Drop-in Facility, Clinic, and Offices
Larkin Street Youth Services
San Francisco, California




Lark-Inn for Youth
Larkin Street Youth Services
San Francisco, California



Aftercare and Assisted Care
Housing and services for youth with HIV/AIDs
Larkin Street Youth Services
San Francisco, California






Diamond Youth Shelter
Larkin Street Youth Services
San Francisco, California
with Glass Associates
Russell Park Student Family HousingGlass Asscoiates

Transitional Shelter
Warehouse Renovation
Contra Costa County
Concord, California



MORE HOMELESS PROJECTSRue Park
University of California at D

 

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For the past several years I have been working with non-profit emergency housing and service providers designing shelters and facilities for the homeless. Through my clients I have come to appreciate how much a modest amount of design can do. Often it is merely figuring out the logistics of getting the requisite number of beds in a space. Increasingly, however, design is seen as a means of establishing trust between the provider and the homeless, and a way to create a sense of belonging for those with little or no social connection.

It is within this difficult and often tragic arena that architecture serves its highest purpose. A visit to a museum can be a powerful and moving experience. Public buildings are a reflection of our culture. But if we believe that architecture serves a society as well as reflects its values, then we must provide for those with the most need and the fewest options.

Sam Davis - from
Designing for the Homeless:
Architecture that Works

University of California Press
November, 2004