Some seniors struggling to make the rent in Los Angeles have turned to living with strangers.
Is high-rise living the future of housing in downtown LA? DnA visits the Gensler-designed Metropolis tower complex to learn how the architects turned a freeway-adjacent site into sky-high luxury condos, and how its Chinese developer Greenland and Beverly Hills realtor The Agency are selling the new “downtown dream” to prospective buyers.
Affordable housing is being really well-designed, but it’s also very expensive. At every level, designers and builders are trying to work around a Rubik’s cube of obstacles. DnA looks at the challenges and possible solutions to creating housing for the formerly homeless and low-income residents of Los Angeles.
Apartment blocks using “5 over 2” construction are springing up all over the Southland. As part of our series “This is Home is LA,” DnA met with the residents of Mariposa 1038 and found that this generic housing type can be transformed into a very personal and stylish home.
If enough homeowners build newly legal backyard homes, or accessory dwelling units, they could make a significant dent in the region’s housing needs, while building equity for themselves. Is this a win-win proposition, and a venue for design ingenuity? Or do a web of constraints make ADU construction difficult and costly?