April 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
This week’s sketch is a site plan from a project we are working on in Pacoima, CA. The concept is to turn a collection of largely vacant buildings on the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road (totaling 16,000 square feet) into a bustling center of retail and restaurants organized around a series of outdoor paseos.
April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment
On March 22nd, our office had the opportunity to host a talk with Fred Kent, President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Organized by our friend Charlie Gandy of Livable Communities, Fred spoke to a group of community activists and leaders about his experiences in place making and creating sustainable communities.
Many of his concepts resonate with our approach to design:
“The best places fix and redefine themselves around authentic local values and assets”
“Incremental steps (what PPS calls ‘smaller, faster, cheaper’), not grand plans, are the way to sustained success”
“When you design a place around cars, you get more cars. When you design a place around people, you get more people”