Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (pop. 46,396) is about 7 miles west of Milwaukee in the Menomonee Valley. The pleasant cadence of Wau – wa – to – sa is thanks to the Potawatomi Indians. It was their name for the firefly, or what kids used to call (maybe still do) lighting bugs. One imagines Indian children gathering the light flicker bugs in their hands, just as kids today capture them in glass jars. The Village in Wauwatosa is a business district of more than 100 stores, restaurants and businesses in a quaint setting reminiscent of European villages. The historic commercial heart of the city has century-old brick buildings nestled adjacent to the Menomonee River. The Village is linked to the residential neighborhoods of Hart Community Park, the Menomonee River and Menomonee River Parkway and the nearby Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. Ken Saiki Design played an integral role in the development of a comprehensive streetscape master plan and construction documents for a multiple phase redevelopment for West State Street, adjoining streets and open spaces for in the Village. GAI Consultants/R.A. Smith Top: Ken Saiki Design created this raised pedestrian crossing plaza and integrated vehicular demarcations (centerline) with street and accent lighting to meld the feel of an old European town with a modern city. The firm deemphasized vehicular access and focused on spacious pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and crossings. Bottom, Left: This interactive water feature was constructed using limestone for the runnel with a granite millstone over permeable pavers. The redesigned space is focused on families with children to create safe and more usable play and activity spaces. Bottom, Right: The raised pedestrian crossing plaza is separated by bollards and bordered by limestone seating and planting beds. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF KEN SAIKI DESIGN Continued on page 50 A Modern Streetscape with Old-World Charm Landscape Architect by Ken Saiki Design

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