More-Plex reimagines traditional site layouts to get “more” out of every square foot and adjacency. In a typical LA mid-block residential site, the front yard is an unused buffer between the neighborhood and the residence, and a standard home is not always appropriately scaled to each occupant. This system annexes the front yard, activating this valuable community-facing area, and allows residents to develop the larger site over time, incrementally densifying a single lot with zones that support a range of residents. Not merely an efficient, sustainable construction methodology, More-Plex’s modularity responds to the evolving needs of its users, enhancing social resilience and well-being.
In LA’s housing market, ownership is dominated by those with access to financial capital and existing housing stock, rented out at personal profit. To address this increasingly elite privilege, the More-Plex system shifts local typologies toward a new model: with affordable, interchangeable components, it retools land management, home-building, and housing stability in favor of all people.
The kit includes a range of unit configurations designed for flexible living, working, and community scenarios. The components—structural frames, infill panels, prefabricated units, trellises, porches, and other modules—prioritize carbon-neutral materials, such as cross laminated timber and all-electric systems. Individual units can be linked along a contiguous yard by an iconic trellis that offers shade, infrastructure, and space for community programs. More-Plex supports “non-traditional” living situations—alternatives to the stereotypical cis-nuclear family—such as multigenerational families, cooperative tenancies, and integrated live/work arrangements. The components allow personalized ownership of a small-scale development, increase residents’ housing stability, and work as an anti-displacement system. Designed for pre-approval and expedited permitting, the easy-to-use kit reduces the time, finance, and knowledge burdens that are common barriers to self-determined building. It meets necessary standards, safeguards, and building code requirements and instills agency in the do-it-yourself resident.