HOOVER DURANT STREET CORNER LIBRARY  

Building + Outcomes

Communities often lack the infrastructure required to promote their cause. For that reason, we have built + maintained the supporting social media and physical products. FB   NEWSLETTER VIDEOS

OAK!LAB IS COMMUNITY, DESIGN + BUILDING.  IT IS ​OUR WAY TO PROVIDE DESIGN FROM A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE OF CITIZENSHIP- We are deeply concerned by the state of some neighborhoods in Oakland.  These communities reflect social and political decisions throughout history; and, consequently, but particularly, the impact is most apparent in the poorer communities. The enduring inequities are undeniable.  However, big advances in society have always been powered by people. We believe that by bringing design-skills directly to communities, we will increase their likelihood of successful transformative change towards a re-generative future. OAKLAB is the employment of design in the name of the affirmation of life in the face of imperfection.

  • ADVOCACY is strategy that is geared towards the EMERGENCE of healthier COMMUNITIES In order to do that, we embed ourselves in local, social conditions through direct participation. 
  • DESIGN projects vary in scale - from asset mapping, building design and solutions for forgotten street corners. That is where the transformative power of design lies - in its ability to respond and adapt to unique conditions.  These multi-disciplinary investigations are also social speculations unique to communities. 
  • BUILDing is physical work that RECONNECTS dreams with ACTUALIZATION.  Innovative building practices allows OakLAB to plan, design and digitally fabricate temporary and permanent structures centered around new technology, while educating communities about inventive design and building techniques. 

OAK!LAB  

HOOVER DURANT / BRING BACK OUR LIBRARY
Five-Year Strategic Campaign 

Architects can augment community voice by articulating their desires through reports and diagrams - community planning services.

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EAST OAKLAND BOXING ASSOCIATION 

Concept + Strategic Development Master Plan

After 40 years of incremental growth, it was time to re-assess existing conditions, study feasible development of the parcel and plan for a new permanent building in a more systematic and strategic manner. 

A COMMUNITY PLAN FRAMEWORK
Agency in Communities - 2015

Architects can augment community voice by articulating their desires through reports and diagrams - community planning services.

Community Advocacy
Environment Design
Building Technology

HOOVER DURANT STREET CORNER LIBRARY  

Iterate + Design

By simply bringing the issue of literacy into the public space, we reconnect the past with the present, keeping an eye on the goal - a physical library. 

INTERSECTIONS

Summer 2018

​​AUDIO     SLIDES

DEEP EAST OAKLAND - A COMMUNITY PLAN FRAMEWORK
Agency in Communities - 2018

Residents are experts of their community. By leveraging that internal knowledge and introducing architectural viewpoint, we are able to begin the framework for articulation of a future community plan.

ASSET RICH/INCOME POOR

IN-LAW UNITS - A Pathway to Economically Sustainable Communities.

Online Ideas Exchange: Racial Equity in Design​.