A Motley Crew: The New ADUs


“The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) implemented the Standard Plan Program to provide LADBS customers a simplified permitting process for the design and construction of ADUs that are built repeatedly. The use of standard plans reduces the time required for plan check resulting in faster permit issuance. Under the Standard Plan Program, plans…

Not Van Nuys Blvd at Oxnard


Why not Van Nuys Bl. at Oxnard? On Architizer, an architectural website, I found a photo and description of a residential/commercial development built in Mountain Brook, AL in 2014. Pleasant, as all ideal architectural plans and photos are. But it also fired up an idea... Why couldn't buildings like this go on the NW corner…

Sepulveda Fantasy


It’s a futile fantasy exercise to go the website Architizer and see what they are building in other wealthy cities around the world where 100,000 homeless people do not sleep on the street and it is isn’t considered normal to have shopping baskets full of trash polluting parks alongside $2.5 million dollar homes. Here is…

Glamorous Granny Flat.


All photos: Eric Staudenmaier The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a second house built in the backyard of a first house to provide additional income for a “single family” homeowner. Los Angeles has now legally liberalized the lawto allow these types of dwellings to go up all over the city. The moral reasoning: this will increase…

Populating Van Nuys with Fine Architecture


  Van Nuys (b. 1911) began as a town, centered around a main street, connected to Los Angeles by streetcar and rail. It built its fire station, library, city hall,  police station, and its churches, schools, shops and post office steps apart. On foot, a person could buy a suit, take out a library book,…

Letter from an Old, Practicing Architect in Los Angeles


Driving down Moorpark St. in Studio City last week, I passed a notably austere and well-designed apartment under construction. I stopped and walked around and shot some photos of the building which had precise lines, solid forms and possessed an architectural sensibility of the 1930s. I later looked up the architect online and wrote him…