Transit Oriented Arts District

Suisman recently completed a master plan for Parkville, a developing arts district anchored in an industrial area of Hartford.  A key stakeholder in the area is Real Artways, a community based arts institution looking to improve its physical relationship to the neighborhood around it.  Most importantly, it was looking to establish an improved connection to a recently completed station of the Connecticut FastTrack bus rapid transit line.  The plan calls for a mix of uses including a range of housing types, gallery space, commercial space, public open space, and pedestrian linkages over the bus and train corridor to link both sides of the district …

Pali’s Interim Gateway Garden Complete

Shrubs and overgrown ground cover has been cleared to make way for an interim gateway garden for Pali High. This interim phase will set the stage for the eventual construction of a new gateway garden and pathway leading students and visitors to the heart of the campus. In the meantime, the focus is safety. A widened sidewalk and removal of some obstructions have allowed for a more generous space where the afternoon rush of students crowd around waiting to cross a busy intersection on their way home.  

Horace Bushnell Promenade Nears Completion

The orange construction cones are still out but Hartford residents are already strolling the Bushnell Promenade and loving it.  Two thirds of the promenade are nearly complete with landscape and roadwork still to be finalized  in those segments.  Construction of the last third which will connect Bushnell Park to Main Street through Gold is anticipated to pick up again in the spring.

Hartford’s Church Street Garage Transformed

Improvements to the Church Street Garage in downtown Hartford are underway.  At the scale of the district, these improvements are intended to break down the mass of the structure while enhancing the foreground to downtown’s northern gateway.  The design also calls for a new rooftop sign and graphics welcoming visitors to the city. At the scale of the pedestrian,  wayfinding information improvements are proposed for the inside of the structure as well as wayfinding information at the various entrances to help visitors find their way through Hartford.

Doug Suisman in the Spotlight

Doug Suisman was recently featured in the Spotlight section of the Palisades News where he shares some thoughts on urban design and public space. Download the article here (685Kb pdf)

Doug Suisman on Shop Talk

“The quest to bring a sense of longed for normality to the Palestinian people’s troubled lands has led the American architect on a journey that couldn’t be more extraordinary if it tried. In this podcast, WAN’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Hammond was privileged enough to hear Doug’s fascinating story (which at times sounds like something from a movie) direct from the man himself.” Doug Suisman joins Michael Hammond on World Architecture News’ podcast Shop Talk to discuss The Arc. Listen to the podcast below, in our Multimedia Library, or on Shop Talk’s website.

LA Blvd Talk Featured on KCRW

Doug Suisman’s lecture this Saturday at the Santa Monica Public Library was featured on KCRW’s Design and Architecture blog in their “5 Design Things To Do This Week!” When Doug Suisman first published his “pamphlet” on eight Los Angeles thoroughfares his goal was to “celebrate the boulevards of Los Angeles as vital thoroughfares worthy of spatial, historical, and cultural analysis.” 25 years later the book has been republished (by ORO Editions), and this Saturday Doug will talk about his findings then and now at an event hosted by the Society of Architectural Historians at Santa Monica’s downtown central library. Check out the full …

SAH/SCC Newsletter: Suisman on the Boulevards Event

Here’s the latest newsletter from the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter (SAH/SCC) about Doug Suisman’s upcoming lecture and book signing. SAH/SCC will be hosting the event at the Santa Monica Public Library this Saturday, January 31 at 1:00pm. It is free to the public, no reservations required. Visit www.sahscc.org for more information. SAHSCC News Suisman lecture

Tar on the Boulevard Lecture

Thanks to everyone who came out to the lecture on Thursday! We had a great turnout of about 90 people. Doug Suisman discussed the history of the site of the La Brea Tar Pits in the context of Los Angeles and its boulevards, most notably Wilshire Blvd., what’s happening on the site today, as well as its future.   Thank you to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits for hosting this event, and naming a signature cocktail after Doug’s book – the Los Angeles Boulevard. And a huge thank you to Christopher Hawthorne of the LA Times, …

Suisman on the Boulevards

Join Doug Suisman on January 31 at the Santa Monica Public Library. He will be speaking about the revised, 25th anniversary edition of his classic book “Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public.”

Tar on the Boulevard: Mr. Hancock’s Ranch and the Future of the La Brea Tar Pits

Join Doug Suisman at the Page Museum this Thursday for an evening lecture as he looks at the La Brea Tar Pits in the context of Los Angeles’s urban history and the development of its boulevards, especially Wilshire. He’ll trace the development of the La Brea Tar Pits from tar pools to private rancho to asphalt mine to excavation site to public park to world-renowned paleontological site museum. And he’ll look at the future of the Tar Pits, as new development projects — subway line, high-rises, and LACMA expansion — promise to change the urban context of Hancock’s ranch once …