College Students Create Affordable Housing Designs in Los Angeles Contest
Roach, Ronald, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Architecture students from the University of Southern California and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, placed among the winners last month in a Los Angeles County design competition aimed at sparking the redevelopment of thousands of vacant and underutilized lots in the city. Entrants in the competition, entitled "Small Lots, Smart Designs," were tasked with creating designs that emphasized affordability and environmental sustainability. The L.A. City Planning department and the Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing development organization, sponsored the competition.
Winning designs will be built on small lots as examples of what can be constructed by developers who are interested in building affordable, "green" homes. Since the designs will already have met city standards, the actual construction costs should be lower, creating more value for the potential homeowners, say competition officials.
"'Small Lots, Smart Designs' coincides with record-breaking area home prices and a renewed interest in creative alternatives to the traditional suburban single-family home. It has the potential to turn many renters into …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: College Students Create Affordable Housing Designs in Los Angeles Contest. Contributors: Roach, Ronald - Author. Magazine title: Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Volume: 23. Issue: 7 Publication date: May 18, 2006. Page number: 35. © 2008 Cox, Matthews & Associates. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.