves south, connecting it to the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach. Both roads represent a chain of industrial cities- Vernon, Commerce, Whittier and Santa Fe Springs; and Alameda, Compton, Carson, and San Pedro.
Beginning at the intersection of Alameda and Slauson Avenues and moving east along Slauson is a unique journey through this historic development and bears witness to the changes in industrial architecture that have facilitated the changes in our global economy. The industrial addresses along Slauson are points on a timeline- industrial real estate has always been located in peripheral districts, but as the cities have grown, the industrial cores have expanded and leap-frog out from the core of Los Angeles eastward in search of cheaper land and larger lots. The buildings still left along the route in the industrial core show art-deco flourishes which were constructed in the early part of the 20th century and many more constructed in the immediate post-WWII era that defined the economic expansion of Los Angeles and the West. Continuing eastward, buildings take on a modernist feel with larger windows, low-profile facades and angular awnings. Further east, the beginnings of pre-cast walls- multiple slabs of formed concrete aggregate are stacked between heavy post and beam concrete frames. By the end of the timeline, 12 miles east from the start, examples of modern construction techniques are apparent on all sides in the last of the industrial complexes build along Slauson in Santa Fe Springs.
INCLUDED IN THIS GALLERY ARE SELECTIONS FROM AN ASSIGNMENT TO DOCUMENT TILT-UP PANEL CONSTRUCTION. THE GOAL WAS TO CAPTURE A HUMAN ELEMENT WHICH EVOKES THE GRITTIER SIDE OF WHAT MAKES THESE PROJECTS HAPPEN.