Civic Projects: Publication of The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the Near Future was a collaboration between experts in many fields that resulted in an artful book about the future of cars, streets and public policy in Southern California. Civic Project’s mission is to initiate and develop projects that break down silos between organizations and different types of expertise. Osborn is a multi-disciplinary architecture firm accommodating public and private clients throughout Southern California. Their work has received 18 AIA awards and been published in numerous publications, including the LA Times, Architectural Record, and New York Times. The Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) is a non-profit, community-based, human social services organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for South Central Los Angeles residents. In April of 2012, California State Parks annnounced the award to WLCAC of $4.9 Million in Proposition 84 grant funds for a new urban farm park and community center in Watts. Project Food LA (PFLA) was formed to bring diverse, creative voices to issues of food and justice in Los Angeles. Since its founding, PFLA has staged a series of provocative events in diverse locations in the city from panel discussions to tree plantings. PFLA has been engaged with Mudtown Farms, holding events, tours, and advocating for the realization of this important project.
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1 Submitted Idea
- 2013 Grants Challenge
The Pick Up, Pop-Up Produce Station provides reliable access to fresh, affordable and healthful food grown in community gardens to commuters and local residents in the vicinity of transit stations. The project impacts community health by improving food access and proposes a replicable prototype implementable across the county. This prototype is adjacent to the 103rd Street / Watts Towers Blue Line Station. We propose to install a dismountable produce stand in close proximity to the station accessible from 103rd street, capturing pedestrian activity. The produce station will be packable, transportable and will transform into an active and engaging retail environment accommodating daily selling of produce, as well as serving as a backdrop for special events. Mudtown Farms in conjunction WLCAC will provide the fresh produce from their local farm located five blocks from the station. The Watts Labor Community Action Committee will provide operational support for the Pop-Up Produce Station through training and administering a workforce, offering other administrative support, and community outreach. In order to make people aware of the project, a series of events centered on the Pop-Up Produce Station will be staged by Project Food LA to activate the relationship between the transit hub and the food system. Osborn Architects will design and oversee the construction and initial deployment of the produce stand, obtain necessary approvals, and involve the stakeholders in the design process. Project Food LA will administer programming and special events to the Pop-Up Produce Station at its initial installation. Civic Projects, along with Osborn, will coordinate implementation and communication between the stakeholder organizations and agencies, and provide a strategic planning infrastructure so the project can be successfully maintained for the ongoing, achievement of project goals for a duration of five years by the WLAC and Project Food LA – the project goals being to provide reliable access to fresh, affordable and healthful food to commuters and local residents at the 103rd Street / Watts Towers Blue Line Station.