Wilderness and Exodus

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Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape
February 18, 2016
World Landscape Architect


image courtesy of Shelley Long

Car travel is a way of life in North America. Ever since the 1950’s development of our society has tended to focus on how easily things can be accessible by our vehicles. This industrial mindset tends to be detrimental to existing natural systems. Shelley Long, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, wanted to challenge this disconnect by incorporating national park typologies into existing infrastructure.

Click here to read about Shelley Long’s visionary project about turning a famous Canadian roadway into a series of curated experiences that blurs lines between city and national park.


Immersion without Intrusion

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Bondi to Bronte Coast Walk Extension – ASPECT Studios
February 11, 2016
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image courtesy of Florian Groehn

Part of a 9km coastal walk from Sydney’s South Head to Maroubra, the Bondi to Bronte coast walk is a response to preserve the historic Waverley Cemetrey by redirecting the walk’s annual 700,000 visitors. Bypassing the cemetery, the walk takes visitors through a set of lookouts all connected by a light walkway along the cliff tops while capturing an outstanding view of the headlands, the sandstone outcrops and the grandeur of the Australian continent meeting the Pacific Ocean.

Click here to read more about how the project solved complex technical and structural conditions all while preserving the rich ecological communities on the exposed sandstone cliffs below.


Japanese Modern in the Midst of Suburbia

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An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California – Dwell
February 4, 2016
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photo courtesy of Daniel Hennessey

Amongst the Southern California landscape, homeowners Shino and Ken Mori wanted a home that would translate Japanese Modern design into this suburban context. The design is striking and unique, while pairing opposing forms together. From the outside, it seems to have no windows, but once you enter into the courtyard, the home is almost entirely open.

Click here to read more about this contemporary Japanese home.

 


A New Stage for Daily Life in Vienna

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Mariahilferstrasse – Landezine
January 28, 2016
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image courtesy of B + B

Mariahilferstrasse is a common shopping street in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. Dutch landscape and urban design office Bureau B+B together with the Viennese architects orso.pitro transformed this crowded street of pedestrians and vehicles into a metropolitan shopping boulevard fit for this thriving urban center.

Click here to read more about this new social center in the heart of Vienna.


Urban Living Room in Germany

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Town Hall Square Solingen – Scape Landschaftsarchitekten
January 21, 2016
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image courtesy of atelier2

This urban space in Solingen, Germany employs the concept of a continuous public open space; one that connects the Town Hall Square to the city’s vast network of urban parks and spaces. Located in front of the city’s municipal offices, the design aims to create a space that is welcoming and inviting to all its citizens in the industrial core.

Click here to read more about how this town uses its central district as a place for everyone to gather.


Hollister Village | Under Construction

Spa and Clubhouse Construction
Spa and Clubhouse Construction

Construction on our Hollister Village project is well underway as we enter into fall.  Located in Goleta, CA this mixed-use project will provide a retail shopping center as well as 266 apartments to the Goleta community.  Courtney has worked on this project for almost seven years, bringing the project from conceptual design through construction documents and now construction observation.  We are proud to provide this much-needed rental housing to a community in dire need of available units!

To view photos of the construction progress, click here.


Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards 2015 | East Beach Collection

image: Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk

image: Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Beautiful organization.  Santa Barbara Beautiful recognizes the work of design professionals in beautifying our community through their Annual Awards Gala.

This year, CJM::LA’s Courtney Miller received the Multi-Family Residence award for her work on the East Beach Collection project.  Congratulations to the whole project team for a job well done!


ARCHITECTOURS 2015 | THE GOODLAND HOTEL

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On Saturday, October 3 CJM::LA provided tours of our Goodland Hotel property as part of the AIASB ArchitecTours.  This event is held annually as a celebration of local architecture within the Santa Barbara area.  This year was one of the most successful tours to-date!  Thank you to all of our friends, clients and supporters who came out for the tour.  To view photos from the event, click here.


Dara Emery Lecture | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

image: Kim True
image: Kim True

On Saturday, October 10 at 4:00 our good friend and collaborator, Kim True, will host the Dara Emery Memorial Lecture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  Kim has been engaged in the upgrades to SBBG’s Home Demonstration Garden and will talk about that design and her process in re-making this important part of the Garden into an example of water-thriftiness and eloquent interpretation.

For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.


Architects in Film | A Presentation by Dennis Thompson AIA

On Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 pm our friend and local architect, Dennis Thompson AIA, will take us through 60 years of American films which depict architects as fictional characters.  From “The Fountainhead” to “Towering Inferno” to the more recent “It’s Complicated”, Dennis will show clips of architects at work and in love as they are portrayed in a dozen films.  This lighthearted and free lecture is sponsored by the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is part of the celebration of Architecture Week.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


AD&A Museum | Walter S. White

image: AD&A Museum
image: AD&A Museum

On Friday, September 25 5:30-7:30 pm, the Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UCSB presents the opening of Walter S. White: Inventions in Midcentury Architecture.  This is a fantastic opportunity to view drawings, plans and photographs of this inventor, builder and architect.  For more info, click here.