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: 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[…]

Living Community: Panel Discussion Tomorrow at the SLC Main Library!

  Don’t miss a panel discussion from leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, discussing “Living Community”!  The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a member-based, advocacy organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. People + Place + Stewardship LIVING COMMUNITY Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium |[…]

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[…]

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.”

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]