Press

2017

Landscape Architects Leading the Charge for Climate Action

World Landscape Architect, Pamela Conrad, November 14, 2017.
“As landscape architects, we are uniquely qualified to process and synthesize complex challenges that yield sustainable, world-changing solutions. We have a significant role to play in the fight against climate change – both in adapting landscapes from the effects of global warming but also by mitigating, or designing against, the causes of global warming…Landscapes are traditionally planted so they possess the power to sequester carbon where architecture cannot. That being said, can Landscape Architects do better than carbon neutral? Can we instead strive beyond neutrality to do “net good” and contribute to the fight against climate change? The answer is yes”

Swenson reveals vision for dramatic transformation of San Jose’s Guadalupe River area

Silicon Valley Business Journal, Janice Bitters, November 9, 2017.
“San Jose-based Studio Current and Mayberry Workshop and San Francisco-based CMG Landscape Architecture also worked on the report and renderings…In those drawings, meandering bridges crisscross the Guadalupe River, where pedestrians watch kayakers float down a manmade waterway below next to the river, and daredevils speed past on a zip line overhead. High rises filled with office, retail, hotel and residential space envelop a long, central park that follows the river…It’s not a formal proposal. Swenson says the idea is to spark a conversation, gather feedback and try to win support for remaking the space around the Guadalupe in downtown – arguably one of the most overlooked nooks in the city.”

10 Teams Selected to Map Bay Area’s Response to Rising Sea Levels

SF Gate, John King, September 11, 2017.
“With sea level rise expected to become a pressing threat here within decades, 10 design teams have been selected to map how the Bay Area can respond. The teams selected for the Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge: All Bay Collective: AECOM, CMG Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, California College of the Arts”

Headlands to Unveil New Outdoor Space

San Francisco Chronicle, Charles Desmarais, September 6, 2017.
“On Sept. 17, Headlands will unveil the Commons, a substantial new space that is part site-specific art, part venue for outdoor events. A free daytime celebration with plenty of family-oriented fare is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m.”

This San Francisco Development Will Turn a Working Subway Vent into a Public Sculpture

The Architects Newspaper, Antonio Pacheco, July 27, 2017 Urban Invention.
“A forthcoming mixed-use affordable housing development by David Baker Architects (DBA), Kennerly Architecture and Planning, and CMG Landscape Architecture (all San Francisco–based firms) aims to bring 579 new units to a complicated site in San Francisco’s South of Market district…The vent will be given a sculptural treatment by the designers: a geometric exoskeleton will highlight the vent’s place at the center of a new plaza.”

Facebook Partners with OMA on Mixed-Use Masterplan in Menlo Park

OMA News, July 6, 2017.
“Facebook’s John Tenanes, VP of Global Facilities and Real Estate said “Working with the community, our goal for the Willow Campus is to create an integrated, mixed-use village that will provide much needed services, housing and transit solutions as well as office space.” The Willow Campus Masterplan design was led by OMA Partner Shohei Shigematsu, Associate Jake Forster, and Project Architect Ted Lin in collaboration with Atelier 10 (Sustainability), CMG (Landscape), Fehr & Peers (Mobility and Transportation), Mobility in Chain (Mobility and Transportation), PAE (MEP Engineering).”

New Lake Link Trail segment unveils a wonderland in the Flats

Fresh Water Cleveland, Karen Connelly Rice, June 29, 2017.
“What’s new in C Town? The newest half-mile installment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail opened to the public on Friday, June 9 with no fanfare or ribbon cutting. Instead, eager walkers, joggers and bicyclists began using the segment as if it has always been there. …The next phase — the Irishtown Bend element ­— is in the planning stages.”

Daggett Plaza Opens in Design District

Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen & Equity Residential’s Jim Kelly Officially Open Daggett Plaza in Design District
The Registry, publisher9, April 20, 2017.
“Built on City-owned land that previously was the one-block long Daggett Street, Equity Residential dedicated $2.5 million to develop the new public park and will preserve and maintain the park in perpetuity as a gift to the City. San Francisco, CA – April 19, 2017 – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen, community members and Equity Residential cut the ceremonial ribbon today in celebration of the opening of the city’s newest public space, Daggett Plaza, announced Jim Kelly, First Vice President Development for Equity Residential. Equity Residential committed $2.5 million to convert the former one-block long Daggett Street, into a one-acre public park. According to Mayor Ed Lee, “In order to provide new open spaces to match our growth, significant funding beyond existing City resources is necessary to develop and maintain new amenities that continue to support livability in San Francisco. When we can work with strong, committed partners like Equity Residential, we can capture these substantial opportunities that benefit our City.” The new plaza, designed by CMG Landscape Architects, remains 100% owned by the City but will be maintained permanently by Equity Residential.        ”

Winners Announced to Redesign San Jose’s St. James Park

The Architects Newspaper, Antonio Pacheco, March 24, 2017.
“The City of San Jose held a national competition to redesign the neglected park back in 2016… A design team made up of San Francisco–based CMG Landscape Architecture, Future Cities Lab, Page & Turnbull Architects, and ARUP engineers has been awarded a contract to rehabilitate San Jose, California’s historic St. James Park.”

Port Hires Design Team to Envision Transformation of Irishtown Bend

www.Cleveland.com, Steven Litt, February 9, 2017.
“The Port of Cleveland took a big step Thursday toward shaping a new vision for the crumbling Irishtown Bend hillside, which could become a 17-acre park on the Cuyahoga River with superlative skyline views and links to the Towpath Trail and Whiskey Island on Lake Erie. The Port board voted Thursday morning to appoint a design team for the project, led by the Cleveland office of the engineering firm of Michael Baker International, with the San Francisco-based landscape architecture firm of CMG.”

2016

Bay Meadows Scores Popular Craft Brewer for Outdoor Beer Garden

San Francisco Business Times, Tessa Lowe, December 7, 2016.
“'Bay Meadows is a beautiful project. The developers and partners have done a great job of creating a community there, and that’s what we’re all about,' said Fieldwork co-owner Barry Braden…The beer garden is set to open April 2017. The garden will be designed by CMG Landscape Design – the group responsible for projects such as SFMOMA’s Sculpture Garden and Mint Plaza..”

Mission Rock Preps for 100 Years of Sea Level Rise

Curbed San Francisco, Adam Brinklow, December 1, 2016.
“…Take note of the particularly revealing slide labeled “Living With The Bay,” illustrating that the lowest areas closer to the waterfront will simply be designed with regular flooding in mind, using FEMA projections for the year 2100.”

Promise is Building in Long-Neglected SF Shipyard Site

San Francisco Chronicle, John King, September 21, 2016.
“All of them [neighborhood parks of varying size] so far have been designed by the landscape architecture firm CMG, including the 2–acre Hillpoint Park that includes a large sloping lawn alongside a constructed overlook that offers cliff-like views of the bay. […] a sense of spacious possibility, where you’re part of something larger and at liberty to find your own niche. […] It’s a remarkable setting and a provocative contrast. If San Francisco is lucky, the two sides of the shipyard together might someday form a complex, truly compelling addition to the city’s ever-richer fabric.  ”

Massive Redevelopment Underway for Treasure Island

KQED Radio, Host: Rachel Myrow, May 24, 2016.

City Vision for Lakefront: More Parkland, More Tall Buildings

American Statesman, Shonda Novak, April 5, 2016.
“The plan has emerged amid numerous meetings with property owners, architects, consultants and public meetings with citizens, neighbors and other interested people.”

Obama Revives the Republican Glory Years of Sunnylands Estate

The New York Times, Mark Landler, February 7, 2016.
“Mr. Obama has become a loyal visitor to that 200-acre oasis of olive trees and artificial lakes near Palm Springs. He has used the estate, which was built in 1966 by the publisher Walter H. Annenberg, to confer with V.I.P.s like President Xi Jinping of China and King Abdullah II of Jordan. But its real appeal for this warm-weather president is as a place to unwind with old friends, who join him for getaway weekends to play golf.”

Design, Transform, Conserve:The Remaking of Sunnylands

The Getty Conservation Institute, January 20, 2016.
“Speakers include two of Sunnylands' directors, who defined and guided the project and two of the designers charged with carrying out the work: Willett Moss, Partner, CMG Landscape Architecture, discussing conserving the modern landscape design and how, in light of California's unprecedented drought, Sunnylands has responded to this water emergency”

2015

SCHOOL SPIRIT: A revived Sproul Plaza Complex Supports Student Life and Activities

The Architect's Newspaper, Mimi Zeiger, December 7, 2015.
“Moore Ruble Yudell worked with CMG Landscape Architecture to retrofit Lower Sproul, originally designed by Lawrence Halprin. To determine the sizes and locations of stairs, openings, and landscape areas, the design team spent hours in the plaza mapping how students move through public space. ‘The question of choreography was critical,’ said Violich with a nod to Halprin’s design process.”

What These Photos of Facebook’s New Headquarters Say About the Future of Work

The Washington Post, Todd C. Frankel, November 30, 2015.
“Building 20 . . . features a nine-acre rooftop garden, complete with mature trees and rolling hills of grass. Two laps around the meandering gravel path takes about 30 minutes, perfect for Silicon Valley’s famed walking meetings or an employee’s weekly one-on-one meeting with her manager.”

Take a Look at the Brand New Public Art at the SF Shipyard

SF Curbed, Tracy Elsen, November 5, 2015.
“Art has long been a part of the community rising out at the San Francisco Shipyard.”

Giants’ High-Rise Development Plan Wins Easy Victory

San Francisco Chronicle, John King, November 3, 2015.
“'People like the mix — Anchor Steam, parks, affordable housing,' said Jack Bair, the team executive who has led the development push for what the Giants call Mission Rock, next to the Mission Bay redevelopment district.”

At Old Racetrack Site, Dense Development is Suburbia’s Best Bet

SF Chronicle, John King, October 18, 2015.
“The network of parks and open spaces designed by San Francisco’s CMG Landscape Architecture, thankfully, pushes the envelope a bit. It provides the expected — play structures and picnic tables — but also responds to ever-more-varied notions of the role that common ground can play in contemporary life.”

Sculpture Suitable for Framing at Hunters Point

San Francisco Chronicle, Sam Whiting, October 13, 2015.
“‘We knew the park would be there because that was part of the development agreement,’ says Bohee. ‘But we wanted art as a way to recognize the cultural importance of the neighborhood.’”

Top 10 Super Cool Corporate Headquarters

Bisnow, Kathleen Wong, September 15, 2015.
“The new Facebook HQ features a half mile looped walkable rooftop as a "space to think," Facebook HR chief Lori Goler says.”

At U.C. Berkeley, once out-of-fashion Lower Sproul Plaza gets a remodel

San Francisco Chronicle, John King, September 4, 2015.
“The project’s landscape architect, CMG of San Francisco, saw a similar need to mix and match. 'Halprin is a hero, and we saw this as a wonderful opportunity to keep the spirit of the space but take up where he left off,”' said Willett Moss of CMG. 'Add more variety of materials and spatial environments.'”

Designs Unveiled for South Central Austin Waterfront District

Time Warner Cable News Austin, Jeff Stensland, September 4, 2015.
“'This really brings in the community and the private property owners to have a conversation about how you can get benefit for everybody,' said Abby Hall with the Environmental Protection Agency… It's an effort to clean the air, water and appearance of an area of Austin ripe for change. The green space designs will fold into a much larger master plan for the district.”

New beauty for Austin’s South Central Waterfront unveiled

KXAN Austin, David Scott, September 3, 2015.
“'It will be walkable, bikeable, safe, friendly, comfortable, shady, tree lined, green and much more pleasant,' said Scott Cataffa of CMG Landscape Architecture.”

South Central Waterfront Initiative Wants You

The Austin Chronicle, Amy Kamp, September 2, 2015.
“The EPA grant allowed the SCWI to hire landscape architects CMG to come up with preliminary designs. At yesterday’s workshop, designs for the five key locations were unveiled, and attendees were able to offer feedback. Between now and tomorrow’s workshop, the designers will be furiously redrawing the designs in order to incorporate some of those suggestions.”

Lively Treasure Island Artworks Project Launches this Fall

San Francisco Chronicle, Lizzie Johnson, August 28, 2015.
“Kevin Conger, a landscape architect with CMG, has worked on plans for the island for years. The island will be transformed into something better because of the art, he said. 'There’s very few opportunities to create public open space of this scale,' Conger said. 'Treasure Island will certainly become a new destination spot. Some will go for the restaurants or to ride their bikes or go sailing or check out the sports park. But most of them will go there because it’s a place that’s also about art. That’s something to celebrate.'”

The New West Oakland Farm Park

Edible East Bay, Jillian Laurel Steinberger, August 11, 2015.
“Spearheaded by CMG landscape architect Carrie Rybcynski and community leaders, the team conducted a series of charrettes and visioning sessions over three months in 2010, which led to a concept design that matched the community’s wants and needs. Rybczynski says the park and farm are a natural fit. 'There will be lots of eyes on the project, and advocates for keeping it going. It’s a good way to build community around food.'”

Status Update: Channeling Facebook’s startup culture, Frank Gehry creates a mammoth, vibrant warehouse for the social-media company.

Architectural Record, Lydia Lee, August 1, 2015.
“Initially proposed by the architect's team as a sustainability measure, the concept expanded into a full-fledged park. The ½-mile loop with numerous branching paths accommodates “walking meetings,” a popular way to conduct one-on-one confabs in Silicon Valley. When you are in the rooftop park, buffeted by the winds coming off the Bay, it feels like being on the crest of a hill. Buckling-restrained braces are in place to resist seismic forces. These supports also help manage the load of soil, plantings—including full-sized trees—and up to 5,000 people.”

City Plans to Transform Treasure Island with $50 Million for Public Art

KQED, Sarah Hotchkiss, July 21, 2015.
“Over the next 20 years, the man-made tract of land will undergo a massive transformation, on par with its historical shift from world’s fair site to Navy base in 1941. Its population will swell from about 2,000 residents to an estimated 19,000, it will gain a ferry station, up to 500 hotel rooms, and, perhaps most remarkably, $50 million in public art.”

Folsom Street’s East End To Become More Bike And Pedestrian-Friendly

Hoodline, Geri Koeppel, July 21, 2015.
“So far, neighbors appear to be pleased with the progress. "I think this is a new standard in streetscape and better street planning," said SoMa resident Alice Rogers after the meeting.”

How does Facebook plant it’s garden? In sync with nature

San Francisco Chronicle, Julie Chai, June 13, 2015.
“Facebook’s new building in Menlo Park, known as MPK 20, has garnered a lot of attention for its Frank Gehry design. But, one of its most beautiful features starts about 50 feet above the ground: the expansive rooftop garden.”

Facebook is Using Famous Instagrammers to Show Off Its New Office

Gizmodo, Alissa Walker, March 30, 2015.
“'It’s one large room designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry with a nine-acre park on top.'  All the featured photographers had some version of this phrase. There aren’t any photos truly showing the 'one long room' yet, but here’s the roof. The garden is designed by CMG Landscape Architects.”

Facebook’s Frank Gehry Building Unveiled in First Pictures

Silicon Valley Business Journal, Nathan Donato-Weinstein, March 30, 2015.
“Facebook’s occupancy of the 430,000-square-foot project — among the largest single-room offices in the world — marks a major milestone for the 11-year-old company, and for Silicon Valley’s larger corporate real estate scene.”

A First Look at Facebook’s New Mothership, Designed by Frank Gehry

It's one big grass-covered room
Fast Co. Design, Mark Wilson, March 15, 2015.
“Bigger picture, Facebook has just fired the first shot in Silicon Valley’s latest war—the one about "who has the most architecturally impressive offices?" Apple is building a giant clickwheel designed by Norman Foster, while Google just shared plans for a modular canopy designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels Group. It’s worth noting that Facebook recently spent $400 million acquiring an additional 56 acres directly across the street from its new Gehry. What exactly that space is for, Facebook has yet to say.”

Facebook Moves Into Its New Garden-Roofed Fantasyland

Wired, Cade Metz, March 15, 2015.
“The roof of the new Facebook building, about 70-feet up, offers a winding walk through nine acres of greenery. This walkway sits above the marshlands of Menlo Park, California, not the big city. But, Goler says, it feels a lot like the elevated railroad line that now serves as a park on the West Side of Manhattan. ”

Instagram Posts of Facebook MPK20

Instagram, March 15, 2015.
“Search #MPK20 to see the constant stream.”

Google Proposes Expanding Mountain View Headquarters

KQED, Michael Krasny, March 2, 2015.
“'Reshaping the transportation profile to address the issues of post peak oil and water future,' Louise Mozingo asks, ' . . . .  When are we going to have a 21st century progressive era in which both the capitalists, politicians and advocates come together to reshape the landscape of American suburbia in general and this place in particular that is under such pressure? You have here an intersection of profitability and problems that seems to me an enormous opportunity to innovate.'”

Google’s New Headquarters: an Upgradable, Futuristic Greenhouse

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels, the company's new California headquarters are glass domes set in a supercharged pastoral dream - with WiFi.
The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright, February 27, 2015.
“'In nature, things aren’t over-prescribed,' says Ingels, as the camera pans across a rolling meadow. 'If our work environments could have more of this flexibility and openness for interpretation, they would become more stimulating environments to work in.'”

Exclusive: First Look at Google’s Plans for Sprawling Sci-Fi Campus

Real Estate INC, Nathan Donato-Weinstein, February 25, 2015.
“As reported earlier this week, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group andThomas Heatherwick of London-based Heatherwick Studio lead the design team. The landscape architect is San Francisco's CMG Landscape Architecture, (which is also doing Facebook's Building 20, designed by Frank Gehry).”

Midmarket Rising: Inside the Fancy Food Market Now Open in the Twitter Building

SF Curbed, Lamar Anderson, January 21, 2015.
“Plus, there will be seating outside; the back of the Market opens up onto Stevenson Commons, the CMG Landscape Architecture-designed alley-turned-pedestrian park.”

2014

Presidio Park Project Lands Architect Behind High Line in N.Y.

San Francisco Chronicle, John King, December 9, 2014.
“The local team of CMG, EHDD and the Exploratorium had a user-friendly concept that included a footbridge gliding from the newly created bluff to the bayside edge of Crissy Field’s vast lawn. For many people, the gesture was too extravagant; for me, it had a lyricism that, done right, could unite the two landscapes with audacity and grace.”

New Driving Restrictions On San Francisco’s Market Street Will Cut Down Private Vehicle Use

CBS SF Bay Area, KCBS, December 5, 2014.
“…These series of turn restrictions will significantly reduce the amount of private vehicles on Market Street and thereby the potential for conflict between pedestrians.”

Gifts on the Go: Newly Revamped Public Spaces

SF Gate, Nicole Schneider, December 3, 2014.
“Annie Street Plaza is one of the newest assets of our streets. The plaza invites people to take a break from the hustle and bustle of SoMa. Located just off Mission Street between Third and New Montgomery streets, the plaza opened just a couple of weeks ago. Yerba Buena Community Benefit District — the group that conceived of this project and saw it through completion — is collecting input on plaza activities from the community at http://svy.mk/1rkBFWT.”

Developers Push Forward on Projects at San Mateo Caltrain Stations

San Francisco Business Times, Sharon Simonson, December 2, 2014.
“Robust job creation is reviving developer interest in high-density housing and office developments next to two of San Mateo's Caltrain stations, signaling anew the region's broadening economic recovery and rising popular preference for public transit.”

Latest Place to Benefit from Tech Boom: San Mateo County

San Francisco Chronicle, Andrew S. Ross, December 1, 2014.
“It’s the first commercial development at the former site of 74-year-old Bay Meadows racetrack, now an 83-acre master-planned community with some townhomes, condos, parks and a high school already open.”

A New Plaza in San Francisco!

Landscape Architecture Daily, November 1, 2014.
“Sponsored by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, the pedestrian plaza is a key project identified in the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. Among the plan’s goals are increased pedestrian safety and activation of alleyways in the Yerba Buena neighborhood.”

Annie Alley Transformed Into a Downtown Gathering Space

Streetsblog SF, Aaron Bialick, November 1, 2014.
“[The plaza project] shows just how little you really need to do to make use of these public spaces for things other than cars,” said Gil Kelley, who started as the Planning Department’s citywide planning director earlier this year. “A few lights, a few plants, a few wooden benches, a little music — and suddenly, you have a great event space.”

Sustainability: Annie Street Plaza Unveiled Amid Bustling Yerba Buena Neighborhood

Mass Transit Magazine, November 1, 2014.
“The alleys within Yerba Buena remind us of the neighborhood’s history and have a very human scale, which makes them great pedestrian spaces,” said Kevin Conger, principal, CMG Landscape Architecture. “We thought the space would be even more interesting with vertical elements, and allow for movie nights and other events. Our goal was to make a temporary design elegant and flexible, but I think the end result will make folks think that the space feels permanent.”

Fun with Urban Planning: New Pedestrian Oasis at Annie Street Plaza Opens Tonight

SF Curbed, Lamar Anderson, November 1, 2014.
“The project, designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, converts Annie Alley into exclusively pedestrian space, with new seating, greenery, and lighting set up in the lane just south of Market Street, between Third and New Montgomery.”

SF Gate: S.F.’s Newest Public Space Provides Invitation to Sit, Linger

San Francisco Chronicle, John King, November 1, 2014.
“This one has been in the works for two years, with trial closures to make way for movie nights and block parties. There are concrete benches that overlap the sidewalk, a low wooden seating platform that doubles as a stage, and a dozen movable chairs.”

Sunday Fotos: Two Firsts – Annie Street

Bikes and the City, November 1, 2014.
“I had recently seen the SFPlanning dpt flickr pictures of the Annie street plaza opening off Mission street in the South of Market, which had its official opening night last week. It was pretty exciting to be within a block from Annie street earlier today, so I took a minute to go check it out.”

Fun with Urban Planning: Yerba Buena’s Annie Alley to Pop Up As a Pedestrian Oasis

SF Curbed, Tracy Elsen, October 16, 2014.
“The alley will serve as a place to test programming, greening, and maintenance in plaza form. If the pilot project is successful, it could open the door for other plaza transformations as outlined in the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, a road map for more than 30 projects that aim to enhance street life over the next 10 years.”

Neighborhoods: Under Construction And Designed To Activate The Alleyways

Socketsite, October 1, 2014.
“One of 36 projects in the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District’s Street Life Plan, Annie Street Plaza is the YBCBD’s pilot effort to activate the neighborhood’s alleyways and encourage pedestrian circulation between Market and Mission.”

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Landscape Architecture Magazine, October 1, 2014.

Five New Designs for San Francisco’s Presidio Parklands

Urbanful, Mayna Vancaillie, September 30, 2014.
“Each of the concepts explores ways to maximize views of the Golden Gate Bridge, provide public access to the water, and encourage fitness, fun and creativity. San Francisco-based CMG Landscape Architecture’s design proposes a pedestrian bridge to connect the new park to Crissy Field, and indoor viewing areas to create spaces that are comfortable year round.”

Five Design Teams Unveil Designs for Presidio Parklands

World Landscape Architecture, Damian Holmes, September 15, 2014.
“Our design achieves this by integrating the contiguous landscape types and creating habitats for native plants, wildlife, and people. Finally, we provide opportunities to frame, enhance, and highlight the views and natural phenomena in a variety of experiences and destina-tions, from the grand to the intimate. We call our project the Obser-vation Post, which like the Main Post, is a collection of buildings and landscapes. Our project also replaces the existing Observation Post building with a new structure that better serves the goal of observing.”

Five Proposals Unveiled for Presidio Parklands in San Francisco

ArchDaily, Rory Stott, September 9, 2014.
“The focal point of the proposal by CMG Landscape Architecture is the Observation Post, a which allows users to view the bay from the roof. Complementing this key intervention are a series of smaller structures which add life to the park, such as the ‘cyanoscope’ which allows users of the park to see just how blue the sky is that day, the ‘listening coves’ which enhance the user’s sense of hearing to listen to the surrounding environment, and the kinetic dune fence which is animated by the wind.”

Presidio, Take Two

After cultural space fails in the San Francisco park, finalists reveal plans for Parklands project.
The Architect's Newspaper, Ariel Rosenstock, September 9, 2014.
“CMG Landscape Architecture unites the 13 acres of parkland through a focus on programming, creating “clear and inviting interaction between the Main Post, the East Beach and the historic airfield,” explained Scott Cataffa, principal at CMG, in his design presentation. Wind gardens with undulating fences shape protected spaces for fire pits and learning spaces, while helping tie the different ecological landscapes together. A lounge with a large overhang gives visitors multiple ways to view the bay. There is also the Cyanoscope Underlook, a circular structure with an oculus, and the Ohlone Meadow, a field filled with giant bright orange poppies.”

Events & Media: Thunderdome Debate: Liz Ogbu v Kevin Conger: Brainwash Plaza

UC Berkeley CED, September 8, 2014.
“Tonight at 7pm in 112 Wurster Hall Liz Ogbu, designer, social innovator, and urbanist and Kevin Conger, one of the founding partners of CMG Landscape Architecture and newly honored as a Fellow in the ASLA, will be speaking on their collaborative work Brainwash Plaza in San Francisco, the first open space designed Public Architecture’s SoMa Open Space Strategy.”

Architecture: Competing Designs Revealed for Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

designboom, September 5, 2014.
“the proposals reimagine a project site bounded by historic military camps to the south and open marshland to the north, with connectivity to the active recreation area, crissy field. the call for entries required parklands to bridge above not-yet-realized tunnel roadways, which will replace an existing elevated highway (doyle drive). the schemes were also tasked with revitalizing existing presidio visitor center and crissy field center youth campus, with the latter to incorporate a ‘learning landscape’.”

Just Released: Plans for a New Presidio Park

The Bold Italic, Caleb Pershan, September 4, 2014.
“Local group CMG is responsible for notable SF projects including the SFMOMA Rooftop Sculpture Garden and the Transbay Terminal Under Ramp Park. With their design for the Presidio, “The Observation Post,” the firm would expand the area’s marsh (and include a “floating playground” above it with nets to bounce across), convert the Sports Basement building into a youth learning center, and construct an “airfield bridge” above Mason. If that’s enough design to make you need a drink, you can stop at CMG’s planned Slough Brew Beer Garden.”

Mindboggling Reveals: Starchitects Vie to Design Presidio Plot That Doesn’t Exist Yet

SF Curbed, Dylan Pilaar, September 4, 2014.
“Last April, the Presidio Trust selected five design teams to come up with ideas for the new landscape that will be created when the Presidio Parkway (née Doyle Drive) tunnels underground in 2016. Today the teams' visions for the soon-to-be-born open space reconnecting the Main Post with the bay have been revealed.”

Unveiled: Five Visions for Landscape Above Crissy Field

SF Chronicle, John King, September 4, 2014.
“The most local team was assembled by CMG Landscape Architecture with prominent roles assigned to architecture firm EHDD and the Exploratorium. The science museum's role may explain why this one emphasizes program more than the others, with such touches as a "learning landscape" and wind gardens.”

Competing Visions for a New Presidio Landscape to be Unveiled

SF Chronicle, John King, September 2, 2014.
“Each set of designs explores the potential of 13 acres that will drape across tunnels that are part of the rebuilding of Doyle Drive, the approach from downtown San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge through the former military post. The concepts are the work of five design teams invited to compete in March. But the idea isn't to select a winner. Rather, it's to begin a debate about the future of a remarkably situated piece of land that does not yet exist.”

Behind Persimmon Park, Meet Pamela at CMG Landscape Architecture

Bay Meadows Blog, Bay Meadows, September 1, 2014.
“How would you personally spend a morning or afternoon as a resident at Bay Meadows? Pamela: As a runner, in the mornings I would take advantage of the entire park network that stretches over the 80 acre site, traveling along the tree-lined streets and looping through each of the parks. The scale of the site is perfect for getting exercise in a pedestrian friendly environment. In the afternoon or evenings, I imagine strolling to Persimmon Park with my husband and two dogs, catching-up over the day’s events, and playing a bit of fetch on the lawn.”

Mindboggling Reveals: On Rebound From Lucas Fracas, Presidio Tries a New Approach

SF Curbed, Lamar Anderson, August 25, 2014.
“Last March the trust, in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, invited five teams to submit ideas. James Corner Field Operations, of High Line fame, drafted a proposal, as did CMG Landscape Architecture—a veteran of the EHDD-led team that went out for the Commissary site. Snøhetta, West 8, and Olin are also contenders.”

Bay Meadows Celebrates Opening of its New Community Gardens

San Jose Mercury, Mark Dufrene, August 16, 2014.
“Bay Meadows officially opened its community garden, Persimmon Park on Saturday, featuring 99-plot raised bed gardens for Bay Meadows residents. The gardens will be supervised and maintained by Star Apple Edible Gardens, who offered gardening demos, tools and supplies at Saturday's event.”

SF Can Learn From Housing Initiatives in Neighboring Cities

SF Examiner, Joel P. Engardio, July 6, 2014.
“But Lee is moving to San Mateo, a once-sleepy suburb that's quickly embracing today's demographic shifts. He recently bought a home in a mixed-use development next to a Caltrain station. The Bay Meadows project combines housing, offices and retail with open space. It also hosts community events like summer movies in the park with a night market and food trucks.”

City Readies $500 Million Moscone Makeover

Bay City News, Jules Bernstein, June 19, 2014.
“Skidmore partner Craig Hartman says the expansion will amend some aspects of the current design for exterior spaces that: “… after 20 years of use haven’t performed as well as we might’ve hoped.” Hartman said those aspects include the way the current exit ramps along Howard and Third streets cut off pedestrian access to the sidewalks, as well as the cumbersome bridge connection between Yerba Buena Gardens and the carousel.”

American Society of Landscape Architects Elevates 32 Outstanding Landscape Architects to the Council of Fellows

MarketWatch, June 17, 2014.
“Kevin Conger, of CMG Landscape Architecture, received his nomination, for Leadership/Management, from the Northern California Chapter. His sustained focus on the improvement of San Francisco's open public space has established deep relationships among sustaining organizations and public agencies. He has been a design leader for many of San Francisco's projects of benefit to the public, which recently includes the redesign of Market Street, San Francisco's main transit and cultural boulevard. He has also carried his transit-oriented infrastructure concepts to Seattle. Even in his more modest projects he has generated significant community empowerment, such as a nonprofit farm-park that provides fresh, healthy produce to the food desert of West Oakland. His BSLA is from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and MLA from Rhode Island School of Design.”

Designing With Water

Dwell on Design, June 10, 2014.
“At San Francisco’s Mint Plaza (designed in part by CMG Landscape Architecture), for instance, shallow grading and a discreet slot drain divert storm water runoff to a pair of rain gardens and an underground filtration system, and away from the city’s sewer system.”

Developers Pour Into Market and Van Ness

SF Chronicle, J.K. Dineen, May 10, 2014.
“Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the urban think tank SPUR, calls it 'the central intersection of San Francisco'. 'It's the central point in the city, and it's been a mediocre place for as long as anyone can remember. We have an opportunity now to make this intersection into a really important part of the city,' he said.”

Presidio Trust Enlists Five to Envision New Schemes for Crissy Field

ArchDaily, Karissa Rosenfield, May 2, 2014.
“San Francisco’s Presidio Trust isn’t giving up. After rejecting three shortlisted schemes earlier this year that envisioned a “cultural institution of distinction” for the underdeveloped Crissy Field, the Trust has now invited five new teams to envision “kid-friendly” plans for a 13 acre portion of the site.”

Rendering Reveal: Updated Designs for Dogpatch Arts Plaza, Giant Spider Spotted

SF Curbed, Dylan Pilaar, May 2, 2014.
“New additions to the $1.2M dollar project include moveable planters and benches, which will not only add greenery but also keep the space flexible. Aside from mobile furnishings, art installations will now be located in the center of the plaza, as opposed to the southeast corner.”

Coming Attractions: Dogpatch Arts Plaza Will Bring New Life to 19th Street

SF Curbed, Dylan Pilaar, April 24, 2014.
“The Dogpatch Arts Plaza will transform an unsightly dead-end at 19th Street just west of Indiana Street in to a new public plaza filled with art.”

Five Design Firms Offer Visions for Park at Edge of Crissy Field

SF Chronicle, John King, April 23, 2014.
“The San Francisco firm leading a team that made the cut is CMG Landscape Architecture. The firm is an offshoot of Hargreaves Associates, the designer of Crissy Field's open spaces.The firm also worked on the landscape for the proposed Presidio Exchange, a finalist in the recent competition for the commissary site alongside the bluff-to-be. That contest, which included a proposed museum by filmmaker George Lucas, was called off in February without a winner being selected.”

Bay Meadows Marks First Anniversary

The San Francisco Examiner, Brendan P. Bartholomew, April 3, 2014.
“A living wall is among the attractions in Bay Meadows, a San Mateo County community built on the site of a racetrack that closed in 2008 after more than 70 years of racing.”

We’re Close to Turning SF Into a Bike Utopia

The Bold Italic, Josh Wilson, March 20, 2014.
“Six years from now, planners estimate, Market Street will have been repaved and re-engineered from Octavia to Embarcadero, recasting the boulevard into one of the state’s premiere transit-first corridors.”

Tech: Here’s What Facebook’s New Frank Gehry- Designed Campus Will Look Like

TIME Magazine, Katy Steinmetz, March 19, 2014.
“The crown jewel of the design is the roof, which will be covered by a park with trees transplanted from around California and “drought-resistant grasses.” Picture: coffee shop, burger shack, walking paths, an abundance of benches. On the ground floor, employees will look out one side to another park and the other to native tidal marshlands.”

Presidio Trust Shoots Down George Lucas’ Plan, Two Others

SF Chronicle, John King, February 3, 2014.
“That future, rather than the nondescript present, is what stirred the interest of Lucas and his rivals, each of whom proposed cultural centers with environmental themes. It also is why such forces as the National Park Service weighed in during recent months, saying any decision should be delayed until work on the new Presidio Parkway is complete.”

Renovation, Addition, Adaptation: Urban Game Changer

Architectural Record, Lamar Anderson, February 1, 2014.
“CMG Landscape Architecture will finish the conversion of a former alley separating the two buildings into a pocket park, called the Commons, with a zigzagging canopy of LED tube lights and a fire pit.”

Crissy Field Proposals Await Presidio Trust Decision

SF Chronicle, John King, January 29, 2014.
“The meeting in the Main Post of the 1,491-acre national park was the last opportunity for the public to weigh in on three proposals for a cultural facility that would replace the former commissary building on Mason Street, across from the remade marsh of Crissy Field.”

The $350 Million Plans For Expanding San Francisco’s Moscone Center

Socketsite, January 23, 2014.
“The proposed project would also reconfigure the existing adjacent bus pick-up and drop-off facilities and create two pedestrian bridges spanning Howard Street, which would connect Moscone North and South expansions at the second level above grade.”

Details Emerge on Three Crissy Field Proposals

SF Chronicle, John King, January 21, 2014.
“The Conservancy's concept, dubbed the Presidio Exchange, is the only proposal that would reuse a portion of the Sports Basement in its 97,000-square-foot structure, retaining the bones of the nondescript block while removing the concrete walls. It would be built in two phases to control costs while "allowing the Parks Conservancy to learn from the early years of audience response." Activities would be a combination of "program hub" and "public gathering place." The design of the structure would include weather-protected public space and walkways through the building that would tie into park trails.”

George Lucas Proposal Out of Place in Presidio

SF Chronicle, John King, January 21, 2014.
“The third is the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which envisions a "hub that amplifies the Presidio's nature and history" as well as a large, glassy room offering "comfort, refreshment, information and exchange."”

Smaller, Softer Ideas for Presidio Center Unveiled

SF Examiner, Chris Roberts, January 17, 2014.
“Scaled-back proposals for museums and cultural centers at the former Commissary in the Presidio were filed Friday, giving the public- and the decision-makers at the Presidio Trust – about 10 days to review and voice their opinions.”

The Future of Designing (With) Water

ARCHITECT, Bill Worthen, January 1, 2014.
“CMG Landscape Architecture led a team of engineers, biologists, and hydrologists to design a comprehensive storm swater plan that includes LIDs, wetlands, cisterns, and is integrated with an on-island wastewater treatment plant, reclaimed water irrigation system, and toilet flushing in new development”

2013

King: Crissy Field Plans Need Overhaul

SF Chronicle, John King, December 4, 2013.
“Architecturally, the finalist that comes closest is the Presidio Exchange. The design by EHDD and CMG Landscape Architecture would pull apart to allow trails to go from the bluff toward the water on both the first and second floors, while ample walls of glass would blur the lines between inside and out. It would be built in two phases, with the latter piece tucked below a green roof that would read as an extension of the bluff.”

Opinion: PX Proposal Highlights Presidio’s Assets

SF Gate, Amy Meyer, November 1, 2013.
“The Presidio is part of one of America's most beloved and innovative national parks – a park known for its glorious assets and communities of involved supporters. The Presidio Exchange, or PX, is the only proposal of the three for the former commissary site that would build on these successes.”

News: Development: Battle Lines Drawn Over Presidio Future

SF Examiner, Jonah Owen Lamb, October 25, 2013.
“On one side stood supporters of an art museum proposed by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas. On the other stood backers of a cultural center proposed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.”

Art & Design: Three Vie to Build Culture Center at Presidio in San Francisco

The New York Times, Deborah Solomon, September 15, 2013.
“The third proposal, from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, calls for an all-purpose, infinitely adaptable Presidio Exchange, or PX, that would turn over its space to about 30 local groups. “We came at it from the standpoint of the Presidio being a national park, and national parks are one of the few things in this country that we all own together,” said Greg Moore, executive director of the conservancy.”

Science: Tracking Wildlife (Not Wild Life) on San Francisco’s Market Street

KQED, Molly Samuel, September 9, 2013.
“It was a series of “tiger” sightings that sparked the idea — specifically the tiger swallowtail, a big yellow butterfly that seems to have taken to Market because the street resembles its natural habitat.”

Tumblr: Lovers of Our Rooftop Garden will be Happy to Know…

SFMOMA on the Go, SFMOMA, September 1, 2013.
“Lovers of our Rooftop Garden will be happy to know that as we make room for our expansion, we’re also being careful to preserve some of our most cherished spaces (and, in this case, trees). ”

Future of San Francisco’s Market Street Comes Into View

Triple Pundit, Thomas Schueneman, July 26, 2013.
“A joint project involving several San Francisco agencies, Better Market Street’s goal is to rejuvenate one of the City’s main thoroughfares, sections of which have succumbed to blight and deterioration, clogged with traffic and gridlock. Through innovative urban planning, Better Market Street seeks to reestablish the street as a premier cultural, civic and economic hub for San Francisco, while at the same time easing traffic congestion and making it easier for pedestrians and cyclist to safely enjoy the area.”

New Renderings, Details on Car-Free Areas From “Better Market Street”

SF Streetsblog, Aaron Bialick, July 18, 2013.
“Planners presented renderings of specific stretches of Market, including redesigns for both UN and Hallidie Plaza (where the Powell Station entrance would be raised), as well as proposed changes to Muni stop spacing. Ellis Street would also be closed to car traffic to create a new plaza. The presentation also shed more light on the three bikeway options — putting protected bike lanes on Market, on Mission, or neither. New street plans show how those ideas would pan out, including the spots where planners say there just isn’t enough width to maintain a continuous bikeway on Market.”

San Mateo: Bay Meadows, Touted as Model of Smart Growth, Begins Selling Homes

San Jose Mercury News, Aaron Kinney, July 9, 2013.
“Local planners and policy-makers tout the undertaking, called Bay Meadows Phase II, as the embodiment of sustainable growth: building new residential clusters around public transportation hubs. When it’s finished about five years from now, the mixed-use project will comprise more than 1,100 housing units, up to 1.5 million square feet of office space, 90,000 square feet of retail space, and 15 acres of parks.”

Market Street: Improvement Project

Project to improve S.F.'s busiest street seeks feedback
San Francisco Chronicle, Elizabeth Stampe, June 25, 2013.
“Market Street has inspired strong emotions ever since Jasper O'Farrell, who designed the ultra-wide street, narrowly escaped a mob enraged by its proposed width. Today, the Better Market Street project is designing ways to make that 120 feet meet all the needs people have.”

Big Market Plan Takes Tiny Step

SF Examiner, Will Reisman, June 6, 2013.
“We can't be paralyzed by the process," said Wiener, who noted that funding for the $250 million for the Better Market Street project is still largely unsecured. "In an ideal world, all of these plans would be in place in time for the repaving. But it's become clear that these projects are still years away, so we can't just sit back and do nothing while we wait for them to develop.”

Bay Meadows Ready to Take Off in San Mateo

Silicon Valley Business Journal, Nathan Donato-Weinstein, March 14, 2013.
“The sound of hammers echoing in the background sounded sweet indeed for developers, city officials and community members who turned out en masse today to christen a San Mateo city park. That's because this park is located at Bay Meadows, the 83-acre property — and formerly a legendary racetrack — that for more than a decade has been a glimmer in the eyes of Wilson Meany and its capital partner, Stockbridge Capital.”

Market Street Overhaul Rethinks Mission Too

Newest concept envisions a bus-free haven for bikes
SF Chronicle, John Wildermuth, February 5, 2013.
“But eliminating buses from Mission Street and moving them to Market would make the changes much easier. Permanent cycletracks, separated from vehicles and pedestrians by a physical barrier, would be placed on Mission Street, allowing for a straight, flat, and uninterrupted bike ride that would be far safer between Van Ness Avenue and the Embarcadero.”

2012

Design-Savvy Bike Racks Come to Yerba Buena

7x7, Sarah White, December 31, 2012.
“In a move that underscores the rich cultural core of the Yerba Buena neighborhood, “artful” bike racks were installed December 14 outside Metreon.”

Moscone Center Expansion Plans Move Ahead

S.F. CONVENTIONS Huge, fresh expansion of Moscone Center hoped for by 2018
SF Chronicle, John Wildermuth, December 29, 2012.
“Our top priority in the design is to improve the existing street scene," [Noguchi] added, which means that Yerba Buena Gardens, the carousel and other local amenities won't be changed by the construction.”

Mindboggling Reveals: San Francisco’s First ‘Artful’ Bike Racks Unveiled

SF Curbed, Sally Kuchar, December 17, 2012.
“The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District unveiled what it described as San Francisco's first 'artful' bicycle racks…”

Website News: Competition Finalists Envision Linear Park in Downtown Austin

Architectural Record, Stephen Sharpe, October 15, 2012.
“All four schemes, presented to the jury earlier this month during a public event at Austin City Hall, share the common attributes of lush creekside plantings, accessible open spaces, and networks of bike paths and pedestrian trails. But otherwise, they range widely in formal expression and user experience: CMG and Public Architecture insert arts programming within an underused public park and add boardwalks that zig-zag over a water feature.”

Frank Gehry Designs New Facebook Headquarters

Dezeen Magazine, Rose Etherington, August 28, 2012.
“The roof of the building will be a park that blends into the community with a long walking trail, a field and lots of places to sit. From the outside it will appear as if you're looking at a hill in nature.”

Market Street Proposals Focus on Flow

S.F. urban planning innovative plans alter bike paths, streetcar stops
SF Chronicle, John King, August 13, 2012.
“The Better Market Street planning effort extends from the Embarcadero to Octavia Boulevard and is intended to produce a corridor 'that attracts more people on foot, bicycle and public transit to local shops, neighborhoods and area attractions.' A set of initial design concepts and options was released this summer by the planning team, which includes staff from five city agencies as well as Gehl Architects of Denmark, San Francisco's CMG Landscape Architecture and nine other consulting firms.”

Bay Area Urbanism: Deja Vu and SOMA’s Second Chance

TraceSF, Yosh Asato, July 1, 2012.
“With the trend towards co-locating incubator space alongside mothership companies, these coffee shops, restaurants, and yoga studios could become the living room for a larger business community, while also serving local residents. Similarly recent developments such as Mint Plaza, designed by CMG Landscape Architecture, illustrate the synergistic potential of merging public space with commercial endeavors.”

Waller Creek Design Contest Now in Stage 3 with Four Finalist Teams

Community Impact Newspaper, Macy Hurwitz, May 24, 2012.
“The problem the design teams have to solve is a complex one, said Stephanie Lee McDonald, Waller Creek Conservancy executive director. The competition’s jury chose four teams out of the 31 that entered. The finalists will receive $100,000 to work with in presenting their project proposal. The teams must incorporate green space, environmental protection, economic development consideration, aesthetics and other issues into their solutions.”

Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park Headquarters

Office Snapshots, February 4, 2012.
“After quickly outgrowing two company headquarters and approaching nearly one billion users, Facebook has finally found and created a campus worthy of calling home. Located at the old Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park, the company has transformed this aging office park dinosaur into something that fits the company’s ideals of being social, mobile, culturally-relevant, personally sustaining, and promoting self-expression.”

Planners Turn to World’s Best Streets for Inspiration on Market

Streetsblog SF, Aaron Bialick, January 20, 2012.
“Drawing on some of those celebrated streets for inspiration, the reports make a wide-ranging series of recommendations to improve safety and mobility on Market. To speed Muni vehicles, the recommendations include extending and enforcing bus-only lanes, optimizing stop locations, longer boarding islands, off-vehicle ticket machines, bus-priority traffic signals, and seeking alternative locations for deliveries. The reports also suggest that continuous protected bikeways could reduce conflicts with pedestrians and buses, and recommend multi-modal solutions like locating bike share stations at transit hubs.”

2011

Uniting the Built and Natural Environments: Interview With Kevin Conger, CMG Landscape Architecture

The DIRT, Jared Green, November 1, 2011.
“The other point to make is that all open space is theoretically a reduction in density, but we all agree that open space – parks – is necessary. What the agricultural park at Glendale is trying to do, and the CBD is trying to do, is to say, Let’s make the open space productive. We believe that we can hybridize the other open space functions: recreation, beauty, a place for people to socialize. We believe we can hybridize those into a purposeful landscape that is both ecological, in terms of its infrastructure, and productive, in terms of growing food for people. That’s what we’re really interested in: trying to get more value out of the open space we’re creating. We’re basically taking away from places where you could otherwise put buildings. It’s more of a comprehensive strategy.”

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Dwell, Miyoko Ohtake, August 8, 2011.
“Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan fo rthe mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buldings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center.”

Bringing New Life and Portable ‘Parkmobile’ Gardens to The YBCBD

Socketsite, August 2, 2011.
“This evening, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will officially unveil the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, 36 projects and initiatives to be implemented over the next ten years for new public spaces, redesigned alleys, public art and sidewalk improvements throughout the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD), including clean energy solar docking stations. ”

Rendering Reveal: The Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

SF Curbed, Sally Kuchar, August 2, 2011.
“It features the City's first mobile parklets and a 36-project road map for the next decade of parks, plazas, alleys, walking and biking paths, public art and open spaces in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. For those who are not familiar, the Yerba Buena neighborhood is a small section of SoMa that's bordered by Second and 5th streets and Harrison and Market streets. City agencies, YBCBD and CMG Landscape Architecture developed the plan over the last year, with help from Yerba Buena residents and local business owners.”

‘Parkmobiles’ bring taste of nature to urban S.F.

SF Gate, John King, August 1, 2011.
“The parkmobiles signal San Francisco's most ambitious effort yet to improve the large, urban landscape in small, fluid ways – an effort set, tellingly, in a district that symbolizes old-school urban renewal.”

San Francisco: Market Street Redevelopment: Transportation Study Finds Dysfunction Amid Promise

Huffington Post, Aaron Sankin, July 12, 2011.
“From the street's impending repaving, to the bevy of arts and cultural organizations slated to move into the area, to the whole circus surrounding Twitter and its controversial tax break, big changes are in store for San Francisco's iconic thoroughfare. While some of this activity has already begun, before the city can implement the bulk of the changes necessary to realize its vision of transforming Market Street into a West Coast version of Times Square, there has to be an understanding of precisely how people are using Market Street right now.”

Fresh Mint Taste

Landscape Architecture Magazine, Lisa Owens Viani, July 1, 2011.
“One block of San Francisco’s Jessie Street is no longer. It was once a decrepit alley where drug deals and porno films were made and tour buses idled for hours. In its place lies a clean, European-style pedestrian plaza surrounded by upscale lofts and restaurants, coffee shops, and the “Granite Lady,” the Old Mint, an 1874 Greek Revival building with National Historic Landmark designation. Designed by CMG Landscape Architecture and Sherwood Design Engineers, the revitalized alley—now known as Mint Plaza—has spurred the successful redevelopment of the historic warehouses that lined the alley into housing, offices, and commercial spaces, and provided the city with a prototype for treating stormwater in tight urban areas.”

CMG Landscape Architecture

Dwell, Jaime Gillin, June 8, 2011.
“CMG Landscape Architecture is one of the coolest firms working in San Francisco today. Granted, I may be a little bit biased (full disclosure, my fiance works there), but they really are scooping up some of the biggest and most interesting projects in the Bay Area and beyond. They work at all scales, from a backyard 'crack garden' (flowers blooming in jackhammered crevices in an expanse of concrete); to public parks and plazas; to master plans for universities, waterfronts, and entire neighborhoods.”

Searching for Market Street’s True Identity

SF Streetsblog, Aaron Bialick, May 25, 2011.
“Market Street is San Francisco’s civic backbone, connecting water to hills, businesses to neighborhoods, cultural centers to recreational opportunities,” the site’s about page states. “The movement of people and goods, from the very earliest times, has dominated its design and use. But Market Street needs to be more than a transportation route. It needs to be the city’s most vibrant public space and many San Franciscans feel it falls far short of this ideal.”

Government & Politics: Discussions planned to transform dreary Market Street

SF Examiner, Brent Begin, May 2, 2011.
“Shutting down Market Street to automobile traffic, landscaping the iconic boulevard and adding benches and cafe tables, encouraging companies such as Twitter to move in — these are all ideas that are coming to fruition as San Francisco’s major traffic artery is transformed into a cosmopolitan promenade. But there’s still a lot of work to be done before Market Street could ever be compared to, say, the Champs-Élysées.”

Treasure Island: Potential Future of Urban Life

SF Gate, John King, April 19, 2011.
“'We're trying for a human scale and intimacy where you always feel attached to the setting,' said Kevin Conger of CMG Landscape Architecture, one of the firms on a design team that includes Perkins + Will, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and BCV Architects. "I can't think of other neighborhoods in the Bay Area that these would feel like."”

Newly Green Mint Plaza Takes EPA Award

San Francisco Bay Crossings, January 1, 2011.
“For its 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, the United States Environmental Protection Agency created a new category, Civic Places, to recognize public spaces that incorporate sustainable design and best management practices. San Francisco Mint Plaza is the first to win in this new category. “What I really love about Mint Plaza is that it doesn’t shout about being green the way so many other projects do,” says Blumenfeld. “Green is so woven into the fabric of the design that you can enjoy the space and not even know that it’s green. I’d say this is ‘green just doing its job.'”

2010

SF’s Mint Plaza Takes Home EPA Smart Growth Award for ‘Civic Spaces’

SF Streetsblog, Matthew Roth, December 2, 2010.
“In honoring the city and the private representatives, the EPA characterized the space as a “public living room,” noting the transformation of the alley into an 18,000 square foot plaza had attracted new private investment into the surrounding neighborhoods, including four restaurants and cafes.”

Star Landscape Architecture: The Stars of Landscape and Land Art

Star Landscape Architecture: The Stars of Landscape and Land Art, Francesc Zamora; Julio Fajardo, October 25, 2010.
“This book explores installations that are notable for their creative and sensitive design, planning, or management of the landscape. The small- to medium-scale featured projects aim to promote interaction between people and the environment by responding to a broad range of human habitats and natural ecosystems in diverse social, cultural and ecological contexts. In their response to their context these projects evolve into Land Art, which can be understood as a fusion between sculpture, architecture, and landscape architecture.”

Old Mint Plaza

Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design, Bry Sarte, September 14, 2010 287.
“One of the success stories of the city's new approach to planning can be seen in the Old Mint Plaza, where we worked with a team led by CMG Landscape Architecture to turn a blighted inner-city alleyway into a vibrant urban plaza that performs environmental function and creates a great new space for the public. By closing the space to traffic, we have reclaimed a piece of the urban landscape and improved its environmental performance by designing it to reduce stormwater runoff and recharge groundwater.”

Historic Hospital Site Finds New Life in the Presidio

Marina Times, Marilyn Diamond, September 1, 2010.
“Evolving from a complex built in 1875 (which included a 480-bed hospital, nurses’ quarters and doctors’ residences) into a green historic landmark district, the area will soon be better known.”

Small Firms, Great Projects: Marin Country Day School

American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, September 1, 2010.
“CMG approaches landscape architecture as an ‘open field’ operating at the nexus of planning, architecture, art and ecological design. At the heart of CMG’s practice is the idea of building community.”

America’s Eco City

Landscape Architecture Magazine, Daniel Jost, ASLA, April 1, 2010.
“Keith Orlesky of Wilson Meany Sullivan says Conger has encouraged the team to think about larger systems. He has been an important advocate for developing the plans in a way that is in harmony with the surrounding environment, for creating plans that are truly sustainable and not just greenwashing. 'He's been a steward of these principles,' says Orlesky. 'It's very easy to lose sight of some of these things. Kevin is very articulate [in explaining] those principles and why we need to pay attention to them. He draws compelling pictures of what might be and gets everybody inspired.'”

The Hopes and Challenges for Remaking San Francisco’s Market Street

SF Streetsblog, Matthew Roth, March 11, 2010.
“Though the scope of work for the project has yet to be finalized, planners expect to choose a consultant team to begin public outreach and planning by this summer. From there, they will work with the community and business stakeholders along the corridor to develop a vision for remaking the street. Planning is expected to take one year, followed by one-to-two years for environmental review.While no decisions have been taken for what the finished product for Market Street will look like, several principles will guide the team of consultants that will be chosen to spearhead transportation and design changes.Planners said they would focus on prioritizing the needs of pedestrians, transit riders, and cyclists, while allowing for necessary vehicular traffic, such as deliveries.”

Crack Garden

INL, February 1, 2010.

Works of Landscape: Mint Plaza

ELA Korea, February 1, 2010 no.262 1002.
“Programmatically, the plaza has become a venue for public and private events including outdoor theater, dance, music, street-food venders and outdoor dining. The use of towering theatrical light masts and moveable seating enable this flexibility and help to transform the plaza into an urban stage.”

Works of Landscape: SFMOMA Rooftop Sculpture Garden

ELA Korea, February 1, 2010 no.262 1002.
“The garden is a space that is neither a building nor a sculpture; rather it is a void for sculpture. To borrow Gordon MattaClark’s words, the garden is Anarchitecture and the pavilion is a Non-ument. It is the intersection of sculpture, space, and light. The garden composition is a response to the sculpture: each piece is provided a backdrop or tethered to the space. Without limiting flexibility or perception of space we provide a unique setting for each individual work. Three “ensembles” consisting of tree / wall / bench / paving combinations are placed within the outdoor garden-room. The assemblage of these ensembles creates further delineation of the garden volume. These intimate settings focus the viewing experience”

Panhandle Bandshell

International New Landscape Magazine, January 1, 2010.
“…the real value in the effort was not in the structure itself, but in the events that it sponsored and the community that it made space for.”

2009

Art and Museums: SFMOMA Rooftop Garden Blends Art and Nature

The San Francisco Examiner, Staff Report, December 24, 2009.
“The team created a spare, crisp, modern garden that contrasts man-made elements — rock, metal, glass and bronze — with bright green plants. The confluence of the two has a kinetic, edgy, exciting feel that makes the sculpture, and the foliage, stand out in relief.”

Cement Garden

Design Indaba, November 1, 2009.
“Inspired by the tenacious plants that pioneer the tiny cracks of urban landscapes, CMG Landscape Architecture’s Crack Gardens transform existing concrete slabs through hostile takeover. The rows contain a lushly planted mix of herbs, vegetables, flowers and rogue weeds retained for their aesthetic value. The conceptual basis of the Crack Garden is to reveal the potential for beauty that underlies the concrete and asphalt that is the predominant ground plane material of the urban landscape.”

Works of Landscape: Panhandle Bandshell

ELA Korea, November 1, 2009 no.259 0911.
“The Bandshell project builds on strategies and ideas from a long thread of artists and reflects the potential of participatory art and networked creative production as methods for urban renewal and reinterpretation. In contrast to other forms of art making, architecture, or urban design, participatory art pieces are not fixed; they evolve according to the contributions of the participants. This kind of art opens a space for critical collaboration, in which the public mediates political and cultural disputes through the creation of the work. By borrowing strategies from online social communities and networked communications and combining them with physical construction and material culture, new aesthetics and communities were made possible.”

EcoBuildings Pulse: Sea Change

A community college charts a new approach to facilities and student learning
EcoStructure, KJ Fields, September 15, 2009.
“A series of earthen berms and ditches direct building- and site-water run-off through stormwater gardens to a vegetated filtration pond. These offer Watanabe another natural classroom and more learning opportunities for students: “I have living examples of how plants filter out pollutants before they get to the bay.”

Mint Plaza in San Francisco

Topos, Jaime Gillin, July 1, 2009 62-65.
“Today, the neighborhood has a new beacon: Mint Plaza, an L-shaped pedestrian plaza filling the footprint of the once-neglected alley. Hugging the Old Mint’s north and west-facing façades, the 18,000-square foot plaza provides much-needed public space in an inner-city neighborhood that sorely lacks it otherwise.”

A Look At The New SFMOMA Sculpture Garden

SF Appeal, Jstamp, May 19, 2009.
“In that outdoor space, Ginko Trees and Sargo Palms rise from white concrete planters with integrated bench seating. And once again recalling a Mies structure, god is in the details at the SFMOMA sculpture garden: CMG Landscape Architecture worked with a biologist to embed lichen in the 13-foot-high gray Chinese lava stone wall. Over time, this porous surface will blossom with various shades of greens and yellows – a sort of infinite canvas; a natural complement to the element-tested metal sculptures.”

Design Teams Can Enter Rising Tides Contest

SF Gate, John King, May 12, 2009.
“The home team not only scored heavily with awards at the recent convention of the American Institute of Architects, but also consider the prizes announced last week by the American Society of Landscape Architects. …San Francisco's CMG Landscape Architecture took honors for 2007's Panhandle Bandshell as well as a private garden where cracks were jackhammered into concrete and then filled with plants.”

SF MOMA Rooftop Garden Opens

California Home & Design, Erin Feher, May 7, 2009.
“CH+D got a sneak preview of SFMOMA’s brand new rooftop sculpture garden yesterday. Despite the light misting of rain, everyone was enthusiastically exploring the space, which includes a light-filled bridge from the existing fifth-floor gallery.”

Connecting Cleveland Flats

Landscape Architecture China, May 1, 2009.
“Common to all the projects is a conviction about ecological design as a fundamental way to treat and reframe the Flats' complex and sensitive condition. Moreover, our approach to redefining the Post Industrial landscape adheres to two reciprocal values, atmosphere and efficacy. Atmosphere: Palpable in this landscape are evidence of human agency over time alongside effects of entropy that speak to achievement and loss. While modifying a site by designed intervention, CMG strives to maintain the material evidence of past occupation and multi-generational activity. This is the poetic content of the user's experience. Efficacy: In order not to overwrite the site, the design interventions that are modest and pragmatic, responsive to a modest and phased budget, and rooted in function, with each effect dedicated to its operation. These designs maximize the performance of the site relative to changing cultural demands, to engender interrelations of mineral, organic, and human activity. Interventions are quite plastic, as to be integrated into or laid onto a site to revere and optimize the historic conditions of the landscape. ”

Treasure Island Redevelopment: Regenerative Ecological Urbanism

Landscape Architecture China, May 1, 2009.
“With a focus on environemental performance and social vibrancy, ecological urbanism carries the potential to push urban design beyond a sustainable agenda towards regeneration of life supporting systems that are fundamental to human inhabitation of this planet.”

Water Quality and Water Conservation

Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building, Marian Keeler + Bill Burke, May 1, 2009 Chapter 15, pgs 177-186.

SFMOMA to Open Rooftop Sculpture Garden

SFMOMA on the Go, SFMOMA, January 29, 2009.
“The garden will act as an entirely new kind of gallery, adding a fresh dimension to the museum experience," said SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "The grand scale of this remarkable space will enable us to exhibit large works—and even to extend and play off of the special exhibitions on view in our fifth-floor galleries.”

‘Flats Connections Plan’ Would Add Parks, Trails on West Bank Site

Cleveland Plains Dealer, Steven Litt, January 10, 2009.
“The gray industrial landscape and parking lots on the west bank of the Flats, now edged with housing and nightclubs, could soon be crisscrossed with parks, trails and green spaces.”

2008

Eco-Cities: Urban Planning for the Future

Scientific American, September 24, 2008.
“In addition to gaining new buildings, Treasure Island will be mostly returned to nature: 300 of the 450 acres will be parks, farms and other greenery. By 2020 Treasure Island is scheduled to become one of the most sustainable communities in the U.S”

Designer Watch, Growing Expertise

California Home & Design, Lydia Lee, September 1, 2008 p.74.
“If all goes according to plan, the centerpiece of San Francisco's highly anticipated Treasure Island residential development will be a 20-acre organic farm that will provide its inhabitants with truly local produce.”

City Life: Back Alley Smackdown

San Francisco Magazine, Gina Kessler, June 1, 2008 40.

2008 Custom Homes Design Awards: Grand Award

Custom Home, Meghan Drueding, May 27, 2008.
“The judges remarked on the restraint of this modern, 8,800-square-foot house on an infill corner lot in Palo Alto, California.”

CMG

California Home & Design, May 1, 2008.

Small Firms, Great Projects: Mint Plaza

American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, May 1, 2008.
“CMG maintains that landscape architecture is essentially an ‘open field’ operating at the nexus of planning, architecture, art and ecological design. At the heart of each of these disciplines is the idea of building community—and that idea is the central focus of CMG’s practice.”

Asian Library is Among Best New Buildings

SF Gate, John King, March 17, 2008.
“You also sense Tsien and Williams brought out the best in a team that includes Tom Eliot Fisch as associate architects and McCarthy Building Cos. The landscape architecture firm was CMG, whose redwood trees and clinging vines will filter the concrete base as they mature.”

Hercules Public Library

Architectural Record, Lisa Findley, February 1, 2008.

Ohlone College

arCA, February 1, 2008.

Once blighted area redeveloped into “green” campus: U.S. EPA, college president, Lt. Gov. dedicate new community college campus

EPA Environmental News, Wendy Chavez, January 31, 2008.
“Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology, the first community college in the United States designed to achieve the Platinum-level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, officially opened its doors to 3,000 students on Jan. 28”

2007

Builder Bets Newly Minted Plaza in San Francisco Will be an Oasis

SF Chronicle, John King, November 1, 2007.
“Wisely, the plaza design by CMG Landscape Architecture doesn't try to call attention to itself through fancy fountains or other design pyrotechnics. The one visual flourish is at Fifth Street, where a statuesque oak tree was trucked in from a nursery in Gilroy and installed as an eye-catching natural accent. Within the plaza, the closest thing to an icon is a long metal arbor that lines up with the converted buildings and tilts back slightly, as if looking up at the Old Mint's thick sandstone walls.”

New Urban Mews: Blue Star Corner

Urban Land, William P. Macht, November 1, 2007 168-170.
“Emeryville city manager Patrick O’Keeffe calls Blue Star Corner a 'good, creative use of space that is consistent the city’s general plan for redevelopment: urban infill, dense (without feeling that way), and green'.”

Sidewalk Plazas

Open Architecture Network, Marika Shioiri-Clark, July 19, 2007.
“The ultimate aim of this design campaign is to improve the quality of spaces available for social interaction and to engage local residents in the process of creating and advocating for better community environments. The Sidewalk Plaza is also meant to be prototypical, providing tools that can be employed in other communities facing similar issues.”

Alleys of Transformation

SF Chronicle, Carl Nolte, June 10, 2007.
“The little stub of Mint Street, and the block of Jessie Street that runs from Mint into Fifth Street near Mission Street, had nothing but potential. The reality, however, was grim. There were drugs, there were derelicts, there was public urination. The two little alleys were a big mess.”

A Newly Minted Neighborhood

Everything old is new again, as Martin Building Company reinvents four San Francisco landmarks.
Space Magazine, Lisa Renauda, June 1, 2007.
“The community expressed overwhelming support for this new plaza,” says McNerney. “We’re transforming an underutilized space into a vibrant urban gathering place. Residents can walk right outside their doors and enjoy dinner, drinks or entertainment.”

Road Closure Kicks Off Mint Plaza Project

The San Francisco Examiner, Alexandria Rocha, May 14, 2007.
“Starting today, drivers will no longer be allowed on a portion of Jessie Street near the Old U.S. Mint in downtown San Francisco, as work begins to turn the roadway into a pedestrian-only space for outside dining, music festivals and farmers markets.”

Preservation in a Time of Growth and Change

SF Chronicle, Jay Turnbull, May 6, 2007.
“Four historic buildings, including a 1907 candy factory and a 1926 warehouse, are being adapted for use as 95 units of residential, live-work and commercial space. Residents, workers and new shops already add liveliness to this intimate scene, and the nearby Old Mint will add a sense of heritage and new activity when its rehabilitation is completed.”

2006

A Not-So-Simple Plan

Architectural Digest, Therese Bissell, November 1, 2006.
“Willett developed his own vocabulary, a much more natural, less serious garden plan than you would expect for such a rectilinear building. The landscape exists in and of itself and goes beyond being a response to the architecture.”

Mint Condition

7X7 Magazine, October 1, 2006.
“Green design is another consideration: The designers, CMG Landscape Architecture, have incorporated a “bio-swale” feature and permeable pavement into the plan in order to harvest storm water from the plaza pavement and surrounding rooftops and feed the space’s greenery. As Jill Helffenstein, Martin’s creative director, says, “We designated some basic principles—keeping it clean and simple, having active edges and using green design.”

S.F Urban Center, on Drawing Board, Already Spurs Input

Museums offer to create city-planning exhibits for facility opening in 2008
San Francisco Examiner, Melanie Carroll, July 10, 2006.
“SPUR aims to be a resouce on policy and planning, to make planning more transparent and to educate and engage visitors. ”

Online: Presidio Bust

City officials and residents push the Presidio Trust to pay attention to more than just the bottom line.
San Francisco Bay Guardian, Amanda Witherell, July 5, 2006.
“PHSH is one of the last remaining large-scale renovations for the Presidio, and in order for development to be financially sufficient, trust staff says, it must net the trust at least $1 million annually in base rent. "That's why the Public Health Hospital is a key project," said trust representative Dana Polk. "For us, this is one of the only options for that kind of revenue.”

Private Developer to Pay for New “Green” Plaza Beside Old U.S. Mint

San Francisco Examiner, Bonnie Eslinger, July 1, 2006.
“Martin Building Company, the project's developer, would pay for the $1.5 million plaza through the creation of a special property tax assessment on the four buildings they own along Mint Streeet, including one that houses its company office.”

SFMOMA Picks Firm to Design Roof Garden

SF Chronicle, John King, May 13, 2006.
“What we love about the Jensen & Macy design is that it is very respectful of the Botta building and extremely sensitive to the sculptures that will be placed there," said Neal Benezra, the museum's director. "It has simplicity and elegance.”

Builder Plans Euro-style Plaza Next to Old Mint

San Francisco Business Times, J.K. Dineen, May 12, 2006.
“By leasing the ground floor of three of the buildings to restaurants and art galleries, and programming regular art exhibits and live music in the plaza itself, MBC is hoping the lively mix will make the alley less attractive for drug dealers conducting business there.”

Plaza Creators Envision Dining in the Open Air

The Martin Building Co.'s vision of transforming a Mid-Market alley into an enchanting European-style piazza is about to spring to life.
San Francisco Business Times, J.K Dineen, May 1, 2006.
“After an epic public process that took two years and included 15 public hearings, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed off April 20 on the closure of a portion of Jessie Street, a cut-through between Fifth and Mint streets, just to the west of the old U.S. Mint building.”

Forest City Trims Presidio Housing Plans

San Francisco Business Times, J.K. Dineen, April 16, 2006.
“While the individual housing units of the $100 million project would be larger under the latest scenario, the changes would generate about 22 percent less traffic than the original plan.”

Jewish Groups Unite Behind Big Complex

$250 Million Palo Alto Project Breaks Ground This Fall
San Francisco Business Times, Sarah Duxbury, February 19, 2006.
“The community is growing and infrastructure is now catching up to the community.”

2005

Freshly Minted

San Francisco's grandiose Old Mint is becoming an airy city museum.
San Francisco Magazine, Martin Holden, December 1, 2005 37, 40.
“The Museum of the City of San Francisco, in and around the Old Mint, at Fifth and Mission—not to be confused with the “new” Mint (1937) on Duboce at Market. In addition to the museum, the Old Mint will house a restaurant and a sidewalk café, shops, a pedestrian mall on part of Jessie Street, and possibly a new San Francisco Visitors Center.”

Green Guide Names America’s Top 10 Green Schools

The Green Guide, August 1, 2005.
“Solar panels atop green roofs that insulate and reduce runoff add to the energy efficiency, while the school has commissioned windmills to provide power and heighten the use of natural energy.”

2004

Suburban Developments Try to Accommodate Density

SF Gate, John King, February 1, 2004.
“At Bay Meadows in San Mateo, what's been built is distinguished by an elegant and civic-minded neighborhood plan . . Bay Meadows and Rivermark show that it's possible to expand the physical definition of suburbia. They also show that building dense livable suburbs isn't as simple as rolling out another isolated tract of detached homes. A strong blueprint is needed.”

An Initiative to Retrofit Suburban Communities: A Master Developer Guides an Urban Vision

Design for Walkability.
“San Mateo’s former Bay Meadows racetrack is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use district organized around the Hillsdale Caltrain Station and tied together by a variety of public spaces. Offices, retail spaces, residences and parks are oriented to walkable streets, with commercial uses arrayed around the station.”

Cleveland Flats

Plain Dealer.

Crack Garden

7X7 Magazine.

Crack Garden

Land Art Book.

Crack Garden

Landscape World.

Crack Garden

SF Examiner.

Crack Garden

SPACE.

Mint Plaza

California Home & Design.

Mint Plaza

LA China.

Mint Plaza

Site Furniture Book.

Mint Plaza

Small Firms, Great Projects.

MoMA Rooftop Garden

ELA Korea.

Ohlone College

PRAXIS 8.

Ohlone College

Site Furniture Book.

Ohlone College

Topos 2009.

Pacific Commons

Land Art Book.

Panhandle Bandshell

INL.

Panhandle Bandshell

LA China.

Panhandle Bandshell

Topos 2009.

SF MoMA

California Home & Design.

SF MoMA Sculpture Garden

Site Furniture Book.

Treasure Island

Topos 2009.

Treaure Island

Topos 2009.