Monthly Archives: August 2011

Landscape Design & California “Must Haves”


Drought tolerance is fundamental to sustainable gardening in southern California and to planting design on our projects at Studio One Eleven. In discussing sustainable landscaping, many people feel that drought tolerant planting requires the exclusive use of native California plants. While native plants definitely have their place in landscape design, we are fortunate to live in a Mediterranean climate where plants from many parts of the world can grow and thrive. Continue reading

Virgil Village Traffic Calming, Part Two


Above, catch a glimpse of the workshop in action.

On Saturday, August 6, Studio One Eleven and Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) hosted the second of three public workshops for a traffic calming plan in the Virgil Village area of Los Angeles. We again decided to forgo the typical “town meeting” format and instead set-up shop in front of Amalia’s Guatemalan Restaurant on Virgil Avenue between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. (which we highly recommend, by the way). Bringing our traffic calming presentation out to the street has allowed us to reach a diverse cross-section of community members, including many who are not typically engaged in the public process but have genuine concerns and a vested interest in what happens on this street. Continue reading