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Spring Mountain Ranch
City of Riverside, California
iStar Financial

Amongst the rolling foothills of Riverside, this large master-planned community draws its inspiration from the surroundings to create a link between Spring Mountain Ranch’s man-made environment and the adjoining natural environment.  The central Spanish theme for the community is drawn from the rich heritage of an existing Rancho, the nearby city of Riverside and the region’s equestrian tradition.  To the northeast and southwest of the community are landscape open space areas that are designated as preservation areas for the endemic landscape.  The community also provides equestrian and pedestrian trail links to these and other open spaces throughout.  These trails connect people to many of the amenities such as a regional park, pocket parks, equestrian center, visitor center and the aforementioned natural conservation areas.  Running through the middle of the community adjacent to Pigeon Pass Road is a large drainage course that is designed and landscaped in cooperation with the Army Corp of Engineers.  This feature is also incorporated into the community trail system.  The hillsides that create the spectacular views for the residents will be planted with climate appropriate natural grasses and native plant material to better transition the residential edge back into the natural environment.
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Los Valles
City of Santa Clarita, California
iStar Financial

Los Valles is an upscale, view-oriented residential community which was originally planned with 100 estate lots around an eighteen-hole golf course.  The finances no longer worked for such a plan so Sitescapes was brought in to redesign the site plan.  The project had already been 50% graded under the old design; our solution was to integrate this native hillside vegetation into a few of the fairways, as quality habitat and pedestrian open spaces.  We also introduced a working vineyard and citrus orchard as a major community identity theme into the other fairways.  Through creative site planning, an additional 400 lots were created and more possible active open space was provided, along with the preservation of ridges by limiting the impact of grading.

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Shady Trails
City of Fontana, California
SC Fontana Development Corp.

An upscale gated community in the north of Fontana, Shady Trails is a development that values quality of life with no compromises.  The landscape design portion of the specific plan addresses the design and hierarchy of all streets, community gateways and neighborhood entries, sidewalks, trails and open spaces.  An example of the quality of life within the community is the unparalleled number, quality and scale of the recreation components available to all of the residents.  The central recreational area known as the “Parkhouse” provides the residents of Shady Trails with many amenities.  An Olympic-sized pool, tennis court, entertainment courtyard that includes a fireplace and barbecues, children’s play area and a large open turf play area as just some of its community amenities.  The site is bisected by two large easements which are designed to become part of a larger regional trail system that will link Shady Trails to other similar communities.  Two additional private recreational areas and two neighborhood parks totaling 6.5 acres further the number and quality of features that enhance the community.  As a part of the Shady Trails development, a large regional aquatic center at Summit Avenue and Knox Avenue will also provide service to the entire City of Fontana and other surrounding cities.


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Lakeside Village
Yinchuan, China
Ningxia Real Estate Development Group

Set in Yinchuan, China, Lakeside Village’s conceptual design consists of an environmentally-sensitive urban forest with a central ribbon of natural riverside-type planting running through the community core. The urban forest is created by large formal grids of densely planted canopy style trees, creating tight groves that promote play and walking underneath the canopies.
Like the “body of a Phoenix” the central river-front corridor is the main focal space of this community. It is to serve as the primary social and outdoor exercise space for all residents. Along this corridor is a large public plaza, one rice terrace-inspired amphitheater, tai-chi lawn, two natural water ponds, a viewing bridge and two arrival plazas.
A rain water retention basin and bio-filtration system are designed to work with the two water ponds, allowing for a more environmentally sensitive community.


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