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20

May
2016

In Community
Education
Public Art

By sbatalla

‘Precious Cargo’ Modular Furniture Installation in Long Beach

On 20, May 2016 | In Community, Education, Public Art | By sbatalla

Two of our designers, Shelby Batalla and Helen Cheuk, were recently awarded a Placemaking Grant from Long Beach Placemaking Manager, Sean Warner and the Downtown Long Beach Associates Public Realm Committee. Out of 54 applications only five grants were given.

Applicants were asked for ideas that would increase safety, and beautify, or alter the Downtown Long Beach public landscape in ways that would benefit the local community. Shelby and Helen proposed to introduce a dynamic and creative urban furniture collection along Pine Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and E. Shoreline Drive to add visual interest and create a cohesive pedestrian experience along this underutilized corridor.

‘Precious Cargo,’ is a modular system with four standard units. Collectively, this unique installation creates an urban treasure map that visually guides pedestrians toward places of interest. The modular units are also designed to be used as seating, bike racks, and signage. Solar collectors will harvest energy from the sun and illuminate the pieces at night. Wayfinding messages will be branded onto the upcycled wooden pallets using pyrography giving the furniture a distinctive cargo-like look that speaks to Long Beach’s nautical and industrial history.

‘Precious Cargo’ Modular Furniture Installation in Long Beach

20

May
2016

In Community
Public Art

By sbatalla

Five Projects Set to Beautify & Transform Downtown Long Beach

On 20, May 2016 | In Community, Public Art | By sbatalla

Five Projects Set to Beautify, Transform DTLB Selected as Winners for Placemaking Grants

We asked you to be inspired, DTLB—and after a record 54 applications were received for our Placemaking Grant Program, creating stiff competition for those vying for a pot of $40,000 in grant monies, Placemaking Manager Sean Warner and the DLBA’s Public Realm Committee have chosen its winners.

We asked you to be inspired, DTLB—and after a record 54 applications were received for our Placemaking Grant Program, creating stiff competition for those vying for a pot of $40,000 in grant monies, Placemaking Manager Sean Warner and the DLBA’s Public Realm Committee have chosen its winners.

From “urban furniture” to historical way-finding, these projects were chosen for their unique approach to answering what we asked for: ideas that can increase safety, beautify, or alter the DTLB public landscape in ways that are beneficial for our community.

Without further ado, here are the projects we are helping become a reality.

Project Name: Urban Furniture – Stop, Shop and Stroll
Applicant: Shelby Batalla
Location:  100 – 200 S Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802
Grant Award: $ 10,000

Project Description:  The proposed modular urban furniture collection aims to introduce dynamic and creative street furniture pieces and wayfinding devices to add visual interest and cohesion to the desolate sidewalks on Pine Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and E. Shoreline Drive in DTLB. A series of seats, benches and bike racks of similar colors and formal language made out of recycled shipping pallets (recycled from the Port of Long Beach) and detailed by renowned local fabricator – Patrick Vogel – are to be installed along sidewalks of Pine Ave to activate the streetscape. The recycled wood from the pallet, an affordable and easy-to-maintain material, will be sculpted into dynamic action words such as LBC, EAT, SHOP, SEE, ART and etc, and placed along various locations on Pine Ave. Wayfinding messages and advertisements are to be branded onto the upcycled wooden pallets (pyrography) to provide opportunities for local businesses to sponsor and advertise, giving the furniture a distinctive cargo-like look that speaks to Long Beach’s nautical and industrial history.

Five Projects Set to-Beautify Transform DTLB

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19

May
2016

In Community
Public Art
Urban Design

By sbatalla

Five Projects That Make DTLB a Better Place

On 19, May 2016 | In Community, Public Art, Urban Design | By sbatalla

BetterDTLB

Project Name: Urban Furniture – Stop, Shop and Stroll
Applicant: Shelby Batalla
Location: 100 – 200 S Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802
Grant Award: $ 10,000

The proposed modular urban furniture collection aims to introduce dynamic and creative street furniture pieces and wayfinding devices to add visual interest and cohesion to sidewalks in DTLB. A series of seats, benches and bike racks of similar colors and formal language made out of recycled shipping pallets (recycled from the Port of Long Beach) and detailed by renowned local fabricator – Patrick Vogel – are to be installed along sidewalks to activate the streetscape. The recycled wood from the pallet, an affordable and easy-to-maintain material, will be sculpted into dynamic action words such as LBC, EAT, SHOP, SEE, ART and etc,. Wayfinding messages and advertisements are to be branded onto the upcycled wooden pallets (pyrography) to provide opportunities for local businesses to sponsor and advertise, giving the furniture a distinctive cargo-like look that speaks to Long Beach’s nautical and industrial history.

Five Projects That Make DTLB a Better Place

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06

Mar
2015

In Gardens
Green Roof

By sbatalla

Bel Air Green Roof Featured in Architectural Digest

On 06, Mar 2015 | In Gardens, Green Roof | By sbatalla

Tour Director Michael Bay’s Modern Three-Story Stunner

Filmmaker Michael Bay’s latest hit is a cinematic Los Angeles home where macho minimalism meets high-octane architectural drama.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2015-03/michael-bay-los-angeles-home-article

01

Apr
2014

In Community
LEED
Parks

By sbatalla

OC Parks’ First LEED Building

On 01, Apr 2014 | In Community, LEED, Parks | By sbatalla

Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Yard Office Building

Project Information

It is only fitting that Orange County’s first park would also be home to the park system’s first LEED Certified building. Sustaining Irvine Regional Park’s unique beauty into perpetuity requires a massive maintenance effort that is led by a team of dedicated, well trained maintenance personnel. To match the level of commitment put forth by the parks maintenance staff, it was decided that a first class maintenance yard and office building would be constructed to replace functionally obsolete structures, many of which were more than 60 years old. Once it was decided that a new maintenance yard would be constructed, obtaining a LEED Certification became an obvious choice to ensure that the new facility would be water and energy efficient, would be constructed out of sustainable materials, that the natural setting would be considered and honored, and that the indoor environment would promote optimum efficiency from the employees. An integrative design approach was adapted to ensure that the finished product is a structure that the park system will be proud of for decades to come.

Read the entire article here

22

Nov
2013

In Community
Gardens
Vertical Gardens

By sbatalla

New Vertical Garden Unveiled on Broadway in Long Beach

On 22, Nov 2013 | In Community, Gardens, Vertical Gardens | By sbatalla

Broadway’s first vertical garden was unveiled Friday as a bit of oasis along a busy business corridor.

The installation of the On Broadway Business Association’s vertical garden at 1424 E. Broadway, near Falcon Avenue, was paid for with a $5,000 grant from the Long Beach Neighborhood Partners Program.

“This is something to inspire people because hopefully we will have more vertical gardens up and down Broadway. … This is a pilot to show people what can be done,” said Nicoleta Simionescu, who owns the building on Broadway that now boasts a patterned, climbing garden on its facade.

Read the entire article here

 

21

Nov
2013

In Education
Gardens
Vertical Gardens

By sbatalla

Broadway’s First Vertical Garden

On 21, Nov 2013 | In Education, Gardens, Vertical Gardens | By sbatalla

The installation of the On Broadway Business Association’s vertical garden at 1424 E. Broadway, near Falcon Avenue, was paid for with a $5,000 grant from the Long Beach Neighborhood Partners Program.

Read the entire article here

21

Nov
2013

In Community
Education
Gardens
Vertical Gardens

By sbatalla

Garden Grows On Broadway Wall

On 21, Nov 2013 | In Community, Education, Gardens, Vertical Gardens | By sbatalla

A bit of oasis along a busy business corridor, the finishing touches are being applied to Broadway’s first vertical garden.

Literally a living wall, there will be a ribbon cutting this Friday to celebrate the successful installation of the On Broadway Business Association’s first vertical garden at 1424 E. Broadway, near Falcon Avenue. The project was paid for with a $5,000 grant from the Long Beach Neighborhood Partners Program.

“This is something to inspire people because hopefully we will have more vertical gardens up and down Broadway… This is a pilot to show people what can be done,” explained Nicoleta Simionescu, who owns the building on Broadway that now boasts a patterned, climbing garden on its facade. Simionescu, principal at AllWays Financial, occupies the building with retailer Richie’s Toys & Gifts.

Read the entire article here

27

Jan
2013

In Community
Gardens
Vertical Gardens

By sbatalla

Vertical Garden in Falcon Village

On 27, Jan 2013 | In Community, Gardens, Vertical Gardens | By sbatalla

The Falcon Village neighborhood of our On Broadway Business Association has been awarded a grant from the Long Beach Neighborhood Partners Program (NPP) to build an installation of vertical gardens throughout the area of E. Broadway Ave. and Falcon Ave.

Vertical gardens—or “green walls”—are specially designed living walls that create a patterned, climbing garden along the façade of a building surface. The gardens will be a unique, first-of-its-kind landmark for the neighborhood and will help to beautify the area by re-populating space already available along commercial walls and store fronts. The green wall designs have been donated by Meg Beatrice and Shelby Batalla from local firm Architecture M, and the installations are being constructed in collaboration with business and community residents throughout the Falcon Village.

Groundbreaking starts on the project this spring and all volunteers are welcome to help launch these landmark installations.

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07

Jun
2012

In Community
Parks

By sbatalla

Request for Proposals (RFP’s) Regional Park at Former MCAS Tustin

On 07, Jun 2012 | In Community, Parks | By sbatalla

The County of Orange, OC Parks is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP’s) from qualified ARCHITECT/ENGINEER (“A/E”) firms to prepare a General Development Plan for a proposed new 84.5 acre regional park at the former Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Tustin which includes the historic north blimp hangar.

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