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Listening to Each Other: The Long Beach Safe Streets Story Bench

Coming Soon to your Neighborhood: the Safe Streets Long Beach Story Bench!

Do you have a story about how traffic violence or street conditions have impacted your life or the life of someone you know? Please come and share your story at the Story Bench. You will be able to record your story and make a pledge to ensure safer streets in Long Beach. Your stories will inform the City’s Safe Streets Action Plan. The Story Bench has been roaming around Long Beach and will continue to do so, through November 2018. Check out the Safe Streets website to learn more. Can't attend a Story Bench date? Go here to record your story and send it directly to the Safe Streets team.

Here LA designed the Story Bench, as part of the Safe Streets project. The goal is to gather stories to personalize traffic violence and put a human face on the problem.

Talking about Tactical Urbanism at the APA Conference

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Here LA’s Amber Hawkes joined a panel of colleagues at the American Planning Association’s California Conference earlier this week to talk about making positive change in cities, in particular through temporary installations and pilot projects. The panel walked through insights relating to conceiving and carrying out urban ‘pop-ups’, getting into the nitty gritty of what it takes to pull them off and make them memorable and one-of-a-kind.

Amber’s co-panelists were from City Fabrick in Long Beach, PlaceWorks in San Francisco, and the City of Livermore Planning Department.

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! 

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. 

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!

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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!

See you at the California American Planning Association (APA) Conference this weekend!

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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

 

 

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.

Blue Line Summer Series Slauson and Vernon

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!

Having Fun In Front of the Green Screen

Here LA's Amber Hawkes and Shannon Davis visited Planetizen's LA office today in Koreatown to film a segment for Planetizen Courses about First/Last Mile and 'Storytelling'.  Amber and Shannon discussed their experience helping to craft the First/Last Mile Strategic Plan and open-source process for LA Metro, sharing lessons learned and best practices from over the years, as the process has been applied to some of the 88 cities in LA County.   Here LA's discussions about Storytelling today were about everything from visual communication to tactical and pop-up urbanism - essentially finding ways to touch the hearts of people participating in the Planning process. Getting people to see, feel, smell, and hear the possibilities of an enhanced community and encouraging Urban Planners to Think Big.

Blue Line Summer Events Are Coming...

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!

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

Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan Approved!

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.

Download the Plan

SAMO's MANGo Project is Moving Along

Come out for the Community Forum tomorrow, Monday, January 9th, between 6:30PM – 8:00PM - to give your input about the next phase of the MANGo (neighborhood greenway) project on Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica.  The project is transforming a residential corridor into a walkable, bikeable, and beautiful green street.

Here designers Amber and Shannon oversaw the initial planning phases of the project in 2014, which included conceptual design, a pilot installation along the corridor, and a community festival that drew hundreds.  In 2015 the first phase of the project was constructed - a series of traffic circles, as envisioned and tested in the pilot.  Now regarding the eastern end of the route, the Forum will discuss the planned improvements near the Edison Language Academy.

See more information and Forum location here

 

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.  

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.