2012 Award Categories
Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
San Francisco, CA
CMG Landscape Architecture, Kevin Conger
Client: Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
The Yerba Buena Street Life Plan is a road map for improving the Yerba Buena district’s public realm. Based on goals and values articulated in a process of public community meetings, charrettes, and a long-term needs assessment, the consultant team developed proposals for 36 discrete projects and initiatives. Organized into strategies to address goals of enhancing the District’s character, social activity, connectivity, and sustainability, these projects focus on promoting “Street Life” in existing public spaces. The Plan will be used by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District over the next 10 years to direct both long-term, large-scale projects and short-term, site-specific projects. The success of the Plan lies in projects based on an articulated set of strategies, goals, and fundamental values that will carry relevance over time. The document will support the realization of these values as various individuals and organizations choose to implement them.
Design: Commercial and Institutional
Stanford University William H. Neukom Building
Office of Cheryl Barton, Cheryl Barton
Client: Stanford University
Retaining Stanford’s renowned ‘Arboretum’ landscape character was a major design determinant. This Garden is a quiet and intimate refuge for students and faculty, as well as a gathering place for groups and special events. Occupants are invited to shape their environment with ‘trees on wheels’ that can be moved to create sun or shade, enhance the privacy of particular seating areas,or expand the space for al fresco dining. This activity subtly re-acquaints users with the seasonality of their location.
Marin Country Day School
Corte Madera, CA
CMG Landscape Architecture, Willett Moss
Client: Marin Country Day School
At Marin Country Day School, the Landscape Architect collaborated on the Master Plan and Phase I and II implementation to provide a refreshed and unique identity to the existing campus through creating a purpose for all exterior environments. The scope of landscape architectural work began with a study of the broader systems, ecological and human, that formed the existing campus landscape. One of the early visions was to connect curriculum to the material fabric of the campus. These connections include opportunities for native habitat restoration, educational hydrological relationships, and academic ritual. The story of water’s interaction with this valley encouraged the team to explore water system integration in the new design of Phase 2, including rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, stormwater infiltration and native stream restoration.
Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
Ayala Triangle Park
Makati City, Philippines
AECOM Technical Services, Inc., Jacinta McCann
Client: Ayala Land, Inc.
Towards A New Way of Life: Ayala Triangle Park is the first urban park to be built in Manila. Its design and construction has taken place during a period when an emerging middle class has adopted an awareness and interest in a healthy and more sustainable lifestyle. The impact of this park on the residents of Makati has been profound. For the first time in Makati’s history, there is a space that is large and safe enough to gather, exercise, hold events, picnic with families, and enjoy a large green space away from the overwhelming urban cacophony of the busy streets in the surrounding area. Joggers circuit the network of park paths every day. Major holidays and festivals are celebrated in the park plaza, drawing crowds from the community. For the first time, the residents of Manila have an identifiable civic heart for their city.
Design: Residential, Single Family Home
Thuilot Associates, Stefan Thuilot
Client: Derek and Cathy Stein
This Orinda property offers spectacular views, plenty of level garden space – a novelty in this hilly community—and a house that features seamless living between the indoors and outdoors. The landscape design capitalizes on these attributes with a layout that is at once imaginative, respectful of the architecture and views, and simple without compromising on details. Breathtaking views from the family and living room onto the surrounding hills are highlighted by glimpses of the pure, broad sky mirrored in the pool just outside. The surrounding low-lying plantings gently frame this view as the graceful greenery moves in the wind. As day shifts to evening, a new view emerges as the flames of a fire pit dance over the valley below. A supreme achievement of this garden is the creation of a peaceful, inviting space that incorporates a complex program while feeling graceful and effortless.
San Francisco, CA
Bionic, Marcel Wilson
Client: Marcel and Jennifer Wilson
In San Francisco springs and streams were once common and visible, emerging from the hills and ultimately draining to the Bay. Today most are routed through pipes, sewers and wastewater treatment plants. In contrast, Urban Spring challenges the widespread convention of suppressing urban water systems in favor of the wide array of common justifications—safety, pests, cost, maintenance, etc. While it is a small site, and relatively small amount of water, this project demonstrates the life enabling possibilities of combining inventive design solutions with urban waters. Revealing the spring and employing it’s flows in the garden allowed for the creation of diverse microclimates and planting types across the garden, eliminating reliance on potable water for irrigation and providing sustenance for an array of urban wildlife.
Design: Residential, High Density and Mixed Use
Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
San Francisco, CA
GLS Landscape Architecture, Gary Strang
Client: The Salvation Army
Funded in part by a $1.5 billion bequest from the estate of Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s restaurateur Ray Kroc, the mixed use community center and affordable housing project is organized around an outdoor courtyard. The space is woven between skylights and utilities over ground floor public uses which include a gymnasium, dance studio, fitness center, rooms for mentoring, education and worship, a swimming pool, game room, computer lab and a library. Located on Turk Street, between Leavenworth and Jones in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, the ‘Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and Railton Place’ provides recreational and social service programs for an underserved community. Above the public uses is Railton Place, a separately funded 110-unit, transitional and permanent residence program for individuals who cannot afford housing of their own.
Drs. Julian & Raye Richardson Apartments
San Francisco, CA
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, Andrea Cochran
Client: Community Housing Partnership
The Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments provide a dignified residence for formerly homeless adults, with 120 studios and supportive services including counseling, medical care, job training, and employment opportunities. The landscape design encompasses a streetscape, a central courtyard, and a roof deck, all designed to provide a peaceful respite in contrast to the city streets where residents once lived. The central courtyard forms the heart of the building. Lushly planted with ferns and palm trees and equipped with custom furniture made from locally salvaged materials, the space accommodates a variety of uses. Five stories above the courtyard, a roof deck offers another healing space for residents, with seating areas and raised beds for vegetable gardening. GreenPoint Rated, the project employs a multi-faceted stormwater management system that includes permeable pavers over a gravel infiltration system, rain gardens, and a green roof.
Photography: Bruce Damonte