From the desk of... Take back your public spaces by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

This week we're taking a look at amazing and inspiring ways to activate public space.

 

Here's a great article on the "weapons" cities use to make beaches difficult to access:
https://nextcity.org/features/view/arsenal-of-exclusion-keep-public-off-free-beaches
If you're in LA, check out a map that shows you how to access all the public beaches in Malibu... and everything else from the LA Urban Rangers.

 

And here's 99% Invisible exploring a way of claiming public spaces by giving them names: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-60-names-vs-the-nothing/

 

In an urban intervention flashback, here's our very own Lora Martens' project for the first Park(ing) Day in Pheonix in 2009! 

 
 

And here are just a few of the many other inspiring projects out there.

A nifty little art studio under a bridge, via Dezeen.

 

Dumpsters can be quite pretty... or a cool play space!

And fountains can be hacked using the visual language of public pools, via Dezeen.

 

From the desk of... Tile Patterns by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

In the last installment, we brought you a roundup of cool tiles. We thought we would take that one step further and present some inspiring modern tile patterns.

We love these modern tile patterns by Anne Dérian, via Houzz

We love these modern tile patterns by Anne Dérian, via Houzz

More tile inspiration from the Brothers Bouroullec, via DesignMilk

More tile inspiration from the Brothers Bouroullec, via DesignMilk

There are lots of pattern options with these cool new tiles from Fireclay, via Remodelista.

There are lots of pattern options with these cool new tiles from Fireclay, via Remodelista.

From the desk of... Tiles by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

It's a tile kind of week.

 
 

Here's a round up of very cool uses of tile (including these very blue tiles) on Dwell.

Clé always has great tiles, and we are suckers for watercolor...

...and for the designs of the Brothers Bouroullec, via Design Milk

If that's not enough tile for you, another round up from Residential Architect.

From the desk of... Interfaces by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

Geek out with us for a minute.


MIT created a physical interface that mimics the properties of different materials using digital data. As in, you can set it to act like water, and it will ripple, or rubber and it will feel bouncy, and so on, via CO.DESIGN.

Here's a great tumblr of science fiction movie interfaces

and a fun smell-based interface project, via CO.DESIGN.

We thought this website had a fun interface. It's based on the golden ratio, and it's all done with CSS+HTML!

Sketchy Tuesday at the SFAI by Arterra Landscape Architects

We had such a great time at the SFAI for Sketchy Tuesday. Thank you to Guest Sketcher Dan Hogman! If you missed it this week, Dan will be joining us again next week at the Redwood Park near the Transamerica Building.

We enjoyed some incredible views and lots of sunshine... and the wild parrots even did a flyby!

If you haven't checked out their open-to-the-public rooftop, we highly recommend it.

Sketchy Tuesday on a Roof Terrace by Arterra Landscape Architects

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Sketchy Tuesday of 2017! (And a special shout-out to all of the SF Sketchers who joined. It was wonderful to meet you!)

What a fun time sketching in the urban park on the roof terrace at 100 First Street amongst the towers.

We hope to see you next time at the San Francisco Art Institute Rooftop with special guest sketcher Dan Hogman!

From the desk of... Now you see it by Arterra Landscape Architects

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

 

We've been noticing that more and more features and everyday objects are designed to appear only when you need them.

Take, for example, this projector that creates a touchscreen on any surface, via Contemporist.

Or these stools that are art until you need a place to sit, via Contemporist.

And garagespools, saunas and gates that appear like magic.

Or maybe just an entire apartment, via Azure Magazine.

Studio Garden Tour by Nicole Bemboom

Our studio spent an entire day touring completed projects in Healdsburg.

We had such a great time seeing the landscapes and the designs in action. 

Here are a few shots from our day:

From the desk of... Paths We Want to Take by Nicole Bemboom

This is an installment in our series "From the desk of..." where we share a little inspiration from around the internet.

We want to walk and hike this path in Portugal, via designboom

We want to cross this bridge when we come to it, via Contemporist

We want to bike on this path (dressed up like characters from Mario Kart), via Azure Magazine

We want to carefully creep across this path with our eyes mostly closed in terror, via Dezeen

In the Studio: Weekly Newsletters by Nicole Bemboom

Introducing our new series, "From the desk of..."

Over the past few years, Nicole has been putting together a newsletter of links to inspiration or knowledge for the team from her adventures around the internet.

We are sharing the fun with you in our new series: "From the desk of..."

 

 

This Week: Paper Magic

Zim & Zou Craft Colourful Worlds for a Hermès Window Display, via Azure Magazine

Zim & Zou Craft Colourful Worlds for a Hermès Window Display, via Azure Magazine

60,000 Paper Cut-Outs Form a Forest of Numbers in Tokyo, via Azure Magazine

60,000 Paper Cut-Outs Form a Forest of Numbers in Tokyo, via Azure Magazine

 
 

The Chelsea Garden Show by Nicole Bemboom

Kate, Gretchen and Vera all got together for a trip to the Chelsea Garden Show. They had a great time, and Kate shared their journey on our Instagram:

What a Wonderful Decade by Nicole Bemboom

Congratulations to Natasha on her 10 year anniversary at Arterra!

It has truly been an honor to work with you. Cheers to the past, and to the future!

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and creativity.

 

A Visit to Succulent Gardens by Nicole Bemboom

We love when our designer Alyssa Erickson goes on an adventure and brings back plant photos for us. Here are some great shots from Succulent Gardens in Castroville. (Don't miss her trip to The UCSC Arboretum!) 

Enjoy!

Sketchy Tuesday at Heath Ceramics by Nicole Bemboom

Thank you very much to Heath Ceramics and the Boiler Room for hosting the final Sketchy Tuesday of Architecture and the City. If you would like to join us for future Sketchy Tuesdays, sign up for our newsletter, and you won't miss a thing.

We met at Heath Ceramics in the Mission District and sketched in their gallery space, the Boiler Room. The iron boilers were a challenge, but fun. (The boilers were used to produce steam for the industrial laundry that installed them in the building after WWI, when they were no longer needed for ships.)