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The future of the single-family house: New housing models for Los Angeles (#3rdLA)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
MAK Center at the Schindler House 835 North Kings Road West Hollywood, CA 90069 Map and directions

At once vulnerable and inviolate, a disappearing architectural species and the most protected building type in the city, the single-family house continues to play an outsize role in debates over architecture, planning and growth in Los Angeles. Can the suburban house-and-garden model that has helped define Los Angeles for nearly a century -- and given architects a place to try out their most innovative design experiments -- be updated and improved to make it relevant to a denser region? Or is the single-family neighborhood destined to be preserved in amber, a once-important product of the L.A. growth machine now no more than a relic? Host Christopher Hawthorne is joined by architect Barbara Bestor, MAK Center Director Kimberli Meyer and others.

A unique collaboration among Occidental College, Southern California Public Radio and Christopher Hawthorne, this event was co-presented by Oxy and KPCC; The Third Los Angeles Project is directed by Christopher Hawthorne, professor of practice in the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College and architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times.