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.
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.
September 8, 2010 § Leave a comment