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Frances Anderton - L.A.'s Multifamily Housing Story

Famed for experimental single-family homes, Frances Anderton reveals how L.A. has also been a laboratory for innovative multifamily buildings by luminaries of modernist architecture past and present.

$12 (1 hr)

Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, AIA Continuing Education, Book Signing, Presentation, Talk, *Newly Added

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Think of "home" in Los Angeles and what comes to mind? Very likely the lovely single family home in a large yard. But the Southland has also been a laboratory for experiments in multifamily living and Frances Anderton has written a book about them, Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles, newly published by Angel City Press. 

Anderton describes Common Ground as "my valentine to an under-appreciated type of housing in Los Angeles: connected and centered on shared open space. In sum, a way of living that is a variant on the exalted SoCal single family home, and just as lovely in its own way. This has been modeled in marvelous buildings past and present -- from modernist courtyard complexes by talents including Irving Gill and Richard Neutra to striking midrise, mixed-use buildings with elevated courts and relaxing roof terraces, designed by leading contemporary architects including Brooks+Scarpa, Michael Maltzan and Lorcan O'Herlihy." 

The book was inspired by her own experience living in an early apartment building designed by Frank Gehry, who calls the book "part architectural memoir, part call to arms" that "will get people looking at and thinking about multi-family architecture in a new way." Russell Brown, founder of Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles, describes Common Ground as "an engrossing urban journey peppered with fascinating human stories that presents a vision of Los Angeles that is unexpected and revelatory."  Anderton will share some of the luscious photographs of great buildings featured in the book as well as stories of the talents that made them and the people that live in them.

About the author:

Frances Anderton covers Los Angeles design and architecture in print, podcasts, exhibitions, and at public events. For many years she hosted DnA: Design and Architecture, broadcast on KCRW public radio station. Her honors include the Esther McCoy Award for her work educating the public about architecture and urbanism, bestowed by the USC Architectural Guild at USC School of Architecture.   

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit (LU).


Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 
CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Courtesy Angel City Press, Photo by Art Grey, Juan Dela Cruz Collection Photo by Charmaine David, Photo by Art Gray, Photo by Jeff Durkin/Breadtruck Films.

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