CMG Landscape Architecture
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. As they've written on their website: "We have committed ourselves to the larger project of improving public life in our cities and deepening our relationship with the natural world. Our criteria for selecting an individual project is that it hold the potential to contribute to this larger vision. We search for opportunities to test our ideas and broaden our knowledge base while refining our craft. In addition, we look for opportunities to have fun." Here, a glimpse at some of my favorite projects of theirs. If you're interested to learn and hear more, check them out at Dwell on Design in LA on June 24; all three principals will be there, discussing their work and how we can make more public spaces vibrant and successful.
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- In 2005, the AIA New York launched the New Practices program to showcase promising new and emerging architectural firms.
- Last spring, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art unveiled its new 14,000-square foot rooftop sculpture garden, spangled with works by Ellsworth Kelly, Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith.
- Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan.
- Don’t know your Lawrence Halprin from your Richard Haag? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite articles, interviews, and essays on modern landscape architecture.
- Fall is upon us and the branches are beginning to grow bare, so there’s no better time than now to focus on your hardscape. Here are 10 ways to incorporate pavers into the modern garden.
- Rounding up a few remarkable renovation and preservation architecture projects in the Bay Area, courtesy of SPUR and San Francisco Architectural Heritage.
- From over 170 entries, 17 finalists—from Thin Flats, an eight-unit green residential infil project in Philadelphia, to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, which opened for the 2010 Olympics…
- This week, the American Institute of Architects' Committe on the Environment (COTE) announced its Top Ten Green Projects.