Meléndrez’s urban design team recently released the working draft for the Santa Barbara Bicycle Master Plan for public review, which can be viewed here: www.santabarbaraca.gov/bmp. The document updates the 1998 Bicycle Master Plan, aiming to improve the cycling experience, recommending bicycle projects and finding ways to finance implementation.
In case you missed our live Twitter feed from the event, Meléndrez attended the annual ULI Transit Oriented Los Angeles today. Panels with a wide range of speaker viewpoints, knowledge and perspectives created a dynamic and insightful event. Ways to revitalize communities through transit, and lessons learned with case study examples provided insight into the benefits of transit-oriented development and design and how to continue to create these opportunities in Los Angeles.
Green TI unanimously (9-0) passed tonight at the Long Beach City Council meeting! The conceptual plan completed by Meléndrez re-visions a one-mile stretch of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway, a wide and polluted truck-thoroughfare, into a community-serving greenspace.
The Gateway, an 80 unit transitional homeless housing project, recently opened at the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) campus in Long Beach. The opening marks the most recent project Meléndrez has completed on the CVC campus – dating back to the Master Development Plan and Campus Landscape Barrier.
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Meléndrez is working on developing a ‘short-and-sweet’ Vision Plan for the 350+ acre Channel Island Park at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). The park is envisioned as an environmental resource, fostering ecological education and research, and providing a passive recreational opportunity for the university and community.
Last night Meléndrez hosted an Engage! event as part of the USC Guild series. We were pleased to be the first Landscape Architecture firm to host the event!
Last night Long Beach Airport Terminal Improvements received an AIA Los Angeles Design Award! The prestigious award marks the fifth award for the iconic project. Meléndrez was the landscape architect on the project, designing open-air garden spaces integral to the airport experience.
In early August, Meléndrez participated in the first 100% solar powered festival on the Eastside at Mariachi Plaza, called Eastside Sol. Our design team envisioned how solar arrays could be incorporated into Mariachi Plaza for this event that strove to raise awareness about alternative energy options. The event attracted hundreds of eastside residents.
Meléndrez joined the City of Long Beach this past Saturday for the fourth interactive community workshop event for the Green TI project. Visualizations of preliminary design ideas were presented for community review and input, and interactive booths, demonstrations, and free food celebrated the future open space.
Last night Meléndrez hosted an enthusiastic crowd of mostly young women planners at an APA Women in Planning event. Meléndrez Principal Melani Smith moderated the panel that included Amy Bodek, Director of Community Development, City of Long Beach; Deborah Murphy, Founder, Los Angeles Walks; and Katherine Perez-Estolano, Partner, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors.
In early October Meléndrez Principal Melani Smith spoke at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco and Senior Designer Shannon Davis spoke at the APA California Conference in Oakland. Both talks drew great crowds and culminated in insightful questions provoking dialogue.
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The Meléndrez team had a great time at the APA California 2015 Conference in Oakland, playing our interactive game at our booth, making invaluable connections within the industry, and expanding our knowledge.
Meléndrez’s urban design team recently joined Raimi Associates and team to kick off the Eastside Community Plan in West Hollywood. The Plan establishes a vision and action items for the eastern end of West Hollywood, and lays the ground work for future collaboration between the City and community.
The Meléndrez urban design team has been utilizing the system developed in the award-winning First/Last Mile Strategic Plan, in the field – ranking transit stations within the regional system, as part of Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan. Meléndrez is identifying constraints and opportunities within the walking and bicycle sheds surrounding stations.
Meléndrez’s urban design team and Los Angeles Metro recently hosted a Countywide Forum to unveil the beta draft of the interactive Metro Green Places Website.
Meléndrez supported Los Angeles Walks this year by donating to make their publication “Footnotes” possible. The second edition of the publication provides an annual report on walking in Los Angeles, a status on the streets structure, and outlines upcoming enhancements and improvements.
Large-scale eight by four feet graphic banners ‘pop-upped’ in Pershing Square today as part of Melendrez’ MY DTLA (www.mydtla.org) project. The illustrations show thirty-two local Downtowners - people who either live or work in Downtown Los Angeles - paired with their responses to the question, “What Does Downtown LA Mean to You?”
Meléndrez is pleased to announce that Huntington Park Revitalization Strategy, Pacific Boulevard was selected to receive the Award of Merit for Urban Design at the 2015 APA LA Awards! Thursday, June 25, the Meléndrez team joined the City of Huntington Park in accepting the award at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Meléndrez is pleased to announce that Alex Jung will be starting full-time in early July. After working as an intern the last few months while completing his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA, Alex has proven a valuable asset to the team. He has assisted the firm with his industry knowledge, outreach facilitation, GIS work, and graphic skills.