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Barbara Bestor Designs Community-Friendly Project in Echo Park

SCI-Arc alumna Barbara Bestor (M.Arch ‘92), principal of Los Angeles-based Bestor Architecture, has joined forces with eco-conscious local developer LocalConstruct to design and build her current project, The Blackbirds.

Located in the LA neighborhood of Echo Park, The Blackbirds is described by Bestor as a pedestrian-friendly development that introduces "stealth density" to its eclectic neighborhood. Its design is linked to the Dutch "Woonerf" concept—which stands for 'living street'— proposing a communal space around which a "micro-community" can thrive.

A sketch of the Blackbirds development by Bestor Architecture

This small lot, subdivision housing project presented Bestor and her team with the perfect opportunity to explore creative housing solutions on tight lots. Its 15-house units are clustered around an internal living street which promotes neighbor interactions and community participation.

For more details and images of The Blackbirds project, scheduled to be completed this year, visit