The Paseo Senter project transformed a 4.7-acre plot of abandoned land into a vibrant urban district centered on a main walking street with ground-level entry stoops, retail shops, and other community services. Two residential districts flank a public plaza. The 100-percent handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible property is also highly energy efficient: it exceeds California's Title 24 by 15 percent.
Arbor Lofts is an affordable housing development for artists that has helped revitalize Lancaster, Calif.'s historic core, providing 21 live/work loft apartments, a resident-curated nonprofit gallery, and an outdoor exhibit/gathering space. The two-story living units each boast high ceilings, abundant natural light, ventilation for plentiful fresh air, finished concrete floors, and electrical accommodations for equipment such as kilns. The development's systems are energy efficient and exceed California's Title 24 by at least 20 percent.
Proposing a new model for urban revitalization, the Congo Street Green Initiative is restoring and reconstructing 17 100-year-old, single-family and duplex houses without relocating the residents. Instead, a holding house was built in the community for the residents as their homes are individually renovated, enabling them to participate in the work. Each new house incorporates materials salvaged from the original. Three homes have been completed, and a fourth is in progress.
A modern take on a traditional courtyard design, the Madrona Live/Work project converted an early 1900s storefront into a residence and home office that quietly emphasizes flexibility and accessibility for its wheelchair-using resident. Design features include a large skylight centered over the living and dining room and a wood-clad service core that houses the kitchen and powder room. The home office is elevated four steps above the level of the main living area and is accessed from the rear of the building, allowing the client to commute to work.