Summary: Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles is a $100,000 design challenge asking architects and landscape architects to imagine appealing and sustainable new models of low-rise, multi-unit housing.

Description: Participants in this competition may enter in any or all of the following categories.

Fourplex: Assuming a 50-by-150-foot lot, submit a design that includes four ground-up units, with a minimum unit size of 500 square feet, at least one unit of 1,000 square feet or more in size, and maximum total square footage for the four units of 4,500.

Subdivision: Submit a design for a standalone duplex on site of 2,500 square feet carved from an existing single-family lot, taking advantage of assumed smaller minimum lot size guidelines.

(Re)Distribution: Divide a landmark existing house into four units, or distribute its interior square footage across its lot as four separate units. Entrants to choose one house from a list of famous/iconic designs (e.g., Hollyhock House, South Seas House, etc.), a full list of which will be provided.

Corners: Assuming neighboring homeowners who choose to combine their lots, at least one of which occupies a corner, submit a design for 6-10 units across these two newly connected lots, including a so-called Accessory Retail Unit, which is to say a reimagined corner store.

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