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2012 ANNUAL REPORT


introducing: studioMAIN who we are

what we do

studioMAIN is a design collective focused on encouraging collaboration between the creative fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Public Art, and the Construction Industries. studioMAIN works toward educating the general public about the role of good design in their daily lives, and advocates the positive effects good design provides to a person, a city, and even ecosystems. studioMAIN will work to establish and promote collaboration between the design fields and the community. These efforts challenge conventional decision-making and create opportunities for intelligent design in the built environment. studioMAIN’s first initiative is to create partnership between the UofA Fay Jones School of Architecture and the Construction Management and Applied Design Departments at UALR. Our goal is to create opportunities for their students to work together on the Design-Build House Program in the SoMa District of Little Rock. studioMAIN is focused on helping our developing designers and professionals to cultivate relationships between allied fields. Use of the studio will be available to offer learning seminars, study groups, gallery and exhibition space, as well as providing education/outreach opportunities for the general public to learn more about the design fields. studioMAIN’s ongoing mission is to improve quality of life through an improved built environment.


CONTENTS studioMAIN in-the-making 2012 ACTIVITIES 2012 FINANCIALS a look ahead


EDUCATE community ADVOCATE better design COLLABORATE allied fields CHALLENGE convention


studioMAIN in-the-making JUNE 2011 • AIA Emerging Professionals sponsor a design charette for the Arkansas Design Network (the group that eventually became studioMAIN), that centered around renovating the Rent-a-Center building at Main & 16th in a joint center for AND and the DLRCDC JULY 2011 • Meeting with Fay Jones School of Architecture & DLRCDC to discuss the promotional pamphlet that came out of the charette. OCTOBER 2011 • Started renovation of former Village Commons space at 1423 S. Main DECEMBER 2011 • Internal “soft” opening • Exhibition: MacArthur Park Masterplan (Downtown Little Rock Partnership, UACDC)


2012 ACTIVITIES GRAND OPENING


EXHIBITIONS EVENTS EDUCATION


Final construction of media cabinet and assorted other portions of the space.

JANUARY


FEBRUARY GRAND OPENING 200 Attendees

EXHIBITION “Pettaway Pocket Park” planning by a UACDC, housing design by Architecture students. Notable attendees included LR Mayor Stodala, Dr. Dean Kumpuris, Dean Jeff Shannon, Marlon Blackwell, Steve Luoni


studioMAIN dragon SoMa Mardi Gras parade

MARCH EXHIBITION Almost Arkopolis: the history of our downtown First self-generated exhibit.


EXHIBITION Almost Arkopolis: the history of our downtown (continued)

LUNCH & LEARN York Manufacturing: Thru-Wall Flashing by M.W. Escue

APRIL


MAY EXHIBITION

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S U R FA C E S O L U T I O N S

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Citrus Spice Best of Show

Kim Prescott PSW Architects Jessica DeBerry PSW Architects Materials: Eykon Wallcovering & Surface Solutions Tile

Student Perception UACDC students re-envision South Main Street Wine & Design Fashion Show Winners

LUNCH & LEARN Differential Movement and Expansion Joints in Brick Veneer by Acme Brick

K I M B A L L

FABRIC

WILSONART

LAMINATE

Blue Tang

Honorable Mention (Professional) Gozde Gursoy Curtis Stout Mayfair Fuller Jameson Architects

Materials: WilsonArt Laminates & Kimball Office Fabrics


EXHIBITION Main Street Creative Corridor Collected public votes for best student project (UA Arch) Hosted awards jury for student competition

FILM SHOWING “Clean Lines, Open Spaces” Mark Wilcken Little Rock Film Festival

LUNCH & LEARN Wilsonart Solid Surface by Plunkett Distributing

JUNE


JULY EXHIBITION Quality + Quantity: a conversation on modern furniture UALR student furniture works and design icons from Herman Miller / Workplace Resources

FILM SHOWING Charles and Ray Eames Hosted documentary film showing and short lecture by local designer Harry Loucks, who worked with the Eames.

LUNCH & LEARN Roof Detailing by Nystrom


A Little Book of Ideas for Little Rock

SoMa SoMa

PLANNING SESSION August 8th - August 10th hosted by studioMAIN

brought to you by:

CREATE studio LITTLE ROCK + MAIN

AUGUST EXHIBITION SOMAtters PopUp Planning, public planning session Create Little Rock / Chamber of Commerce

PLANNING PopUp Main Street Hosted targeted planning session for PopUp Main Street with members of major downtown organizations and departments of the City of Little Rock

LUNCH & LEARN Wausau Window Summit


EXHIBITION SOMAtters (continued) PopUp Planning, public planning session Create Little Rock / Chamber of Commerce

deeply rooted

by Stephanie Shinaberry

Bernice Garden Annual Sculpture Competition curated by studioMAIN

SEPTEMBER

comfort

by Mia Hall Photographs by Tod Swiecichowski


cantilever house Fay Jones School of Architecture Design/Build Photo by Timothy Hursley

rio roca ranch

OCTOBER EXHIBITION

Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects

AIA Design Awards Entry Boards

Photo by Walter Jennings

crystal bridges museum store Marlon Blackwell Architect

LUNCH & LEARN Roofing System Solutions ACE Mentor Program interest meeting

Photo by Timothy Hursley


NOVEMBER EVENT PopUp Main Street

EXHIBITION PopUp Main Street Create Little Rock / Chamber of Commerce Developing Identity: the people and places of the south main community landscape architecture student films

LUNCH & LEARN Soprema Waterproofing


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NOVEMBER 07, 2012

'PopUp' event brings future to South Main by Leslie Newell Peacock

@eyecandypeacock

It's not a festival, Friday and Saturday's "PopUp Main Street" event, though it will be festive, with music, food and vendors of stuff. Its main

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purpose, though, is to test an idea: What if South Main Street was altered from a four-lane to a two-lane, divided by a landscaped median and bookended with bike lines? What if the traffic was slowed down a tad to make crossing the street safer and draw attention to the businesses lining the street? The idea: That it will help revitalize a section of Main that businesses and neighbors are trying to make vital again. You could think of the event, on Main from Interstate 630 to 15th Street, as a life-sized mock-up — or what organizers call a "living street experiment" — happily coinciding with 2nd Friday Art Night and continuing into Saturday. The "PopUp" — a term for a temporary and high-energy event — is a project of the design collective StudioMain and the Chamber of Commerce's Create Little Rock young professionals group. Inspired by the national Better Block initiative, the Create Little Rock group asked the architects of StudioMain to plot out, with the help of neighborhood, business and city interests, a future vision for South Main. Several architectural balloons have been floated for the revitalization of the South Main neighborhood — or SOMA. The "PopUP" will "test the principles," event organizer James Meyer said, of the Project Main Street design by Polk Stanley Wilcox architect Ed Sergeant that has gotten a good reception at City Hall. The plan calls for lane revisions from I-630 to 17th Street. To help set the life-size scene, "PopUp" organizers are temporarily detouring 40 trees en route to a landscaping project to the three-block median. After a brief closure for set up, Main Street will reopen at noon Friday and 2nd Friday Art Night will be the PopUp kick-off, to coin a vigorous phrase, with the Cons of Formant providing music from 7-9 p.m. at the Bernice Garden at 14th and Main. There will also be food at the Oxford American at 13th and Main (a small sample of the menu at its future restaurant, South on Main, from Chef Matthew Bell; read more about Bell on page 56) and Midtown Billiards between 13th and 14th. Southern Gourmasian, Taqueria Alicia, Wishbone's, Bryant's BBQ and Catering and Philly's to Go food trucks will fill the lot opposite the OA (formerly parking for Juanita's). Goodwill will operate a store in a vacant building on the east side of the intersection of 14th Street and Main and Etsy Little Rock will have vendors on the street. At deadline, the Dunbar Community Garden was considering joining the vendors.

DECEMBER EVENT

StudioMain, at 1423 Main St., will be the "home base" for the event, said Meyer, who is an associate at Witsell, Evans, Rasco architectural firm. On exhibit there will be the Arkansas chapter of the American Institute of Architects' 2012 Arkansas Honors awards as well as information on the PopUp planning. North on Main, an installation of painted doors by University of Arkansas at Little Rock art students will be placed around the vacant United Systems building across from Community Bakery. The Oxford American and UALR students were planning an exhibit at the magazine's office at press time. Saturday's "PopUp" runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with DJ King Julian providing music from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Central High Jazz Band is tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoon. There will be canine as well as people traffic at a dog park on the grassy lot in back of the EZ Mart at 14th and Main (across Scott from the Villa Marre). The "PopUp" event runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Main will return to its regular four-lane configuration on Sunday; it will be closed at 10 a.m. for crews to restore the street.

AIA Christmas Party


MAGAZINE ARTICLES StudioMain: an architectural Dreamworks | Art Notes | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art

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FEBRUARY 08, 2012

StudioMain: an architectural Dreamworks

New South Main design center opens Friday. by Leslie Newell Peacock

@eyecandypeacock

Imagine planning a neighborhood or commercial area that considers

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building design, materials and construction; economics; the environment; aesthetics; social interaction; safety, landscaping and transportation, all incorporated in a way the people who will live or work there want — and all before the first swing of a hammer. Then imagine StudioMain. StudioMain, at 1423 S. Main St., created by a collective to bring designers together to share ideas, present talks and exhibit architectural designs, will hold its grand opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 10, as part of the 2nd Friday Art Night event downtown. On exhibit will be plans and a model for Pettaway Park, a pocket neighborhood proposal for land owned by the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp. on Rock Street between 17th and 19th streets. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a city grant, 5th year architecture students and faculty of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center in

BRIAN CHILSON

AT STUDIOMAIN: Architect Jennifer Herron talks about the design incubator, which opens Friday.

Fayetteville have drawn up plans and created a model for the neighborhood, a development of houses facing a shared central park. Architects, Pettaway residents and members of the DLRCDC worked together on the plan, tweaking it to suit neighborhood desires for porches, for example, and various floorplans that would allow construction of nine homes at a cost of $100,000 a unit. Pettaway Park may never be built — at least not in this economy — but the plans for it will serve as a starting point for conversation about how the neighborhoods of the future could develop. That is one of the goals of StudioMain — to be an incubator of good design.

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"Emerging professionals" — the architects' term for young colleagues who are just out of school or just licensed — put in "sweat equity" to get the storefront ready for Friday's opening, architect

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Jennifer Herron said. But the idea to bring architects, builders, suppliers, advocates for trails and parks, engineers and more together to forge workable design ideas has been plotted for four years. Herron and others, including architect Joe Stanley, developer Page Wilson and young professionals like James Meyer, want StudioMain to be a resource to urban planners and a creative outlet for architects outside the workplace, a place where problems are worked out ahead of construction and where community input is welcomed. StudioMain should be useful to the city of Little Rock, which has no urban planning department of its own. Future exhibits will include plans for the Southside Main Street Project (SOMA) that UA Community Design Center students are working on, ideas for the Creative Corridor north on Main around the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and a third home designed for the Pettaway neighborhood by the UA's other student design studio, Design Build. Meyer envisions lectures on topics as varied as public art, needed changes in city codes, bike paths and furniture design. If it sounds like the use of StudioMain is open-ended, it is. Meyer, who has worked the past three months getting lighting and furniture and materials donated to the space, said, "We'll finish the space and then figure out what the heck it is we're actually doing." FYI: The Green Corner Store next door will be offering free tastings of Kent Walker Artisan Cheese


2012 FINANCIALS TOTAL INCOME

$26,807 INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

BUSINESS

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS 1 2   3   4   5  

ASSOCIATION / FOUNDATION


TOTAL EXPENSE

$26,017 OTHER INSURANCE / LEGAL

RENT

UTILITIES 1 2  

ADS / PROMO 3 4   5   6  

AWARDS ASSOCIATION / FOUNDATION


INCOME EXPENSE

2012 CASH FLOW $12,000

$11,000 $10,000 $9,000 $8,000 $7,000 $6,000 $5,000 $4,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC


Date JANUARY

Payment Out Income  Received Balance $458.04 $1,600.00 $1,141.96 $1,850.00 $1,545.29

FEBRUARY

$1,446.67

MARCH

$1,521.67

$800.00

$823.62

APRIL

$868.24

$750.00

$705.38

MAY

$132.25

$300.00

$873.13

JUNE

$11,856.07

$11,827.00

$844.06

JULY

$671.78

$0.00

$172.28

AUGUST

$715.82

$1,100.00

$556.46

$6,300.00

$6,000.00

$256.46

OCTOBER

$629.53

$780.00

$406.93

NOVEMBER

$272.88

DECEMBER

$1,144.11

$800.00

$789.94

2012 TOTAL

$26,017.06

$26,807.00

$789.94

SEPTEMBER

$1,000.00 $1,134.05


501(c)(3) FEDERAL INCOME TAX EXEMPT


ANI-RRG MEMBER-INSURED


In our first year, studioMAIN received

+ 1,000

VOLUNTEER HOURS

from design professionals & community members


a look ahead JANUARY 2013 • Envision Little Rock Competition Announcement (City of LR, Keep LR Beautiful) FEBRUARY 2013 • EXHIBITION: Year-in-Review MARCH 2013 • Envision Little Rock Competition Kick-Off • EXHIBITION: Pettaway Masterplan


FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS Glen Woodruff - President of studioMAIN Board | WD&D Architects Chris East, AIA | Cromwell Architects & Engineers Jennifer Herron, AIA | Herron Horton Architects James Meyer, Assoc. AIA | WER Architects Joe Stanley, AIA - Secretary / Treasurer of s/MAIN Board | Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Allison Vandever, Assoc. AIA | Cromwell Architects & Engineers Shannon Wallace, Assoc. ASLA | EDG Landscape Architects Page Wilson | Paul Page Dwellings, General Contractors

FOUNDING VOLUNTEERS David Anderson, Assoc. AIA | Village Commons Dana Vickerson, Assoc. AIA | Jackson Brown Palculict Architects Mason Ellis, Assoc. AIA | WER Architects

FOUNDING SUPPORTERS Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas Arkansas AIA, Central Arkansas Section Emerging Professionals of Arkansas AIA Anita Davis, Bernice Gardens of Little Rock City of Little Rock

ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS Architecture & Design Network - June Freeman, Director UALR Applied Design Program ASID, Arkansas Chapter Metroplan of Central Arkansas


1423 South Main Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 www.studio-main.org info@studio-main.org

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