Category Archives: Public Projects

Tournesol Siteworks a sponsor of AIA-SF Vertical Gardens Exhibition

courtesy of AIA San Francisco

The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design Gallery are hosting an exhibition from February 18th – April 30th, 2010.  From the AIA-SF press release:

The past decade has seen a greater emergence of green roofs and vertical gardens created by artists, designers, architects and urban gardeners to combat the lack of flora in the city. Buildings around the world—from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco—have embraced green walls or roofs for all their economical, environmental, and aesthetic values. Vertical farms and gardens are also being envisioned as new ways to feed local and organic foods to city dwellers. Largely based on the principles of hydro-ponics, vertical gardens are mostly self-sustaining because they capture large amounts of natural sunlight and water, and use wind as an energy source. In a country where cities are suffocated by high rises, cement and industrial materials, where can green space exist? As this exhibition demonstrates, one possible answer is “up.”

Tournesol Siteworks is pleased to be an exhibition sponsor. The opening celebration and lecture is taking place on Thur., Feb. 25th.  Register and get your tickets here

It is amazing to see the creativity that is being directed by the design community towards the living wall space.  There isn’t a day goes by that another green building concept hits the design blogs, usually covered by plants somehow.  We’re betting that many of those designers will need to figure out effective means of putting those plants on the building!

San Francisco Main Library – VGM Green Bench

Green Bench with City Hall in background

Another “Only in San Francisco” story – the first “green bench” that we’ve had the pleasure of being associated with.  The mayor’s office and the SF Main Library staff were looking at ways at segmenting a long bench that ran next to the main library right off the Civic Center Plaza. The Greening Director and her staff came up with the design to use our VGM with shallow planters and sedum-type plants.

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Union City High School TerraScreen Installation

all photos by Haviland Studios

 The Union City High School of Union City, NJ, turned to Raimondi Horticultural Group of Ho Ho Kus, NJ when they wanted a living wall to accent the entrance to their gymnasium. The time was tight, and the space was precise, but we were able to help them by creating a custom-sized TerraScreen system to make the project work.

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The Greening of San Jose, Part 3

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The previous two posts about San Jose featured applications of Tournesol Siteworks pots and planters used to green the streets of Downtown.  This post features one of the city’s most interesting experiments – widening the sidewalks.  Continue reading The Greening of San Jose, Part 3

The Greening of San Jose, Part 2

downtown san jose 006The City of San Jose has put over 300 planters in its downtown district during the past year, and nearly all of them have been manufactured by Tournesol Siteworks. The previous post showed the most recent installation of custom Urban Collection and Wilshire Box hanging planters.  This post highlights previous work done in the same downtown area. Continue reading The Greening of San Jose, Part 2