A Fight to Save a Corporate Campus Intertwined With Nature
"Protests often erupt over proposalas to demolish or even alter historical buildings. Threats to landscaping usually get far less attention.
But that's changing in a Seattle suburb, where a developer plans to build on the corporpate campus that George H. Weyerhaeuser created for his family's timberland and wood products company beginning in the late 1960s.
Teh site, which the City of Federal Way annexed in 1994, has been lauded over the years for the pioneering way it intertwines building and landscape. Today, it is caught up in a controversy over plans to build massive warehouses that opponents say would disrupt the balance with nature but the property's new owner says are necessary to pay for restoration of hte headquarters building and maintenance of the grounds."
"In my 60 years of landscape architecture projects, which include the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the National September 11 Memorial with Michael Arad in New York City, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Weyerhaeuser Headquarters is perhaps the most important and certainly the dearest to my heart—not just for the many honors and prizes it has received, but for its completely integrated building and landscape. From its opening in 1971, Weyerhaeuser has been a rare combination of architecture and landscape architecture. No other project in modern environmental design has achieved such a high level of integrated building and biological setting. I am now the last living member of the design team on the historic Weyerhaeuser Headquarters, and I write to you pleading for you to consider what the intended destruction of this site means."
The Cultural Landscape Foundation launches campaign to halt "inappropriate" development at historic Weyerhaeuser campus
"Even more than its size, the peerless campus—designed by landscape architect Peter Walker, founding principal of Sasaki, Walker and Associates (SWA) and architect and architect Edward Charles Bassett, partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)—is famed for the manner in which it is seamlessly integrated into the lush Pacific Northwest landscape with its terraced, ivy-shrouded main administrative building emerging from the meadow in an enigmatic, almost otherworldly fashion."
Salesforce Transit Center Park wins Architecture MasterPrize Best of Best Award for Large Scale Landscapes
The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the apprecation of architecture worldwide.
Salesforce Transit Center Park was awarded "Best of Best" in the category of large scale landscapes.
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October 7, 2020
/American Architecture Awards
Glenstone, Salesforce Transit Center Win American Architecture Awards
Glenstone Musuem won an American Architecture Award in the Landscape/Urban Design category. Salesforce Transit Center won in the Airports and Transportation Category, Salesforce Tower won in the Skyscrapers/High Rises category.
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September 14, 2020
In Midtown, 1,401-foot One Vanderbilt is officially open
Another large transit component is Vanderbilt Plaza. A car-free pedestrian plaza in between Grand Central and One Vanderbilt, it stretches along Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and 43rd Streets. The 14,000-square-foot outdoor space was designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, the same firm behind the National September 11th Memorial.
September 8, 2020
/The New York Times
7 Sculpture Gardens that Merge Art With the Landscape
Many museums and galleries across the country have cautiously begun to reopen in recent weeks, offering a chance for the culture-starved to enjoy a moment of reprieve with their favorite works of art. Still, the lines can be long, and timed ticketing limits a more impulsive visit.
These seven sculpture gardens or outdoor art spaces — ranging from world-class art collections to more hidden and eccentric destinations — are especially appealing beginning this month, when the weather is ideal for strolling outside and the fall programming and curatorial programs (some of them delayed from closings this summer) begin in earnest.
August 11, 2020
Quzhou Sports Campus Wins Architizer A+ Award
A collaboration between MAD Architects and PWP, Quzhou Sports Campus was selected by the jury for the Architizer A+ Award in the category: Sport & Recreation- Unbuilt.
May 21, 2020
/Urban Land Institute
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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May 13, 2020
/San Francisco Botanical Garden
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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April 23, 2020
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.”