From winning an AIA award to fabricating and installing a Slanguage designed fence at the Garcia’s to changing Watts with a clean-up and live music, giving this year will only make more possible next year!
Congratulations to Mohamed Sharif, Felix Monasakanian, and Efren Soriano of B-A-D for their Merit Award of the Villegas Virtual Redevelopment designs at the AIA Next|LA ceremony!
Final designs by Bureau for Architecture & Design (Mohamed Sharif, Felix Monasakanian, and Efren Soriano) and SWA Group (Miguel Rivera and Andrew Watkins).
Final designs for the Sanchez home by SWA architects Miguel Rivera and Andrew Watkins. Fence design by Ana Rodriguez.
The event involved live performances combined with a neighborhood clean-up of Watts! Image: La Chamba lays down heavy beats while volunteers pick up trash.
SYCONS (solar powered DJs) traveled with a 2nd group of clean-up volunteers – residents greeted us, danced, and helped pick up trash in Watts!
BAD founders Mohamed and Felix, and SWA Architects Miguel and Andrew meet with Villegas to review current designs for their front fence and landscape.
SWA Architects Andrew and Miguel, and artist Ana Rodriguez discuss designs inspired by the Sanchez family.
WHP partnered with Sierra Service Project to paint the Sanchez house as part of the VRD.
As part of the Virtual Redevelopment Project, WHP organized a repainting of the Villegas house!
VRD is a program that models homes in 3D and allows design improvements to be uploaded and viewed virtual before becoming reality. Collaboration continues!
Sierra Service Project volunteers along with WHP volunteers repair fences and driveways in Watts this summer.
WHP utilizes the arts as a powerful redevelopment tool and sees the creative process as essential to problem solving.
Locally and internationally-recognized artists and architects collaborate with local families to transform their homes.
WHP implements the shared visions of neighborhood families, addresses community-wide issues and builds solutions through creative partnerships.
WHP works with local organizations, schools and universities to create onsite learning opportunities and skill building.
Located across from the Watts Towers, Los Angeles, the Platform is WHP’s hub for community-based initiatives, meetings, and events.
WHP and students from theArt Center College of Design transform St. John’s United Methodist Church. WHP’s partnerships are mutually beneficial for all participants.