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January 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm #158885December 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm #158894
Hi Ashley, If you are in the Bay Area I would recommend Muir Woods, Point Reyes, Golden Gate Park and the Academy of Science. Monterrey and and Big Sur are really cool if you head a bit south. If you are coming up to the Mountains I recommend spending some time in Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay State Park is great for a first time visit. There is really cool, newly completed City Park in South Lake Tahoe on the lake called Lakeview Commons on the Corner of Lakeview and Highway 50.December 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm #158925
Hey Rick. This may be a helpful example of a more progressive city direction. This commission is slowly getting more sustainable site planning and landscape policies into city codes. There was actually an incentive program that gave priority permitting review to projects that were attempting to meet a list of sustainable guidelines.December 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm #158926
Excellent rebuttal, Rick. We should talk. I have some very interesting situations that are very closely mirroring your efforts in the City of Delta. My practice is vested in the City of South Lake Tahoe, CA. Incidentally, also situated on Highway 50. You may want to call them on the fact that it appears the City Manager is “putting together some ideas” for loosing up the landscaping guidelines without community or professional input. Maybe he can use all of his omnipotent understanding of the world to change the plumbing codes, building codes, and fire codes. Possibly, he has some ideas for improving medical procedures as well.December 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm #159147
Hey Mark. These were custom designed and built for North Tahoe. Nothing to interesting, but they are built like a bomb shelter. I wish my house was built like these. http://www.moonshineink.com/articles.php/0/1798December 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm #159314
Hey Betsy. This may be a helpful resource. http://www.elkhornsloughctp.org/uploads/1137621606Faber%20Williams%20SF%20tidal%20restoration.pdfNovember 30, 2011 at 7:25 am #159212
Hello Marcus. It is not customary for potential client to ask for a design without a proposal or contract. Typically I am glad to meet with the potential client and gather necessary information to prepare a proposal based on an agreed scope. Design competitions and charrettes are different and the possibility of being awarded larger projects may outweigh the risk of lost time and costs. Asking designers to provide free designs does seem inappropriate. The client may be under the impression that the design is included in a design build project, but it is still inappropriate to request a design without a contract or as a basis for selecting a landscape contractor.November 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm #159483
Hey Thomas. Your boss is probably under considerable pressure to perform as well, and may not deal with his expectations very well or has difficulty communicating/relating to junior personnel. Your were hired as an entry level designer and it should be expected that you will be performing at that level with learning time and mistakes being part of the deal. Should you continue to work with this company, your challenge will be to take your emotions out of any criticism and give yourself permission to learn and enjoy design even if others can’t. Criticism in any form can sap our design spirit for a bit but it is very important to becoming a great landscape architect. We have all made considerable mistakes in our careers. This is tough, but if you can do these things it will take you a long way when you are facing criticism:
1. Take slow deep breaths.
2. Focus on what your boss or critic desires regardless of how they are saying or whether you agree.
3. Make sure you understand what they want and calmly tell them if you don’t understand.
4. With eye contact and keeping calm (breathing) let them know that you understand and reassure them that you are on their team and going to do everything you can to accommodate.
Whether it is a grumpy boss or public comments at a design review these techniques have worked for me. Keep at it. Don’t let one personality, one job or a few mistakes keep you from a great career.November 3, 2011 at 1:19 am #159556
These are also used in horizontal applications.November 1, 2011 at 3:04 am #159559
There are several manufacturers of drain mats that are used as underlayment in synthetic fields. These systems completely block water from infiltrating where the soils are expansive as well as providing a structural layer. I prefer Turfcore. A woven Mirafi 500x liner may also be an option although some water will get through very slowly. You could also combine the two for a possible solution.October 12, 2011 at 6:42 am #159802
You had some good thoughts. It is a shame that you led with a ridiculous insult and closed with another.October 12, 2011 at 3:54 am #159806
You aren’t alone.September 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm #160420
Your existing grades, use, access and a number of other factors can determine the finished grades and dimension. You will first need to define what kind of amphitheater you are looking to create. Is it stadium seats or will users drop a blanket and lounge? There is no set rule. This detail worked well for people to drop a beach towel or folding chair. Events include weddings, outdoor movies and concerts.August 31, 2011 at 4:19 am #160711
I agree.August 31, 2011 at 3:48 am #160714
There seems to be different terminology between design build and public bid projects. Very interesting.
This is from the California Department of General Services and what I typically follow for my private and public projects:
What are preliminary plans? Preliminary plans are the initial design phase in preparing the construction bidding documents. The discussion in this section applies to the design-bid-build process used for most state projects (Section 6841).
These documents are developed from the information contained in the budget package. Typically the preliminary plans are developed in two distinct steps referred to as schematics and design development. The two-step process allows the department and architect/engineer to interact before the design is developed, helping to ensure a mutual understanding of the design objectives, limitations and budget.