Maybe you’ve stayed at a hostel while traveling. Some LA residents are using Podshare as a long-term housing solution, sleeping in bunks with a roomful of strangers for months at a time.
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.
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?