Affordable housing design doesn’t have to be boring

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Affordable housing design doesn’t have to be boring
Architects designed a five-story structure and an overhaul of a 1926 YMCA building in Los Angeles to provide 49 affordable housing units for youths leaving foster care / © Eric Staudenmaier
Affordable housing design doesn’t have to be boring
Architects designed a five-story structure and an overhaul of a 1926 YMCA building in Los Angeles to provide 49 affordable housing units for youths leaving foster care / © Eric Staudenmaier

Earlier this year the American Institute of Architects and the Department of Housing and Urban Development selected four projects to receive 2014 AIA/HUD national awards for excellence in affordable housing design.

Curiously, all four projects receiving awards are in California.

What’s up with this? Is there something about California — its architects, developers, zoning regulations, building codes, housing market, climate — that we in Washington and elsewhere in the United States should know about?

Each AIA/HUD award represents one of four design categories: overall design excellence; design fostering community connections; design contributing to community revitalization; and design optimizing accessibility. ….

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