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December 21st, 2015
December 21st, 2015

The Meléndrez urban design team has been utilizing the system developed in the award-winning First/Last Mile Strategic Plan, in the field – ranking transit stations within the regional system, as part of Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan. Meléndrez is identifying constraints and opportunities within the walking and bicycle sheds surrounding stations.

October 27th, 2015

Meléndrez’s urban design team and the City of Glendale hosted the second tactical community workshop for the Space 134 Freeway Cap Park this past Saturday. If you missed it, check out the workshop highlights here: www.space134.net

October 28th, 2015

Meléndrez’s urban design team and Los Angeles Metro recently hosted a Countywide Forum to unveil the beta draft of the interactive Metro Green Places Website.  

November 2nd, 2015

Meléndrez supported Los Angeles Walks this year by donating to make their publication “Footnotes” possible. The second edition of the publication provides an annual report on walking in Los Angeles, a status on the streets structure, and outlines upcoming enhancements and improvements.

October 28th, 2015

Large-scale eight by four feet graphic banners ‘pop-upped’ in Pershing Square today as part of Melendrez’ MY DTLA (www.mydtla.org) project. The illustrations show thirty-two local Downtowners - people who either live or work in Downtown Los Angeles - paired with their responses to the question, “What Does Downtown LA Mean to You?”

July 2nd, 2015

Meléndrez is pleased to announce that Huntington Park Revitalization Strategy, Pacific Boulevard was selected to receive the Award of Merit for Urban Design at the 2015 APA LA Awards! Thursday, June 25, the Meléndrez team joined the City of Huntington Park in accepting the award at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.

June 29th, 2015

Meléndrez is pleased to announce that Alex Jung will be starting full-time in early July. After working as an intern the last few months while completing his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA, Alex has proven a valuable asset to the team. He has assisted the firm with his industry knowledge, outreach facilitation, GIS work, and graphic skills.

June 22nd, 2015

Meléndrez Principal Melani Smith will be speaking tomorrow at the 13th Annual Community Forum on Tuesday, June 23. Join her and fellow panelists as they discuss the plans for exciting pedestrian enhancements on 7th Street in DTLA. Multiple developments and public realm enhancements in the works are launching 7th Street into a mecca of redevelopment success in DTLA.

June 22nd, 2015

Meléndrez’s work was awarded a Community Impact Award at the 45th Los Angeles Architectural Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). This year’s Community Impact Award focused on best practices in the field of landscape designs that have successfully utilized the LADWP California Friendly Landscape Incentive Program to acknowledge the severity of our region’s drought.

June 22nd, 2015

Today Holland Partner Group hosted a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate construction beginning on Vibiana Apartments. The seven story mixed-use development is located adjacent to Saint Vibiana Cathedral in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles.

June 29th, 2015

Meléndrez accepted an Honor Award today at the Westside Urban Forum (WUF) Westside Prize and Design Awards for our work on Metro’s First/Last Mile Strategic Plan & Planning Guidelines.

June 22nd, 2015

Meléndrez is pleased to announce two new additions to the design team! Michelle Frier, Associate, and Abraham Sheppard, Urban Designer, have both recently joined the team and are already making significant impacts.

April 2nd, 2015

Congratulations to Metro and SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) on receiving a National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice for First Last Mile Strategic Plan & Planning Guidelines. The Excellence Award is the highest honor within APA’s National Planning Awards program, which has been recognizing innovative planning for over 50 years.

January 7th, 2015

The Los Angeles Times gathered 13 experts on a variety of topics to give readers a glimpse of what to expect from 2015. Meléndrez Principal Melani Smith was included among the experts, predicting unexpected urban spaces for 2015.

December 4th, 2014

Work on the Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan gets underway this week with the first public workshop on Saturday December 6th. Meléndrez is leading the effort, which marks the first freeway removal project in Southern California, taking inspiration from projects such as the Embarcadero Freeway and Central Freeway removals in San Francisco.

December 4th, 2014

This week, Meléndrez’s planting design is being realized in the form of an 88-foot tall living wall at the PacMutual building in Downtown Los Angeles. The project is the tallest living wall to be installed in Los Angeles, not to mention it’s being done on the oldest building LEED Platinum Certified in Southern California. The groundbreaking LiveWall Green Wall System, utilizes an irrigation misting system and sliding planters that will hold live planting up the entire façade.

November 5th, 2014

Melani Smith will be speaking at the Making LA Conference this upcoming Friday, November 7. Joining an esteemed group of designers, architects and artist who are transforming Los Angeles, Melani will be on the panel that focuses on “Reclaiming our Streets”.

November 4th, 2014

Last night two Meléndrez projects and one project by a Meléndrez Principal were awarded at the ASLA Southern California Chapter 2014 Quality of Life Awards: “Landscape Architecture, A Story of Generations”. Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Concept Plan, Long Beach Airport Terminal Improvements and Principal Charles Anderson’s Anchorage Museum Common at Rasmuson Center all received an award of Merit!

November 5th, 2014

Melani Smith and Valerie Watson of LADOT led a walking tour today of the “Dress Rehearsal” improvements recently implemented on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles. The event began at the Broadway entrance to Grand Central Market and continued down the length of the street to observe the ‘road diet’ changes and temporary curb extensions. At the end of the walking tour, the group gathered at Grand Central Market to dine and continue the conversation.

September 16th, 2014

Yesterday USC broke ground on University Village, a $650 million 15-acre mixed use development along Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, marking the largest development project to ever hit South Los Angeles. Meléndrez designed the public and private plazas, paseos and open spaces throughout the development in coordination with architect Harley Ellis Devereaux.