News

Press

  • From dilapidated strip to destination—the comeback story of Lancaster, California.

  • Local coverage of the Congress for the New Urbanism's 2014 conference in Buffalo, NY where Moule & Polyzoides' Stefanos Polyzoides presented a plan to revitalize the downtown harbor area.

  • "Better! Cities & Towns" writes about the Lancaster Boulevard Transformation and it's EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

  • Kaid Benfield reports about the Moule & Polyzoides redesign of Lancaster Boulevard, which has transformed the City's downtown and how it fits with Lancaster's enlightened planning initiatives.

  • The Congress for the New Urbanism reports that the Lancaster Boulevard Transformation received the top prize in the EPA's Smart Growth Awards for 2012.

  • Video about the Lancaster Blvd Transformation, shown at the 2012 Smart Growth Achievement Awards ceremony.

  • Kaid Benfield blogs about the 2012 winners of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Growth Achievement Awards.

  • Los Angeles Times article about the Lancaster Bouelvard Transformation receiving the EPA's National Award for Smart Growth Achievement.

  • Rye Baerg visits Lancaster Boulevard to experience "the amazing transformation" of Lancaster's downtown and describes the street redesign as "a resounding success for businesses and residents."

  • Greg Konar, AICP visits Lancaster Boulevard for the first time in seven years to enjoy the cafes and shopping and experience the "astonishing" transformation of Lancaster Boulevard, which is now "the hottest street in Antelope Valley."

  • "Curbed LA" report about the Moule & Polyzoides design for the 145,000-square-foot commercial project planned for Pasadena's historic Playhouse District.

  • Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides discuss their practice, New Urbanism, their partnership and their life together in Pasadena.

  • Los Angeles Times interview with Stefanos Polyzoides, who reflects on his early years and education, the New Urbanism, pet peeves and current projects—plus living, loving, and working with his partner, Elizabeth Moule.

  • Urban Land Institute article about our integrated design approach to sustainability in the LEED-Platinum Robert Redford Building for the NRDC, which included many passive strategies as well as high-tech solutions to green design.

  • A CBS news report about new signs that Americans are beginning to make big changes in where they live, what they drive and how they get to work as gas prices zoom ever higher.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports about changing housing and commuting habits of Americans, focusing on Del Mar Station.

  • Del Mar Station sets an example for car-free, sustainable living writes Pasadena Magazine of the innovative mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

  • An in-depth look at green buildings designed for environmental organizations, featuring a profile of the Robert Redford Building for the NRDC.

  • Ms. Magazine profiles women who have taken the lead in building sustainable places to live and work, featuring the Robert Redford Building for the NRDC and its architect, Elizabeth Moule.

  • New York Times article about frustration with ever worsening traffic features Del Mar Station Transit Village.

  • The Planning Report interviews Stefanos Polyzoides about the opportunities that the Los Angeles region faces.

  • Terrain.org interview with Stefanos Polyzoides that ranges from New Urbanist philosophy to the Community of Civano, Del Mar Station, desert urbanism and the architecture of place.

  • In response to the growing awareness of the effect that buildings have on the natural environment, Jeffrey Kaye of KCET-LA reports on efforts to build in a sustainable manner, focusing on the LEED-Platinum Robert Redford Building that we designed for the NRDC.

  • Interior Design magazine profiles the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • The Next American City reports about the opening of the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • Grist reports about the opening of the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • The "green from top to bottom" Robert Redford Building the the NRDC is profiled on its opening day by the Los Angeles Times.

  • KCRW's Warren Olney reports on the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • New York Times article about the opening of the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • New Urban News article about the revitalization of Downtown Albuquerque, featuring Alvarado Center.

  • Pasadena Weekly article about Del Mar Station Transit Village.

  • Report from the Council on the New Urbanism, focusing on urban infill development. Features three Moule & Polyzoides projects: Del Mar Station Transit Village, Mission Meridian Village and UCLA SW Campus Graduate Student Housing. Includes two essays by Stefanos Polyzoides: "Housing Fabric as Town Form" and "The Plazas of New Mexico."

  • Los Angeles Times article profiling the partners and the philosophy behind their practice.

  • John Dutton's book explores how many American architects have reclaimed urban and suburban land development as an important, contemporary architectural issue. Included are critiques of Alvarado Center, Hueco New Town, Civano, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

  • Places article by Todd Bressi about Alvarado Center in Albuquerque.

  • Catalog to the 1994 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which included Playa Vista and the Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.

  • A survey of Los Angeles' most provocative buildings and landmarks, with an architectural analysis of the entire period of the city's development. Includes contextual discussion of several Moule & Polyzoides projects: Pomona College Harwood-Lyon Court, Beverly Hills Golden Triangle Enhancement, Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan and Playa Vista.

  • A guide to the New Urbanism, with case studies of many pioneering projects, including three by Moule & Polyzoides: Playa Vista, University of Arizona Highland District Master Plan and the Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.

Projects

  • Fresno, California: This new plan addresses the long-term challenges of Fresno’s 7,200-acre core area, including the Fulton Corridor, the historic Fulton Mall and surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Plaisance, Mauritius: A new 45-acre city center adjacent to the international airport in Mauritius, Plaisance Aeroville comprises two distinct places: a mid-rise retail and office campus and a low-rise mixed-use village.

  • Los Angeles, California: Leveraging recent public investment in four new Gold Line stations, this new Plan will enhance the public realm through a variety of innovative design, landscape, transportation, economic and preservation strategies.

  • Beverly Hills, California: A new urban park, a 220-bed luxury hotel, a mixed-use office and retail building and 1,000 subterranean parking stalls reinvigorate the core of Beverly Hills, linking the walking streets of Cañon and Beverly Drives.

  • Paso Robles, California: The Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan provides a vision for a 1,000-acre, 245-block planning area, merging rich historic traditions with contemporary needs.

  • Santa Ana, California: Santa Ana’s historic center is being transformed, rectifying the urban renewal-based practices of the past 40 years and leveraging the area’s historic and cultural character to attract new investment and reaffirm the City's identity.

  • Freeport, New York: The Building a Better Freeport Vision Plan has become a regional and national model for revitalizing aging commercial corridors with transit-oriented development to establish economic vitality and community place-making.

  • Lancaster, California: The redesign of Lancaster Boulevard focuses on establishing a lively public realm with reconfigured streets, plazas, paseos and other public spaces to remedy the loss of the City’s traditional downtown character.

  • Lancaster, California: The City's downtown redevelopment and strategies to bring more pedestrian activity to the main street prompted the relocation of the Lancaster Art Museum to an existing 1950s building in the City’s downtown.

  • Cotati, California: The faded downtown of Cotati, a Sonoma County city with a rich local history, has been revitalized with a charrette-led Specific Plan and Form-Based Code that articulates historically sensitive restoration and new development.

  • Tehachapi, California: The Tehachapi form-based General Plan, based on an urban-to-rural transect, focuses on understanding how this community can succeed economically while preserving its rural small town character.

  • King City, California: Immediately east of King City’s historic downtown lies 500 acres owned by Smith Monterey, a farming company that has owned the land since the early 1960s.

  • Whittier, California: The Uptown Whittier Specific Plan updates the City’s 220-acre, 33-block historic retail core, preserving and drawing inspiration from the unique character and architectural styles of the area’s many historic buildings.

  • Pasadena, California: Del Mar Station is a Transit-Oriented Development surrounding a prominent Metro Rail stop on the Gold Line, which connects Los Angeles and Pasadena.

  • Ventura, California: Situated near the historic San Buenaventura Mission, this project reintroduces the courtyard housing typology of Southern California’s past with 41 units over a 50-car subterranean parking garage.

  • Los Angeles, California: A 450,000-square-foot mixed-use building sited directly across from a major downtown Metro station, Pico & Flower is an 18-story Mixed-Use Transit-Oriented Development on 1.13 acres.

  • Hollywood, California: Located in the heart of old Hollywood near Sunset and Vine, 6630 Sunset Boulevard draws upon the Art Deco tradition of Hollywood’s boom in the 1920s and 1930s with a contemporary interpretation of that style.

  • City of Sunland Park, New Mexico: One of the largest cross-border regions of the greater El Paso/Ciudad Juarez metropolitan area, Sunland Park sits at the crossroads of the United States-Mexico border and at the juncture of three states: New Mexico, Texas and Chihuahua.

  • Santa Clarita, California: An historic Southern California community located in the 250-square mile Santa Clarita Valley, Newhall has been gradually surrounded by suburban development over the past 50 years.

  • Ventura, California: The Ventura Downtown Code is one of the first Form-Based Zoning Codes in California—the result of an extensive and detailed analysis of downtown Ventura’s existing streets, blocks, buildings, public open spaces and landscape.

  • Beverly Hills, California: The character of the Golden Triangle has been strengthened by transforming the area into a park-once district, adding improved landscape and lighting, and adopting a code to guide the design of future buildings.

  • Ventura, California: Located on a sloping site with beautiful ocean views in Ventura's pedestrian-oriented downtown, 42 North Chestnut is a mixed-use and Adaptive Reuse project with 51 condominium units on a nearly two-acre site.

  • Yorba Linda, California: The Downtown Development Plan will guide the revitalization of Yorba Linda's traditional core with a multi-faceted program that addresses retail, housing and civic issues.

  • Santa Ana, California: Located north of downtown on a one-acre site, this mixed-use project consists of 45 units of housing configured around four unique courtyards that vary in orientation, size and massing.

  • Tucson, Arizona: The Mercado District, an important component in the restoration of the historic core of Tucson, is a fourteen-block, seven-plaza plan that will include 800 dwellings and 500,000 square feet of commercial space.

  • Santa Monica, California: Among the greenest buildings in the world, the LEED-Platinum Robert Redford Building for the NRDC houses the organization's west coast headquarters.

  • Azusa, California: A component of Azusa’s new General Plan and Development Code, Azusa Station establishes a future Gold Line light rail station as the northern anchor to the City’s downtown.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Alvarado Center plan repairs the damages that 1960s urban renewal brought to Albuquerque’s historic center, adding retail, housing and offices and guiding the reconstruction of the Alavardo Hotel and the Santa Fe Depot.

  • Long Beach, California: The Long Beach Civic Center/Lincoln Park Renovation resuscitates Long Beach’s civic heart by adding 40,000 square feet of new uses and restoring the pedestrian-friendly block structure of the historic city. City

  • Los Alamos, New Mexico: The Los Alamos Downtown Master Plan transforms an area currently dominated by parking lots and controlled by suburban zoning into a vital, pedestrian-oriented Town Center with a new main street lined by mixed-use buildings.

  • Santa Monica, California: A strategy for retrofitting, rebuilding and adding public parking in downtown Santa Monica expands the City’s Park-Once circulation pattern and creates safe, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly streets.

  • Azusa, California: The Azusa Civic Center Master Plan outlines a strategy for enhancing and expanding the institutional heart of this East San Gabriel Valley city.

  • Bellflower, California: A dilapidated streetscape was revitalized with improved signage, lighting and paint, along with the removal of 1960s-era siding that revealed a beautiful art deco façade.

  • Los Angeles, California: Decommissioned in 1994, this plan for an historic Roman Catholic Cathedral preserves the building and transforms it into a Museum of Latino Culture.

  • Los Angeles, California: The transformation of Downtown Los Angeles into a highly connected, 24-hour, living-working city is being guided by the 30-year Los Angeles Downtown Strategic Plan.

Talks

  • Director of Design Vinayak Bharne discussed Mission Meridian Village and Del Mar Station at the 2011 Urban Land Institute TOD Summit in Pasadena, California

Thoughts