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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.

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.

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. 

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.

To learn more about Salesforce Transit Center Park, click here

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. 

 

Click HERE for link to register to attend this event. 

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."

To read more about this award, click here. To read more about Glenstone, click here