The focus of this competition, the fifty-block area east of downtown Los Angeles known as Skid Row, contains one of the largest stable homeless populations in the United States.
Established in the 1930s during the Great Depression, Skid Row’s population has ranged over the years between 4,000 to 8,000 inhabitants with the 2019 population count being 4,757, an 11% increase over the previous year.
Given the impact of Covid-19, the Skid Row population is expected to not only significantly increase in the coming months but to be critically at risk due to health concerns. Lacking the ability to afford personal protection supplies and inability to maintain social distancing, the occupants of Skid Row are one of the most susceptible populations in Los Angeles and southern California.
Competitors are invited to propose architectural solutions that provide space for temporary transitional housing and community services to best address the current critical needs of the urban homeless during the pandemic. At a minimum, proposed designs should consider the following essential needs:
- Social interactions
- Protection from the elements
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