USC faculty & alumna work featured in A+D Museum exhibit

USC faculty & alumna work featured in A+D Museum exhibit

Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles opened August 20 at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles. For this inaugural show at the museum’s new downtown location, several design firms were invited to present residential solutions responding to relevant challenges facing Los Angeles urbanism: increasing density, decreasing buildable land, new transit offerings, growing diversity, rising costs, and intense environmental issues. The projects are located along one of two areas: the Wilshire Corridor and the Los Angeles River.


Among the firms in the exhibit are USC Architecture faculty Lorcan O’Herlihy’s firm, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA), and LA-Más, co-founded by USC alumna, Elizabeth Timme ‘06. The other featured firms are Bureau Spectacular, MAD Architects, PAR, and wHY Architecture.


The LOHA project, WATERshed, integrates solutions at various scales addressing the drought, L.A.’s urban growth, and the revitalization of the L.A. River. For instance, the Sponge House utilizes the existing stormwater drain system to collect, purify, and redistribute water back to the neighborhood, while the Bridge Cap (pictured) combines housing and landscape with water filtration and a connection across the river.


LA-Más’s “Backyard Basics: An Alternative Story of the Granny Flat” experiments with granny flats and collective, cooperative community development. In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, Shelter co-curator Danielle Rago noted that of all the exhibited projects, LA-Más’s was one with serious potential to be realized.


The exhibit runs through November 6, 2015.


Read more about the exhibit in The Architect’s Newspaper, Los Angeles Magazine, and KCRW’s Design & Architecture.