On August 20, A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles will present Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles, the inaugural show at A+D’s new home in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District. The show features architects and designers’ creative new residential solutions that respond to the city’s increasing density, decreasing buildable land, new transit offerings, growing diversity, ballooning costs, and intense environmental challenges.

The show offers speculative single or multi-family proposals along two sites: the Wilshire Corridor and the Los Angeles River. Invited firms for those sites include Los Angeles-based architecture and design practices Bureau Spectacular, LA Más, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, MAD Architects, PAR, and wHY. The exhibition also highlights recent constructed or in progress housing solutions by Kevin Daly Architects, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Bestor Architecture, OMA, R&A, Koning Eizenberg, and more.

Proposals — including large-scale models, drawings, images, and video — will demonstrate how new forms of shelter can respond to changes in both the cultural fabric and physical landscape of the city, better addressing its pressing issues.

Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles is organized by A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles and co-curated by Sam Lubell and Danielle Rago. Exhibition design by the AECOM Los Angeles Design Studio.


BUREAU SPECTACULAR is an operation of architectural affairs founded and led by Jimenez Lai since 2008. It imagines other worlds and engages the design of architecture through telling stories. The stories conflate design, representation, theory, criticism, history and taste into cartoon pages. These cartoon narratives swerve into the physical world through architectural installations, models and small buildings.

LA-Más is a non-profit that performs design-based experiments with the city as their lab. Its mission is to look critically at systemic problems in the L.A. Area and provide solutions based on research and community engagement. By using alternative models of social inclusion and collaboration, it hopes to shape the future of equitable city growth.

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA] harnesses the complexities and latent opportunities of urban society to create transformative architecture. Their work is driven by ruthless optimism, creative pragmatism, and a profound conviction that bold, enlightened design elevates the soul and enriches communities.

MAD Architects, founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature. With its core design philosophy of Shanshui City – a vision for the city of the future based in the spiritual and emotional needs of residents – MAD endeavors to create a balance between humanity, the city, and the environment.

PAR is an idea driven office, committed to intellectual and artistic rigor and recognized for architectural innovation. Comprised of a collaborative team working on projects ranging in scale from housing and interiors to large complex building schemes, PAR approaches each project with a fresh perspective, believing that each design arises from conditions particular to the site and program. Founded in 2003, PAR is led by partners Jennifer Marmon and Angus Goble with offices in Los Angeles and New York.

wHY is structured as one team organized into four workshops: buildings, ideas, grounds and objects. Each workshop is directed by a leader, with the research and development infiltrating throughout all projects. wHY is made up of 25 architects, landscape designers, makers and thinkers in offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Louisville, KY.

For current exhibition and program information call 213-346-9734 or visit www.aplusd.org. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am–5pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm. Closed Mondays and national holidays. A+D Museum is located at 900 East 4th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Parking is available onsite for free.

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