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A lecture by Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung, co-founders LA Más.
Response by Kate Orff.
LA-Más is a non-profit urban design organization based in Los Angeles that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. They envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed — where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.
LA-Más is led by Co-Executive Directors Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung. Elizabeth is a third generation architect born in Houston and raised in Los Angeles. Elizabeth co-founded LA-Más because she saw a need for a design approach to be integrated early on in public projects and civic planning. Helen is a Los Angeles native raised in the Frogtown neighborhood by a working class, first generation Chinese family. Helen joined LA-Más because of her passion to explore strategies that minimize displacement pressures that come with gentrification. Together, they ensure that LA-Más projects are thoughtfully designed, critically engage systemic problems, and grounded in local need.
Free and open to the public.Organized by the Urban Design program, Columbia GSAPP.