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Living local, urban design, sustainability, landscape architecture, and places in the East Bay. Design that works where it is.

How to Save Water, the Californian Way

Originally posted on THE DIRT:
Native plants at private residence in Los Angeles / Tom Lamb Photography California is a big state. To offer water saving techniques, we first need…

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shipping Container Village at The Yard

The Giants are opening a new party pop-up today, across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park. It’s called The Yard. I asked my friend, the designer and manufacturer of the destination’s shipping container buildings, … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Eighteen Gates

I have a fascination with gates. They’re doors but when you pass through them, you’re not indoors. What could be better? This week, I give you Gates of the East … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Berkeley Rocks

You really have to see Berkeley’s rocks. Ancient rock outcroppings are not so unusual in California, but the way North Berkeley’s neighborhoods integrated the boulders into the built landscape is pretty awe-inspiring. Indian … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Art, Anti-Fracking & Asian Food

Density, diversity, and being  part of a larger urban context enlivens Oakland and other Bay Area Cities and makes them exciting places to live and visit. Saturday, Jan and I skipped the … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Placemaking

I’ve been posting about all things local here in the East Bay. What about you and the place where you live? What do you love about your neighborhood? What would make it even … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

BIG’s Hybrid Places

Originally posted on THE DIRT:
Hualien Hills / BIG The dynamics of BIG, one of the world’s hottest architecture and urban design firms, are laid bare in a new exhibition…

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment