Friday, June 26, 2009

Guggenheim was not meant to be white

:: Photo: Daniel Wolf and Mathew Wolf in memory of Diane R. Wolf, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation via The New York Times

I know how he felt. One holiday season I was driving through Cedar Park and was struck by the monotony of white holiday lights...everywhere. Where was the color? How about some red, green, or even purple? I made it home and declared only colored lights at our house from now on. My moderate - yet leaning right when it comes to aesthetics - husband quickly stomped out my declaration of hue.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


We saw this entrance feature to a residential subdivision outside Bastrop, Texas. We liked it so much we came back to photograph it. It reminded us of the past when a monument marked something special and of interest. It also reminded us that bigger is not always better. The classic column has a bed for a pretty foliage and a light on top so the entrance can be seen at night. The dark stone compliments the native landscape. Be on the lookout for a replica in some of our projects. As Chales Caleb Colton said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Landscape Architecture Connects the Inside & Outside

"Landscape architecture is not a correcting or mitigating agent for architecture. When engaged simultaneously with the architecture, it transforms it and makes possible connectivity between inside and outside.”

I really love this statement from Diana Balmori, of New York's Balmori Associates about landscape architecture [creating great places].

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Critcal Path Schedule Item

:: Image Justin Maxon/The New York Times

When Round Rock creates their pedestrian plaza in downtown we will remind Will Hampton to make sure the seating arrives on time. In Times Square pedestrians are resting on 376 temporary plastic lounge chairs until the furniture arrives.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Why BWM Group?

This is our first blog posting. I don't want to rush into this Internet thing, it could be a fad.

I joined BWM Group in April of 2008 for several reasons. The most important reason is that I was really impressed with the quality of their park designs. To complement that, everyone at BWM Group believes in doing the right thing and creating these great places.

Of course we don't always have the luxury of working on a Pecan Orchard or River Corridor. We realize there is a demand for picking up a quick hamburger on the way home to feed the kids before you log back in to finish that pesky proposal. So we keep smiling and doing what needs to be done.

We strive to improve the quality of peoples lives by creating spaces that nourish and feed the soul. I look forward to sharing our success stories in this blog in the upcoming years.

Sallie Burchett