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!
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, ARCADE’s mission is to reinforce the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life. Support ARCADE today.
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.
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.
CHANGE THE CONVERSATION.
At CJM::LA, we believe strongly in the ability of design to change the conversation. Design by its very nature is a changing, evolving entity. It requires new insight and fresh ideas to continue to move forward. We work to design both private and public spaces in a way that pushes the boundary of the expected, that pushes us to engage with each other and society in a new, meaningful way. Our projects seek to incite a dialogue between people and their surroundings, each other, and the community. Whether it is something as small as a paving detail or as large as a community plaza; we pride ourselves in the opportunity to provide innovative spaces for living, creating and interacting.
SUSTAINABILITY. SMART DESIGN.
As Landscape Architects, it is our responsibility to design with a consciousness towards the environmental, economic and social sustainability of our communities. At CJM::LA, the concepts behind sustainability are what drive our design decisions. We believe that sustainable design is smart design. We engage in a collaborative approach with our clients and project teams in order to select sustainable practices that are appropriate to each project, both economically and environmentally. The end result are responsibly-designed, efficient, marketable properties. Properties with permanence and style.
A COMMENT ON STYLE.
As trends emerge and fall away, styles and aesthetics evolve. In Santa Barbara, there is a strong traditional style inherent in our surroundings which has defined the built environment within our community. At CJM::LA, we work within the themes of contemporary culture while also maintaining a firm grasp on the timelessness of traditional design sensibilities. We respond closely to site context to create a meaningful style and a design language that helps to define each space; that is specific to each property. We have successfully executed projects within the traditional, eclectic, contemporary and modern styles and look forward to further developing our portfolio.