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March 6th, 2014
March 6th, 2014

If you haven’t already noticed, small urban design projects around Los Angeles are making huge changes to the way we inhabit and experience our city. Since 2009, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation has been working hard to reform the way we approach public projects. The LADOT has manifested this reform as People Street, “A city-wide program for installing plazas, parklets, and bike corals” (http://peoplest.lacity.org/about/).

May 6th, 2014

Councilmember Jose Huizar named March 5, 2014 Complete Streets Day in Los Angeles, recognizing the importance of prioritizing people over cars, and developing multimodal, accessible streets in our City.  Melendrez is proud to be recognized at City Council, among the groups and individuals recognized by CD14, for our contribution in leading the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan as well as the Figueroa Corridor “My Fig” Streetscape project in downtown LA.

March 21st, 2014

The foundation pour for the anticipated mixed use development, Wilshire Grand, has broken the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest continuous concrete pour! The pouring began Saturday, February 15 at 4pm. After 20 hours and 21,000 truckloads of concrete (that’s 84 million pounds!), the foundation for downtown LA’s new iconic tower had been set. This feat, dubbed the “Grand Pour” has surpassed the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas for the longest uninterrupted pouring on record.

March 21st, 2014

On Friday, February 14th Meléndrez attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I of Metropolis Los Angeles, a mixed use development project linking LA’s financial district to LA Live. Phase I of the project includes a 38-story residential tower and 19-story luxury hotel. The development will also include office space along with retail and restaurants activating the street level.

March 21st, 2014

Tonight the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to approve two Melendrez projects, the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway, aka “MANGo” and the Santa Monica High School (Samohi) Safe Routes to School project.  Both the projects favor low traffic speeds and call for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian connections.  

April 4th, 2014

Check out these new urban planning tools and crowdsourcing websites that we’ve been enjoying lately!

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April 4th, 2014

Celebrating the opening of the first elementary medical school magnet in the LAUSD system.

April 4th, 2014

Meléndrez will be presenting two lectures at the APA National Conference in Atlanta in April, 2014.  “From Tactical Urbanism to Urban Acupuncture:  New Methods for Transforming the Public Realm and Creating Community” will be led by Meléndrez Principal, Melani Smith, AICP and will teach attendees about how to use ‘pop-up’ and ‘tactical’ urbanism as part of the planning process.

April 4th, 2014

Students from the Cal Poly College of Environmental Design visit Meléndrez’s Office

April 4th, 2014

Meléndrez joins fellow Southern Californian Pedestrian and Bicycling Planning professionals to discuss forming a local chapter of the APBP 

April 4th, 2014

AC Martin Wilshire Grand Project & RNL LAPD Academy Replacement Training Facility Project awarded at AIA LA Design Awards ceremony.

April 4th, 2014

In his first Executive Directive as Mayor, Eric Garcetti created a Great Streets Initiative, announced at ULI/LA Transit Oriented Los Angeles Summit.

At the ULI Transit Oriented Los Angeles Summit on October 10, Meléndrez Principal Melani Smith spoke about the Corridor Project funded by a ULI Foundation Urban Innovation Grant, focusing on shifting the paradigm from development to urban design and creating corridor neighborhood networks. 

April 4th, 2014

“The event helped to convey complicated planning ideas, it helped the community see, feel, and touch potential improvements on-the-ground.”  

April 4th, 2014

In the mood for some inspiring urban design links?  Look no further.  Here’s what our designers have been keeping their eyes on the past few days:

1. 1. Got Maps? Check out the mapbox online mapping tool that we’ve been digging

April 4th, 2014

“It’s all about having that dynamic conversation with the community… allowing people to see and feel possible improvements on the ground…”

Join us for a temporary Greenway installation and community festival on Saturday, September 21st, from 11 am – 3 pm.  

April 4th, 2014

“Pershing Square, one of Los Angeles’ oldest parks may be getting a makeover.”

Meléndrez Principal, Melani Smith has been invited to join the Pershing Square Task Force. Formed by 14th District City Councilman Jose Huizar, this 21-member task force will have the opportunity to create a long-term framework to improve the Downtown Park. 

Goals for the Task Force Include:

April 4th, 2014

“USC Landscape Architecture Graduate Students including a Meléndrez Intern, Envision the Future of the Los Angeles River”

April 7th, 2014

Trampe, or “Bicycle Lift”, is a new way for cyclists to bike up the Brubakken hill in Trondheim, Norway. With one foot on your bike pedal and the other foot on the lift’s foot rest, the Trampe slowly pushes you the steep hill using an electric motor. 

April 7th, 2014

Meléndrez and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) are excited to announce the start of construction for Marsh Park Phase II, an almost 4-acre park expansion located on the Los Angeles River.

April 7th, 2014

Phase I of the “Broadway Streetscape Master Plan” has been funded and is coming soon! Nearly $1.8 million dollars has been dedicated to create a semi-permanent public space along Broadway, reducing travel lanes and reconfiguring the street. Phase I will consist of a “Dress Rehearsal” using temporary materials like bollards, planters, café tables, and arrangeable chairs, to activate the commercial corridor.