First Lady Michelle Obama tours New Roots Community Garden yesterday, winner of a Special Jury Mention Orchid in 2009:
"Located on a small 2.5 acre lot in City Heights, a grass roots effort has finally taken hold to create San Diego’s first community farm. One juror noted “Kudos to the groups’ collective perseverance in spending three years and over $50K in City of San Diego required permits and processing to get this project out of the ground”."
We're thrilled to see this beautiful community effort get the national recognition it so richly deserves!
Read more about the New Roots Community Garden here.
More about Mrs. Obama's visit:
Among the myriad ways to discuss, categorize, appreciate and value architecture is understanding our region’s historic sites inventory. As the number and caliber of decades-old residential, institutional and commercial buildings can decrease through remodeling and demolition, the number can also increase as the citizenry push local officials to designate local treasures as historic.
We recently sat down with local real estate developer Greg Strangman of L.W.P. Group to discuss his 5th historic building – in this case the designation of his own home, the Cecil and Virginia Roper Residence by Loch Crane (ca. 1964). The seaside getaway of lava rock, wood and glass remains intact while other similar designs by former (pre-WW2) Taliesin Fellow Crane of the same era have gone nearly extinct.
As an architecture enthusiast, and one who has built a career out of redeveloping San Diego’s historic fabric, Strangman pursued protection of his home for two reasons: to protect the home whenever it transfers ownership, and to take advantage of healthy property tax savings. Following historic designation, with Mills Act protection, a homeowner can enjoy tax savings up to 70%. Read more »
For one month every summer, the Right Bank of the Seine transforms from a busy expressway into a pedestrian refuge, complete with amenities such as sandy beaches, swimming pools (not in the Seine) lounge chairs, cafes, misting fountains, and shady palm trees. Read more »
This swimming pool in the Spree River was originally a temporary art installation, but the locals loved it so much it became a permanent feature.
The sunken hull of a cargo ship is transformed into a pristine pool. Resting almost level with the surface of the river, it provides the sensation of swimming in the river itself with the city skyline as a dramatic backdrop. Read more »
Located in Copenhagen’s city center, this wooden bathing structure extends the surrounding park into the incredibly clean waters of the harbor.
The terraced landscape blurs the transition from land to water while also addressing the practical needs for accessibility and safety.
An industrial, virtually inaccessible sea front in a suburb of Copenhagen where the residents aspired to something better has been transformed. The former rocks of the beach have been replaced with sand and extending out into the sea is a pier which culminates in a circular, multi-level, wooden structure, for swimming, bathing and diving, that rises up gradually out of the sea. Read more »
Are we prepared to take a dip in our city? San Diego is known the world over for its bay and beaches and for being blessed with the climate to enjoy both. But for the ever increasing number of downtown residents our day to day physical interaction with the water surrounding us is very limited. Yes, we have the embarcadero promenade along which to bike and jog and look out over the bay, but where can we dip a toe in the water?
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Thanks very much to all who participated, presented, performed and attended our Global PechaKucha for Haiti event on Saturday, February 20. We raised over $1500 for Architecture For Humanity's Haiti Earthquake Rebuild effort - more than most cities taking part in the global event!!
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