2010 Award Categories
Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
DES Architects + Engineers, Inc.
Cliff Garten Studio
Client: Jay Paul Company
Moffett Towers is a highly visible corporate campus that provides a visual gateway to Silicon Valley. The project exemplifies the value of integrated design through a unique, collaborative vision of landscape architect and artist, focused on sustainability. This vision led to a space that is a confluence of landscape, sculpture, and architecture to form a program of landscape sculpture—a modernist expression that defines a new pattern of development for Silicon Valley. Critical to the master planning of this extended site was to create a space where the landscape interacts at both the human scale and the architectural scale. The location, adjacent to a former airfield, gives the site another unique challenge in its permanent, uninterrupted foreground. The cluster of buildings naturally created major spatial nodes that would become the highlighted areas of the landscape through a system of plazas, paths and central features helping create a sense of movement and response to the flow of pedestrian traffic. The landscape architect focused on making this vision sustainable, by utilizing water conservation techniques of bio-swales, native and low water-use plant materials and reducing storm water run-off.
Hunters Point Shipyard—Candlestick Point Alternatives for Study
San Francisco, CA
Bionic and Arc Ecology
Client: Arc Ecology
Arc Ecology + Bionic’s 2009 Alternatives for Study reviewed the environmental, regional, sustainability, community and regional impacts of the proposed development plan for Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point. The report presented a series of sketches illustrating how the plan could be changed to improve traffic flow, park design, existing and future habitats, employment and economic development opportunities created by the project.
Trail Planning for California Communities
Julie Bondurant, Senior Park Planner and Landscape Architect
Client: East Bay Regional Park District, Board Director San Francisco Bay Trail Project
This landmark publication provides essential guidance for planners, designers, developers, land managers, decision-makers, and advocates about the planning, design, construction, funding, maintenance, and legal parameters surrounding trails in California. The 430-page book presents a comprehensive guide that can be used at all stages of the trail development process. Topics include: the purpose and value of trails, federal and state policies, developing trail plans, building community support, legal responsibilities, trail design, environmental review (CEQA and NEPA requirements), funding, and trail maintenance.
SWA Group, Hui-Li Lee
Client: Huaqiao Economical Development Zone Programme Building Bureau
Kunshan City is known historically as the birthplace of traditional opera, and for its unique canal townships in the Yangtze River Delta. In the past few decades, due to its proximity to Shanghai, the city has experienced unprecedented population and business growth, which has resulted in environmental degradation and the need for the city to remake its identity.
This project achieves synergy between development and environmental conservation, balancing these two values in a rapidly changing setting. To achieve this goal, the design team proposed an integrated approach of hydrological design and land planning, where a water treatment system becomes the central organizing structure of the site, upon which development is placed. The vision is to set up an exemplary model for responsible development, provide habitat for flora and fauna, and reconnect and nurture the relationship between people and water.
Design: Commercial and Institutional
San Francisco, CA
CMG Landscape Architecture
Client: Martin Building Company for the City of San Francisco
The design for Mint Plaza transforms a downtown back alley into a vibrant public pedestrian plaza and festival space that not only serves adjacent buildings, but also provides needed public space for the neighborhood and local workers. A simple but rich ground plane captures the alley way while an arbor brings a human scale to the space and provides a dramatic identity for the new landscape. In addition, the space is populated by dramatic light fixtures, moveable seating, benches and trees, while all site storm water is captured and treated in rain gardens and ultimately returned to the ground through a large sub-grade infiltration basin. The arbor and plaza grading subtly delineate zones of day to day use for dining areas, performance space and vehicle access, while the plaza remains a flexible open space to serve any number of events and program.
Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
LA Waterfront Gateway Plaza and Fountain
San Pedro, CA
AECOM Design + Planning, San Francisco
Client: Port of Los Angeles
The Gateway Plaza and Fountain is the most recent stand-alone phase of a long-term plan to transform 400 acres of industrial Port of Los Angeles property along a seven-mile stretch of waterfront into public open space. Designed to reconnect the community with its waterfront, improve environmental quality and create new economic opportunities, the LA Waterfront Regeneration project has already dramatically changed the appearance of the Port’s working waterfront and spawned new development in the town. A major component of this development, the Fountain is a bold and dramatic feature that heralds the transformation of industrial land to public use and celebrates the future regeneration of San Pedro. The Fountain is located at the embarkation point of the Los Angeles World Cruise Center and the terminus of the last operational remnant of LA’s once extensive Red Car streetcar system. Set among immense super-scale structures, cruise ships and buildings, the Fountain is big in an industrial context of bigness. It is an anchor for civic events and an icon for visitors.
Design: Residential, Single Family Home
San Francisco, CA
Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
This project proves that contemporary forms can join lush plantings to create an inviting environment. Bordering a wooded city park, this garden blends modern angles and green and white flora. A wedge-shaped terrace visually widens the site and extends the home’s living area out toward the park. The property’s art studio became a green cube focal point. The aesthetic of the home’s modern interior is reflected in the distinctive lines of this refreshing garden.
Urban Play Garden
San Francisco, CA
Blasen Landscape Architecture
Terraces and folding planes create a graphic urban garden when viewed from above, but at the garden level the focus is on adventurous play, to draw the young children outdoors. On steep, previously unused, land, they play chase, roll, slide, climb a rope, dig, plant, and invent games. The sustainability-conscious garden connects to the minimalist modern architecture while promoting the children’s social and mental well-being through a web of relationship with the land.
Design: Residential, High Density and Mixed Use
Pacific Cannery Lofts
San Francisco, CA
Miller Company Landscape Architects
Client: Holliday Development
Pacific Cannery Lofts is a slice of West Oakland’s storied history reborn as an assemblage of urban dwellings, gardens, and industrial relics. Long a vacant shell set in a mixed residential/industrial neighborhood, the early 20th century cannery was adapted to provide transit-oriented housing, serving both Oakland and San Francisco. The Green Point Rated project features enlivened public streetscapes, four courtyard “social” gardens highlighting recycled materials, historic relics, and rainwater catchment systems.