Michael Maltzan Housing Innovator and Architect from USA to Speak at the RIAI Annual Conference

Michael Maltzan Photo: Ron Eshel

Leadership, Innovation and Creativity is the tri-part theme for this year’s RIAI Annual Conference, taking place in the RDS Main Hall, Dublin on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October.  The RIAI is delighted to announce that the LA-based housing innovator and architect Michael Maltzan will present new design solutions for housing homeless communities on Friday 5 October.  Maltzan will discuss, among other projects, the Star Apartments for the Skid Row Housing Trust – which transformed an existing one-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles into a mixed-used complex with 102 apartments for formerly homeless individuals.

Skid Row Housing Trust

The Star Apartments for the Skid Row Housing Trust

The six-story building expands upon the Skid Row Housing Trust’s model of providing permanent supportive housing within the downtown core by incorporating a new type of shared public space within the building. The LEED for Homes Platinum development sets a new model for urbanism and increased density by adding new community spaces and residential levels above. Not only is the integration of social services, community recreational facilities, and residential units a unique building program, but the project utilizes an innovative new construction methodology. Faced with a limited budget and tight schedule the design team determined that prefabricated modules lifted into place over the existing podium would help provide a higher quality of construction, meet tighter construction tolerances, accelerate construction time, and accomplish the project’s ambitious sustainability goals. Star Apartments is the first mixed-use, multi-unit residential project for formerly homeless individuals employing this construction method in Los Angeles.

Michael Maltzan was invited to present the project in FREESPACE, the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.  FREESPACE curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, will also join the fantastic line-up of conference speakers and offer a unique insight into ‘their’ Biennale in their talk on Dublin on Saturday 6 October.


Urban Economist Paul Jansen to Speak at the RIAI Annual Conference

The RIAI is delighted to announce that Paul Jansen will be part of the fantastic line up of speakers at this year’s Annual Conference. Jansen’s talk will be about ‘Cities, Innovation and Economy’.

Paul Jansen is the Cities Market Leader for Arup and working from their Amsterdam office on urban challenges all over Europe. With a background in urban economics Paul contributed to city developments in various countries, commissioned by public as well as private clients. Modern work environments and more specific a vital economy are crucial to resilient cities and regions; this passion drives him to secure and address adaptive elements in urban systems. Today these areas are mostly called; innovation areas or districts, science parks, university campuses, business parks and industrial innovation sites.

Paul will be speaking at the RIAI Annual Conference on Saturday, 6 October.  For further updates on the Annual Conference Speakers visit riaiconference.ie/speakers/

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