“Doug Suisman’s Los Angeles Boulevard is making me look at the city in totally new ways…there are revelations at every turn, and the writing is as powerful and poetic as anything I’ve come across in awhile.”
See the full commentary below by Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.
Michael Webb writes about the recently renovated Observation Pit at La Brea Tar Pits in his latest article in the Architects Newspaper. Read more about how the “building and bones achieve an effective fusion of the recent and distant past”.
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The first of a series of projects that are part of Pali High’s beautification effort was recently completed. Sue Pascone, newsletter editor of the Post 283 News writes about the origin of the project and the effort to realize future phases. Take a look at the article here.Read More
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