Great Place Wednesday: Syntagma Square, Athens, GR

The last year has seen tremendous, grass-roots change and protest against authoritarianism across the globe.  We discussed this last February, right on the cusp of the “Arab Spring” protests in many countries of Northern Africa and the Middle East.  In recent months, increasingly large protests have shaken Athens as the populace has risen up to[…]

THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “Coming to Our Census: Utah’s Demographic Transformation.”

Date – November 17, 2011 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Utah is in the midst of an unprecedented economic, demographic, and[…]

Great Place Wednesday: The Highline; New York City, NY

I’ve had several conversations in the last few weeks about the Highline Park in New York City. This is truly one-of-a-kind park was built on an abandonded, raised rail line running into lower Manhattan from the 1930′s. Abandoned in the 1960′s, the Highline lay dormant for more than 40 years, until the community organized “Friends[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Inner Harbor; Baltimore, MD

America’s been extraordinarily adept at completely ignoring its waterfronts. Most cities in America with a waterfront have turned that waterfront into an entirely industrial wasteland, with little public use, and even less quality spaces.  New York City has only recently discovered its waterfront, and has invested millions in developing more public space along the Hudson[…]

Federal Heights Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

With a Japanese style garden beginning to show its age, the client enlisted VODA  to design a clean, updated zen garden for their Federal Heights home.  Focusing on concepts of simplicity, asymmetry, and clean lines, the new garden design re-imagines the use of a small space.  VODA used local and adaptive materials such as dark[…]