COMPETITION - WALK THIS WAY
CLA was a finalist for the Walk this Way, Oakland competition. The aim of the competition was to provide a conceptual design approach that would transform the I-880 underpass into a safe, walkable and iconic passageway that would connect downtown Oakland to the Jack London Waterfront.
DESIGN APPROACH - OAKLAND A PLACE OF PHYSICAL & SOCIAL MOVEMENT
From the Great Migration to the movement of goods through the Port of Oakland. From passionate demands for justice to immigrants seeking sanctuary. Presently, the resurgence of artists and creatives moving to the East Bay continues Oakland’s identity as one of physical and social movement. Today’s political climate, marked by sweeping privatization of public and communal property, puts not only public spaces and services at risk, but also ways of life. This is the contemporary “tragedy of the commons.” It is through the lens of physical and social movement that we aim to focus the improvements at the 880 underpasses. At a civic scale, this means a radical reclaiming of the commons under the freeway that unwittingly partitions Downtown Oakland, Old Oakland, and Chinatown from Jack London and the waterfront. A modern notion of the commons redefines stewardship of the public realm, not as a collection of discrete plazas and parks, but one that recognizes the sidewalks, streets, and leftover spaces that comprise the ligaments of an organism. Even the space below an underpass is part of our civic commons, and deserves our care.
At a human scale, this means ensuring safe movement through space in a way that encourages understanding of one’s surroundings. An honest recognition of the harsh environmental conditions under the freeway calls for an approach that brings vulnerable populations to the table and mitigates public healthissues.
Our approach seeks to build a framework, set the stage, and offer a gallery for community expression. Art by and for the community will illuminate local culture and increase connectivity between Oakland’s neighborhoods, to the waterfront, and beyond. Local pressures caused by rising population are immediate and real. Our hope is that through this process of community engagement and design we can contribute to an overall vision of growth for Oakland that is ambitious while compassionate. Oakland can and must grow in a manner that celebrates existing ways of life.
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.
Client: San Francisco State
The proposed design, for San Francisco State University Health Center Atrium seeks to provide a calm and tranquil space for patients, staff and visitors to enjoy. The atrium is framed by two semi-circular groves of densely planted paperbark maples inspired by young saplings in natural forests. 19 trees line the southeast and south walls, forming a grove about 8 feet wide. Along the northeast, north, and northwest walls, 15 trees form a grove that ranges from 4 feet to 8 feet wide. Planted 3 feet on center, the maples will compete for light and space, and develop straight, narrow trunks with upward-reaching limbs, eventually reaching an expected height of about 20 feet tall. The paperbark maples have striking reddish, peeling bark, as well as an airy leaf canopy that changes color with the seasons. The atrium is sunken and protected from the wind, and the maples provide additional thermal comfort. The maples provide dappled shade in the summer, and in the winter, will drop their leaves, allowing maximum sunlight into the space.
Client : Mpq Investment & Management LLC
Architect : Stanley Saitowitz Architects
400 El Camino, Millbrae, California
Client : Bridge Housing + Berkeley Food & Housing
Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Located in the heart of downtown Berkeley, the Berkeley Way project is a joint project with Berkeley Food and Housing (BFH) and Bridge Housing (BH). The West building will be dedicated to support and serve homeless veterans, while the East building will provide multi-family housing to those with an income of 50%-60% of the areas median income.
With an awareness for the emotional triggers that the environment can have on sensitive populations, the design seeks to maintain clear sight lines and visual permeability between the architecture and landscape for social connectivity and community safety . The design provides flexible open space for gathering events and intimate space for individual contemplation. Additionally, the courtyards are complimented by lush planting and specimen Coast Live Oak trees, native to the Berkeley area.
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 WRT Design 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.
Client : Related California
Architect: OMA/Rem Koolhaas, Fougeron Architecture, HKS, YA Studio
Transbay Block 8 redevelopment district will serve as the new transit hub for city, radiating from the Transit Center. The project’s design approach wored to open the site to the public while establishing a vibrant and livable urban development. A residential tower and two podium buildings mixed with retail space on the ground floors, are situated above a 3-level subterranean parking structure. Bound by the I-80 off-ramp and Clementina Street on the north, screening views of Caltrans’ infrastructure became crucial while reinforcing an inviting neighborhood scale with unit’s entry stoops and lush plantings to encourage a safe, friendly, and walkable street. A grand gesture connects Clementina with Folsom, the neighborhoods main street, allowing Block 8 and neighbors alike to discover more retail and open space through the site. Mixed throughout building levels, residences share a children’s play terrace, outdoor lounge and BBQ, and a community garden with additional gathering and dinning spaces.