Finding the flower bed in the firmament
Perhaps it is those shared garden-art perceptions that make me think of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Md., as a place where the sky plays such an important role. You cannot view Jeff Koons’s quirky “Split-Rocker,” either from afar in silhouette or close up against its (in-season) fabric of flowers, without seeing its place against the sky. The sculpture is almost 40 feet high and sits on Glenstone’s highest point. The positive of the monumental sculpture is only given its form and scale and presence in the landscape against the negative of the sky.
Most Popular DIRT Posts of 2019
Readers were most interested in how to plan and design universally-accessible landscapes; how communities are increasingly looking towards landscape architecture as a solution for the climate crisis; examples of inventive multi-use, multi-purpose infrastructure, like the Jewel Changi airport terminal in Singapore and Amager Bakke in Copenhagen; and the on-going debate about the changing roles of landscape architects and urban planners.
Rebirth of Ground Zero named one of Architectural Digest's most important design moments of the last 10 years
"In the wake of 9/11, New Yorkers and the world wondered what was to become of hte distressed downtown Manhattan site. Ground Zero sat patiently as a recovery and construction zone for years, slowly transforming into a fitting memorial."
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Finding San Francisco's famous fog 8,500 miles away
"Visitors to the Jewel at Singapore's Changi Airport have a lot to take in when setting foot inside the gleaming donut-shaped building. It's part shopping center, part indoor garden, and part theme park. And according to most surveys, it's the world's best airport. At the core of it all is the towering rain vortex- the largest indoor waterfall in the world. The numerous photos and video you've likely seen online don't do it justice. One needs to pay an in-person visit to absorb the magnitude of it all. But if you look in the right places, visitors from the Bay Area will find something very familiar and unexpected: fog. Yes, that's right. 8,500 miles away, in steaming Singapore, you'll find passengers delighting in the cool, wet fog that we take for granted in the Bay Area."
2019's Biggest Developments in Landscape Architecture
"This year showcased how landscape architecture is shaping public life in the built environment. In the first two decades of the 21st century, landscape architects created vibrant resiliency plans, rehabilitation projects, and new urban parks. As these twenty years come to a close, 2019 embodied many larger ideas and trends that will continue to influence the next decade of landscape design.
Exploring the most notable developments with Charles A. Birnbaum, President + CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, this year included many memorable moments both large and small. Increasingly, works of landscape architecture are widely recognized as vital public amenities and essential elements in economic revitalization and placemaking. As the CLF states, perhaps the greatest challenge to the shared legacy of cultural landscapes comes from climate change."
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The Floating Utopia of Salesforce Park
"Salesforce Park, in downtown San Francisco, sits atop the Salesforce Transit Center, above Salesforce Plaza, in the shadow of Salesforce Tower. It is a lush, five-and-a-half-acre rooftop arcadia of rolling meadows and meticulously landscaped, climatically harmonious, drought-tolerant flora. It contains a prehistoric garden of cycads, ferns, and Wollemi pines; plots dedicated to the plants of Chile, South Africa, and Australia; and a small wetland hydrated with gray water. It is a linear park—longer than it is wide—and is elevated about seventy feet above the sidewalk. Its lush, verdant lawns, deliberately overgrown, are two googly eyes short of a Jim Henson character."
My 27-Hour Vacation in Singapore's Changi Airport
"Before you recoil at the thought of an airport holiday, let me explain. This is no ordinary airport. It's Singapore's Changi: part theme park, part futuristic pleasure dome. And while an airport is typically a limbo- a swinging door between where you've been and where you're going- Changi is the rare airport that invites you to stay."
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.
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."
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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.
To keep reading, visit San Francisco Chronicle
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."
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."
Singapore's New Garden Airport
International airports are in fierce competition for passengers and regularly one-up each other with new wow-factor amenities, shops, and restaurants. But Singapore decided to raise its game by going another direction: a plant-filled haven, a gateway consistent with its moniker — “the city in a garden.” The result is an inventive model other airports should copy, if not in form, then certainly in spirit.
The new Jewel Changi airport features a 6-acre indoor forest, walking trails, and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. This restorative mecca filled with 2,500 trees and 100,000 shrubs not only revitalizes weary international travelers but is also open to the public.
Over the past six years, Safdie Architects has led a team that included PWP Landscape Architecture, Atelier 10, WET, Burohappold, and ICN International to create this bar-raising travel experience.
What Ever Happened to the "Original Green Building"?
Singular upon completion in 1971, the “original green building” was designed by SOM as a new home for the Weyerhaeuser forestry company. The “groundscraper” serves as the centerpiece of a bucolic, 260-acre site planned by acclaimed landscape architect Peter Walker, then a partner at Sasaki, Walker and Associates. The campus includes a botanical garden, bonsai museum, and publicly accessible running and hiking trails — uncommon features for a nominally private office park.
World's tallest indoor waterfall inside Moshe Safdie's Singapore airport terminal
"Moshe Safdie's 40-metre-tall Rain Vortex- the world's tallest indoor waterfall- is the centerpiece of Singapore's soon-to-open Jewel Changi Airport.
The waterfall pours down seven storeys from an oculus in the glass domed roof of the Safdie Architects-designed airport, which is scheduled to open on 17 April.
Engineer Buro Happold designed the glass and steel bagel-shaped roof, which spans more than 200 metres at its widest point, while Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architects created the climate-controlled indoor forest."
Singapore's New "Jewel" Will Make the World's Best Airport Even Better
"If you like your greenery with a side of air conditioning, you're in luck. Jewel's "Forest Valley," developed in partnership with PWP Landscape Architecture, includes a five-story garden with walking trails, approximately 2,500 trees, and 100,000 shrubs sourced from countries like Brazil, Australia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, the U.S., and more. But it's not just one big garden—instead, it comprises, four "gateway" gardens, each with unique landscape elements that you can linger in, whether or not you're flying out of Changi."
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.
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
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 NYTimes.com.
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.
"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...
Thousands jam new Transbay Transit Center for its open house
Thousands of visitors flocked to the grand opening to get their first look at the park that sits atop the Transbay Transit Center.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Thousands of visitors jammed the new Transbay Transit Center for its grand opening party Saturday, tapping their toes to live music while waiting to hop on crammed escalators that carried them to the bustling bus deck and sprawling 5.4-acre rooftop park.
Lines stretched the length of the Grand Hall as people tried to get into the $2.2 billion multistory transportation hub.
Visitors climbed onto vintage buses parked on the bus desk as part of the Historic and Contemporary Bus Expo, adults sipped alcoholic beverages and played Foosball in the Main Plaza, and children rolled down soft hills of grass overlooking chaotic San Francisco streets and hustling pedestrians.
'I never expected this center to finish or to be this good,' said Elias Berhanu of San Francisco. 'I remember before construction even started, when we had the old Transbay Terminal, which you didn’t even feel comfortable standing in.'"
Read more at San Francisco Chronicle .
Related Links: $2.26 billion Salesforce Transit Center opens to huge crowds, great expectations (ABC News); Crowds at Capacity at Brand New Salesforce Transit Center (NBC Bay Area); Salesforce Transit Center's 'Block Party' A Crowded Affair (SFGATE); Bay Area gains new icon with San Francisco’s ‘Grand Central station of the West’ (The Mercury News)
Architectural Record interviews PWP Partner Adam Greenspan
From Architectural Record:
"Keep your eye on Adam Greenspan, design partner at the Berkeley-based PWP Landscape Architecture, founded by the esteemed Peter Walker. Greenspan is just completing two remarkable—and vastly different—projects in which landscape and architecture are inextricably intertwined. For Glenstone, in suburban Maryland, a 200-acre park with a new contemporary art museum designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, set to open in October, Greenspan and his team created a 21st-century arcadia for the clients, Mitchell and Emily Rales; in San Francisco, the office has built a five-acre respite for urbanites atop the Salesforce Transit Center designed by Pelli Clark Pelli (PCP), amidst a cluster of skyscrapers, including the city’s tallest, Salesforce Tower, also by PCP. Greenspan spoke with RECORD editor in chief Cathleen McGuigan about the two projects. Here are excerpts from their conversation."
Keep reading at Architectural Record...
Let's Talk about the Public Art at the New Transbay Transit Center
From KQED Arts:
"Part park, part bus station and aspirational future high-speed rail terminus, the new Transbay Transit Center opens with literal fanfare (courtesy of the West Grand Bass Band) on Aug. 11, followed by a number of exceedingly family friendly events, including an instrument “petting zoo” for kids, drumming and dance performances, a redwoods 'talk & touch' and a yoga class. Bus service begins the following day.
Missing from that list of events is any mention of the building’s four public art pieces, facilitated by the San Francisco Arts Commission, which punctuate a hovering white structure designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the “day” to the old bus depot’s dark, cold, concrete-bunker-like 'night.'
For some of the artists involved, the Aug. 11 opening is the culmination of upwards of 10 years of planning, proposing, altering, testing and overseeing their public art projects.
On the ground floor, Bay Area-based artist Julie Chang designed the grand hall’s 20,000-square-foot terrazzo floor, a swirling design of native flora and fauna punctuated by geometric patterns representing a smorgasbord of source material, including African textiles, Chinese calligraphy, pottery design, genetic mutations, Islamic tile and wallpaper."
To keep reading, visit KQED Arts.
At Transbay Transit Center, buses coming up ramp trigger geysers in park
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Sitting amid the redwoods and Japanese maples in the new park atop the Transbay Transit Center, visitors can’t hear or see the buses on the ramp one floor down. Instead, they see intermittent jets of water that shoot up along a bed of white and gray granite, tracing the path of vehicles passing directly below.
It takes a trainspotter to puzzle out that the geysers are triggered by a bus, looping into the terminal from the Bay Bridge. But that’s the catch to “Bus Fountain,” one of four pieces of public art for the long-awaited terminal.
“The fountain is like a huge musical instrument that is played by the bus drivers,” said artist Ned Kahn of Sebastopol during a recent test.
As the creator behind “Bus Fountain,” Kahn, 58, explained that there are nozzles planted along the granite stream bed and that each nozzle is attached to a sensor attached to the ceiling of the bus deck below. The water shoots up in time with the buses passing underneath — as many as 100 an hour during the commute rush — for an orchestrated water show."
...Read more at San Francisco Chronicle.
Richard Haag is remembered for his designs, inspiration and passion
"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."
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How Salesforce Transit Center Helps Transform A Neighborhood
Salesforce Transit Center has become a reality that generated a building boom
“Salesforce Transit Center has become a reality that generated a building boom in that area,” Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh said. “The minute the developers saw the transit center under construction, they started developing the parcels.”
The Aug. 11 opening of the transit center’s rooftop park, Salesforce Park, marks the end of the center's initial transformation. The bus terminal will open to full operations on Aug. 12. “It’s going to be a really significant achievement that surpassed expectations,” Zabaneh said.
“The park is a big attraction. There is very limited quality public space and the park provides 5.4 acres of really quality public space.” He said there has been a lot of enthusiasm for the rooftop park and the most-asked question has been about the park’s opening date." Read more at BisNow...
Glenstone expansion to open in October with impressive lineup
From Architect News:
"The new 'The Pavilions' space by Thomas Phifer and Partners (with landscapes designed by PWP Landscape Architecture) is scheduled to open on October 4 and will showcase pieces by big name artists like Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Serra, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
'Incorporated seamlessly into Glenstone’s 230-acre landscape, the Pavilions comprises 11 distinct rooms installed with artworks drawn exclusively from the museum’s collection, grouped around a lushly planted, 18,000-square-foot Water Court,' explains the museum's announcement.
'At the time of the opening, the building will feature a number of spaces dedicated to single-artist installations, including major works by Michael Heizer, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Brice Marden, Lygia Pape, Charles Ray, and Cy Twombly, among others. In addition, a presentation of 65 works by 52 artists will occupy the largest room in the Pavilions, a column-free space of 9,000 square feet. The exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy a more extensive selection of masterworks dating from 1943 to 1989.'"
To keep reading, visit Architect News...
Jewel at Singapore's Changi Airport will solve 5 problems you never knew you had
Jewel, a 10-story extension opening at Singapore's Changi Airport in 2019, will help travellers unwind with attractions including stunning indoor waterfall and Canopy Park. PWP designed the landscape spaces within the expansive building dome by Safdie Architects.
"Singapore’s idea of building a link between Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 and Terminals 2 and 3 is probably going to win it several more years of the title as the World’s Best Airport.
Jewel Changi, the multi-use 10-storey structure, will combine attractions, dining outlets, shopping and accommodation for weary travelers.
While Jewel Changi will serve many of the needs you may have while travelling – early check-in counters, baggage services, passenger lounge, shopping for that last-minute souvenir – there are a few other problems you never knew you had, or have just brushed off as a mundane consequence of travelling.
Here is how Jewel Changi’s attractions will solve these problems when it opens in 2019." ...
To keep reading, visit STYLE at South China Morning Post...
Public invited to tour Transbay Transit Center
From ABC News:
"Before the Transbay Transit Center opens next month, members of the public are invited to sign up for guided tours.
The Transbay Joint Power Authority is offering four themed tours between July 31 and August 4 as the Salesforce Transit Center gears up for its first day of full bus operations on August 12.
Overseen by an eight-member board of directors, TJPA was created by Caltrans, the California High Speed Rail Authority, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and the City and County of San Francisco to develop the new terminal and surrounding neighborhood." ...
To keep reading, visit: ABC News.
Salesforce Transit Center Slated For August Opening
"The Salesforce Transit Center is set to open with several Bay Area transit agencies starting operations next month, officials with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority announced Thursday.
After eight years of construction, the six-story transit center at Mission and First streets will open Aug. 11 with a neighborhood block party.
The event from noon to 4 p.m. will have free activities, such as fitness classes, games, music, food, performances, tours and exhibits of historic and state-of-the-art buses.
The following day Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses will begin inaugural service from the transit center's third-level bus deck.
On August 13, all 27 AC Transit bus lines will start operations at the new bus deck and cease operations at the Transbay Temporary Terminal.
Other transit agencies providing service at the new bus deck include Amtrak, Greyhound Bus, Western Contra Costa Transit Authority Lynx and San Francisco Municipal Railway's 25 Treasure Island line." ...
To keep reading, visit SFGATE...
181-Year-Old Lockkeeper's Tiny House Ready For Its Next Chapter
Built in the 1830s, the Lockkeeper's House is the oldest building on the National Mall. As part of the National Mall Winning Design Proposal for Constitution Gardens, PWP designed and delivered the landscape surrounding the Lockkeeper's House in its new location along Constitution Avenue.
"Built in 1837, the 350-square-foot building was home to the lockkeeper of the Washington City Canal. The house was originally situated on the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, when 17th Street was a wharf and Constitution Avenue was the canal. The canal became defunct in the middle of the 19th century, turning into an open sewer and a health hazard, until it was filled in the early 20th century. Later, a road widening project resulted in the house sticking out into the street. So, in 1916, the house was moved out of the street and placed closer to the Mall, on what is now the sidewalk along Constitution Avenue. After being boarded up for over 40 years, the house was moved once again in 2017 and now sits 30 feet inland from its previous spot."
Keep reading at NPR...
Peter Walker, FASLA speaks at UC Berkeley's 'Planting Aesthetics' Symposium
"As landscape design coalesces more and more around an infrastructural and regenerative mandate, there’s been less emphasis on what is perhaps the most fundamental (and broadly shared) conception of what landscape architecture is: the aesthetic arrangement of plantings. That’s the view of a recent symposium held at the University of California, Berkeley’s Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning department, organized by the professor emeritus of architecture Marc Treib. The Aesthetics of Planting Design symposium, held February 17–18, invited landscape architects and historians to lecture on a topic that’s been lately marginalized by sustainability, resilience, and social justice.
In his introduction, Treib begins by questioning the notion that “good morals automatically yield good landscapes,” though he emphasizes that all landscapes have a dual responsibility to both art and beauty, as well as resiliency and conservation. While planting aesthetics are most commonly addressed in small gardens, according to Treib, it’s seldom discussed at a civic (or larger) scale—though notable exceptions include the designers invited to lecture at this very event. This international group of presenters includes Peter Walker, FASLA; Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA; Andrea Cochran, FASLA; and Kate Cullity."
Watch the Symposium introduction video at Landscape Architecture Magazine...
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)
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.
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.
Related Links: Transbay Roof Park
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 Land8.com
Related Links: Total Landscape Care (September 21, 2017)
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 travelandleisure.com.
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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 SFChronicle.com.
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 WSJ.com
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)
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.
Video: Historic Lockkeeper's House relocates on the National Mall
The National Mall’s oldest structure will become part of a new educational site
From Curbed–Washington DC:
"As part of the Constitution Gardens revitalization project, the Lockkeeper’s House recently underwent a move, which can be seen in the video found below. The revitalization project that Constitution Gardens will undergo involves the construction of a 160-foot-long pavilion, 18-inch retaining wall along Constitution Avenue, glass-walled restaurant on the north side, and a grand staircase that leads down to the lake on the south side.
The developers behind the project are Rogers Partners and PWP Landscape Architecture, who won a national design competition in 2012.
This D.C. structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In December 2016, repairs began on the original stone with plans to construct a new brick chimney." ...
To keep reading, visit Curbed–Washington DC.
Facebook to move Instagram offices next to Transbay Transit Center
Facebook to move nextdoor to Transbay Transit Center
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
Curbed SF closely following the construction of the Transbay Transit Center
Transbay Transit Center: Towering terminus humanizes neighborhood skyline by giving San Franciscans a rooftop park and event space
from Curbed SF:
While the South Beach and Yerba Buena neighborhoods have grown up (and up, and up) over recent years, the new Transbay Transit Center—would-be crown jewel of the neighborhood and linchpin of a transportation network that will, should all go according to plan, one day stretch all the way to Los Angeles by rail—has been spreading.
At a modest five stories tall, instead of soaring up it’s been growing out, 1,400 feet from one end to the other, like a concrete giant that decided to lie down for a nap between Beale and Second streets.
As such, it’s almost impossible to appreciate the scale of the soon-to-be-finished first phase...
To keep reading, visit Curbed SF.
from the San Francisco Chronicle:
In the coming months, The Chronicle will explore the changes reshaping the blocks between the Embarcadero and the Yerba Buena district, starting with today’s look at the Transbay Transit Center.
San Francisco has never seen a development like the new Transbay Transit Center, a 1,500-foot-long structure that stretches across First and Fremont streets, perched on huge steel trunks and wrapped in a rippling, see-through white metal veil.
Next spring, after seven years of work that began with the demolition of the aged Transbay Terminal, the doors should finally open. Visitors will be greeted by a sky-lit concourse adorned with colorful art, below a third-level bus deck with a direct ramp to and from the Bay Bridge. A rooftop park will feature 60 species of trees and a 1,000-foot-long fountain triggered by the arrival of buses below.
To keep reading, visit San Francisco Chronicle.
Transit hub park using sites in SF, New York as models
from San Francisco Chronicle:
When the rooftop park opens next spring at San Francisco’s new transit center, the rules will be based on the ones at Yerba Buena Gardens. The programming model is something more distant: New York City’s Bryant Park.
Both topics were on the agenda at Thursday’s board meeting of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority — evidence that as the transit center’s opening draws near, the focus is shifting from the nuts and bolts of construction to making the bus terminal and its public spaces function as smoothly and enticingly as possible.
Late March is the target date to begin bus service at the facility, which will have its main entrance at Mission and Fremont streets. That’s also when the 5.4-acre rooftop park will premiere...
To keep reading, visit San Francisco Chronicle.
In Praise of Sandstone on 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
Colorado Esplanade wins 2017 L.A. Business Council Architecture Awards
Santa Monica's Colorado Esplanade, designed by leading landscape architecture practice Peter Walker & Partners (PWP), is among the projects recently honored by the Los Angeles Business Council with a 2017 Architectural Award. Since 1970, the Los Angeles Architectural Awards has honored projects that embrace innovative design principles and reshape our vibrant urban landscape.
With this project, Colorado Avenue has transformed from a back alley into Santa Monica’s active front door. Active with pedestrians at all times of day, the 3-block development along the Esplanade has been stimulated, encouraging a new bike center as well as new hotels and cafés which are now open or under construction. The project makes use of municipal recycled urban runoff to irrigate the plants, and the identifiable integration of different modes of travel works to create a sustainable and provocative urban design element that is able to grow and evolve into the future.
Congratulations to all of our winners who embody the extraordinary spirit of creativity and collaboration that makes Los Angeles a world-class city.
Business Wire – Winners of 2017 L.A. Architectural Awards Envision a More Sustainable and Livable Urban Future; LA Business Council – 2017 LA Architectural Award Winners; Inhabitat – Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards
Barangaroo Reserve selected in Landscape Architecture Foundation sustainability performance study
Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney has been selected for the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.
LAF has selected 13 high-performing landscape projects for the 2017 CSI program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary landscape projects.
Participants from each firm will serve as liaisons and work with the 2017 CSI Research Fellows to evaluate and quantify the environmental, social, and economic performance of the selected projects. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.
With projects spanning three continents, 2017 CSI promises to be an engaging experience with marked additions to the Landscape Performance Series. Projects this year include a pedestrian trail that connects two oceanside cities, a former ballast quarry, three healthcare facilities, a master planned community, two reclaimed elevated rail lines, and more.
For further information, visit LA Foundation.
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
Video: Atop the Transbay Center
Spectacular Plans For New Transbay Center Unveiled
CBS's Phil Matier reports on the mall and park that will be part of new Transbay Center at the heart of San Francisco.
Transbay Transit Center rooftop turning into 5.4-acre City Park
The Transbay Transit Center is set to open late this year and will serve numerous bus lines, including AC Transit, Muni, Golden Gate Transit and Caltrain. PWP has been busy working with architects Pelli Clarke Pelli and landscape contractor McGuire and Hester to actualize the rooftop park that is beginning to take shape.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The trees are trucked to the Transbay Transit Center in the dead of night.
SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Merit Award for The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) announced that PWP Landscape Architecture has received a SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for General Design Merit Award for The University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Enhancement.
Winning entries appear on SCUP’s website and in an online booklet publication of the awards. In addition, members of the jury will present a concurrent session on Monday, July 10 at SCUP–52, the Annual International Conference in Washington, DC July 8-12, 2017. They will discuss observations from this year’s submittals, what was “excellent,” best practices and the challenges that lie ahead for higher education.
Peter Walker wins inaugural Brettell Award in the Arts
Landscape architect Peter Walker, known worldwide, wins inaugural Brettell Award in the Arts
from the Dallas News:
Landscape architect Peter Walker is the first recipient of the Richard Brettell Award in the Arts. The award honors an artist whose body of work demonstrates a lifetime of achievement in his or her field.
Dallas philanthropist Margaret McDermott, who recently celebrated her 105th birthday, is the donor behind the award. Brettell occupies the Margaret M. McDermott distinguished chair of art and aesthetic studies and the Edith O'Donnell distinguished university chair at the University of Texas at Dallas. He also is the art critic of The Dallas Morning News. Walker will participate in a series of lectures beginning Tuesday.
I can say without fear of contradiction that Peter Walker is the dean of American landscape architects. Still vital in his early 80s, he and his firm work actively in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. A simple list of their landscape designs at all scales would fill pages.
To keep reading, visit Dallas News.
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Award-Winning Landscape Architect Peter Walker Talks Design, The Nasher And UT-Dallas
Peter Walker joins Krys Boyd of KERA's Think podcast to talk about creating outdoor public spaces that are both functional and beautiful.
from the Art+Seek:
You are likely aware that someone designed the building you are in. But what about the park, courtyard or garden outside of it? We sometimes forget the work of landscape architects. But recently, UT-Dallas announced the Richard Brettell Award in the Arts, the richest arts prize in Texas. And the first winner? Landscape architect Peter Walker.
Walker is a California native, but he’s responsible for Dallas staples such as the Nasher Sculpture Garden and the remodeling of the UT-Dallas campus. Further afield, he worked on the National 9/11 Memorial in New York City and projects in Barangaroo in Australia. Walker is on his way to China after a stop in Dallas this week to pick up the award. He stopped by Think with Krys Boyd to talk about the art that goes into creating outdoor public spaces.
Here are 6 insights from Walker’s conversation with Boyd... visit Art+Seek.
Colorado Esplanade wins a 2017 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
Now in its 23rd year, The American Architecture Awards is a distinguished design awards program that honors new and cutting-edge design in the United States. This annual program, organized by both The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies also promotes American architecture and design to a public audience in the U.S. and abroad.
This year, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing in the U.S. and globally.
From a short list of 380 projects, the 2017 Jury for Awards was held in Athens, Greece, and 79 projects were selected by a distinguished group of Greek architects and educators.
PWP Landscape Architecture is thrilled to receive an American Architecture Award on behalf of our full consultant team for Colorado Esplanade in Santa Monica, California.
More info on the Colorado Esplanade project page...
Australians celebrate shared history at Barangaroo smoking ceremony
Nearly 2000 people gathered at Barangaroo in Sydney to perform ancient sacred dances in honor of peace
"We don't want wars in this country. We don't want hate and racism in this country."
"We perform sacred dances and ceremonies for you to enjoy and see our ancient traditions," Uncle Max told an attentive crowd gathered around the smoking fire pit at the WugolOra ceremony at Barangaroo on Thursday morning."
Nearly 2000 people attended the event, organized by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, which commenced with a smoking ceremony led by the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe.
"We were paying respects to Mother Earth and asking permission to be here," said Clarence Slockee, who helped make the bark nawi (canoe) carried by the troupe.
Healing an overlooked part of Charleston: the hospital district
Medical district and city plan ambitious overhaul of area around downtown Charleston hospitals and office buildings
From The Post & Courier:
What many consider downtown Charleston’s most depressing neighborhood is, ironically, the place where many people go to get well.
Now, the city and its three medical institutions between Cannon and Calhoun streets are trying to cure a set of streets many consider unwelcoming — streets that weave through a mostly bleak mix of towering hospitals, office buildings, garages and surface parking lots.
And they have hired a landscape architecture firm nationally known for designing the 9/11 Memorial in New York, a pair of deep pools where the Twin Towers once stood, framed by stones that bear the victims’ names.
To keep reading, visit The Post & Courier.
15 Years After 9/11 Tragedy, Lower Manhattan Thrives
From The Hartford Courant...
Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Lower Manhattan has been reborn.
The revitalization of the city's downtown, powered by $30 billion in government and private investment, includes not just the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site, but also two new malls filled with upscale retailers, thousands of new hotel rooms and dozens of eateries ranging from a new Eataly to a French food hall, Le District.
The statistics alone are stunning. There are 29 hotels in the neighborhood, compared to six before 9/11. More than 60,000 people live downtown, nearly triple the number in 2000. And last year, the area hosted a record 14 million visitors, according to the Alliance for Downtown New York.
To keep reading, visit Hartford Courant.
Project Jewel wins International Architecture Award for 2016
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture and Design have awarded Project Jewel at Changi Airport the International Architecture Award for 2016.
A special exhibition will open in Istanbul in September and will travel within Europe afterwards.
Project Jewel, with Safdie Architects, will provide more than 120,000m2 of gardens, terraces and retail. More information on the project here.
Designs Submitted for 30 Otis Street Tower in SF
Nationally-recognized architecture firm Gould Evans on behalf of project sponsor Align Real Estate, has submitted plans to the City of San Francisco for a new mixed-use residential tower at 30 Otis Street. If approved, the proposed project will be part of the strategic revitalization of this transit-rich, underdeveloped corner of the city.
The proposed project is part of The Market Street Hub (The Hub), an historically underutilized area offering immense opportunity for the city. Well-suited to the development of a transit-oriented, high-density, mixed-use residential neighborhood, The Hub is expected to take on some 7,000 new residents and is the target of 3,700 new planned housing units, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The project will also include performance and instruction space for the City Ballet School.
Gould Evans's design responds to The Hub's twin imperatives for increased density and people-centered urban design. In addition to the 434,000 gross square foot building, the project proposes an elegant public plaza designed by PWP Landscape Architecture that will greatly enrich the neighborhood's pedestrian experience.
Related Links: Gould Evans Submits Design for 30 Otis Street Tower
Metro Expo Line opens to Santa Monica
Metro Los Angeles today opened its long-awaited Expo Line bringing service between downtown Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier.
Designed by PWP in conjunction with the City of Santa Monica, the Colorado Esplanade at the Expo's Santa Monica terminus is a three-block-long linear plaza along Colorado Boulevard between the new light-rail station on Fourth Street and the historic Santa Monica Pier.
Construction began in 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
For more information, visit BuildExpo.com.
Related Links: Metro Expo Line opens to Santa Monica (Los Angeles Times); Long-Awaited Expo Line From L.A. to Santa Monica Opens (KTLA); All aboard! Metro Expo Line begins service to Santa Monica (mynewsLA); The Expo Line is Here! And, Here’s the Best Line of All: Thank You! (CityWatch)
Barangaroo Reserve wins 2016 Architizer A+ Jury Award
Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, Australia has won the 2016 Architizer A+ Award in the Public Parks category. The Architizer A+ Awards is the largest awards program for architecture, landscape, and product designs from around the world. The Architizer A+ Awards received entries from a 100 countries and represents the best of architecture and design worldwide.
“We’re gratified to be honored by Architizer for Barangaroo Reserve,” said Peter Walker, FASLA. “It reaffirms our belief that cities thinking creatively about investing in public space find that it complements built developments and boosts economic growth.”
David Walker, FASLA noted, “We are also delighted to be a part of the Architizer Awards as they expand their interest toward landscape projects. Being represented is an honor for our firm and our field.”
In 2015, Barangaroo Reserve also won the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects NSW President’s Award, the Banksia Foundation Sustainability in Design Build Award for Buildings, Landscapes and Infrastructure, and the World Architecture News (WAN) Waterfront Award.
Marina Bay Sands unveils new permanent art exhibit at ArtScience Museum
Visit new worlds at ArtScience Museum
"The new permanent exhibition at the ArtScience Museum wants to immerse visitors in brave new worlds.
They can plunge into an ever- changing underwater universe in Sketch Aquarium, where illustrated sea creatures swim around on an aquatic projection on a wall; or step into Crystal Universe, a room filled with more than 170,000 LED lights that conjure the illusion of being suspended in outer space, surrounded by celestial bodies and stars.
These high-tech art installations are by well-known Tokyo-based art collective, teamLab. Fifteen of its works will feature in the exhibition Future World, opening tomorrow. It is jointly curated by the museum, located at Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, and teamLab. Its launch celebrates the museum's fifth anniversary." Keep reading at straightstimes.com...
Peter Walker Lecture at PennDesign
The Annual Ian McHarg Lecture:
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2016, 06:00pm
Lower Gallery, Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Peter Walker, FASLA discusses his the National September 11 Memorial in the Annual Ian McHarg Lecture.
Expedia Releases Design Vision for New Headquarters
Expedia, Inc. today announced the initial design vision for its future campus in the City of Seattle. In April 2015, Expedia announced its plans to relocate from Bellevue, Wash. to Seattle in 2019.
Designed by the Seattle office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in conjunction with PWP Landscape Architecture and STUDIOS Architecture, the architecture of the new Seattle campus is primarily transparent, connecting employees with views of Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains.
Construction for Phase I is slated to begin by the end of 2016.
For more information, visit Expedia.com.
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LA's Metro Expo Line to begin service to Santa Monica on May 20
It's official. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transporation Authority announced yesterday that the Expo Line to Santa Monica will be opening on Friday, May 20th, 2016. You can expect a trip between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles to take 46 minutes by rail. As it approaches downtown Santa Monica towards its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, the Expo Line journeys along the Colorado Esplanade.
"After a six-decade hiatus, passenger rail service will return to the traffic-choked Westside in May.
The $1.5-billion, 6.6-mile extension of the Expo Line will begin running to Santa Monica on May 20, marking the first time that passenger trains have traveled between downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean since the demise of Los Angeles County’s extensive streetcar network in the 1950s." Keep reading at Los Angeles Times...
Peter Walker speaks at HSR Rapperswil
Peter Walker at HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, where he will present PWP's current projects catalog.
Monday, 02.22.2016, 17:15
Aula HSR, Rapperswil
Peter Walker Lecture in Treviso
As part of the 12th Annual International Study Days Symposium exploring the theme "On the Return of the Woods" PWP Senior Partner Peter Walker, FASLA will discuss current ideas about forests in the designed landscape.
Friday, February 19, 2016:
10am-1.30pm. Woods and landscape design, coordinator Monique Mosser
MARC TREIB, Designed Forests in the Modern Landscape
GEORGES DESCOMBES, Intensifications. Trees in the landscape project
PETER WALKER, Before the National September 11 Memorial
Location: Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Via Cornarotta 7-9, 31100 Treviso, tel. 0422.5121
On the Return of the Woods
Thursday and Friday 18th-19th February 2016
Treviso, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
A naturalized landscape: Barangaroo Reserve
Bruce Mackenzie examines the design thinking, vegetation, soil science and collaboration that created Barangaroo Reserve.
Barangaroo Reserve, at the northern end of the Barangaroo precinct, has transformed the one-kilometre hardstand apron that was once part of Sydney’s industrial harbour into a new, though artificial, headland. US-based Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture (PWP), in association with Sydney-based Johnson Pilton Walker Architects and Landscape Architects, brought this design exercise together and helped to resolve some of the vastly convergent issues that Barangaroo inspired – both politically and in planning and design terms.
Keep reading at Landscape Architecture Australia, issue 149
Michael Dellis to jury Horse Park Competition in South Korea
The Korea Racing Authority (KRA) has launched an international competition for the design of a Horse Park in Yeongcheon, South Korea.
"Let's Run Park Yeongcheon" will bring horses and people together in a one-of-a-king experience unlike every day life. Aiming to improve the overall image of horses and horse racing, the 365-acre nature park will merge a racecourse and horse culture with local Yeongcheon culture.
Economically, the KRA anticipates the park will become a local and international destination to enrich the local economy and provide an exemplary model for theme park development.
PWP Partner Michael Dellis will join jury members Jong-Ruhl Hahn (Chair, Korean Institute of Architecture), Chris Johnson (Regional Managing Principal, Gensler UK), Stefan Rotzler (Partner Rotzler Krebs Landschaftsarchitekten), and others to assist the KRA in a selection of the winning design. Keep reading...
Adam Greenspan presents at the International Skyrise Greenery Conference
Nurturing a greener environment
from The Business Times
Adding to greater industry support is the third International Skyrise Greenery Conference (ISGC) held alongside GreenUrbanScape Asia 2015. Over 30 renowned architects, landscape architects, developers, city planners and academics from around the world will discuss global best practices, strategies and explore ideas of innovative solutions in view of the rapidly growing urban greening, landscaping and design industry. In 2013, this event was attended by over 600 local and international delegates with shared interest on planning and engineering sustainable environments.
Delving deeper into the technology, business, policy and management aspects of skyrise greenery, ISGC will feature four keynote speakers: Adam Greenspan, partner of PWP Landscape Architecture (US); Emilio Ambasz, founder of Emilio Ambasz & Associates (US), Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner of BIG (Denmark), and NParks' Mr Er. Delegates can also expect three plenary and three parallel sessions from a line-up of industry speakers.
Barangaroo Reserve wins WAN 2015 Waterfront Award
PWP Landscape Architecture are crowned the winner for Barangaroo Reserve
from World Architecture News:
We’re excited to announce the winner of the WAN Waterfront 2015 Award is PWP Landscape Architecture for their impressive Barangaroo Reserve project – Congratulations!
The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects that were chosen by our experienced jury panel. On board to judge this award was: Bryan Avery MBE, Principal of Avery Associates Architects, Maarten Buijs, Project Manager and Landscape Architect of West8 urban design & landscape architecture bv, Niels de Bruin, Landscape Architect and Partner of White Arkitekter, and Vishnu Anishetty, Lead Designer of Atkins. They were all in agreement that the winning scheme had a rich outcome and deserved to be championed as this year’s winner of the WAN Waterfront 2015 Award. Keep reading at WorldArchitectureNews.com...
Speedway Mall at UT Austin on its way to pedestrian-friendly speeds
New pedestrian mall at UT will take the speed out of Speedway
It’s been 16 years since a campus master plan recognized that growth was shifting the geographic center of the University of Texas to the east, from the iconic Main Building and UT Tower to Speedway. The 1999 plan said transforming Speedway into an area for people, not vehicles, ranked as the university’s most important public space initiative.
Speedway will essentially be remade into a pedestrian mall. Vehicular traffic and parking spaces will largely be banished between UT’s Blanton Museum of Art and Dean Keeton Street, a stretch of just over half a mile. Asphalt will be replaced with yellow pavers arranged in a herringbone pattern. Sidewalks as such will no longer exist. Ditto for curbs.
There will be dedicated parking spaces for three food trucks, as well as picnic tables and a tent tie-down system for student groups. New light fixtures will have outlets for recharging cellphones and other devices.
The 12-acre area will see a 20 percent decrease in paved surfaces, and the number of trees will increase to 290 from 150, with boxwood hedges adding a touch of “formal and collegiate” character, said Brian Gillett, an associate with PWP Landscape Architecture, based in Berkeley, Calif. Keep reading...
PWP designs revealed for new International Tennis Complex at Kuwait's 360 Mall
360 MALL commences massive expansion project to enrich its success in Kuwait
from Gulf News 24/7:
The massive expansion of 360 MALL, Kuwait’s iconic shopping destination, has commenced through the development of the new state-of-the-art Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex, which will put Kuwait firmly on the world’s professional tennis map.
The newly expanded mall with the tennis complex is expected to open doors by 2019. The expansion will build on the huge success and identity of the existing 360 MALL with an added offering which includes sports, entertainment, a hotel, and additional shopping. The mall is owned by a subsidiary of Tamdeen Shopping Centers Company, one of the Tamdeen Holding Group of Companies.
"This will be the first time in the world that retail, sports and entertainment come together under one roof and on this scale. When the expansion work is complete, 360 MALL will be further enhanced and together with the tennis complex will become a landmark in Kuwait. We aim to promote the very best brands from around the world under one roof whilst simultaneously encouraging a healthier and more active lifestyle for Kuwait residents."—Mohammad Al Marzouq Keep reading...
Former Australian Prime Mininster Paul Keating Speaks about Barangaroo, working with PWP, and more
How Paul Keating saved Barangaroo headland park on Sydney Harbour
from The Australian:
The newly opened Barangaroo headland park is the first stage of a $6 billion, three-tiered 22ha development rivalling megaprojects such as London’s Canary Wharf, Hamburg’s HafenCity or Chicago’s Millennium Park. Hailed as a once-in-a-200-year opportunity to reclaim the prized waterfrontage, Barangaroo has haunted the imagination of this big-picture man for more than 15 years. ...
Once the headland park was won [Keating] spent “hundreds of hours” with American landscape architect Peter Walker, who links the “naturalistic” philosophy behind this new public space to Frederick Law Olmsted’s design for Central Park in New York. When Walker described Keating as “the client” in a media interview, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority stepped in swiftly to correct him. Walker laughs at the slap and goes one better: “He’s the king.” Keep reading...
University of Austin Speedway Mall Renovation
Four Things to Know About the Changes Coming to Speedway
As any UT student will tell you, crossing Speedway Avenue during the change of classes is akin to playing a game of Frogger. Throngs of students walking to class jockey for space with speedy cyclists and cars inching their way through the crosswalks. This half-mile stretch of road runs through the center of the UT campus, and it’s one of the most congested spots on the Forty Acres.
That’s why next month, the university will begin a $36-million, two-year renovation that will turn the area into a pedestrian mall. Here’s what you need to know about this major campus construction project.
1. It has a yellow-brick road and a green philosophy. Keep reading...
Associate Brian Gillet reveals Speedway Mall renovation designs at UT Austin
Speedway Mall renovation project presented to students, public
from The Daily Texan:
The Speedway Mall renovation project, a long-standing goal for several UT presidents, was presented to students and the general public in a meeting Monday.
After years of planning and revisions, a final version of the Walker plan, designed by landscape architecture firm Peter Walker and Partners, was approved to move forward in May this year. According to the current plan, construction will be done in a series of five stages, beginning in October and concluding in December 2017. There will be a 20 percent decrease in paved areas and a 20 percent increase in planted areas to improve aesthetics and mobility while maintaining room for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, according to the plan. Keep reading...
The Transformation of Transbay
How public and private interests combined forces to overhaul the transit hub, soon to be home to San Francisco’s largest rooftop park, City Park.
A year later, after ranking the three finalists on design excellence, functionality, and financial feasibility, a jury selected the team of the San Francisco office of Hines and the New Haven, Connecticut, office of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA), and the Berkeley, California, office of PWP Landscape Architecture (PWP). Hines/PCPA/PWP was the only team to propose placing a park on the transit center’s roof. “We realized that this building was going to be at the center of a very dense, new high-rise neighborhood and that the transit center itself was going to give rise to transit-based development,” says Fred Clarke, senior principal of PCPA.
The team decided that a 5.4-acre (2.2 ha) park running the length of the transit center’s roof would express San Francisco’s strong value for sustainability. PWP Landscape Architecture worked with Pelli Clarke Pelli to design the park, which includes cafés, gathering places, overlooks, and an amphitheater that can hold up to 1,000 people.” “This part of town is starved for open space,” says Paul Paradis, senior managing director of Hines in San Francisco. “And when we priced it with our construction experts, we realized that the pricing was not substantially different from what it would be with an elaborate sculptural roof.” Keep reading...
Peter Walker visits University of Maryland
Landscape architect who built 9/11 memorial in NYC visits UMD
From The Diamonback:
While Peter Walker delivered a guest lecture at the University of Maryland, a member of the audience asked him to explain the message behind the memorial he helped design after the 9/11 attacks.
'It’s a place where a lot of people look for closure,' Walker said. 'It represents something very emotional — it’s very private.'
Walker is one designer whose architecture firm was behind the National September 11 Memorial in New York City. The landscape architect came to this university Wednesday night to discuss his design concepts and the process of the memorial’s creation to about 100 people in the Biosciences Research Building. Keep reading...
Sydney's Barangaroo grows as a cultural breathing space
"It sits beneath a hill, hard up against a dramatic sandstone wall. It’s called the Cutaway, and this is the giant, cavernous space reserved for cultural activities inside the Barangaroo development now taking shape on the western edge of the Sydney CBD.
Brook Andrew was one of the artists invited to explore this concrete canvas, and he was struck at once by its power. He describes it as “awe-inspiring”, reminiscent of the Tate Modern experience in London. It seemed as though he was inside the land, or perhaps inside the body of a whale." Keep reading...
Sydney Harbour's Barangaroo Reserve opens to rave reviews
"The reserve, Sydney's newest harbour visitor attraction, opened on Saturday having been closed to the public for more than a century. The weather helped as hundreds took in the sights of the city from a vantage point previously denied.
There are two new harbour coves and a new cultural space called the Cutaway, which is as long as the Sydney Cricket Ground and as tall as a six-storey building.
The historic 22-hectare site, once lined with wharves and bordered by Hickson Road, scene of the Hungry Mile, has been transformed into a space described by Premier Mike Baird, who opened the site, as 'a cornerstone of this city.'" Keep reading...
Barangaroo opens to the public
Marina Bay—2015 Urban Open Space Finalist
Marina Bay is located at the heart of Singapore’s city center, against the backdrop of its signature skyline. The urban space, including the 48ha waterbody, is about 56.2ha in size. It comprises a 3.5 km-long loop with a tiered waterfront promenade, two pedestrian bridges, an event plaza, and open spaces. PWP worked with the Singapore government, Moshe Safdie, and a team of local landscape architects and horticulturalists as well as engineering, architectural, and business professionals at the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, among the signature places along Marina Bay. Keep reading...
Barangaroo Point Reserve prepares to show off its 'dereclaimed' glory
While wrangles over the location and height of Barangaroo's most controversial element – its James Packer-backed Crown casino development – are far from over, final preparations are under way for the opening of Barangaroo Point Reserve on August 22, when the public will see the fruits of an ambitious design project that has "dereclaimed" industrial land and attempted to reinstate its former, pre-settlement coastline.
Designed by eminent US-based landscape architect Peter Walker, the man behind Manhattan's 9/11 memorial, the six-hectare park is the first major public area of the $6 billion precinct to be opened.
For its engineering feats and cleverly hidden water tanks, car park and 5500-people event space – one of its walls is made from a pre-existing sandstone rock cutting and in part open to the elements – the space brings the inner city area's former historical significance into focus. Keep reading...
New Barangaroo metro station to be announced
A new train station will be built at Barangaroo, the New South Wales state government will announce in Tuesday's budget.
The idea of a Barangaroo station forming part of the planned new "metro" rail line through central Sydney had previously been listed only as a possibility under early plans for the line.
But it is understood Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian will commit the government to building the Barangaroo station, likely to cost around half a billion dollars.
Premier Mike Baird's government says it will use money raised from the privatisation of electricity assets to build a new rail line from Chatswood in the city's north to Sydenham in the inner south, between 2017 and 2024.
The line will connect the north-west rail link – now called Sydney Metro Northwest – at Chatswood to the existing Bankstown Line at Sydenham, to be called Sydney Metro Southwest. Keep reading...
Arlington Cemetery Explores Options for Expansion
HNTB with PWP Landscape Architecture team moves forward with planning and design of a complex expansion of the venerable military cemetery outside the nation's capital.
Officials at Arlington National Cemetery are moving forward with the planning and design of an ambitious and complex expansion project to the south of the cemetery that would accommodate military interments there until approximately 2056. The exapansion encompasses planning and design work on a potential 39-acre expansion to the south on land formerly occupied by an office complex known as the Navy Annex. The addition would be a high-profile site with a sloping landscape.
From shipping yard to public park: sneak peak of Barangaroo Point Reserve
SYDNEY, Australia – In the lead up to the opening of Sydney’s Barangaroo Point Reserve in July, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) and Barangaroo Delivery Authority have released a preview of the new six hectare public park.
Designed by Johnson Pilton Walker in association with Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture, the new urban space located on the northern end of the Barangaroo precinct will give the public access to the old shipping yard for the first time in 100 years. Driving the design is the re-imagination of what the natural bush would have looked like when the Aboriginal Gadigal people still lived there.
“One of the elements of the harbour headlands is that in their natural form they were examples of the bush. They still play a strong part of this symbolic meaning of the Sydney Cove area so we were determined to recreate that rich, complicated and more interesting plant composition for the forum of the headland, while adding a dimension of naturalness to the overall park,” explained Landscape Architect and Lead Designer, Peter Walker.
CNN Showcases Barangaroo
On April 21, the extraordinary transformation of Barangaroo was shared with 370 million households around the world.
Aired during the news program Connect The World, CNN’s Transformations takes viewers around the most important and exciting global infrastructure projects.
Click the link below to see how Barangaroo is "lifting the curtain" on Sydney's western harbour.
Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Featured in New Book, "Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World"
The Newport Beach Civic Center and Park is featured in the new book, Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, which was released April 21 by Princeton Architectural Press (PAP).
The book asks 80 leading designers from around the world the same one question: What gives you hope that a sustainable future is possible?
The answers from the architects, urban planners, landscape architects, journalists, artists, and environmentalists author Jared Green spoke to are insightful and inspiring. If interested, you can read reviews by Dwell and F. Kaid Benfield in The Huffington Post.
Special thanks to journalist John King for his words about our work.
PWP Partner Adam Greenspan Presents 'Maximum Minimalism' Lecture at University of Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Adam Greenspan will present a lecture titled “Maximum Minimalism” at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250 of Vol Walker Hall, on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, as part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture lecture series.
Form in landscape architecture can be deceptive. What seems so simple in form or materiality is often the product of complicated networks of negotiation between different stake holders, ecological systems, economic drivers, politics, governmental policy and more. Can designed landscapes that have strength and readability address these complex relationships? PWP Landscape Architecture is known for producing memorable landscapes guided by the concepts of Minimalism often through strong geometric compositions. The complexity, scale and cultural diversity of the firm’s projects have grown immensely over the years, which have created unique challenges and fantastic opportunities. The office is producing work that cannot be summarized by its aesthetic alone. Adam Greenspan will present PWP’s current projects and discuss how design visions are realized through the complex realities of their contexts. He will focus on the challenges of the work in the office today and the effort to maximize integration of life within designs that are enduring and memorable.
Adam will also address PWP’s success in maximizing ecological and socio-economic potential as well as biodiversity in international and local projects that will range from the Marina Bay Sands - a 1km waterfront public promenade at Singapore's first casino, to the Transbay Transit Center Rooftop Park in San Francisco, to Glenstone - a new museum and 250 acre art park in the suburban outskirts of Washington DC and others. Keep reading...
Barangaroo's headland park takes shape
It is still three months until the public will get its first chance to visit Barangaroo's headland park, but the area appears to have passed what might be its toughest test.
Former prime minister Paul Keating, who had strongly advocated transforming part of the former industrial precinct into a naturalistic headland, was "generally happy" with how the park was taking shape, the project's landscape architect and lead designer Peter Walker said.
"What I've heard from him is general satisfaction, which doesn't mean that tomorrow morning I wouldn't get an email saying: 'what the hell are you doing there?'" said Mr Walker, of PWP Landscape Architecture.
"In that respect he's been a really terrific client because he keeps asking the questions and then you have to stay on your toes and keep trying to answer them."
Mr Walker, whose projects include the National September 11 Memorial in New York, said the almost-completed headland would offer Sydneysiders something they could not find elsewhere in central Sydney: native bushland recreated "so accurately that you can pretty much take to the bank that it's legitimate." Keep reading...
Horticulture and Design Industries Preview Barangaroo Point
"Barangaroo Point – Sydney’s new six-hectare harbour foreshore park – was opened today for an industry and media preview co-hosted by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, ahead of a mid-2015 opening for the public.
Showcasing world-class work by leaders in landscape architecture, engineering and horticulture, the preview marks the return of this part of the western Sydney Harbour foreshore to the public for the first time in more than 100 years.
Among luminaries of the global design community who attended the opening were landscape architect and founder of PWP Landscape Architecture, Peter Walker, who designed the park.
A global reference point of design excellence, Barangaroo Point will be completed in June this year and is set to be a key section of one of the most spectacular urban waterfronts in the world.
The 9/11 Survivor Tree Returns Home
"For five years, I have been documenting the design and creation of the landscaping at the National September 11 Memorial plaza, the grove of swamp white oak trees planted in a green roof that shelters the 9/11 museum. I’ve followed the growth and progress of these 400 trees, and the stories of the men and women who tended them and designed and built the plaza, in a feature-length documentary, “The Trees.”
Of those 400 trees, the story of the Survivor Tree stands out for me.
It was the last living thing to come out of the rubble of ground zero — a charred stump that, to an untrained eye, looked dead. The tale of its rescue took on mythic proportions for Ron Vega, director of design and construction at the memorial. He knew the memorial plaza would not be complete without it. The only problem was, he didn’t know where it was. He knew that someone from some governmental agency had rescued the tree, but it took a lot of tracking down before he finally located it in a Parks Department nursery in the Bronx.
'This pear tree represents to me the ability of not only an organism to regrow and thrive, it also represents how our great city of New York is that. Yes, we will take a hit, but we’re a survivor city.'”
Kuwait's Tamdeen unveils $700m resort-style project with design team RTKL and PWP
"Kuwait - Tamdeen Group - Kuwait's leading mixed-use property developer that is reshaping the urban and social landscape of the country through innovative projects - has announced the multi-million dollar Al Khiran development which will be at the heart of the Sabah Al Ahmed Sea City.
Valued at US$ 700 million, the resort-style project which will be spread across 350,000-sqm of water-front will eventually create significant opportunities for Kuwait's tourism and business growth.
...A lot of thought and input has gone into landscaping design for the entire project which in itself will be an attraction for tourists and residents alike. A massive promenade covered with palms will create the pedestrian space between the mall and the marina. Celebrated landscape architects PWP from the USA have worked hard to create the landscape link for the entire project while providing terraced seating options for customers' dining pleasure."
Newport Beach Civic Center and Park featured in ASCE's Civil Engineering Magazine
"When the City of Newport Beach, California needed a city hall more central in its location, designers took the opportunity to construct more than just an administrative building, creating an inviting civic space that includes a community room, city council chambers, family-friendly parkland, and an expansion to a branch of the city's library—all on a site that offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean."
Transbay Transit Center Rises Higher - Curbed SF
"The Transbay Transit Center has been rising above ground for, what, all of two months now, and our social media feeds are full of photos from all vantage points. Favorite spots include the garden at 100 First Street, and the sun terracePOPOS there (as long as security doesn't get in the way!), as well as neighboring offices and points within the construction site itself. We took a tourback in December, and already the steel fame has reached a length of 200 feet(it will eventually be 1,400), living up to a style John King has dubbed 'megaproject moderne.'"
Fiscal reform advocates take aim at Newport Beach's concrete bunnies
Near a busy corner in Newport Beach, at the edge of Civic Center Park, 14 concrete rabbits sit on their haunches in a tight circle, staring at each other through painted pastel eyes.
The child-size creatures — known by some in this picturesque beach city as "bunnyhenge" — were added as a playful touch to the massive Civic Center complex, which rises like a white ship from the hillside below, its undulating roof mimicking the waves on the distant horizon.
Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport
Safdie's plan for Project Jewel has a number of features that make it both spectacular and striking. First, there is the glass dome itself, which will encompass a space of 134,000 square meters and looks like a science fiction daydream come true. Within the structure, a 130-foot-high waterfall called "Rain Vortex" will tumble continuously and at night be the backdrop for a sound and light show. The space itself showcases natural elements: walking trails travel through an indoor topography of trees, palms, and ferns called "Forest Valley" and crafted by Safdie Architects working with PWP Landscape Architecture. The different elements — dining, accommodations, and retail — are spread throughout the structure so as to give each of them impressive views of the natural features. The waterfall emerges from an oculus at the top of the glass dome...
CBS's The Amazing Race hits Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
CBS's The Amazing Race made its way to Singapore in Episode 9, Season 25, stopping at the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort Hotel, a project completed in 2011 by Safdie Architects and PWP Landscape Architecture. On the show, the teams had to walk a tightrope 600 feet above the ground stretched from one tower of the hotel to the other. Far below the tightrope, solid ground awaited the racers. The episode is full of outstanding views down to the waterfront promenade's triple rows of Roystonia palms. Watch the episode
Barangaroo Comes Together
After nearly ten years of planning and development, Barangaroo, a 22-hectare port on the Sydney waterfront, is coming together as a rich, $6 billion, mixed-use development that will fill in missing gaps in the city’s waterfront promenade and offer a stunning, one-of-a-kind park with an embedded Aboriginal cultural center. As Peter Walker, FASLA, PWP Landscape Architecture, described at the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver, “it’s the most amazing project I’ve ever worked on.”
Constitution Gardens Concept Approved by U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
We are pleased that the revitalization of Constitution Gardens is moving forward after a unanimous concept approval by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Constitution Gardens will retain its original purpose as a pastoral setting and respite within the National Mall, but offer new uses and events, in all seasons, day and night. The commissioners recommended that the project be completed as soon as possible. Noted by Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall, as “one of the most important and exciting projects the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall are undertaking as part of the historic 2010 National Mall Plan”, with the help of private donors the first phase of restorations will be completed for the National Park Service's 2016 centennial celebrations.
Newport Beach Inaugural Sculpture Exhibit Opens
Ten pieces of artwork that were selected by a special panel of jurors for installation in the Newport Beach Civic Center Park Exhibition has officially opened. The works are comprised of ten unique sculptures and will be prominently showcased in Newport Beach for a period of two years, beginning summer 2014 and ending summer 2016.
A six-member jury made up of arts professionals and members of the city arts commission chose the ten sculptures from 260 submissions. The city sought to have a well-balanced representation of public art that would appeal to a diverse audience of all ages, while including artistic merit, durability, practicality and site responsiveness as criteria in the selection.
A walk through the Civic Center Park, designed by renowned landscape architect firm Peter Walker Partners, now brings art and nature together with the addition of these ten larger-than-life sculptures...
Breathing New Life Into America's Front Yard
Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.
That's because, while millions actually set foot in this 38-acre area inside the National Mall each year, almost no one knows what it's called. And those who do know about it are shocked at the sorry state it's in. ...And so, the Trust for the National Mall, the National Park Service's official nonprofit partner, brought together world-class landscape architects and designers in a national design competition to present plans for the space.
The winning designs, by Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers and PWP Landscape Architecture, will create a lush setting of rolling hills, gardens, and forest, with state-of-the-art sustainable design features.
9/11 Memorial reconciles conflicting demands with dignity
A couple of months ago, the New Yorker magazine put an illustration of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on its cover. Drawn by the graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, it pictured a couple taking a selfie, a mourner, a pair of tourists with heads buried in a folding map, a kid with an ice-pop, his mother slurping a soda, more tourists posing for pictures, a security guard and various others wandering about aimlessly, all with one of the liquid voids of the memorial as a backdrop.
With the knowing humor that is that magazine’s signature, Tomine’s cartoon captured the essential atmosphere of the space that was once the site of the World Trade Center. The architect Michael Arad, whose competition-winning design for the 9/11 Memorial was titled “Reflecting Absence,” had conceived of this hallowed ground as a space of austere solemnity organized around the footprints of the fallen towers.
But in the intervening years, that design has mutated into something more gracious, a verdant space animated by a pair of water features.
PWP Landscape Architecture Partners Douglas Findlay and David Walker to be elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows
The American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced that Douglas Findlay and David Walker will both be elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows, one of the highest honors a landscape architect may receive. The investiture ceremony will take place during the Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver on November 23, 2014. Doug and David have worked together at PWP Landscape for nearly 30 years expanding their craft through design excellence, helping to build an extraordinary portfolio of extraordinary projects throughout the world.
ASLA’s announcement noted that both Doug and David received their nominations in the Works Category, which recognizes “the mastery of design in significant works which have advanced the art, stewardship and social responsibility of landscape architecture”. Both were nominated by the Northern California Chapter of ASLA. Among the 32 landscape architects elevated to the Council of Fellows, five were nominated by the Northern California Chapter, including Kevin Conger, Mark Holliger, and Jacinta McCann.
Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Featured in Architect Magazine
PWP worked with San Francisco-based architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to design a new City Hall and public park in Newport Beach, CA. The project, featured in the August 2014 issue of Architect Magazine, is a study in edge conditions, merging building, landscape, and civic presence in one transparent package.
At New World Trade Center Site, Rebuilding Recreates Intersection of Long Ago
On Friday, New Yorkers will be able to do something they have not done in nearly half a century: stand on the corner of Cortlandt and Greenwich.
Iglesia Opens World's Largest Indoor Arena for Centennial Rites
A round of applause for The Philippine Arena, 50-hectare complex called Ciudad de Victoria or City of Victory, in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, a domed indoor arena, is the centerpiece of the centennial projects of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) for its grand celebration on July 27. All is set for its inauguration tomorrow, to be led by INC executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo.
Biography of Peter Walker
A child of the Depression, Walker was born in Pasadena, California in 1932. After his father's death he lived for a time with his grandparents before joining his mother and step-father, Richard A. Walker in Berkeley. Throughout his childhood he frequently took the train to visit his grandparents in Central and Southern California, an experience that imprinted him with a defining vision of the agricultural landscape.
Artistic landscape architecture brings a sense of belonging
When five of the nation's leading landscape architects gathered before their peers last weekend in Berkeley, the projects they discussed were located in Massachusetts and Minnesota, China and Spain.
2014 PWP Landscape Design Forum
PWP Hosted the 2014 Landscape Design Forum, a discussion of the state fo design in contemporary Landscdape Architecture. The event featured five respected designers who presented their latest work - both built and un-built - to profile projects that indicate where they think the design field is headed. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Peter Walker.
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City Earns Gold for Being Green
The Newport Beach Civic Center and Park project has been LEED certified to the Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Trust For National Mall Building Campaign To Revitalize Constitution Gardens
Constitution Gardens long has been a focal point of the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., but it also long has suffered from lack of proper maintenance. An ambitious campaign mounted by the Trust for the National Mall aims to revitalize the Gardens, though it won't happen overnight.
Unveiled> Colorado Avenue Esplanade
Santa Monica looks to create a more engaging and pedestrian friendly streetscape.
About Those Civic Center Park Rabbits...
They are not intended to be art. They are a feature for kids. The landscape architect for the Civic Center Park, PWP Landscape Architecture wanted to place unique children's elements in the park. To PWP, a traditional tot lot with manufactured play equipment just wasn’t the right fit for this site.
Berkeley Firm Honored for Landscape Design
PWP Landscape Architecture of Berkeley has again earned one of the top honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Last year it won for the National 9/11 Memorial, and now it has won for the Novartis Headquarters in Switzerland.
Renovation soon to begin on northern end of campus
Walker and his firm, Peter Walker and Partners landscape architecture, or PWP, were chosen as the architects for UTD’s Campus Enhancement project. Part of the plans that the firm has drawn up involve shifting the focus to the northern part of the campus in anticipation for coming projects such as the proposed UTD DART station and Comet Town.
Designer of 9/11 Memorial shares challenging but rewarding experience
The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design kicked off their annual Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series with Peter Walker, the landscape architect who designed the National September 11 Memorial.
Moshe Safdie Completes Skirball Center in Los Angeles Hills
Marking the end of a 30 year endeavor, the fourth and final phase of the Skirball Center by Moshe Safdie and PWP is complete and set to open to the public in October.
At 9/11 memorial, reflections on loss, resiliency 12 years after
Today, 12 years after nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, the memorial plaza in lower Manhattan designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker appears to have accomplished its mission.