"What I think you can see is that the work that we show is the work that we’ve done. It’s really important that we work on design and landscape architecture that is realizable in the real world, gets built, and is able to have a life of its own as part of a community, as part of a system."
"Seeing places take on a life of their own is the proudest moment, being able to go somewhere when its not, you know, my work or our work, but it’s a place that people are really excited by or enlightened by or moved by…and seeing people, or animals, or plants end up spending time at the projects that we’ve designed and those projects becoming their home, their place is something that is really touching it makes you think about the future, and time and how what we do today, hopefully will last hundreds of years into the future."
Peter Walker's Interview for Hideo Sasaki 100th Birthday Celebration
Peter Walker interviewed by James Miner of Sasaki on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Hideo Sasaki's birth. To see the interview, click here.
October 2, 2019
/American Society of Landscape Architects
Barangaroo Reserve wins ASLA Honor Award
"Barangaroo Reserve is a stunning revival of Sydney Harbor’s historic headland that rebuilds a long-lost connection to the pre-colonial past while creating an active, naturalistic, environmentally sensitive civic space, serving both people and animals, on the land and in the water. The design of the headland includes a dramatic foreshore of 10,000 sandstone blocks excavated directly from the site, an elegant and dramatic way of bringing back a landform important to the original Aboriginal culture and a major element in the project’s compliance with One Planet Living principles. Pathways, lawns, an underground public space, and complex plantings of native trees and shrubs, turn what was once a degraded industrial site into model of civic space, cultural sensitivity, and sustainability."- 2019 Awards Jury
October 2, 2019
/American Society of Landscape Architects
Glenstone wins ASLA Honor Award
"In this private museum in Potomac, Maryland, set amid 230 acres of rolling hills, streams, meadows, and woodland paths, the landscape architect has integrated the natural environment, architecture, and works of art into a seamless sensory and intellectual experience. Though large in scale, the project’s power comes from its restraint and its contemplative character. This is a museum site where the natural world is in the foreground, creating a visitor experience that extends beyond art and architecture. Glenstone is an impeccably composed landscape, with its beautiful interior Water Court and two miles of walking paths, trails, and bridges that pass through a dynamic landscape of 8,000 trees and indigenous plants, all punctuated by world-class art."- 2019 Awards Jury
September 28, 2019
Jewel Changi Airport wins ECOtechGREEN Award in Green Technology and Green Infrastructure
PWP's Jewel Changi Airport was selected by Paysage Italy for the GREEN TECHNOLOGY AND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE Award at the ECOtechGREEN AWARDS 2019. From the jury, "for the happy union of an infrastructure with a unique and engaging experience, in which the project components get along with nature, culture, education and recreation, with the aim of providing an uplifiting experience. A new community-centered airport."
September 11, 2019
/AIA SF & The Center for Architecture + Design
2019 Architecture + The City// "Diversified Spaces: A POPOS Walking Tour"
In 1985, San Francisco implemented a Downtown Plan that required new developments to create quality, publicly-accessible open space at a ratio of 1 square foot of open space to 50 square feet of occupied office space. Today, downtown San Francisco is home to over 70 POPOS, and traditional ideas of urban open space have broadened to include small-scale plazas, parks, gardens, sun terraces, and atriums that serve the public under private ownership.
Join AIASF COTE for a walking conversation with planners, architects, and landscape architects to discuss the history, design, and lasting impact of a selection of POPOS in downtown San Francisco, including 525 Market Street, 555 Mission Street, and 101 Second Street. Tour speakers will include Joshua Switzky, the Acting Director of the Citywide Planning Division of the San Francisco Planning Department, Stephen Sobel, Design Director at SOM and Architect of 101 Second Street, and Alan Lewis, Design Director and Open Space Practice Leader within SOM’s City Design Practice and Mike Dellis, Design Partner at PWP. This tour is co-hosted by ASLA-NCC.
This event is sold out.
August 26, 2019
Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside
"More important, this is a space that already functions as a village green. The village is overstocked with tech firms and ultra-lux condominiums, but we can all take pleasure in the hummingbirds and butterflies that already have found their way to this seminatural oasis."
Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place Conference
Although Dallas, Texas, is the ninth largest city in the United States, the number of residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area increased more than in any other metropolitan area in the nation from 2017 to 2018, according to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. To explore the choices that will shape Dallas’ future, and to initiate and inspire broad community-based participation in decision-making, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will curate a one-day conference on Friday, October 4, 2019, in the Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place will highlight the city’s leadership with projects that balance design with natural and cultural values and the imperative to deal with climate change. It will also showcase the city’s public-private initiatives and recent innovations in creative management and stewardship.
Introductory presentations (by Peter Walker, Peter Ker Walker, and James Burnett) will illuminate the role that landscape architects have played in laying the foundation for today’s planning and design work by exploring several iconic projects completed in the Dallas Arts District over the past 35 years. A morning panel, titled “Transforming the Downtown Core,” will examine four projects (by Field Operations, Hargreaves Associates, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and SWA) that are currently in the design or construction phase in downtown Dallas, revealing how a public-private partnership was able to facilitate the development of these priority parks in the urban core. The afternoon panel, “Transforming and Connecting the City,” will be a forward-looking discussion of larger-scale projects currently underway (i.e., in the planning, design, or execution phase) that aim to balance, leverage, and steward both natural and cultural resources. The closing panel, featuring leaders in landscape architecture, planning, journalism, patronage, and stewardship, will reflect on the day’s presentations.
Making Space within Place is the fourth installment in an ongoing series of conferences about the Second Wave of Modernism. Earlier conferences on that theme were held at the University of Toronto (2015), New York’s Museum of Modern Art (2011), and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (2008).
July 1, 2019
/San Francisco Chronicle
SF's Transbay transit center rooftop park reopens to the public- quietly
Left to itself and to gardeners, the rooftop landscape designed by PWP Landscape Architecture has flourished. Lavender beds are fragrant, and clusters of birds of paradise spike up as colorful flocks. Maple trees are thick with delicate leaves. Ivy is beinginning to shroud the concrete walls that hold elevators and a restaurant to-be.
Moshe Safdie Designs Sigapore's Jewel Changi Airport As a Destination Garden
"...to create Jewel is to conceive of a design in which architecture and landscape are totally integrated. Landscape is not an add-on feature, or an optional embellishment, but rather a fundamental component of space. Its deployment creates the opportunity for a new kind of spatial experience, one that specifically echoes and celebrates Singapore’s reputation as the Garden City—but, at its heart, is a humanistic response that is not bound to a particular locale."
April 17, 2019
Safdie Architects Designs a 130-Foot-High Indoor Waterfall for Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport
"Occupying over a tenth of Jewel’s total area, the gardens, designed by Berkeley, California–based PWP Landscape Architecture, are ever present when one enters the structure, which opened on April 17. Along the marketplace that loops around Jewel’s periphery, various “canyons” open up to the gardens and the constant stream of the waterfall invites visitors to weave in and out of them. Several shops also feature terraces that look out on the gardens, which consist of approximately 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs sourced from Australia, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and the United States. According to Adam Greenspan of PWP, these mostly highland species will thrive in Jewel’s controlled environment, which is similar to subtropical climates that are less hot and humid than that of Singapore."