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How to safely re-open Main Street post-Covid quarantine

Alan Pullman, AIA, Founding Principal, Studio One Eleven and Shannon Heffernan, AICP, Urban Design Director/Senior Associate, Studio One Eleven, discuss safely reopening and attracting people to Main Street, “Bringing people back downtown and to shopping streets will require confidence that the health crisis is abating, and a future outbreak will be minimized. States are now starting to re-open retail, and California Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week that California is moving to Phase Two of the State’s re-opening strategy, which includes some retail stores, with restrictions. A vaccine is perhaps many months (or even years) away, and widespread testing infeasible in the near future. Cities and communities will need to adjust public space to allow customers back in with distancing in mind. Restaurants present an opportunity that already has many indicators of success: repurpose sidewalks, street-side parking, and parking lots into outdoor dining areas.”

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SVA Architects’ design for Sacramento’s Mirasol Village approved

On Thursday, February 27, the Sacramento Planning Commission approved SVA Architects’ site plan and design reviews for the last two primary blocks of the Mirasol Village redevelopment.  Formerly known as Twin Rivers, the Sacramento public housing community and the surrounding River District neighborhood will be transformed into a fully connected, vibrant community with new transit, employment centers, services, retail, and recreational amenities. 

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ASLA publishes guides to highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations for healthy, equitable communities

Today, the eight member organizations of the Joint Call to Action for Healthy Communities (JCTA) Coalition published ten discussion guides to highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations for healthy, equitable communities. The JCTA includes American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute.

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Architecture Design Collaborative breaks ground on affordable apartment community in Fontana, Calif.

Architecture Design Collaborative’s partners with Jamboree Housing Corporation and the Fontana Housing Authority in the construction of Sierra Avenue Apartments. “We wanted to give the development a modern agrarian look and feel to go with one of the main service concepts we originally planned for which was farm fresh to table,” said Chris Weimholt, Principal with ADC. “We planned for a robust community garden where residents could work with the JHC’s service partners to educate them on healthy eating and growing their own fruits and vegetables”.

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Toyota to build Woven City, a prototype city of the future

Earlier this week Toyota announced plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. For the design of Woven City, Toyota has commissioned Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Envisioned as a “living laboratory,” the Woven City will serve as a home to full- time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

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Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg, Germany

Inspections of Niederhafen’s existing flood barrier in 2006 determined that supporting elements of the existing structure were overburdened and its foundations needed significant reinforcement. Later that year, the city of Hamburg organized a competition to design the redeveloped flood barrier and subsequently awarded the project to Zaha Hadid Architects.

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