This week's One-to-One guest, the Los-Angeles based architect Michael Maltzan, may be best known for his multiple residential projects with the Skid Row Housing Trust, and the longer-than-the-empire-state-building-is-tall residential mixed user, One Santa Fe. But Maltzan’s office is also designing Los Angeles’ new Sixth Street Viaduct, a since-demolished infrastructural icon of the city that bridged the Los Angeles River between downtown and Boyle Heights. Michael shares his relationship with the growing identity of downtown Los Angeles, and his perspective on the style of urbanism arising on LA’s westside in the “Silicon Beach” neighborhood of Playa Vista. We also discuss the effect of China’s ban on “weird” architecture for LA-architects practicing there.
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Lecture by Michael Maltzan, MArch '88 of Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles. Since founding MMA in 1995, Michael Maltzan, FAIA, has created a practice which engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and information driven culture, charting a new trajectory for architecture and the public realm. Building on his background in the arts, he is committed to creating architecture that is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change in our cities. Through a shared belief in architecture's role in our cities, this work, from MoMA to Skid Row, creates new connections across a range of scales and programs. His most recent Skid Row project, the New Carver Apartments provides 97 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents. This project was awarded the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design.
Collective housing is inseparable from a vision of urbanity, offering not only a lens through which to examine the city but also a mirror to our values as a society. Charged and volatile, it’s a typology that most closely reflects the pressures of the market, the shifts of technology, and the changes in ideals. The relationship of the individual to the collective is played out in a negotiation of conflicting desires and shared interests that define the threshold between the private unit and the public city. From LA, to New York, to Zurich, three practices offer reports from three different contexts that examine ideas of density, typology, and image within the dynamic system of the city. Introduction by K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture Presentations by: Mimi Hoang (MArch ’98), nArchitects, Adjunct Assistant Professor Columbia GSAPP Jeannette Kuo (MArch ’04), Karamuk * Kuo Architects, Assistant Professor in Practice Harvard GSD Michael Maltzan (MArch ’88), Michael Maltzan Architecture Discussion moderated by Carles Muro, Associate Professor of Architecture Harvard GSD
In his lecture "Can this be That," Michael Maltzan, FAIA of Michael Maltzan Architecture will present a series of buildings, landscapes, and infrastructures that express his interest in contemporary form, but also his interest in the form of contemporary practice and its potential for elasticity, especially as it relates to pressing questions around urbanism. He will discuss ways architecture can embrace a broader range of capacities and abilities that allow it to be impactful, at the level of a building but also at the level of the discipline.
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Michael Maltzan founded Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in 1995. He received a Master of Architecture degree with a Letter of Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and he holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received the Henry Adams AIA Gold Medal. Maltzan's designs have been published and exhibited internationally and he regularly teaches and lectures at architectural schools around the world. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.
"No More Play"
Recorded: October 6, 2011
Since founding his firm in 1995, Maltzan has created a practice committed to “creating architecture that is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change in our cities.” In this excerpt from his lecture, Michael Maltzan, principal of Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture, presents the School for Inner City Arts, and the Carver apartments.
Recent projects include the Inner-City Arts complex, New Carver Apartments, Rainbow Apartments, and Playa Vista Park, all in Los Angeles. The firm’s current work also includes the Star Apartments and One Santa Fe in Los Angeles; Ju Gong Bridge and Waterfront Park, and Zhe Zhi Bridge both in Chengdu, China; and the recent competition winning entry for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University.
Maltzan’s complex for the Inner-City Arts campus located in the heart of the Los Angeles Skid Row serves at-risk youth from area public schools, providing a range of art facilities and services. The project was featured in the 2010 MoMA exhibition “Small Scale: Big Change.” Maltzan’s New Carver Apartments, which provides permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents was awarded the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design. Additionally, his work has garnered numerous Progressive Architecture awards, citations from the American Institute of Architects, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence.
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Meetings on Architecture
Speakers: Paolo Baratta, Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Francis Diébédo Kéré, Marina Tabassum, Michael Maltzan, Dorte Mandrup.
26 May 2018, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, Venice
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Response by Hilary Sample, Columbia GSAPP
Architect Michael Maltzan presents the renowned work of his Los Angeles-based firm, a portfolio that includes cultural, private, and socially engaged projects in California and beyond. In 2002, Maltzan designed a temporary home of the Museum of Modern Art in Long Island City, Queens, as the 53rd Street museum underwent renovation. His work for Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles includes Inner City Arts, a home for an after-school program with design features set at the eye-level of a small child, was featured in the MoMA exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. And New Carver Apartments, permanent housing for formerly homeless elderly and disabled residents, as well as medical and supportive services, was highlighted by Nicolai Ouroussoff for "strik[ing] a tricky balance between two fundamental and often conflicting needs of the chronically homeless, for a sense of being protected, on the one hand, and regular human contact on the other." Elsewhere, Maltzan has designed the ingenious and flying-saucer Pittman-Dowell residence in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, a circular structure around an courtyard that eschews interior doors and shares a plot of land with a historic structure by Richard Neutra. GSAPP faculty member Hilary Sample offers a response.
Eric Owen Moss introduces Michael Maltzan, describing his appearance in Los Angeles “mid-revolution.” Moss asserts that Maltzan, rather than allowing the revolution to disappear or to become doctrine, has “amended the lessons” and “sustained the revolt.”
Maltzan begins his lecture by presenting three residential projects in process and describes his approach to residential work as “microcosms or distillations of larger and more complex social organizations.” He explains the role of view and plays with traditional lot usage in a house on Broad Beach in Malibu. He investigates a geometric and social inversion of the modernist blur between interior and exterior in the Pittman Dowell Residence. Lastly, he explores geometric inversion as a sectional problem while employing skin effects that animate rectilinear geometry.
Maltzan continues his lecture with a discussion of work conducted outside of Los Angeles. He presents a pavillion-bookstore designed for a park in Jinhua, China as an invited component of a conceptual master plan by Ai Weiwei. He continues with a description of a competition entry for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, a project which he attributes to a shift in his work from organization based on predetermined narrative toward that of an elastically connected open network. This interest continues in a master planning project in Milan which proposed a campus of buildings that engaged the edge of the primary site in response to difficult political realities emanating from the site itself.
Maltzan concludes with two projects which, in addition to strong urban engagement, address social interaction and environmental intent through negotiations of structure and geometry. For an Art and Science Museum in Fresno, Maltzan creates a social overlap with the city by floating the building to generate a shaded public plaza and exposing the building’s underbelly while establishing seamed openings both through and into the building. Lastly, for Pirelli in Milan, he creates a mid-height bridged connection between two office buildings, both allowing for flexibility in use and tenancy within the two structures and generating new social connections through the use of an open bat-wing truss.
Michael Maltzan discusses recent residential projects, including the Pittman/Dowell House in La Crescenta (2009), and two affordable housing projects in downtown L.A.: the New Carver Apartments (2009), and the Star Apartments (2013). He reviews recent large-scale projects, including Playa Vista Central Park (2010), the proposal for a pier for St. Petersburg (2013) and One Santa Fe (2014). Maltzan concludes with the Sixth Street Viaduct project (2015).