SSLA on the move

We have moved offices! As of December 20, 2018, our new address is 13261 Moorpark Street, Suite 106. We’re just east of our old office, now on the border of Sherman Oaks and Studio City (but no border wall issues here). The office is also a few steps from the LA River, giving us the opportunity for lunchtime strolls along the North Valleyheart Riverwalk Greenway. Feel free to drop in!

Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom

Richard Lillard Outdoor Classroom

Capturing Stormwater (and Attention!)

Segal Shuart recently designed two interpretive panels for the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering. These panels graphically describe significant infrastructure improvements made to Penmar Park in Venice and Temescal Canyon Park in Pacific Palisades that collect stormwater from nearby storm drains, preventing runoff of pollutants into the Pacific Ocean. Stormwater is now collected in underground reservoirs and re-used for irrigation purposes.


Rising in Burbank

Currently one of the major projects planned in Burbank, Screenland Drive is a 13-story mixed use building with 40 apartments and ground floor restaurant/retail space. High-end amenities are provided for residents, and the open spaces include a roof terrace and second level pool and lounge. Segal Shuart is working with executive architect Roger Ferris + Partners and design architect Price Architects Inc.

Image courtesy of Roger Ferris + Partners

Image courtesy of Roger Ferris + Partners

Ranch property keeps it natural

Site improvements have been completed at a 4-acre horse ranch directly adjacent to the Angeles National Forest in Lake View Terrace. Permeable hardscape, river rock walls, meandering paths, and native planting help tie the site to its context.


All signs point to a healthier Machado Lake

The Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project, funded by Prop O, sought to improve the water quality in Machado Lake, enhance the surrounding natural habitat, and improve the recreational features of the surrounding park. Located in Harbor City, the park and lake re-opened in June 2017 after a 3-year cleanup process. Segal Shuart worked with the City of LA's Prop O team to design a series of interpretive signs that offer visitors an understanding of the project improvements and their benefits to the habitat and community.


"Beyond the Wall" at The Wende Museum

Segal Shuart was honored to be involved in The Wende Museum's "Beyond the Wall" fundraising gala last Saturday night. The planning and visioning really paid off and we enjoyed walking the red carpet, sipping on signature drinks and hearing from the many dignitaries in attendance. The palms that we planted only two weeks prior created a dramatically different, exciting new look for the former National Guard Armory building that's been abandoned for some time now.

A sampling of Cold War art and artifacts were on display as were renderings of the future space. We picked up a copy of the massive new Taschen book, four years in the making, which was completed just in time for the gala and for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (11/9). It was fun to see Benedikt Taschen and Justin Jampol, Executive Director of The Wende Museum, unveil the book by driving it into the event space in an authentic East German Trabant.

Josh Segal and Julia Shuart arrive at the event... and the paparazzi swarm.

Josh Segal and Julia Shuart arrive at the event... and the paparazzi swarm.

Now that the gala has come and gone, we are very much looking forward to continuing our design work and to seeing the final product come to fruition. With so much happening in Culver City right now, this new space is gearing up for many years of success. To learn more about the event and about the museum, check out this article.

The new TASCHEN book, "Beyond the Wall"

Digging in for Wende Museum's gala

As landscape architects we don't usually think of manual labor as part of the job description. We draw, collect imagery, research plants, draft plans and details, visit project sites and have client meetings. But yesterday was not your average work day for Segal Shuart. As we help our Wende Museum client prepare for a big gala on Saturday night, overseeing plant and boulder delivery turned into digging holes (in heavily compacted DG and aggregate) and unloading boxed trees.

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Most of what was installed yesterday is temporary since the overall design will be finalized and implemented after this weekend's event, but with the amount of physical labor involved it sure felt permanent. Last week's palm planting in front, however, is in fact fixed and we are very excited about the gorgeous Phoenix canariensis, Washingtonia robusta and Phoenix dactylifera that now bring a new look to this minimalist, recently sandblasted, midcentury building.

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Stay tuned for more news on the Wende Museum project as they prepare to move into their new home at the former Armory Building in Culver City. The first phase is the museum's street frontage and the second phase is a great rear space which will include sculpture garden(s), seating areas and more.