Monthly Archives: February 2011

How We Did It: Obtaining a Change-of-Use Agreement for Continental Graphics

We recently worked to obtain a “change-of-use” agreement for our Continental Graphics project in Los Angeles, and it was a very enlightening and complicated process. “Change-of-use” literally means permission has been given by a local authority for premises to be used for a different purpose. This particular project contained one office and one manufacturing/garage space, both of which have now been officially converted to retail. The project plan-checked through Case Management at LADBS, which is where projects are sent if they are complex in nature and have multiple entitlements.

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New “Dream Playground” in Long Beach

Last Saturday, Studio One Eleven volunteers had the privilege of helping to create a new playground in the Wrigley area of Long Beach. The event was organized by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit whose goal is to “save play” by creating playgrounds within walking distance of every child in America. Over 400 volunteers from Foresters, the City of Long Beach, the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA), and the community at large joined together to transform what was an under-utilized infill park along the LA River into a 3,000 square-foot playground that was conceived, designed, and decorated by the children that will use it. Continue reading

Chinese Mobility from a Bus Window

We have been fascinated with transportation and mobility options in China for quite some time. A country with roughly the same land area as the United States, but with five times the population, has the potential to serve as a leader relative to our own mobility future. Continue reading

4th + Linden in Form Magazine

This month’s Form Magazine features an article about Studio One Eleven’s 4th + Linden project. Read an excerpt below, or view the entire article here.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Rather than wait for clients to put a project on the table, leadership at Studio One Eleven in Long Beach, California, took matters into their own hands. Seeking a new space for their offices, the architecture and urban design firm located an ideal opportunity in the midst of Long Beach’s East Village Arts District. They bought three derelict, conjoined buildings sheathed in weathered wood siding, brick tile and stucco and became their own developer.
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