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East Village Green

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Top Story | 1 Comment

Adding public space to a Downtown neighborhood

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land

Where some people might see vacant lots and utility infrastructure, Nathan Elliott sees opportunity.

Elliott is a principal with the Office of James Burnett (OJB), a San Diego landscape architecture firm that has received national recognition for the impact their public parks have had on their communities.

Working with Civic San Diego, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and a team of local consultants, Elliott has led OJB’s preparation of East Village Green’s general development plan (GDP) and his team is currently preparing to begin the design process that will ultimately lead to the park’s construction.

San Diego’s landscape architecture pioneers keep the tradition alive

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Featured | No Comments

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land Beginning in the early 1950s, the commercial landscape architecture firm of Wimmer Yamada was regarded as the landscape architecture firm of choice for San Diego’s most progressive architects. Founded by Harriet Barnhart Wimmer in 1954, the firm was staffed by herself and Joe Yamada, a new Berkeley grad […]

Creating playgrounds that change lives

Posted: December 4th, 2015 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Top Story | No Comments

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land

If kids designed playgrounds they would include things to climb, things to balance on, spaces to run, jump, skip, roll and spin, to throw and catch, hide and seek. Trails, trike tracks, forts, swings, slides, mud, water, sand, shady spots and sunny spots, and hideaways where they can feel alone but still have visual contact with other kids.

Ditto for landscape architects, who actually do design playgrounds, most often part of a public park or space.

A champion for Balboa Park

Posted: October 2nd, 2015 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Featured | 2 Comments

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land When landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and his business partner Calvert Vaux designed Niagara Falls State Park in 1885, they anticipated a half million visitors a year. Last year the park had 8.5 million visitors — a good example of a landscape that’s been adversely affected by the […]

Fault Line Park

Posted: August 7th, 2015 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Top Story | No Comments

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land

Every Californian knows about the San Andreas Fault, but closer to home and not so well known is the Rose Canyon Fault, which makes a journey through La Jolla, Coronado, and Downtown San Diego, where, through the efforts of city planners, its path has turned into public parks.

History at our feet

Posted: July 3rd, 2015 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Featured | No Comments

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land San Diego’s Lane Field Park, created by Denver’s urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas, is on the former site of Lane Field baseball stadium, home to the then-Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres from 1936 – 1957 — history that played an integral role in the design.

Planning San Diego

Posted: April 3rd, 2015 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Featured | 2 Comments

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land At the end of the 1800s the city of San Diego was not like any other major U.S. city. Enormous in acreage, the streets were still unpaved. With miles of oceanfront, there were no beaches south of Point Loma.