This title is a broad and a difficult question but it is one that creatives are forced to face every time they take on a new project. There is always excitement and fear when the canvas is blank and the fewer imposed constraints there are the more challenging it is. My colleague Donna Barry and I, both Design Directors in our respective Gensler offices, were invited to present and moderate a workshop that we entitled ‘Bring It’ at a recent regional firm conference. [Read more…] about Bring It! How to bring your best design to every project every time?
Thank you to the team at Architectural Concepts, Inc. (www.4designs.com): Plan submittal and corrections. Precious!
A fresh pulpo (octopus) tostada is exotic enough to take anyone’s palette on a journey. I recently had the opportunity to join a group of 15 young land use professionals from San Diego for a day of discovery and delight in our sister city, Tijuana, Mexico, on a hot, dry August afternoon. It begins with the new pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro, which is as sterile and contrasting to the vibrant life beyond as it gets. The long walk down the crossing feels like a transformation, one that is deeply experiential. Once on ‘the other side’, it is clear that a revitalization is underway. There dust in the air from all the construction, as a new wave of entrepreneurs look to transform this young city through creative mixed-use projects, design and cuisine. [Read more…] about Three great things happening now in downtown Tijuana, Baja California
Save Our Heritage Organization, September 2nd, 10:30 PM- 11:45 PM, Past & Presence Ghost Tour.
San Diego Architectural Foundation, September 4th, 2016, 8:00 AM, O & O 2016 People’s Choice Event.
The following text and images comprise the East Village Draft Focus Plan released on July 30, 2016, including subsequent minor corrections and additions made by its authors. It has been reconstituted here from the PDF original version to enable web and mobile viewing (there are formatting variations from the original). To view a gallery of images, or view any image in its full size, click directly on the image. The original version may be downloaded from this PDF link (warning: downloading PDF may require high capacity broadband connection).
The greatest challenge for anyone involved in planning for public use facilities and areas is in the factoring for the uncertainties of the future, short and long-term. We have all heard that “you don’t build the church for Easter Sunday.” We accept that there will be times when the design will not meet the capacities or timing or attraction for everyone at every time. [Read more…] about A Planner’s Opportunity – Gender Neutral Facilities
Downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park expansion opened last week . . . more or less. Construction is not quite complete. San Diego’s downtown (at least post-WWII downtown) has thus far lacked a vibrant town square like San Francisco’s Union Square or similar successful plazas in other major cities. This major expansion of the small historic plaza is intended to fill the bill. The design team for Horton Plaza Park included Walker Macy | Landscape Architecture, the same firm that designed Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. Features include cafe-style tables and chairs, amphitheater-style steps / bleachers, and pillars / obelisks that double as lighting for events. There’s a Starbucks, Sloan’s Ice Cream, Arts Tix Kiosk, and a yet to be named vendor all built into the park. [Read more…] about Is San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square 2.0?
Save Our Heritage Organization, Month of December -January 11, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Balboa Park Exposition Design, 1915-1935: The Making of the Dream City.
Save Our Heritage Organization, December 20th, 2015, Start Time, 10:30 AM, Walking Tours: Bankers Hill, Historic Seventh Avenue, & Marston Gardens.
New School of Architecture & Design, December 2nd, at 7:00 PM, Chuck Crawford Presents, Two Roosters and a Rabbit.
Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, December 3rd, 2015, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM, The Prado Restaurant, The Loggia Room.