Brooks + Scarpa| Panel | Learning from Los Angeles: Innovative Housing Design

12 Nov 2019

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Tue, 12 Nov
17:00 – 20:00

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Brooks + Scarpa | DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital
Panel |  Learning from Los Angeles: Innovative Housing Design
Tuesday, November 12 | 6-8 PM
Airport Gallery (Airport Campus) | 3026 Airport Avenue

Today, there is a growing interest amongst architects that have spawned new and innovative approaches to housing that are well-designed and incorporate a combination of creative social programming, cutting-edge forms and materials, sustainable design and a keen sense of aesthetic. For decades Los Angeles has been perceived as a sprawling metropolis, designed with an eye to quantity, not quality housing. Today, good design is a cornerstone of thriving homes and communities of all incomes and backgrounds. Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director for Skid Row Housing Trust says. “Good design actually has therapeutic value.” This seminar will explore, show examples, and discuss how new sustainable models and current trends in affordable, low-income and market-rate income housing design have produced innovative and cutting edge designs that have improved our cities and urban environments. The seminar will also demonstrate how hi-design affordable housing architecture can help create more equitable societies and better cities. 


Brooks + Scarpa is a collective of architects, designers and creative thinkers dedicated to enhancing the human experience. Honored with the 2014 Smithsonian Cooper- Hewitt National Design Award, the firm is a multi-disciplinary practice that includes architecture, landscape architecture, planning, environmental design, materials research, graphic, furniture and interior design services that produces innovative, sustainable iconic buildings and urban environments. Awarded the 2010 State of California and National American Institute of Architecture Firm Award for nineteen years of consistently exemplary work seamlessly blending architecture, art and craft, Brooks + Scarpa has also garnered international acclaim for the creative use of materials in unique and unexpected ways. The firm has also been recognized for pioneering more holistic approaches to delivering award winning environmentally responsive designs. Brooks + Scarpa are recipients of the 2019 Los Angeles County Housing Innovation Challenge in partnership with Community Corporation of Santa Monica and Plant Prefab to build Nest, an innovative long-term housing solution for unsheltered citizens.


Our gallery and event spaces are fully accessible, with ground level entrances with no steps. Upon request for assistance, we will make programmatic aspects of our projects available in accessible alternative formats. You can email requests or questions at


Anuradha Vikram


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