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23 Jul 2016

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Landscape Architecture Firm SWA Group to Plan Toronto’s Last Large Undeveloped Site

Laguna Beach, CA: July 22, 2016 – SWA Group’s Laguna Beach studio has been selected to plan the last large, undeveloped site in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Owners Woodbine Entertainment Group, along with development consultant Live Work Learn Play, have commissioned a transformation of the 683-acre site into a vibrant, urban mixed-use neighborhood with the extant Woodbine Racetrack at its center. Currently the land is bordered by a highway, two major roads, and a light rail line. In addition to re-conceptualizing the horse-racing venue for an optimal urban experience, SWA designers and planners will draft guidelines for a vision that welcomes in the surrounding neighborhoods, which include a burgeoning immigrant population, and entertainment and recreation alternatives. Proposed walking and biking trails, as well as retail and restaurant offerings, will complement an extensive amount of housing, drawing daytime visitors from the city as well as overnight guests from farther afield.

There’s also a goal to expand an onsite agriculture experiment that grows feed for the resident thoroughbred race horses. Integrated into the master plan will be the existing stable and grandstand as well as a new casino. The nearby Pearson International Airport, together with an upcoming north-south light rail line,will make reaching the site very convenient.

SWA’s overall vision, guidelines for land use, public space design, future infrastructure and transit investment concepts and development planning will unfold over the next six months, with the site overhaul to take place within the next decade. SWA’s team includes BCV Architects and Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates. Interviews are available with SWA landscape architects and planners.

27 May 2016

San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso

Landscape Architecture Firm SWA Incorporates Beauty, Ecology and Programming to Remake El Paso’s 100-year-old Historic Park

Los Angeles, CA: May 26, 2016 – SWA’s redesign of San Jacinto Plaza, a historic gathering place in El Paso’s downtown business district provides a state-of-the-art urban open space, while protecting and celebrating the history and culture of the site. The project was the result of an intensive community process involving input from a wide range of constituents. Active programming, environmental and economic sustainability, and great design have become the de facto criteria for catalyzing renewed interest and investment in the types of urban open spaces exemplified by the updated plaza.

San Jacinto Plaza El Paso
photo : Jonnu Singleton/SWA

“The centuries-old Arcadian park of axial paths, lawns, benches, and trees is under extreme pressure to adapt to a rapidly changing context of urban densification, cultural diversity, and community programming,” says Gerdo Aquino, CEO of SWA landscape architects and urban planners. Together with Ying-Yu Hung, Aquino led the redesign. “El Paso, Texas, is one such place whose 100-year-old, storied park has taken center stage in the evolving narrative of the city.”

Programming for the park was a main priority, as was the community’s desire to retain some of its historic identity. In response, SWA integrated the existing formal axial paths with informal paths and bridges that take park users to various destinations, including gaming areas for ping-pong, chess, and washoes (a local favorite similar to horseshoes but with water), a children’s splash pad, and a café with colorful seating arrangements. At the park’s center, the designers restored Los Lagortos, a beloved sculpture by Luis Jimenez that pays tribute to the live alligators that inhabited the plaza over 45 years ago. Together with Lake Flato Architects, they created a metal structure to help protect the sculpture from the sun and also to provide a shaded area for activities.

26 Jan 2016

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia Skyscraper
Location: Kingdom City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – KSA

Date built: 2013-19

Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture with SWA, landscape architecture

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia Skyscraper
image from architect

1,000+ meters

2019 completion

Kingdom Tower to be the world’s tallest building

Planned height: 1,008m / 3,307 ft

Floors: 167

Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia Skyscraper Landscape Architecture

17 Feb 2016

Fuzhou Vanke City & Chongqing Dongyuan 1891, China
Design: SWA Group – Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design

Fuzhou Vanke City and Chongqing Dongyuan 1891 are two residential projects in China by international landscape architecture firm SWA.

Fuzhou Vanke City:
Fuzhou Vanke City
photo : David Lloyd

Fuzhou Vanke City: The Yongtai project, located inside the Red Cliff Scenic Area, borders the Dazhang River and consists of a 45-hectare watershed area surrounded by 12 small hills. The overall project plan calls for housing clusters that follow the natural site topography and incorporates a central lake that is preserved and leveraged as a public space, unifying the entire site. It features a boutique hotel, a shopping street, clubhouses, residential high-rises, townhouses, and detached homes.

SWA Group landscape design project

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