What is the role of the architect in the house?  It cannot be denied that people identify with their homes.  We live in them and somehow we become a part of them and they of us.  The house stands as it is and we take from it.  But the desire to affect it is there.  Half a century since the GI Bill, suburbanites have proven that individuality will show through.  But options are limited to whatever can be obtained from Home Depot or a more aggressive re-model.  So they paint, they garden, they buy lawn ornaments, they build barbeques.  The architect gave them very few options.  What would a different option look like?  A different skeleton for a different lifestyle, a platform for customization.  A built-in (re)model…  New models have been attempted, but they are based on a belief that privacy is the key ingredient.  What about the people who aren’t hiding?  Who aren’t afraid to show who they are and what they stand for?  Those bold creative rebels, the kind of people who choose to live in Los Angeles could be the very models that offer something different.

To facilitate customizability over customized housing, the new model must both allow for a non-average lifestyle while maintaining its flexibility.  To make sure that these houses can accommodate many but be customized individually, the ubiquitous Mexican Loteria cards are (re)appropriated, as they had been before into a zombie form of French Tarot, to depict icons, characters, and structures of what has become embedded Los Angeles culture.  The cards are drawn and the combinations “read” to reveal a skeleton house incorporating the intestines of L.A.  These are neither the cookie cutter pitched roofs of traditional tracts or the sleek united fronts of modernist tracts.  They are individualized, on display, not afraid to show their bones.

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