What is the Future of the Long Beach Civic Center?
2012-09-06 · By Editor
What is the Future of Long Beach? The AIA of Long Beach and Long Beach Heritage will open a dialogue on this question in their upcoming discussion series of that title. Beginning Monday, September 10, the first of the series focuses on “What are the possibilities for our Civic Center?”
Many cities have begun implementing public partnerships and non-traditional models of civic architecture. They are moving away from the historical centralized building in favor of a model where services are dispersed throughout the city to increase access.
What does the future of the Long Beach Civic Center look like? What did the Civic Center look like historically? What is the role of a civic center and why is it important? AIA Long Beach and Long Beach Heritage, co-sponsors of the event, ask the experts. (Read this article for an interesting history of the Long Beach Civic Center.)
The panel, moderated by Rick D’ Amato, AIA, Principal at LPA, includes Maureen Neeley, MLIS, local librarian and historian; Alan Pullman, AIA, Senior Principal, Studio One Eleven; Don Gibbs, FAIA, architect of the current civic center; and Ken O’Dell, SE, partner at MHP Structural Engineers. Introductory remarks will be furnished by Dr. Suja Lowenthal, District 2 Councilmember.
The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Aquarium of the Pacific Ocean Theater, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802. Parking is available in the Aquarium parking lot for $8. Transportation is also available on the Passport C from Downtown Long Beach at no cost. Reservations are necessary and can be made by visiting www.aialb-sb.org/events through September 7.
The next discussion of the series will be held October 24, 2012 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. and will feature questions regarding the future of the intersection of Ocean and Pine. The intersection is close to the convention center and is comprised of two vacant lots and the Ocean Center Building. Its future is of great importance to downtown development. The Downtown Plan only addresses half the intersection.