Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction. The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours. It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating.
The LivingHome C6 series will be on display at Dwell on Design this weekend, with a special tour offered to LA Design Festival guests on Friday, June 20th from 2-6pm. Make sure to RSVP online! And until then, get to know the mind behind the homes of the future in this quick chat with Steve Glenn on designing in Los Angeles.
LADF: Is LA a global design capital?
SG: It has been said that more people make money being creative in Los Angeles than any other city in the world. In addition to the film, television, and music industries, LA has one of the largest collections of architects, car and fashion designers in the world. We are, indeed, a global leader in design.
LADF: What makes LA so different from other cities?
SG: A few things. First, we’re a new city than many of other large cities in the US and many people who came West, did so to exercise their freedoms — to live lifestyles they wanted, create things they wanted to create, free of the historic bounds and norms of the older East. For better, and definitely for worse, we’ve been far more tolerant. Second, for a variety of geo-economic reasons, we’ve got a more diverse population than most any city in the world. Given these two factors, for better and sometimes, some would say for worse, we’ve been more tolerant of creative exploration.
LADF: What could make LA a better place for design?
SG: More LivingHomes!!! Kidding (thought not totally). It’d be great if there were more events that brought together designs from various mediums — architects, music, film, car — so we could all get inspired by each other and potentially even collaborate! This happens, of course, but most professional organizations and events tend to be focused on specific trades/industries.
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