COMMON GROUNDS by Quynh Pham
S Hill St / W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA
Common Grounds is a collection of buildings, unique in form yet common in construction, that are stitched together by the communal spaces in between. The project’s organic pattern encourages residents to develop agency over their individual space while providing common ground where shared experiences cultivate a culture of community.
PART PARCEL by Prerana Kamat
5th / San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
Part and Parcel refers to a portion of something that is integral with the whole, which in the case of this project refers to housing modules that together form the community parcel. The design seeks to solve problems of affordable living among the growing senior population and the students of LA with the proposal of an inter-generational mixed-use vertical structure which not only provides for spaces to inhabit but also to grow produce and sell the surplus in the grocery store which will be accessible to the general public, thereby promoting a self sustainable living environment.
BRACING TRANSITION by Carly Langsdorf
921 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California
Bracing Transition is transitional living for young adults (18-25) that are experiencing homelessness in LA. Providing young adults with support at this vulnerable age is essential to getting them on their feet. The project aims to provide these young adults with a sense of community, with connections to other people going through similar situations, and with important resources that the area is currently lacking.
ARCADE ABODE by Paola Leticia Santiago Toledo
6th / San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Why an arch housing structure for homeless citizens with disabilities? Most importantly, how do they reassemble? These unsettled neighbors might be impaired, but are strong, adaptable, and develop high levels of resistance. Just like arcade structures! For this reason, this project intends to celebrate their endurance by providing a space for empowerment, flexibility, and independence.
PLUG / PLAY by Kunal Chhatlani
7th and Wall Street, Los Angeles
The project seeks to explore the diversity and shared spaces as a catalyst in achieving affordability in housing. By juxtaposing need of the diverse users during a day, this project proposes a solution to optimize space utility by creating possibilities of sharing some programmatic spaces. These programmatic spaces holds potential to be extend communal space creating avenues for incidental interactions. Plug / Play responds by creating a system made from a single prefabricated panel which has the potential of creating functional and resilient spaces. Diversity through modularity is created by various permutation and combinations of spatial arrangement from one single prefabricated module design. The module can be used differently on various sites based on factors of density, growth and efficiency.
INSIDE OUT by Aishwarya Somasundaram
Los Angeles - Intersection of Main 3rd and 4th street
This project caters the homeless students or the hidden homeless population. The key aspects of the design is affordability and sustainability. This is achieved by looking at the building from the smaller scale and starting the process by designing the wall, furniture etc for achieving an optimised solution. Importance is also given to sustainable construction materials, construction techniques and pre- cast components for achieving the same.
THE STAGE by Vinita Kuhikar
353 S Alameda St.
Integrating the creative minds of different spheres to promote collaborative and stimulating Live - Create - Perform spaces. The project aims at providing artists an opportunity to exhibit their work which brings their art to the community, bringing back the thriving art district and also helps them generate revenue. Creating flexible modular spaces reusing materials from Hollywood set construction as it is an essential part of the identity of LA. The flexibility of the modules enable the housing to become THE STAGE.
UNFASTENED by Manushi Sheth
Parking lots in Downtown Los Angeles
Unfastened is a Rapid Re-Housing project for the unsheltered individual homeless adults with a component of Safe Parking for the unsheltered living in vehicles. The project is proposed as a parasitic modular structure that comes as a kit of parts, partially to be assembled by the inhabitants of the project. The nature of the program allows a short life for the home. The design focuses on quick, cost effective and efficient interventions to facilitate instantaneous improvement in the quality of living for the homeless while the city officials are preparing for longer term solutions.
REGENERATIVE HABITAT by Ameya Yawalkar
Buildings are static but cities are kinetic. Can buildings be resilient that can adapt and evolve to a city’s ever-changing program and the lifestyles of the people who inhabit them? Affordability can be viewed from two lenses, that of a dweller and a developer. Regenerative Habitat seeks to find solutions for affordable housing by proposing an adaptive system of habitation. A resilient matrix of dwelling spaces and shared spaces which is compatible with the interests of developer and aspirations of people. The proposal seeks to integrate profitability with livability by providing strategies for optimizing dwelling typologies based on urban needs and context, along with equity of spatial quality. An interface that promotes a hybrid form of living by not only allowing the dweller to choose the configuration of spaces but creating opportunities for further expansion based on his mobility in the social strata.
OPEN PASSAGE by Sharod Bryant
9th / San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
The streets within the Fashion District of LA are filled with shops, entertainment, and businesses. Typologies that are absent for the community are affordable housing, access to public green space, markets selling fresh produce, and health facilities. This project introduces these lacking aspects of the community in one place. Open Passage's openness lends itself to effortlessly house a variety of programs at its base with housing on top. With it's exterior circulation and units that are between open atriums and the outside, the building is able to be naturally ventilated and allows for light to pass through to all its levels. Residents have access to a multitude of various green spaces all throughout the building and the community is able to enjoy the lawn at the ground level.
Junction by Robb Conklin
1000 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Junction looks to offer affordable housing options for Los Angeles families. While offering affordable housing, the complex will also hold a childcare and an employment assistance office to help combat a few difficulties facing families. Junction also looks to Los Angeles’ love of the single family home to create better apartment living. Junction looks to close the gap in the square footage disparity taking place between single family homes and apartments in L.A. It also is offering larger private outdoor spaces, as well as, a public park to help with access to the outdoors that disproportionately affects families.