Reimaging Urban Infrastructure

March 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Long Beach branch of the US Green Building Council recently hosted a panel discussion on the future of urban infrastructure. The standing-room only event was held in the solarium perched atop the historic Sovereign Building, which provided panoramic views of Downtown Long Beach and the coastline. The three speakers included Studio One Eleven’s Brian Ulaszewski, Stantec Transportation Engineer and Institute of Traffic Engineers President Rock Miller, and Madeline Brozen from the Complete Streets Initiative at UCLA’s Lewis Center.

The discussion ranged in scale from temporary street interventions like parklets to freeway cap projects and removal, all focused on using infrastructure to better serve the needs of people. Concepts such as protected bike lanes, roundabouts, and areas of refuge were identified as facilities that can be transposed onto existing street networks to promote active forms of mobility, while electricity transmission corridors and stormwater management systems could be used to create new open space.

Bulb-outs and parklets contribute to a more human-scale. Read more…

WoodWorks Tour of Long Beach Senior Art Colony

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Last weekend, our Long Beach Senior Art Colony project was included in a tour of wood framed buildings under construction around Southern California.  Sponsored by WoodWorks, the tour highlighted Type V and Type III wood construction and asked the question, “Why wood?”

Long Beach Senior Art Colony involves two adjacent senior housing components with shared amenities: a 161 unit Senior Arts Colony (SAC), a community focused on continued learning, creative arts, and fitness, and an adjacent building, the Arts Annex (AA). The AA contains 39 units of additional affordable senior housing. The SAC and AA components include, respectively, five and three stories of wood framing over one story of concrete plus mezzanine. The SAC building forms a south facing courtyard, providing solar access while collecting cool ocean breezes. Within the courtyard is a freestanding community performing arts theater, which is the focal point of the project. A second courtyard, accessible to residents in both phases of the development, will have a dog park, expansive lawn and community gardens. Once completed, the project will have 200 units of housing. Read more…

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

Parklet Fever – Catch It!

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Berlin Parklet – Rendering

The parklets we’ve designed for three local businesses have been getting a lot of attention lately, and we’re ecstatic that it has been overwhelmingly positive! Media outlets from the local Long Beach Press Telegram and Grunion Gazette, to the regional LA Times and even ABC 7 Eyewitness News, have covered what will be the first parklets in Southern California.

Things are progressing quickly; the first parklet – in front of Lola’s Mexican Cuisine – was completed in only three days by JR Van Dijs, and the one and a half stalls that were lost have been replaced nearby through curbside restriping. Next on the agenda will be Berlin Bistro, and then finally Number Nine, with 5-9 permanent jobs anticipated in all! (For all the latest updates and progress photos, follow us on Twitter @studioneleven.)
Lola’s Parklet – Daily Progress (Finished Photos Coming Soon!)

These small structures are private investments by the business owners and do not utilize any taxpayer dollars, but we love the enthusiasm we’ve seen from the community. We’re hoping they will not only create more visibility for the businesses, but also lead to big improvements in sidewalk culture. We’re encouraged that these parklets will be yet another step toward making Long Beach more walkable, and we’re looking forward to watching the street come alive!

For more information, see our previous blog: Revolutionizing the Road – Parklets on 4th Street.

We Like to Jam

January 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

…especially during the holidays. Fortunately for us, we have our very own in-house DJ! DJ Arkatekt is a double-threat; architect by day and DJ by night, every year he puts together an awesome track to help us celebrate the holiday season. We all pick songs we like – this year was an 80’s theme –and Arkatekt does the rest, weaving them together and filling in the blanks to create an awesome single track that we can listen to throughout the holiday season. But this is not your grandmother’s holiday mix – no bells jingling or chestnuts roasting, this track is meant to be enjoyed all year long! The playlist in progress – 80’s style.

Here’s a little bit from the Arkatekt himself:

“This is something that is definitely planned out, not done overnight.  Strategy is involved from going through the song choices (which is why I ask for 3 options from each person), listening to the tracks, and doing MULTIPLE test mixes to see what songs blend together with others cleanly. After all this is complete, I then use another program to ‘Master’ the volumes so that it is a clean listen.

Like architecture, that’s the way I like to approach my mixes!
Thorough and thought out…PROCESS!”

And now, this year’s track listing: Read more…

Season’s Greetings Through the Years

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

We look forward to sending a holiday greeting to our friends and colleagues at the end of each year. It’s a small gesture that lets them know we appreciate them and wish nothing but the best in the year to come. It’s also an opportunity to share a little piece of ourselves, because each card is a moment in time reflecting where we are, where we’ve been, and who we are as a studio. Looking back, we’ve had a few great ones.

Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful blog readers. May your year be full of bright ideas.

AIA Award for 420 4th Street. Rock On!

December 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Alan Pullman Jams with Foo Fighters at 420 4th Street’s Fingerprints

We (with help from Interstices) just won a 2011 AIA Long Beach/South Bay Design Award for 420 4th Street – our third consecutive win! Check out all the entries and winners here.