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Collaboration with VIQ arquitecture
HONORARY MENTION in Low-Rise Competition
Los Angeles, CA2021


Our proposal to the LA Low-rise Challenge is the result of a combination of a new typology unit. We have designed a modular system that provides flexibility and maximizes any given site's potential for growth in the LA Urban grid. This new typology is conceived to densify the Low-rise Housing of LA carefully and is Inspired by the Low-Rise website's Listening sessions. Our internal design discussions have always focused on the LA communities, on their needs, dreams, and aspirations. Our proposal aims to be attractive and serve all generations and the city's diverse neighborhoods and communities.

Our proposal becomes a white canvas painted by its inhabitants, giving them a sense of identity. We envision each future development with this new typology controlled by the people following the Community Land Trust model. This mechanism ensures the long-term availability of affordable housing. This property trust benefits the community and can meet the needs of residents least served by the prevailing market.

Our New Housing typology is based on a 20' by 20' grid module in size. This grid maximizes its use on the typical Lot size of LA's city. Depending on the number of modules inter-connected, the houses can be configured from small Studios up to a 3+ bedroom apartment. The possible combinations are endless and ensure that all new developments using this typology can meet its community's programmatic requirements.

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