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.
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
With our work extending globally, some of us recently traveled to China. What we found was fascinating: a fully-functioning identity crisis where thousands of years of tradition coexist with modern thought in a unique urban community that is evolving in fast-forward.
We spent the majority of our time in Shanghai, which, due to China’s recent economic boom, is developing at a dizzying rate. In the 1950’s, the urban area of Shanghai was 82.4 square kilometers; now, it is approximately 3924.24 square kilometers and growing. In 60 years, it has multiplied almost 50 times! This rapid development has often caused the city to cut corners, which has resulted in the demolition of many high-quality old buildings to make way for crudely constructed new ones. The city has been virtually scraped clean of any of its architectural history, but there are some notable exceptions.