Yearly Archives: 2011

Season’s Greetings Through the Years

We look forward to sending a holiday greeting to our friends and colleagues at the end of each year. It’s a small gesture that lets them know we appreciate them and wish nothing but the best in the year to come. It’s also an opportunity to share a little piece of ourselves, because each card is a moment in time reflecting where we are, where we’ve been, and who we are as a studio. Looking back, we’ve had a few great ones.

Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful blog readers. May your year be full of bright ideas.

Building Communities Through Affordable Housing

The demand for affordable housing is greater than ever, and rows of uninspired boxes just don’t cut it anymore. Be it for seniors or the homeless, creating housing for specific needs requires unique considerations, and we have recently been working on a diverse portfolio of housing that highlights how different user-types create uniquely different designs.

Each of the projects below craved a fresh approach, and the innovative solutions we implemented produced distinctively refreshing results.

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony is a 200-unit senior living development adjacent to one of the most significant transit nodes in the city. The first of two-phases, this project includes a significant amount of community amenities oriented toward continued learning for its residents. Located on a vibrant commercial corridor, the ground floor is activated with art studios, galleries, lobbies (that double as more gallery space) and fitness, billiards, and technology centers. A diversity of outdoor spaces including a community garden, a theater, and a dog park provide senior residents with a variety of experiences to find inspiration for their future creative expressions. Continue reading

Virgil Village Traffic Calming, Part Three

On October 8, 2011, Studio One Eleven and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) hosted the third and final public workshop for our traffic calming plan in Virgil Village. Returning to the location of our first workshop, we occupied the northeast corner of the Santa Monica/Virgil intersection and created a temporary plaza for the afternoon. The event once again attracted a broad cross-section of participants, with over seventy of the neighborhood’s residents and stakeholders in attendance. Many expressed their appreciation for this shared decision-making process and were prepared to voice their opinions on how the improvements should be prioritized.

Using cones and potted citrus trees to delineate the edge, pedestrian space was created within the right turn pocket created by the acute angle of the intersecting streets. Right-turning automobile traffic still managed to flow smoothly, and pedestrians appreciated the easier street-crossing allowed by the extended plaza. Sawhorses displayed over a dozen presentation boards that helped illustrate the progress we’ve made – with the community’s help – and to provide a context for the “Preferred Street Design” for Virgil Avenue.
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The Growing Experience

On October 22, the local chapters of the AIA and USGBC co-hosted “The Growing Experience,” a panel and tour dedicated to urban farms in our communities. Michael Bohn, principal at Studio One Eleven, was one of four presenters at the event which also featured Kathleen Irvine, farm manager of New City School; Jimmy Ng, project manager of The Growing Experience; and Jeffrey Biben, architect of Carmelitos Urban Garden.

Presenting to AIA and USGBC members, students and supporters of urban farming, the panel focused on the role of architecture in urban farms. The presentation was followed by a tour of The Growing Experience, an active seven-acre urban farm located in north Long Beach within the Carmelitos Housing Development. The farm is operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles and food is made available to the community and local restaurants through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program.
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Studio One Eleven Hosts USC Architecture Student Review

Studio One Eleven recently welcomed students from the USC School of Architecture third-year design studio for a critique of their mid-semester projects. Rather than hosting design critiques in the classroom, the professors encourage moving away from campus and into the professional environment. In doing so, students have the opportunity to engage with professionals and experience working studios.

As part of the School of Architecture Housing Studio coursework, students conduct two projects during the housing topic semester. In this assignment (the first of the two), students were tasked to design a four-unit residential development on an infill property in South Pasadena. Each student was assigned a different parcel with varied context, access, solar orientation, and site proportions, necessitating unique design approaches.

In addition to the studio professors and two additional professors, our own Michael Bohn and Brian Ulaszewski participated in the critique. “The design solutions presented by the students were very diverse and thoughtful,” remarked Michael Bohn, AIA, Principal at Studio One Eleven. “We appreciated that the projects were infill in nature, adjacent to transit, and in an established neighborhood” This type of development will continue to be important in allowing the region to grow and at the same time serve as an opportunity to revitalize neighborhoods. Continue reading