We encounter the work of landscape architects every day, although that work is often overlooked and experienced only in passing. Landscapes are the natural setting, the backdrop of our lives. However, the truth is that our cities and neighborhoods are carefully and deliberately constructed. Landscape architecture is the practice of fusing the natural, built and social environments to create a more engaging and dynamic world.
CJM::LA is excited to share the breadth of our profession by addressing some common misconceptions about landscape architecture in a two-part post.
Myth #1. Landscape architects design gardens and backyards
FALSE: We design all types of living spaces, not just your backyard!
This video by the ASLA shows how public parks can revitalize under-served communities. At CJM::LA, we provide a wide-range of design services for a variety of clients. A sampling of this diversity includes the following project types (as shown below): public park, hospitality, native creek restoration and non-profit.
Santa Barbara locals exercise at the oceanfront Cabrillo Ball Park
drought tolerant plantings frame lounge seating at The Everly hotel in West Hollywood, CA
raised planters create intimate spaces on the rooftop deck at The Everly hotel in West Hollywood, CA
native creek restoration plan for Los Olivos, CA
Myth #2. Landscape architecture = “decorative planting”
FALSE: Landscape architecture is also essential infrastructure
Every project we design at CJM::LA is beautiful and functional. Landscape architects contribute to the essential infrastructure of our cities and communities through design and construction of storm water management systems. We improve air quality and reduce energy use when we plant trees. We support healthier living and reduce vehicle emissions by providing recreation opportunities, bike racks and designing safer streets.
The following images demonstrate how CJM::LA has incorporated some of these essential infrastructure elements: bioretention and filtration basins, exercise equipment, bike racks and plans for future shared, multi-modal streets.
Direct Relief bioretention basin after a rain event: roof run-off captured and treated!
we design spaces for people to get out, breathe, and decompress
we improve air quality with the addition of carbon-sequestering trees and plants
we support alternative modes of transportation: the ”Twist” bike rack from Forms + Surfaces
preliminary landscape plan with a shared street, proposed in Goleta, CA