CAPALab’s aim, by combining two main attractors (activities + green public areas), was to encourage the local population and visitors to use ‘the Estero’ and in turn take ownership of this essential resource.
Christopher Hawthorne reported recently for the Los Angeles Times that Field Operations has won the project for the 7 acres around the Santa Monica City Hall beating out teams including Frank Gehry & Peter Walker. The Field Operations proposal was the only one without an architecture firm attached.
For more information about the project read the full article at the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (Christopher Hawthorne) – High Line designer wins park job in Santa Monica]
Christopher Hawthorne published his follow-up piece about Field Operations (James Corner) winning the Santa Monica Project which has a $25-million budget. His article includes some comments from his interview with James Corner. Hawthorne also summarises the developments that surround the site including the new Exposition light rail, a musuem and apartment developments.
Read the follow-up article by Christopher Hawthorne at the [SOURCE: LA Times – James Corner and Santa Monica are made for each other]
The Huffington Post is currently undertaking a poll to gauge readers favorite landscape architecture from across America.
Currently the Leader is Central Park, NY followed by Millenium Park in Chicago and then Academy of Sciences rooftop.
Other landscapes included in the poll is the Great Orange County Park, The Highline and Citygarden St.Louis.
Go vote for your favorite landscape architecture project at the [SOURCE: Huffington Post – Landscape Architecture Across America (PHOTOS)]
Read more at the [SOURCE: UC Berkeley News]
Yesterday, NASA’s Ames Research Center held a ground breaking ceremony for its new ‘Sustainability Base’ – a high performance Platinum LEED Rated building in Moffett Field California. The building will feature near zero net energy consumption, use 90 percent less potable water than conventionally built buildings of equivalent size and reduce building maintenance costs.
To help achieve the building’s sustainability objectives, the company will install approximately 72 geothermal wells featuring ground-source heat pumps, and will provide parking and landscaping with California-native plants.
You can also watch a video about NASA’s Sustainability Base