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  • 05:26:29 pm on January 20, 2010 | 0 | # |

    Forum 8, February 24th, 2010: Public Open Space Charrette for Hollywood @ Hollywood Community Studio CRA/LA

    In 2010, the Emerging Urban Designers Forum will focus on open space in Los Angeles. We will explore and envision how ideas and projects for public open space have the potential to evolve and shape this city.

    February’s Forum brainstormed and discussed the opportunities for public open space in Hollywood. Participants were encouraged to bring their ideas and expertise to this informal mini-charrette hosted by the Hollywood Community Studio.

    6:30 pm: Site Visit at Hudson and Hollywood
    The forum started off with a site visit at Hudson and Hollywood at 6.30pm. Meeting point was at the northwestern corner of Hollywood and Hudson in front of the Hillview Apartments. The Forum continued at the Community Studio at 7pm.

    7 pm: Charrette at the Hollywood Community Studio
    The mini-charrette focused on the opportunity of Hudson Avenue, just off the Walk of Fame, as a small public open space and more broadly on public spaces in Hollywood. Jessica Cowley, from the Community Studio, talked about the site and the possibility of creative open space development in the area.

    Hollywood Community Studio
    6671 Sunset Boulevard, #1517 in the Crossroads of the World Complex
    Los Angeles, CA

    8.15 pm: The Social @ Stout Burgers and Beer
    Stout Burgers and Beer
    1544 North Cahuenga Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA‎ 90028

    We encourage everyone to take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood and Highland Station or to bike.


  • 06:07:05 pm on December 24, 2008 | 0 | # |
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    Forum 1, December 17th, 2009: Learning from Your Favorite Public Space in Los Angeles



    The Forum at: Torti Gallas and Partners

    http://www.tortigallas.com, 523 W 6th Street, Suite 212, Los Angeles, CA

    The Social at: Seven Grand Bar

    515 W 7th Street, second floor, Los Angeles, CA

    When: December 17, 2009, 7-9pm


    The first meeting of the Emerging Urban Designers Forum took place at the Downtown LA offices of Torti Gallas on December 17, 2008. Despite the weather the turnout was strong and the discussion lively.

    Amber Hawkes, chair of the forum, introduced the intended format of the forum: to have a focused discussion followed by more casual conversation at a local café or bar. The forum will visit architecture and urban design offices throughout Los Angeles.  The forum will begin meeting regularly at urban design offices around Los Angeles to discuss the practice and future of urban design in LA. The forum for emerging urban designers meets from 7-8 pm to discuss relevant topics and explore the work and offices fellow designers. Forum topics and locations are decided by the group each month. Between 8-9 pm we continue the conversation at a nearby bar or cafe in a casual setting.

    The conversation covered topics ranging from public space in Downtown, transportation, planned and ad-hoc parks to questions about urban design practice such as project site visits and time allotment.  The Forum announcement asked participants to:

    Chose one of your favorite public spaces in LA.  It could be a sidewalk, a park, a plaza, an alley, transit station, or building.  What lessons have you learned from the way it works and the way it is designed? How does this place inform your approach to designing spaces? What does it feel like to be there? What makes it unique?  Bring something that captures the essence of your favorite place, an image, printout, book, sketch, thought.

    The next meeting was tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the offices Thomas P Cox Architects in Downtown LA.