Suisman Urban Design is pleased to announce that in the Spring of 2014, ORO Editions will publish the 25th anniversary edition of Doug Suisman’s seminal monograph, Los Angeles Boulevard. Since its first publication by the Los Angeles Forum in 1989 in a limited run of 1,500 copies, the book has been much sought after and difficult to find. The new edition will contain the original content plus a new chapter on Suisman’s boulevard work in practice. Please sign up here [link] if you would like to reserve an advance copy. Be sure and read Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne’s front-page feature on Atlantic Boulevard, which kicks off his year-long series on Boulevards: Atlantic Boulevard. In the article, he writes: “Suisman’s concise and shamefully underappreciated 1989 study of the history and design of the boulevards…remains the most important take on this gigantic subject.” Suisman and Hawthorne drove the length of Atlantic Boulevard together during the preparation of the article, and Christopher is writing a new Foreword for the anniversary edition.Read More
World Architecture News (WAN) has invited Doug Suisman, FAIA, to be a member of its jury for the newly launched World Infrastructure Awards for 2013. The jury includes members from internationally renowned engineer and architecture offices of Foster Associates, Buro Happold, HOK, and Arup. Since 2008, WAN has successfully run the World Architecture Awards; in 2012, over 1,370 entries were received, making it the largest international architecture awards programme in the world, The new infrastructure awards will give entries global exposure to WAN’s database of 165,000 professionals in the global AEC community. All participants to the Infrastructure awards will be published through the online news channel, which serves over 1.7 million unique visitors per year. A gallery of all entries for each sector will be feature permanently on World Architecture News and weekly focus on Infrastructure projects will run during the award to generate exposure for participants. The winning scheme will be covered in a special feature including a video of the judges’ comments. Judging criteria will differ in detail on each category but the overall aim will be to highlight:
-Innovation in design and construction methods which have demonstrably pushed the boundaries of accepted standards
-Progress towards increased sustainability and carbon reduction
-Construction methods or design processes that reduce costs
-Increased resilience for the built environment served by the project
Commenting on the award, CEO of World Cities Network, Brain Kikelly said “Innovative infrastructure projects are helping cities become more resilient when confronted with acute stresses and it gives World Cities Network great pleasure to support World Architecture News in uncovering the best in international infrastructure design.”Read More
As part of its “InConversation” series, the A+D Museum invited Doug Suisman to join David Kipen to discuss the contemporary boulevard in Los Angeles. Suisman, author of Los Angeles Boulevards: Eight Xrays, addressed how the city’s urban identity flows from the growth and expansion of its main arteries. Streets, not parks, plazas or freeways, are the city’s public spaces. Kipen is the author of reissues of WPA Guides to California and to Los Angeles, and is the owner of Libros Schmibros Bookstore. The conversation took place in the context of the museum’s “Never Built: Los Angeles” exhibition.Read More
Suisman Urban Design and its client, the iQuilt Partnership and the City of Hartford, have received the Award of Excellence from the Connecticut Main Street Center. The award was given to Suisman’s iQuilt urban design plan for downtown Hartford, in the category of Public Space Master Plan. Suisman has been progressively designing and supporting the implementation of the comprehensive plan since 2008. “Connecticut’s city centers are critical drivers of commerce and competitiveness,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “I applaud the 2013 award winners for their efforts to make Connecticut’s downtowns thrive.”Read More
The iQuilt Partnership has won a highly competitive placemaking grant from the State of Connecticut’s “Arts Catalyze Placemaking” (ACP) Program. Suisman Urban Design will lead development of iNSIDE/OUT, the iQuilt’s project focusing on a collection of beta sites that will demonstrate a wide variety of ways to externalize Hartford’s cultural assets. Pilot projects will be sited in different parts of downtown, notably along Church Street, which is home to Christ Cathedral, Capital Community College, and the Hartford Stage Company.Read More
Doug Suisman and Erick Rodriguez traveled to Pittsburgh this month to present the results of their year-long study for design initiative called Reimagining the Children’s Museum (RCM). RCM was organized by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), which was holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh. In 2012, ACM selected four international design teams, Suisman among them, to investigate the children’s museum of the 21st century (see our April 2012 entry). The Suisman presentaton was called “Inside-Out-Around – The Children’s Museum as New Public Square.” The project was exhibited at the conference, and the work was presented by all four teams in a plenary session. Conference attendee Brad Larson of Brad Larson Media wrote on his blog: “The seminar gathered the four international design teams who have been charged with re-examining some of the basic architectural and community-interface mechanism used by museums… I resonated with analysis from Suisman Urban Design, who spoke of expanding the audience age range, and moving from ‘play based’ to ‘place based’ learning. Lots of insightful analysis such as ‘6 district types’ that I hope will will be published soon.”Read More
This summer, through Los Angeles, the Getty has sponsored an array of architectural exhibits and events at a range of venues, all under the umbrella of “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” As part of Pacific Standard Time, the latest cicLAvia–boulevards closed to cars to allow for walking and biking–will take place along Wilshire Boulevard. And this cicLAvia has an added layer: stories about the buildings and urban design on that boulevard that took place in the time period being covered by Pacific Standard Time. To coincide with with all this activity, distinguished journalist and urban critic Edward Lifson invited Doug Suisman to talk about Wilshire as part of Lifson’s KCRW radio series, ”Iconic Wilshire Boulevard.” Suisman delivers a meditation on the changing nature of a strip conceived for cars. You can listen to it here.Read More
Doug Suisman addressed an audience of German and American architects, planners, and students at the two-day symposium called “re:street.” The public conference, held at Metro headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, served both as an introduction to the new science of streets and as a basis for discussion about the form of the future city. It was jointly organized and hosted by the Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar in Germany and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.
Students of both universities conducted a hybrid workshop led by faculty members of the Departments of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles will organized and curated an art program that brings artistic positions on the subject matter into the conference. Suisman spoke at the first session, which looked at the urban street as a living environment which, when viewed from various angles, can identify the social, cultural, and economic behavior of its users.
he CARSuisman Urban Design’s work in Hartford has been included in a new book offering a refreshingly multifaceted view of the combined future of cars, streets and policy: “The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future.” Essays and images present the car as both a challenge and benefit to our neighborhoods, cities, and suburbs. A lively mix of auto industry experts, planners, designers, artists, researchers, and architects contemplates how we will adapt our cars and their context so we can continue to enjoy the freedom and benefits of individual mobility in the future.Read More
Suisman Urban Design has prepared an urban design master plan for the Great Northern Way (GNW) Campus and the new campus of Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD). The Great Northern Way Campus in East Vancouver is a former industrial site which the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and ECUAD are turning into a digital media hub for education and business.
Suisman’s design was presented as part of the funding application to the provincial government of British Columbia. The government subsequently approved $113 million to build the new facility for ECUAD. Construction is slated to begin in May 2014 and be completed by July 2016.
Emily Carr President Ron Burnett said, “Doug Suisman is an extraordinary visionary” who was instrumental in developing the early phase site plan and urban design for The Great Northern Way.
The funding means the art and design school will be leaving Granville Island, Premier Christy Clark confirmed. “Emily Carr University had outgrown its old home,” said Clark. The original Granville Island campus was designed for 800 students, but now has 1,800 registered, and the university needs a larger space to grow and stay competitive, say officials.
Emily Carr President Ron Burnett said the aim is to bring art and technology together at the site. “Emily Carr’s Great Northern Way Campus will be at the centre of a new social, cultural, educational, entertainment and economic engine for British Columbia,” said Burnett. The new campus will have numerous positive economic benefits for the Province of British Columbia and will drive creativity and innovation in BC and Canada while supporting the future growth of the creative sector. Burnett said, “Emily Carr’s vision is to be internationally known as one of the top global schools for its undergraduate and graduate programs in Media Arts, Design and Visual Arts. Our new campus will be built to the highest standards with design features unique to the mandate of the university, that is inspired by design excellence and that promotes an integrated, comprehensive and sustainable approach to the goals of the university; it will create an imaginative and cost-effective urban landscape that forms the centre of activities for Great Northern Way.Read More