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  • 01:01:49 pm on October 8, 2010 | 0 | # |

    Forum 11, October 20th, 2010: Looking at Open Space around Transit in Los Angeles @ Suisman Urban


    Suisman Urban Design hosted October’s open space forum on public transportation in Los Angeles. The forum explored the opportunities transit presents and looked specifically at the role of Pilot Projects in facilitating urban improvements.  How can Pilot Projects be used to get things done? What types of Pilot Projects can be considered when it comes to transportation improvements?  What Pilot Projects are cities around the US doing and what affect are these projects having on the urban realm? 

    An introduction by Doug Suisman and Eli Garsilazo opened the discussion with a presentation on their work on the Wilshire Boulevard rapid bus system and plans for a rapid bus system and comprehensive growth plan in Palestine.  The group also talked about what is lacking in the experience of public space as a transit rider. 

    7pm: The Discussion at Suisman Urban Design


     8:15pm: The Social at Marix Playa


  • 12:51:40 pm on October 8, 2010 | 0 | # |

    Forum 10, September 22, 2010: Urban Agriculture and Open Space in South LA @ Osborn Architects



    Osborn Architects hosted September’s Forum on urban agriculture in South Los Angeles. The forum explored how urban agriculture and access to healthy food can help shape open space in South Los Angeles and how ideas about open space can shape urban agriculture, especially in light of the City Council’s 2008 moratorium on new fast food restaurants throughout a 32-square-mile area of South LA.

    An introduction by Michael Pinto of Osborn Architects opened the discussion.  We looked at three South LA sites and addressed questions such as:

    • What are the possible synergies between open space and urban agriculture in Los Angeles and how can the city better support a local food economy?
    • How can urban agriculture be integrated into South LA communities?
    • Which types of locations lend themselves to urban agriculture?
    • Where will urban agriculture have the greatest impact on providing healthy and local food sources?
    • Can the infrastructure of urban agriculture generate a vision for healthier life styles and urban open space in South LA?


    7pm: The Discussion at Osborn Architects

    320 East Harvard Street

    Glendale, CA 91205



    8:15pm: The Social at Granville Cafe

    807 Americana Way

    (on Brand between Broadway & Colorado)


  • 01:33:03 pm on April 13, 2010 | 0 | # |

    Forum 9, April 21st, 2010: Mini-Charrette, Finding Public Open Space in Los Angeles @ Rios Clementi Hale Studios

    Creating open space in an age of austerity

    April’s Forum was a session to brainstorm working methods and tactics for creating open space in the context of vanishing public-sector funding.

    7 pm: Mini- Charette at Rios Clementi Hale Studios

    Michael Sweeney from Rios Clementi Hale introduced the topic through a presentation about finding methods and strategies for open space. Discussion during the mini-charrette were based on questions such as:

    • In a built-out city, where can we find opportunities for public open space?
    • What latent or underutilized open space resources are available?
    • Do we need to make better use of Los Angeles’ limited open space resources or do we need more open space?
    • As a city, where can we find the money, the will, and the land for open space in LA?
    • As professionals, what opportunities do we see?

    Rios Clementi Hale Studios 639 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004 http://www.rchstudios.com

    8.15 pm: The Social at Pueblo Viejo

    5722 Melrose Ave Hollywood, CA 90038

  • 09:07:03 pm on August 11, 2009 | 0 | # |

    Forum 7, September 9th, 2009: The Future of Open Space in Downtown LA


    The Future of Open Spaces in Downtown LA


    The Forum at: 

    Meléndrez Landscape Architecture, Planning & Urban Design

    James Oviatt Building, 11th Floor

    617 South Olive Street

    Los Angeles, CA 90014

    (Take Metro Red or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station)

    The Social at:

    Seven Grand

    515 W 7th St.

    Los Angeles, CA‎ 90014

     An introduction by Valerie Watson on Meléndrez’ work with the Central City Association on the Envisioning Open Space initiative (EOS/LA) will lead the forum into a discussion about the future of public open space in Downtown Los Angeles.

    Conversation will be focused on questions such as:

    What is the grand vision for public open space in Downtown LA? Do we need one? What are appropriate open spaces for Downtown LA? What deficiencies can they address? Do innovative design approaches create opportunities for open spaces? How does the discussion of open spaces in Downtown inform the discussion citywide? Should it?

    Show-and-Tell: Please bring photos or boards of visual materials to illustrate your ideas, (no electronic files, please).

    8.15 pm: The Social 

    Seven Grand

    515 W 7th St.

    Los Angeles, CA‎ 90014

    RSVP to will@aialosangeles.org, capacity is limited.

  • 09:35:44 am on July 8, 2009 | 0 | # |

    Forum 6, July 22nd, 2009:  Architecture Versus Urban Design


    The Forum at:  Urban Studio

    3780 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1100

    Los Angeles, CA 90010



    The Social at: Frank n’ Hank’s

    518 South Western Ave

    (just north of Western and 6th)


    An introduction by Martin Leitner on Urban Studio’s work on the Hollywood Boulevard Urban Design Guidelines led the forum into a discussion about architectural and urban design visions for Los Angeles.

    Conversation was be focused on questions such as:

    Do architects’ and urban designers’ visions for cities differ? Should they? What is the role of individual buildings in the city context? Can urban design allow for individual creativity without losing a vision for the city? Can every building be an icon? What are the responsibilities of the architect and the urban designer when it comes to shaping Los Angeles?

  • 01:50:04 pm on June 12, 2009 | 0 | # |
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    Forum 5, June 10, 2009: Walk This Way: Exposing Urban Infrastructures



    The Forum at: AHBE Landscape Architects

    8729 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232

    The Social at: Father’s Office

    3229 Helms Ave., Culver City

    When: June 10, 2009, 7-9pm


    Conversation was focused on sustainable urban infrastructures and how they interface with the pedestrian experience.  We asked:

    How can the practice of urban design encourage and support sustainability and green infrastructures? How can existing infrastructures be transformed into greener technologies? What existing conditions restrict the implementation of green infrastructures? Should watershed and other infrastructural boundaries drive planning/zoning?  What impact do / should these systems have on the public realm? 

  • 01:47:37 pm on May 14, 2009 | 0 | # |
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    Forum 4, May 13th, 2009: Designing Urban Housing



    The Forum at: AIA Offices

    3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA, The Historic Wiltern Building

    The Social at: Frank n’ Hanks

    Vermont Boulevard, one block north of the Wiltern

    When: May 13, 2009, 7-9pm


    Conversation was focused on questions such as:

    How does an urban design perspective influence housing design? How do residential buildings connect to the city and make neighborhoods? What housing types make for good urban design? How can we create opportunities for great housing design? And, what can we learn from San Francisco?

  • 01:44:41 pm on March 26, 2009 | 0 | # |
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    Forum 3, March 25, 2009: Densifying Los Angeles


    The Forum at: EDAW

    http://www.edaw.com, 515 S Flower St., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA

    When: March 25, 2009


    Continuing the Urban Design Committee discussion on Livable Boulevards and density, the March Emerging Urban Designers Forum hosted an open discussion on densifying Los Angeles.

    An introduction by Gaurav Srivastava on EDAW’s research on global city densities led the forum into a discussion about densifying Los Angeles.

    Discussion questions and topics included:

    What is dense? How dense should Los Angeles be? What is the vision for density in Los Angeles? Which density models and solutions have been used around the country and the world?

  • 05:21:56 am on January 29, 2009 | 0 | # |
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    Forum 2, January 28, 2009: Designing Residential Buildings for Downtown Los Angeles


    The Forum at: Thomas Cox Architects

    http://www.tca-arch.com, 801 S Grand Ave # 1020, Los Angeles

    The Social at: O Hotel Bar

    819 South Flower St, between West 8th & 9th Streets, Los Angeles

     When: January 28, 2009, 7-9pm


    At this meeting we discussed the process of designing residential buildings for Downtown Los Angeles. Daniel Gehman of Thomas Cox Architects opened the discussion by giving us an insight into the design process of Little Tokyo Block 8, a 750 unit mixed-income and mixed-use residential development in Little Tokyo that Thomas Cox is designing.

    The rest of the discussion focused on questions such as:

    How do we bring people back to Downtown LA? How do housing developments in downtown integrate into the existing environment? What development strategies have been used in LA or in downtowns around the country? How do economics and city government influence the design process? How do amenities and public space integrate into market-driven developments? What are the economics of bringing housing back to downtown? What are the tradeoffs and costs when it comes to developing affordable housing options in downtown?

    Updated: The location of the Social was moved from Tranquility Base to the O Hotel Bar. See you there.