March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
This week’s sketch is of West Valley Towers in Van Nuys, CA. The redesigned visitors entry incorporates an existing tree and provides a new steel trellis, screen planting, and a water feature to direct guests into the project.
July 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Sometimes, stabilizing a neighborhood can be as simple as consolidating adjacent properties. This strategy utilizes land more efficiently, which can enhance common space and greatly improve the quality of the community, and is illustrated by the Long Beach Housing Development Company‘s recent acquisition of three apartment buildings in central Long Beach.
Located on a troubled street, many of the apartment buildings in this area were built in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and responded to a growing senior community. Now, however, the demographics have shifted to include families with young children, and many are living in poverty. Thus, buildings that were originally composed of small, one-bedroom apartments must now accommodate the needs of a growing community in need of larger units. This phenomenon has resulted in illegal conversions of garages into units and dining rooms into bedrooms, as well as gardens being covered in asphalt to accommodate an abundance of automobiles. The living conditions in these units are obviously substandard, but we aim to change that.
March 7, 2011 § 2 Comments
Andy Street – Existing elevation with a tired, uninviting, windowless façade.
As the Housing Development Company’s urban, architectural, and landscape design consultant, we at Studio One Eleven were recently approached with a couple of façade improvement projects in Long Beach. Andy Street and Atlantic Avenue, though many miles apart, held the same primary challenge: namely, how to freshen a 1950’s modern building into both a better place to live and a better neighbor to the surrounding community.
Through diverse materials, color, new windows, varied roof parapets, and landscaping, we updated the blank walls, faded paint, and dated components – all while respecting and enhancing the modern style of the existing buildings in a cost-sensitive manner. Read more…
December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
Rendering for our Long Beach Senior Arts Colony project, which is about to break ground and will be complete in 2012.
It’s been a fruitful year of ground-breakings, tree plantings, awards, new projects, and a whole lot of construction documents. We’re especially looking forward to seeing many of these drawings turn into built work in 2011, as well as continuing to grow in the areas of community buildings, affordable housing, landscape architecture and graphic design.
Studio One Eleven will be closed for business between December 24, 2010 and January 3, 2011. Enjoy the holidays and see you in the new year!
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October 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) held its annual conference on October 1, 2010, with the topic of “Recent Practices in Transportation-Oriented Development.” Michael Bohn of Studio One Eleven was one of several invited speakers, which included Art Cueto of Transtech, Michael Dieden of Creative Housing, and Dan Falcon of McCormack Baron Salazar, on benefits and strategies associated with developing around transit.
The event attracted a diverse audience and engaged developers, non-profit organizations, funders, and policy-makers. Many came with limited knowledge on how to leverage these important parcels around transit hubs, often instead looking for simplistic solutions that do not respond to the context. The good news is that public funding sources are increasingly being directed towards TODs, planners are incorporating the idea of developing around transit into their vision, and innovation has spurred many creative approaches to parking that encourage more development in these areas.
You can view Michael’s presentation slides here.