Category Archives: Urban design

Compost: the Secret Sauce

August 17, 2018

Compost is not just recycled clippings, it’ more. It has become the go to panacea for landscapes. It is an organic amendment you add to provide nutrients to plants. In fact, compost provides a wide range of unexpected solutions for designers. Have percolation issues? Add compost. Need to increase water holding capacity of soils? Add…

Adaptive Reuse is a Game Changer for Sustainable Development

August 11, 2018

If you are working towards a LEED certification for your project, have you thought about SITES? SITESv2 and LEEDv4 have more synergies in common than you might think. Much of the work that counts towards LEED can also help your project become SITES certified especially when it comes to designing for lifecycle aspects. There are…

Marin by the Sea

August 1, 2018

Sea level is not a fixed point. Imagine, that you were asked to define a typical day. Most people would respond with the two extremes, sunrise and sunset. But what if you lived by the sea? Sea level behaves like a typical day, it has a range. There are low tides and high tides, which…

Our Palms Have Arrived!

July 6, 2018

Beautiful Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) arrived at our Union Flats project site in Union City, CA. These large palms will provide instant visual impact and shade to the adjacent promenade. Being able to procure matching palms at this size can be challenging and costly. We were glad the team was able to obtain…

Castro Street Project Update!

June 1, 2018

Updates from our Castro street mixed use project that is currently underway. Located on the corner of Castro Street and El Camino Real in the Mountain View downtown corridor, the project envisions a public plaza at the corner that serves the public, the adjacent neighborhood, and the tenants of the mixed use development. The public…

The Designer as Change Agent

January 19, 2018

Join April at the TOM TOM FOUNDERS SUMMIT April will be on a panel to discuss “Innovations in Urban Agriculture” and creating local food economies. Tom Tom Founder’s Festival is a summit uniting entrepreneurs, innovators, executives and investors shaping the future of industry in small cities. Click here for to learn more about the TOM TOM…

ASLA NCC Design Merit Award

December 10, 2015

  In addition to the American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter’s honor Award, April Philips Design Works was awarded the 2015 Design Merit Award for their work at VF Outdoor. The corporate campus design was a 15 acre project for industry leading brands such as; The North Face, JanSport and lucy. The facility…