In collaboration with SOM, the Twin Creeks Linear Park Competition reconsiders the pattern of development for 15,000 acres of open fields on the periphery of Kansas City. Weaving together the natural forms of the creeks and the existing development framework of the Jeffersonian grid proposes a new pattern of mixed use construction and open space connections linking the area’s future 75,000 inhabitants with the natural environment creating a unique creek-centric urbanism that supports human occupation while addressing the need for flood resilient communities.
This adaptive re-use project converts a historic structure to 60+ units of housing in addition to retail space. Starting from the streetscape, reaching up towards private balconies and finally on the roof deck, the landscape creates a distinct strata of landscape experiences. These layers are inspired by the rich history, everyday landscapes and vibrant ecologies of the neighborhood and region.
Loco’l is about real fast food made with the ideology, heart, and science of a chef. Superjacent collaborated with Chef Roy Choi and partner Daniel Patterson to create conceptual landscape strategies centered on access, empowerment, revolution and craft to create strong connections with the Watts community. In addition to outdoor patio seating, new ways were envisioned for the sidewalk, street and parking lot to serve as zones for programming community events.
This project is a long term internal research project within the office studying the potential for recreational and performative open spaces along the Arroyo Seco in North East Los Angeles. Partners Kelly Majewski and Chris Torres are leading a graduate level landscape architecture design studio at USC, studying different approaches to re-connecting the arroyo to its adjacent communities through landscape interventions. These projects incorporate strategies for connecting people to the arroyo through resilient and sustainable landscapes.
This urban infill project will add 150+ units of housing and ground level retail to the vibrant La Brea corridor. The landscape design works to create connections between the active streetscape and podium level amenity deck and roof terraces with views of the Hollywood Hills. Rather than an additive process of making the courtyard garden through the location of various planters, garden rooms are carved from a continuous planting area spanning the length of the 25,000 square foot courtyard to create unique opportunities to experience nature within the city.
A conceptual study for the re-branding of an existing mixed use apartment building to include an outdoor food marketplace in what was originally intended to be wholesale space for vendors. The concept melds together artists, innovative food entrepreneurs, and the everyday public within an urban open space of pedestrian streets, covered walks and outdoor gardens to create a new model for urban retail in the heart of the historic core.
This adaptive mixed use project restores a historic structure and adds a series of new buildings to create a micro-block of housing and retail. Inspired by the historic mission plaza and yard landscapes, the project creates strong spatial relationship between structures and open spaces to become vibrant social spaces. Also outward reaching, the passageways and plazas seamlessly connect to the adjacent walkable community, creating a new neighborhood attractor and public space for the neighborhood.
This historic hillside residence originally designed by Richard Neutra in the 1930’s is being carefully and meticulously restored inside and out. Although the site is extremely tight and steeply graded, the design of the landscape provides a simple and complete integration of the home with its surrounding context. Along with the wide terraces of each floor, small outdoor areas allow for the ease of southern California living and panoramic views of the hills.
This urban infill project will add 270+ units of housing and a publicly accessible open space to a rapidly developing transit oriented district in the San Fernando Valley. Drawing upon the site’s natural setting within the alluvial flood plain of the Los Angeles River, the landscape flows from the western street frontage through the building to the podium level amenity deck depositing a variety of landscape features along its path. Landforms, native plants, repurposed logs and boulders, work together to express the history of the place, both natural and cultural.
City Labs is a purpose-driven work space for Boyle Heights innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business. The landscape converts a parking lot into a public space through temporary and tactical interventions. Seating elements, painted patterning and moveable planters create a suite of flexible interventions allowing the incubator to re-envision the outdoor space specific to their temporal programmatic needs.
The renovation of this classic Southern California motel aims to retain its mid-century modern lineage while adding new sustainable gathering spaces. Drawing inspiration from the adjacent canyon to create a formal language for the motel landscape - guests will move through a series of outdoor rooms designed for recreation and relaxation. Private gardens attached to each room extend the living space of each room while creating strong indoor-outdoor relationships connecting the motel guests to the surrounding canyon and mountain views.
The Mekong Delta Regional Plan 2030 & Vision 2050 creates a holistic vision for the region, re-thinking the existing masterplans of the 13 Vietnamese provinces into comprehensive strategies for sustainable growth. By promoting a form of urbanism focused on river systems and agricultural production, the vision plan proposes new ways of defining urban and rural growth. The vision plan outlines both immediate strategies and long term landscape infrastructures to best address the delta’s most pressing challenges. This project was led by R U A (Research Urbanism and Architecture), Superjacent collaborated on Phase II.