What’s Wrong?

In my field, we may have to rush designs for reasons beyond our control.

And issues crucial to having the best possible project are not addressed, such as site planning, or grading and drainage, affecting the user experience, costs, plant health and aesthetic. We can always try to execute better as a team the next time, but it’s easier to do it the first time.

Back to El Paso’s Sierra Providence East Hospital from my last post, photos also from 12/10/2008.

So, what’s wrong? –

1) the pedestrian sidewalk connection to the street, added shortly after construction…no safe, direct crosswalk to parking, plantings now don’t work, though this does connect under the cover to the front doors…

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Old Project When it was New

I take a few hours most every week, to get all my project photos in order for my website and proposals. Slowly, I’m doing it!

Here’s a project you may have seen more recent photos of on my old blog – the first phase of Sierra Providence Eastside Hospital, that I designed for a Dallas-area architecture firm I’ve enjoyed working with. I need to pay it a visit, since I’m 260 miles closer.

For now, we’ll go back to when it was less than a year old, in December 2008 –

“That’s right, you’re not from Texas…but Texas wants you anyway” – Lyle Lovett

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Garden Designers Roundtable – Boundaries

In some of my past blogs’ posts, creating different spaces with some type of division is important to me.

Valuing water, sense-of-place and reasonable budgets to create a smaller oasis within a drier, yet appealing context, is part of good living in a dry land; even wetter places like the Mediterranean climates have that tradition. That’s a manmade boundary abstracting contrasts found in nature.

Appealing garden design organizes spaces, via observation, learning and refinement; beyond being a mere artiste, it integrates art and science.

So, step across the boundary; I even numbered each photo –

1) sere Sonoran Desert outside this Paradise Valley, Arizona home…

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