Archinect - News 2014-07-29T19:04:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/80617354/housing-design-in-the-future-los-angeles-and-the-politics-of-micro-units "Housing Design in the Future Los Angeles" and the politics of micro-units Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-29T21:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-08T16:10:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osodlawtfm4hq7cr.jpg" width="295" height="197" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects Alice Kimm, FAIA; John Mutlow, FAIA; Lorcan O&rsquo;Herihy, FAIA; Warren Techentin, AIA; Patrick Tighe, FAIA; and Ed Woll, Ph.D. will present housing projects in development and discuss the potential of micro-housing units, transit oriented development and changing lifestyles to create livable density in LA.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This past Wednesday, I attended a panel discussion of architects at the University of Southern California about the future of housing in Los Angeles -- an exciting and highly debatable topic nowadays, as transit networks expand and neighborhoods densify. Presented in conjunction with two recently-concluded coordinated exhibitions originally sponsored by <a href="http://laforum.org/content/exhibitions/how-small-is-too-small-and-by-rightby-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design</a>, "BY-Right/BY-Design" and "How Small Is Too Small?", the discussion was a type of send-off by trying to describe what smaller and more efficient housing in Los Angeles may look like in the next twenty years. While it didn't really provide any tangible answers to that prompt, the panel did settle on a necessary focus of residential architecture: empathizing with the specific inhabitant.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bct7ovuhudzbjxpu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Given population growth within the past twenty years, housing is certainly a top priority for developers: since 1990, LA County as a whole has risen from approximately 8.9M to 10M*, and accommodating th...</p>