October 4, 2018
Reception & Ceremony
The US Grant

Landscape Architecture

Crack Shack, Encinitas

A shopping center parking lot is not the kind of site most designers dream of working with. However, we still dreamt up an image of the old Coco’s, almost a ruin, immersed in wild native plants, emerging from a cloud of unruly colors and textures…

We had a planting plan. Neat little symbols arranged on a piece of paper. A composition. A structure. A song. Instead of just handing the sheet music to the musicians, we went out there in person following the general vibe of the piece…but improvising, positioning each plant, adding detail, flourish, and surprise here and there. It was like jazz, but dorky.

A favorite thing about designing landscapes is the freedom for improvisation that other design disciplines forbid. When designing a landscape, if you decide, “I want to add tiny little grasses between all the plants!” at the eleventh hour, you can do so. The Crack Shack was a project where we got to enjoy the freedom of improvisation, with a client who could appreciate our love of the medium. — Ben Arcia, Project Manager, McCullough Landscape Architecture, Inc.

  • Orchid Nominee

  • Project Address:

    407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas

    Project Owner/Developer:

    Context Capital Management, LLC

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Michael Rosen, mrosen@contextfunds.com

    Project Architect/Designer:

    McCullough Landscape Architecture, Inc., Project Manager: Ben Arcia, Principal: David McCullough


  • Margit E Whitlock

    Love the wild flowers

  • DonWood

    We need to convert more shopping center parking lots into landscaping. Fewer cars, more plants and people.

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