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.
On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 Courtney will be awarded the prestigious Lockwood de Forest award at the Santa Barbara City Council meeting. Presented by the City’s Historic Landmark’s Commission, this award recognizes exemplary landscape design for the El Encanto property on the riviera. Courtney worked alongside Katie O’Reilly Rogers to restore the gardens to their original 1930’s-era splendor. Congratulations, Courtney!
Some of our favorite local artists will be showing their work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art this Saturday, January 24, 2015. Come out and support forward-thinking art in our community! For more info, click here.
There’s been a grand opening, and more than six million visitors have visited, but the 9/11 Memorial site in lower Manhattan is still very much a work in progress. Landscape architect Peter Walker, co-designer of the project, estimates that after 10 years on the job, his vision is only halfway realized. More acres of the plaza need to be built and that can’t happen until the underground museum and train station are finished, as well as the surrounding streets.
Despite being unfinished, the memorial is open, and people have been coming from all over the world to pay their respects. Crowds are hustled through the maze-like barriers of this construction site before reaching its heart: the solemn memorial of two meaningful voids in the ground. Eventually, though, the experience will be completely different.
The finished product will be a memorial plus an open public space. Eight carefully planned acres that will ultimately be a contemplative and restful place, transformed by a lush forest of more than 400 swamp white oak trees. It will be one of the most sustainable plazas ever constructed. This part of the project will conclude years from now, quietly and without as much pomp and fanfare. But for generations to come, this park will ultimately be an important and reverent part of the experience.