Great Place Wednesday: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Great cities have great parks. The jewel of San Diego is Balboa Park, a 1200 acre park in the heart of the city.  It was the location of the 1915 Panama–California Exposition and 1935 California Pacific International Exposition which each created architectural landmarks for the park. The park’s site was placed in reserve in 1835,[…]

The Single Best Medicine for Improving Your Health:

Sedentary lifestyles are killing Americans. Many of us sit at a computer all day, drive a car to work, and spend our evenings sitting in front of a TV or computer. This lack of activity is built into the very framework of our cities, when we should be designing our communities around activity and physical[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Blaine Harbor, Washington

  Blaine, Washington is situated right on the US/Canadian between Seattle and Vancouver.  With some stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Mount Baker, and Drayton Harbor, Blaine is an incredible example of the quality places that can be created when designers respect the physical environment around them. VODA’s currently working to create new and interesting[…]

How a library can transform Main Street

Here’s a great article from today’s Salt Lake Tribune on the effect moving to Magna’s Historic Main Street has had on the Magna Branch of the Salt Lake County Library.   VODA staff worked on the conceptual landscape and site planning for the library a few years ago. More info on that project here. Magna’s Main[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Pearl Harbor Monument, Honolulu, HI

Landscape architects are often asked to design a place that will memorialize a person or event, and inspire some emotional reaction in visitors to the place.   Today marks 70 years since the attacks at Pearl Harbor that pushed the US into World War II. The memorials that mark the site at Pearl Harbor belie the[…]