September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
This year we were invited to work with the 4th Street Business Association to assist in converting the parking lot on 4th Street + Cherry Avenue into a park. After a short design charette, we conceived of a park of community based vendors which were loosely organized around a landscape path of different colored chalk footprints.
We re-installed the “Bike Shelter”, a reclaimed wood prototype built by our own David Hernandez, at the corner of the site. This wonderful shelter helped give some visibility to the lot and was quite a centerpiece of discussions; from multi-modal transportation in our communities to issues of sustainability and adaptive re-use.
In addition to our program pieces, we wanted to allow the community to get involved in creating this park. “Welcome Mats” of colored chalk were arranged around the lot to encourage people to move from area to area, tracking the colors as they visited each vendor. What we did not expect were the break-out long jump contests and that dogs too would participate! Seems all enjoyed the art park that day.
July 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
LONG BEACH (July 27, 2010) – Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) President John Norquist, on a visit to Southern California, spent the afternoon of July 27 touring Long Beach then gathering with Southern California CNU members at Studio One Eleven. The evening was highlighted by an engaging Town Hall-style discussion focusing on urbanism in Long Beach and its affect at the national level. Read more…