With this backdrop, we have been working with Mike Alvarez and the “Skid Row Housing Trust” on a few housing prototypes. These design proposals utilize stack-able pre-fabricated housing units enclosed with an exterior metal cladding. This system allows for great flexibility and can be built within a minimal budget. The units are stacked in a variety of ways, intentionally leaving open spaces between units. These ‘gaps’ serve as social and shared green spaces; designed to foster social interaction and a higher quality of living within the project. The units vary in size from a 300sqft studio to a 500sqft single bedroom unit and are simple steel framed boxes that are pre-finished and trucked and lifted on the site with a crane. The metal facade with its punched openings provides both a shading screen for the social and green spaces as well as a unifying envelope that ties the units together into a single mass.