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Art on the Land

Increasing awareness in the sanctity of life

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Art on the Land, Columnists, Featured | 1 Comment

By Delle Willett | Art on the Land “Our creativity and innovative applications continue to result in award-winning landscapes with a genuine ‘spirit of place,’” said San Diego landscape architect David Reed. Reed’s first year studying engineering at Rutgers was very difficult; while he managed to survive, he became very disenchanted.

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 […]