In response to Los Angeles’ ballooning housing crisis, exacerbated to historic levels by the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles Magazine sent out a call: Who could design L.A. out of its crisis with smart, daring affordable housing? 13 local architecture firms answered, each offering a hypothetical solution intended to drown out any NIMBY protestations with clean lines, sustainably sourced materials, biophilic moments, and a community-focused approach.
Assembledge+, founded and run by architect David Thompson, submitted a scheme that would incentivize homeowners to build ADUs in their backyards. The homes would abut alleyways, transforming the strips of asphalt into activated pedestrian thoroughfares and greenspace. Assembledge+ anticipated
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