We had a blast at the July 26th PopUPTown Social in North Long Beach! The patio of the Michelle Obama Library was filled with music, food, crafts, and community members of all ages who helped envision the future of Uptown Long Beach as part of the Uptown Planning Land Use and Neighborhood (UPLAN) strategy. Our zoning card game was a hit, with over 50 participants using a deck of cards to tells us their preferences for building types along Uptown’s commercial corridors. Through the zoning card game, we saw strong community support for open space, grocery stores, live-work spaces, community use buildings, affordable housing, and improvements to bike and pedestrian accessibility throughout Uptown. Thanks to the Uptown Business District for organizing the PopUp event!
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.
Lots of fun last weekend at One Arroyo Day in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl! Here LA made these 'rainbow stackers' to facilitate a 3 dimensional dialogue with the community about their memories, hopes, and dreams for the Arroyo Seco. We gathered stories about the Arroyo and watched over the day as the structure took shape.
Join Here LA's Co-Directors Shannon Davis and Amber Hawkes at the 5th Annual New Urbanism Film Festival this weekend, a four day event in Los Angeles October 19-22, 2017.
The festival screens short and feature length films about the urban environment. Shannon and Amber are part of two panels that follow short film screenings about street art and tactical urbanism, sharing Here LA's stories and insights about bringing beauty and fun to the urban realm:
This past week, Here LA installed a temporary art piece that illustrated a year's worth of feedback from community workshops in the City of Glendale, as part of the City's Pedestrian Plan. Since 2016, the design and planning team has been speaking with people who live, work, and play in Glendale about what it's like to walk in the City. Each triangle in the community mural represents one person's answer to the question, "What would make you walk more in Glendale?"
Each color is a specific response. You can see frequency and patterns of response and read the community sentiment through color. Blue tones indicated safety-related responses - people who said they'd walk more if they felt safer walking, or if vehicles would slow down, for example. Pink indicates an accessibility-related reason (more space on the sidewalks or more destinations within walking distance) and green/yellow tones indicate aesthetics and comfort issues (better lighting, more shade, more people out walking, or better sidewalk condition).
The temporary mural will be up for a little while in its current home in the plaza in front of the Museum of Neon Art on Brand in Glendale and then will be roving around to various sites around the City.
Here LA will be at the California APA conference, September 23 - 26 in Sacramento. Come say hi at our panel as Here LA's Amber Hawkes, AICP talks about creative open space and parks planning strategies:
"Lean, Green, Park Planning Machine: Strategies for More Equitable Parks and Open Spaces"
How can cities equitably plan for parks and park systems that serve the needs of all residents? This session will explore ways in which park planning professionals, representing a diversity of expertise, have aligned community needs and desires with innovative funding and design strategies to achieve more impactful open spaces.
Moderator: Connie Chung, Director, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
Speakers: Eduardo Santana, Executive Director, Pershing Square Renew; Pauline Louie, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Amber Hawkes, AICP, Co-Director, Here Design Studio (Here LA); Scott Jordan, ASLA, Principal, Civitas, Inc. CM | 1.5
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.
The Blue Line Summer Series continues on August 23rd at Slauson Station and August 27th near Vernon Station. Each pop up includes interactive elements designed by Here LA, as well as fun activities organized by local community groups. For a teaser, see the DTLB Station Pop-up. We look forward to seeing you!
Be sure to join us on August 6th for a pop-up event for the Metro Blue Line First/Last Mile Summer Series! The pop-up event will include a community "Bike to the Beach" coupled with an interactive area for feedback and ideas. Here LA will be there with a kit of Blue Line temporary street furniture, talking about the First/Last Mile. Music, food, and giveaways too!
The Bike to the Beach event is part of a series of events, happening in August and September along the Blue Line, aimed at getting feedback about what sorts of walking and biking improvements would be best for the areas surrounding the Blue Line, from Downtown Los Angeles, to Downtown Long Beach.
Can't make it to the Long Beach Event? August 3rd, 6pm - 9pm, the First/Last Mile Summer Series will be at the Parks After Dark, at Roosevelt Park, right near the Florence Blue Line Station.
See you there!
Here LA's Amber Hawkes will be speaking at the 2017 West Coast Urban District Forum about: "Using Tactical Urbanism for Testing, Engaging, and Building Community"
Tactical urbanism employs temporary interventions to the urban fabric to create an alternative environment from the one typical experienced on a daily basis. Whether for a single day or a couple years, tactical urbanism can be used to test ideas, engage stakeholders, shift narratives and build momentum for transforming communities. The session will share examples of tactical urbanism projects in various Southern California communities employed to serve a variety of these purposes
Studio One Eleven, 245 East Third Street, Long Beach, CA
Thursday, March 16 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Moderator: Brian Ulaszewski, Principal and Executive Director, City Fabrick
- Sean Warner, Place Making Manager, Downtown Long Beach Alliance
- Amber Hawkes, Co-Director, Here LA
- Christopher Koontz, AICP, Advance Planning Officer, City of Long Beach
- Devin Strecker, Director of Communications, Hollywood Improvement District
Last night, the Long Beach City Council approved the Bicycle Master Plan. The Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan serves as the foundation for creating a more bicycle-friendly City. Congrats Long Beach! Here LA ran the creative community pop-ups and performed art direction on the Plan.
Check out our new temporary pedestrian wayfinding signage around Glendale, which were installed this weekend. We designed the signs as part of the City of Glendale's Citywide Pedestrian Plan. They help point people to destinations around Glendale and also provide facts and ideas about walking. The idea is to improve the walking experience around town and to encourage people to provide input to the planning process. #GlendaleWalks and GlendaleWalks.com
See Here LA's Amber Hawkes talk to My Glendale TV about the project, below:
This weekend we will be popping up in Long Beach at the Live Long Beach Festival to hear from community members about bicycle planning. Come and make some music on our power-generating bicycle, eat some popcorn, and enter for a chance to win a membership to the Long Beach Bike Share.
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!
Here LA is working with the City of Glendale on the Citywide Pedestrian Plan. As part of this effort, we're putting together an interactive activity for the community - a huge mural built in color, from community responses to the question, "What would make you walk more in Glendale". So far, almost a quarter of participants say that slowing speeding cars would make them feel safer and more comfortable walking in Glendale. Look out for us through the summer at Glendale community events like Cruise Night, July 16. Findings from the mural will inform the Pedestrian Planning effort underway.
We are getting our hands dirty this week at Here Design. We are building an interactive wall for Santa Monica's open street festival, COAST, and also preparing materials for an interactive art mural in Glendale.