WLAM | Landscape Architecture Myth Busting – Part 2

Part 2: More myth-busting as we continue to address common misconceptions about landscape architecture.

Myth #3. Density means eliminating urban green space

FALSE: We can have both density & greener, healthier cities

Larger, denser cities are cleaner and more energy efficient than smaller, suburban towns. Suburban and rural towns may have immediate access to open space and wildlands outside city limits because of their more dispersed organization, but large cities can emulate natural ecologies.

Street trees, courtyards, green roofs and living walls, along with botanic gardens and parks provide a network of outdoor spaces that enhance the biological diversity of our cities and help provide essential infrastructure. This framework of planted spaces is able to capture and treat urban run-off, lower temperatures, improve air quality and provide resilience against climate change. Gardens and community farms also provide food and improve human health.

At CJM::LA, we help make our cities healthier and greener by advocating for more planting and functional outdoor space, especially in our densest multi-family housing projects; designing public parks, paseos, and green roofs; and improving city streetscapes.

transplanted Mexican fan palms line the stairs at Bella Riviera workforce homes in Santa Barbara, CA

plant pockets and climbing vines beautify the drive aisles at the East Beach Collection in Santa Barbara, CA  | architect: WHA

live roof at the Hilton Garden Inn in Goleta, CA

textural plantings line the sidewalk at the Arlington Village apartments in downtown Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

entry plantings at homes designed for Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County in downtown Santa Barbara, CA

citrus trees within over-structure planters create a beautiful courtyard at Bella Riviera workforce homes

mediterranean plantings within raised planters help create opportunities for outdoor seating

neighborly gifts grown in downtown Santa Barbara, CA

Myth #4. Planting shouldn’t be done in a drought because plants use water

FALSE: Drought resilience is improved by planting smarter & better managing water resources

During a prolonged drought, there is less available water in the natural ecosystem, which negatively impacts human food and water security. Less water available in aquifers and other natural water bodies means less water for the agricultural industry and for our cities.

Landscape architects provide drought resilience by designing systems to comprehensively and efficiently manage water resources. By implementing bioretention basins, rainwater cisterns, efficient irrigation, greywater recycling and use of climate-adapted and native plants, we optimize our water resources and reallocate the potable water supply for drinking use.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but plants improve our ability to resist the impacts of drought by improving soil health, allowing soils to better capture and store water. Plants also sequester carbon, lower air temperatures, and if used in applications like green roofs, reduce building energy use and reduce the urban heat island effect. We shouldn’t eliminate plants because they use water. Instead, we should be smarter about how we supply plants with water and which plants we elect to use.

Want more info? See these additional links about drought resilience and using green infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of other hazards, like wildfires and climate change.

bioretention plants treat stormwater runoff at the Direct Relief headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA.

Myth #5. All landscape architects have beards.

TRUE. See what our team has to say about their facial hair.


Does your beard prefer using pencil, pens, or markers?
Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil in Carmine Red for drawing and Chartpak AD Markers for filling in those greys! – Courtney Jane Miller, PLA, ASLA


How does your beard help you professionally?
It takes notes during meetings, reminds me about upcoming appointments and makes coffee runs. -Nicole Horn, PLA, ASLA, MCP, MLA


If your beard was a plant what plant would it be?
My virtual beard? Looks like a severely hedged and humbled Rhaphiolepis indica. My actual beard? Probably more like a Marathon 1 Fescue -Cameron Hunt, PLA


What do you call a landscape architect without a beard?
An architect -Janet Shotwell


What has your beard taught you about landscape architecture?
My beard has taught me about site analysis and creating extremely detailed technical drawings. -Mariella Dentzel


7 Years In Business

On April 1, 2020 we celebrated 7 years in business!  What started as a sole proprietorship in 2013 has quickly grown to become a thriving team of creatives.  Today CJM::LA is a dynamic group of individuals who collaborate to produce design solutions that prioritize the environmental, economic and social sustainability of our communities.  In addition to our contributions to the built environment, we also support our local communities via board positions, mentorship programs, internship/shadowship opportunities, volunteerism and contributions to the educational and professional institutions that support the landscape architecture profession.  As we look toward the future, we are excited to expand our creative reach into new markets and develop new methods of executing our shared vision.

HERE’S A LOOK BACK

                                                                                                         
 

 
Thank you to our collaborators, clients, friends and families who helped us reach this milestone.  We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with such powerful minds!

For a closer look at our most recent work:: CJM-LA_Portfolio 2020


House Place Jordan

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House Place Jordan
May 5, 2016
Landezine

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Image courtesy of Paul Ott

This small pool area was transformed by Austrian Landscape Architecture firm Heri & Salli. The existing rectangular pool lacked appeal and connection with the surrounding garden. By introducing a series of undulating metal panels that seamlessly connect the horizontal and vertical planes, the garden and pool area of the home are to sure to be a statement piece for the homeowners for generations to come.

Click here to read more about this project.


San Francisco Roof Garden

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2175 Market Street
April 28, 2016
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Image courtesy of Patrik Argast

A LEED platinum project, this 88 unit apartment complex in San Francisco is sure to be the envy of its neighbors. Built to accommodate the influx of young tech workers and families moving into the urban core, the design maximizes outdoor entertaining spaces with terraces and a roof deck with eye catching color and form.

Click here to read more about this project.


San Diego Micro-living

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San Diego Teaches Us How Micro-Living Can Thrive
April 21, 2016
Dwell

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Image courtesy of Ye Rin Mok

Hector Perez, a Woodbury University professor, rallied together a team of architects to design a small urban infill project in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. The development was supposed to be a series of nine infill projects, but was unable to complete them due to the economic downturn. However, the first lot was developed into a double-height, mixed-use building of Perez’s design, where, in less than 4,000 square feet, he has created eight live-work units, each with a private outdoor space.

Click here to read more about this cool California contemporary design.


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!


Lagunitas

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LAGUNITAS

Carpinteria, CA
Completed 2013


Project Type

Multi-Family, Townhomes, Single-Family Detached, Creek Restoration, Models

Client

MD2 Communities

Collaborators

DTR Engineering | Civil Engineering
William Hezmalhalch Architects
Sweeney & Associates | Irrigation Design

Courtney oversaw the design and construction of this property as a Project Manager with The Office of Katie O’Reilly Rogers
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East Beach Collection

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EAST BEACH COLLECTION

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2012


Project Type

Multi-Family, Townhomes, Workforce Housing

Client

City Ventures

Collaborators

C&V Consulting | Civil Engineering
William Hezmalhalch Architects
Sweeney & Associates | Irrigation Design

Awards

LEED Certification, 2012
PCBC Gold Nugget, Grand Award 2012

Courtney oversaw the design and construction of this property as a Project Manager with The Office of Katie O’Reilly Rogers
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Bella Riviera

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BELLA RIVIERA

Santa Barbara, CA
Completed 2013


Project Type

Multi-Family, Townhomes and Villas

Client

Cottage Hospital

Collaborators

Penfield & Smith | Civil Engineering
Cearnal Andrulaitis Architects
Sweeney & Associates | Irrigation Design

Courtney oversaw the design and construction of this property as a Project Manager with The Office of Katie O’Reilly Rogers
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