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Expo Park (LA) Community-Centered Design-Build Criteria Development

June 4, 2024 in
Designing in Color (DCo) is working with Arup on Design-Build criteria for the Exposition Park Underground Parking Structure, Headquarters and Community Center, and Park (EPUHC) as a community organizer consultant. Through a community focused plan, our team collaboratively bridges the prime design team, community members, business leaders and main stakeholders in establishing a comprehensive...
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Pillar by Colour Bloc Creativ Retail

June 4, 2024 in
Designing in Color assisted with design concepts, pricing, and coordination for Pillar. Pillar by Colour Bloc Creativ is a multidisciplinary concept space based in South Central LA that blends retail, gallery, and production studio. Colour Bloc Creativ is powered by Lorenzo Diggins Jr. DCo assisted Lorenzo in producing renderings for a kick starter to...
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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
small talks:LA, in collaboration with DCo, won the competition through the @aia_la to design and 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. It is an equitable...
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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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