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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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

Points of Interest

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

We enjoy exploring. Whether it’s a walk down the street or a 16 hour flight, we love seeing sights and learning what makes a city successful. If a place happens to be particularly remarkable, we pick up a lot of fun and useful information that we like to pass on. We do this in the form of our Points of Interest. These maps are useful sightseeing guides for those of you that share our same interests; from cool local hangouts to buildings and neighborhoods of historical significance, Points of Interest are a tour of what we think is worth checking out. Our list of cities will be ever-growing, so check back often and travel with us!

We’ve done the research for you at studio-111.com.

Peer Review Architects

December 5, 2010 § 1 Comment

Portos Downey
Photo by Steven Carr, Long Beach Press Telegram

Sometimes working behind the scenes can be very influential. Architects are not only tasked with making great buildings and places for a variety of clients, but sometimes they can serve as consultants to cities in the role of a “peer review architect”. This role requires architects to critique the work of other architects, providing input on behalf of a city with the intention of getting the best possible result. 

For the past few years, we have been working as peer review architects for the cities of Long Beach, Downey, Paramount, and Anaheim, and have come across a range of interesting drawings – from efforts that just needed some tweaking, to designs that needed a little more help. Lately there’s been a lot of activity in Downey, and we wanted to share what’s been built or currently on the drawing boards, and how we’ve contributed to the process.

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Retailers Get Urban

October 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

 GlobeSt.tv

There was a time when retailers had eyes only for the suburbs. The newest era of development, however, is seeing  these same retailers shift interest towards downtowns and other urban environments, where many of their old customers – and potential new ones – are now living. This has brought new challenges for architects, who are now designing the “big box” into smaller spaces. At Studio One Eleven we have already established relationships with many of these typically suburban chain retailers, and have been assisting them with fitting their programs in tighter downtown and inner-ring suburban environments, as well as community outreach, entitlement, and ultimately construction.   

For more discussion on this trend check out this video from  ICSC, courtesy of real estate website GlobeSt.com:  Retail Flight to Urban Locations

And to see some of our work in urban retail, including Metro Center in San Diego and Midtown Crossing in Los Angeles, visit our website: www.studio-111.com.

Studio One Eleven featured in Long Beach Business Journal

September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

  
Studio One Eleven is highlighted in the latest edition of the Long Beach Business Journal. See below for the article, or read it online here.

Studio One Eleven Focuses On Urban Context And Sustainability
For Its Diversity Of Projects
By Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

LONG BEACH (September 15, 2010) – It’s clear when reading Studio One Eleven’s 10 design principles that the architecture and design firm considers environmental sustainability central to its work, not just an add-on to satisfy industry trends. It is even more evident when examining the details of its projects, which include mixed-use, dwelling, urban retail, campus, community and adaptive re-use. Read more…

“Built to Last”

August 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

To tie into pedestrian-friendly urban design, we are showing a little, three-minute video diddy titled “Built to Last” which highlights the positive impact designers can have on our built environment.

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