Sustainable Design in the Wild

River Path Landscaping
Rosemary on the river path! Edible landscaping really makes my world go round.
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Deep arcades fronting the buildings were significantly cooler than the outside temperature. Sadly though, the lights were on during the day.

We recently went to Liberty Station in Point Loma and took a tour around the area.  Predictably, I took issue with the amount of water being used for landscaping, the large manicured park areas in a city plagued by sprawl, and the amount of theatricality (in the form of show breweries and building new structures to match the historic style).  Our instructor, Joe Kennedy, was helpful in pointing out that although the site has its shortcomings it does represent a major accomplishment when judged in the context of San Diego bureaucracy and culture.  On the trip I did see two things that I really enjoyed.  Images and explanatory captions featured above.

4 Comments

  1. I agree with you and Kyle, incorporating deep arcades are very beneficial for the users, they create cool (temperature) areas for the users to walk from one building to another. I would even incorporate seating areas throughout the spaces for people to sit and relax.

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  2. Are those plants really edible? I think it would be a great idea to have them all around San Diego. It is a good idea incorporating the deep arcades, but also I feel the same way as you, there was no point of having the lights on.

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  3. Yes, there is wastefulness at Liberty Station, but the area is a sort of an urban oasis. It provides a welcome alternative to the archetypal mall/shopping experience through a varied plan and ample green areas.

    -Max

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