PARK(ing) Day LA

posted by on 2009.09.17, under architecture, culture, public art

Friday Sept, 18th PARK(ing)* Day LA happens once again around Los Angeles. At Osborn we will set up a park on Brand Blvd. in Glendale to dream of a Bucolic Tomorrow – complete with hammock, meadow and cows. Sort of. If you have the time, explore the various parks scattered around town (It makes a great bike excursion) and stop by ours to say hello. Check PARK(ing) day LA’s website and map for more information and locations.

*I do not understand why designers need to break up words with brackets or parenthesis or inappropriate capitalization and I think it’s gotten out of hand.

Animo Opens

posted by on 2009.09.09, under architecture

Animo Venice Charter High School, the project I have been working on at Osborn for the past 10 months, opened for classes on time yesterday. The 45,000 sf. two-story school for 500+ students is run by Green Dot Public Schools. Set on a very small site adjacent to an LAUSD elementary school in a Venice neighborhood, the project consists of a long classroom/admin building along a covered outdoor corridor, with a gymnasium building set across a long open space running the length of the site. A shade structure (not installed yet, but coming!) adjacent to the gym will serve as an area to eat lunch or hang out. Photovoltaic solar panels cover the roof and are spaced along the west facing elevation of the building, and will supplement the power to the building.

Animo Venice was the first school to receive a grant from the High Performance Incentive Grant program in California, which earmarks $100 million for green school projects.