Last night, Landscape Studio Director, Kirk Keller, joined the Long Beach-Qingdao Sister City Association and members of the community for an unveiling of the “Long Beach Garden,” which is currently in China at the International Horticultural Exposition. Videos of the opening ceremonies and pictures of the Studio One Eleven design were shown to guests, creating a virtual tour of the expo grounds, accompanied by an explanation of the process from Kirk.
Pictured: Long Beach Garden in Qingdao
Qingdao is a “sister city” of Long Beach and is this year’s location for the International Horticultural Exposition which closes in late October. For more information on the “Long Beach Garden,” click here!
On Friday, September 12 Studio One Eleven architects Michael Bohn, Rolando Tapia and Linda Fu joined a number of YMCA supporters in welcoming a new phase in the life of a long-time community staple. The Groundbreaking Ceremony at the current and future site of the Weingart-Lakewood YMCA gave a glimpse of the new project’s overarching goal: to build an improved space for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Studio One Eleven designed “Y” will increase the existing 25,000 square foot facility by 10,000 square feet. This newly added program space will feature new exercise studios, a teen center, family changing area, and many more amenities designed to improve the quality of life of the individuals who use them. As President & CEO of YMCA of Long Beach, Alfredo Velasco, stated in his speech at the event that all plans were implemented to “give the communities we serve the strongest and healthiest YMCA.”
Emilio Sosa, Sue Baker, Michael Bohn, Alfredo Velasco, Rolando Tapia and Linda Fu at Friday’s ceremony.
Currently, the Weingart- Lakewood Family YMCA serves 11 nearby cities and welcomes 10,000 people annually. The additional space and other planned renovations will provide much needed space for a variety of demographics including youth, families, seniors, and those living in poverty or low-income households. Titled “Building Tomorrow Today,” the current expansion project places an emphasis on creating ample opportunities for people to thrive in the present so as to establish better futures for themselves and the community as a whole. Council Member Steve Croft from the City of Lakewood, who also spoke at the ceremony, summarized the goal of the soon-to-be started project: “Times change, values don’t. But for the Y, buildings change, visions don’t. It’s only through improving the quality of life of our residents that we become a stronger community.”
Rendering from Studio One Eleven
Read more about the Weingart-Lakewood Family YMCA renovation, here!
This coming weekend Studio One Eleven will embark on our biennial field trip to San Diego to tour exemplary architecture projects. An alumni of Woodbury University in San Diego, senior designer Eric Gomez has leveraged his great collegiate relationships and friendships once again to organize a fourth tour of the city.
Plan your own design inspiration journey with the map created by Studio One Eleven!
As designers, we look at precedents, or relevant examples, to see how those we respect and admire solve specific problems in extraordinary ways. In no way are we trying to copy their innovation, but that we are educating ourselves on how we can do something that has been done before, but better…how do we create “the remix.” (See this TED Talk by Kirby Ferguson on “Embracing the Remix”)
At Studio One Eleven, we often look at specific San Diego architects’ work as a model because the design and scale they exemplify that is similar to our own work. In the end, it is inspiring to hear these architects talk about their work and the lesson’s learned on the job (not to mention that we appreciate them taking their own personal time in doing so!). We are looking forward to seeing the work, hearing the war stories and building upon our own Studio camaraderie!
Click the links to view some of the projects we will be visiting: