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Calling All Vinyl!

Here LA is piloting a fence beautification project, using woven strips of re-purposed vinyl advertisement and construction signage to transform chain link fences.  The decorated fences will add color and 'vigor' to the street while helping to reduce waste by re-using all sorts of temporary signage from construction sites and businesses around LA.

To get started, we need your help - Let us know how we can rescue your organization’s decommissioned vinyl signage and put it to use! Send us an email at hello@here.la to donate your used vinyl today! 

Hop On the Downtown Trolley!

From now until the beginning of 2018, hop on the Downtown Glendale trolley, which circulates along Brand and Central, around the Americana and up to the residential areas north of the 134 Freeway.  A great First/Last Mile solution, the trolley makes it easier to walk and take transit to your destinations.  Here LA designed the trolley stop signage and large side-panel trolley graphics, with a fun hand-drawn look, inspired by the sites around Downtown.

Getting Hands On @ One Arroyo Day

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.  

See you at the New Urbanism Film Festival this Weekend!

Here LA Workshop

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:

Tactical Urbanism Short Films, Thursday, October 19th, 7:30pm

Street Art Short FilmsFriday, October 20th, 9:30pm

Get tickets to the Festival and read more about it here

Glendale Speaks: Turning Community Feedback into Art

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.  

Join theconversation and check out the evolving Pedestrian Plan!

Testing, Testing: Temporary Urban Murals

Here LA is in the workshop this week exploring public murals as a city place making tool. Murals add character and aesthetic values to the public realm, but more importantly they tell stories set in time and space. This week we are testing materials, application methods, and installation techniques.  Stay tuned for more in the coming months.

 

 

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.

See you at the 2017 West Coast Urban District Forum

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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

 

Join us!

Studio One Eleven, 245 East Third Street, Long Beach, CA

Thursday, March 16 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm

More Information, including registration

Program Details:

Moderator: Brian Ulaszewski, Principal and Executive Director, City Fabrick

Speakers:

  • 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

New Pictures of our Santa Monica Crosswalks Installation Ribbon Cutting: Santa Monica's 'Embrace'

Check out some pictures from this morning's ribbon cutting for the Here LA designed crosswalk art at 2nd and Arizona (and another HD design at Ocean and Broadway).  

The artwork at 2nd and Arizona is titled, Santa Monica's 'Embrace'.  

Thanks to the team that made it happen at the City of Santa Monica and at NowArt LA.

Read More on Curbed LA  and Santa Monica Next

Check out the NBC LA News Story

And the NY Times

Santa Monica Crosswalks Art getting Installed This Week!

This morning, two of the three Here LA designed art crosswalks in Santa Monica - at Ocean and Broadway - were unveiled after an all-night install by the awesome install team! The final full-field art crosswalk will be painted tonight 9pm - 6am, so look out for the new colors at Arizona and 2nd tomorrow morning.  The crosswalks pilot is part of the City's Pedestrian Action Plan and Vision Zero goals adopted earlier this year. The crosswalks will be in place for up to 12 months.

Join us for the ribbon cutting opening ceremony, Wednesday 9am during the Santa Monica Farmers Market, at 2nd and Arizona.

The colorful hands at 2nd and Arizona are a welcoming embrace, a message of inclusion, openness, and hope, welcoming people to the Santa Monica beach community - a hand shake, a physical touch, the barter and trade of fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers at the Farmers Market. 

The sunsets at Ocean and Broadway are an ode to the City's orientation to the west, looking out high over the Pacific Ocean. They also nod to the Camera Obscura adjacent to the crosswalks with their simplified, almost projected horizontal landscape drawn on the street. Be sure to take a look at the crosswalk art on Ocean from the Camera Obscura itself!

All of the crosswalks celebrate the City and the Downtown, while also raising the visibility of pedestrian-ism and the walking culture in Santa Monica, encouraging people to slow down and take a look.  

Having Fun Walking in Glendale

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

LA Times Article


See Here LA's Amber Hawkes talk to My Glendale TV about the project, below:

Surveying the Creative Crosswalk Pilot Intersections

We are imagining the potentials for the Santa Monica Crosswalks Pilot, which will install temporary crosswalk enhancements in Downtown Santa Monica, two at Ocean and Broadway and one full field design at 2nd and Arizona.  We are designing the art and working with a installation team and targeting early Fall for install.  What colors, motifs, and ideas mean "Santa Monica" to you?  Let us know at: SM Crosswalks Pilot Survey

Keep your eyes peeled for colorful asphalt in the Fall!  

Now That's What You Call an Active Storefront!

Greetings from First Fridays in Long Beach, where one storefront window was made alive by dancers in playful outfits.  We all know now that a great ground floor helps nurture a vibrant street life and indoor-outdoor interaction but sometimes it doesn't hurt to be reminded!

The Bohemian Mermaid: Making Long Commutes Brighter Since 2015

We love to check on this piece of street art along the walls of the 10 Freeway hoping that it stays put.  Two important ingredients for successful cities: Fun and Surprise in the urban realm.  In L.A, it's nice to see the human handprint on the City.

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!

Re-imagining 10th Street in Long Beach

This week Here Design is 're-imagining 10th Street' in Long Beach as part of the the 2nd Council District's push to improve some of the main corridors in the District.  The District has earmarked funding for a pilot project to test out some of the ideas in the Plan, which is expected to be complete in July, 2016.  So far we are looking at temporary solutions like "bus stop-lets" or temporary sidewalk extensions at bus stops, artful crosswalks, and a community-initiated utility pole painting project to beautify the north side of the street.

Ever wondered what this is on Sunset Boulevard?

Have you ever passed this little sidewalk placard with Billie Jean King's name on it on Sunset Boulevard just east of Echo Park Avenue and wondered what in the world it is?  It's a remnant of the Avenue of Athletes, a project from the 1970's - brainchild of camera shop owner, L. Andrew Castle.  An article from the LA Times in 1985 explains, "at Castle's urging, the City of Los Angeles in 1974 declared the 10 blocks of Sunset Boulevard between Elysian Park Boulevard and Alvarado Street to be the Avenue of the Athletes, allowing sidewalks to be dotted with tablets bearing the names of superstar jocks."  Apparently in 1985 there were around 32 plaques, but most of them have been removed or covered today.  It's always nice to see evidence of "city layering" from years and years of change - something that can be tough to find in LA, the city of constant-change.

Read the 1985 LA Times article here