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Come and See Here LA at the ASLA Conference

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Here LA will be at the ASLA Conference this weekend. We hope to see you there!

Co-Directors Shannon Davis and Amber Hawkes will be meeting up with an ASLA Field Session walking tour "Lessons About Safety: Urban Design for Better Security" to talk about lessons learned from the MyFigueroa streetscape project, which the two were involved with for many years from early concept phases through approval.  The Field Session includes a walking tour that takes participants through Wilshire Grand, City National Plaza, Maguire Gardens, and Downtown LA's city streets. Shannon and Amber's talk will focus on urban design best practices relating to safety and security - ways to passively and actively design for safety.

Friday, October 20, 12noon-4:45pm

Register for the session here. 

Also, be sure to come and see Here LA Urban Designer's Chad So in 2x1 Visions of Los Angeles - a program curated by LALA (Los Angeles Landscape Architecture). 30 participants will speak for one minute each on the image of the Los Angeles landscape, perceived or real.  2x1 Visions will be held in in the courtyard of the A+D Museum. 

Sunday, October 22, 6:30-10:30pm

See more information here. 

 

 

 

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

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.

Good News for LA!

Image: Ma Yansong, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art design - Exposition Park, Los Angeles

George Lucas has selected Los Angeles for his new museum (the final decision was being made between Los Angeles and San Francisco).  The project will bring tens of thousands of construction jobs to the region, according to Mayor Garcetti and the museum will have an endowment of at least $400,000 and focus on fine and popular art.

“As a museum uniquely focused on narrative art, we look forward to becoming part of a dynamic museum community, surrounded by more than 100 elementary and high schools, one of the country's leading universities as well as three other world-class museums.” - board announcement

Regarding the Northern Crenshaw Line Extension

Want to see the newest on the northern Crenshaw Line extension, through the City of LA and/or West Hollywood, between the Expo Line and the Red Line?  

Check out the new article from Urbanize.la that breaks down the alternatives and discussed the options.  

Here LA is working with Metro, AECOM, and Gensler to visualize the various alignment and station opportunities for the line.
 

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!

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.