“On January 17th, the Oakland Museum of California announced that a total of 15 artists, designers, and design firms have been awarded steel from the demolition of the Eastern span of the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge for use in public projects throughout the state of California …” (OMCA Press Release)
CMG/TICD’s winning submission “The Field”, proposes an installation on the newly redeveloped Treasure Island that will celebrate the grand scale of the Bay Bridge and the majestic and heroic engineering that went into its design. Located in a future shoreline park, the installation highlights the sheer length and thickness of the 'eye bars' from the bridge, whose placement in a tight array reminds visitors of the unprecedented scale of the 1936 East Span. The open eyelets tower fifteen feet above visitors walking below and solemnly pay tribute to their dismantled brethren. The Field creates not only a striking element when viewed from a distance but also produces an incredible, immersive experience for visitors as they weave their way through the steel forest.
Willett Moss participates on design jury for Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.
Principal Willett Moss joins a selection committee of six “urban experts” from the public and private sectors including a mayor, participant from a past winning project, and others with expertise in design and planning, development and financing, community engagement, and journalism.
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. The award is named in honor of Rudy Bruner, who established the Bruner Foundation in 1963 and had a life-long interest in architecture and cities.
Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 16 – 26
Principal Willett Moss will be speaking at Palm Springs Modernism Week on Thursday February 23. Willett will be presenting with Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture on the restoration of the landscape at the historic estate at Sunnylands. CMG assisted in the transition of Sunnylands, a private 200-acre compound in the Coachella Desert, into a public historic house museum and VIP retreat center. Best practices for treatment of historic resources and new landscape construction in a harsh desert environment are being developed, implemented, and tested in an on-going basis at Sunnylands and CMG is a proud partner in this work.
Modernism Week’s signature February event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture, and features more than 250 events.
The SF Recreation and Park Commission has approved the design for the revitalization of Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground, a beloved open space in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown. The approval follows an open house to celebrate the completion of the community based concept design phase. The event was held on site at the existing clubhouse, and included the best lion dancing many attendees had ever seen, as well as presentation of the proposed final design using Virtual Reality, all to the excitement and enjoyment of everyone present.
CONGRATS to the CMG Team – Treasure Island is the Largest Plan EVER to achieve LEED-ND Platinum Certification!
As the lead landscape architect on the project, CMG documented all of the LEED-ND landscape credits for the entire project. CMG has been involved with this project since 2002.
From FivePoint and PR Newswire:
In addition to achieving one of the highest scores for a LEED-ND project, Treasure Island's plan recorded other milestones:
It is the largest development, in terms of acres and building square footage, certified under LEED v4.
Of the LEED-ND projects globally, it is one of just 17 to be certified at the Platinum level.
"At the outset of our planning, we committed to developing a sustainable community that utilized the latest innovations in infrastructure, housing and transportation,'' said Chris Meany, principal of developer Wilson Meany. "We are thrilled that Treasure Island has achieved the highest designation ever. It is only fitting that this milestone has occurred in San Francisco, a city at the forefront of environmental consciousness.''
Treasure Island received Platinum LEED certification for implementing measurable strategies and best practices to achieve sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, sea-level rise adaptation and overall environmental quality.
At 16, we’ve moved into our own space at 444 Bryant Street in San Francisco and finally have a kitchen that can hold all of us. Only half a block from our old office, we still get to enjoy our South Park Neighborhood favorites like Picnic on Third that catered the delicious staples for our office family potluck.
Ira Keller Fountain, Portland Oregon. Photo by Jeremy Bitterman, courtesy of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/halprinlegacy/portland.html
CMG is proud to sponsor Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. This exhibit is part of The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Landslide program that raises awareness about threatened and at-risk landscapes and works of landscape architecture. The exhibit runs through April 2017.
Greg Barger and Pamela Conrad Guest Lecture in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy
On September 13, 2016, Greg Barger and Pamela Conrad spoke at the ItalArt Santa Chiara Study Center located in the Tuscan hilltown of Castiglion Fiorentino. The Center hosts year-round undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture and architecture students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, Texas A&M, the University of Texas, Austin, and Texas Tech.
The ItalArt Study Abroad Program is a unique opportunity for students immerse themselves into Italian landscape and architecture steeped in history and embrace the cultural and social values/lifestyle of the local culture all while completing degree requirements.
As former students of the program, Greg and Pamela were invited to share professional work with the students to help frame their study abroad opportunity and advise on how to take valuable insights from the experience into their upcoming careers.
The next day, Pamela, Greg and the group toured the Fattoria di Celle (Celle Farm) located outside of Florence that hosts Giuliano Gori’s collection of over sixty modern site specific art installations by artists from around the world. A great way to spend a day!
This is knot your average street furniture! Wrapping around existing sidewalk elements Knotty Sidewalk really ties Market Street together!
We have been working on our installation that will be up this week on Market and Drumm as part of the 2016 Market Street Prototyping Festival. The festival runs from 11am-7pm, Thursday 10/6, Friday 10/7, and Saturday 10/8. See the full map HERE– we’re #30 in the Embarcadero District. Please stop by and show your support!
TEXT KNOT to 22333 starting Thursday 10/6 to vote Knotty Sidewalk for the People’s Choice Award.
We were honored to meet Ambassador David J. Lane, the new President of Sunnylands this week.
Our first site walk for the construction of their new Administration Campus – a 15-acre office + operations campus adjacent to the historic estate and visitor center – had us trekking the blow sand desert. In the coming months the native desert plants will be installed to bring shade and more solid ground to this desert experience set to open next year.