Doug Suisman was on KCRW’s DnA program with Frances Anderton to discuss recent shootings in Paris, Colorado and San Bernardino and how they have added to growing jitters about random attacks in regular gathering places. Will this impact the design of public space? Listen to the show here
On the heels of Suisman’s successful design of downtown Hartford’s wayfinding program, the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) has asked the office to return to Hartford and help them connect the pedestrian system to the new UConn Downtown Campus currently under construction. A series of new signs and maps are being developed for Constitution Plaza that conform to the visual language of the City’s current system but are flexible enough to be incorporated into existing infrastructure. The information featured on the panels focuses on the new campus but also highlights other destinations along the way. Implementation is expected to be completed by the spring.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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)
Our recent work at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum was featured in the Natural History Museum’s member magazine—along with an introduction by NHM President and Director Dr. Jane Pisano. Check out the full PDF here.
“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.
Painting has begun in the West Gallery of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
The painting and renovations in the North Gallery of the Page are coming along nicely. Here’s where it is now, and a shot of it before.
Painting has begun in the North Gallery at the Page. The carpeting has also been torn up to reveal the concrete floor beneath.
We’ve begun color testing for the interior of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
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 …
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
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, …
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.”