Contract Magazine - October 2019 - 57

Location Los Angeles

Founded 2013

Helen Leung and Elizabeth Timme, co-executive directors of the nonprofit urban
design organization LA-Más, have designed projects from affordable housing to
storefronts for small business owners, helping to revitalize neighborhoods
throughout Los Angeles since the group's inception six years ago. The duo's work
has cast a much needed spotlight on homelessness, housing shortages, and
overdevelopment in Los Angeles, and they are using design and policy advocacy in
a powerful way to address these issues.
"LA-Más was originally founded on the principle that great design should be a
right, not a privilege. We use design and architecture as a vehicle to push forward
the systemic changes needed to support the communities that have often been
underserved and overlooked," says Timme.
To ensure that changes are not only impactful but lasting, Timme and Leung
maintain an open dialogue with neighborhood groups, business owners, and
government officials, listening to both positive feedback and constructive criticism

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to make sure every voice is heard. "The majority of Los Angeles residents are living
in a city that was neither planned with them, nor for them. Instead of excluding
residents in the design process, we seek to highlight their diversity and the melting
pot character of Los Angeles," Timme notes.
Timme and Leung focus on finding high impact design solutions that don't
cost exorbitant amounts, such as the "Storefronts, LA" initiative, which supports
minority-owned businesses by providing free design, permitting, and construction
administration for physical improvements like storefront painting and new signage.
These upgrades are vital in helping local shops to enhance their visibility and
increase revenue.
Welcome to Western is another project that brought improvements to an area
used every day and often in need of a significant overhaul-the street. With more
trees, colored light poles, bicycle racks, and trash bins along Western Avenue,
pedestrians can now enjoy a safer, more vibrant thoroughfare.
However, the process of renewing urban communities is not as easy as
generating a few good ideas. Budgets, feasibility, and time constraints all have to be
considered, and a simple proposal can often get lost in the shuffle. With Leung's
experience in policy and community work, and Timme's in architecture, cutting
through the red tape is something they excel at.
"At times it can seem like there is an insurmountable amount of bureaucracy
to navigate, and a profoundly extravagant number of agencies to get permission
from when building anything in Los Angeles," Timme says. "As architects, designers,
and policy advocates, we are able to leverage our unique position as intermediaries
while serving communities that need the most support and preserve their local
identity."

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Editorial
Industry News
The List: Fall Releases
Product Briefs: Textiles & Acoustics
Designer You Should Know: Atelier Cho Thompson
Trend Page: Office Accessories and Animals
emerging talents Designers doing breakthrough interiors
71 Collective Brooklyn, New York
Bianco e Bianca Timișoara, Romania
Boxx Creative London, United Kingdom
Casework Portland, Oregon
Craft & Bloom Tel Aviv, Israel
ETC.etera Los Angeles, California
Fettle Los Angeles, California, & London, United Kingdom
Islyn Studio Brooklyn, New York
LA-Más Los Angeles, California
LEVER Architecture Portland, Oregon, & Los Angeles, California
Matthew Goodrich New York, New York
Menard Dworkind Montréal, Canada
Oswaldo Ortega Chicago, Illinois
Roar Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ROY San Francisco, California
Standard Architecture Los Angeles, California
Studio Boscardin. Corsi Arquitetura Curitiba, Brazil
Studio Modijefsky Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Uufie Toronto, Canada
Wiercinski-Studio Poznań, Poland
Product Preview: Healthcare Design Expo (HCDE)
Product Preview: Boutique Design New York (BDNY)
Matrix: Education
Matrix: Maison&Objet Paris
Designers Select: Flooring
Exhibition: Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence
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Contract Magazine - October 2019 - emerging talents Designers doing breakthrough interiors
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Contract Magazine - October 2019 - 71 Collective Brooklyn, New York
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Contract Magazine - October 2019 - Bianco e Bianca Timișoara, Romania
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Contract Magazine - October 2019 - Boxx Creative London, United Kingdom
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Contract Magazine - October 2019 - Product Preview: Healthcare Design Expo (HCDE)
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Contract Magazine - October 2019 - Product Preview: Boutique Design New York (BDNY)
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