02/14/19 Dean Curry Joins Local Housing Design Efforts
In the last year, elected officials in the county and city of Los Angeles have begun to explore the boundaries of housing design and production in order to fill the enormous gap in affordable housing that continues to stymie the region’s efforts at reducing homelessness. Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative has recognized this problem. In response, the county decided to use a portion of the Measure H funds raised through a voter-approved sales tax increase to stimulate new ways to build cheaper and faster with an innovation challenge and recently awarded $4.5 million for creative and scalable new permanent housing solutions.
As one of the 12 expert panel members who independently reviewed and scored each of the 50 entries, the USC School of Architecture Dean Milton S. F. Curry states, “The totality of the problem of housing demands a constellation of diverse solutions and speculations. I was inspired by the range of perspectives and approaches represented by all of the entrants." The winning projects represent the best of innovation and provide a special opportunity to create living spaces for our homeless neighbors.
Dean Curry has a vision for Los Angeles that corresponds to the components of this challenge and is challenging the USC School of Architecture to train designers capable of innovative contributions to the housing needs of the region that will create a beautiful and functional living environment. “The distinct role of architecture in shaping human perception and emotion—through built form—needs to be respected and affirmed through collaboration. Architects need to become great collaborators and conveners in addition to being great designers."