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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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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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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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