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.
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.
In just a few weeks, Long Beach will host the 17th Annual Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference (Sept. 10-12 at the Long Beach Convention Center). This is the preeminent learning conference in North America for people who want to make a difference by creating more walkable, bikeable, and livable cities for everyone… people like us!
The conference is jam-packed with more than 100 program sessions, mobile workshops, and problem-solving seminars that cover everything that has to do with self-powered transportation and what cities can do to get people off their couch and onto the street.
Studio One Eleven will be participating in four discussions. We hope you can join us at one of the following:
MOBILE WORKSHOP @ 4th+Linden: Tuesday, Sept 11, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Public-Private Investment in Pedestrian-Friendly Districts
Spurred by initial investments in pedestrian and bike infrastructure, a corner of Downtown Long Beach has redeveloped incrementally, with local owners, designers, and tenants creating a sustainable model of organic urban renewal and economic development. Tour of the renovated property and learn the strategic economic decisions and financing models that made this pedestrian-friendly development possible.
Presenters: David White, Former Project Officer for Long Beach Redevelopment Agency; Alan Pullman, AIA, Senior Principal, Studio One Eleven; Michael Bohn, AIA, Principal, Studio One Eleven
From left: Mike Burnett (Foundation For Form), Jonathan Stevens (Public Architecture and Planning), Rob Quigley (Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA)
Every other year we organize a weekend field trip to San Diego for all the die-hard architecture fans in our studio. Why San Diego? Well, it’s a treasure trove of modern architecture just miles from our home base, and who doesn’t love sunny weather and great architecture all rolled into one?! As an added bonus, we were privileged to have Rob Quigley FAIA, Mike Burnett AIA, and Jonathan Stevens take time out of their busy schedules to personally show us around and talk about the work.
Here is a list of the projects we visited:
Kieren Timberlake’s ‘Revelle College Apartments’ on the campus of UCSD
The Charmer by Jonathan Segal in Midtown
The new Public Office at the old Wonder Bread factory in Logan Heights
Rob Quigley’s new house/office in the East Village
Mike Burnett’s new project, ‘You Are Here,’ under construction in Golden Hill
Del Mar Highlands Town Center remodel by P+R & Studio One Eleven
We learn so much by seeing the projects we admire first hand, and this trip was no different. Plus, we ate!
The Long Beach branch of the US Green Building Council recently hosted a panel discussion on the future of urban infrastructure. The standing-room only event was held in the solarium perched atop the historic Sovereign Building, which provided panoramic views of Downtown Long Beach and the coastline. The three speakers included Studio One Eleven’s Brian Ulaszewski, Stantec Transportation Engineer and Institute of Traffic Engineers President Rock Miller, and Madeline Brozen from the Complete Streets Initiative at UCLA’s Lewis Center.
The discussion ranged in scale from temporary street interventions like parklets to freeway cap projects and removal, all focused on using infrastructure to better serve the needs of people. Concepts such as protected bike lanes, roundabouts, and areas of refuge were identified as facilities that can be transposed onto existing street networks to promote active forms of mobility, while electricity transmission corridors and stormwater management systems could be used to create new open space.
Bulb-outs and parklets contribute to a more human-scale. Continue reading
Last weekend, our Long Beach Senior Art Colony project was included in a tour of wood framed buildings under construction around Southern California. Sponsored by WoodWorks, the tour highlighted Type V and Type III wood construction and asked the question, “Why wood?”
Long Beach Senior Art Colony involves two adjacent senior housing components with shared amenities: a 161 unit Senior Arts Colony (SAC), a community focused on continued learning, creative arts, and fitness, and an adjacent building, the Arts Annex (AA). The AA contains 39 units of additional affordable senior housing. The SAC and AA components include, respectively, five and three stories of wood framing over one story of concrete plus mezzanine. The SAC building forms a south facing courtyard, providing solar access while collecting cool ocean breezes. Within the courtyard is a freestanding community performing arts theater, which is the focal point of the project. A second courtyard, accessible to residents in both phases of the development, will have a dog park, expansive lawn and community gardens. Once completed, the project will have 200 units of housing. Continue reading