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[…]
This Spring Utah’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsored an urban design competition for two key blocks in Downtown Salt Lake City. An international call for entries brought in more than 300 design entries, looking at how to incorporate new ideas into two of the oldest blocks in downtown SLC. The focus of[…]
Spring 2013 has been busy getting ready for the growing season. This year VODA’s been involved with Emerson Elementary in Salt Lake City to develop a new school garden. Starting in January we’ve been meeting with teachers and parents to craft a plan for the first phase of the school’s new garden. With curriculum and[…]
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[…]
Here at VODA we’re passionate about the power of community gardens. A community garden is not only a place to grow healthy, nutritious food, but also a place where people learn about the earth’s systems and cycles, where a deeper understanding of our connection to the earth can be instilled, and also a place where[…]
Something’s afoot at the College of Architecture + Planning and the University of Utah. For the last six years, the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning has been quietly assembling an incredible team of nationally renowned professors, who constantly travel the country to speak to audiences about the emerging areas of planning and how America’s[…]
Many people easily associate sustainability with energy efficiency, recycling, biking, public transportation, solar power, hybrid vehicles, and even shopping at local businesses, but few readily associate sustainability with food. How and what we eat as a community has a major impact on long-term sustainability. “Eating locally” is more than just a pleasant aphorism for the[…]
VODA spent a beautiful, sunny Saturday at a booth at the annual Ninth & Ninth Street Festival in Salt Lake City last weekend. Less than five minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, the “Ninth and Ninth” neighborhood is known for being a hub of local businesses, restaurants, and is one of the most “walkable” neighborhoods[…]
The article below was published recently on the Sugar House Community Garden, a project VODA has been volunteering with in recent months. By TONY SEMERAD The Salt Lake Tribune First published Jul 05 2011 Its plants and fertile beds may be temporary, but the Sugar House Community Garden could have a lasting effect on how[…]
VODA worked with the Artspace organization and Wasatch Community Gardens to help craft a new community garden in downtown Salt Lake City. VODA applauds any effort to improve the neighborhood, and to build a stronger sense of community in our city. As landscape architects, we support programs that will educate the wider population of the[…]
VODA’s been working recently with a grassroots group of citizens determined to turn a community eyesore into a community asset. With a highly visible corner of Sugar House occupied by long-unused tennis courts, this group is planning to create the Sugar House Community Garden on the space once occupied by the Fairmont Park Tennis Courts.
In June 2010, a Chevron pipeline running through the foothills above Salt Lake City began leaking raw crude oil into Red Butte Creek. The spill lasted only a few hours, but dumped an estimated 30,000 gallons of oil into a creek running through residential areas, public parks, and natural areas. VODA was hired by Carbaugh & Associates and the city of Salt Lake to assist in facilitating public meetings that would determine what actions the city could take to prevent future spills, and how to deal with similar accidents in the future.
Working with the University of Utah, Mark Morris of VODA assisted Wasatch Community Gardens with a systems analysis in 2005. Using mapping and design programs, Mark worked with WCG to understand the populations that were most benefiting from the community gardens, and how a redesign of the Fairpark Garden might improve efficiencies. With four community gardens in Salt Lake City, Wasatch Community Gardens is the city’s largest community garden organization, and also offers workshops to educate home gardeners in how to increase their own food production. […]
Working with the national Railvolution Conference Steering Committee, Mark Morris of VODA created the final conference publication for the organization’s 2005 Conference, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Railvolution is the nation’s premier transit-oriented development conference, focusing on using transit as an economic development driver to build and transform communities. Planners and designers from around the country attend this conference to collaborate on innovative methods of development around transit systems.