606 Studio

Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Landscape Architecture 606 Studio has an over 35 year tradition at Cal Poly Pomona of service to municipalities, NGOs, community organizations and other agencies who are concerned with the complex interactions between natural and human systems.  The eco-systemic focus of the MLA program and 606 projects is supported by extensive research into the bio-physical and socio-cultural inventory for the project, which is followed in the 606 process by research into and understanding of the human needs of the project constituencies.

The Department of Landscape Architecture provides exceptional value to organizations in search of a partner in the creation of documents of substance and worth. The 606 Studio is the capstone project of the Masters in Landscape Architecture program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (aka Cal Poly Pomona). Master’s candidates in the 606 Studio have developed multiple projects each year since 1976 that cover a wide variety of topics and locales. Each projects results in professionally printed vision planning documents that promise significant benefits to the public. Past clients have included federal, state, and local agencies, as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations.

606 Studio teams of three or four students provide thousands of hours of work over the course of ten to twelve months, with the support and guidance of an advisory panel of faculty at an institution with a proven record of creating vision plans. Project ranges span watershed master plans, open space and habitat management, green way planning, park design, urban revitalization, planning for climate change, Low Impact Development plans and community stewardship and conservation plans. The common thread among projects is that they address significant issues concerning resources and the physical environment through an understanding of principles of ecology in relation to biodiversity and human uses.

The scope of work for an individual 606 Studio project is both vast and deep. The teams collect and analyze bio-physical and socio-cultural data associated with their project site, delineate programming possibilities based on client, stakeholder, and community information, input and goals, and research related topics and precedents. Many projects also incorporate a substantial public outreach and comment component through the means of public meetings, focus groups, and activities. Analysis of these components and further input from the client(s) are then synthesized to develop the concept or vision for the project. The final product of the 606 Studio is a professionally produced and bound vision planning document for the client’s use to guide the strategic planning and physical realization of their goals.

For more information regarding the 606 Studio, please refer to the following topics.

  • Approach
  • Project Selection & Characteristics
  • Project Scope of Work
  • Timing
  • Budgets
  • Awards
  • Past 606 Studio Projects
  • How to Contact Us Regarding a Project
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    Approach

    Projects are carried out by teams of third-year graduate students and members of the graduate faculty. Working with the direction and continuous participation of the faculty group, graduate students perform the tasks of research, analysis, planning and presentation. Design approaches vary considerably depending on the scope and character of the project, and will address a combination of ecological, social, cultural, and aesthetic issues. Despite these variations, all projects utilize the framework of ecological design as developed by the Cal Poly Pomona graduate program. This approach stresses sensitive understanding of principles of ecology in relation to human uses.

    Projects result in professionally-printed reports that may include conceptual plans, schematic site designs, land use plans, or management studies. Past projects have covered a wide variety of topics, including

    • community revitalization
    • greenway planning and design
    • urban design,
    • historic preservation,
    • watershed planning,
    • open space and habitat management,
    • campus planning.
    • park and recreation design
    • tourism planning

    Project Selection & Characteristics

    The academic studio environment offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to explore issues and possibilities. Because it functions within an educational institution, the 606 Studio bears the responsibility to maintain academic integrity, advance the state of the art, and contribute to the public well-being. However implementation concerns and client needs demand that projects have a strong practical base, as well as display technical and professional expertise. Projects undertaken by the Studio are expected to satisfy the following criteria:

    • They must address significant issues concerning resources and the physical environment, with broad implications beyond the boundaries of the project site, and sometimes beyond the immediate concerns of the client.
       
    • They must promise to result in significant benefits to the general public.
       
    • They should be complex, requiring the application of advanced methods beyond those routinely used in the field.
       
    • Sufficient time and support must be available to explore all promising approaches, to do a thorough job, and to communicate the results clearly and completely.
       
    • The results must become public information.

    606 PROJECT CHARACTERISTICS

    In summary, there are twelve characteristics that define 606 projects.

    606 projects:

    1.  are projects that are large and complex in nature.

    2.  deal with a real issue or a challenging question related to appropriate and fitting use of the land and involving complex interactions between humans and natural systems.

    3.  involve a real site.

    4.  have a real client or sponsor to whom the student can look for assistance, advice and information. Preferably the client should look to the student for ideas, alternatives, and fresh perspectives rather than for a definitive solution. In most cases, clients will be public agencies or citizens' groups and they should be willing to join in our reviews at the end of each quarter.

    5.  include a budget.  The client will sign a research agreement with the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation if a faculty member agrees to accept responsibility for the work as Principal Investigator. In the cases of funded projects, final decisions concerning the content of the project report rests with the Principal Investigator.

    6.  need technical expertise and experts who can provide information useful in carrying out the project. Technical experts should be identified by the student teams, and the faculty will invite them to talk to the class some time during the 606 process.

    7.  have an applied design research component, since they have unanswered questions requiring the gathering and analysis of information in terms of inventory, program, analysis and precedent research.

    8.  involve sensitive, complex, and valuable environments and the use of scarce resources.

    9.  have a physical design component, requiring the development of three-dimensional form.

    10.  require data collection, analysis, planning and design considerations at three scales:

    • The project scale – the scale and scope of the project as defined by the client and the faculty
    • The regional scale – connections and implications for the project at the larger regional scale
    • Site scale – smaller, individual design aspects of the site designed by a single student in consultation with the team which illustrate aspects of the issues and objectives of the project.

    11.  use the [modified] Lyle method to examine the problem as described in John Lyle’s Design for Human Ecosystems.

    12.  produce final deliverables that may include other products but must include a final printed report [and accompanying DVDs with PDFs and source files] which incorporates graphic and written communication of the following:

    1. Site inventory and analysis including ecosystem and socio-cultural modeling
    2. Program data and analysis
    3. Functional analyses of inventory and proposed programs and how they interrelate
    4. Master plan
    5. Individual site scale designs
    6. Critical evaluation of alternatives and their impacts.

     

    Timing

    The schedule of 606 projects is fixed by the academic year. Project definition and organization begins in Late September each year, with actual work beginning in the first week of January. Work must be completed and print-ready reports submitted and approved in June. Printed documents are available in Fall.
     

    Budgets

    The client agency for each project provides funding to cover estimated direct expenses plus university overhead.  Contractual arrangements are with the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, a nonprofit corporation exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


    Awards

    Since its inception, the 606 studio has developed numerous projects that have been recognized for professional awards by a number of professional associations.  Awards received include:

    2008 Student Award of Excellence (Analysis & Planning), presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for PUBLIC SPACE AS CATALYST FOR THE REGENERATION OF SOUTH LOS ANGELES
    Student Award of Honor (Analysis & Planning),presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for KIDS AT THE CREEK:PLANTING THE SEEDS OF STEWARDSHIP AT CHOLLAS CREEK
    2002 Royce Neuschatz Award for Historic Landscapes, presented by the Los Angeles Conservancy - for the ARROYO SECO PARKWAY LANDSCAPE PLAN
    1995 Professional Merit Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for SHAPING THE FUTURE OF OWENS LAKE
    Professional Merit Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for the SANTA YNEZ RIVER PLAN
    1992 Professional Merit Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for the ENHANCEMENT PLAN FOR THE REGIONAL RESOURCES OF NORTHWESTERN SASSARI PROVINCE
    Outstanding Environmental Resource Document Award, presented by the Association of Environmental Professionals - for A MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE IRVINE COMPANY OPEN SPACE RESERVE
    1991 Professional Honor Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for A MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE TIJUANA RIVER VALLEY
    1987 Professional Merit Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for the MOJAVE RIVER BASIN: DESIGN FOR DESERT WATER MANAGEMENT
    1986 Professional Honor Award, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects - for the DESIGN FOR THE ETIWANDA/DAY CANYON AREA

    606 Studio Projects

    The 606 Studio has developed multiple projects a year since 1976.  Projects have covered a wide variety of topics for a number of federal, state, and local agencies, as well as for private non-profit and for-profit organizations. The following maps illustrate the location and extent of 606 studio planning efforts since 1976.

    606 Studio Projects Around the World
    606 Studio projects around the world, 1976-2003. Click on image to see map.

    606 Studio Projects in California and Mexico
    606 Studio projects in California and Mexico, 1976-2003. Click on image to see map.

    606 Studio Projects in the Los Angeles Region
    606 Studio projects in the Los Angeles region, 1976-2003. Click on image to see map.

    606 Project Study Areas in the Los Angeles Region
    606 Studio project study areas in the Los Angeles region, 1976-2003. Click on image to see map.

    Recent projects of the 606 Studio include:  

    Year Project
    2012

    Fire on the Fringe:  Burning Issues on the Wildland-Urban Interface for the Metropolitan Water District

     

    Access Granted:  Linking Ecological, Environmental, Educational and Economic Resources in the South San Diego Region for the State Coastal Conservancy

     

    Alleys Amplified:  Greener + Safer + Smarter Alleys for  South Los Angeles for the Trust for Public Lands

      Getting to Green:  Toward a Sustainable Cal Poly Pomona for Cal Poly Pomona
    2011

    Red Fields to Green Fields Los Angeles (R2G-LA) for the Speedwell Foundation

      Re-envisioning Open Space: Connecting multifunctional landscapes throughout the South Bay for the California Coastal Conservancy
     

    Modeling Change: Locating Opportunities for LID (Low Impact Development) for the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

    2010 Revealing Escondido Creek for the City of Escondido
     

    City of Fullerton: Filling in the Cracks; Exploring Natural Processes for the City of Fullerton

    2009 THE SANTIAGO CREEK WATERSHED: FROM PEAKS TO CREEKS
      SANTA CLARA RIVER PARKWAY PUBLIC ACCESS PLAN
      A VISION PLAN FOR THE ORMOND BEACH WETLANDS RESERVE
    2008 SIGNAL HILL NORTH SLOPE VISION PLAN
      KLAMATH RIVER COORIDOR
      THE EMERALD HORSESHOE
    2007 PUBLIC SPACE AS CATALYST FOR ATHE REGENERATION OF SOUTH LOS ANGELES for the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles
      KIDS IN THE CREEK: PLANTING THE SEEDS OF STEWARDSHIP IN CHOLLAS CREEK for Groundwork San Diego
      TRANSFORMING URBAN ENVIRONMENTS FOR A POST-PEAK OIL FUTURE: A VISION PLAN for the City of San Buenaventura
      URBAN ECOTONES: VISION PLAN FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE for California Resource Connections, Inc.
     2006 MASTER PLAN FOR R-RANCH IN THE SEQUOIAS for R-Ranch
      GREEN LINKAGES for the city of West Covina
      DEY REY LAGOON AND PARKWAY - GATEWAY OF BALLONA WATERSHED for the City of Los Angeles
      SEEING GREEN: GROUNDS FOR A RENEWED URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE, for the County of Orange
    2005 CARMEL RIVER PARKWAY VISION PLAN for The Big Sur Land Trust.
      ELKHORN CITY TRAILS PLAN for Elkhorn City Heritage Council, KY.
      HABITAT RESTORATION STUDY FOR DRY CREEK, TULARE COUNTY, CA for Sequoia Riverlands Trust.
      HAHAMONGNA PARK VISION PLAN for the City of Pasadena
     2004 PACOIMA WASH GREENWAY MASTER PLAN for the City of San Fernando, California
    LAKESIDE RIVER PARK CONCEPTUAL PLAN for the San Diego River Lakeside Conservancy
      WATERSHED DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE SAN DIEGO CREEK AND UPPER NEWPORT
    BAY for the County of Orange, California
     2003 CARR LAKE REGIONAL PARK for the City of Salinas, California
      LONG BEACH RIVERLINK: CONNECTING CITY TO RIVER for the San Pedro Bay Estuary Project
      TECATE RIVER PARK: A FRAMEWORK FOR AN URBAN RIVER ENVIRONMENT IN TECATE, MEXICO for the Fundacion La Puerta
    2002 SAN GABRIEL CONFLUENCE PARK: A RIVER-BASED URBAN NATURE NETWORK, for the Sierra Club
    SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK CONCEPTUAL PLAN, for the California Coastal Conservancy
    CULTURAL TOURISM PLAN FOR THE CENTRAL AVENUE CORRIDOR, Los Angeles, for the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
    2001 UPPER BALLONA CREEK WATERSHED:  A FRAMEWORK PLAN FOR DAYLIGHTING STREAMS, for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Stormwater Division
    A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY PLAN FOR PARKER FLATS, FORMER FORT ORD ARMY BASE, for Monterey County
    A TRAIL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION PLAN, for the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy
    POSITIONING CAL POLY POMONA AS A REGENERATIVE CAMPUS:  EXPANDING THE VISION OF THE LYLE CENTER FOR REGENERATIVE STUDIES, for the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
    REMEDIATION LANDSCAPES IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
    A PROTECTION AND REVITALIZATION PLAN FOR LAS VIRGENES CREEK
    2000 SAN GABRIEL RIVER WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN, for the San Gabriel Mountains Conservancy
    PARKS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION, for the County of Los Angeles
    A VISION FOR THE KERN RIVER VALLEY:  AN ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY, for Friends of Kern River Preserve
    ARROYO SECO PARKWAY LANDSCAPE PLAN, for Caltrans 
    1999 NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND OPEN SPACE PLAN for the Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA
    GRIFFITH PARK: DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR ENHANCED ACCESSIBILITY.
    1998 LINKING LEARNING TO LANDSCAPES.
    WINTEC GREEN MALL: A REGIONALLY BASED PROCESS FOR DESIGN.
    AN INTEGRATED-SYSTEMS APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT.
    THE MALIBU CREEK WATERSHED: A framework for monitoring, enhancement, and action for Heal The Bay & California Coastal Conservancy

    How to Contact Us Regarding a Project

    If your organization has a project which you believe matches our project criteria, and would like us to get involved, email Dr. Lee-Anne Milburn, 606 Studio Co-Principal Investigator, for more information.