2011 News

CMG Principals Featured at ASLA Convention San Diego

Willett and Scott will be leading the TCLF tour of the Sunnylands Estate on Saturday, October 29, 8am-5pm.

Chris will speak Tuesday, November 1, 1:30-3:00 on Temporary Urbanism.

Kevin will speak Wednesday, November 2, 8-9:30 on Street Life.

TCLF Modernism in Palm Springs - the Sunnylands Tour

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will offer an exclusive preview of the soon-to-open Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California. The former home of Ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg and landmark of California modernism, designed by A. Quincy Jones, is scheduled to open to the public in November 2011. Because of TCLF’s important role in this project, a limited number of guests have been invited to preview the Sunnylands garden tour in advance of the official opening. In addition to Sunnylands, the daylong excursion will include visits to several other modernist jewels in the region. The capstone on the day will include a guided tour of the estate and a festive luncheon. Visit www.tclf.org/event to learn more.

Street Life

Streets are the most important public spaces in urban areas, be it New York, Melbourne, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. To prioritize pedestrians over automobiles, this presentation examines the work of Gehl Architects internationally and CMG Landscape Architects in San Francisco on a range from planning projects to temporary installations.

  • Learn how redesigned streets are the primary public gathering spaces within cities.
  • Study living street projects at a variety of scales, from master plans to temporary interventions.
  • Understand the partnerships that process and organize street redesign projects.

Featured Speakers: Kevin Conger, ASLA, CMG; Oliver Schulze, Gehl Architects; Neil Hrushowy, City and County of San Francisco

Temporary Urbanism: Experiments and Improvisations

Temporary landscape strategies are being deployed and celebrated around the world to create civic space and address mobility issues. At the same time, crises and migration lead to improvised landscapes of necessity. This survey of temporary interventions frames DIY urbanism as a new conceptual approach to urban landscape.

  • Discover the history and recent innovations of temporary landscape interventions.
  • Examine current trends, methods, and practices related to temporary and improvised landscapes.
  • Learn to apply temporary landscapes and improvisation to address urban development and crisis.

Featured Speakers: Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA, University of Virginia; Christopher Guillard, ASLA, CMG; John Bela, Rebar Group

Kevin Conger to speak at Tactical Urbanism Salon October 15 in Queens, NY

Kevin will join the Salon as a speaker, sharing CMG's work related to Tactical Urbanism including the most recent project, Parkmobiles.

From the Salon event page:

The Tactical Urbanism Salon is an event presenting international tactical urbanism projects. Presentations at the salon will demonstrate how short term action can lead to long term change in our cities. Information will be shared about a range of urban interventions that apply creativity, sustainability, technology, and social good. 

In conjunction with the salon, a public space intervention will be carried out in the streets of Long Island City, Queens.


If you would like to schedule a separate meeting with Kevin during his visit to NYC, please contact ihamilton@cmgsite.com.

Pacific Commons featured in Landscape Urbanism.com

CMG's Pacific Commons stormwater treatment wetland and trail system featured in the newly launched LandscapeUrbanism.com. Read on: 

VOTE! Parkmobiles a Finalist for 2011 California Home + Design Hit List

"Our readers nominated 2011's most stunning and innovative products, places, websites and design. The nominees were narrowed to 21 finalists by our editors. Now, it's time to vote for your favorite! Voting is open until September 10th. Winners will be featured in our November/December 2011 issue."

Vote here: http://www.californiahomedesign.com/content/vote-now-2011-hit-list

Kevin Conger to speak at ASLA Emerging Professionals Panel Discussion

ASLA Emerging Professionals Panel Discussion on the Future of Landscape Architecture

Kevin Conger was chosen to be one of four panelists from academic, professional, and government perspectives to discuss how CMG's approach to both business and design has changed since the start of the recession, and how our ability to think creatively has helped our firm stay innovative while responding to client demands and ever tightening budgets. Questions from the audience will follow.

The panel discussion will occur Thursday evening, September 15th on the UC Berkeley campus. More information to come.

CMG's Chris Guillard and Scott Cataffa speaking at ASLA San Diego Chapter

CMG's Chris Guillard and Scott Cataffa are speaking on 9/29/11 at San Diego ASLA Chapter's Landscape Architecture Lectures in 2011.

Lecture will be held at Neurosciences Institute.  6 PM reception will be followed by 7PM lecture.

Today's "Great Idea" at Dwell.com: Yerba Buena Street Life Plan and Parkmobiles.

Click here to read the full article and view the slideshow.

Street Life | Yerba Buena: A Community Design Initiative Exhibit at SPUR

The first Parkmobiles and the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan Exhibit opened on August 2nd at SPUR's Urban Center amidst crowds of people who came to see the project that has been growing momentum in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood.

To learn more, read the full Yerba Buena Street Life Plan here.

The SPUR Exhibit is open until August 24. For more details, click here.

Mint Plaza on July cover of Landscape Architecture magazine

"Fresh Mint Taste" pages 68-75

CMG at 2011 DWELL on Design Conference

Kevin Conger, Willett Moss, and Chris Guillard speaking at the 2011  DWELL on Design conference, June 24-26.

Lichen Grows

SF MOMA's Sculpture Garden lichen wall growing.

Duboce Playground Dreams of a New Future

Duboce Playground invites friends and neighbors to dream of a future playground for older kids.

CMG's Willett Moss and Chris Guillard speaking at 2011 UCSF Spring Lecture Series