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CicLAvia Watts : Community Action Hub

October 4, 2023 in
Designing in Color (DCo) collaborated with CicLAvia to remix the configuration of the typical CicLAvia hub to create an experience that encourages more radical participation in the future of our city by centering the Hub on a large-scale 'workshop' centered on Watts/South LA. Using the principles of design justice, by which we operate, we will...
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Community Space for Watts

September 19, 2023 in
Designing in Color was hired as the Community Engagement lead on the new Community Space for Watts. An indoor and outdoor community center that will be located in Watts on a 6.5 acre property bordered by Century Blvd to the north, Juniper St to the east, 102nd St to the south and Lou Dillon...
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CicLAvia 10/10 : Celebrate the Streets

January 12, 2022 in
Our installation design was inspired by the fruit cart—and its quintessential rainbow umbrella—as a symbol of community, resilience, pride, and delicious food. We fixated on the power of the fruit cart as an iconic symbol of CicLAvia’s love for the street. After all, what’s more LA than a fruit cart?⠀ The abstracted fruit carts...
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Cal Anderson Park: Black Lives Memorial Garden

June 14, 2021 in
Black Star Farmers sought out Designing in Color’s services to envision a new, community-centered version of Seattle historic Cal Anderson Park. Unimpressed by the city council’s concept for the site, Henderson sought DCo’s vision of community-centered, narrative-driven, experiential, and non-Eurocentric design. The DCo team approached this through a number of Guiding Principles: Narrative-Based Strategies,...
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AIA 2×8: Spatial Exchange

May 9, 2020 in
We are proud to announce that small talks:LA, the DCo collaborative, won the competition through the @aia_la to design & build the 2019 AIA 2x8 Student Exhibition. The installation, titled Exchange, was open from May 8th-June 7th 2019 at Helms Bakery in Culver City, CA. Exchange is a forward-thinking take on the traditional gallery setting....
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Small Talks LA: Chinatown

May 4, 2019 in
PART 1: INNOVATION CHALLENGE - REIMAGINE. REUSE. RECLAIM.   Saturday May 4th - Los Angeles State Historic Park - Chinatown, Los Angeles CA “If a community articulated what it stood for, what it believed in, what is aspired to be – as a city, as a neighborhood – would it have a better chance...
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RE: Starter Home

January 9, 2019 in
Designing in Color submitted a proposal to the 2017/2018 Los Angeles County Arts Commission YES to ADU Competition and were named Finalists for their proposal titled RE: Starter Home. The RE:Starter HOME appropriates the post-WWII “starter home” movement to alleviate the current housing and homeless crisis in Los Angeles through architecture that supports emotional...
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Small Talks LA: Inglewood

July 7, 2018 in
Development. Displacement. Community: A workshop highlighting Inglewood and other evolving communities in LA Saturday July 7th - (fer) studio - Inglewood, CA Hosted in collaboration with the Free School of Architecture, the 2nd installment of the Small Talks series centered around the recent development in Inglewood as a result of the new stadium planned for...
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Small Talks LA: Arts District

Small Talks LA: Arts District

March 4, 2018 in
Streetscape. Diversity. Impact: A Designing in Color Discussion about Cultural Asylums in Los Angeles Spring 2018 - Legato Studios - Arts District, Los Angeles ​ “…Los Angeles, as cities go, is an especially tough nut to crack.” – Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times Hosted by Designing in Color, the kickoff to small talks:LA focused on...
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