Better Homes and Gardens

A combined residence and design studio designed by Suisman Urban Design was featured in a 12-page spread in the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The magazine, which has the largest circulation of any “shelter” magazine, focused on the “live-work” aspects of the design, which it dubbed “a modernist masterpiece”....

Walt Disney Concert Hall di Frank O. Gehry

A new Italian monograph on the Disney Concert Hall cites the work of Suisman Urban Design in the master planning of Grand Avenue. Authored by Mariopaolo Faddo, the book reproduces two drawings of Grand Avenue developed by Suisman for its CRA-sponsored work in the late 1990’s....

Symphony: Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall

The “official” monograph on the Disney Concert Hall, published by Abrams, includes a chapter length essay on the history of planning in downtown Los Angeles, including the work of Suisman Urban Design on the “Ten Minute Diamond”, the master plan for the Los Angeles Civic Center. The essay, by the noted planning historian Carol McMichael Reese, cites Doug Suisman’s leading role among the “visionaries” of the plan, whose imagery she calls “brilliantly concise and revelatory.” Suisman’s iconic axonometric drawing of the plan is reproduced....

The Slatin Report: Grand Avenue

The long and somewhat tortured history of planning efforts along Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles has been elegantly summarized in a Slatin Report essay by Morris Newman. Newman’s chronicle, which includes Suisman Urban Design’s work for the CRA/LA in the late 1990’s, reviews the succession of initiatives and visions which–despite strong political support–failed to remake the avenue in time for the openings of the new Cathedral (2003) and Disney Concert Hall (2004). Newman sets the stage for the current massive redevelopment project now being launched by the Grand Avenue Authority....

First Bus Rapid Transit Line for San Antonio, Texas

Suisman Urban Design will provide conceptual architectural and graphic design concepts for what would be the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line in San Antonio, Texas. The team is being led by the Houston office of Lockwood Andrews & Newman, a subsidiary of Leo A Daly. The team also includes Nelson/Nygaard and Ximenes & Associates. The study for the corridor is expected to lead to a $30 million transit investment along the “Northwest Corridor”, primarily on Fredericksburg Road. The client is the San Antonio–Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization....

Revitalizing Los Angeles Boulevards

The Westside Urban Forum held a panel on revitalizing the commercial corridors and boulevards of Los Angeles with new housing and mixed-use projects. Doug Suisman moderated the panel, which included specialists in transit, housing, and development....

Theater Row in the Hollywood Media District

With much fanfare and press coverage, the Theater Row section of Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood was given a shot of publicity and a boost in visibility with the raising of 30 wayfinding banners. The opening ceremony, attended by city and state officials, highlighted the new banners and the more than a dozen theater companies on the Row. Together the theaters have more than 1,000 seats. Suisman Urban Design developed the revitalization and marketing strategy, as well as the design of the banners, as part of its overall master planning work along Santa Monica Boulevard. The client is the business improvement district known as the Hollywood Media District, which area stretches from La Brea to Vine and from Fountain to Melrose....

Staffer Admitted to Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning

Daniel Windsor, a recent graduate of USC School of Architecture and a designer at Suisman Urban Design, has been admitted to the Master of Urban Design program at Columbia University. Daniel will move to New York for at least the duration of his three-semester program. He has worked on numerous Suisman projects, and will be missed. We send him our best wishes for success....

Urban Design and Transportation Course at UCLA

In December 2003, Anastasia Likaitou-Sideris, chair of the Urban Planning department at UCLA, invited Doug Suisman to teach a course on Urban Design and Transportation. Suisman focused the 10-week seminar on Bus Rapid Transit and Transit-Oriented Development. 33 graduate planning students took the class....

Suisman Elected to LA/AIA Board

Doug Suisman has been elected to a two-year term as a member of the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which is headquartered in the landmark Wiltern Building. Founded in 1894, the L.A. chapter is one of the oldest and largest in the nation....

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