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Since its opening in 2010, New Carver Apartments near the 10 Freeway in downtown LA has been showing Angelenos how architecture can deftly bridge great design and social responsibility. Designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, the 97-unit supportive housing project commissioned by Skid Row Housing Trust serves the need of a chronically underserved population - LA's homeless.
Praising the building's architectural sophistication, the NY Times said:
The building not only manages to provide a feeling of security while easing the crippling sense of isolation that can often afflict the homeless; it also makes visible, through its strong architectural form, a group of people that many in our society would often prefer to ignore.
Join us on December 8th for a tour of the cylindrical structure with Michael Maltzan, Skid Row Housing Trust's Theresa Hwang, and one of the resident ambassadors to talk about day-to-day living in New Carver.
When: Saturday, December 8th 2pm - 4pm
Cost: $20, all proceeds will be split between de LaB and SRHT
Where: New Carver Apartments, 325 West 17th Street Los Angeles, CA 90015
**Tickets will not be available at the door, so please buy your ticket early, as space is extremely limited. No refunds will be given less than 24 hours before the event. Thanks!
Read more about Michael Maltzan and Theresa Hwang:
Michael Maltzan, FAIA, is design principal of Michael Maltzan Architecture. Since founding his firm in Los Angeles in 1995, Mr. Maltzan has created a practice which engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and our information-driven culture. Building on his experiences as a child in Levittown on Long Island, New York, and his belief in the role architecture can play in the contemporary city; his work synthesizes the ambiguity of the contemporary world through an architecture that is both a catalyst for new experiences as well as an agent for change. This work, from MoMA Queens to Skid Row, creates new connections across a range of scales, programs, and environments. Mr. Maltzan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture degree with a Letter of Distinction from Harvard University. His work has been recognized with numerous accolades including five Progressive Architecture awards, 22 citations from the American Institute of Architects, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence. Mr. Maltzan's designs have been featured in over 100 national and international publications and he lectures and teaches in both the US and abroad.
Theresa Hwang is a community-driven architect with the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles, CA. From 2009-2012, she was the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the organization. With the Trust, she is developing and designing high quality and sustainable permanent supportive housing for the homeless. The Trust has developed 24 buildings and has created over 1400 affordable homes for the very low income homeless population in the Skid Row community. In addition to developing affordable housing, Theresa is an adjunct studio professor and a faculty member of the Architecture + Civic Engagement Center at Woodbury University.
Activist-turned-architect, Theresa has spent almost 10 years doing community-organizing work for equitable cultural development and community empowerment with multiple groups and campaigns in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Art History from the Johns Hopkins University.
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design east of La Brea
design east of La Brea (you can call us "dee-lab") is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage the city. Through events that are educational, inspirational, and interactive, de LaB unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of LA.