Studio News

Spring 2015

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Backyard BI(h)OME Opening Event
June 11, 2015

cityLAB’s multi-year Backyard Homes study has recently led to the development of the Backyard BI(h)OME, a full-scale installation of an accessory dwelling unit that holds the potential to both reduce sprawl in Southern California and provide habitat for other species. To mark the BI(h)OME’s opening, cityLAB held a reception at the Broad Arts Center on Wednesday, June 10th. The event was hosted by Hitoshi Abe, Mark Gold, Peter Kareiva, and Tina Quinn, and featured a conversation moderated by Frances Anderton of KCRW's "DnA: Design with Architecture" with Jon Christensen, Dana Cuff, Kevin Daly, and Ursula Heise at 6PM.

Press Coverage
• UCLA Newsroom - A Cozy Backyard Home for People and other Friendly Species
• KCRW - Could Affordable Eco-Housing Be in Your Backyard
• Archinect - Kevin Daly's Backyard BI(h)OME Provides Affordable Housing for Humans and Wildlife
• Dezeen - UCLA Research Lab Unveils Micro Dwelling Unit to Combat Affordable Housing Crisis
• Curbed - Can This Tiny House Address the Los Angeles Housing Crisis?

Additional Links
• Backyard BI(h)OME cityLAB project page
• Backyard BI(h)OME website

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Backyard BI(h)OME Construction Continues
June 2, 2015

cityLAB’s multi-year Backyard Homes study has recently led to the development of the Backyard BI(h)OME, a full-scale installation of an accessory dwelling unit that holds the potential to both reduce sprawl in Southern California and provide habitat for other species. For the past several months, UCLA graduate students, faculty, and staff, have collaborated to construct the first-ever full scale demonstration of the Backyard BI(h)OME at the UCLA campus.

The BI(h)OME will be on display at the UCLA Broad Arts Center (2nd story courtyard, just outside of 'Untitled Cafe') this summer.

For more information, visit the Backyard BI(h)OME project page, here.
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'Weyburn Asteroid' Project is Launched
April 3, 2015

cityLAB’s Ida/Dactyl bus bench with ambient informatics lighting was recently installed at the Bruinbus stop on Weyburn Ave. between Gayley and Veteran. Created in partnership with UCLA’s Jeff Burke and REMAP, this bus bench is programmed to communicate information by lighting up in accordance to real-time Bruinbus GPS data.

To mark the project’s launch, cityLAB hosted a reception on April 3rd at Perloff Hall’s Decafe from 6:00-8:00PM. The evening begun with a brief reception and presentations by professors Dana Cuff, Jason Payne, and Jeff Burke to explain the project concept, design, and development. After this, guests participated in a guided tour to the project site to see the installation and a lighting demonstration.

For more information, visit the Ambient Informatics project page, here.

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Backyard BI(h)OME Presentation
March 18, 2015

Created as an extension of cityLAB's Backyard Homes study, cityLAB has been in the process of developing a full scale model of the Backyard BI(h)OME. This ultra-modern, lightweight accessory dwelling unit that has the potential to restructure sprawl and provide affordable housing while also enhancing habitat for other species (from an edible garden wall and attachable modular units to accommodate beneficial species to a grey water drainage system to irrigate vegetation).

On March 18, professors Dana Cuff and Kevin Daly gave a presentation of the Backyard BI(h)OME, which included presentations by A.UD students who have participated in the project’s design and construction. Pictures of the event and the construction of the Backyard BI(h)OME demonstration pieces can be seen in the gallery of images to the right.

Additional Links
• Backyard BI(h)OME cityLAB project page
• Backyard BI(h)OME website

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cityLAB Completes IS Associates Pilot Study on IT Workplace Futures
April 6, 2014

cityLAB has recently completed a report for UCLA’s IS Associates on IT Workplace Futures. The study involved performing case study evaluations on eight IS Associate member organizations representing a wide array of work/office types from Sony Pictures Entertainment and Northgate Markets to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Each case study included CIO and IT Employee interviews as well as site visits and tours of relevant office facilities. In the end, what resulted were a series of workplace observations and recommendations specific to IT work and expected needs of the future

For more information, visit the IT Workplace Futures project page, here.

Backyard BI(h)OME: Opening Reception

Backyard BI(h)OME: Opening Reception

Backyard BI(h)OME: Construction Update

Backyard BI(h)OME: Construction Update

Backyard BI(h)OME: Construction Update

Weyburn Asteroid Project Launch: Guests ride BruinBus to get to site

Weyburn Asteroid Project Launch: Guests arrive at Site

Weyburn Asteroid Project Launch: Lighting Demonstration

Backyard BI(h)OME: Installation Set Up

Backyard BI(h)OME: Reception

Backyard BI(h)OME: Reception