2015 Award Categories
Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication
Designing Urban Agriculture-A complete guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance, and Management of Edible Landscapes
April Philips Design Works
Client: Wiley Books
The health of our cities and communities are at risk because the food system in America is broken. Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection of ecology, design and community. It is a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and forge a path towards creating healthier communities and a healthier environment. The Designer becomes the Change Agent by expanding the collaborative conversation, the definition, and the design of urban agriculture as an integral part of the city’s green infrastructure systems. By looking at urban agriculture landscapes in this manner, the net effect will be to build a more health conscious society that values healthy living as a natural extension of the services a city must provide. This book provides a roadmap to anyone interested in the creation and advocacy of edible landscapes that promote beauty, ecological biodiversity and social sustainability in our urban realm.
EI Monte Urban Agriculture Initiative Program
El Monte, CA
BASE Landscape Architecture
Project Manager: Patricia Algara
Landscape Designer: Samantha Dabney
Client: City of EI Monte Economic Development Department
El Monte’s Urban Agriculture Initiative Program (UAIP) Report characterized a wide range of Urban Agriculture (UA) issues as part of the City’s comprehensive planning efforts. It includes a summary of El Monte’s agricultural history; precedent studies from other communities; research from national studies about the impact and intersections between food, health and community design; and recommendations for potential City policy and ordinance changes to support the UA initiative.
The UAIP engaged City staff, community members, and stakeholders seeking input on all aspec ts of UA from key issues and concerns to needs, potential solutions, and finally potential strategies for action. 1) creating farmers markets; 2) building community garden; 3) agriculture within the City. 4) recommending changes in policies and ordinances to allow and promote urban agriculture within the City. Research and development of these priorities were included in the UAIP Report along with a 15-year phasing plan and easy to follow guidelines to implement the four community-identified UA initiatives within the City of El Monte. Through the implementation of these UA initiatives, the City hopes to improve the overall quality of life for El Monte residents by providing healthier food optinos, creating more opportunities for recreation, and encouraging agreater sense of community, cultural pride, and social connection through healthy food.
VF Outdoor Campus
April Philips Design Works, Inc.
Lead designer/Landscape Architect: April Philips
Client: srmERNST Development Group
VF Outdoor is home to some of the company’s leading brands like The North Face, JanSport and lucy. Their new LEED Platinum headquarters on the Alameda waterfront is a fifteen acre campus that embodies the company’s commitment to their community, culture and the environment. The vision creates a campus integrated with the company’s global environmental values of exploration and stewardship of the earth. The landscape architects balanced sustainable strategies while providing for a healthy lifestyle environment. The landscape fosters interaction among people and the land while heightening the appreciation of the shoreline setting. Key landscape elements include a solar farm, wind harvesting, coastal habitat meadows, a community lawn, workspace and contemplative decks, trails, and a salad farm providing fresh produce for the wellness cafeteria. At VF the outdoors is brought indoors and the indoors is brought outdoors. The unifying factor across landscape, buildings, and brands is the overarching message of outdoor exploration.
Exploratorium at Pier 15
San Francisco, CA
GLS Landscape Architecture
Principal in Charge: Gary Strang
Project Managers: Wendy Mok/Elisabeth Bouchard
The Exploratorium is an interactive science museum that has moved from an isolated site near the Presidio to downtown San Francisco Embarcadero waterfront. The new centrally located site involves the renovation and seismic upgrade of two decrepit piers, including the replacement of hundreds of pilings and the removal of a 2 acre parking lot over the bay, with publicly accessible open space for large scale outdoor exhibits related to the observation of natural phenomena such as wind, fog and tides. The formerly industrial site, re-connected to downtown following the removal of the Embarcadero freeway, now has an exposed saltwater basin surrounded by public and ticketed plazas, 3 new bridges, and nearly 1/2 mile of new public waterfront promenades. Work by applicant includes seating, metalwork, lighting, and seismic guardrails and joints. To satisfy curatorial needs for flexibility, adaptable exhibit infrastructure is integrated into the design throughout including water, data, and power.
The Garden at AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA
Blasen Landscape Architecture and EDG Design
Principals in Charge: Eric and Silvina Blasen
Project Manager: Gary Rasmussen
Landscape Designer: Jodie Lustgarten
Client: Bon Appetit Management Company
The Garden at AT&T Park is the first functional edible garden within a Major League Baseball venue. Located behind the center field wall, this 4,320 square-foot space features raised edible beds, aeroponic towers, a bar, dining table, benches, fire pits, ground-level views of the playing field, and two gourmet concession stands. The Garden is a destination within the ballpark, where one can enjoy a meal with fresh ingredients harvested from the garden while sitting in from of the fire pit while sipping on a refreshing beverage. The Garden also serves as a culinary and nutritional classroom for local San Francisco children. Children will visit the garden during field trips and will have the opportunity to learn about growing, harvesting and preparing locally cultivated food. The garden is a prime event space offering a unique ballpark experience and makes a statement about the values and spirit of San Francisco.
Windhover Contemplative Center
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Principal in Charge: Andrea Cochran
Landscape Architect/Project Manager: Megumi Aihara
Client: Stanford University
The Windhover Contemplative Center, named for a series of paintings by artist Nathan Oliveira, offers a spiritual respite on the Stanford campus. Using Oliveira’s art as a vehicle for personal renewal, the center provides a place for students, faculty and staff to decompress and re-center themselves. The design capitalizes on the building’s unique context—adjacent to an existing oak woodland—to provide a series of spaces that allow visitors to experience Oliveira’s paintings in concert with an inspiring natural setting. An integrative approach to building and landscape shaped nearly every aspect of the design, from the carefully choreographed entry sequence; to the visual and physical permeability between the interior and exterior spaces; to the interplay between the building materials, light, and shadow. Windhover represents a new typology for institutional design, offering a lush, green sanctuary within a bustling campus and a unique way to experience art and nature.
Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
Principal in Charge: Andrea Cochran
Project Manager/Landscape Architect: Jennifer Knott
Landscape Design Team: Landscape Designer: Amir Kunin
Susan Hughes, Emily Rylander, Shanti Levy
Client: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
In June 2012, the revitalized Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square opened to the public in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood. Spearheaded by the adjacent Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, the project transformed an underused, 1960s concrete plaza into a vital community space. The park design emerged through a highly collaborative process, beginning with
a national, invited competition and evolving through a series of meetings with the community. Today, the park breathes new life into the site and neighborhood, with flexible spaces for a variety of activities, an inviting “community green,” and accessible pathways linking adjacent uses. The planting design is composed exclusively of species native to the region and includes a bioswale to process the plaza’s stormwater, connecting visitors with the experiential qualities of local ecosystems. Cloud Arbor, a stunning interactive mist sculpture by artist Ned Kahn, integrates seamlessly with the park landscape and fosters a connection with the nearby museum.
Sweetwater Spectrum Residential Community for Adults with Autism
Roche+Roche Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect: Dave Roche
Landscape Designer: Nancy Roche
Client: Sweetwater Spectrum
Sweetwater Spectrum is an innovative and pioneering model for meeting the unique everyday living needs of adults with Autism. Building on published research and working with the non-profit board of directors, the City of Sonoma, the architect, and other consultants, the landscape architect fashioned an environment that supports the project’s goal of providing the residents a ‘life with purpose’.
The 2.8 acre campus in the City of Sonoma includes four residences, each with four bedrooms; a Community Center with teaching kitchen, workout studio, library, and a space for art and music; a therapy swimming pool and two spas; pathways, site furnishings, play lawn, hammock garden and plantings; and a 1.25 acre organic vegetable garden and orchard.
The site, landscape and organic gardens are an integral part of the living, working, learning and social environment for residents, staff and visitors at Sweetwater.
Mountain View, CA
Bionic Landscape Inc.
Principal in Charge: Marcel Wilson
Client: The Minkoff Group
Designed for a global information technology company, the Tech Deck in Mountain View, CA employs a large shade structure, a custom paving system, walls, decks, a bocce ball court, planting, and green roof systems to create a new paradigm for infill workplaces in Silicon Valley that enable collaboration, social interaction, and ecological performance. This high performance landscape sits in a magnificent panorama of Silicon Valley, the Bay, and Moffat Air Base. The elegance of the design is its ability to engage the panorama by creating a sense of approaching the edge without cluttering the view with clumsy devises often found in office buildings. Sixty feet in the air, social spaces and building systems are merged with the horticultural conditions of diverse and dynamic planting compositions to manage 100% of the site’s storm water, create habitats for birds and pollinating insects, and contribute to the LEED Platinum objective for the project.
Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
12th Street Reconstruction Project–The “Jewel of Oakland” Restored
Golden Associates, Landscape Architects, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Leslie Golden
Senior Associate: Laurie Batha
Associate: Hiroshi Sejima
Landscape Designer: Iris Ip
Client: Public Works Agency, City of Oakland
One of Oakland’s most ambitious undertakings, the 12th Street Reconstruction Project transformed Lake Merritt’s southern end from a thick maze of vehicular traffic into a new 3.5-acre park and wetland, restoring the ecological, social, and recreational function of the “Jewel of Oakland”. Through elegant street realignment, reduction in the number of traffic lanes, addition of a pedestrian bridge and extensive restoration of marsh habitat, the redesign of this degraded urban site physically and ecologically reconnects Oakland’s central business district and adjacent residential areas to the Lake Merritt Estuary. The 12th Street Reconstruction Project is the first phase of a larger project to link Lake Merritt to the regional San Francisco Bay Trail and reestablish ecological connectivity to the San Francisco Bay.
Ningbo Eco-Corridor Phase 1
Lead Landscape Architect: Hui-Li Lee
Client: Ningbo Planning Bureau–East New Town Development Committee
The Eco-Corridor serves as the spine of Ningbo New City’s open space system, creating and connecting a variety of land uses. Extending 2 miles, the corridor merges seamlessly with the adjacent urban fabric and natural systems, creating a symbiotic relationship between the greenway and surrounding city.
Through an innovative and carefully composed tapestry of topography, hydrology and vegetation, the Ningbo Eco-Corridor transforms an uninhabitable brownfield into a linear “living filter.” By restoring the ecological network in this region, Phase 1 of the Ningbo Eco-Corridor creates vital habitat for native flora and fauna, enhances public health, creates beautiful and enjoyable public spaces for local and neighboring communities, and raises the bar for sustainable development in China and beyond.
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, CA
BASE Landscape Architecture
Lead Landscape Architects and Designers: Andreas Stavropoulos, PLA and Patricia Algara, ASLA
Client: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
Mary’s Garden at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, is a place for kides to immerse themselves in a playeducational microcosm of Sonoma’s largest watershed–the Russian River. This project features interactive elements that teach the importance of water and hiabitat through the story of Mary, a swallowtail butterfly. The Museum features the first naturally filtered, permitted, and installed water play area in Northern California. The New York Times recognized the CMOSC as a top Sonoma destination for families, and visitorship has exceeded all expectations.
Design: Residential, Single Family Home
Pacific Height Residence
San Francisco, CA
Shades of Green Landscape Architecture
Lead Landscape Architect: Ive Haugeland
Project Manager: Jaime Morf
Client: Troon Pacific, Inc.
Sustainability meets luxury outdoor living in this Pacific Heights residence. In collaboration with a luxury home developer, our team designed spaces that enhance the site’s stunning views of the Gold Gate at the same time that they offer comfortable, intimate enjoyment of the garden. The rear yard ensures maximum outdoor living through generous access, gracious patios, outdoor kitchen, show and fire features. An elevated infinity edge pool and shaded deck offer grand views of the city, bay and bridge beyond—and rich materials and lush planting act as a beautiful foreground to the vista. All of this was achieved with a strong commitment to sustainability, reflected in the project’s LEED Platinum rating. Permeable paving is deployed throughout the site and the planting is drought tolerant with water efficient irrigation.
Woodland Modern Home
Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture
Lead Landscape Architect: Scott Lewis
Landscape Architects: Ryan Steer, Jennifer Luks Perarnaud
The renovation of a 1948 ranch home strikes an ideal balance between architecture and landscape. In this project, a cluttered property is simplified and unified, allowing soaring trees to dominate the site and complement the new minimalist structures. Harmonious proportions and simple elements combine for an elegant solution. The design connects paths, terraces, pool and lawn to the mature tree groves, creating an integrated surround to the contemporary residence. The landscape architect sited a new pavilion, renovated the original elliptical pool, re-used historic trees, reduced impervious surfaces and incorporated on-site storm water infiltration. The restrained materials palette includes warm grey limestone paving, which extends from the main rooms to outdoor terraces, merging the interior and exterior environments. The home’s glass walls now frame textured green vistas, and the horizontality of the architecture counterpoints the towering redwoods, cedars and Valley Oaks.
El Pintado Pool, Pavilion and Landscape
Huettl Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect: Joseph Huettl
Assistant Landscape Designer: Iain Pryor
On this hilltop property in Danville, California a family returning from four years overseas was ready for a complete overhaul of their tired landscape to maximize possibilities for outdoor living. An existing pool and surrounding yard were extensively remodeled. New features include a spa, a modern pool pavilion with bathroom and outdoor kitchen, a walk-across water feature that spills into the main pool, and a gas fire pit. Patios of concrete and bluestone are
softened by plantings of grasses and perennials.
The pavilion was placed on a raised section of the patio overlooking the pool with views to the surrounding hills. It was envisioned as a simple composition of a column, plane and post. The massive column doubles as a sky-lit bathroom with the wrapping roof plane supported on the other end by a single off-center post. The project was a collaboration between the landscape architect, builder, engineer and homeowner.
Mary Barensfeld Architecture
Landscape Architect: Mary Barensfeld
Hilgard Garden aims to provide the owners with an extended outdoor living space; a garden room. Due to the steeply sloping site, accessibility to an upper seating area requires navigating a considerable elevation change. To avoid taking up a large swathe of the smaller backyard square footage with a conventional stair, a ramping meandering path through aromatic groundcover and the outstretched limbs of sculptural Japanese maples was selected as a more
experiential garden path. A lower patio area located at the base of the site provides a seamless extension of the residence’s living room.
Lead Designer: Stefan Thuilot
Associate: Kimberly Yeo
Client: Tom and Terri Bishop
A home nestled in an oak woodland with a natural creek running through the property, the garden design provides a seamless integration of house and landscape.
The resulting layout is organized by a ‘Z’ shaped gesture, embedded within a ‘V’ shaped lowered main terrace that opens the vista toward the hillside. This terrace is surrounded by lush yet drought-resistant planting, while the hillside, formerly covered with invasive plant species, is now replanted with a native plant palette.
The inviting result is a garden full of intimate details. A bridge of non- invasive construction floats up to an overlook. Two water features mark the borders of the ‘Z’ form and expand the space visually and acoustically. The fireplace becomes a ceremonial element that further enhances serenity and becomes a central sculptural feature. The innovative approach to a generic model home transformed a challenging property into a stunning personalized outdoor space.
Design: Historic Preservation
1101 Embarcadero Road/Headquarters of Eichler Homes 1957-1967
Palo Alto, CA
Vallier Design Associates, Inc.
Principal Landscape Architect: JC Miller
Project Manager: Nick Burke
Client: Peery Partners
Constructed in 1957, the Eichler Homes headquarters in Palo Alto, California boasted a dynamic design by modernist architect, A. Quincy Jones, and distinguished landscape architect, Robert Royston. By 2012, however, the property had fallen into disrepair. As an important local historic landmark symbolic of postwar California modernism, the rehabilitation of the landscape required a delicate balance between respect for the original design, contemporary environmental concerns, and input from the new owner, city staff, and community stakeholders including architectural preservationists and Eichler enthusiasts.
The project began with research at UC Berkeley where discovery of concept sketches by Royston informed and inspired the landscape rehabilitation. The final design, completed in 2014, features low water use plantings; reduced lawn size; smart irrigation; distinctive original patio paving supplemented with new permeable pavers; and wood and glass screens rebuilt to original specifications with new low voltage LED lighting that illuminates the property after dark.
University of California, Berkeley, Campanile Esplanade
RHAA Landscape Architects
Principal in Charge: Barbara Lundburg
RHAA Staff Team: Keith Sattler, Roshie Ravan and Jimmy Chan
Client: University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley’s Campanile Esplanade celebrates its 100 year anniversary this year. The Esplanade was restored as a priority initiative identified in the Campus Landscape Plan. Deteriorated redwood headers surrounding the raised lawn panels were replaced with granite headers matching the granite on the Campanile and exterior wall. The historic California brick paving had settled creating an uneven surface with poor drainage. The bricks were salvaged and reused with the original brick patterns and details. Drainage was improved with re-grading and the installation of a permeable base under the sand set bricks. A tree assessment was prepared for the historic London Plane trees and recommendations made for their maintenance. Missing fixtures of the Mitchell Fountain were restored using old photos from the Bancroft Library. A “desire line” footpath was formalized and designed to protect the lawn and trees. A planting design maintained the original formality but utilized drought tolerant plants.