Our House Project

On exhibit at The Gallery of New York School of Interior Design
161 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021
beginning January 31 – April 21, 2007

I collaborated with Navin Pathangay AIA, Chris Ilg AIA, and Steve Soenksen on the design of an affordable housing solution we dubbed as the "M.O.D. House" for the International Design Competition the HOME House Project.

Steve Soenksen and I were graduates from Taliesin while Chris and Navin were coworkers in a leading architecture firm in Phoenix. Together, we explored an innovative housing solution for the future of affordable housing in America. Our MOD House entry is a finalist out of over 440 entries in The Home House Project:The Future of Affordable Housing competition organized by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) three years ago. The project challenged artists and architects from across the United States to design single-family houses using Habitat for Humanity's basic three- and four-bedroom house plans as a "point of departure." Criteria for the designs include the use of environmentally conscious materials, technologies, and methods.

The MOD House has since been traveling together with select 100 entries across America in prestigious venues like the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas, Museum of Design in Georgia, Frank Gehry’s Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minnesota, and at The Gallery of New York School of Interior Design (located on 161 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021) beginning January 31 – April 21 2007.

It is also featured in the 128-page book “The HOME House Project” published by MIT Press, and includes essays by Michael Sorkin, Ben Nicholson, and Steve Badanes.


Vicente said...

Lira, can this be down-sized to Smokey-Mountain proportions?

Cinti Agbayani

Lira said...

I was gonna say that but you beat me to it---yes I see that as a possibility, also adapted to Manila's Topology and Climate.

Eric Gozar said...

Lira, don't forget that I will be eager to help you, if and when this project is applicable to and launched in Payatas in Pinas!

Ar. Eric Gozar, PIA, UAP

Anonymous said...

So when does it come to Minnesota? sounds like a good excuse to leave work early and go to the Weisman.

-t barthelemy

Lira said...

It was already at the Weisman Art Museum (by Frank Gehry) from January 28 - April 30, 2006.

I'm sorry you missed it, but here's a link about it:

BDS said...

Hi! Are you related to Arch't ?Luis, the dean of the UP College of Architecture?

Lira Luis, AIA said...
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Lira Luis, AIA said...

BDS: You must be referring to Tita Hedy Luis, Dean, from University of the Philippines. Her husband and my father are cousins.

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