CLA was a finalist for the Walk this Way, Oakland competition. The aim of the competition was to provide a conceptual design that seeks to transform the I-880 underpass into a safe, walkable and iconic passageway, ultimately connecting downtown Oakland to the Jack London Waterfront.
CLA was honored to pursue this project with the following team: Future Cities Lab, blink!LAB Architecture, Alta Planning & Design, Everhart Enterprises, CHS Consultanting Group, Urban Design Consulting Engineers, and Metis Environmental Group. The CLA team was shortlisted as a a finalist.
In 2016 - 2017, UC Hastings held a competition for a new academic building and campus quad. CLA participated on a concept design for this project with WRNS Studio and Webcor Builders. The team organized the building and landscape into a seamless whole that promotes effective circulation and easy social interaction. CLA designed two main landscape spaces: the Academic Quad and the Roof Terrace. Both spaces encourage openness, flexible uses, and graceful indoor/outdoor transitions. In addition, the streetscape and main entry celebrate the new quad while providing safe and clear circulation, knitting the proposal into the urban fabric.
The Academic Quad serves as the heart of campus life. It provides a large amphitheater space that serves as a fitting stage for both the circulation and small group gatherings of every day campus life, as well as for the large crowds that gather for special events. In contrast, the Roof Terrace is a more intimate, contemplative space reserved for celebration and visioning of the future of Hastings. With its incredible views to Civic Center and beyond, the Roof Terrace provides garden rooms open to sunlight and views while sheltered from wind, places to envision the campus’ place, role, and significance in the larger world.