Category Archives: Awards and Press

Paul Tay: Pioneer of Long Beach Modernism

Paul Tay, a prolific mid-century architect, will receive a well-deserved “Excellence in Architecture” Award from Long Beach Heritage tonight. Our own Michael Bohn nominated him because of the numerous residential and commercial projects he worked on in Long Beach.

Mr. Tay is most well-known for his “Hex-House” concept; consisting of hexagonal-shaped rooms in a honeycomb pattern, this concept maximizes floor space and creates multiple focal points by minimizing unusable corners.

A sketch of “Hex House” circa 1966.

Coincidentally, we will also be receiving an award tonight in the contextual in-fill category for our 4th Street parklets. We credit forward-thinking architects like Paul Tay for laying the groundwork that makes our success possible.

For more information on the Long Beach Heritage Awards, click here.

DJ Arkatekt Spins at AIA Design Awards

This year’s AIA Los Angeles Design Awards ceremony was not just any awards event. Set at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center, guests comprised of some of the most influential decision makers in the city, including architects, civic leaders, media personalities, and journalists. Highlighting the event was DJ Moby, who introduced the 2012 Design Award winners. According to fellow attendees, “he was eloquent, funny, and turned out to be an even bigger architecture fan than we thought!”

However, the real highlight of the evening was the masterful spinning of Studio One Eleven’s own DJ Arkatekt!

“For me, this was one of the best events I’ve had the opportunity to spin because I was playing for my fellow Architects, as well as Moby himself. His album “Play” helped me get through my 3rd year of Architecture school. I don’t normally spin much electronic music, but Moby is definitely someone I admire as a musician and it was a privilege to have him as part of my audience.” said DJ Arkatekt, a.k.a. Eric Gomez, senior designer at Studio One Eleven. “It was fun being able to set the mood for the evening, before and after the actual awards ceremony. I was able to spin a lot of uptempo jazz & lounge type of music, which I don’t really get to play very often, and it influenced me to put together a “soundtrack” mix for the night which I will make available on my SoundCloud in the next few weeks.”

Moby, who is known for his sample-based electronic music, vegan lifestyle, and support of animal rights, recently started an architecture blog called Moby Los Angeles Architecture.

You can follow DJ Arkatekt on Facebook and download mixes on his SoundCloud.

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.

La Brea is Getting Noticed

Sycamore Kitchen (Photo by Elizabeth Daniels, 06.12.12)

Everyone’s talking about La Brea, our adaptive re-use project developed by Madison Marquette that has transformed eleven run-down buildings into an eclectic mix of retail, dining, and creative offices – and with good reason. In addition to the amazing Sycamore Kitchen (one of the 5 best places to dine outdoors in the US!), recent openings include the new Kelly Cole Boutique and A+R, a retail lab and design launchpad. Coming soon will be jeweler Judith Bright and contemporary Mexican eatery La Condesa.

Here are a few articles about LA’s newest hotspot:

La Brea: Seven new spots to shop in Hollywood’s up-and-coming retail district

Sycamore Kitchen: The neighborhood spot La Brea needed

Sycamore Kitchen Blasts Serious Baked Goods & Lunch

Kelly Cole’s Rockin’ Debut

Our vision of a revived and vibrant La Brea Avenue is finally coming to fruition, and we couldn’t be happier!

Studio One Eleven Hosts “A Morning With Fred Kent”

On March 22nd, our office had the opportunity to host a talk with Fred Kent, President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Organized by our friend Charlie Gandy of Livable Communities, Fred spoke to a group of community activists and leaders about his experiences in place making and creating sustainable communities.

Many of his concepts resonate with our approach to design:

“The best places fix and redefine themselves around authentic local values and assets”

“Incremental steps (what PPS calls ‘smaller, faster, cheaper’), not grand plans, are the way to sustained success”

“When you design a place around cars, you get more cars. When you design a place around people, you get more people”

Read more…

4th+Linden Featured in China’s Eco City & Green Building

Our 4th+Linden project was recently spotlighted, among a variety of international projects, in the Chinese publication Eco City & Green Building. The quarterly magazine is distributed among architects, engineers, developers, contractors, interior designers, and government officials, and focuses on advanced concepts in energy efficiency and green architecture. The eight-page layout on 4th+Linden highlights the project’s sustainable features and showcases its context, design process, and end result.

It’s great to know that one of our favorite urban experiments is helping to spread the word about urbanism worldwide – and from what we hear, the article is quite complimentary. (At least we know the pictures are great!) To view the article, click here.

Or, if you’d like to learn more about 4th+Linden and you don’t read Chinese, please see: Adaptive Reuse: Green Space as a Tool for Neighborhood Revitalization