Melendrez wins top honors at ASLA’s SoCal Design Awards for Marsh Park, a former glass factory turned park. A robust yet compact footprint uses native ecology to create a vibrant green space inclusive of an arroyo and river marsh system used to treat urban run off before pollutants enter the river ecology.
One of Los Angeles’ proposed freeway cap parks – Space 134 in Glendale--takes Merit award in planning at ASLA SoCal’s bi-annual design awards. Located atop SR-134, the park will connect the City’s civic, cultural, retail, and business core with Glendale’s residential neighborhoods currently bisected by the highway. If realized, the cap park will literally unify one of Los Angeles county’s largest cities with its commercial and residential centers.
7th and Santa Fe, the site of the former Model T Ford Factory, will house the next generation of industry and cultural influence when Warner Music Group moves into LA's burgouning Arts District early 2018.
Streets are no longer just places to move vehicles – they are the future opportunity for the city’s landscape. Jen Packer, Consulting Landscape Architect at Melendrez, will co-present case studies at Green Build’s annual conference here in Los Angeles tomorrow. On Saturday, she will also lead a site walk of another Melendez project--Marsh Park--a former glass factory that was rehabilitated into a vibrant urban landscape connecting visitors to the LA River and bike trail.
Transit, undeniably, is transforming the way LA looks and moves. Public life in Los Angeles is increasingly being experienced in urban clusters around light rail, more continuously connecting users to home, work, and respite. Meléndrez is pleased have designed two marquee projects, each at different stages of completion, that weave existing stand-alone rail stations into the urban fabric. In Chinatown,
We are thrilled to see this groundbreaking project for Los Angeles FINALLY break ground!!! Focused on connecting neighborhoods and broadening the modal split along DTLA's primary North-South corridor, the My Figueroa project will inject protected cycletracks into the urban fabric, and continue to shift our transit identity
Dozens of large caliber specimen trees are being craned onto the 2-acre garden located on the 3rd floor podium over the project's parking garage
Jennifer Packer joined a fantastic AIA panel to discuss early engagement of Landscape Architects to achieve shared goals. Her talk focused on utilization of onsite recycled water through cisterns, setting expectations of what a drought tolerant/native landscape looks like in the urban context, and definign the role and function of landscape in midrise and tower project as development goes up, not out.
Melendrez is very pleased and excited to have three talented landscape interns join our studio for the summer. Pictured are Zheng Guo from the University of Southern California, Xiaoyang Wang from the University of Pennsylvania and Haoyang Li from the University of Texas at Austin.
Melendrez was recently selected by Crescent Heights to be the Landscape Architect for a new 77-story residential tower in Chicago, Illinois. Located at the South end of historic Grant Park, Melendrez is collaborating with Rafael Vinoly Architects PC and Rockwell Group on this iconic new highrise around which a series of twelve garden spaces spiral and ascend from the 16th floor up to the 76th!
After completing a Bachelor of Urban Planning at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2011, and a Masters of Landscape Architect at Louisiana State Univeristy in 2014, Ju initiated her career in the Pacific Northwest working on a range of projects including museuma, academic campuses, a civic park, and urban streets. Joining the Melendrez studio in March of 2016, Ju is inspired by elegant aesthetics and the sensitive awareness balance of environment and urban context, bringing a
Construction on Forest City's Blossom Plaza has been completed and it is now open to the public. Built entirely over subterranean parking, Blossom Plaza is a mixed use development comprised of three distinct exterior spaces: the Retail Walk, the Fountain Square, and the Courtyard. The Retail Walk and the Courtyard both draw influence from traditional Shanghai residential alleys or Longtangs.
Meléndrez is pleased to welcome its newest Associate Principal, E. Allan Spulecki, a landscape architect to direct and oversee design across the firm.
On March 2 at 6:30PM, Meléndrez is hosting a COTE and AIA/LA talk on Residential Greywater Systems for Architects. As a proponent of sustainable solutions for the built environment, Meléndrez is excited to host this talk about greywater applications; a key tool in responsibly using water resources.
The recently opened Eighth and Grand by developers Carmel Partners was awarded Project of the Year at the Downtown News’ Downtowners of Distinction Awards. Meléndrez is proud to have been part of the team that brought this important project to Downtown Los Angeles. The development energizes Grand Avenue, Olive and 8th Streets, with an expanded public realm and the addition of the much sought after Whole Foods Market.
The 10000 Santa Monica construction team celebrated completion the final floor of the 40-story residential tower in Century City. To commemorate the event, Meléndrez joined more than 400 people who were on hand to sign one of the project’s steel beams before being placed.
Construction on USC University Village reached a halfway mark last week. The 15-acre project, set to open in fall 2017, marks the largest development the university has undertaken. The milestone was marked with the installation of a 12,700-pound rooftop spire on one of the buildings.
The Meléndrez studio walked the nearly completed Blossom Plaza in Chinatown. Project Manager Marc Delouvrier, Lead Designer Tony Lopez, and Principal Scott Baker, led the office through the site to explain design concepts, discuss constructability issues, and review lessons learned.
The Meléndrez team looks forward to working with you, our clients and project partners, in 2016 to continue to improve our communities.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Check out the final project of one of the newest additions to the Meléndrez team, Alex Jung, who recently graduated from UCLA with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. The project is a digital how-to manual on how to host a ‘pop-up’ public health event.
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