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Glenstone expansion opens October 2018

From The Washington Post:

A masterful mixing of art, architecture and nature, Glenstone has announced that October 4, 2018 will be the opening day for a much-anticipated expansion that will immediately draw national attention as a unique and contemplative cultural destination.

Nestled in the rolling meadows of a former fox-hunting estate 15 miles outside Washington, the contemporary art museum in Potomac, Md., is the brainchild of billionaire Mitch Rales and his wife, Emily. First opened in 2006 with a 30,000-square-foot building, the expanded facility will boast five times the gallery space and double the natural landscape of the original.

It becomes one of the largest private museums in the country, joining the company of the Broad in Los Angeles and the Rubell Family Collection, which plans to open its new home in Miami next year.

Moving smoothly between indoor and outdoor spaces, the new museum builds on the original mission of providing guests with the chance to enjoy nature and art in quiet meditation.

To keep reading, visit The Washington Post.

More info on the landscape design at Glenstone.

Further reading: Potomac’s Glenstone Museum plans expansion opening in October (Curbed DC); Glenstone Museum to Open 204,000-Square-Foot Expansion in October (ArtNews); Glenstone to become one of the US’ biggest private art museums (Global Times); US art museum Glenstone expands (The Nation)

A World-Class Art Collection Expands Its Home

Adam Greenspan recently participated in a press event in New York showcasing the expansion of Glenstone Museum. Located on more than 200 acres in Potomac, MD, Glenstone is a place that integrates art, architecture, and landscape. For more than a decade PWP has been working to develop this property—once slated to be a residential subdivision—into an ideal setting for quiet aesthetic contemplation. 

From the Wall Street Journal:

With little fanfare, Mitch and Emily Rales have amassed key works by many contemporary art stars. Soon an ambitious expansion of Glenstone will allow them to share more of it with the public

Across acres of meadow deep in Maryland fox-hunting country under a late-summer sun, a horse and rider appear to trot up to a small copse. This is no quivering thoroughbred, but rather a life-size cardboard model, carried a bit unsteadily by two assistants. A wiry man in beat-up blue jeans and a black cap slouches closer to peer at the creature. He is the artist Charles Ray, and the mock-up is... Continue reading at

Related Links: A Frick for the 21st Century? Glenstone Is About to Become One of America’s Largest Private Museums (ArtNET)Glenstone to become one of world's largest private museum (Washington Business Journal)Glenstone Museum to Complete Major Expansion Project in 2018 (Art Forum)Potomac’s Glenstone Museum to open new building in 2018 (Curbed DC)Glenstone Museum Expansion Targeted To Open in Late 2018 (Bethesda Magazine)Still life: the Glenstone Museum’s extension aims for a calming experience (Wallpaper Magazine)

Barangaroo Reserve in Landscape Architecture Magazine

From the February 2018 Issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine:

In 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Bill Browning, an environmental designer and founder of Terrapin Bright Green, cites “material connection with nature” as a significant principle. In other words, materials from nature, with minimal processing, can be used to construct the built environment—reflecting the local geology and connecting people to a place and natural setting. More than any other material, stone fulfills this “pattern”—often seamlessly settling a built landscape into the larger natural context. Yet in some cases, heavy stone can travel thousands of miles between harvest and use—offering absolutely no connection to the local natural landscape and creating a substantial environmental footprint.

Stone holds great potential to be a highly sustainable construction material for use in paving, stairs, and walls. It can be extremely durable, with relatively low embodied energy (energy used to produce a material), and nontoxic. However, a study from the University of Tennessee estimates that more than half of all dimension stone—defined as any stone that has been cut or shaped for use in construction—is imported, primarily from China, India, and Brazil, owing to far lower labor costs and fewer worker safety regulations, which combine for a lower product cost. ...

To keep reading, visit Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Related Links: Barangaroo Reserve featured in November 2017 Landscape Architecture Magazine

Adam Greenspan speaks at "Architectural Record On The Road" Symposium

On February 22, 2018, Architectural Record will present a symposium on the new Salesforce (Transbay) Transit Center, featuring Fred Clarke, FAIA, co-founder and senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli, the project’s lead architect, and Adam Greenspan, design partner at PWP Landscape Architecture, which designed the 5.4-acre park atop the Transit Center. Moderated by Record editor-in-chief Cathleen McGuigan, the panel will explore the design of the transit center and surrounding context, including the Salesforce Tower, also by Pelli Clarke Pelli, the most significant addition to San Francisco’s skyline in decades.

About Architectural Record On The Road:
Founded in 1891, Architectural Record is the #1 source for news and information about architecture and design. Throughout its 125 years, the award-winning publication has fostered readership among architecture, engineering, and design professionals by covering noteworthy and innovative projects in the United States and across the globe.

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The Best Airport in the World Is About to Get Even Better

Jewel Changi will have you planning a trip to Singapore just to hang out in the airport.

From Travel + Leisure:

Singapore's Changi Airport is already the World's Best, and it has no plans to give up the title. An enormous dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel, called Jewel Changi, is due to be finished in the fourth quarter of 2018, opening to the public by early 2019.

Clad in 9,600 pieces of glass and with indoor gardens, walking trails and mazes, Jewel Changi will feature 340 species of planets, including a dedicated Avenue of Trees.

It's an attempt to keep Singapore's already famously green airport at the top, though Jewel Changi will also feature stores, restaurants and a Yotel hotel, as well as a SkyTrain, bridges and travelators to link to the passenger terminals. However, the highlight of Jewel Changi will be a five-story Forest Valley area.

The Jewel Changi was designed by architect Moshe Safdie, who designed the Salt Lake City Public Library and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Safdie Architects also designed the Marina Bay Sands resort on the Singapore waterfront that was completed in 2011. PWP Landscape Architecture, which also worked on Marina Bay Sands, is providing landscape architectural design services on the project. Comprised of three 55-story towers connected by the Sands SkyPark, the hotel has become an iconic Singapore sight, and the firm's best-known work by far. Safdie Architects is now also now working on two residential towers in Singapore linked by three tree-lined bridges, and topped with a “sky pool.” ...Continue reading at

Related Links: Changi's crown Jewel scales new heights

Marina Bay Sands featured on Netflix's "Amazing Hotels"


This documentary, produced by BBC Two, follows chef Monica Galetti and food critic Giles Coren as they profile the inner workings of some of the most compelling hotels across the globe. In this first episode of the inaugural season, Monica and Giles visit Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, going behind the scenes to work with some of the 9,500 staff that ensure a memorable and luxurious experience for more than a million visitors annually. The vision governing Singapore's Marina Bay Sands hotel reflects the spirit of a city that exudes confidence, ambition, and prosperity.

Originally released on BBC Two, the show became available on Netflix in fall of 2017.

Related Links: Netflix | Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby, Episode 1: Marina Bay Sands; BBC Two | Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby, Episode 1: Marina Bay Sands; PREVIEW Marina Bay Sands - Amazing Hotels- Life Beyond the Lobby on Vimeo

Adam Greenspan a featured speaker at Vectorworks Design Summit

Design Summit shows off the potential Vectorworks holds for landscapers

During the keynote presentation, PWP partner Adam Greenspan displayed how our firm uses Vectorworks to complete many of our projects, no matter where they are located in the world.

Adam's presentation focused on our recent work at Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, Australia, which transformed an industrial container terminal into a 22-hectare waterfront precinct. The firm built up the site’s topography using sandstone extracted from the site itself to re-create the historic "Millers Point" headland which formerly stood at the site's location in precolonial times.

“Vectorworks helps us translate very technical specifications into normal people’s language,” Greenspan said.

PWP has also used Vectorworks to plot full-scale mockups of various pieces, such as park benches and fountains, for one of its ongoing projects, the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco.

To keep reading, visit

Related Links: Total Landscape Care (September 21, 2017)

Transbay Transformed: A bold new urban district takes shape

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

This is the third and final installment in The Chronicle’s exploration of the changes reshaping the blocks west of the Embarcadero. Part 1 examined the new Salesforce Transit Center and its troubled history. Part 2 focused on Salesforce Tower and how it reflects today’s San Francisco.

San Francisco, a city that prides itself on its neighborhoods, has never seen anything like the one taking shape south of Market Street right now.

Blocks once covered by freeway ramps are sprouting glitzy residential towers. A park is planned below a bridge reserved for commuter buses. On broad sidewalks, shrubbery and miniature dog runs separate pedestrians from cars.

All this is the fulfillment of 15 years of planning based on the premise that a high-rise neighborhood, where people of all incomes live and work near transit of all kinds, can be a good fit for San Francisco. But only in the past five years have the plans begun taking form in real life, with short buildings making way for tall ones and parking lots becoming construction sites.

It’s a still-ragged transformation of the area around the new Transbay Transit Center. ...Continue reading at

Related Links: Transbay Terminal, The Beginning; Transbay Terminal, The Tower

Facebook to move Instagram offices next to Transbay Transit Center

Facebook to move nextdoor to Transbay Transit Center

From The Registry Bay Area Real Estate:

Jay Paul’s San Francisco development at 181 Fremont Street has just added Menlo Park’s Facebook as its commercial tenant, according to two sources who track leasing information in San Francisco. The new, mixed use, 70-story tower that features 432,000 square feet of commercial office space and 67 condominium residences on the top 17 floors of the building marks a significant expansion for the social networking company as it continues to grow its physical footprint across the region.

In addition to the residential and office space, the building will also have 2,480 square feet of retail space that will lead directly to the Transbay Transit Center elevated 5.4-acre City Park. The tower is San Francisco’s first pre-certified LEED Platinum mixed-use building, and it features a state-of-the-art water recycling system that captures, treats and reuses greywater and rainwater, as well as a unique glass curtain wall system, which maximizes natural light, according to a statement from Jay Paul.

For more information, visit The Registry Bay Area Real Estate.

Related Links: Facebook just leased space for up to 3,000 employees in San Francisco, says report; Facebook to lease 436,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco; Facebook coming to San Francisco’s 181 Fremont; Facebook arrives in San Francisco with city's largest office lease in three years

In Praise of Sandstone on The New York Review of Books

from The New York Review of Books:

The creation of an expansive, charming public space at the heart of a great commercial city is a rare event. Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve, which opened in August 2015, joined New York’s High Line and London’s East End Olympic redevelopment as a landmark public park that helps define a major metropolis’s sense of place. Barangaroo forms the northwestern section of Sydney’s main business district and was previously part of the Port of Sydney. The relocation of industrial activities to nearby Botany Bay created the opportunity for redeveloping an area of a little over fifty-four acres in the downtown of a city with a population of 4.3 million.

About fifteen acres of this site went to the creation of Barangaroo Reserve. The park includes an enormous subterranean arts space and a substantial grassy summit as well as an urban forest. Its chief designer, Peter Walker of PWP Landscape Architecture, who also worked on New York’s National September 11 Memorial, faced a difficult task in balancing the expectations of the local community, governments, and developers. The all-too-contentious battles that followed have left a residue of discontent. Australia’s former prime minister Paul Keating, who championed the concept from the beginning, is a polarizing figure. But without his constant oversight, shortcuts would doubtless have diminished the quality of the final product.

To continue reading, visit The New York Review of Books

Gardening Australia television episode at Barangaroo Reserve

On the western edge of Sydney's CBD, a disused harbour side wasteland has been transformed into a public foreshore park.

from Gardening Australia, Series 28, Episode 09:

Former Gardening Australia presenter Clarence Slockee is now Team Leader of visitor services at Barangaroo. Named after a famous Kamaraygal woman who was married to Bennelong, the 6-hectare parkland has been replanted with endemic plant species. 

Sandstone was excavated from below ground and the cut stone blocks used on the foreshore to form the headland itself. Offcuts from the blocks were ground down and mixed with soil for the plantings. Ochre pockets in the sandstone blocks provided the materials for the local indigenous people for ceremonies, art and also eaten to treat stomach upsets.

A terrace named 'Waranara' meaning 'Great View' gives visitors an elevated view of the reserve overlooking the water.

To watch the episode, visit Gardening Australia.

Related Links: Learn more about Barangaroo Reserve