Parasol Park in Irvine Opens “Living Room” Community Building Designed by Studio One Eleven

This Saturday, January 21st, FivePoint Communities will open one of their newest Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine, Parasol Park.

Studio One Eleven designed the “Living Room” community building and green house structure within the 2.5 acre Parasol Park. Poured in place concrete, corten steel, oiled teak wood, and dark bronze accents create a warm indoor space complete with a fireplace, opening onto a large community plaza. The “Living Room” is currently being used as a sales and info center in the newly developed neighborhood, but will soon be available for use by residents for private events and park functions.

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Rendering of “Living Room” community building and outdoor plaza

“The design for the park was born out of a focus on things found within your own backyard – the team wanted Living Room to coexist within its setting, feel a part of the earth” said Matthew Wister, Project Manager at Studio One Eleven. “Nestled beneath an existing 75 foot tall stone pine tree, we worked to place the building as close to the tree as possible; carving the large plaza out of the ground and blending the roofline into the landscape with corten steel and a living rooftop.”

Landscape architect Bright View described Parasol Park as a park inspired by things found within your own backyard. A place for exploring nature and celebrating the sense of community, Parasol Park directly intersects with the trails and is uniquely situated to take advantage of the Great Park Neighborhoods’ unmatched green belts.

Great Park Neighborhoods span approximately 2,100 acres and provides a mix of residential, educational, recreational and future commercial. It is a series of connected parks with Beacon Park, Pavilion Park and Parasol Park homes that offers residents of all ages and backgrounds a place to call home, fostering a deep sense of community among all generations – all built around the Orange County Great Park.

For more information about the event and Parasol Park visit the event page here.

Knight Cities Challenge Finalist – “POPulated: Parklets for All”

Studio One Eleven is pleased to announce that our submission, POPulated: Parklets for All, was selected as a finalist for the Knight Cities Challenge hosted by the Knight Foundation. A national foundation with strong local roots, the organization invests in journalism, arts and cities, to foster informed and engaged communities.


Rendering of submission for POPulated Parklets for All










Building on the success of Long Beach’s private parklets spearheaded by the City to create greater incentives for local business owners, POPulated reframes this concept by creating parklets as inclusionary public spaces.

Three parklets will be designed, prototyped and implemented in emerging communities to provide multi-use spaces for engagement and play. Each community will be actively engaged in programming their parklet, helping shape the space to create a sense of ownership. Once implemented, our firm will evaluate the ability to reinvigorate the public realm, testing how the program can be used as a prototype to provide much needed public open space for other regions and cities.

The submission joins 144 finalists, including five from Long Beach, out of 4,500 applications that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? Applications were required to focus on one or more drivers of city success – talent, opportunity and engagement. The final selections will be announced in spring 2017. The challenge is in its third and final year of a $15 million commitment launched by the Knight Foundation in 2014.

Learn more about the challenge and the other finalists here:

Pop-Up Urbanism

Last November, Studio One Eleven proposed a bulb-out at the northwest corner of Third Street and Long Beach Boulevard complimented by a pedestrian island of refugee at the southwest corner adjacent to the cycle track. These elements will enhance pedestrian connectivity to the retail developing on both sides of Third Street, help calm traffic speeds, improve vehicular flow, and provide outdoor dining opportunities for future tenants.
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The proposed design raised numerous questions and concerns from public agencies with particular concern from Long Beach Transit that their buses would be unable to make the southbound turn from Long Beach Boulevard onto Third Street. Due to construction adjacent to the intersection, a contractor coned off the curbside parking and one of the two lanes on Third Street.  Studio One Eleven architects documented via film and photography that buses were easily able to make the turn. After reviewing the documentation, both Public Works and Long Beach Transit agreed to mock up the proposed design and test the conditions with a bus with all stakeholders including Studio One Eleven present.


Studio One Eleven coned both the bulb-out and area of refugee and Long Beach Transit tested it several times with their bus. Everyone agreed the proposed design appeared feasible. Last month, Public Works informed Studio One Eleven that Long Beach Transit had approved our design for both the bulb-out and area of refugee. Sometimes you just have to create a concept “pop up” and field test the possibilities!

Studio One Eleven Promotes Jeff Bymaster

edited-copyStudio One Eleven is proud to announce the promotion of Jeff Bymaster to Project Manager. Jeff has been a key team member of Studio One Eleven for the past year, working on an range of multi-family housing projects. He has worked on First and Alamitos, a 136 unit market rate development with ground floor retail.  He was requested by the client to manage Santa Ana Arts Collective, an adaptive reuse of a mid-century office building into 56 unit affordable artist colony. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University and is LEED AP accredited and is currently working on licensure. Congratulations to Jeff on his promotion!

Harvey Milk Park: Co-creating Public Spaces to Reconnect People

8This article was originally published for on December 7, 2016. It has been translated from Spanish to English to accommodate our readers. The full, unedited version can be found here.

Harvey MilkPromenade Park is the first park in the United States whose name pays tribute to a gay activist civil rights: Harvey Milk.

Milk was an American politician and activist, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States in 1977. A year later he was brutally murdered with the Mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, by former councilman of San Francisco, Dan White. Milk, played by Sean Penn in the Oscar-winning film, Milk, has become not only an icon of the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement but of rights civilians in general.

This park, full of fruit trees, is located in the heart of the city of Long Beach, 30 kilometers south of the city of Los Angeles (California, United States). In it stands a huge mural composed of over 400,000 mosaics reminiscent of the historic struggle of the LGBT movement. Next to the mural, a rainbow colored flag symbolizes a gay pride flag of large dimensions throughout the 365 days a year in the Equality Plaza, something that local authorities consider a pioneering gesture for a public park.1

Although the city of Long Beach has an enviable climate – it can rely on 300 days per year of uninterrupted sunny days – the park’s city center remains empty during the week days, while people work in offices nearby. In order to encourage entrepreneurs and professionals to leave their offices, the mayor of Long Beach seeks to break the prevailing office culture, creating the first shared outdoor workspace in the U.S. And what better place to carry out this experiment than at the emblematic Equality Square in the center of Harvey Milk Park?

The innovative aspect of this initiative is not only the idea – to create an outdoor working space in a park public – but the process, as the mayor made an open call to the public, inviting them to propose ideas and solutions that will transform this space.

Participation in this national challenge was open to anyone with an idea, project or product to habilitate the park into a workspace, providing items such as desks, chairs, shady spots or stations to charge mobile devices or computers, among others.

Among the proposals received, the Long Beach City Council selected seven finalists who have now been invited to showcase their ideas and products in the Equality Plaza, from December 5 to 16. During this period, residents of Long Beach will vote on the initiatives they like, thus participating in the selection process of the winners, and therefore the co-designing of the square. During the days that the exhibition is open, the city will organize social events, including a food and drink social, sports competitions and activities of augmented reality, in order to attract more visitors to the square.6

“Honoring the legacy of Harvey Milk and celebrate our heroes LGBT is critical to the success of this park,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “This showcase is a great opportunity to reimagine the use of the park and revive the legacy of Harvey Milk, gathering the community around the square.”

Among the finalists exhibiting their proposals during these days in Long Beach is James Wulf, a creator in Santa Monica that designs ping-pong tables that easily convert into meeting tables, and Soofa, a start-up from Cambridge producing urban intelligent street furniture. Also among the finalists is the company Nerei, composed by a group of architects and urban designers with offices in Bilbao and Singapore. Nerei introduced the Birloki system, an interactive urban flag pole that has a screen of data exchange that connects the municipality with citizens, and also recharges mobile devices and incorporates different environmental sensors, among other features.

“Designers from around the world competed to display their innovative products in Long Beach,” said John Keisler, director of Innovation Team of City Hall. “This is a unique opportunity to redesign the future of our public spaces in a participatory way, right here in Harvey Milk Park Promenade “.7

Long Beach is carrying out this initiative in collaboration with Citymart , a company based in New York that transforms the way that cities are facing urban and social challenges through entrepreneurship and citizen participation. The transformation of this square is expected to increase foot traffic, collaboration between entrepreneurs and residents, increased cultural and social events in the square, and promote localbusinesses in the area.

This coastal town of less than 500,000 residents in Southern California demonstrates with this initiative that it has understood that as the city develops and changes, public spaces must also evolve to reflect and meet the changing needs of the community as well. The trend is that citizens are increasingly involved in the transformation of public spaces. After all, they are the ones who end up using them.

The Innovation of the City of Long Beach is responsible for leading the project. Launched in 2015 by Mayor Robert Garcia, this atypical innovation team has the mission to deepen the urban challenges, encourage citizen empathy and work within a participatory manner to co-create solutions that deliver sustainable resultswith and for its residents.

Paula García Serna, founder of the initiative Towards The Human City and researcher of urban development initiatives.

Studio One Eleven Promotes Moiri Fleming

moiri-picStudio One Eleven is excited to announce the promotion of Moiri Fleming to Project Design Director. Moiri Fleming has been responsible for leading design efforts on various landscape studio projects including most recently The Oaks School, Paramount Blvd. Urban Revitalization, Del Mar Highlands Expansion, The Lot Ctyd and 495 Promenade, Long Beach.  She is a very talented designer with the technical ability to realize landscapes for challenging and wide-ranging project types.  Since joining Studio One Eleven in April 2015, Moiri has been instrumental in further developing landscape design standards, presentation graphics and 3D renderings. Her previous experience includes working for Tichenor & Thorp Architects, Van Atta Associates and Farmscape Gardens. Moiri received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Temple University, is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of California and has over 10 years of diverse design experience.