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Salesforce Park Among Eight Open Spaces Chosen as Finalists for 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Awards

Eight public spaces in the United States and Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Award, a global competition that recognizes outstanding examples of vibrant public open spaces that have been instrumental in promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable outcomes in communities.

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PWP Design Director Adam Greenspan to give keynote address at San Francisco Botanical Garden's 2020 Garden Feast

Adam Greenspan is a directing partner at PWP Landscape Architecture and has been the lead designer on a wide range of projects including public parks, campuses, mixed use developments, design competitions and private estates. He became a California Certified Nurseryperson in 1996 and has brought his passion for plants to his work at PWP. Adam led the design of Salesforce Transit Center Park since the initial design competition in 2007 through its opening. PWP conceived of the park as an integral part of the building and the neighborhood from the start, with a focus on the incredible array of plants that are particularly suited to grow in San Francisco. Salesforce Park is conceived as a compact, accessible and experientially intense botanical garden in the middle of the densest and hardest part of the city providing multifunctional green space for respite, activity and education.  His additional recent projects include: Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore; Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD; Colorado Esplanade, Santa Monica; Newport Beach Civic Center and Park; and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore.  Adam has served on public art selection panels for the City of San Jose and the City of Santa Monica and served as the president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. 


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MAD Architects initiates construction of massive Quzhou Sports Campus in China

Beijing- and Los Angeles-based MAD Architects has started construction work on the 570,000 square meter Quzhou Sports Campus in China, where the architecture firm will help bring a cultural and recreational complex to life. The project is being developed in collaboration with PWP Landscape Architecture, EADG, and structural consultant Schlaich Bergermann Partner.

The large urban park includes a 30,000-person stadium, a 10,000-person gymnasium, a natatorium, outdoor auxiliary training grounds, athlete service and experience center, a science and technology museum, and “children’s place.”

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Jewel Changi Airport wins Singapore Tatler's Design Project of the Year Award

"Pop culture and myth served as the muses for the indoor waterfall and rainforest- think Avatar and the Hanging Gardens of Babaylon- as Safdie wanted a large green space that people would want to return to. The dome required careful design to accomodate the existing skytrain tracks and stay below the air traffic control tower's radar. The entire attraction doesn't just add a stunning dimension to Changi Airport's existing architecture; it also plays into Singapore's global status as a Garden City." 

Hike of the Week: Salesforce Park in San Francisco

"San Francisco is known for its many public outdoor destinations, such as Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field, and Fisherman's wharf. Now there's a new one to seek out, and it's a hidden botanical gem. Perched high above on the rooftop of the mega Sales Force Transit Center, above Salesforce Plaza, is Salesforce Park." 

Glenstone wins AIA Architecture Award

PWP's collaboration with Thomas Phifer and Partners, Glenstone Museum, won a 2020 AIA Architecture Award. The jury commented, "The Glenstone Museum is a virtuoso display of design and detail, and a poetic integration of art, architecture and landscape."

"This major expansion of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD, dramatically increases exhibition space for its collection of post-World War II art from around the world. The centerpiece, a 204,000-square-foot building called the Pavilions, is ringed by a dramatically renovated landscape boasting 6,000 new trees and 55 native species, helps advance the museum’s mission of presenting contemporary art in a captivating setting.

Overall, the project increased the museum’s exhibitions space by 50,000 square feet and more than doubled the area of restored woodlands, meadows, and streams. The landscape design was driven by a strategic master plan that increased the accessible land by more than 130 acres and provided a new public entrance, two free-standing cafes, and a center that highlights the sustainable practices deployed at the museum."

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Glenstone wins AIA NY Best in Competition Design Award

Glenstone wins AIA NY Best in Competition Design Award. 


PWP and Thomas Phifer and Partners won the Best in Competition Award from AIA NY. "Visitors leave their cars in parking groves and are greeted at the Arrival Hall, where they are introduced to Glenstone and oriented for their visit. Their short walk to the museum on accessible paths proceeds over a timber bridge and into an expansive meadow, where one of the outdoor sculptures is visible in the distance. As the path curves, visitors glimpse the new building through a wooded verge of honey locusts, oaks and tulip trees, until they emerge with a full view of the museum entrance. From the entrance, visitors take steps or an elevator down to the lower level where the galleries surround an open water court richly planted with water lilies, irises and rushes, creating a dynamic landscape that changes throughout the seasons Natural lighting is fundamental to the design of the museum. Most rooms have large clerestories or laylights that provide balanced natural light from above. One outdoor sculpture gallery is open to the sky. The play of light and shadow varies throughout the day; and as the seasons change, the light fluctuates, revealing subtle qualities in the artworks providing a more natural, nuanced experience. The new landscape design integrates walking paths, bridges and restored meadows and woodlands. More than 6,000 trees of 55 native species have been planted across the grounds, bringing the total installed at Glenstone to 8,000. Approximately 33 acres of existing pastureland have been developed into sustainable meadows with a range of indigenous flora."


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Finding the flower bed in the firmament

Perhaps it is those shared garden-art perceptions that make me think of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Md., as a place where the sky plays such an important role. You cannot view Jeff Koons’s quirky “Split-Rocker,” either from afar in silhouette or close up against its (in-season) fabric of flowers, without seeing its place against the sky. The sculpture is almost 40 feet high and sits on Glenstone’s highest point. The positive of the monumental sculpture is only given its form and scale and presence in the landscape against the negative of the sky.

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Readers were most interested in how to plan and design universally-accessible landscapes; how communities are increasingly looking towards landscape architecture as a solution for the climate crisis; examples of inventive multi-use, multi-purpose infrastructure, like the Jewel Changi airport terminal in Singapore and Amager Bakke in Copenhagen; and the on-going debate about the changing roles of landscape architects and urban planners.