With “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles,” the Architecture + Design Museum in Los Angeles is playing a dual role: It is both host of the exhibition and prime example of its subject, L.A.’s evolving landscape. The show inaugurates the museum’s new location in the city’s rapidly redeveloping downtown, where it joins such other recent arrivals as the Broad Art Museum and Maccarone Gallery’s West Coast space — a convocation that is emblematic of the major changes germinating in the city.
“Shelter” co-curators Danielle Rago and Sam Lubell explore these changes through two areas slated for redevelopment over the coming two decades: the Wilshire Corridor, where a subway extension is under construction, and the Los Angeles River, for which Frank Gehry is creating a billion-dollar master plan. The exhibition showcases housing models developed for these locales at the curators’ request by six local firms: Bureau Spectacular, LA Más, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, MAD Architects, PAR, and wHY. The proposed solutions differ from one another, but all grow out of the participants’ shared conviction that a renewed Los Angeles is untenable without a reconsideration of residential design. ARTINFO spoke to Rago about the show, hypothetical home design, and the future of L.A. architecture. […]