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Can an LA Microhood Be More Than an Architectural Curiosity?

Ask architects about Hayden Tract and they can tell you all about it. Owing to its abundance of eclectic buildings designed by Moss, it has long been regarded as a mecca for architectural pilgrimages, that one special place in the city—possibly the country—where architectural adventurousness can seemingly run free. Today, Moss is still engaged in creating singular buildings for the Samitaur Smiths, like the recently-completed Samitaur Tower and the Waffle, an undulating egg-crate structured conference center currently under construction. Hayden occupies a central position in the history of contemporary architecture, specifically that rough industrial brand that emerges from the creative synergies of Los Angeles.

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[Another Eric Owen Moss design. Photo via Flickr/Scott Moore.]

But ask non-architects if they know what and where Hayden Tract is and you are bound to get puzzled looks. This one special place is so special, it turns out, that many people don’t know about it. Perhaps this is because for most of its life it has been more a scattered collection of secretive buildings than a cohesive neighborhood. It is the quintessential industrial park, not designed to flirt with the surrounding public realm and perhaps by nature resistant to it. No Water Garden is this. Nor is it anything like nearby Blackwelder, a collection of renovated industrial sheds turned into creative office space that, well, still look like industrial sheds.

But it may soon become easier for the greater public to come to the gates of Hayden, thanks to the extension of the Expo Line to Santa Monica. As Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne put it, Hayden “promises to set the stage for a fascinating clash of philosophies: the private, market-driven approach of the Samitaur Smiths coming face-to-face with L.A.’s newly expanding public realm.” Can Hayden Tract come to hold greater meaning for the city?

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[The first point is Conjunctive Points. The rest are new projects being built in the neighborhood.]

Architects are already beginning to bridge the gap between architectural curiosity and public use. In addition to the extending Expo Line, the area is getting new mixed-use developments like the Runyun Group’s Platform, which Abramson Teiger Architects has designed to go right at the edge of the current Hayden zone.

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[The Platform project.]

“We looked at a lot of places on the Westside,” says Alex Lin, co-founder and principal of the architecture firm Hopscape, which opened its offices in Hayden last year. “We wanted to be in a place that has a good creative vibe and a very casual environment.” In essence, Hayden Tract is a series of nodes where people work. Metro even calls it “job rich” on its web site. What it is not, however, is rich in amenities. “It needs a public realm—restaurants, retail shops, public spaces, green spaces, as well as some basic infrastructure—to really come alive,” says Lin. “When we do large mixed-use developments we look at them like small cities, as communities. The things in-between, all the public things, are vital.” Hopscape co-founder Ken Ho adds. ” It’s not a nice place to be when you work late…and as architects we tend to do this a lot!”

Bryson Reaume, president of City Constructors, Inc., a construction firm with expertise in adaptive re-use, knows a lot about converting industrial spaces and re-energizing former industrial areas. He’s been witnessing it firsthand in the nearby Arts District, where their offices are located. In Hayden they worked with RAC Design Build to convert a former aircraft facility into creative offices for the media company, Framestore. “It took years for restaurants and shops to start appearing in the Arts District, but now there is a dog park and even a large community park going in,” Reaume says. “It’s starting to feel like a neighborhood. It’s just waiting to happen in Hayden Tract.”

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[Another view of the Platform project.]

That the collective force of the Moss-Samitaur Smith partnership has the lockdown on the design of the area is more urban myth than reality, perhaps the result of the sheer number of buildings they have done together over the years—31 buildings built or planned at a total of one million square feet . But the Samitaur Smiths don’t own all the buildings and they certainly don’t own what lies between them. “There is room for anybody to come in and do something,” says Moss. “A park, a skate park, anything.”

In fact, other architects have been inserting their visions and building upon Moss’ armature in different ways and at different scales. Often, out of necessity, they are responding to Moss’ vision of architecture, and they must figure out how to explore their own designs in such a symbolically-charged environment. “It was important to us that we recognized Eric Owen Moss, but it was also important that we make a building that is relevant for our clients,” says Sherry Hoffman, co-founder and partner of (M)Arch., a Santa Monica firm that recently completed the build-out of one of the iconic Moss buildings.

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[The Blur Studio office space.]

For (M)Arch., working within the Moss-Samitaur Smith paradigm inspired creative approaches. Their project, a 20,000 square-foot creative office space for Blur Studio in the Paramount Laundry building, is a playful commentary on the original design. “Having a project here means starting with a building that already has a strong position, both aesthetically and culturally. You feel a responsibility to preserve the building’s original relevance,” while also creating a new set of meanings, says Todd Erlandson, co-founder and partner of (M)Arch. “We started by contrasting the comfortable and casual culture of Blur with Moss’ post-modern industrial language—expressing the Blur vibe in contrast to an intentional, highly-wrought shell. The next step was about creating immersive moments, those individual and holistic experiences that are uniquely related to the client’s culture.”

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[Framestore.]

Projects like Framestore design in elements to make up for the lack of them on the outside. Its islands-within-commons plan, with faceted and angled partitions, makes it behave more like a landscape. It also features a three-story tower with an observation deck to provide more outdoor space, all within the building’s footprint. And the Cunningham Group’s new office space is laid out like a town square with a central park, with sunken landscaping cut into the polished concrete floor, surrounded by work spaces.

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[Another look at the Blur space.]

(M)Arch’s Blur is another case in point. Says Erlandson, “Blur is fortunate because it is located in an edge condition, adjacent to downtown Culver City. Additionally, we are working with them to create a shared outdoor space between them and a like-minded neighbor. Even though parking is a premium, there are opportunities for small amenities to happen in these in-between spaces.”

So if the public infrastructure doesn’t yet exist on the outside, that hasn’t stopped tenants and their architects from building them on the inside. At some point more work like this could begin to fill in the gaps. As Hayden gradually opens to the public, it could be not just a lab for architecture, but also for urban design and city making.
· Hayden Tract coverage [Curbed LA]
· Curbed Features archive [Curbed LA]

Article source: http://curbed.com/archives/2014/02/25/can-an-la-microhood-be-more-than-an-architectural-curiosity.php

Work to spruce up West Main Street in Ansonia set to begin in April



Rendering of concept for downtown Ansonia




ANSONIA The start of a project to improve West Main Street is just around the corner.

Mayor David S. Cassetti said Tuesday the West Main Street Streetscape Improvements Project will start sometime in April. Completion deadline is July 29.

The city received 11 bids on the project, all of which were within the financing allotment from this project, grants writer Sheila O’Malley said.

The work includes 600 feet of roadway.

The city awarded the project to EDO Construction Co. of Milford, which was third-lowest bidder at about $240,000. Cassetti said the bids ranged from $226,000 to $342,000, but the lowest and second-lowest bidders submitted “incomplete packages.”

Cassetti said the contracting company “is no relation” to 6th Ward Alderman Matthew Edo.

O’Malley said that “Ansonia was fortunate enough to get a grant for $430,000” for the improvements during the previous administration.

The grant is from the state Office of Policy and Management Main Street Investment Fund.

O’Malley said city officials will hold a pre-construction meeting with the contractor to discuss a work schedule.

Cassetti said there will be no need to close the street while the work is being done. He said there may be some temporary inconvenience at the driveway to Ansonia Rescue Medical Services headquarters, since one of two planned ADA-compliant curb cuts will be constructed there.

He said emergency vehicles will need to be parked further out in the municipal parking lot while the curb cut is being completed.

According to the city’s invitation to bid, “the work includes construction of curbs, brick pavers, sidewalks, resetting of storm catch basins, improved lighting, landscaping amenities for the railroad station, street trees, furniture and other architectural features and signage.”

Cassetti said dwarf trees will be planted along the sidewalk and the new lamp posts will match those installed last year on Main Street.

Cassetti said part of the plan is to upgrade the municipal parking lot.

He is planning to find money to improve the east side of West Main Street to mirror the opposite side. He said the sidewalk on the east side is in grave disrepair.

O’Malley said the streetscape work “will help with businesses. It gives the downtown a little bit of a facelift.”

Have questions, feedback or ideas about our news coverage? Connect directly with the editors of the New Haven Register at AskTheRegister.com.

Article source: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20140225/work-to-spruce-up-west-main-street-in-ansonia-set-to-begin-in-april

Top 4 reasons to hire a landscaper

OurWindsor.Ca

Curb appeal is defined as the rate of attractiveness your home exhibits to viewers from the street. Not only vital for selling your house, but also very important to most homeowners in Windsor – regardless of whether their house is on the market or not. At the end of the day, nobody wants to have that house on street.

While some have the natural ability to work the land, build stuff, plant things and to imagine how to place things beautifully; not all of us have this Do It Yourself (DIY) talent. This is where hiring a professional landscaper comes into play. Not only will you save time and effort – you will save money in the long run. First and foremost, you want to go with a local landscaper in Windsor. This will reduce travel and response time in project planning and management. Other reasons for going with a professional landscaper includes:

1.    Ideas: A professional landscaper in and around Windsor will have a ton of ideas when it comes to landscape design. Not only because of their training, but also experience. While anyone can come up with an amazing landscaping concept, the ability to be abundant with ideas and to spin one idea into a new and improved design by using past and industry expertise is a unique talent of landscapers.

2.    Planning versus doing: Just because someone has a great landscaping idea, doesn’t mean it is always feasible. Landscapers have the training to view a site, take their client’s ideas into account and really asses if something can be laid out properly.

3.    Material: A landscaper will have access to construction materials that you might not have ever imagined of. As they deal with other suppliers, they can really help bring your project to life and perhaps bring it to the next level with supplies you may have not even thought about.

4.    Avoid problems: Your front yard is not the first project a professional landscaper has worked on. Experience can go a long way to avoid any major disasters that can fall down the road. This will save you time, money and frustration.

Looking to add some curb appeal to you home? With over 100 professional landscapers located in Windsor, finding the right one to suit your needs will be a snap! For more information, visit Windsor’s Landscapers directory.

Private sanctuaries and other ideas at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Landscape designers at the Portland’s Yard, Garden Patio Show are digging deep to deliver solutions to challenges – think problematic site conditions such as slopes – and display inventive use of screens and plantings to create an oasis and, perhaps, a visual escape from neighbors.

Experts will also be showing how garden rooms can make small spaces look large and remind us that the simple act of hanging out among nature can help reduce stress.

What will your sanctuary look like?

Wander the Oregon Convention Center through Sunday to see seven showcase gardens as well as garden vignettes by members of the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers.

There will also be an urban edible garden and Lora Price of Design With Nature in Portland will offer permaculture techniques for sustainable edible gardening.

You can also listen to the free presentations by gardening experts on urban farming and medicinal gardening to perfect plant combinations and fragrant flowers.

Linda Meyer of L Meyer Design was asked, as were the other experts, to use the show’s display space to show a solution to a challenge commonly encountered in residential properties. She chose to focus on dealing with problem slopes and small urban lots in hillside housing developments.

“There are wonderful things you can do to create a landscape with multiple levels and spaces for entertainment, comfort, livability,” says Meyer, who has been designing in the Portland area for eight years. “I find small landscapes very satisfying. Size appropriate plantings, multiple hardscape surfaces and a comfortable flow for the area are essential in creating a useable yard.”

In some cases, steep slopes need additional engineering, but a landscape designer or landscape contractor can assist in determining this, she says.

Elida Rivera, a landscape designer at All Oregon Landscaping
, a design build firm in Sherwood that specializes in custom residential landscapes, has noticed that busy families continue to be interested in outdoor rooms that serve many hobbies and interests.

Her tips:

  • A small space can live large when designed well using such elements as elevation, plant material and hardscape structure.
  • With creativity and the right use of materials,  an outdoor living space can be created on a budget. 

“We are passionate about family, home and bringing outdoor living outside for our clients,” says Rivera. ”Time and time again our client’s have expressed how our projects have brought their families closer together.”

— Homes Gardens of the Northwest staff

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Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2014/02/private_sanctuaries_and_other.html

Aitkin Master Gardeners offer free gardening classes

The Aitkin County Master Gardeners, from the University of Minnesota Extension Service, will be offering free gardening classes at the Aitkin Public Library this spring.     


This is the third year of free gardening classes, in conjunction with the Friends of the Library. This series is being offered a month later in the winter/spring season, than we have offered in the past as more interest is generated in gardening and in attending garden classes especially as we get closer to spring. It is hard to wrap your mind around the possibility of spring while watching the swirling, blowing, cold snow of winter.

Mark these dates on your calendar and come along and learn while enjoying a cup of coffee from the Friends of the Library. Classes start at 5:30 p.m., lasting an hour with time allowed for discussion afterward.

• Tuesday, April 8 – 5:30 p.m.  – Straw Bale Gardening – Presenter, Janice Hasselius. Learn about the hottest new rage in vegetable gardening; planting your vegetable garden in straw bales. The hardest thing about straw bale gardening is getting the straw. Once it has been conditioned it is a lot  less weeding, a lot less watering, and a lot more veggies. Try something new and fun. Come to learn something new about something old.

• Tuesday, April 15 – 5:30 p.m., Prairie Flowers. Presenter, Jim Ravis. Native Upland Wildflowers: The discussion will cover native upland wildflowers that are hardy in the Aitkin area, the characteristics of each flower and the appropriate soil conditions for them. Information will be provided on which wildflowers might be appropriate for a small prairie or your garden and how to obtain seed and plants.

• Tuesday, April 29 – 5:30 p.m. Composting, Ron Ritter. Learn how to make your own rich compost to apply to your flowers, vegetable gardens and yard. Turn your grass clippings, leaves household vegetable waters, etc. into black gold. Secrets revealed to make great compost.

• Tuesday, May 6 – 5:30 p.m. Pollinator Gardens, Ron Ritter. Pollinators are needed for the successful production of 25 percent of all we eat and drink. We are rapidly  depleting their habitats with our expanding encroachment. Pollinator gardens will cover the usual butterfly and hummingbird gardens, plus other beneficial pollinators – dragonflies, native bees, bumblebees, flies and yes, even wasps, are needed for pollination. Learn how to attract pollinators to your flower, vegetable, fruit trees, grapes, blueberries and other fruit gardens.

• Tuesday, May 13 – 5:30 p.m. Basic Sustainable Landscaping. Presenters, Iona Meyer and Janice Hasselius. Learn about landscapes that are sustainable. We will cover basic design elements and how to implement them cost effectively, visually pleasing, functional and maintainable as well as environmentally sound.

• Tuesday, May 20 – 5:30 p.m. Landscaping and Gardening Plus, Jim Ravis. The discussion will focus on the most important features of your landscape – the ones that please you. A landscaping example will be followed from concept to the resulting examples. The examples will demonstrate how landscaping, even if an out-of-the-ordinary objective is desired, can achieve results that are pleasing to the user. The landscaping and gardens plus example was used because creation of bubble diagrams, concept plans and draft designs, adds more colored, motion and sound to the garden.

Janice Hasselius, originally from Aitkin, has been a University of Minnesota Master Gardener since 2000. She regularly volunteers for writing, teaching classes, and demonstrations on gardening subjects through the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Article source: http://www.messagemedia.co/aitkin/article_ec82d5fc-98d1-11e3-aa58-001a4bcf6878.html

Kingwood Garden Club selects Kirsch Landscaping and Design Company for …

Kingwood Garden Club selects Kirsch Landscaping and Design Company for award

Kingwood Garden Club selects Kirsch Landscaping and Design Company for award

The Kingwood Garden Club is proud to select the Kirsch Landscaping and Design Company for the Community Enhancement Award for March 2014.



Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:17 pm

Kingwood Garden Club selects Kirsch Landscaping and Design Company for award

By Community Reports

Houston Community Newspapers

The Kingwood Garden Club is proud to select the Kirsch Landscaping and Design Company for the Community Enhancement Award for March 2014.


The Kirsch Landscaping and Design and Mulch Company is situated on a five-acre site off of Mills Branch Drive in Kingwood.

They are a group of small companies that are unique and complementary. Each has its own history, providing different types of customers with customized products and services; Kirsch Landscaping and Design, Kingwood Mulch and Backyard Golf.

The “Design Center” showcases many of the landscaping options that they provide to their customers, such as lush gardens, walkways, arbors, and outdoor kitchens. They also have a “Landscape Showcase” where numerous plants, shrubs, and trees are on display to stimulate the imagination. The nursery, only steps away, features plants and trees.

Kirsch Landscaping and Design has an array of landscaping settings which feature walkways, relaxing seating areas, water features, in addition to landscaping lighting ideas to transform a home environment.

As a passerby, their mini landscaping vignettes will whet anyone’s landscaping appetite.

For more information, visit www.kirschlandscape.com.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:17 pm.

Article source: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/atascocita/news/kingwood-garden-club-selects-kirsch-landscaping-and-design-company-for/article_848704b3-fbc1-5faf-9ecf-b5e6ccd09df5.html

Helpful Gardening Tips: Keeping Plants from Dying to Thriving – WBBJ

WEST JACKSON — A weekend of warm temperatures have led many to roll up their sleeves and get out in the garden. The cold temperatures are returning, though as we begin that crucial transition between winter and spring.

“With a few days of warm weather, it’s really got us anxious in the garden,” Jason Reeves said, Horticulturalist at the University of Tennessee Agriculture Center. “Daffodils and tulips are beginning to come up. You don’t really have to worry so much about them being cold damaged and cold tolerant. There are a lot of things you can be doing in the garden to get ready for spring,”

This is a tough time for many household gardeners and commercial landscapers as temperatures continue to “roller coaster ride” out of control. Cold temperatures are returning to the region as we begin a drastic temperature swing which includes the chance for snow.

This means more chances for damage to plants that have already taken a beating from the harsh temperatures earlier this winter.

“One thing you don’t want to get over anxious about planting things in the garden just yet. Some of the box stores may get some plants in early. If you put them in the ground to early on those warm days once it gets cold it could be damaged,” Reeves said.

There are some simple steps you can take though to prepare your plants for the cold and spring ahead. Many are cost effective which include cultural practices that can make a huge difference.

“A couple things you can do in the garden to get ready for spring is cutting things back that need to be. Some good examples are evergreen ferns they’ll be putting out new growth soon. Monkey grass is another plant that needs to be cutback before that new growth appears,” says Reeves.

Chemicals can also be used to fend off weeds that will begin to grow as temperatures warm up. This would be a time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide which you could find at your local home center such as a Lowes or Home Depot.

Hopefully these tips will help you and your garden get through the rest of the winter ahead. Relief is on the way! By the end of next week we could see temperatures back near 60 degrees. This will give you that second chance to get out in the garden and cleanup the mess that winter has left behind.

Article source: http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Early-Gardening-Tips-Transition-Winter-into-Spring-246976611.html

Helpful Gardening Tips: Keeping Plants from Dying to Thriving – WBBJ

WEST JACKSON — A weekend of warm temperatures have led many to roll up their sleeves and get out in the garden. The cold temperatures are returning, though as we begin that crucial transition between winter and spring.

“With a few days of warm weather, it’s really got us anxious in the garden,” Jason Reeves said, Horticulturalist at the University of Tennessee Agriculture Center. “Daffodils and tulips are beginning to come up. You don’t really have to worry so much about them being cold damaged and cold tolerant. There are a lot of things you can be doing in the garden to get ready for spring,”

This is a tough time for many household gardeners and commercial landscapers as temperatures continue to “roller coaster ride” out of control. Cold temperatures are returning to the region as we begin a drastic temperature swing which includes the chance for snow.

This means more chances for damage to plants that have already taken a beating from the harsh temperatures earlier this winter.

“One thing you don’t want to get over anxious about planting things in the garden just yet. Some of the box stores may get some plants in early. If you put them in the ground to early on those warm days once it gets cold it could be damaged,” Reeves said.

There are some simple steps you can take though to prepare your plants for the cold and spring ahead. Many are cost effective which include cultural practices that can make a huge difference.

“A couple things you can do in the garden to get ready for spring is cutting things back that need to be. Some good examples are evergreen ferns they’ll be putting out new growth soon. Monkey grass is another plant that needs to be cutback before that new growth appears,” says Reeves.

Chemicals can also be used to fend off weeds that will begin to grow as temperatures warm up. This would be a time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide which you could find at your local home center such as a Lowes or Home Depot.

Hopefully these tips will help you and your garden get through the rest of the winter ahead. Relief is on the way! By the end of next week we could see temperatures back near 60 degrees. This will give you that second chance to get out in the garden and cleanup the mess that winter has left behind.

Article source: http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Early-Gardening-Tips-Transition-Winter-into-Spring-246976611.html

PvZ: Garden Warfare Team Vanquish Tips and Map Strategy Guide

Team Vanquish puts two teams against each other on one of the five maps. In this mode, you will have to vanquish 50 opponents before the enemies.

In the Team Vanquish, you have to stick together.

You can go alone if you are skillful but don’t expect the enemy to be alone. Staying in group will also give you the advantage of having support abilities that Classes like the Sunflower or Scientist have to offer.

Always keep moving in the game, do not stop until you should. You can check out the map for the locations that will be more suitable to your skill level.

A good way to win is to play through the map with your team mates and have support at all times. It is not necessary that you use the same class over and over again.

You must always be ready to step out of your comfort zone and try different classes that game has to offer.

If you see a team needing a healer, you switch to Scientist or Sunflower, and if you’re finding yourself fighting at long ranges, choose a Class Variant that excels at those distances.

PvZ: Garden Warfare Team Vanquish Map Tips

Port Scallywag
Port Scallywag’s main point is the pirate ship docked between the markets and abandoned fort. It is very easy to fall off the ramp while climbing on to the ship, so be careful not to fall into the water as it will result in your character getting vanquished.

Expect close range battles in the lower deck of the ship. You can use the northern side of the village to avoid long range attacks from the enemy.

Be careful in the Fort Scallywag with the beachside and the castle, especially the beachside area which is an important junction. If you take control of the ship or the fort, beachside area can become slaughter place for the opponents.

Garden Center
The middle area of the Garden Center is made up of seed market as it provides overlook to the main street and the surrounding alleys. The alleys are mostly on the northern side of the seed market.

Close combat can erupt here really fast.

In the middle of the map, there is pass that connects Garden Park, the seed market, and the warehouse on the west side of the map. There are a lot of vehicles here that can be used as covers.

Garden Peek is also a place where close combat can happen really fast but you have to stay focused in order to survive.

Sharkbite Shores
The southern edge of the map is most likely to be the area that will be highly contested because it connects to every other area in the map. The entrance of raised structure can be utilized by the snipers of each side.

Staying north of markets and high above the beach could prove to be a good cover against the snipers. The beach passes underneath the raised structure making it vulnerable to attacks from the above.

Suburban Flats
Through the Suburban Flats is a singular street filled with vehicles. These vehicles can be used as a cover against the enemies, but I would recommend to stay away from this area.

The end of street will lead to cul-de-sac. This is also the place where you should not stay for the longer battle.

The east side of flats contain numerous landmarks that could become a saturated battle zone. The west is the smaller zone but it could provide good hiding place from the snipers hiding in the park.

Small patio in one of the yards faces the street directly, and can be used to attack players leaving the east side from any of the small paths between homes.

The most important location in the playground park is its wooden fort which you can utilize due to its height if you are a sniper.

Zomboss Estate
There are two courtyards that lead directly to the front door of the mansion via a set of steps, with large statues prominently placed in front of the house, but try to run away from this place as soon as you can.

The mansion on the map is locked but you can use the pillars for the cover. Pumpkin patch has multiple barriers and fences, so you can expect players to be taking covers in these areas.

We missed something? Share with us by commenting below!

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PvZ: Garden Warfare Team Vanquish Tips and Map Strategy Guide

Team Vanquish puts two teams against each other on one of the five maps. In this mode, you will have to vanquish 50 opponents before the enemies.

In the Team Vanquish, you have to stick together.

You can go alone if you are skillful but don’t expect the enemy to be alone. Staying in group will also give you the advantage of having support abilities that Classes like the Sunflower or Scientist have to offer.

Always keep moving in the game, do not stop until you should. You can check out the map for the locations that will be more suitable to your skill level.

A good way to win is to play through the map with your team mates and have support at all times. It is not necessary that you use the same class over and over again.

You must always be ready to step out of your comfort zone and try different classes that game has to offer.

If you see a team needing a healer, you switch to Scientist or Sunflower, and if you’re finding yourself fighting at long ranges, choose a Class Variant that excels at those distances.

PvZ: Garden Warfare Team Vanquish Map Tips

Port Scallywag
Port Scallywag’s main point is the pirate ship docked between the markets and abandoned fort. It is very easy to fall off the ramp while climbing on to the ship, so be careful not to fall into the water as it will result in your character getting vanquished.

Expect close range battles in the lower deck of the ship. You can use the northern side of the village to avoid long range attacks from the enemy.

Be careful in the Fort Scallywag with the beachside and the castle, especially the beachside area which is an important junction. If you take control of the ship or the fort, beachside area can become slaughter place for the opponents.

Garden Center
The middle area of the Garden Center is made up of seed market as it provides overlook to the main street and the surrounding alleys. The alleys are mostly on the northern side of the seed market.

Close combat can erupt here really fast.

In the middle of the map, there is pass that connects Garden Park, the seed market, and the warehouse on the west side of the map. There are a lot of vehicles here that can be used as covers.

Garden Peek is also a place where close combat can happen really fast but you have to stay focused in order to survive.

Sharkbite Shores
The southern edge of the map is most likely to be the area that will be highly contested because it connects to every other area in the map. The entrance of raised structure can be utilized by the snipers of each side.

Staying north of markets and high above the beach could prove to be a good cover against the snipers. The beach passes underneath the raised structure making it vulnerable to attacks from the above.

Suburban Flats
Through the Suburban Flats is a singular street filled with vehicles. These vehicles can be used as a cover against the enemies, but I would recommend to stay away from this area.

The end of street will lead to cul-de-sac. This is also the place where you should not stay for the longer battle.

The east side of flats contain numerous landmarks that could become a saturated battle zone. The west is the smaller zone but it could provide good hiding place from the snipers hiding in the park.

Small patio in one of the yards faces the street directly, and can be used to attack players leaving the east side from any of the small paths between homes.

The most important location in the playground park is its wooden fort which you can utilize due to its height if you are a sniper.

Zomboss Estate
There are two courtyards that lead directly to the front door of the mansion via a set of steps, with large statues prominently placed in front of the house, but try to run away from this place as soon as you can.

The mansion on the map is locked but you can use the pillars for the cover. Pumpkin patch has multiple barriers and fences, so you can expect players to be taking covers in these areas.

We missed something? Share with us by commenting below!

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