Architects rethinking design of housing for formerly homeless residents

NPR: On any given night, tens of thousands of people across the United States are living on the streets. Many advocates are pushing for a new model, permanent supportive housing, to reduce homelessness. The model prioritizes a stable place to live and has been shown to keep people from falling back into homelessness.

Stacking The Deck: Star Apartments Michael Maltzan Architecture

Star Apartments, in downtown Los Angeles, is striking not just for its angular, almost levitating sculptural form, but also for the ways it differs from Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA)’s prior work for the nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT). “Rather than create a prototype and make it over and over, our collaboration with the Trust as our client is very much in the laboratory phase, still exploring what’s possible,” says principal Michael Maltzan. Each successive commission—Star is the third—“has expanded the ambitions,” he says, “allowing us to reconsider how a building can be lived in, can support its residents, fit into the evolving city, and even be made.”