Incremental Urbanism

March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Recently, we were asked to share our perspective at a community event focused on the state of downtown Long Beach’s urban framework. The following is an excerpt from the presentation:

During these challenging economic times, and with the loss of redevelopment agencies, we’ve been impressed by the resilience of both downtown and its adjacent neighborhoods. Organic small-scale improvements (what we refer to as incremental urbanism) are collectively having a positive impact on our environment and support the city’s desire to be more sustainable and healthy. These improvements can be organized into three categories:

1. Adaptive Reuse

Approaching urban renewal by purchasing adjacent individual lots and clear-cutting buildings for block size development has now become cost-prohibitive, resulting in an increased interest in reuse. Excellent examples of unique building stock that has been re-positioned include 4th + Linden, 420 Fourth Street, and the Arts Building on Third Street.
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Studio One Eleven Births a Renaissance

March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Though still unfinished, Fingerprints and Berlin are already attracting clientele.

The Long Beach Business Journal has featured us in an article about the transformation of Long Beach’s East Village; from a seedy and dilapidated old neighborhood to a blossoming hub of arts and culture, the East Village Arts District is rejuvenating the heart of downtown – and getting noticed. Read the piece below, or view it here.

EAST VILLAGE ARTS DISTRICT REBORN BY RENOVATIONS
While most commercial projects are still stymied by the economic downturn, there’s one pocket of Long Beach where business is swiftly taking a new form.

A mixture of public seed money, infrastructure improvements, private investment and an innovative approach to redevelopment in the past year has transformed this small corridor on the northern section of the East Village Arts District. A wave of interest has come from local patrons and independent businesses, willing to put their money and confidence into a once dilapidated set of old buildings at 4th Street and Linden Avenue. Read more…

4th + Linden in Form Magazine

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

This month’s Form Magazine features an article about Studio One Eleven’s 4th + Linden project. Read an excerpt below, or view the entire article here.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Rather than wait for clients to put a project on the table, leadership at Studio One Eleven in Long Beach, California, took matters into their own hands. Seeking a new space for their offices, the architecture and urban design firm located an ideal opportunity in the midst of Long Beach’s East Village Arts District. They bought three derelict, conjoined buildings sheathed in weathered wood siding, brick tile and stucco and became their own developer.
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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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MIXMAS Holiday Celebration at 4th + Linden

December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

MIXMAS at 4th + Linden | Film Screening
Photo by EPK Photography

This past weekend Studio One Eleven’s  4th + Linden project hosted “MIXMAS – A Celebration of Community, Art & Culture.”   It was a great holiday party featuring live art-making, DJs and bands, outdoor film, food, gifts, and more.  Lyon Art Supply stayed open late and, with support from the LB Community Foundation Connected Corridor grant, seven community arts groups – including LB Creative, Lyon Art Supply, and Vayden Roi Galleries – banded together to host the event .  When we were working on designing the project, we always thought it would be a good place for a party – and it really was.  The rear parking lot was great for food carts and outdoor painting, films were screened in the large, unfinished space, and the indoor garage worked out well as a temporary gift store/music hall, which brought new meaning to the term “garage band.”  It was great seeing a diverse group come to the East Village to eat, listen to music, mingle with working artists, do a bit of holiday shopping, and just hang out together.  Our goal for redeveloping the 4th + Linden project was always about providing a place that nurtures our creative community and, with events like this and the impending opening of Fingerprints and Portfolio across the street, we feel we are well on the way.

More info can be found at lbcreative.org.
More photos by EPK Photography are viewable on flikr.

Sustainability Goes to Work in the East Village

November 2, 2010 § Leave a comment


Photo by EPK Photography

The East Village Creative Offices recently welcomed its latest tenant – local developer/contractor JR van Dijs, Inc. When designing the interiors, we maintained a focus on creating a sustainable workplace. By incorporating operable windows to capture ocean breezes, and operable skylights to exhaust hot air from the space, the design eliminated the need for air conditioning. The skylights and windows also contribute to the large amount of daylighting throughout the open office floor plan, so that only individual task or accent lighting is required during the day. This creates comfortable working conditions for the inhabitants, who have control over the indoor environment, and already commented that they feel healthier and happier working with a constant stream of fresh air and natural light. Jan Van Dijs, president of the company, is also happy – the improved environment means his employees are more productive and his energy bills are lower. Sustainability makes its way into the water fixtures, including the installation of dual-flush toilets, and into the interior walls, handrails, and stairs, which are composed of recycled lumber. Using these recycled materials creates a richer, more interesting workplace where the occupants feel good knowing they are minimizing their impact on the environment and contributing to the vitality of the community.

Check out more images of the JR Van Dijs Office on our website: www.studio-111.com


Photo by EPK Photography

(Even Kuma, the company dog, loves being in this space!)

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