Coastal Real Estate Guide December 2, 2016 : Page 2

2 COASTALREALESTATEGUIDEOC.COM DECEMBER 2, 2016 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 : ONE ON ONE DAVID LLOYD/SWA Q: How do you work the sur-rounding ecological environment into your designs? A: It’s about focusing on that which ties us together and it became my focal point. Mid-career in the ‘90s I went to study urban design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. I was the only landscape architect out of 30 students. I recog-nized the need to restore the Hudson River in New York. I proposed a series of wetland streets by catch-ing the waters and diverting it into neighborhoods that front the river thereby restoring the Hudson and the fisheries. The industry was in de-cline due to oxygen deprived waters. Wetlands bring oxygen to water. I knew my proposal could restore the environment and build the city at the same time. Q: How do you integrate eco-logical measure in projects? A: Yes. SWA recently won the Barcelona Biennial award for a flood adaptive landscape in Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua City in China. Two rivers merge in the city where we reshaped the river forest island in the middle to accept the seasonal flooding, creating high points for museums and park facilities. The edges of the island were replanted as a series of tear-drop shaped wetland terraces to prevent erosion. We also planted 20,000 full-grown native redwoods as the backbone of the island and included a 12 kilometer bamboo boardwalk. The whole park integrated the community and cre-ated habitat for local birds and fish. Due to its success, the government now uses it as a model for new park designs within river systems. Q: How can we rebuild OC? A: Do it one city at a time. We have some very unique ecologi-cal structures to build from. There are chaparral in the local coastal hills, beautiful creeks and drainage ways. Most importantly we have a EDITORIAL NEWS GROUP EDITOR Andrea Adelson DESIGN/PRODUCTION CREATIVE DIRECTOR Sonia Chung MARKETING DESIGN DIRECTOR Paul Graff JR. GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ PRODUCTION ARTIST Shaylene Brooks SALES ADVERTISING SALES TEAM Scott Sanchez; Cindy Byrne, Chris Mattingley, Julie Coleman, Matt Bond, Carol Josepher, Denise Adams, Ingrid Marquez, Joe Rafael PRODUCTION MANAGER Tina Leydecker PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Megan Shelhamer ADVERTISING & CIRCULATION: TEL: 949 715-4100; FAX: 949 715-4106 OFFICE MANAGER Cyndy Mendaros MAILING ADDRESS: 385 SECOND STREET LAGUNA BEACH, CA 92651 TEL : 949 715-4100; FAX : 949 715-4106 CEO & EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Steve Zepezauer Milton Street Park alongside the Ballona Creek Bike Trail in Los Angeles uses recycled materials, native planting and flow-through planters. walk-able cities. So I thought if we designed cities more efficiently we could save energy and clear the skies. This led me down the path on how to design cities and make them more livable. Q: What are your ideas to mak-ing cities more livable? A: I focus more on the com-mon threads of the cities that tie us together such as streets and plazas instead of focusing so much on TOM FOX/SWA buildings. Buildings of course are important, but they come and go with the marketplace, of course with the exception of historical ones. We certainly want to keep the Empire State Building. But once it’s decided where a street goes and where to place a park or plaza, these become sacred places we hold dearly as a community. You can drive down streets that were there 200 years ago. But the buildings have definitely changed since then. suburban fabric that includes open land perfect for an urban infill of walkways and trails. Retail strip-malls are becoming obsolete due to consumer purchases through the internet leaving space that can be restructured. These are just some of the opportunities we can use within our existing suburbs to make them more village-like with a town-center while highlighting nature. Q: Any local projects? A: We have done projects that use California native plants on a big scale such as with Shady Canyon. It was our idea to have a native focus and we replanted over a 1,000 acres. It was the first time it had been done for a high-end community and it has been a great success. Right now we are working with the city of Mission Viejo and most importantly their community in reshaping their city. There are thoughts to build a downtown system facing the creek and use the trails to connect parks and neighborhoods, making it a truly walk-able village. The goal is more efficient use of the land al-ready built on, and at the same time highlight nature within the city. CONTACT: Sean O’Malley SWA, 570 Glenneyre St., Laguna 949-497-5471 x 3256 A thousand acres of native plants were an integral part of the urban design for Shady Canyon’s community.

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