Holcim Foundation

Project Summary

Self-contained day labor station

In many US cities day laborers use street corners as informal hiring sites. For hours on end they wait by the roadside and in parking lots, often in the hot sun and without any amenities, in the hope of securing a day’s work for a day’s pay.

The Self-contained day labor station aims to improve the life quality of those who find themselves on the edge of the American Dream.

Project Timeline

Expand allCollapse all
“A minimal physical urbanistic intervention with benefits that extend to a larger social context” – Holcim Awards Jury
Benefits extended to a larger social context
“Innovation” prize for Self-contained day labor station in San Francisco, USA
Silver Award for a self-contained day labor station in San Francisco
“A simple and convincing approach” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2008 for North America
Project Details
San Francisco, USA
Liz Ogbu
Main Author
Liz Ogbu
Public Architecture, USA
John Peterson
Further Author
John Peterson
Public Architecture , USA
Silver 2008
North America
Innovation prize 2009
Related topics
Related Information
Holcim Foundation

Search Help

Our website search engine covers the web pages including project descriptions and expert profiles, PDFs, images and videos on the Holcim Foundation website. To improve your search results, here are some tips:

Basic search

Our search defaults to term-pairing AND. If you search sustainable construction - then the search engine will look for any items containing sustainable AND construction


photovoltaic OR solar

Looks for either word


(clay OR mud) AND (school OR university)

Combine alternative terms for more specific searching


geothermal -heating

Excludes a term from results, automatically ANDs other terms listed


"zero carbon"

Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase or combination

Wildcards (one or more characters)


Asterisk (*) matches any word or phrase - so archit* will find architect, architecture, architectural as well as architrave