B’nai Jeshurun Congregation is a synagogue that has been serving the Cleveland, Ohio area for almost 150 years. Located in Pepper Pike, Ohio, the synagogue is a large facility that holds several religious, educational and social events throughout the year. In 2013 the congregation asked landscape architecture firm Cawrse and Associates, Inc. to redesign the synagogue’s auto court and ceremonial courtyard. At that time, the auto court spanned the entire length of the building, which consisted of 40-year old crabapple trees, degraded concrete pavement and corroding concrete bollard lighting. These elements created an unwelcoming space that had not been used by the congregation in decades.
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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) have released the key strategies developed through Future Ground, a competition to generate design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse.
Over the course of six months in 2015, the three winning multidisciplinary design teams – NOLEX, PaD, and STOSS – tackled fundamental questions not only about vacant land, but also about creating more equitable cities: How can we build unconventional partnerships to improve quality of life in underserved communities?
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Philadelphia’s hottest open air restaurant, the Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Spearheaded by Groundswell Design Group and Philadelphia’s own restaurateur, Michael Schulson, IBG pushed the boundaries of urban revitalization. Groundswell’s ability to reinvigorate underutilized space is showcased with this 20,000 sq ft beer garden.
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This small contemporary garden healed-back a site that had simple program requirements of privacy and use ability. This contemporary home is situated in an established and dense 1920’s neighborhood. This garden is “wedged” between two multi-story traditional homes and required seclusion for the residents to use the interior and exterior spaces without compromising views from above or the side. To address the scope of this private garden, the design uses a grove of 20’ tall bamboo which acts as a beautiful, evergreen privacy screen by blocking the field of vision from the adjacent second story windows of neighboring houses.
Continue reading Larchmont | University Park, Texas, USA | Hocker Design Group
Steeple Chase Farms, a 13 acre private residential horse farm located in Greenwich, CT, includes a 7,000 sq. ft. home, stables, indoor riding arena, grazing paddocks, run-in sheds and an equipment garage with groom’s quarters. The architecture, inspired by the late 19th century shingle style homes made popular by the likes of Stanford White and H.H. Richardson, was carefully fitted to the topography in collaboration with Architect Paul Marchese. The goal was to create a working equestrian facility for this client and her family while incorporating all of the comforts of home in a residential setting.
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The Kensington is a new 27-story residential building located between Boston’s Theatre District and Chinatown. Copley Wolff Design Group designed a variety of outdoor spaces for the building, including a public alley, a green roof and pool deck on the sixth floor, and the streetscape surrounding the building.
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| Boston, USA | Copley Wolff Design Group
Mark Johnson is President and the leading designer who has spearheaded Civitas’ most challenging projects. He began his career at Utah State University where he received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He worked at Maas and Grassi, an Ogden Utah design firm, and landed his first dream job with Jones & Jones of Seattle. There he worked on several zoo exhibits, urban plazas and streets, parks and several major river plans. He left Seattle to earn an MLA in Urban Design at Harvard, where he found important mentors in Peter Walker, Moshe Safdie, and Jose Luis Sert. These great designers and thinkers fuelled Mark’s passion to make a real difference in how cities work for both people and the environment.
Since co-founding Civitas in 1984 Mark has led major public space projects, urban design plans and strategies, and has become widely known for his impact on several cities, on education, and on the role that landscape architects can play in leading complex projects to successful results. Mark is a regular lecturer at AIA, ASLA, APA, ULI events and also RESITE 2014 in Prague where WLA Editor Damian Holmes first met Mark Johnson(MJ). Mark has courteously agreed to answer our three Landscape Architect Profile questions to give our readers an insight into his prestigious career.
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