Pamela Conrad leads high-profile task force to take action on climate and biodiversity crises
Principal Pamela Conrad, ASLA, has been named chair of the ASLA Climate Action Plan Task Force.
Principal Kevin Conger joins SPUR and AIA SF to discuss Treasure Island
Treasure Island’s past, the plan for its future, and an update on the grand vision.
Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground receives Urban Design Commendation from AIA San Francisco
The jury praised this project for transforming the neighborhood and providing necessary new and safe public space for the interaction of families and children. Great effort was taken to create welcoming and meaningful community hub with a strong connection to the rich history of Chinatown, considering the community and catering to multi-generational use. The project is an extraordinary response to its complicated existing context that integrates well with the hilly urban site and separates its uses appropriately while also connecting them through a cohesive design.
San Francisco Civic Center Public Space Plan wins ASLA Northern California Analysis and Planning Honor Award
Civic spaces are the bedrock of democracy, but in many American cities these landscapes are empty and inhospitable. The Civic Center Public Space Plan remakes a mid-century landscape that was designed and managed for exclusion into a civic space of inclusion: a place that reflects the cultural, social, and economic diversity of the neighborhoods it serves, and embodies the democratic values of the City it represents. Civic Center is the largest public space in San Francisco that is located in a low-income neighborhood inhabited by residents from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. Through deep community engagement and analysis of historic assets, the vision will transform Civic Center into thriving social infrastructure, prioritizing public life and the needs of the local community. Demonstrating civic ideals – of a city, of a community, of a denizen – in its design process and in the vision itself, the Plan creates a place for people from all walks of life to come together in celebration and protest, respite and play, health and refuge, in the heart of San Francisco.
Alameda DePave Park Vision Plan honored with Analysis and Planning Merit Award from ASLA Northern California
Alameda Point DePave Park is noteworthy for its highly sustainable and resilient design approach in recycling nearly 100% of the existing site materials, transforming a large, paved airstrip into an ecological park that welcomes sea level rise to create future wetlands, and its community-driven design process.
Pamela Conrad honored with ASLA Outstanding Service Award
At the 2021 ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Pamela Conrad honored with ASLA Outstanding Service Award.
A redone Chinatown park shows why public space matters in times like these
Some public parks want you to feel like you’re in a place apart from your surroundings. The joyously intricate transformation of Chinatown’s Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, by contrast, plunges you right in.
Community Design Salon
On October 7th, CMG hosted Community Design, the second salon in its three-part Equity in Landscape Architecture series, with the goal of learning how to go beyond traditional community engagement processes by working with communities to build trust, capacity, and to define and design projects together.
CMG Studio Video wins SMPS Honor Award: External Communications
Our Studio Video was recognized with the Award of Excellence in the External Video Category from the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground wins AIA Regional & Urban Design Award
Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground was recognized with 2022 Regional & Urban Design Award from The American Institute of Architects. The park is the only space dedicated to active outdoor recreation in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Climate Positive Design receives 2020 ASLA Professional Award – Honor, Research Category
Climate Positive Design is a research initiative that launched in 2019 to improve the carbon impact of the built environment through collective action. Its mission is to help projects become Climate Positive solutions that sequester more carbon than they emit.
Community engagement at a distance
We have been at the forefront of using hands-on interactive exercises to engage communities in the process of planning and designing public spaces. CMG, and the rest of the planning and design field, has been faced with the challenge of creating meaningful engagement with communities that we can no longer meet face to face with and gather around a table.
Inspiring a new, diverse generation of designers: Everett Middle School
In our effort to educate K-12 students about landscape architecture, we started with schools in our own community of San Francisco. We had the opportunity to co-create a design process-focused curriculum with Everett Middle School. The design curriculum met State and National Standards for Art, specifically pertaining to Landscape Architecture.
The value of open space in the pandemic
Open recreational space offers many community benefits – environmental, aesthetic, economic, physical, mental, and social. Urban parks and playgrounds provide people with a variety of physical activities, opportunities for social interaction, and connection to nature and beauty. The COVID-19 global pandemic has quickly reminded us just how valuable our local neighborhood parks and open spaces are – as people turn to these public places to exercise, hold a protest, get out of their homes, and feel a sense of connection and community.
An earthquake in Japan speaks to a sea wall in San Francisco
The challenges of climate change are everywhere but maybe no more so than in coastal cities that face dual threats of seismic activity and rising seas.
An Architecture Guide to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals
With the expansion and refurbishment of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the landscape and buildings are designed to increase community connectivity, provide public access, create plant and wildlife habitats, and to reflect the culture of the business.
The Plus Side
When designers need to calculate the environmental cost of projects, a new tech tool crunches the numbers.
A New Civic Center Design Hopes to Be All Things to All People
A Q&A with landscape architect Willett Moss.
Pamela Conrad honored with AILA President’s Award
Pamela Conrad is the recipient of the 2021 AILA President’s Award in recognition of her global leadership in the development of the Pathfinder landscape carbon calculator app.
Cleveland Flats Connection Plan recognized with 2019 ASLA Professional Honor Award – Analysis & Planning
The Flats Connections Plan is an open space and trail network that leverages the unique conditions of the neighborhood to revitalize the riverfront and connect it to surrounding communities and to the region. Part of a rich industrial history, the Plan also looks to the present and future, working with neighbors, local organizations, and city officials to incorporate their values and concerns into a vision for the future of the Flats.
Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz elected to ASLA Northern California Chapter Executive Committee
As a member of the ASLA Northern California Chapter Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Arturo is a strong advocate for increasing the representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the Landscape Architecture profession.
Meta MPK20 awarded 2017 ASLA National Professional Award – Honor, General Design Category
American Society of Landscape Architects recognized MPK20 with 2017 Professional Award – Honor, General Design category. As the first of several new buildings completed as part of a broader vision for the campus, MPK 20 sets a benchmark for the creation of complex, yet resilient urban ecologies.