Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus Public Realm is Finalist in ULI New York Awards for Excellence


As part of the Urban Land Institute New York (ULI NY)'s eighth annual Awards for Excellence in Development, Phases 1 & 2 of the Columbia University Manhattanville Campus' Public Realm were recognized as a finalist in the Urban Open Space category. 

The awards recognize exceptional development projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors across New York. "This year's finalists are raising the bar when it comes to innovative, transformative and responsbile land use and development in New York, said Bethany Logan Ropa, Chair, ULI New York.

Learn more about this year's finalists on the ULI NY website.

Columbia University's Manhattanville Campus Public Realm is Finalist in ULI New York Awards for Excellence

High Line – Moynihan Connector's Timber Bridge Completes Installation


The Timber Bridge has been installed for the High Line – Moynihan Connector! Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and James Corner Field Operations, and led by client team Empire State Development, Brookfield Properties, and Friends of the High Line, the Connector is composed of two bridges running above Dyer Avenue on West 30th Street. 

Two portions of the Warren truss bridge—made of Alaskan yellow cedar—were suspended over Dyer Avenue and carefully craned into place. Meeting the already lush Woodland Bridge that runs along West 30th, the two bridges will provide a seamless connection for pedestrians between the High Line and Moynihan Train Hall through public spaces at Brookfield Properties' Manhattan West.

Read more about the bridge installation in The New York Times and more about the Moynihan Connector on the Friends of the High Line website.

High Line – Moynihan Connector's Timber Bridge Completes Installation

Two Field Operations Projects Recognized in 2023 ASLA-NY Design Awards


Both the Reimagine Middle Branch Plan and Camden Highline were recognized in this year's ASLA-NY Design Awards! We're delighted to share this award with our clients and collaborators in celebration of the planning and design completed thus far, with each recognized in the Analysis, Planning, Research and Communications category.

The winning submissions will be on view at the Center for Architecture through the month of April in celebration of World Landscape Architecture month.

Check out ASLA-NY's press release and coverage in The Architect's Newspaper, and learn more about each project on the ASLA-NY website.

Two Field Operations Projects Recognized in 2023 ASLA-NY Design Awards


Field Operations Hosts ASLA-NY Open Studio

Field Operations will be hosting an Open Studio with ASLA-NY on June 15 from 6:30–8:30pm to welcome visitors to our office at Bryant Park. We'll be offering light food and drink and sharing ongoing project work with landscape designers from our New York office.

Register on ASLA-NY's website.


Karen Tamir Presents at SCUP's Cornell Tech: A Purpose-Built Campus for the Digital Age

Joining colleagues from Cornell Tech and SOM, Karen Tamir from Field Operations will be a presenter for SCUP's symposium at Cornell Tech, titled Cornell Tech: A Purpose-Built Campus for the Digital Age:

In just a decade, the recently completed Phase I of Cornell Tech has become a fully-fledged, purpose-built campus for the digital age that offers technology, business, law, and design education and research. Located on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan in the middle of the East River, it has quickly become one of the most innovatively sustainable and architecturally significant new campuses. On its ten-year anniversary, this symposium will explore how the planning and design of Cornell Tech expressly creates a catalytic environment to produce visionary ideas and technologies that reinvent the way we live.

Learn more about the symposium and register here.


Tatiana Choulika Joins Panel on Design for Ecosystems

Tatiana Choulika, Associate Partner at Field Operations, will join a panel on May 17 with Matthew Palmer, Ben Flanner, and Willy Zambrano, focusing on design for ecosystems. The panel is part of AIA Brooklyn's Good Trouble series, featuring architects, academics, and change makers and considering solutions to some of the most pressing problems in the built environment.

More details about the panel and register here.


Princeton University Celebrates Yeh College and New College West

Princeton celebrated two new residential colleges, Yeh College and New College West, designed to foster connection, inclusivity, and interactions among students on Friday, May 5. The new colleges, which opened last fall, are part of the University’s commitment to make a Princeton education accessible to more high-achieving students from all backgrounds. Field Operations, as Campus Landscape Architect, worked with TenBerke, architect for the two buildings, for new buildings that seek to create inclusive and welcoming spaces, interwoven with landscape.

Read more about Yeh College and New College West in the announcement on Princeton's website.


Waterfront Seattle's Elliott Way Opens

After years of rebuilding Alaskan Way from S King to Pike streets and building a new street from Pine to Bell streets, Elliott Way has opened at Waterfront Seattle! The new surface street spans 17 blocks from Pioneer Square to Belltown and creates a new connection between Seattle neighborhoods and the waterfront.

With intersections and sidewalks carefully designed to support pedestrian accessibility, the new park promenade and two-way protected bike path will run along the west side of Alaskan Way. Further south, it includes dedicated lanes for transit in and out of downtown, and lanes for ferry queuing. With 46 varieties of plants and over 46,000 individual plantings, the road reflects the city and community's desire for more greenery.

Read more about the project and its opening on Waterfront Seattle's website and on KOMO News.


Cornell Tech Campus Recognized in 2023 SCUP Awards

Cornell Tech Campus has been recognized with an Honor Award in this year's SCUP Awards for Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Open Space Planning! 

Spanning 12.5 acres on New York City's Roosevelt Island, the master plan for the campus serves as a model for comprehensive site planning and urban design, creating a campus with transparency at the forefront, fostering innovation and collaboration between Cornell Tech and the public. Outwardly engaged, the campus and the buildings are centered around open space and encourage chance meetings and interactions, ultimately realizing something distinctive from the traditional campus plan typology.

Learn more about the project and its award on the SCUP website.


James Corner Joins FIAF and Bas Smets for Conversation on Re-landscaping Notre-Dame

Hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), James Corner joins Bas Smets, the landscape architect selected to reimagine the public space around Notre Dame de Paris, for a conversation about his vision for this new landscape four years after the tragic cathedral fire. The two will discuss how design plays a role within integrating green spaces into urban environments, with Sara Zewde, Assistant Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, moderating the conversation and Q&A.

Learn more about the event and register here.


The Wynwood Plaza Has Groundbreaking in Miami

Field Operations joined our clients L&L Holding Company, Oak Row Equities, and Claure Group for a groundbreaking for The Wynwood Plaza in Miami! When complete, the mixed-use campus will include office and residential space with a public plaza that features outdoor dining and retail in the Wynwood Arts District. The 26,000 sf Grand Plaza will be a space for culture and nature, creating an urban backyard.

Read more about the project in Miami Today.


Architecture Now: New York, New Publics Opens at MoMA

Freshkills Park is part of Architecture Now: New York, New Publics at the Museum of Modern Art, the inaugural installation of a new exhibition series that will be on view February 19 – July 29.

New York, New Publics will explore the ways in which New York City-based practices have been actively expanding the relationship of metropolitan architecture to different publics through 12 recently completed projects, including Freshkills Park. A 21-acre portion of the larger 2,200-acre park, North Park offers a new entrance and pathway opening this year, bringing visitors to spectacular overlooks within the park, once the world's largest landfill.

More details about the exhibition in MoMA's press release and The Architect's Newspaper.


Reimagine Middle Branch Plan Approved

The Reimagine Middle Branch Plan has been unanimously approved by Baltimore's Planning Commission!

After a multi-year planning effort, the adoption process affirms the Baltimore City government's formal support of the Plan, which will be helpful for implementation and funding efforts moving forward and contribute to the overall physical development of the City. This signals a commitment to deliver parks, projects, and programs that will unite 19 neighborhoods in South Baltimore by reconnecting them to one another and to the Middle Branch waterfront. We're thrilled to reach this important milestone with the team, which will be followed by continued engagement with community residents, stakeholder groups, and technical experts through the development of individual projects and initiatives.

Read more about the Plan and its approval in the Baltimore Fishbowl and on the Reimagine Middle Branch website.


Field Operations Shares Proposal for Lake Monona Waterfront

As a finalist for the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge, Field Operations shared a design vision for Madison and its waterfront.

"Wild Lakeshore” offers an unprecedented opportunity for Madison to redefine its relationship to Lake Monona and nature in the city. By connecting the lakefront to the city with connective green infrastructure, expanding territories for parkland, and softening its shoreline, the scheme envisions a place where city and nature are inseparable. It offers an innovative model for urban living, where nature—along with outdoor recreation, social gatherings, and cultural activities, and economic opportunity—are welcoming and accessible to all.

Learn more on the Lake Monona Waterfront website, review the proposals here, and share your feedback through the City of Madison's survey.


Isabel Castilla Presents at University of Guelph's Landscape Architecture Guest Lecture Series

Isabel Castilla, Associate Partner at Field Operations, will present a lecture titled "Re-Imagining Landscape Architecture through Selected Projects from Field Operations" as part of the University of Guelph's guest lecture series in landscape architecture. 

More details about the lecture here.


Camden Highline Obtains Planning Permission

The Camden Highline has obtained planning permission! The Camden Highline will bring new green space, connectivity, and an international visitor attraction to London by transforming a disused railway viaduct. In total, the Camden Highline will run for 1.2km, and help to knit together the surrounding neighborhoods. The elevated public walkway is forecast to bring new local green space for 20,000 people, along with health and wellbeing benefits worth £10.9m over the project’s lifetime.

Read more in The Architect's Newspaper and Bloomberg, and follow the latest for the project on the Camden Highline website.


Isabel Castilla Joins New York City Public Design Commission

Isabel Castilla joins the New York City Public Design Commission as the new Landscape Architect member, bringing foward her experience within landscape architecture and public realm projects.

In a statement, Mayor Eric Adams says, "Vibrant public spaces are essential to our city’s recovery, and Jimmy Van Bramer and Isabel Castilla will be creative and responsible stewards of our public realm. Public space is infrastructure—it is a key factor in economic opportunity, public health, and quality of life. And Jimmy and Isabel’s combined experience advocating for New Yorkers and designing high-quality, accessible urban spaces make them exceptional candidates for the Public Design Commission."

An Associate Partner at Field Operations, Isabel has been practicing landscape architecture for over 15 years. Her work concentrates on large-scale, transformative public realm projects with extensive community engagement and complex multi-agency approvals. She is passionate about the design of public spaces and their impact on local communities and cities at large. At Field Operations, she has led the design and implementation of notable projects including phases 1 and 2 of New York’s High Line Section 3; the High Line’s 18th Street Plaza, and the High Line x Moynihan Connector; Dallas’ West End Square; the master plan and renovation of the historic Lincoln Road District in Miami Beach; and the master plan and implementation of various phases of The Underline in Miami.


SKP Chengdu Opens

SKP Chengdu is now open!

Working with client SKP and collaborators and architects Sybarite, Field Operations designed a "botanic quilt" landscape that integrates retail with nature while celebrating Chengdu’s diverse historical and cultural background and rich, varied landscapes. Imagined as a forward-thinking retail experience, SKP Park links subterranean retail architecture with an above-grade exterior public realm.

Read more about the project in Building Design and Dezeen.


Brooke Dexter Joins Panel on Landscape Architecture Photography

Brooke Dexter, Director of Communications at Field Operations, will speak as part of a panel on landscape architecture photography with photographer Barrett Doherty, Jack Murphy from Architect's Newspaper, and Naomi Drucker from RKLA, the moderator for the event. The event focuses on how landscape architects can use photography to share the project's message, best showcase complicated and beautiful work, and prepare for awards and publication.

Register to attend on the ASLA-NY website.


Field Operations Projects Recognized in AIANY Design Awards

This year's AIANY Design Awards included not one but three Field Operations projects! Columbia new Business School with Henry R. Kravis Hall and David Geffen Hall (designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FXCollaborative) and The Square as a publicly accessible green space that supports both buildings was recognized with an Honor Award. One South First (building design by COOKFOX) and Princeton University's Residential Colleges (building design by TenBerke) both received Merit Awards.

Learn more about the projects on the AIANY website.