CDS | WORK | Inglewood Sign Tower

SIGN TOWER STUDIES

The Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center will include a range of facilities beyond the NBA arena, headquarters for the team and business operations. Among these are a series of indoor-outdoor “sky gardens” for visitors to enjoy food and drinks. Other facilities include a multi-purpose plaza featuring a concert stage, community basketball courts and outdoor space with a large LED screen to watch Clippers Playoff games and movie premieres. “I want the Clippers to have the best home in all of sports,” said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. “What that means to me is an unparalleled environment for players, for fans, for sponsors and for the community of Inglewood.”

“Our goal is to build a facility that re-sets fans’ expectations while having a transformative impact on the city we will call home,” he added. The centre is slated for completion in 2024 to coincide with the expiration of the Clippers’ lease at its current home at the STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The privately-financed project is expected to revitalise its plot on a vacant land under the flight path of Los Angeles International Airport, and bolster the economic activity of Inglewood, a city in southwest Los Angeles County with thousands of new jobs. These include an estimated 10,000 construction jobs, as well as more than 1,500 permanent jobs.


Project Name

Condor Public Plaza

Typology

Commercial 

Location

Inglewood, CA

Year

2019

Status

Design Development

Size

150,000 sq ft

Client

Aecom

Collaboraters

Aecom, Hood Design Studio, Walker Consultants

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Pariya Mohammaditabar, Caglar Gokbulut, Noah Zaccaglini


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CDS | WORK | West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor TOD Strategic Implementation Plan

WEST SANTA ANA BRANCH TRANSIT CORRIDOR TOD STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

The West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Transit-Oriented District Strategic Implementation Plan will provide holistic land use and economic development strategy for the 14 communities along an industrial/manufacturing corridor with low levels of development, disadvantaged populations, and some of California’s most impacted environmental justice census tracts.  The 20-mile corridor, extending from Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles to the City of Artesia, is in need of a unified TOD strategy to leverage the investment of a future transit corridor. 

Most of the communities in the project area are identified as disadvantaged communities and home to 1.2 million residents. The Plan responds to the unique needs of these communities to pursue TOD strategies that can spur investment and improve infrastructure while limiting displacement. The effort is part of an FTA TOD Pilot Program that provides an implementation strategy for TOC plans for each of the 15 station areas along the corridor.


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

Los Angeles County, California

Year

2017-2019

Status

Completed

Size

9,750 Acres

Client

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Collaboraters

Patricia Smith Landscape Architect, HR&A Advisors, Inc, Arellano Associates

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Ashwini Dhamankar, Sijin Sun, Saswati Das, Marisa Lopez, Caglar Gokbulut, Pariya Mohammaditabar, Sameer Ameen, Jim Leggitt, Stacey Rigley


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CDS | WORK | Southside Los Angeles Transit District Masterplan

SOUTHSIDE LOS ANGELES TRANSIT DISTRICT MASTERPLAN

The Southside Transit District Master Plan provides development standards and design guidelines for the emerging area of the Southside Neighborhood,  strategically located within a mile of the downtown core and the University of Southern California. Comprising a gross area of over 340 acres, it is bounded by Santa Monica Freeway to the north,  Harbor Freeway to the west, Central Avenue to the east, and Adams Boulevard to the south. 

Due to the pace of development, the Southside Neighborhood is envisioned as an extension of greater Downtown Los Angeles and is a transit-oriented district served by two Blue line stations on Washington Boulevard and an Exposition line station on Flower Street. These transit lines connect the neighborhood to Pasadena in the north, Long Beach in the South, and West Los Angeles in the west.  The Master Plan recommends the development of a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use character along Washington Boulevard.  This is complemented by a diversity of housing types within a 5-10 minute walking radius from transit stations and denser development proposed along the two major freeways. (Project directed by Farooq Ameen prior to City Design Studio)


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

Los Angeles, California

Year

2006

Status

Completed

Size

340 Acres

Client

Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles

Collaboraters

Studio 111

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Giancarlo Renella, Noah Zaccaglini


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CDS | WORK | Watts Central Avenue Corridor Masterplan

WATTS CENTRAL AVENUE CORRIDOR MASTERPLAN

The Watts Central Avenue Specific Plan is a Corridor Study of a mile-long 75-acre plan area in the Watts Corridor Redevelopment Project in South Central Los Angeles. The project will establish land use and zoning, building design, and streetscape standards along Central Avenue in the project area. The project will be one of several catalytic projects in South Los Angeles that are expected to accelerate the pace of development. The master plan assesses development opportunities along the corridor with an emphasis on determining the capacity for enhanced public improvements, a focus on retail activities, and mixed-income homeownership opportunities. 

The vision for the plan area has evolved from intensive stakeholder meetings, community workshops, and design charrettes that have involved key members of the community at critical stages. The proposed guidelines and standards are informed by extensive studies of existing conditions including land uses, building inventory, traffic intensities, open space requirements, alley conditions, parcel ownership, economic analyses, and demographics of the project area and influence area.       


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Mixed-Use, Commercial

Location

Watts Neighborhood, Los Angeles County, California

Year

2009

Status

Completed

Size

65 Acres

Client

Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles

Collaboraters

Economics Research Associates, Patricia Smith Landscape Architect, Iteris Inc., Arellano Associates, KPFF

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Tracey Scott, Dan Oyakawa, Frank Wolden


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CDS | WORK | Crenshaw LAX Transit Corridor Station Area Planning

CRENSHAW LAX TRANSIT CORRIDOR STATION AREA PLANNING

The Crenshaw / LAX Transit Corridor is about an 8-mile corridor that connects central Los Angeles to LAX primarily along Crenshaw Boulevard, Florence Avenue, and Aviation Boulevard. Station area planning for each of the eight stations anticipated private investment in transit-oriented development. 

In the first phase, at least three options of varying densities were considered for each of the station areas. Alternatives were based on best practices for TOD and responsive to cultural sensitivities, the viability in the market-place, and the potential for maximum leverage of the proposed transit investment. 

Projects ranged from sensitively scaled infill such as within Leimert Park Village to larger-scale gateway opportunities such as development opportunities adjacent to LAX. Station Area Planning involved extensive analysis and study of existing conditions including existing land use, open space, built form, transit network, cultural sensitivities, and stakeholder expectations. Our team was successful in building consensus among very diverse and polarized communities along the Crenshaw corridor. 


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

Los Angeles County, California

Year

2010-2011

Status

Completed

Size

5,000 Acres

Client

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Collaboraters

BASE Architecture, Hatch Mott Macdonald, IBI Group, Anil Verma Associates

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Tracey Scott, Giancarlo Renella, Lance Collins


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CDS | WORK | Harrisburg Transit Center Mixed-Use District Urban Design Plan

HARRISBURG TRANSIT CENTER MIXED-USE DISTRICT URBAN DESIGN PLAN

PennDOT’s Bureau of Public Transportation (BPT), the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority, and Amtrak are advancing much needed physical improvements to the Harrisburg Transportation Center (HTC). These agencies are seeking an increase in rail ridership along the Keystone Corridor as well as an increase in active transportation modes, such as walking and cycling, by improving connectivity to the HTC from surrounding communities, including the Capitol District, the Susquehanna River waterfront, Market Square and local residential neighborhoods.       

The HTC and surrounding properties possess great potential for supporting Transit-Oriented Development with residential and commercial mixed-use development. The HTC TOD Station Area Master Plan will facilitate the implementation effort and leverage access to public transportation and incorporate features encouraging transit ridership from the vicinity. The proposed expansion of HTC’s multi-modal transportation services should serve as the foundation for the transit-oriented redevelopment of surrounding and underutilized properties.


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Year

2016

Status

Completed

Size

125 Acres

Client

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Collaboraters

BASE Architecture, Michael Baker International

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Andrew Matsumoto, Yishan Lo, Pariya Mohammaditabar


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CDS | WORK | DeCoding Aging Urbanism

DECODING ASIAN URBANISM

DeCoding Asian Urbanism explores the current discourse and creation of innovative architecture and urban interventions that are effectively transforming the spatial and operational landscape of the complex Asian city. The focus is to highlight efforts that strategically embrace the rapid growth and the cultural and physical complexity of the built environment in Asia. The research builds on an exhibition at the A+D Architecture +Design Museum>Los Angeles, curated by Kenneth Frampton, Ken Yeang, and Farooq Ameen. The comprehensive effort includes the exhibition, a symposium, and accompanying publication intended to stimulate dialogue between designers, policymakers, and public officials who are shaping the Asian city today.

While the scale and pace of 21st-century urbanization is staggering and unprecedented, new urban development in Asia alone in the next two decades will likely exceed the urban growth worldwide of the last two hundred years. While Asian cities have historically drawn on their history and regional culture, this critical assimilation has been vastly superseded by the sheer velocity of urban growth inspired by external/global/western models. DeCoding Asian Urbanism focuses on those critical interventions that go beyond globalization to achieve a substantive systemic innovation in the Asian City.


Typology

Research, Urbanism

Location

Asian Cities

Year

2012-2020

Status

In Progress

Size

Client

Collaboraters

A+D (Architecture and Design Museum), Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asian Institute, Bengal Foundation, Art Center College of Design, Columbia University, Beijing University

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Ovgu Nurozler, Nathaniel Berg, Maria Jose Herrero Gonzalez, Sameer Ameen, Brian Newman, Prem Mehta, Ibai Rigby, Stacey Rigley


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CDS | WORK | E-Street BRT Corridor Joint Development Masterplan

E-STREET BRT CORRIDOR JOINT DEVELOPMENT MASTERPLAN

The comprehensive development strategy for the E Street Corridor establishes strategic guidelines for development that leverages the potential for transit-oriented development along the 3.75 miles of the E Street corridor, which is expected to be the recipient of substantial new transportation infrastructure development over the next decade. The analysis and resulting strategic plan components support the City of San Bernardino’s integrated strategy in the augmentation of its housing stock within the context of the overall development. 

The conceptual framework for residential development focuses on the potential to establish catalytic projects that can consolidate neighborhoods and meet the housing demand. The strategy illustrates the design of residential prototypes on selected sites within the plan area. It also establishes planning and design criteria that establish the relationship between development, open-space linkages, and transit infrastructure. The Omnitrans Bus Rapid Transit system will run along the length of the E Street Corridor beginning at CSU San Bernardino and passing through the downtown area along E Street, to Loma Linda Hospitalbolster the economic activity of Inglewood, a city in southwest Los Angeles County with thousands of new jobs. These include an estimated 10,000 construction jobs, as well as more than 1,500 permanent jobs.


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

San Bernardino, California

Year

2009

Status

Completed

Size

750 Acres

Client

City of San Bernardino Community & Economic Development Department

Collaboraters

Economics Research Associates

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Tracey Scott, Noah Zaccaglini


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CDS | WORK | Downtown San Bernardino Mixed-Use TOD Msterplan

DOWNTOWN SAN BERNARDINO MIXED-USE TOD MASTERPLAN

The e-street Urban Block Development Strategy Plan considers the incremental development of an entire city block close to the downtown core. This is the first phase of the implementation of the Conceptual Strategy Plan for the E-Street Corridor This effort facilitated the Economic Development Agency to identify strategic development opportunities for transit-oriented development that leverages the potential of substantial new transportation infrastructure over the next decade. The Urban Block Plan considers the southeast block of E Street from 5th Street to 6th Street and occupies about 8 acres. 

The proposed illustrative program builds on the original program of housing and retail uses. The open space network within the block is aligned to connect it to existing parks adjacent to the Caltrans headquarters in the block south of 5th Street. The site is anticipated to be developed in stages to accommodate existing demand and absorption levels over a period of time. Under-utilized or vacant properties may be acquired and developed as they become available until the entire block may be consolidated.


Typology

Masterplan, Urban Design, Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use

Location

San Bernardino, California

Year

2010

Status

Completed

Size

4.5 Acres

Client

City of San Bernardino Community & Economic Development Department

Collaboraters

Market & Feasibility Advisors

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Tracey Scott, Jim Leggitt, Noah Zaccaglini


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CDS | WORK | Shanghai Zizhu International High Tech Zone TOD Masterplan

SHANGHAI ZIZHU INTERNATIONAL HIGH TECH ZONE TOD MASTERPLAN

The Zizhu High Tech Zone R&D II TOD Core Area is located on the banks of the Huangpu River. The Urban Design Framework acknowledges the agricultural origins of the land and seeks to engage nature and the city in the heart of the Transit Oriented District which is the southern terminus station of transit lines from the center of Shanghai. The framework establishes key principles to provide a vibrant community that can attract and engage talented individuals to maintain an innovative eco-system. 

A key goal is to provide millennial residents with walkable, creative neighborhoods that connect nature and urban activity through a network of open spaces of various configurations. These include:

TOD Urban Plaza: The plaza at the heart of the community is projected to bring thousands of individuals that will use the four metro stations.

Talent Street: Located adjacent to Talent Housing, this is a unique street with ground-level active uses.

Urban Promenade: The major north-south corridor connects the existing universities to the TOD Core.

Skywalk: This is a meandering upper-level walkway along the western banks of the canal.


Typology

Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use, Urban Design, Masterplan

Location

Shanghai Zizhu International High-Tech Zone,, Minhang District, China

Year

2018-2019

Status

Development in Progress

Size

250 Acres

Client

Shanghai Zizhu Hi-tech Development Park / GAFCON

Collaboraters

Skyport Studio, McCullough Landscape Architecture, Gensler

Design Team

Farooq Ameen, Ashwini Dhamankar, Sijin Sun, Sameer Ameen


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