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Micro-living: Blueprinting LA's future

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Monday, August 1, 7:00 - 8:30pm RSVP for this event
Tateuchi Democracy Forum Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 Map and directions

L.A. residents have some of the highest rents in the country, and as costs continue to climb many are having to look for more affordable housing. One option is micro-living.

In Los Angeles, some managers of older buildings are turning their studios into tiny apartments. There is a planned project downtown that would convert former single-room occupancy hotels into buildings full of micro-units, with an average size of just 277 square feet. In addition to converting older, existing buildings, there are also a growing number of luxury developers who are building brand-new micro-units from the ground up.

While micro units are very popular in cities like Boston, San Francisco and Seattle, which have the highest concentration of micro-units in the country, some people are concerned these small spaces are not a sustainable way of living. Are micro units the next innovative way of living? Is it a trend? Could they fit any lifestyle? What kind of impact do they have on L.A.’s residents?

Join us Tuesday, June 28, at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown L.A. as KPCC Correspondent Josie Huang talks with a panel of experts about the state of micro-living in L.A.


Alan D. Dibartolomeo, principal Urban Developers, Inc

Takako Tajima, independent architect, landscape architect, and lecturer at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles

Sissy Trinh, executive director of the Southeast Asian Community Alliance

Mimi Zeiger, architecture critic and author of “Tiny Houses” and “Tiny Houses in the City”