Downtown Huntington Beach Urban Design Study
Huntington Beach, CA
Building on the success of how a temporary street closure pedestrianized Main Street during the pandemic.
Project Details


Huntington Beach, CA

Practice Theme

Renewing the Public Realm

What We Did

Urban Design, Community + Culture, Activation


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The project includes activation and programming strategies to enhance public activity at Main street as well as a framework to improve and unify the streetscape of the area.

The project builds on the success of the COVID-19 pilot to create a public promenade that compliments the Pier Plaza and serves as an outdoor community living room with dining, art, shade, and lighting.




Studio One Eleven worked with the city to create a proposal that reflects their priorities and a future vision for Main Street that celebrates the vibrant qualities of Huntington Beach. The One-Way Flex Street proposal creates added space for placemaking and the public realm while continuing to maintain some vehicular circulation through the street.

It provides an opportunity to enhance the character and cohesiveness of the public realm design. The street can be closed down entirely on event days but reduced the amount of public space to be managed on an everyday basis, providing greater flexibility. The proposal is scalable and offers the possibility of being implemented in stages, so that the street can be adapted over time and as the budget allows until its completion, generating a cohesive urban landscape focused on the public realm.

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