The phrases “public housing” or “low-income housing” do not immediately speak to architectural innovation. Often, low income-housing projects appear to have been built as cheaply as possible and address only the problem of shelter.

As several recent housing developments by Michael Maltzan in Los Angeles prove, social housing does not need to be reductive. Instead, these projects force us to ask: What if low-income housing was perceived as a vanguard of innovative, responsive architecture?

Join the AIANY Housing Committee for a discussion about innovative social housing with Michael Maltzan, FAIA.