Third Street Promenade Dino Fountains Are Getting A Makeover

Suisman Urban Design has been tapped to renovate the famous dinosaur fountains on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, which were built in the late 1980s. This project is just one more notch in SUD’s belt of work on the Promenade, which includes the new map cases and pylon on Wilshire Boulevard. Construction will begin in February or March of 2018. Here’s an article from Santa Monica Centric about the project.

New Vancouver Campus Opens for Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Suisman Created the Urban Design Framework and Helped Secure $110m from the Province

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Canada’s pre-eminent art school, has just opened its new, $122 million campus in Vancouver. The opening celebration capped the nearly 10 years of planning and design required to relocate ECUAD from its long-time downtown campus on Granville Island, which the school had outgrown, to a large industrial site that was the former home of manufacturer Finning International. In late 2012, well into the planning process, ECUAD President Ron Burnett reached out to Suisman Urban Design to help solve a problem: ECUAD leaders were unhappy with the proposed campus site plan. Suisman was asked, …

Burlington Great Streets Initiative Update: First Phase Completed

Suisman Urban Design has been working closely with the City of Burlington for the past year on the city’s Great Streets Initiative. SUD and team has just recently completed the first phase of the Initiative, which includes developing new downtown-wide street design standards, a concept plan for eight blocks of Main St. and St Paul St., and a concept plan for City Hall Park.

Bushnell Park North Nearing Completion

Bushnell Park North in Hartford is nearing completion! The last segment of the project, Gold St., is on its way to being finished by this Fall. Here are a few photos of Bushnell Park North. Stay tuned for more updates soon!

iQuilt Wayfinding Comes to Hartford’s New National Park

“The City of Hartford, in conjunction with iQuilt and Coltsville National Historical Park, successfully competed for a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant.… The ‘Coltsville National Historical Park Wayfinding and Safety’ project will extend the existing Hartford downtown wayfinding system to the Coltsville area. The $135,000 project will improve crosswalks and other pedestrian infrastructure so visitors can easily and safely walk from downtown Hartford to your new national park.” —Coltsville National Historical Park Newsletter, May 2017 Coltsville National Historical Park Newsletter, May 2017

Gold Street is Open!

Hartford’s Gold Street is finally open! For the better part of last year, Gold St. had been a one-way street. As of December 19, Gold St. is now a two-way street again. While the street itself is complete, there is still much work to do on the sidewalk and Bushnell Gardens, such as landscaping and furniture. Stay tuned for updates!

Doug Suisman Featured in Local News Article

The Palisades Charter High School Gateway Project was featured in the July 6 issue of the Palisades News. Suisman was referenced throughout the article, which honored his willingness to “donate” his design expertise for the betterment of his own community’s high school. Check it out in the link below!  

“My Boulevards” – Doug Suisman’s Essay Published in UCLA’s BOOM California Magazine

Doug Suisman’s personal and moving essay about his lifelong experience in cities and public spaces has just been published in the Spring 2016 issue of BOOM California. The online magazine is published by the University of California Press. The issue was guest edited by the outstanding urban observer Colin Marshall. His Notebook on Cities and Culture is one of the best urban blogs around.

Gold Street / Bushnell Promenade Construction Races Towards November Completion

Hartford’s one-mile GreenWalk is getting closer to completion with the construction of the Horace Bushnell Promenade along Gold Street, which is being realigned and narrowed for the purpose (photo courtesy Christian Lemp). The Promenade and its adjacent Bushnell Gardens will create a one-block connector between historic Bushnell Park and Main Street, linking the park to the Travelers’ Tower Square and the Wadsworth Atheneum. The project will create a continuous park experience, and represents the first expansion of Bushnell Park in 150 years. The green public space will showcase historic Center Church and its separate church house; Stone Field Sculpture by Carl André; and the Ancient Burying Ground, which dates …

Suisman a Finalist in International Competition for Public Space Design in Vietnam

  Suisman Urban Design was one of four finalists recognized in the Da Nang Social Cohesion Challenge organized by the 100 Resilient Cities network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundations this past March.  The open call for proposals put out by the city of Da Nang, Vietnam, challenged designers to help bring communities together by revitalizing public space in its city center.  Suisman’s proposal, Da Nang PlaceMaker, is a public space furnishing and enhancement strategy that provides the city with a blueprint for a modular, scaleable package of urban street elements (fixed and moveable), along with strategies for combining them to help communities …

Doug Suisman on Public Radio about Downtown Hartford’s iQuilt Plan

 Doug Suisman joins key Hartford leaders on WNPR to talk about the ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Hartford, through the efforts of the State of Connecticut, the City of Hartford, business interests, and cultural institutions, including the iQuilt Partnership: http://wnpr.org/post/revisiting-rowlands-six-pillars-hartford-development GUESTS: Norm Garrick – Associate professor of transportation and engineering at the University of Connecticut Tom Condon – Writes about urban and regional issues for the Connecticut Mirror Michael Freimuth – Executive director of the Capital Region Development Authority Doug Suisman – Principal of Suisman Urban Design in Santa Monica, California https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wnpr/audio/2016/04/WWL041916_0.mp3

Doug Suisman Discusses Hartford’s iQuilt Plan on WNPR

Doug Suisman was recently a guest on WNPR’s “Where We Live” to discuss the redevelopment of Downtown Hartford and Suisman’s iQuilt Plan. You can listen here: The popular show, hosted by John Dankosky, included three other distinguished guests: Norm Garrick – Associate professor of transportation and engineering at the University of Connecticut Tom Condon – Writes about urban and regional issues for the Connecticut Mirror Michael Freimuth – Executive director of the Capital Region Development Authority. You can listen here: http://wnpr.org/post/revisiting-rowlands-six-pillars-hartford-development  

Suisman Awarded Great Streets Project in Burlington

The City of Burlington, Vermont has just announced it has awarded its Great Streets Initiative project to the Suisman Urban Design team, one of three finalists for the contract.  Burlington Great Streets is a $10 million, multi-year initiative by Burlington to develop a well-designed, multi-use, multi-modal downtown street network that creates a more vibrant and inviting pubic realm.  The project focuses on developing street design standards for all of downtown, on the redesign and construction of several blocks of Main Street, and a redesign of City Hall Park. Suisman was selected as the winner from the three finalist teams, which included Sasaki and Stantec, both headquartered …

Doug Suisman Honored With Golden Sparkplug Award

On December 10, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin presented Doug Suisman with the Pacific Palisades Community Council’s 2015 Golden Sparkplug Award. The award, presented at the Council’s annual holiday party, was given for Suisman Urban Design’s work on Palisades Charter High School gateway project. Since 1974 the PPCC, through this award, has honored those citizens who ignite ideas and projects into community action that benefit Palisadians throughout the community. (photo by Luis Pazos at Cadet 3 Photography)