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World Trade Center site to get memorial honoring those affected by 9/11-realated illnesses

"the 9/11 Memorial and Museum plans to open a section dedicated to those who’ve died or have grappled with 9/11-related illnesses—first responders, survivors, and New Yorkers who lived close to the World Trade Center site during the recovery efforts among them.

Architects Michael Arad and Peter Walker, who designed “Reflecting Absence,” the twin pools of the memorial, also planned the new addition."

Safdie Architects Reveals Design for Surbana Jurong Headquarters in Singapore

"the series of ‘treehouse-like’ pavilions which comprises the headquarters are united by a centralized pedestrian walkway, weaving throughout interior and exterior landscapes. this path designates a spatial hierarchy, generating a network of offices embedded within the surrounding parkland. a glazed pedestrian spine and a series of both open-air and enclosed courtyards provide natural light and fresh air. a diverse array of plant life for each courtyard will be curated by PWP landscape architects, introducing to each its own distinctive character. the north courtyard, with a shared meeting center, is quieter in nature and lushly planted to create intimate spaces within the gardens. the south courtyard, with a cafeteria program, is much livelier and is primarily a hardscaped piazza punctuated by more formal planting."

Glenstone, a Maryland museum that blends modern art, nature and contemplation

Washington, D.C., is jam-packed with museums, but the must-see art collection in the region right now is 20 miles from the Mall, in Potomac, Maryland: Glenstone, where ultra-modern galleries and giant sculptures by the likes of Jeff Koons and Richard Serra play peekaboo with their surroundings.
Mitch and Emily Rales built Glenstone on a 230-acre site to share their extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art. But they wanted to make this a different kind of museum – a blend of art, architecture and nature. "The landscape is meant to loosen you up and let your mind start to wander," said Mitch.

BRDI Presents: Michael Dellis on Art and Landscape

PWP's Michael Dellis will be lecturing at The Nevada Museum of Art on December 13, 2018 at 6PM. Tickets can be found here

Glenstone's landscaping as mindful as its artwork

"But the most potent if understated factor in this bid for active tranquility is in Glenstone’s landscape design, which marries its old topography to the new, while more than doubling the amount of outdoor space to 230 acres."

Learn more at The Washington Post

Related Links: An Oasis of Art (The Washington Post), Going to Glenstone? (The Washington Post), More Than a Museum: Why Potomac's Expanded Glenstone is Worth the Trip (Washingtonian) 

Glenstone, a Private Art Xanadu, Invests $200 Million in a Public Vision

"The Glenstone addition has a strong outdoor component, with 130 acres of meadows, woodlands and streams, designed by Adam Greenspan and Peter Walker of PWP Landscape Architecture. Among the sculptures integrated into the landscape are those by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Serra. The couple employ a full-time horticulturist to tend to the 24,000 flowers in Jeff Koons’s monumental “Split-Rocker.”
The expansion includes an environmental center, offering educational programs, that will open in the spring. “We’re tree-huggers,” Mr. Rales said."

Continue reading at The New York Times.

NYTimes Video: Where The Towers Stood

NYTimes Op-Docs video:

With the anniversary of 9/11, this week’s New York Times Op-Doc is “Foootprint: Where the Towers Stood,” by Sara Newens. The film paints an intimate portrait of one day’s visitors to the 9/11 Memorial — and the ways grief, curiosity and everyday life mix and coexist. It’s a profound exploration of a public space designed to sustain and extend public memory. Watch the full video on

Learn more about the National 9/11 Memorial.

Salesforce Transit Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Opens in San Francisco

The long-awaited multimodal Salesforce Transit Center, which opened for its first weekday commute Monday, elevates an oft-mundane building type with a 5.4-acre public park—one of the largest accessible green roofs in the country. 

From Architectural Record:

"A grand act of place making, San Francisco’s just-opened Salesforce Transit Center elevates an oft-mundane building type—a mass transit station—with a 5.4-acre public park, one of the largest accessible green roofs in the country. The 1.2 million-square-foot center, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, helps to assert a new identity for the city, as a metropolis of distinctly contemporary density and form. It also presents an alluring vision of a sustainable future. But with some key functionality missing, it must wait to fulfill its larger mission.

Conceived as the “Grand Central Station of the West,” the nearly $2.3 billion project has been more than 10 years in the making, a saga of funding problems, budget overruns, political scuffles, and delays of the kind that seem to bedevil all large public infrastructure projects in the U.S." ...Continue reading at Architectural Record.

Gold rush: disconnected planning a threat to Sydney's Olympic parklands

Sydney Olympic Park and its unique parklands demand a strategic rethink, to bridge the gap between optimistic big-picture visions and the reality of increased urban density.

From Foreground:

"Sydney Olympic Park first came to public consciousness at the 2000 Olympic Games. Its parklands, which were located adjacent to the suburb of sports fields, stadiums and throngs of global visitors, nevertheless played an integral part in Sydney’s successful game bid. A green backdrop to the pageantry of one of the world’s biggest sporting events, the parklands feature mangrove swamps full of frog and bird life. The eponymous suburb and its associated parklands were designed for the event, geared to handle intense visitor traffic for the short timeframe of the games, followed by an expected period of quiet, as the new infrastructure was slowly integrated into the ongoing event culture of the city.

Since 2000 the surrounding suburbs and visitor traffic to the parklands have grown consistently. Now planning agencies across NSW are making Olympic Park their focus, with the Greater Sydney Commission working to reorient Sydney around a new centre that spans from Parramatta to Olympic Park. Aside from being the geographic centre of Sydney, this corridor incorporates an impressive list of civic assets, including Olympic Park’s Bicentennial Park and Millennium Parklands, making it, in many ways, an obvious choice for intensified development. Accordingly the Commission’s Greater Parramatta and Olympic Park vision styles Olympic Park as a future “Lifestyle Super Precinct”. Yet, there is a profound dissonance..."

...Keep reading at Foreground.

A first look at San Francisco's sensational new elevated park

The landscape architects behind the 9/11 Memorial opened Transbay Park in a part of San Francisco desperate for green space–and even helped change local zoning regulations.

From Fast Company:

"After more than a decade of planning, the first stage of San Francisco’s new transit hub is almost complete. The new Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-designed Salesforce Transit Center, which spans several blocks in downtown San Francisco, will bring together 11 bus lines and eventually trains from around the Bay Area, organizing the city’s sprawling public transportation system. But all attention over the weekend was on the hub’s rooftop park, which opened to the public August 11.

The 5.4-acre Transbay Park, which occupies the entire roof of the transit center, is one of the largest stretches of greenery to open in San Francisco in years. It brings much-needed public, open space to a newly named neighborhood called the East Cut, a dense, heavily commercial area of the city that has few parks. The park has a public plaza that also connects via a skybridge to the fifth floor of the Salesforce Tower next door, along with an amphitheater, lawns, and botanical gardens.

Designed by PWP Landscape Architecture, which codesigned the 9/11 memorial plaza in New York, the park is similar to a number of other urban parks that seek to use green space to offset the carbon footprint of their cities and make them more livable. But this park is unique for effecting more sweeping change." ...

Keep reading at Fast Company...

Richard Haag is remembered for his designs, inspiration and passion

From The Daily Journal of Commerce:

"Richard Haag, an award winning landscape architect who designed the internationally respected Gas Works Park in Seattle and founded the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, died May 9 of natural causes. He was 94.

Haag was also known for designing Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, redesigning Seattle Center after the World's Fair to make it a public park, and designing Steinbrueck Park in Seattle with Victor Steinbrueck. ...

Peter Walker, a partner with PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, worked with Haag in Halprin's office in the mid-1950s. He said Haag was one of the funniest and the most passionately political people he's ever met — an environmentalist in the 1950s when few people were.

“He would go to city hall and yell and scream,” said Walker. “You didn't want to be on the other side of Rich's passion. He was formidable.”

Walker said Haag also trained some great landscape architects, and encouraged them to stand up and make a difference, including the late Frank James who taught at Harvard."

To keep reading, visit The Daily Journal of Commerce  ...