Category Archives: Urban design

Are Autonomous Robots Taking Over the Garden?

April 15, 2019

APDW was happy to host Professor Corry Gallo from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU) as he tours the United States studying urban agriculture. April and Corry shared experiences on the implementation and impact of urban farms and discussed several of the case studies from April’s book – Designing Urban Agriculture. Professor Gallo was…

Unveiling Elan Mountain View

February 8, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the official grand opening of the Elan Mountain View this coming Wednesday, 02/13/2019! It’s been a pleasure working with the Greystar team and Seidel Architects in creating a new gateway project for urban living just steps from downtown Mountain View. The mixed-use project represents a conversation of nature and innovation….

Breaking Ground on a Ground Breaking Design at SFSU

February 1, 2019

Cranes and construction fences have popped up at the corner of Valera and Holloway Avenue near SFSU where the new Holloway Avenue Student Housing and Mixed Use Building broke ground, December 3, 2018. APDW has been working with Gould Evans Architecture on a new landscape and building that “stitches” together the surrounding neighborhood with the existing…

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…