The Power of Housing in Los Angeles
Over 58,000 are experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, a figure that has increased by 23% since 2016. Responding to a crisis situation, housing shortages and high rents, the need was clear: provide transitional and secure housing for those experiencing homelessness.
Founded by architect David Martin and entrepreneur Mary Martin, LA-based MADWORKSHOP is an innovative design foundation focusing on radical, sustainable and meaningful projects. The Homes for Home project saw MADWORKSHOP support eleven students from the USC School of Architecture as they tackled LA’s homelessness epidemic. In consultation with individuals experiencing homelessness, the students were guided through the design and prototyping process before deploying full-scale, occupiable housing units.
PLANE—SITE produced this short film about this exciting and meaningful project.
The result of a partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the code-compliant, modular and stackable units can be deployed quickly on vacant land, for a fraction of the cost of typical constructions. Each 92-square-foot unit contains a bed, dresser and desk, and is linked to shared communal units for socializing, dining and bathing. The project won a 2017 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award.