'Small Lots, Smart Designs' Winner Will Be Used to Build Needed Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

USC & Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Students, California Professionals

Produced Innovative, Green Designs for Enterprise, L.A. Planning Dept.

Competition That Could Be Built on Thousands of Available Small Lots

Citywide



Apr 24, 2006, 01:00 ET from Enterprise Community Partners

    LOS ANGELES, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The best of the innovative
 designs created by professional and student architects for the Small Lots,
 Smart Designs competition will be built in Los Angeles to help fuel the re-
 development of thousands of vacant and underutilized lots into affordable,
 green homes in the City of Los Angeles, including the San Fernando Valley.
 The winners of the design competition - a partnership between the L.A. City
 Planning Department and Enterprise Community Partners - include students
 from USC and Cal Poly Pomona as well as professional architects in Los
 Angeles and San Francisco.
     The competition's 1st Place winner - Solar Forest - belongs to Kevin
 Skiles of Urban Building Workshop in San Francisco. This will mark their
 first LA project. Design team member Marguerite Lonergan, who characterizes
 their design style as "new urbanist," noted that they learned of the
 competition through Architects & Designers for Social Responsibility.
 Previous projects include affordable, non-profit-affiliated townhomes and
 entry-level houses in the North Bay/Santa Rosa area.
     The winning design will be built on a small lot as an example of what
 can be built for any developers interested in building affordable, green
 homes on available small lots. Since they will have a design that already
 meets city standards, developers will be able to keep costs lower and pass
 that savings on to potential homeowners.
     "Small Lots, Smart Designs coincides with record-breaking area home
 prices and a renewed interest in creative alternatives to the traditional
 suburban single-family home. It has the potential to turn many renters into
 homeowners through fresh, innovative, and cost-effective means in the
 coming years," said Bill Jones, who runs Enterprise Community Partners'
 affordable homeownership program in Los Angeles. "The professional designs
 were progressive and the student designs were equally refreshing. In fact,
 our judges named the three top student designs in co-1st place."
     Included in the student category winners is third-year Cal Poly Pomona
 School of Environmental Design student Sergio Marquez, a San Bernardino
 native who comfortably takes on minimalism while taking advantage of
 pre-fab materials that proved cost effective, allowing him to use higher
 grade residential materials in his design Seamless Housing. Marquez's
 university advisor was Axel Schmitzz Berger.
     At USC, senior-year School of Architecture students Shinju Shimizu and
 Jun Tanaka set out to capture elements common to the urban landscape in
 their native Japan in their design The Cube. "We wanted to improve urban
 quality of life standards and create exciting outdoor spaces by removing
 the traditional courtyard and replacing it with private outdoor spaces on
 the homes' second level," noted Tanaka. Also from USC, Jesse Ottinger and
 Dinh Huynh, submitted Urban Living, for which Sara Loe advised.
     Judging criteria in the student and professional categories included
 innovative physical design, potential for replicability, responsiveness to
 neighborhood context, and environmental sensitivity. Entrants were given an
 actual lot in South L.A., on which they designed single-family workforce
 housing. Enterprise will break ground on the 1st place professional design
 later this year.
     Small Lots, Smart Designs was born out of the L.A. Planning
 Department's Small Lot Ordinance (#176354) that now allows for the
 transformation into affordable housing of 1,650 vacant land parcels and 850
 substandard multi- family buildings throughout the City of LA, including
 the San Fernando Valley, and a large number of vacant or under-utilized
 lots in commercial corridors of Central Los Angeles. The local architects
 and design firm winners are:
     Mayor's Choice Award - City Hood
     Fung + Blatt Architects, Los Angeles
     The Highland Park boutique design firm specializing in multi-family
 units in L.A. and the surrounding areas learned about the competition
 through a seminar on the L.A. Small Lot Ordinance. Notes firm partner
 Michael Blatt, "we wanted our design to be an anchor for the neighborhood
 and the living space to be experiential for its occupants. It is always our
 hope to design projects like this to improve the community."
     Green Award - Slot Housing
     Tierra Sol Y Mar, Inc/Meconi & Braden Design Grp, Venice
     This environmentally friendly design is a collaboration between Tierra
 Sol Y Mar's Ian McIlvaine & Victoria Yust and Alex Meconi & Michael Braden.
 Notes Yust, whose other residential projects include a Venice four-unit
 residential dwelling and a 2nd Street Santa Monica commercial building, "we
 tried to create as much private outdoor space where children can play
 safely." She credits Michael Braden for the slot house design.
     Honorable Mention (1st Place Runner-up) - Densification
     David Balian, Los Angeles
     USC Architecture school grad Balian has 10 residential remodels to his
 credit plus high-rise builds in Los Angeles and San Diego. "My objective
 was to create space where you are able to differentiate your house from
 another and maintain a good indoor-outdoor feel for the homeowner."
     Entries were screened by the Ad Hoc committee which included Jane
 Blumenfeld, Citywide Planning Division Manager, LA City Department of
 Planning; Jenna Gulager, Assistant Project Manager, LA City Community
 Redevelopment Agency; Bill Jones, Director, Enterprise Home Ownership
 Partners; Krista Kline, Housing and Economic Development, LA City Mayor's
 Office; Paul Dolansky, Finance Officer, Los Angeles Housing Department;
 Christi Van Clive, Principal, Roshen Van Cleve, Architects; and Sia
 Poursabahian, LA City Department of Building and Safety.
     Final judging panel consisted of City Council members Eric Garcetti
 (District 13) and Ed Reyes (District 1); Deborah Weintraub, Assistant City
 Engineer and City Architect, City of Los Angeles; Richard Bruckner,
 Director of Planning and Development, City of Pasadena; Keith Coleman,
 Member, Community Redevelopment Agency CD 9 Project Community Advisory
 Committee; Wade Killefer, Principal, Killefer, Flamming Architects; Sandra
 Kulli, Urban Land Institute; Allyne Winderman, Director of Housing and
 Redevelopment Department, City of West Hollywood; and Steven Ehrlich,
 Principal, Steven Ehrlich Architects.
     Winning and select finalist renderings will be on display at the City
 Hall ceremony, at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24. In October, all 54 contest
 submissions received for Small Lots, Smart Designs will be displayed at the
 2006 Enterprise Network Conference to be held at the Renaissance Hollywood.
 Design renderings also will appear in a forthcoming brochure produced by
 Enterprise in Los Angeles. For information on the brochure, please contact
 Annette Orozco at 213.833.0053.
     Enterprise Community Partners is a leading provider of the development
 capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and
 rebuild communities. For more than two decades, Enterprise has pioneered
 neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial
 institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share
 our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested $7 billion in equity, grants
 and loans and is currently investing in communities at a rate of $1 billion
 a year. Visit http://www.enterprisecommunity.org to learn more about
 Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity, and to meet some
 of the half a million people we have helped.
 
 

SOURCE Enterprise Community Partners
    LOS ANGELES, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The best of the innovative
 designs created by professional and student architects for the Small Lots,
 Smart Designs competition will be built in Los Angeles to help fuel the re-
 development of thousands of vacant and underutilized lots into affordable,
 green homes in the City of Los Angeles, including the San Fernando Valley.
 The winners of the design competition - a partnership between the L.A. City
 Planning Department and Enterprise Community Partners - include students
 from USC and Cal Poly Pomona as well as professional architects in Los
 Angeles and San Francisco.
     The competition's 1st Place winner - Solar Forest - belongs to Kevin
 Skiles of Urban Building Workshop in San Francisco. This will mark their
 first LA project. Design team member Marguerite Lonergan, who characterizes
 their design style as "new urbanist," noted that they learned of the
 competition through Architects & Designers for Social Responsibility.
 Previous projects include affordable, non-profit-affiliated townhomes and
 entry-level houses in the North Bay/Santa Rosa area.
     The winning design will be built on a small lot as an example of what
 can be built for any developers interested in building affordable, green
 homes on available small lots. Since they will have a design that already
 meets city standards, developers will be able to keep costs lower and pass
 that savings on to potential homeowners.
     "Small Lots, Smart Designs coincides with record-breaking area home
 prices and a renewed interest in creative alternatives to the traditional
 suburban single-family home. It has the potential to turn many renters into
 homeowners through fresh, innovative, and cost-effective means in the
 coming years," said Bill Jones, who runs Enterprise Community Partners'
 affordable homeownership program in Los Angeles. "The professional designs
 were progressive and the student designs were equally refreshing. In fact,
 our judges named the three top student designs in co-1st place."
     Included in the student category winners is third-year Cal Poly Pomona
 School of Environmental Design student Sergio Marquez, a San Bernardino
 native who comfortably takes on minimalism while taking advantage of
 pre-fab materials that proved cost effective, allowing him to use higher
 grade residential materials in his design Seamless Housing. Marquez's
 university advisor was Axel Schmitzz Berger.
     At USC, senior-year School of Architecture students Shinju Shimizu and
 Jun Tanaka set out to capture elements common to the urban landscape in
 their native Japan in their design The Cube. "We wanted to improve urban
 quality of life standards and create exciting outdoor spaces by removing
 the traditional courtyard and replacing it with private outdoor spaces on
 the homes' second level," noted Tanaka. Also from USC, Jesse Ottinger and
 Dinh Huynh, submitted Urban Living, for which Sara Loe advised.
     Judging criteria in the student and professional categories included
 innovative physical design, potential for replicability, responsiveness to
 neighborhood context, and environmental sensitivity. Entrants were given an
 actual lot in South L.A., on which they designed single-family workforce
 housing. Enterprise will break ground on the 1st place professional design
 later this year.
     Small Lots, Smart Designs was born out of the L.A. Planning
 Department's Small Lot Ordinance (#176354) that now allows for the
 transformation into affordable housing of 1,650 vacant land parcels and 850
 substandard multi- family buildings throughout the City of LA, including
 the San Fernando Valley, and a large number of vacant or under-utilized
 lots in commercial corridors of Central Los Angeles. The local architects
 and design firm winners are:
     Mayor's Choice Award - City Hood
     Fung + Blatt Architects, Los Angeles
     The Highland Park boutique design firm specializing in multi-family
 units in L.A. and the surrounding areas learned about the competition
 through a seminar on the L.A. Small Lot Ordinance. Notes firm partner
 Michael Blatt, "we wanted our design to be an anchor for the neighborhood
 and the living space to be experiential for its occupants. It is always our
 hope to design projects like this to improve the community."
     Green Award - Slot Housing
     Tierra Sol Y Mar, Inc/Meconi & Braden Design Grp, Venice
     This environmentally friendly design is a collaboration between Tierra
 Sol Y Mar's Ian McIlvaine & Victoria Yust and Alex Meconi & Michael Braden.
 Notes Yust, whose other residential projects include a Venice four-unit
 residential dwelling and a 2nd Street Santa Monica commercial building, "we
 tried to create as much private outdoor space where children can play
 safely." She credits Michael Braden for the slot house design.
     Honorable Mention (1st Place Runner-up) - Densification
     David Balian, Los Angeles
     USC Architecture school grad Balian has 10 residential remodels to his
 credit plus high-rise builds in Los Angeles and San Diego. "My objective
 was to create space where you are able to differentiate your house from
 another and maintain a good indoor-outdoor feel for the homeowner."
     Entries were screened by the Ad Hoc committee which included Jane
 Blumenfeld, Citywide Planning Division Manager, LA City Department of
 Planning; Jenna Gulager, Assistant Project Manager, LA City Community
 Redevelopment Agency; Bill Jones, Director, Enterprise Home Ownership
 Partners; Krista Kline, Housing and Economic Development, LA City Mayor's
 Office; Paul Dolansky, Finance Officer, Los Angeles Housing Department;
 Christi Van Clive, Principal, Roshen Van Cleve, Architects; and Sia
 Poursabahian, LA City Department of Building and Safety.
     Final judging panel consisted of City Council members Eric Garcetti
 (District 13) and Ed Reyes (District 1); Deborah Weintraub, Assistant City
 Engineer and City Architect, City of Los Angeles; Richard Bruckner,
 Director of Planning and Development, City of Pasadena; Keith Coleman,
 Member, Community Redevelopment Agency CD 9 Project Community Advisory
 Committee; Wade Killefer, Principal, Killefer, Flamming Architects; Sandra
 Kulli, Urban Land Institute; Allyne Winderman, Director of Housing and
 Redevelopment Department, City of West Hollywood; and Steven Ehrlich,
 Principal, Steven Ehrlich Architects.
     Winning and select finalist renderings will be on display at the City
 Hall ceremony, at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24. In October, all 54 contest
 submissions received for Small Lots, Smart Designs will be displayed at the
 2006 Enterprise Network Conference to be held at the Renaissance Hollywood.
 Design renderings also will appear in a forthcoming brochure produced by
 Enterprise in Los Angeles. For information on the brochure, please contact
 Annette Orozco at 213.833.0053.
     Enterprise Community Partners is a leading provider of the development
 capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and
 rebuild communities. For more than two decades, Enterprise has pioneered
 neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial
 institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share
 our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested $7 billion in equity, grants
 and loans and is currently investing in communities at a rate of $1 billion
 a year. Visit http://www.enterprisecommunity.org to learn more about
 Enterprise's efforts to build communities and opportunity, and to meet some
 of the half a million people we have helped.
 
 SOURCE Enterprise Community Partners