Andris Zobs & Ian Glas
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Climbing in Playgrounds
March 3, 2015
Playground designers and manufacturers have recognized that traditional post and deck structures and climbing events don’t fully satisfy the urge to climb that we all feel. In recent years, the industry has stepped forward to meet the challenge with climbing sculptures that have added a new dimension to playground activity, with more realistic surfaces, more challenging athleticism, and creativity in forms. New technology has enabled complete creative freedom; climbers are no longer limited to walls and boulders. Playground designers can now create expressive sculptures that combine the health benefits of climbing while also providing a venue for imaginative play.
Founded in 2005, Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) designs and fabricates custom sculptural landscapes and play features using a specially formulated polymer concrete shell that provides a durable, realistic surface suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Driven to increase the play and climbing value of artificial rock, IDS has pioneered new material and sculptural techniques that bring an unprecedented level of realism to the market.
The Santa Barbara Coastal Housing Coalition is hosting it’s annual conference at the Carrillo Recreation Center on Friday, March 20, 2015. The theme for this year’s conference is “Housing Needs and Opportunities Revealed.”
The Coastal Housing Coalition is a non-profit dedicated to educating the public about the impacts of the lack of available housing that is within financial reach of our local workforce. To read more about this organization, click here.
TCLF, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, is hosting their Garden Dialogues tour this May in Los Angeles. This is a unique opportunity to tour beautiful private gardens designed by contemporary landscape architects and designers. The Los Angeles tour is on May 30 and May 31. For more info, click here.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is hosting an opening reception for a new show entitled Magic Mountain at their satellite space at Hotel Indigo. Magic Mountain is a group show including the works of Zachary Cahill, Alyse Emdur, Chris Johanson, Boris Mikhailov, Yunhee Min, Shana Moulton, John Newling, Johan Rosenmunthe, Truong Cong Tung, and Hannah Vainstein. For more info, click here.
- Hannah Vainstein, Urn, 2013, Watercolor on paper, 20 x 14 ⅛ in., Courtesy the Artist
From the museum’s website:
For centuries, travelers to remote mountain villages, seaside escapes, desert oases, and elsewhere, have sought out nature’s curative properties. Whether it’s to find the elixir of life, or to practice sungazing; to harvest mud for beauty masks or to dig for healing rocks, the searches are motivated by a belief in nature’s bewitching attributes that often transcends scientific explanation. This exhibition investigates the inspiration for some of these quests and obsessions, and the truths, mysteries, antidotes, and rabbit holes that arise along the way. The artists’ works bring to light the mythologies and marketplace of natural cures—spiritual, physical, and psychological—at a time when humankind’s relationship to the environment is rapidly changing.
The opening reception is on Saturday, March 7 at 6 pm.
The show is on view from March 8, 2015 to January 31, 2016.
The Harvard Design Magazine is a forward-thinking publication that we have recently come to appreciate and dig into on a quarterly basis. The content is smart, on-point and continues to push the boundaries of what design is in contemporary society. The 39th issue was recently released; a summary follows::
Issue No. 39
Harvard Design Magazine
Reexamining the ocean’s historic and superficial remoteness, this issue profiles the ocean as contemporary urban space and subject of material, political, and ecologic significance, asking how we are shaping it, and how it is shaping us.
The Santa Barbara chapter of AIA has opened registration for the 2015 Design Awards. Registration is open now through April 3, 2015. Submissions are due by May 8, 2015. Categories include Residential, Non-Residential, Interior Architecture & Design, Small Projects, the Un-built Award and the 2015 Cycling Category – Sustainability Award. Do your part to contribute to the conversation around the built environment in our community, and showcase your firm’s excellent work! For more info, click here.
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is hosting a lecture about important women architects that have contributed to the beauty of Santa Barbara. We encourage you to attend this event and learn more about Julia Morgan, Lutah Maria Riggs, Harriet Moody, and more – Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 pm. For more info, click here.
The Southern California Chapter of ASLA is hosting a wine tasting event on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The tour will run through San Luis Obispo’s beautiful Edna Valley. Tickets are limited, for more info, click here. To register, click here.
The City of Goleta is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the acquisition of the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa. The community is invited to join in the celebration on Wednesday March 4, 2015 from 4-5 pm. Enjoy light goodies while the sun sets, and take in the view from this incredible scenic resource. For more info, click here.
If you haven’t visited the Sperling Preserve, this is a great time of year to do it. The preserve is adjacent to the Monarch Butterfly Grove, which is host to thousands of migrating butterflies every year from November through February. For more info, click here.
Architectural Record is holding its annual Innovation Conference this April in Los Angeles. This year’s theme is “Expanding Architecture: Creativity, Design and Technology.” This should be a great opportunity to network, learn and get inspired! For more info, click here.
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From Issue 32.3
Tuesday 27th Jan 2015
From the issue feature, “Living by Design in the Pacific Northwest.”
It’s no secret. The veil of rainy weather doesn’t hide the fact that the Pacific Northwest is a great place to live. For the same reasons you and I love living here—the temperate climate, easy access to mountains and water, big-city life—people are moving to the Northwest at a rapid pace. As reported by Jon Talton for The Seattle Times, according to a US Metro Economies report created by Global Insight for The United States Conference of Mayors, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area is expected to grow more than 39 percent in the next 30 years. How can we grow and, at the same time, keep our cities not just livable but also lovable?
The answer lies in streets. Typically representing about 30 percent of a city’s open space, streets have huge potential for uses other than just moving traffic: streets should perform the triple duties of multimodal transportation, placemaking and ecological function.
Bit by bit, cities are dismantling an auto-centric landscape in exchange for an enriching network of public spaces. We are learning that transportation and recreation don’t have to take place separately. Fitness becomes a positive side effect of a fun and active commute, and environmental health results from designing with nature. Our cities can grow while increasing our quality of life when we expand our definition of what our streets can offer.
Nora Daley-Peng is a landscape architect who champions a place-based approach to create resilient communities that not only support active lifestyles, lively commerce and healthy ecosystems, but also reveal the rich story of a place. Nora leads Alta Planning + Design’s Complete Streets practice.
She thanks Nate Cormier, principal landscape architect at SvR Design Company—the prime consultant for Bell Street Park—and Debra Guenther, FASLA, principal at Mithun—the prime consultant for 14th Avenue NW Park Boulevard—for sharing information about these maverick projects!
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This informative flow chart is an creative way to learn more about what landscape architecture is, how the design process works, and how we contribute to the environment and society.