In Los Angeles, the recent electoral tussle over Measure S threw into stark relief the city’s ongoing debate about how it wants to live. Its defeat marked a solid victory for the ascendant “YIMBY” movement, a coalition of urban planners, progressive developers, architects, designers, and activists who anticipate a more compact and sustainable future for humanity’s urban centers.
Taking those trends into account, Michael Webb’s latest book, Building Community: New Apartment Architecture, could hardly be more timely. In it, Webb tackles the urgent need to reexamine, rethink, and reimagine the spaces we call homes. The book looks at 30 recently built apartment complexes that stand out for their creativity, and groups them thematically to expose the bigger ideas at work and what they suggest for the future of the city.
Webb’s book is not intended as a manifesto or a set of edicts, but as the start of a broader conversation.
In that spirit, the Los Angeles Forum and the Architecture + Design Museum are holding a panel discussion this Saturday hosted by Webb and featuring builder and developer Richard Loring, Julie Eizenberg of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, and our familiar friend Frances Anderton, host of DnA on KCRW-FM. Admission is $3, and Webb will sign copies of his book.
We hope you will join us in our space to discuss the way we dwell now, and how we might abide in the years ahead.
– Emerson Dameron, A+D Press
– Photo Credit: “Building Community: New Apartment Architecture”- p.82-83; p. 164-165; p.48-49; and p. 189 (images clockwise)