Retrofitting Commercial Corridors
into Mixed-use Boulevards
A symposium on innovative housing design and development strategies
for Los Angeles
While there is plenty of agreement around the idea of
focusing new development along the miles of commercial corridors that
exist in Los Angeles , there remains a lack of design expertise and practical
know how to bring this vision to a reality.
On June 11th 2004, Livable Places, together with the
UCLA School of Arts + Architecture and AIA Los Angeles, brought together
innovative architects, urban designers, city planners, real estate developers,
redevelopment officials, and lenders to share their experiences and discuss
their ideas for transforming unsuccessful commercial areas into vibrant,
mixed-use urban boulevards.
The event also showcased design projects from the
NEA sponsored Innovations
in Community Design and Housing Competition
and the UCLA School of Architecture graduate research studio.
Designing new housing for urban corridors
McCormick, Smith and Others
Estudio Teddy Cruz
Suisman Urban Design
Community Corporation of Santa Monica
Removing challenges to building more housing
Creative Housing Associates
Senior Planner, Los Angeles City Planning Department
Vice President, Citibank
Project Director, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency
Livable Places Board Member
Housing LA: Case Study Hyde Park
UCLA Graduate Research Studio Presentation
(Optional afternoon session - 2:30 p.m.)
Remixing Crenshaw Boulevard
Filling the void
Rethink: the Multi-Family Block
First discussion panel addressing design issues
(From L to R: Teddy Cruz, Ted Smith, Doug Suisman, Julie Eizenberg, Joan Ling)
Second discussion panel addressing implementation issues
(Doug Leezer, Helmi Hisserich, Jane
Blumenfeld, Michael Dieden, Yasmin Tong)
A view from the audience
Architect Teddy Cruz, Principal of estudio
Doug Leezer, Vice President of Community Development, Citibank
1. Mission Terrace Apartments, San Diego; Architect: Studio E Architects; Photo
courtesy of Studio E Architects.
2. Elevation of SOMA Residences; Architect: David Baker + Partners Architects;
Courtesy of David Baker + Partners Architects.
3. Harold Way Apartments, Hollywood; Architect: KoningEizenberg Architecture;
Photo courtesy of KoningEizenberg Architecture.