Sugarmont Plaza!

Sugarmont Plaza  is a temporary plaza to be located at the former Deseret Industries site located at 2232 South Highland Drive,  Salt Lake City. The site has been vacant for approximately one year, and is currently owned by Salt Lake City.  The proposed project is to create a vibrant, casual public gathering space using the[…]

10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: SLC Mayor Ralph Becker “Planning Ahead for Salt Lake City.”

Date – Thursday, January 24, 2013 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Utah Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Ralph Becker was sworn in as[…]

SL Design Week 2012: Downtown Walking Tours

Next week is Salt Lake Design Week, sponsored by AIGA Utah.  We’re looking forward to participating in the Downtown SLC Walking Tours.  Each day a different professional designer will lead a one-hour lunchtime walking tour of downtown Salt Lake. An architect, an urban planner, public artists, and urban designers are among those leading tours.  Bring[…]

Governor’s Square Condos; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been working with the homeowners association for the Governor’s Square Condos in the Marmalade neighborhood of Salt Lake City for several months on a landscape rehabilitation project.  With the building approaching 50 years in age, the landscape was beginning to show its age as well. Several important updates had been completed on the building[…]

Landscape Rehabilitation: The Nail Room, Salt Lake City, UT

IN PROGRESS: VODA’s been working on a landscape rehab for a small commercial building on 1700 South in Salt Lake City.  With challenging site conditions and limited budgets, we’ve worked with the client to develop a clean, simple plan for updating the look of the aging landscape.

10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: Tariq Banuri, “The Great Transition: The Promise and the Lure of the Times Ahead”

The 10.11.12 Lecture Series featuring the faculty of the City and Metropolitan Planning Department of the University of Utah College of Architecture continues this week with a lecture from the department’s newest faculty member, Tariq Banuri. Tariq Banuri holds a PhD from Harvard University and most recently served as Director of the Division for Sustainable[…]

10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: Michael Larice, “A Rebirth in City-Making”

Date – September 6, 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. The planning field is experiencing, once again, a fundamental redirection with[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Hampton Court Palace & Gardens; London, UK

With the 2012 London Olympics still in full swing, let’s head back for another week of Great Places in London.  Hampton Court Palace is located south and west of central London, in Richmond, just a few miles upriver on the River Thames. Originally built in the 1500’s by the powerful Cardinal Wolsey, the palace was[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Trafalgar Square; London, UK

With the London Olympics ongoing, its only appropriate to visit the psychological heart of London: Trafalgar Square. Trafalgar Square is literally at the crossroads of London’s primary axes, also at almost the precise center of the Greater London area.  Once lying at the edge of the City of Westminster, today Trafalgar Square lies at the[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Berlin Wall Memorial; Berlin, Germany

Memorials and monuments take a variety of shapes and forms, often depending on the event, people, or places they commemorate.  Often intended to evoke a certain emotion or response, designers of urban memorials often can only catch a the attention of a passerby very briefly.   Such is the memorializing of the Berlin Wall,  the totem[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Stanford University Campus; Stanford, CA

College campuses are unique places in the US–almost entirely planned around pedestrian use.  Campus planning has a long and fascinating history, and it has certainly changed over time how we create places specifically designed for learning.  Stanford’s campus near Palo Alto, California is a beautiful place, with monumental, contextual architecture, and is a direct outgrowth[…]