Exhibition: Low Rise, Mid Rise, High Rise: Housing in L.A. Today

June 17, 2021

Low Rise, Mid Rise, High Rise: Housing in L.A. Today is a pop-up exhibition of residential buildings in the pipeline taking place at the Helms Design Center. While life slowed down for many Angelenos, the L.A. cityscape did not stay still. For the past year, architects and builders have been busy, working on designs to address L.A.’s biggest need: Housing. And they are doing so in multi-unit buildings, at multiple scales, that advance the idea of home. 30+ design teams will display Low Rise dwellings from ADUs to four-story multifamily dwellings; Mid Rise affordable and market rate housing on transit corridors; High Rise towers for downtown, Hollywood and the Miracle Mile.  The show is presented by Helms Bakery District in partnership with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo LA Metro Program. It is organized by Frances Anderton and Stephen Phillips (Director, Cal Poly LA Metro).

At Low Rise, Mid Rise, High Rise: Housing in L.A. Today visitors will see dense, high, multi-unit housing with apartments filled with natural light, flowing space and a taste of the outside. Projects will demonstrate planning for sociability, as well as new material and structural solutions to housing affordability. They will show how new developments can still express the distinct and eclectic Los Angeles character. Finally, visitors will see how the pandemic may have altered planning priorities in the homes of tomorrow. The exhibition will feature models and renderings of projects in design or under construction. Displayed alongside these real-world schemes will be an exhibition of designs by Cal Poly LA Metro students.

Participating architects and designers:      Baumgartner + Uriu; Bestor Architecture; Brooks +Scarpa Architects & Plant Prefab; Bureau Spectacular; Byben; City Design Studio; Clive Wilkinson Architects; Connect Homes; Design, Bitches; Egan / Simon Architecture; Eric Owen Moss Architects; Gensler; Keating Architecture; kdA Kevin Daly Architects; KFA Architecture; Koning Eizenberg; Lance Collins (Partner Energy); LA Más; Lehrer Architects; Lorcan O’Herlihy (LOHA); Michael Anderson (Anderson-Barker); Michael W. Folonis Architects; Michael Maltzan Architecture; Mighty Buildings; Neil M. Denari Architects; P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S; Patrick Tighe Architecture; Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS); Studio Antares A+E; THECALIFORNIAOFFICE; Warren Techentin Architecture [WTARCH]

More about the Exhibition here. And an article in Architects Newspaper.