Get a virtual peek inside two different kinds of urban housing typologies.California already faced a shortage before the novel coronavirus hit. The pandemic will only make the situation worse. A recent “bird’s eye view” report by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation provided a rather sobering prediction. Housing affordability has become such an “overwhelming” issue that it was impossible to ignore, says LAEDC economist Eric Hayes. Without “significant policy action” to spur the construction of more homes, the costs of buying and renting will only continue to rise, the report concludes. The fact is LA needs more housing, and fast. Read the full article on Curbed.
“HOUSING IS THE LARGEST BARRIER TO ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE REGION,” SAYS ECONOMIST ERIC HAYES.Hop on these virtual tours to get a peek at a new model for supportive housing with LA architect Lorcan O’Herlihy. And step into the future of home, a 300 sf 3-D printed ADU that can be produced overnight.
MLK1101 TOUR WITH LORCAN O’HERLIHYResponding to an urgent need in Los Angeles for housing catered to formerly homeless veterans and chronically homeless and low-income households, LOHA collaborated with Clifford Beers Housing to transform a vacant, unimproved lot in South LA into a 100% affordable housing community, providing 26-units for previously homeless veterans and low-income families. LOHA’s LEED Gold design for MLK1101 Supportive Housing aims to create an environment that encourages health and community, acknowledging that successful social spaces come through a variety of planned and organic strategies. LOHA incorporates several design strategies that open the building towards the street and foster a sense of community within the neighborhood.
MIGHTY BUILDINGS 3D PRINTED ADU TOURAccessory dwelling units or ADUs present a small but mighty solution to affordability. For cities starved of new housing, staring down an affordability crisis, and desperate for density, the opportunity to inexpensively add housing units seems too good to be true. But that’s the promise made by proponents of accessory dwelling units, or ADUs: small structures, typically totaling under 1,000 square feet, built on the property of existing homeowners. Amidst the pandemic-fueled housing boom, newly launched California-based company Mighty Buildings offers an attractive solution to the nation’s lumber and labor shortages: 3D-printed homes that can be built with 95% fewer labor hours at twice the speed of conventional construction. This startup combines prefab design and 3D printing to create cost-saving backyard homes. Read the full story on Dwell and take a virtual tour of Mighty Buildings’ LA Pop-Up.
Registration opens on September 1st. All LA Design Festival tours drop on September 24th. Check back soon!