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.
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.