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A Community Dialogue with Little Tokyo & the Arts District

Last weekend we installed a temporary interactive sculpture at Metro's Regional Connector 'Halfway There' Celebration in Little Tokyo.  The large-scale installation had spaces for people to add their thoughts and ideas, as we asked them what they most wanted to see at the Little Tokyo / Arts District Metro station.  We heard about local restaurants, local markets, affordable and senior housing, and lots of trees and green space!  We designed and fabricated the activity as part of Metro's Joint Development program.  A shout out to our project partner Studio One Eleven and our friends at LA Metro - thanks for the collaboration! We will be using the findings as we develop the vision for the site. 

One Arroyo

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Here LA is currently working on the One Arroyo project with the City of Pasadena. This effort aims to identify and prioritize projects that will enhance and preserve the Arroyo Seco for current and future generations. 

This week, Here LA is working with the Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) to launch the One Arroyo Survey. Here LA will be supporting the AAG as they reach out to Arroyo Seco stakeholders, users, and community members.

Check out the One Arroyo Website to take the online survey and find out more about the project!

Blue Line Summer Series Slauson Station Pop Up

Fun times again at the Blue Line Summer Series, this time at the Slauson Station, together with LA Metro, Trust South LA, LA Conservation Corps, Fehr & Peers, and Metro Bike Hub. The event included a great DJ, food, 2 local artists, a bike repair station, as well as HereLA's Blue Line pop-up elements.  The DJ really got people dancing and the artists were live painting a cultural piece related to the event and community.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

See you this Sunday Aug 27 at the Metro Blue Line Vernon Station - North East corner of Vernon Ave and Long Beach Ave.

Two Awards for Here LA and the City of Santa Monica

Here LA is proud to accept two new awards along with the City of Santa Monica for the Creative Crosswalks Pilot Project: the 2017 APA LA Award of Excellence for Urban Design and the 2017 Westside Urban Forum Award of Merit for Public Open Space.

The project is a precedent setter in the region, state, and nation.  Catch up with the story of “Embrace” here.

The success of the project is due to strong collaboration and bold ideas from the City of Santa Monica, the project team, and the engaged Santa Monica community. 

See the full list of APA LA Awards and join us at the Gala on June 22nd.

Also: Join us at the Westside Urban Forum Awards Luncheon on June 9th.

Here LA Selected for High Speed Rail Station Area Plan

Here LA was selected as part of the AECOM team to provide urban design support and creative outreach to engage the Burbank community about changes that High Speed Rail may bring in the coming years.  Throughout the Fall and Winter, we will be crafting a strategy for community engagement and carrying out two workshops and creative pop-ups in the field.  Perhaps a chance to integrate some Augmented or Virtual Reality into our community events!

Choosing Final Concepts for the Santa Monica Crosswalks Pilot

Today at the final design review meeting in Santa Monica,  we asked the City team to choose their top two designs.  They unanimously selected winners! Stay tuned for more details as we develop the designs and move toward installation at two Downtown Santa Monica locations in the early Fall.

Augmented Reality for Urban Planning

Fun conversations with Legacy Interactive about the future of virtual and augmented reality technologies in the urban realm.  Here we are trying out one of their new headsets. The better the technology gets, the more opportunities we have to creatively fold virtual and augmented platforms into our work, for example by letting people see what a high-speed rail station will look like in the future or by connecting two people in totally different locations immediately and in real time through a virtual portal or socializing space.  Let the experimentation begin!

Check out the dialogue at the Sydney Design Festival about interactive technologies and their impact on and potential within the architecture, planning, and development realms.

Fun at Santa Monica's COAST Festival!

We had a blast this past weekend at Santa Monica's first ever open-streets, CicLAvia-style event, COAST.  We designed and hosted a 'Culture Wall' where people shared their personal stories and memories about 'cultural' experiences in Santa Monica. We collected hundreds of amazing personal stories, some funny, some poignant, some bizarre.  

 

Read more, see pictures from the event and check out all of the stories we collected here!

Want to do the Culture Wall in Your Community? Give us a call!