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Colorado Esplanade wins 2017 L.A. Business Council Architecture Awards

Santa Monica's Colorado Esplanade, designed by leading landscape architecture practice Peter Walker & Partners (PWP), is among the projects recently honored by the Los Angeles Business Council with a 2017 Architectural Award. Since 1970, the Los Angeles Architectural Awards has honored projects that embrace innovative design principles and reshape our vibrant urban landscape. 

With this project, Colorado Avenue has transformed from a back alley into Santa Monica’s active front door. Active with pedestrians at all times of day, the 3-block development along the Esplanade has been stimulated, encouraging a new bike center as well as new hotels and cafés which are now open or under construction. The project makes use of municipal recycled urban runoff to irrigate the plants, and the identifiable integration of different modes of travel works to create a sustainable and provocative urban design element that is able to grow and evolve into the future.

Congratulations to all of our winners who embody the extraordinary spirit of creativity and collaboration that makes Los Angeles a world-class city.

Learn more about the Colorado Esplanade

Related Links:
Business Wire – Winners of 2017 L.A. Architectural Awards Envision a More Sustainable and Livable Urban Future;  LA Business Council – 2017 LA Architectural Award Winners; Inhabitat – Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards

Colorado Esplanade wins 2017 L.A. Business Council Architecture Awards

Santa Monica's Colorado Esplanade, designed by leading landscape architecture practice Peter Walker & Partners (PWP), is among the projects recently honored by the Los Angeles Business Council with a 2017 Architectural Award. Since 1970, the Los Angeles Architectural Awards has honored projects that embrace innovative design principles and reshape our vibrant urban landscape. 

With this project, Colorado Avenue has transformed from a back alley into Santa Monica’s active front door. Active with pedestrians at all times of day, the 3-block development along the Esplanade has been stimulated, encouraging a new bike center as well as new hotels and cafés which are now open or under construction. The project makes use of municipal recycled urban runoff to irrigate the plants, and the identifiable integration of different modes of travel works to create a sustainable and provocative urban design element that is able to grow and evolve into the future.

Congratulations to all of our winners who embody the extraordinary spirit of creativity and collaboration that makes Los Angeles a world-class city.

Related Links:
Business Wire – Winners of 2017 L.A. Architectural Awards Envision a More Sustainable and Livable Urban Future;  LA Business Council – 2017 LA Architectural Award Winners; Inhabitat – Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards

Video: Atop the Transbay Center

Spectacular Plans For New Transbay Center Unveiled

CBS's Phil Matier reports on the mall and park that will be part of new Transbay Center at the heart of San Francisco.

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Award-Winning Landscape Architect Peter Walker Talks Design, The Nasher And UT-Dallas

Peter Walker joins Krys Boyd of KERA's Think podcast to talk about creating outdoor public spaces that are both functional and beautiful.

from the Art+Seek:

You are likely aware that someone designed the building you are in. But what about the park, courtyard or garden outside of it?  We sometimes forget the work of landscape architects. But recently,  UT-Dallas announced the Richard Brettell Award in the Arts, the richest arts prize in Texas. And the first winner? Landscape architect Peter Walker.

Walker is a California native, but he’s responsible for Dallas staples such as the Nasher Sculpture Garden and the remodeling of the UT-Dallas campus. Further afield, he worked on the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City and projects in Barangaroo in Australia. Walker is on his way to China after a stop in Dallas this week to pick up the award. He stopped by Think with Krys Boyd to talk about the art that goes into creating outdoor public spaces.

Here are 6 insights from Walker’s conversation with Boyd... visit Art+Seek.

Related Projects in Texas: Nasher Sculpture Center; Burnett Park; The University of Texas at Dallas; The University of Texas at Austin Speedway Corridor; Blanton Art Museum; IBM Solana

Related Links: 6 Insights From Landscape Architect Peter Walker; Award-Winning Landscape Architect Peter Walker Talks Design, The Nasher and UT-Dallas; The Architecture of Peter Walker

Transbay Transit Center rooftop turning into 5.4-acre City Park

The Transbay Transit Center is set to open late this year and will serve numerous bus lines, including AC Transit, Muni, Golden Gate Transit and Caltrain. PWP has been busy working with architects Pelli Clarke Pelli and landscape contractor McGuire and Hester to actualize the rooftop park that is beginning to take shape.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The trees are trucked to the Transbay Transit Center in the dead of night.

They’re hoisted by crane 70 feet up onto the quarter-mile-long rooftop City Park that stretches above one of the busiest corridors on the West Coast. A few hours later, thousands of workers from companies like Salesforce and Trulia will be hustling to jobs in the glass towers that line Mission Street. ...

The trees — about 60 have been delivered so far — will eventually number 469.

The oldest trees are 40 years old, and the heaviest weigh 30,000 pounds. For the past 18 months, Trollip and landscape architect Adam Greenspan have scoured 17 nurseries across California and Oregon in search of the perfect specimens.

To keep reading, visit the San Francisco Chronicle. Learn more about the Transbay Transit Center project.

Related Links: Transbay Transit Center rooftop turning into 5.4-acre City Park; City puts $5.4 million toward Caltrain extension to new Transbay Center

 

Peter Walker wins inaugural Brettell Award in the Arts

Landscape architect Peter Walker, known worldwide, wins inaugural Brettell Award in the Arts

from the Dallas News:

Landscape architect Peter Walker is the first recipient of the Richard Brettell Award in the Arts. The award honors an artist whose body of work demonstrates a lifetime of achievement in his or her field.

Dallas philanthropist Margaret McDermott, who recently celebrated her 105th birthday, is the donor behind the award. Brettell occupies the Margaret M. McDermott distinguished chair of art and aesthetic studies and the Edith O'Donnell distinguished university chair at the University of Texas at Dallas. He also is the art critic of The Dallas Morning News. Walker will participate in a series of lectures beginning Tuesday.

I can say without fear of contradiction that Peter Walker is the dean of American landscape architects. Still vital in his early 80s, he and his firm work actively in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. A simple list of their landscape designs at all scales would fill pages.

To keep reading, visit Dallas News.

Related Projects in Texas: Nasher Sculpture Center; Burnett Park; The University of Texas at Dallas; The University of Texas at Austin Speedway Corridor; Blanton Art Museum; IBM Solana

Related Links: Landscape architect Peter Walker, known worldwide, wins inaugural Brettell Award in the Arts; Well-known landscape architect receives Richard Brettell Award; Campus Architect Wins Award

SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Merit Award for The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) announced that PWP Landscape Architecture has received a SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Merit Award for The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement.

Winning entries appear on SCUP’s website and in an online booklet publication of the awards. In addition, members of the jury will present a concurrent session on Monday, July 10 at SCUP–52, the Annual International Conference in Washington, DC July 8-12, 2017. They will discuss observations from this year’s submittals, what was “excellent,” best practices and the challenges that lie ahead for higher education.

Colorado Esplanade wins a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

Now in its 23rd year, The American Architecture Awards is a distinguished design awards program that honors new and cutting-edge design in the United States. This annual program, organized by both The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies also promotes American architecture and design to a public audience in the U.S. and abroad.

This year, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing in the U.S. and globally.

From a short list of 380 projects, the 2017 Jury for Awards was held in Athens, Greece, and 79 projects were selected by a distinguished group of Greek architects and educators.

PWP Landscape Architecture is thrilled to receive an American Architecture Award on behalf of our full consultant team for Colorado Esplanade in Santa Monica, California.

A full list of winning projects for 2017 is attached and can be viewed at our Museum's website at www.chi-athenaeum.org  or at www.americanarchitectureawards.com.

More info on the Colorado Esplanade project page...

SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Merit Award for The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) announced that PWP Landscape Architecture has received a SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Merit Award for The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement.

Winning entries appear on SCUP’s website and in an online booklet publication of the awards. In addition, members of the jury will present a concurrent session on Monday, July 10 at SCUP–52, the Annual International Conference in Washington, DC July 8-12, 2017. They will discuss observations from this year’s submittals, what was “excellent,” best practices and the challenges that lie ahead for higher education.

Colorado Esplanade wins a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

Now in its 23rd year, The American Architecture Awards is a distinguished design awards program that honors new and cutting-edge design in the United States. This annual program, organized by both The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies also promotes American architecture and design to a public audience in the U.S. and abroad.

This year, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing in the U.S. and globally.

From a short list of 380 projects, the 2017 Jury for Awards was held in Athens, Greece, and 79 projects were selected by a distinguished group of Greek architects and educators.

PWP Landscape Architecture is thrilled to receive an American Architecture Award on behalf of our full consultant team for Colorado Esplanade in Santa Monica, California.

A full list of winning projects for 2017 is attached and can be viewed at our Museum's website at www.chi-athenaeum.org  or at www.americanarchitectureawards.com.

More info on the Colorado Esplanade project page...

PWP Landscape Architecture: Building Ideas

Author: Gina Crandell, Gary Hilderbrand, Jane Brown Gillette, Peter Walker