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Ecology Center Hosts Mark Lakeman to Discuss Sustainable Urban Design

Tonight offers another opportunity in San Juan to meet with an innovative architect. At 6 PM, the Ecology Center will host Mark Lakeman, a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the video below, Lakeman discusses the origins behind City Repair, the organization he founded.

In tonight’s discussion, Lakeman will speak [...]

Meet Architect Michael Graves, the Man Who Designed the SJC Library

Here’s a great event in support of the San Juan Capistrano Library and an opportunity to meet the man who designed it:

Welcome to Casa Romantica’s New Executive Director

South Orange County is blessed with many cultural treasures, including the Mission San Juan Capistrano and Los Rios Street. Casa Romantica in San Clemente is every bit as historically and architecturally important as its better known counterparts. A new executive director aims to raise the cultural profile of Casa Romantica as well.

Casa Romantica is [...]

Celebrating the Beautiful New Mission Gate House

The Mission has always been special. For years, visitors didn’t mind the fact that they entered through a small, dilapidated entry building. The entry never detracted from the enjoyment of the history and beauty that lay within the Mission grounds. That being said, the new Mission Gate House is spectacular! The $3.3 million project, which [...]

Honoring Cliff May, the Father of the California Ranch House

You may have seen the rendering of the “Ranch House” – the community center for the new Village of Sendero. The design is distinctive and unique. It evokes the early California adobe ranchos, but with a strong Mid-Century Modern influence. We’ve provided the image below. According to the Rancho Mission Viejo web site, “Cliff May [...]