With the rise of gentrification in neighborhoods along the Los Angeles River, Out of Order was created to spark conversation amongst friends, family and neighbors. The intent was to pose a question; what is the future they want for themselves and their loved ones, and how does gentrification affect that?
This vending machine serves as a metaphor for commerce and visualizes the possible futures of a community told through consumer products.
A student project Sponsored by Play the LA River and created by Riley Gish, Jesus Jacobo, Christiahn Roman & Dali Yu
Selecting your future
Gentrification effects neighborhoods in more ways than just housing. The vending machine is divided into five different sections to illustrate the different ways that existing residents can be affected. The items are compared side by side, before and after gentrification.
For example, take the Concha located in the middle right of the vending machine in the photo below, it's a 30¢ Mexican sweet-roll representative of Los Angeles culture which is currently affordable and abundant in local bakeries, but this staple and many others may begin to disappear if boutique shops such as over-priced cupcake stores are introduced into the neighborhood.
The vending machine content can be customized to any neighborhood, bringing up relevant issues. Viewers are able to dispense a free pamphlet located at the bottom to learn more about each item and how it affects them. The aim is to give opportunities for awareness, spark conversation and encourage engagement between the residents, business owners, developers and policy makers. The neighborhood will change no matter what.
How it changes is up to you.