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Re-Brand Marks 40 Years of Design / Respect Reimagine Reinvent

In celebration of our 40-year anniversary, Carducci Associates set out this past year to develop a new logo and color palette that represents our design evolution. As we crafted a fresh identity, we felt it was essential to respect our roots and the original poster and logo, drawing upon a creative heritage that has allowed us to evolve into a vital modern design firm. We look forward to an exciting future—and to sharing our newly designed website!

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Joseph Conrad Square / A Safer, More Sustainable Urban Landscape

From the windows of our San Francisco office, we can see the trees of Joseph Conrad Square, a mini-park in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. The Square provides a respite from its high-traffic surroundings; however, the last designer to touch this small, leafy park was Garrett Eckbo, in 1985.

In 2015, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District hired Carducci Associates to design short-term improvements to the Square, which falls under the responsibility of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Currently, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) is also studying the Square as a possible T-Line MUNI station.

Principal Bill Fee and Associate Principal Jin Kim (bios here) proposed changes to the park that are based on the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Modest strategies include tree pruning, lampposts, irrigation system upgrades and colorful, low growing and drought tolerant plants. An existing retaining wall will be painted bright orange as a place-making device: as in, “I will meet you at the orange wall.”

Following meetings with neighborhood residents this year, the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department provided informal approval of the proposed design. The Department continues to move forward by raising funds, pruning trees and seeking approvals from the Mayor’s Office of Disability, for a categorical exemption from the Planning Department, and formal approval from the Recreation & Parks Commission. Once these goals are met, we will begin to install our design.

For current information on Joseph Conrad Square, visit here and here.

Below are original 1982 plan, paving and detail drawings by Garrett Eckbo with Eckbo Kay Associates.

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Whole Foods Market - A Gathering Place on the Alameda

Ever since Whole Foods Market opened on The Alameda in San Jose, the store’s seating areas have been filled with diners, especially during lunch, dinner and SAP Center events. Carducci Associates’ Associate Principals Jamie Beckman and Jin Kim and Associate Monty Hill (bios here) created landscape design for this high-traffic store, which recently installed additional chairs and tables to enable more of its patrons to find a spot to sit down and enjoy their food and drink.

Our design for Whole Foods stands as an example of the authentic appeal of well-designed, walk-able urban places. And as more customers place a premium on an appealing 360-degree shopping and dining experience – rather than simply filling their carts – grocers are smart to abandon the suburban supermarket model that puts parking lots up front. Grocery brands can take advantage of the power of design to make neighborhoods more dynamic and attractive places to shop, walk and hang out.

This Whole Foods Market is Certified LEED® Gold, representing one of America’s greenest supermarkets. Click here for more information.

For more information about the award winning project, click here.

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