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.

Great Place Wednesday: Sugar House Streetcar Greenway, Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been involved with an exciting new project, one of Salt Lake City’s future Great Places, the Sugar House Streetcar Greenway.  Many groups, municipalities, and organizations have been working for years to see this project come about, and everyone’s excited to see the project finally under construction.  We’ve been working with the great design team[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Federal Heights Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

With a Japanese style garden beginning to show its age, the client enlisted VODA  to design a clean, updated zen garden for their Federal Heights home.  Focusing on concepts of simplicity, asymmetry, and clean lines, the new garden design re-imagines the use of a small space.  VODA used local and adaptive materials such as dark[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Mirabell Gardens; Salzburg, Austria

Experiencing the great places of Europe inevitably involves strolling vast, open gardens. Today they may seem like quiet, pleasant places, but these gardens always have histories  behind them. Often they are symbols of power, oppression, and war-time plunder.  The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria were built as a symbol of the power for their owner,[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Old Town San Diego, CA

This summer I spent a week in the San Diego area, my first visit there in many years. We spent an afternoon exploring San Diego’s Old Town, which is truly a great place: San Diego’s Old Town is unique in that it was basically abandoned for a more strategic site for the city, a few[…]

Sustainability Means Local Food

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[…]

In Progress: Frog Bench Farms

Despite the weather turning wet and cold, things are still progressing on an exciting project here in Salt Lake City that VODA’s been working on for more than a year.   Located in the foothills of Salt Lake, this project is spearheaded by a couple of visionaries working to develop a new residence and urban farm.[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Champ de Mars; Paris, FR

The Champ de Mars is one of Paris’s largest open spaces, and gives a perfect example of French garden style.  Originally part of the military’s marching and drilling grounds, the park space has hosted the Worlds Fair four times, in 1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900.  It was in 1889 that the park’s most famous feature[…]

Westminster Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA worked with the client to create a landscape master plan for long-term implementation.  With the owner working on a home addition and garage remodel, the team worked together to craft a plan that would include all the design elements needed in order to maximize the small home lot.  These included a large new patio[…]