Belcampo Distillery

Location |
Belize
Client |
Belcampo
Designer |
Completion Date |
2015
Belcampo is a California-based food company that focuses on vertically integrated sustainable food production. Their Ranch, Slaughterhouse and Meat Stores, have launched to wild success. We are in the process of developing an Agro-tourism Center for Belcampo that will be focused on showcasing vertical integration of the products being produced there: Chocolate, Coffee and Rum. Surrounded by abundant tropical rainforest, the Resort is intended to be both a functional processing facility, as well as a retreat.

Working with the client both on-site and back in the US, we were able to design, engineer and implement a range of sustainable water retention/filtration and waste treatment solutions. We developed a 100,000 gallon rainwater catchment system with a biological filter and constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment. Additionally we’ve been able to address landscape circulation and process engineering workflows; ensuring a balance between project resources.
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irrigation

UC Berkeley Blue Oak Ranch Reserve

Location |
San Jose, CA
Client |
UC Berkeley
Designer |
Completion Date |
2011
Hyphae Design Laboratory provided site planning and civil engineering work for the UC-Berkeley owned Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, a 3,259 acre ecologically protected reserve located east of San Jose. BORR is the most recent living laboraty to join the UC Natural Reserve System. Resting in the tributary of Coyote Creek, this rolling oak woodland off-grid project's only access is by a three mile dirt road. Hyphae developed low-impact conservation strategies to plan two residences for permanent staff, and a 32 unit temporary student housing building that hosts scientists conducting field research. Roads, parking, and paths connect new buildings with well-water storage, sanitary sewers to the leach field, photovoltaic solar arrays to electrical distribution, and propane tanks to gas lines.
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civil
site design
land use

Esalen Lodge

Location |
Big Sur, CA
Client |
Esalen Institute
Designer |
Completion Date |
2015
Hyphae is serving as the civil engineer and landscape architect for two Esalen Projects, first of which is the renovation and remodel of the Main Lodge & Restaurant. The steep cliffs of Big Sur provide dramatic landscape and grading integration opportunities, while 50-year-old facilities, infrastructure, and parking make utility coordination a great challenge. Hyphae's landscape renovations make subtle and conscious incisions into the historic Big Sur artisan crafted landscape features, while balancing the public and private community needs of Esalen with reinforcing the coastal chaparral ecology.
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commercial
institutional
ecology

Berkeley Wash

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Hyphae delivered an integrated multi-prong strategy to maintaining sanitation services to the people of Berkeley. A baseline model includes the management and maintenance of infrastructure facilities which is best attributed to both a combination of equipment contractor agreements and the capable dedicated staff from Parks.

We recognize the tragedy of the commons that comes about in the way Americans have addressed urban public services. Infrastructure and sanitation has not worked well and needs an alternative model to implement. We believe that when we all work for our communal public goods we all therefore inherently have more respect for them. We also believe that when we make these public spaces beautiful people care for them more.

The City of Berkeley contracted Hyphae Design Laboratory to complete a study of public sanitation in Berkeley. The study assessed existing public facilities with an understanding of the city’s need for public sanitation. We gathered extensive data and public feedback and proposed a set of strategies to fully meet the need, based on precedents and lessons from other cities.

WASH refers to Water, Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation is a basic human need and right. It applies to everyone and is a public health issue. For the purpose of this study we are including the following in our definition of WASH: potable water and handwashing, toilets, showers, laundry, and toiletries. Providing sufficient public sanitation services can be more affordable and proactive in preventing public health risks.
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sanitation
public
urban design
health
infrastructure

Mirasol Muti-Family Apartment Complex

Location |
Santa Barbara, Ca
Client |
Designer |
Completion Date |
2017
Mirasol Mixed Use is a 89-unit Multifamily apartment complex located in Santa Barbara, CA. Hyphae joined the design team, utilizing our interdisciplinary strengths to take on landscape, irrigation, greenroof, and stormwater flow-through planters all set on podium. Our initial goals were to create a distinct design for each garden, utilizing the repeated footprint of central spaces classifying fire, water, and farm. Along with the pool and zen garden, geometry, materiality, and plant habitats create a clear distinction, while an overall approach repeating the use of raised planters and vegetated screening to transform this 4-story multi-family project into lush spaces for gathering and reflection.
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landscape design

Greenheart

Location |
Louisville, KY
Client |
University of Louisville
Designer |
Completion Date |
Hyphae Design Laboratory is working with the University of Louisville’s Envirome Institute, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Institute of Health (NIH), Washington University, and other partners on a multi-year study to determine if dramatically increasing vegetation through the planting of thousands of trees in the South Louisville study area positively impacts the resident’s cardiovascular health.

Existing research—including a pilot study in Louisville—supports a link between urban greening and health outcomes. However, the Green Heart Project is the first controlled experiment to test urban greening in the same way a new pharmaceutical intervention is tested. The focal point of the project is a five-year health study. First the research team will assess the risk of diabetes and heart disease, stress levels, and the strength of social ties in 700 participants from the neighborhood. The team will take baseline measurements of air pollution levels at the same time.

The project team is considering parts of several neighborhoods of South Louisville. Over a two year timeframe, the team is working with community members, agencies and non-profit organizations to collaboratively design and plant thousands of trees, grasses, vines and shrubs (many of them mature specimens) throughout the community to enhance the urban ecosystem, promote physical activity while decreasing stress and physically buffering and filtering air pollution. Over the following three years, roughly 700 participants, (enough for the research to be significant) will receive annual check-ups to evaluate how the increasing greenery has affected their physical and mental health, and their social ties.
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health
institutional
air quality
data
research

Belcampo Lodge

Location |
Belize
Client |
Belcampo
Designer |
Completion Date |
2013
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industrial
ecology

PPlanter

Location |
San Francisco, CA
Client |
Urban Prototyping: San Francisco
Designer |
Completion Date |
2012
Situated in a single parking space at 357 Ellis St. between Jones St. and Taylor St., the latest PPlanter trial (with the new and improved PPlanter 2.0) ran from July 12th to July 24th. The Street Trial is one step in a masterplan put forth by NOMTL CBD, in partnership with the Hyphae Design Laboratory. The design goal is to providelow-cost, rapidly deployable, community based, ecological sanitation solutions to the Tenderloin and North of Market Street community. The Street Trial provided an opportunity to test some innovative greening strategies, to collect data on daily water and waste flows, as well as their maintenance requirements, and to get feedback from the community on usability and privacy.

The Street Trial also provided an invaluable process for the team to collaborate with the City of San Francisco agency partners, including Department of Public Works (DPW), Department of Public Health (DPH), the Mayor’s Office, and Supervisor Jane Kim’s Office to work out permitting logistics. For the Street Trial, design considerations included traffic patterns, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and health codes. An innovative maintenance checklist was also developed for the project with the help of DPH.

Over the course of the two-week trial, volunteers from YWAM SF assisted with daily maintenance, logged data, and collected feedback from the public. Compiled data and feedback from the trial was used to inform the design of the full public toilet installation planned for 2014.
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sanitation
public
prototyping
fabrication
urban design

Broadway Master Plan

Location |
Louisville, KY
Client |
Louisville Metro
Designer |
Completion Date |
2020
Hyphae Design Laboratory is working with a national team led by Gresham Smith to develop a master plan for Broadway, one of Louisville’s most important east-west connectors and a critical transit route extending six miles east to west on the southern edge of the central business district. The corridor was also intended to be an Olmsted Parkway, but the plan never materialized. Our winning vision was to reimagine Olmsted's intent but with a 21st century perspective, transforming the corridor from its existing auto-centric form into a multi-modal complete street that integrates principles of connectivity, sustainability, health, authenticity, and equity.

Through analysis, community engagement, and collaboration with team partners, Hyphae is working to not only create a great multimodal streetscape but a new environmental health framework that ensures the efficient stacking and integration of ecological services in tandem with transit and infrastructure improvements that address sustainability issues related to air and water quality, human health, and biodiversity. From employing the latest scientific research into effective ways to mitigate traffic induced airborne pollution to addressing the urban heat island effect and preparing the corridor for increased rainfall and hotter dry seasons, Hyphae is designing in the necessary components to recreate a Broadway that will be a model for transportation networks of the new century.
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transit
hardscape
infrastructure
masterplanning

Green for Good

Location |
Louisville, KY
Client |
Louisville Metro
Designer |
Completion Date |
2016
Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability and its partners embarked on an exciting project called Green for Good: to strategically unite interrelated sustainability efforts and to connect the dots between investing in greening strategies and quantifiable health impacts. The Office partnered with Hyphae Design Lab, Institute for Healthy Air Water and Soil, University of Louisville and Washington University in St. Louis to leverage their innovative work around assessing environmental conditions and human health risks. Extensive research supports the fact that human health is significantly impacted by the built and natural environment. Exposure to vegetation is reported to reduce stress, improve health perceptions and protect against cardiopulmonary disease. This effect is thought to be due in part to associated reductions in exposure to air pollution; various types of vegetation are known to capture air pollution.

The overall goal of the Green for Good project was to examine how vegetation may be utilized to reduce exposure to traffic pollutants and to test the idea that a greener neighborhood is a healthier neighborhood. The project was conducted at St. Margaret Mary School and a vegetated buffer (biofilter) was installed and configured to reduce exposure of the students and staff to traffic related air pollutants. Air sampling was conducted before and after the planting to see how the trees affected pollution levels. A cohort of 60 students and 24 adults volunteered to provide blood and urine samples both before and after the planting. The samples were evaluated for levels of circulating angiogenic cells and immune cells as well as other health indicators.

The air monitoring data showed that under certain conditions, particulate pollution was 60% lower immediately behind the biofilter. The health monitoring showed that among the study participants, levels of circulating angiogenic cells were higher after the biofilter was planted. These cells keep blood vessels healthy. When a person has higher levels of these cells, they have a lower risk of heart disease. We also found that levels of immune cells were lower after planting.
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health
institutional
air quality
data
research

Esalen Guest Units

Location |
Big Sur, CA
Client |
Esalen Institute
Designer |
Completion Date |
2015
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none

Urban Biofilter

Location |
Oakland, CA
Client |
Designer |
Completion Date |
2009
Founding principal of Hyphae, Brent Bucknum, also started a West Oakland based non-profit called Urban Biofilter (UB), which works to advocate, research, and design for a variety of green infrastructure improvements throughout the Bay Area. Urban Biofilter is comprised of colleagues of Brent’s, the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, West Oakland residents, and various other professionals and community organizers. Urban Biofilter works to create and manage sustainable stormwater infrastructure projects through a diversity of funding sources. Rather than simply look to water quality funding, UB takes advantage of the multiple, quantifiable ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure. This includes air, water, soil bioremediation, and the human health benefits of shielding residents from industry and transportation routes, as well as the private economic benefits of neighborhood development and increased property values.
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urban design
masterplanning
water quality
air quality
ecology

Bay Meadows

Location |
San Mateo, CA
Client |
Habitat Horticulture
Designer |
Completion Date |
2013
A colorful vertical garden greets guests at the Bay Meadows Welcome Center, inviting passersby to pause for a moment and enjoy the landscape. The vibrant stretch of greenery flows in rhythm with the surroundings, providing a sense of continuity within the larger gathering space. The living composition mixes lush foliage with purple, pink and white flowers, evoking a sense of spring or summer, while the grass-like Acorus gramineus 'ogon' gives movement to the wall for a playful homage to the meadow.
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living wall
control system

SFMOMA Living Wall

Location |
San Francisco, CA
Client |
Snohetta (SFMOMA)
Designer |
Completion Date |
2016
Hyphae Design Laboratory in collaboration with Habitat Horticulture are designing a 5000 s.f. living wall for the new SFMOMA expansion, designed by Snohetta. The living walls will be 30' high by 100' long, the fern covered north-facing slopes of SF's maritime mountains serving as its ecological reference point. The wall will be one of the first ever to feature fungus, lichens, and other species found in our complex ecosystems. Most notably, the living wall will have an innovative 100% non-potable irrigation system that recycles the museum's air conditioning condensate (visitor generated humidity). Additionally, the living wall will recycle water and nutrients like a hydroponics system, further reducing its environmental impact and water use by 60%. The living wall has an expected construction cost of $1,800,000, and the total project cost is $190 million.
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living wall
control system

Two Bunch Palms

Location |
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Client |
Milo Garcia, Two Bunch Palms
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architecture
landscape
civil
masterplanning
commercial

California Academy of Sciences

Location |
San Francisco, Ca
Client |
California Academy of Sciences
Designer |
Completion Date |
2008
Creating the 2.2 acre living roof on the California Academy of Sciences, situated in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, was a major collaborative effort. Acting on behalf of Monterey-based company Rana Creek, Hyphae worked with a Grade A team to re-create forms of coastal dune ecosystems.

Project Team: Renzo Piano (Architects), SWA (Landscape Architects), ARUP (MEP), Rana Creek (Living Roof)

*Hyphae Founding Principal Brent Bucknum designed this project on behalf of Rana Creek Living Architecture

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living roof
ecology

21st St

Location |
San Francisco, CA
Client |
21st Street, LLC
Designer |
Completion Date |
-
Our clients are interested in integrating water re-use into a new residence on a sloped site which lies on bedrock without infiltration. We provided civil engineering and integrated water and building systems engineering, working with the architect and landscape architect to seamlessly combine innovative infrastructure with a strong formal design.

All graywater flows passively into a large biofilter at the low-point of the site, where vegetation surrounds an outdoor deck; pressurized irrigation lines send treated water to a series of 4 living roofs, where secondary treatment occurs through our customized "blue roof" system (up to 5" of graywater are held in aerobic and anaerobic conditions, which simulates a tidal wetland where plants and soil decompose remaining organic compounds). In this way, roof run-off combines treated graywater and rainwater into a storage tank sized to serve as a source for indoor toilet flushing and laundry, while simultaneously providing space to accommodate stormwater retention on our site and offset run-off.
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blue roof
green roof
civil
landscape
greywater

Block By Block

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Block by Block, San Francisco’s third Living Innovation Zone was a temporary kinetic installation composed of blocks of milled urban timber and illuminated plastic. The elemental form of the blocks and their basic treatment: stacking, swinging, pivoting, suggests an intrinsic reconfigurability. The form is open for occupation and interpretation––a platform for performing, protesting, playing––and for simply enjoying life on the block.

Block by Block presented the first opportunity for public seating along Market Street since the City of San Francisco removed all public benches in the 1990’s in an effort to reduce the visibility of drug dealing and homelessness in the neighborhood. Lacking public seating, Market street became a stark 30’ wide sidewalk with no respite or place to pause, while homelessness and drug dealing remained a constant in the Central Market neighborhood.

Block by Block was the hub for Light Up Central Market, a series of six installations along Market Street organized by the Luggage Store Gallery and made possible by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Imagining Central Market grant.

In contrast to the City’s Parklet movement, Block by Block presents a truly public space. Parklets, through their prescribed enclosed form and frequent association with commercial entities have become implicitly privatized pockets along our public sidewalks. Precisely because of this inclusivity, Block by Block became a highly discussed experimental site, creating important and overdue dialogue between city agencies and the neighborhood.
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placemaking
prototyping
art
urban design
fabrication

Field Semester

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bioremediation
civil
ecology
wetland
habitat restoration

Montgomery Residence

Location |
Truckee, CA
Client |
Montgomery
Designer |
Completion Date |
2012
Hyphae provided living wall and recirculating water systems design and engineering for an indoor living wall. Our client shared an interest gaining creating an alcove beside the building entry
and below floating steps to form the sense of a natural rain forest through visuals and sound. This design utilizes two supply and drainage trains, one for fertlized irrigation to the vegetated wall and second to a recirculating fountain and infinity edge overflow. We provided drawings, calculations, and specifications for the terraced water flow to maintian enough pressure and volume for the fountain to function while reducing electrical loads.
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none

Public Toilet 1.0

Location |
San Francisco, CA
Client |
Designer |
Completion Date |
The PPlanter works for both men and women. Similar to a parklet, it conveniently takes up a single parking space. The PPlanter system works as follows: a sink is supplied with a human powered foot pump connected to a freshwater supply tank. The graywater from the sink, along with soap residue, flushes and cleans the urinal, keeping odor to a minimum.The graywater, soap and urine (blackwater) from the ADA-compliant urinal are then funneled to a sealed storage tank. The combined blackwater is then pumped into an adjacent planter that houses bamboo plants set in a lightweight mixture of soil and recycled styrofoam coated in pectin. The water from the urinal and sink is evapotranspired by the bamboo and released into the air as distilled, purified water. The bamboo harnesses the incredible amount of nitrogen and phosphorus found in the urine and uses it to produce more bamboo. Within high traffic areas, additional urinal planters can be added to the system in series.
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sanitation
public
prototyping
fabrication
urban design

Foundry III

Location |
San Francisco, CA
Client |
Foundry Square
Designer |
Completion Date |
2013
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none

Oakland Gateway / OMSS, Port of Oakland, CA

Location |
Oakland, Ca
Client |
Bill Aboudi
Designer |
Completion Date |
2010
Hyphae Design Lab is the lead architect and landscape architect in designing a site plan for OMSS. Under the approved Master Plan for redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base and terms of a Lease Disposition and Development Agreement and proposed 55-year Ground Lease, Oakland Maritime Support Services, Inc. (OMSS) is the designated developer/operator for the City owned 15-acre Ancillary Maritime Services AMS Site at the former Oakland Army Base. As operator under the proposed ground lease, OMSS will provide necessary truck parking and services on the 15-acre AMS site which will enable the City to comply with a BCDC mandate under the San Francisco Bay Area Sea Port Plan and contribute significantly towards long term efforts to help to keep truck out of the neighboring West Oakland community.

Hyphae will be designing/incorporating the following structures and services into the new OMSS:
• Truck cab storage
• Fueling Stations w/ Canopies
• Container storage
• Truck scales
• Transload services
• Food-service building
• Mini-mart
• Exterior Lighting
• Perimeter Fencing
• Office building (with Insurance services, DMV services, Physical exams, Drug testing)
• Truck maintenance and repair (Mechanic’s Shed)
• Truck Scales
• Truck Wash and Detailing
• Above and/or below ground gas tanks
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architecture
civil
permit coordination
site design
schematic

Harmony Building

Location |
Louisville, KY
Client |
Christy Brown (via K. Norman Berry Associates)
Designer |
Completion Date |
-

The Harmony project is a renovation and adaptive re-use of a historic building in downtown Louisville into a living laboratory; the intent is to create a vibrant urban ecosystem whose architectural programming and ecological design bridge the gap between humans and nature. The design is driven by goals of ecological and human health and structured by an integrated, iterative design process.

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architecture
blue roof
civil
ecology
green infrastructure

Public Toilet 2.0

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San Francisco, CA
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Hyphae Design Laboratory together with The North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District (NOMTL-CBD) has embarked on a campaign to improve access to public bathrooms. The ecological toilet planned for 2014 will have features such as composting, graywater reuse for the passive irrigation of planted trellis screens, urine nutrient cycling for plant health, and solar panels for lighting and power.

After conducting an extensive six-month community research process, Hyphae Design Laboratory developed a 90-page Public Toilet Masterplan that includes a comprehensive, neighborhood-wide toilet survey conducted by a local resident, input from hundreds of community members, three preferred toilet locations, and schematic design guidelines that meet ADA compliance (http://issuu.com/hyphaedesignlab). The Public Toilet Project is funded in part by a Community Challenge Grant and a Community Development Block Grant.

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sanitation
public
prototyping
fabrication
urban design

Pier 27 and 29

Location |
San Francisco, Ca
Client |
GOOD Magazine
Designer |
Completion Date |
2011
Hyphae was asked by GOOD Magazine and the Port of San Francisco to envision a new life for Pier 27 + 29, an awkward shaped triangular pier that juts out beyond all other piers. The design goal was to provide an unprecedented 360 view of the city, the bay, and the San Francisco waterfront. Soon the pier will be home to a new cruise ship terminal, and the hub of the America’s Cup. Hyphae wondered, how could this design best serve the citizens of San Francisco after the America’s Cup is over? About the project, GOOD Magazine writes, “Hyphae Design’s Brent Bucknum rallied the crowd with a solution to Dan Hodapp’s challenge from the Port of San Francisco to transform Pier 27 into an asset for the city. Using the changes that are already planned for the 2013 America’s Cup, Bucknum proposed a hyper-sustainable pier that would not only clean local waters using natural technologies (like oysters!), it would create a peaceful respite for residents that helped connect them with the biological processes of the bay.”
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competition
ecology
public
site design
urban design

Esalen South Coast

Location |
Big Sur, CA
Client |
Esalen Institute
Designer |
Completion Date |
2015
Hyphae is also working as the civil engineer and landscape architect for the development of Esalen's 70 unit worker housing complex. With half of worker housing being destroyed by a fire in 2011, this terraced site east of Highway 1 includes Big Sur coastal topography challenges and opportunities. Hyphae's landscape grading strategy uses the terrain to gain southern and western sun exposure, while preserving views of the Pacific Ocean. Integration of sanitary sewer to drip dispersal will re-purpose waste water for year round irrigation of the private gardens.
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none

Rees

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Mountain View, Ca
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Waldorf High School

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SFUSD
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Station A

Location |
San Francisco, Ca
Client |
NRG (Station A)
Designer |
Completion Date |
2016
The Little House Project at NRG’s Station A is experimental and progressive. Designed as a sustainable model home, The Little House’s aim is to demonstrate how a building can function as a micro ecosystem by integrating water, energy, and nutrients. The Little House Project incorporates a composting toilet, rainwater collection and treatment for potable indoor use, and a constructed off-grid graywater wetland. On-site solar panels meet the building’s water system and electricity demands, while co-functioning as an additional rainwater collection surface. The success of Station A’s Little House collaborative design efforts, namely its close work with city officials, has catalyzed the development of composting toilet and rainwater-to-potable permits throughout the city of San Francisco.
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composting
greywater

YBCA

Location |
San Francisco, CA
Client |
YBCA
Designer |
Completion Date |
2018
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sanitation
public
prototyping
fabrication
urban design

SOAK

Location |
San Francisco, Ca
Client |
Soak SF; Nell Waters
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architecture
landscape
permit coordination
placemaking
schematic

SITE Santa Fe

Location |
Santa Fe, NM
Client |
SITE Santa Fe
Designer |
Completion Date |
2013
Hyphae's Waterscape design earned runner-up for SITE Santa Fe's Call for Architects and Designers. Waterscape is a unique commentary on Santa Fe's desert landscape and rail history. The design presents water as a precious and surprisingly structural element, challenging traditional ideas of water's place in the landscape. It speaks to the necessary changes we must make in the desert landscape, through creating a pavilion of shade and moisture that sharply contrasts the surrounding site.
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schematic

Waterman Gardens

Location |
San Bernardino, CA
Client |
San Bernardino Housing Authority
Designer |
Completion Date |
2011
Hyphae completed the Master planning and Entitlement phases for the conversion of a San Bernardino Army Base into a 400 unit LEED Platinum affordable housing development. Proposed by the Housing Authority, this project was successfully approved by City Council, and can serve as a great model for Green Infrastructure. Hyphae served as the Design Engineer and sustainability consultant, working closely with the city, county, and project team to develop an extremely progressive water management plan. Reducing the estimated on-site potable water use by 40%, our water management plan met and doubled the state requirements, via over 30 million gallons of stormwater and greywater reuse. This stormwater is now used for all landscape irrigation and interior toilet flushing. Hyphae served as the link between the civil engineer and all the architectural work, providing integrated solutions for water and energy use. Hyphae was responsible for developing all flow calculations, system designs, and sewer reports, while also coordinating the city permitting, negotiations, and approvals. In addition, Hyphae worked with various agencies to develop multiple runoff models in an effort to convince the city that our design could safely manage 3 consecutive, on-site “100-year event” floods. This dramatically reduced the cost of new storm sewer infrastructure. Most importantly, Hyphae worked with the County of San Bernardino to understand ROI on the water reuse system, developing a long term management plan. Today these on-site green infrastructure strategies reduce site water infrastructure costs by nearly 30%, not including the $250,000 yearly sewer fee savings.
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UCSD Revelle

Location |
San Diego, CA
Client |
UCSD
Designer |
Completion Date |
2009
Working with the project architects, Hyphae designed the grading and stormwater strategies for dealing with both on-site water management as well as a flash flood stormwater management basement, used to alleviate site-specific upstream campus flooding issues. In addition, Hyphae worked on the waterproofing design for the living roof, as well as the greywater reuse for landscape and interior toilet flushing.
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none

Ambitious Louisville study seeks to understand impact of trees on our health

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A Daily Dose of Green

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"Landscape as drug is our concept," says Brent Bucknum, the founding principal of Oakland, California's Hyphae Design Laboratory. It's his way of explaining how he and his team, which includes ecologists, engineers, and landscape architects...

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air quality
ecology
health

Riverside Roundabout

Location |
Los Angeles, CA
Client |
City of Los Angeles
Designer |
Completion Date |
2018
The Riverside Roundabout is a $40 million bridge renovation spanning the LA River between the 5 and 110 freeways. This will be the first roundabout in the city of LA, designed in an effort to help control smog and exhaust impacts on surrounding residents. Hyphae Design Laboratory served as the landscape and civil engineer for the sustainable stormwater features for the entirety of this project. Working with the Bureau of Engineering and local public artist Greenmeme, Hyphae designed the art piece roundabout to also function as a stormwater bioretention landscape. The system has the capacity to capture and treat a 10 year event rainfall - or 500,000 gallons - off of the adjacent bridge and roadways. The system also includes a 25,000 gallon cistern that supplies the site’s water feature, as well as a solar tracking PV system powering on-site irrigation, lights, and artwork. Working with AECOM/HTNTB, engineers, and the city to design and correctly size the systems, Hyphae was able to convince all parties of the project’s engineering viability. Hyphae then produced full landscape and civil construction documents and specifications for the roundabout, in addition to the surrounding street trees and bioswales. We are currently in the Construction Administration phase of this project.
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art
placemaking
green infrastructure
stormwater management

A Complex Crossroads

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art
green infrastructure
stormwater management

Toilet? Planter? Urinal uses bamboo to deal with waste

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health
sanitation
equity

A New Plan for Public Toilets Shows Promise

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health
sanitation
equity

Showers on Wheels

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health
sanitation
equity

Public PPlanter Urinal Doubles as a Bamboo Garden in San Francisco

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health
sanitation
equity

Solving the Public Poop Problem

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health
equity
sanitation

San Francisco's Plan for Turning Parking Spaces Into Public Toilets

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health
equity
sanitation

Berkeley wants input on its public restrooms

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health
equity
sanitation

Cleaning the Air through Ecosystem Interventions

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health
air quality

Public sanitation and pandemics, not just an 18th-century problem

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sanitation
health

The messy science of clean air

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air quality
research