THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “Cities as Museums of Change”

Faculty Lecture: Stephen Goldsmith, “Cities as Museums of Change” Date – February 2, 2012 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. One of[…]

In Progress: Jefferson Street Urban Infill; Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City’s urban core is undergoing a renaissance of sorts–with increased interest in reusing under-utilized properties for commercial or residential projects. VODA’s been working on landscape design for a residential project in the transit-oriented development area around the  900 South TRAX light-rail station.   With a client looking for a modern style and sustainable energy[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Park Guell; Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell is undoubtedly one of the most unique parks in all the world. Designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, the park reflects his unique design style on every light post, bench, fountain, and staircase.  The park was initially part of an unsuccessful development scheme by the wealthy Guell family, and transformed a once barren hillside[…]

THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “The Evolution of Urban Form”

Faculty Lecture: Brenda Scheer, “The Evolution of Urban Form” Date – January 19, 2012 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. By observing[…]

“Landscape architecture is basically the planning and design of space under the sky.”

James Corner: Urban Dreamscaper TIME Magazine interviews landscape architect James Corner on the power of public space and quality urban design.  He defines our profession: “Landscape architecture is basically the planning and design of space under the sky.”

Great Place Wednesday: Marin County Civic Center; Marin County, CA

The Marin County Civic Center is arguably one of the most fascinating architectural gems in the USA. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1950’s, the building is one of ten of Wright’s works that have been nominated for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.  The structure straddles three hills, and its long, linear[…]

In Progress: Urban Infill Residential on Wilmington Ave; Salt Lake City, UT

Here at VODA, we’re big believers in the value of urban infill. For many reasons property in established neighborhoods can become available, or a community may decide that there are better uses for things such as parking lots, industrial areas, or underdeveloped land.  We’ve been working for CityBlock lately to assist with the development of[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Utah State Capitol Building

Utah’s state capitol building is a massive neo-classical building situated on the top of Capitol Hill, overlooking downtown Salt Lake City, and the entire Salt Lake Valley. From a site planning perspective, this building is unmatched in its prominence in the city or the state.  Utah achieved statehood in 1896, and its state offices occupied[…]