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Green Core: Providing Open Space in Dense Urban Areas by Tatiana Christoffersen

As downtown Los Angeles becomes more residential, there is an increased need for open space. GREEN CORE repurposes four underutilized lots in the heart of downtown to provide downtown residents with opportunities for recreation connection to nature, and socializing. Pedestrian, bicycle, and electric bus routes connect the open spaces to nearby historic landmarks, entertainment destinations, […]

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Permaculture Principles Applied to Urban Site Design by Jack Haley

Formerly the site of Thermador Electric Manufacturing, the property at 5119 District Blvd. in Vernon is now under remediation by the Toxic Substances Control Board. The project will provide an educational facility and open space to the low-income, high density community of Maywood, California. Directly across from Maywood Elementary School, the project will provide ecological […]

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Healthy Communities by Nathalia Sophia

This project redefines the conventional definition of a “park”. Using the community of Lennox in LA County, the project reimagines existing street, into a network of green corridors and parklets to provide public open space, link area residents to local amenities and services, encourage outdoor activity and socializing, improve the air quality, and strengthen the community […]

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Our Legacy: Reimagining the Cemetery by Daniel Hector Guimera

Reimagine and retrofit urban and suburban cemeteries to ensure their sustainability for future generations, and implement new cemetery design into our neighborhoods. These spaces will provide the community a platform to tell their stories, memorialize their culture and history, and most importantly to celebrate life.  

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Crenshaw Commons Women’s Center by Christina Johnson

The Crenshaw Commons Women’s Center is designed as a model site providing a continuum of services to facilitate the transition into stable living for women who are homeless. A focus of this project is designing environments that strengthen social networks, to provide opportunities for connecting with self, peers and community. The design of program elements […]

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Congratulations to the Winter 2015 Capstone Graduates

Let me introduce you to the newest UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Capstone/Thesis graduate Class. Daniel Hector Guimera, Christina Johnson, Nathalia Sophia, Jack Haley, Tatiana Christoffersen and Kate Osgood. The cohort gave their final Capstone presentations on March 21, 2015 at Dodd Hall on main campus. Each presentation was innovative, detailed, imaginative and professional. Videos of […]

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UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Instructor Featured in Sunset Magazine

Tom Rau who teaches Plant Materials for Landscape Use, an elective course in our Landscape Architecture Certificate Program, is consider by Sunset Magazine to be a Local Hero!

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