digital media

Coastal Strategies for Sea Level Rise

For our Alameda Point Project, we studied  a series of sea level rise resiliency strategies to protect the future development from over 66 inches of sea level rise and storm surge. Different solutions were recommended, ranging from periodic wetland inundation of the wetlands to a ‘levee’ solution that is invisible while being incorporated in the terraced steps of the Waterfront Park. Here is a short clip from our upcoming video series.

The Union Flats

This flythrough gives a glimpse of a nearly completed high density residential project in Union City, called The Union Flats.  APDW designed the central courtyard as a place for residents to dine, entertain and relax.  Vine-covered outdoor dining room… Greenroof on the yoga studio… check out the video!

Alameda Point – Waterfront Park Container Village Flythrough

Take a sneak-peek at the latest design concept for Alameda Point Site A’s Waterfront Park. The featured “Container Village” provides a more enclosed and sheltered space for events and dining, but still opens up to face the incredible waterfront view to the West.

Canon Barcus Community House Flythrough

The view into the lower courtyard demonstrates the unique, fun and graphic qualities of the space for residents and employees. There is an amphitheater, cafe tables for outdoor eating and gathering, a mural wall for an exciting backdrop, and drought tolerant planting to brighten up the courtyard.

Parcel D Roof Garden Flythrough

At Emeryville Public Market, Parcel D’s amenity courtyard is a unique family oriented rood garden. While the focal point is the pool area, the surrounding spaces are equally enjoyable to inhabit, and the entire space is framed by lush, drought tolerant planting. Special elements include a variety of places to play, relax and gather for gracious outdoor living.

Alameda Point – Waterfront Park Flythrough

This flythrough represents a snapshot in the design process for Alameda Point’s Waterfront Park. The design has undergone some changes, but the character remains the same. The space is meant to be largely open and responsive to the fantastic views of the Bay, while providing smaller spaces for picnicking and relaxing. The Promenade is a key feature, a long walk at the water’s edge with seating areas and views back to the planted terraces.

Alameda Point – Seaplane Lagoon Dedication

On Saturday, July 23, 2016 the public joined the City of Alameda in celebrating the second phase of land conveyed from the Navy by paddling kayaks around Seaplane Lagoon, joining a walking tour to learn about future development plans and just taking in the beautiful waterfront scenery. APDW’s video team put together this film of the day in order to preserve a record of the existing conditions of the site of the new Waterfront Park.

ASLA NCC Sketch Crawl

On an unusually rainy Saturday in May a group of intrepid urban sketchers met in Washington Square, umbrellas and sketchbooks in hand, to participate in an afternoon of on location sketching and café hopping. Led by drawing champions Chip Sullivan and Jim Richards with a little assist from myself, April Philips, the group explored the treasures and iconic places of this charming San Francisco neighborhood. This is the video record of that unique experience.

Designing Urban Agriculture: Land8 Webinar

Here you will find a copy of April’s Land8 webinar on the topic of urban agriculture and her book Designing Urban Agriculture. In this webinar she presents her urban ag process, the benefits of productive landscapes, and highlights case studies from the APDW studio and from around the world.

2010 ASLA Fellow Profiles

April Philips was nominated in the Works Category by the California Northern Chapter. Her portfolio showcases public landscapes, urban development, green roofs, residential communities, affordable housing, schools, and private gardens. Her designs blend her skills in illustration and sustainability. The clip also includes James Richards, a colleague and fellow drawing aficionado of April.