ATLAS/RELM selected as Landscape Architects for Aggie Square Innovation Hub!

We are thrilled to share we have been selected as the landscape architects for the Aggie Square Innovation Hub project located in Sacramento, CA! Partnering with RELM, we will design 5 acres of open space, including Aggie Square plaza, market plaza, outdoor collaboration areas and gardens.  About: Aggie Square is a planned innovation district located on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. The project will house business partners and community-based programs with UC Davis innovation and research to create a stronger and healthier shared community. We are especially excited for anchor tenant: Alice Waters Institute for Edible Education. The institute will bring together experts from across disciplines such as education, health care, agriculture, policy and business to create new solutions for healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems.  The project is led by Wexford Science & Technology and GMH Capital Partners, UC Davis and ZGF Architects. 

ATLAS selected to Lead Mariposa County Creative Placemaking Master Plan

We are delighted to share that Atlas has been selected to lead the Mariposa County Creative Placemaking Master Plan! We are joined by Smart Growth America to develop a comprehensive, thoughtful, and engaging master plan process that leverages art and design to promote a rich and compelling rural economy that is both resilient to the impacts of climate change and representative of a diverse community.  This project is supported by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is being implemented through a partnership between the Mariposa County Planning Department and Mariposa County Arts Council, Inc. 

ATLAS Selected Landscape Architects for Old Sacramento Waterfront Redevelopment Project

Working closely with Stantec, Atlas has been selected as the landscape architecture firm for the Old Sacramento Waterfront revitalization project! We are developing a signature public space for the region and all age groups, including supporting expanded retail/restaurant spaces, event area, interactive water feature, and play areas. Find more about the project here.

Kimberly Garza joins Crocker Art Museum Board!

Kimberly Garza joins the Crocker Art Museum Board this Fall! Serving a three year term, Kimberly will advise the Board on the development of Crocker Park while supporting its mission and diverse programming. ATLAS is thrilled to contribute to this amazing cultural institution! Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children.

Our Team is Growing!

We are thrilled to welcome Bryan Woo to the ATLAS team! Bryan is a recent graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Landscape Architecture program (with Distinction) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Bryan is passionate about creating ecologically and socially performative landscapes. He is currently working on the redevelopment of the Old Sacramento Waterfront, Sacramento Convention Center Public Art, and infill housing projects throughout Sacramento's Central Core.  

ATLAS Lab Shortlisted for NoBo Library Public Art Call

Atlas has been shortlisted for the City of Boulder, NoBo Library Public Art call! Out of 323 applicants, Atlas has been selected to move forward as a finalist! We look forward to developing a concept for the new public library (first and only community space in North Boulder). Photo credit by library architects: WORKac

ATLAS’ Kimberly Garza Keynoting Florida ASLA State Conference

Atlas Principal, Kimberly Garza, will be joining talented women practitioners speaking on the topic of Passion in Practice at the ASLA Florida Chapter  Passion-Practice: The Creative and Strategic Drivers of Four Women- led Businesses

Emily O'Mahoney, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Gina Marie Ford, FASLA, Christina Hite, PLA, ASLA, Kimberly Garza, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP Course Description: Google “What motivates female entrepreneurs and leaders?” and you’ll get a bunch of answers that roughly agree - women are often motivated by passion (for the work), purpose (i.e. a sense of doing good) and community (i.e. changing the world). Come hear from four leading landscape architects and business owners about how they have designed their award-winning practices with di erent approaches to (but plenty of) these three ingredients!

Vote for “Sacramento’s Front Porch”!

We need your vote! ✔️ Waterfront Idea Makers voting is now open. What is Waterfront Idea Makers? The City of Sacramento sought design concepts to activate the iconic Old Sacramento Waterfront to enhance the destination through the historic ambiance, visitor experience, interpretive value, and connectivity. Atlas Lab's design concept titled, “Sacramento’s Front Porch” seeks to reposition the Waterfront as Sacramento’s welcome mat by restoring the area between Front Street and the Waterfront into a signature park that honors Sacramento’ history and inspires the future for the local and visiting community. The park would include a splash pad, a live entertainment venue, and closes the gap of the American River Parkway for greater grid accessibility. Voting ends on March 20th.

Kimberly Garza discusses the role of prototyping at UNL – Hyde Lecture Series

For this lecture, Garza explores how tactical urbanism and urban prototyping can be used as a tool to engage communities, create authentic experiences and empower designers to improve the built environment using low-cost, small-scale strategies. Garza enlists designers to no longer wait for traditional design opportunities to occur, but rather, initiate and take quick action to create positive change in the world. Traditional landscape architectural projects often have lengthy timelines and lack meaningful community engagement opportunities, whereas tactical urbanism and urban prototyping have emerged to directly engage communities and influence how public spaces should be used and defined. In this lecture, attendees will learn how to design and engage communities [NOW!] using tactical design methods from pop up parks to public art installations.

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