Monthly Archives: October 2012

AIA Series: The Future of Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach Civic Center (Photo by Wayne Thom via la.streetsblog.org.)

The AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter concluded a two-part discussion last week focusing on the future of the Long Beach Civic Center. Part 1 took place at the Aquarium of the Pacific on September 10, and Part 2 was hosted at the Studio One Eleven offices on October 15. Central to the discussion was whether or not the Long Beach Civic Center, bound by Ocean/Broadway and Magnolia/Pacific, should be re-conceived to instill a greater sense of place and civic pride.

Moderated by architect Rick D’Amato, Part 1 set the tone and context; guest speakers included librarian and historian Maureen Neely, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Studio One Eleven’s Alan Pullman, and Donald Gibbs, one of the architects involved in the design of the Civic Center we have today. Part 2 featured Studio One Eleven’s Michael Bohn, architect Nader Ghassemlou, and Ultra-Unit Architectural Studio’s Cameron Crocket, who each presented conceptual approaches for the site.

L.A. Streetsblog covered both Part 1 and Part 2 of the discussion. More regarding Part 1 can also be found on greaterlongbeach.com.

Continuing to focus on the future of downtown, AIA Long Beach/South Bay will next host a discussion to address one of the most important corners in our city: the intersection of Pine Ave. and Ocean Blvd. This event will take place Wednesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Tickets, set at $5 each, are currently available by visiting www.aialb-sb.org/events.

Parklet Toolkit


UCLA’s new “Parklet Toolkit” features Studio One Eleven, among others.


Spurred by rapidly-growing interest in the implementation of parklets across Southern California, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Complete Streets Initiative recently released a parklet toolkit. “Reclaiming the Right-of-Way: A Toolkit for Creating and Implementing Parklets” features parklet case studies and designs from around the world, providing all the necessary “tools” to encourage users to adapt a program to their own communities.

Compiled by Madeline Brozen, Complete Streets Initiative Program Manager, the toolkit is the first of a three-phase project centering around parklets. This first phase compiles insight from various designers and planners who have led the implementation of parklet programs, such as our own Michael Bohn. (Studio One Eleven designed the first two parklets in Southern California, Long Beach’s Lola’s Mexican Cuisine and Berlin Bistro).

The second phase, conducted in collaboration with the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), will construct and implement a demonstration parklet in Downtown Los Angeles in front of LA Cafe on Spring Street. The final phase involves evaluating parklet use, such as pedestrian and business volumes before and after parklet installation.

Download the Parklet Toolkit here.