The Wonderful Anatomy of a Bioswale

by Jason on February 5, 2015

Been taking landscape architecture classes and finally got to the Plant Identification series. The final project was to sketch out some plants into a theme. Naturally, my interest fell on green infrastructure, so I created a Bioswale 101 factsheet. Enjoy!


The New Mechanics Plaza | San Francisco

by Jason on May 22, 2014

Early May 2014, the city has been thinking of the redesign of Mechanics Plaza that would spur more use and activation of the space. The Mechanics Plaza holds  the historic Mecahnics statue that has been a San Francisco and Market Street staple, moving locations various times due to various historic events. The photography series presented is part of my final project for the Landscape and Horticulture Photography course I took at the University of California, Berkeley – Extension. They may also appear with SF Department of Public Works as promotional photos.

The seating echos the inspiration of Times Square in New York, and plays into observations made in William Whyte’s “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.” It is interesting to see people sit in sunny spots, or move seats just slightly to gain ownership of it.


Japanese Gardens, Parks, and Open Spaces

by Jason on April 14, 2014

In December 2012-January 2013, I did research in Tokyo, studying Shinjuku Station. In my time there, I was also able to explore the rest of the country, and make more informal observations of the open spaces there. After reflecting on a series of landscape architecture classes I have taken, I revisited some of these pictures to find those of parks, gardens, plazas, and other open spaces. With a different lens on seeing space now, here are some reflections of public spaces in Japan.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The grand scale of the Peace Memorial Park commemorates the lives loved and lost due to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb in World War II. The greatest of space conveys the importance of the event.

The fire in this momument will be extinguished when the last nuclear warhead in the world is disarmed.

The Atomic Bomb Dome, originally an exhibit for arts and education programs, stands as a monument.


The Kyoto landscape preserves the hsitoric integration of period buildings and the landforms they needed to survive.


The detail and coloring of this garden takes into great account how it would look with snow.


I took a trip to Washington D.C. in October of 2013 with some college friends. We were worried that due to the government shutdown, we would not be able to see anything. Luckily, our elected officials were so nervous upon my arrival to the city that they reached an agreement and ended the shutdown. You’re welcome, America.

I have wanted to visit Washington D.C. for a while, but the urge was heightened during my graduate studies. The city and her momenuments are a great showing of a city and nation projecting her power. I can’t help but feel in awe, wonder, fear, motivated, inspired, and patriotic just walking and viewing all these momuments. Interestingly, the out-of-scale nature of these momuments is the reason for all these feelings. This sense of scale, fortunately, is broken up with pocket gardens, historic homes, and community commerce that infuses the gandieur with the human.

In D.C. you do feel like you are part of a movement, in crowds of people all wanting to do good things for this world.


VOTES NEEDED! NELA Placemaking Competition – Cypress Celebration Street

February 25, 2014

I need your VOTES! I entered the KCET Northest Los Angeles Placemaking Competition and there is a category for People’s Choice! The premise of my design is to create a Celebration Street in Cypress Park, connecting the neighborhood with a civic spine and would link all the present retail and institutions on Cypress Street. Additionally, […]


Expose Muir Woods – Landscape Wonder

February 18, 2014

In one of my landscape architecture courses, the professor presented on important landscapes and gardens, both designed and natural, around the Bay Area. Still being relatively new here, living in the Bay for two years, and just finishing graduate school, I never had the time to go exploring. At the end of daylight savings time […]


2014 Updates – Personal pace of professional development

February 4, 2014

Hi everyone, I know an update has been in the works – so here is a quick one on just what new developments have been happening on my end. Currently, I am working for the San Francisco Department of Public Works under the project management division – specifically working on streets. It has been great […]


Evolving Urban Morphology of my Hometown

December 24, 2013

Being originally from Los Angeles, I come back during the holidays like millions of Americans this season. Each time I am back, I see something a little different: a new development, a stripmall more worn down, new bus stops, wayfinding signs, etc. While at times the feeling is bittersweet, it is also interesting to note […]


Let us admit it, planners are agents of the “Man”

December 9, 2013

Dear fellow planners. Let’s all hold hands and collectively admit something we all may be a bit hesitant to admit, but we should do it. We are agents of “the Man.” Ok, that wasn’t so bad – was it? A few weeks ago, the article, the San Francisco Exodus, made its its round through the […]


Database of city planning and urban design jobs

September 6, 2013

For all those looking for employment opportunities – whether it is a job or an internship, I have collected a list of websites over the years to peruse for such purposes. Opportunities are out there, we just have to be creative. Hopefully this can be a nexus of where to find planning jobs online. NATIONAL […]