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PROJECTS: Building Design

Emergency Shelters

Description :  

Ground up Construction

Project Type:

Building Design


Los Angeles


Active (2021)



             Manori Sumanasinghe

             Priyanka Rajani


            Jesus Guerrero

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Los Angeles and much of California face a deepening housing crisis, manifested most visibly by people experiencing homelessness. One of the primary drivers of street homelessness is the cost and speed of building large-scale, attractive, convenient, safe housing. Cost and speed similarly negatively impact the creation of sufficient housing stock to prevent people from falling into homelessness. This project, a new typology of housing, is one solution to these challenges. 

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This project reimagines affordable accommodation and housing for those most in need in Southern California and beyond.  This housing typology will simultaneously provide architecturally unique structures, adaptable to numerous geographic locations while focusing on areas that offer a community feel for residents within the context of our region’s varied lifestyles.


Stage 1 - Emergency Settlement

6 month - 2 years


Stage 2a - Adaptive Reuse

Permanent Housing


Stage 2b - Communities

Permanent Housing

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