The boutique architecture firm ASAP has published a visionary proposal, SKID GROW, as a bold, unprecedented solution to tackling the homeless crisis in the heart of Los Angeles


SKID GROW is a radical, unprecedented proposal that would dramatically increase housing space in downtown Los Angeles for both the homeless and the general population, while creating the largest elevated urban park in the country. SKID GROW would fill the void in central Los Angeles with a new, iconic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood that spans a range of public and cultural facilities. At the same time, it would also be the city’s greatest effort to fight homelessness by adding enough beds and housing units to reduce the number of people who are not housed in the city

BUILDING A CITY FOR ALL

BUILDING A CITY FOR ALL

BUILDING A CITY FOR ALL

LOS ANGELES, December 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – asap / adam sokol architecture firm has been considering housing and homelessness in Los Angeles for over a year. Realizing that the current system is failing not just the homeless but society in general, they studied the current politics carefully and concluded that our current path will NEVER end homelessness in LA. So they asked what it takes to produce a lot of living space big enough to really make a difference.

Her approach to SKID GROW goes in a radically different direction and asks how we can rethink our land use policies to harness the vast urban areas of LA to the maximum benefit of all Angelenos, including those who are not housed and in need of more support. Their premise is that there is tremendous value inherent in the area currently known as Skid Row, and by trying to unlock that value we can create significant market prices and affordable housing while channeling unprecedented resources for the benefit of those without shelter .

Her vision for SKID GROW includes: 16,500 housing units at market prices, 2,100 housing units for affordable housing, 8,000 housing units for support facilities and 6,500 accommodations in emergency shelters. This would be complemented by a significant range of public facilities, including new schools, a public food market, a sports center, an outdoor venue centered on a pedestrianized road network and would be a model for sustainable development. The entire area would be dominated by an extensive publicly accessible park, which, at 115 hectares, would be one of the largest in the city and would significantly improve the quality of life for all residents of the city center.

asap / is a multidisciplinary design office founded in 2011 with headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles and a second office in New York. Active in the USA and Asia, her work focuses on urbanism, single and multi-family construction as well as residential and office equipment. asap / is led by Adam Sokol, AIA, and has a particular interest in bringing a far-reaching historical and cultural approach to contemporary design and urban challenges.

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