Journal

Reimagining Spaces: Designing for Outdoor Dining and Urban Revitalization

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The pandemic has severely affected the restaurant industry across Los Angeles, with downtown Los Angeles hit particularly hard. The LA Alfresco Dining Initiative that is in effect for the duration of the Safer at Home order allows restaurants to open and serve customers at partial capacity by temporarily relaxing the rules that regulate outdoor dining while still maintaining safe physical distancing. The initiative enables restaurants to maximize the 60% indoor dining capacity required by the state allowing dining on sidewalk, in on-street parking spaces, and in private parking lots; it also enables street closures for additional potential seating.

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Announcing Karin Liljegren, FAIA, IIDA

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We're excited to formally announce that Karin Liljegren, our firm’s founder and principal, has been elevated to the AIA's prestigious College of Fellows. Each year since 1952, AIA leaders have recognized a tiny subset of members for their exceptional contributions to the field of architecture. Karin was commended for elevating the architect’s role in urban revitalization and for creating a nationally applicable model in the practice of adaptive reuse.

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On May 22, Omgivning Trades Notes with Beyer Blinder Belle & Kliment Halsband

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If you're curious about how preservationists and adaptive-reuse architects balance historic aesthetics with long-term usability, sign up for the Trading Notes webinar on May 22, run by our friends at The Architect's Newspaper.

Our own Karin Liljegren, FAIA, will be joining Richard Southwick, FAIA, LEED AP, and Frances Halsband, FAIA, as they discuss their approach to projects, with lessons applicable to interventions all over the world.

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Open for Business: Interstellar, Our Newest Restaurant Project

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Introducing our latest project: Interstellar!

Opening a restaurant isn't easy, no matter the timing. Opening one right now takes serious courage—and support. Located in a prime site in Santa Monica, they've not only launched, they’re up and running for takeout and delivery!

We recommend the branzino ochazuke with a drink from their excellent beer selection.

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What Do Architects Want from a Green New Deal?

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It's exciting to imagine that the Green New Deal might turn more real if the 2020 election goes... in a certain direction. For this piece by The Architect's Newspaper, Karin Liljegren talked about her wish list for the legislation.

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