4th+Linden Featured in China’s Eco City & Green Building

January 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our 4th+Linden project was recently spotlighted, among a variety of international projects, in the Chinese publication Eco City & Green Building. The quarterly magazine is distributed among architects, engineers, developers, contractors, interior designers, and government officials, and focuses on advanced concepts in energy efficiency and green architecture. The eight-page layout on 4th+Linden highlights the project’s sustainable features and showcases its context, design process, and end result.

It’s great to know that one of our favorite urban experiments is helping to spread the word about urbanism worldwide – and from what we hear, the article is quite complimentary. (At least we know the pictures are great!) To view the article, click here.

Or, if you’d like to learn more about 4th+Linden and you don’t read Chinese, please see: Adaptive Reuse: Green Space as a Tool for Neighborhood Revitalization

Long Beach Environmental Education Center Featured in MetalMag

April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The latest edition of MetalMag features the Conservation Corps of Long Beach’s Environmental Education Center, which was designed by Studio One Eleven. Read the article below, or view it here.

Conservation Corps of Long Beach Environmental Education Center
By Jim Schneider

Founded in 1987, the Conservation Corps of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., is a nonprofit whose mission is to educate and develop basic work skills and ethics, as well as promote environmental conservation, self esteem and teamwork for at-risk youth in the Long Beach area. As CCLB’s programs grew, so did its need for space and improved facilities. The group has contracts with local property owners and nearby cities to collect recyclables and do recycling. These activities had been done out of the Corps’ headquarters, which wasn’t designed for that use, so it was decided to expand into a new space to house the organization’s recycling efforts.
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Chinese Mobility from a Bus Window

February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

We have been fascinated with transportation and mobility options in China for quite some time. A country with roughly the same land area as the United States, but with five times the population, has the potential to serve as a leader relative to our own mobility future. Read more…

Cooling Heat Islands

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Heat Reducing Islands at 4th + Linden
Dark, non-reflective hardscapes in the city – such as streets, parking lots, building roofs, sidewalks – are known to create heat islands, areas that have an artificially elevated ambient temperature when compared with temperatures in more sustainable environments. We southern Californians enjoy our sunshine, but this type of artificial, urban heat is quite harmful, and can have immediate and lasting effects on the local environment and the global climate.

For buildings, darker, less reflective roofs mean the indoor environment is warmer, thus requiring more air-conditioning to maintain comfort for occupants. Higher cooling loads means more energy burned, CO2 expended, and air pollution created, not to mention higher operating costs. Second, the heat absorbed by the dark surfaces is picked up by the breezes and consequently increases the ambient temperature, which is measured several feet above the surface. For example, on a 90 degree summer day, the ambient temperature above an asphalt parking lot can reach 170 degrees, and lighter-colored grey concrete is about 120 degrees, while areas where there are trees is only 87 degrees! Not only does this heat island effect make it uncomfortable and sometimes unsafe for pedestrians, but it can be harmful to animal and plant life in urban environments.  Last, there is the bigger picture of climate change and global responsibility. The warm air from the dark surfaces is absorbed by clouds and contributes to the greenhouse effect of a warmer planet.  

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Bringing nature into our cities, one tree at a time.

January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Studio One Eleven volunteers Eric Gomez (far left) and David Sabunas (far right) assisting at Lowell Elementary tree planting

We take trees seriously.  Not only do they bring beauty and nature into our cities, but they also increase property values, provide comfort, reduce the heat island effect, and provide a habitat for birds and insects.  On top of that, they get bigger and better with time.

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