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For the Daly Street Lofts in Los Angeles’ Lincoln Heights neighborhood, contributing editor Joseph Giovannini took an 18,500-square-foot, 1930s garage and transformed the column-free interior into live–work units. Giovannini’s wood-stud-and-joist structural system responds to subtle differences in nearly identical bays to yield 15 unique units. Perhaps more significant than the notion of a critic stepping into the role of designer is the fact that Giovannini assumed every role for this experimental project—working as developer, construction supervisor, and even rental agent.