Friday, September 21, 2012

PARK(ing) Day today - reclaim urban space!

This year, the third annual Las Vegas PARK(ing) day is being coordinated by Green Jelly, COLABlv and the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NASLA) and is held in the 18b Arts District on September 21, 2012 from 4:00PM to 10:00PM.  The nearest address is Artifice at 1025 S. First Street, by South Main and Charleston Boulevard.

18b is just south of downtown Las Vegas in an area bounded by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston) and Colorado Avenue. You can find out more about its restaurants, galleries and businesses on their website.

The manifesto is "Reclaim your city" and the method is transforming one metered parking space into a park setting for a day.

Check out the downtown 18b Arts District, enjoy a little public green space, and engage in the discussion about how urban space is allocated.  The Downtown Backyard Project (DBP) kick-off is tonight and will extend the dialogue beyond this one-day event.

Per the groups' press release, "the 9’ by 18’ wide space will be transformed into a mini-urban park complete with sod benches, an interactive wall, trees and plants to bring a much needed green space to the downtown area."  Visitors will have the option to leave comments and participate in a survey for the Downtown Backyard Project.

PARK(ing) Day started as an "open-source" event in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary studio.   Learn more about National Parking Day on the Rebar website.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Design Tools - Olioboard

We've recently discovered this amazing tool which allows designers to compile color and furniture boards with a click of the mouse.  This fun tool is called the "Olioboard".  It allows us to quickly communicate our inspirations and design directions with clients.  They can try it themselves too.

For my first Olioboard project, I gathered furniture and color pieces to create a traditional space.  A mid-tone color palette was the start of my inspiration, then the furniture came in to play.  When I think of traditional, three words come to mind - calm, orderly, and comforting.  Furniture pieces match, tables have ornate details or chunky baluster legs, sofas and living chairs are upholstered, classic moldings and trims are used on walls, wall covering with a subtle print, draped window coverings, and a large detailed area rug is used to tie to look together.

Explore the Olioboard site to discover some of the endless possibilities for creating your perfect retreat!  When you're ready for some professional design services, we're here to take that journey with you.  Call or email us for an initial consultation and let's get started!

Rochelle Aquino, Designer