Monthly Archives: June 2016

Michael Bohn Speaks at PedsCount Conference 2016

California Walks is the statewide voice to ensure walkable neighborhoods that promote safe and healthy communities. The organization partners with state agencies, organizations and communities to establish and strengthen policies and practices that support pedestrian friendly communities.

This year they hosted a PedsCount Summit in the Long Beach, where Senior Principal Michael Bohn, spoke about quick & easy placemaking tactics for small and mid-sized communities. The discussion focused on how smaller towns and cities in California plan, permit, and implement parklets, public street events, and temporary demonstration projects in order to activate the city streets.

As a part of the discussion, Michael Bohn showcased how Studio One Eleven’s Long Beach Parklet Program promotes pedestrian friendly environments. Partnering with local establishments, the parklet pilot program is credited with the completion of the very first three parklets in Southern California.


A parklet is essentially a sidewalk extension, transforming curbside parking stalls into outdoor dining decks or additional public open space. They are particularly useful when existing sidewalks are too narrow to support outdoor dining, allowing existing businesses to expand in a more economical way than buying land or acquiring adjacent structures. Parklets help reinvigorate communities, by reclaiming street space for people space, and creating vibrant, active streets.

It was great to bring our parklet experience to the conversation and to show how parklets can be so impactful within the context of a smaller city.

You can view the full presentation here.

Sherman Way Artwalk & Night Market

On June 4th Studio One Eleven partook in Reseda’s inaugural Sherman Way Artwalk and Night Market hosted by 11:11 Art Collective. Our participation in the event stemmed from our involvement with the Sherman Way Conceptual Plan on which we’ve been working with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI).


The Concept Plan and visioning effort was part of Reseda Rising—an initiative of Councilmember Blumenfield—with cooperation from the City of Los Angeles Great Streets program. Reseda Rising strives to revitalize Sherman Way from Wilbur to Lindley Avenues. The plan has been driven by neighborhood feedback and will lay the groundwork to begin improvements pertaining to the multimodal user experience and economic and business development. The enhancements proposed will include a streetscape and façade improvement plan, as well as economic development strategies.

The Sherman Way Artwalk and Night Market was a continuation of the growing momentum of the Reseda Rising effort. For the event we designed a two-part interactive installation, which encouraged the community to explore Sherman Way and share their thoughts about Reseda. A series of light booths were placed along Sherman Way from Reseda Boulevard to Lindley Avenue at sites of historic and cultural significance to Reseda and its community. Each booth was marked by a cluster of LED-lit, white globe balloons and explained to the community the history and significance of the site.

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The booths led attendees to the main installation, which was centrally located amidst other installation artists, a beer garden and the music stage, providing excellent foot traffic. A canvas panel was hung to ask the community, “What’s your Reseda?” followed by a series of six separate panels that spelled out ‘RESEDA.’ Within the letters of each panel, the community was encouraged to write about events, memories or places that represent Reseda and what it means to them.

The prompt generated thoughtful, fun and entertaining comments were reflective of the community’s excitement about Reseda’s future. The installation was bustling with people all evening as hundreds of people stopped by to not only partake, but to read what others in the community had to share.

Thanks to Alex Burkhardt, Helen Cheuk, Tammy Dinh, Sarah Hooper, Kelly Ta and Kelly Riek for conceptualizing and making the art installation come to life.

Studio One Eleven Awards

This past month has been a busy and exciting time for our Studio. We are honored to have been recognized for our achievements during the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, the American Planning Association Los Angeles Awards, and the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce 125th Gala Honoring “Commercial Real Estate Development.”

LABC Under Construction/Chairman’s Award – The Bloc

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Our Studio was awarded during the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards for The Bloc in the Under Construction category. In addition, the project was recognized for a Chairman’s Award, as an early adapter for the DELOS for the WELL Building Standard.

The jury was impressed with the revitalization of downtown and the impact the Bloc will have on the area. They felt like the project was a massive undertaking and will greatly enhance the walkability and create unique mixed-use experience for locals and tourists alike. The LEED Gold certification was also a big factor with the judges, as we always strive to award impactful yet responsible projects. The Bloc was also awarded an LABC Chairman’s Award, due to the fact that the LABC fully supports the new WELL Building certification program and wanted to highlight those projects who adopted this standard early. The LABC was proud to recognize and chronicle innovation and forward thinkers in the industry. They specifically chose the Bloc, CBRE Headquarters and Haworth’s Showroom as models for future buildings to strive for.

Learn more about The Bloc project here on our website.

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Destination Tomorrow Award

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The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce recognized our Studio for the impact we’ve made on our community with a “Destination Tomorrow” award.  The “Destination Tomorrow” award is bestowed upon a company that has given back to its community and that will continue to grow in the future. Our firm has been rooted in Long Beach for more than 15 years and have played a major role in the community development. From fostering the first parklets in Southern California, to our streestcape improvements at 4th + Linden, our studio has played a heavy hand in the redevelopment and urbanization of the city. Thank you to the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our firm for this achievement.

APA Los Angeles Merit Award – Carson Street Mixed-use District Master Plan

Lastly, our Carson Street Mixed-use District Master Plan was recently awarded an APA (American Planning Association) Los Angeles Merit Award for the Implementation Small Jurisdiction category. Studio One Eleven completed the master plan in 2006 and since then the city has led implementation on many elements of the plan, creating a vibrant corridor.

Thank you to everyone who has made each of these projects a success. We are so grateful to have been noticed for all of our work and accomplishments.

Grow It, Share It, Eat It at Farm Lot 59

Farm Lot 59 is a Long Beach local biodynamic farm that maintains and develops farmland in urban settings to grow fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers with no pesticides or chemicals, offering the public fresh and healthy food choices.

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As urbanists and planners it was with great pleasure that our Studio connected with Farm Lot 59 to help support them in developing and building their first Children’s Garden.

Farm Lot 59 made 2016 all about the children, giving younger minds the opportunity to become educated about farming and providing an introduction into living a healthy lifestyle. With the help of an Eagle Scout, Evan Karadayi, Farm Lot 59 began building their outdoor learning lab.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts Farm Lot 59 now has an amazing Children’s Garden, serving as an outdoor “living” classroom for children and various organizations interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture practices.

We had the opportunity to take a tour of the property and were impressed with Founder, Sasha Kanno, on her ability to create such an inspiring urban space.  Her mission is to grow the best varieties, rare and heirloom, best suited for the climate and to help encourage and train other citizen farmers.

We are happy to have supported such a great local cause and look forward to connecting in the future. Thanks so much Sasha and Farm Lot 59!