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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
AIA|LA UDC Presents...STREETS FOR PEOPLE :: Wednesday, May 16 (6:30 - 8:30pm)
As a reminder, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at the next AIA|LA Urban Design Committee meeting.
AIA|LA Urban Design Committee presents STREETS FOR PEOPLE: Moving Forward Wednesday, May 16 (6:30pm - 8:30pm) AIA Los Angeles 3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800 Los Angeles, CA 90010
SPEAKERS: Bill Roschen, FAIA - President, Planning Commission - City of Los Angeles Margot Ocañas
Please join us in a lively discussion about the Streets For People initiative as we celebrate the success of their recent Sunset Triangle Plaza (generously designed byRios Clementi Hale Studios). Ideally, the S4P initiative will set a precedent and a template for how community groups citywide can identify and adopt underutilized street surfaces and repurpose them into public plazas and common spaces. On the 16th, we aim to:
Share a presentation and lead a discussion about the Streets For Peopleinitiative.
Discuss next steps for the pilot project and the program overall
Identify what will be most helpful moving forward to inspire more people to get involved
Identify what the AIA|LA Urban Design Committee and the AIA membership can do to propel the S4P initiative further
Identify what resources needed to create the template that can be adopted by other community group
To read an article about the recent Silver Lake Triangle, click here.
About Streets For People:
The mission of Streets For People (S4P) is to inexpensively repurpose underused portions of streets, changing them into vibrant public spaces, and turning streets for cars into streets for people.
There has been increased demand in Los Angeles for safer and more welcoming streets for residents to play, walk, run, bicycle and relax. At the same time, City agencies are trying to decrease rates of obesity, improve air quality, create alternative transportation choices, address lack of park space and improve the walkability and accessibility of neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Streets for People offers a cost efficient and time expedient approach to creating public plazas out of underutilized portions of our streets. These demonstration plazas are designed to be temporary (with movable barriers and furniture and easily removable street paint) and dynamic spaces that can become destinations for people of all ages, backgrounds and physical abilities; where a resident can linger, patronizing businesses or engaging with members of their community.
Cities like New York and San Francisco have led the way in creating successful public spaces from underused portions of the street and Los Angeles, with it's wide and flat streets, myriad outdoor events and warm weather, is an ideal city to embrace public realm projects taking place around the country.
For more information, please contact:
Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA Director, Government & Public Affairs AIA Los Angeles (213) 639-0764 email: Will[@]aialosangeles.org