Guiwan Park Opens in Qianhai


After many years of design, planning, and construction, Qianhai's Guiwan Park has opened!

As the first of five "water fingers" built for Qianhai, the park is a continuation of the master plan Field Operations designed for Qianhai Water City in 2010. Guiwan Park provides not only a world-class urban park that supports the new city center, but also large-scale green infrastructure for stormwater management, flood and tidal protection, and habitat recovery.

Read more about the project and its opening events here.

Guiwan Park Opens in Qianhai

The Rocks at Harbor Way Unveiled in Boston's Seaport District


Harbor Way’s first phase, a new green space named The Rocks at Harbor Way, will be unveiled on October 13. At the heart of Harbor Way and named after the 250,000+ pounds of locally sourced boulders, The Rocks is designed to function as an urban oasis within one of Boston's densest neighborhoods. The Rocks is designed to evoke New England's geology and landscape, featuring native coniferous and deciduous trees, massive “glacial erratics,” stone seating, and coastal grasses that frame a central lawn for visitors, workers, and residents alike.

Read about the project in Fast Company and learn more about Harbor Way and the unveiling here.

The Rocks at Harbor Way Unveiled in Boston's Seaport District

Designs Revealed for New High Line – Moynihan Connector


Governor Kathy Hochul revealed designs for the new High Line – Moynihan Connector, a 1,200-foot-long elevated walk that will connect the High Line at 30th Street to Moynihan Train Hall through the new Manhattan West public plaza on 31st Street and Dyer Avenue.

Designed jointly by Field Operations and SOM, and led by Empire State Development, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Brookfield Properties, and Friends of the High Line, the project will be completed by spring 2023. 

Read the full announcement from Governor Hochul's office here, and more about the design here.

Designs Revealed for New High Line – Moynihan Connector


Youngsoo Kim Joins EcoCiv Panel

Youngsoo Kim, landscape and urban designer at Field Operations, joins Helena Norberg-Hodge and Alexandra Mitsotaki for a panel hosted by EcoCiv to discuss the future of work and the need for shifting labor paradigms for an ecological civilization. Titled "Community for the Common Good: Structuring Human life for an Ecological Civilization," the online event will be held on December 16.

Read more about the event and register here.


Brooke Dexter Moderates AIANY Panel on Community-Based Design

On December 2, Brooke Dexter, our Director of Communications, will host and moderate “Intent to Impact: Approaches to Community-Based Design" alongside fellow members of the AIA 2021 Civic Leadership Program.

The second program of the AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP), the public event will bring together voices from Greater Good Studio, Open Architecture Collaborative, OLIN Labs, MIXdesign, and BlackSpace to highlight innovative approaches to community-based and inclusive design to explore how we can create practices rooted in equity and leverage community engagement as an integral design tool.

Read more about the event and find a link to the recording here.


Field Operations at ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture

As part of the ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Field Operators will be a part of two sessions: SAT-B01 - Inside the LA Studio with James Corner Field Operations and SAT-B06 - Invisible Infrastructures: A Park Atop a Highway at the Presidio Tunnel Tops. Join us to learn more about our practice and the technical process behind the Presidio Tunnel Tops.


Lisa Switkin Joins Leading Landscape Architects Speaking at the Courageous by Design Symposium

Organized and presented by TCLF, the Courageous by Design symposium will focus on New York City just as the city’s Department of City Planning (DCP) is actively engaging with communities throughout the five boroughs to advance their own zoning and land use strategies in an effort to “reduce flood risks and support the city’s vitality and resiliency through long-term adaptive planning.”

The symposium will feature leading women landscape architects, as well as allied professionals, whose work is creative, courageous, and timely. These speakers include Lisa Switkin, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Martha Schwartz, Kate Orff, Heather M. Morgan, Signe Nielsen, Annette P. Wilkus, Rebecca McMackin, Edwina von Gal, Barbara Wilks, John Beardsley, Billy Fleming, Amy L. Freitag, Miranda K. S. Massie, and Olivia Georgia.

Find out more about the symposium on TCLF's website.


Building West End Square During a Global Pandemic

Isabel Castilla, Principal-in-Charge for West End Square in Dallas, reflects on building the project during a global pandemic in a guest blog with Parks for Downtown Dallas. She looks back on unique design processes that emerged in order to review construction progress, final results, and how some design intentions were reaffirmed through our priorities in response to the pandemic.

Read the full guest blog with Parks for Downtown Dallas.


Restoration Team's Work for Neighborhoods Now Receives ASLA Honor Award

"Be a Good Neighbor: A New Approach for Supportive Communications & Resource Sharing" received an Honor Award in the 2021 ASLA Professional Awards, recognizing the Restoration Team's work in the Communications category.

"The [Be a] Good Neighbor program seeks to connect residents of central Brooklyn with design firms to develop neighborhood-appropriate COVID-19 responses through robust community dialogues. These conversations identified strategies for reopening, which were distilled into a digital guidebook, posters, and pamphlets that were distributed through existing community networks." —2021 Awards Jury

Learn more about the project here.


James Corner Joins BBC Radio 4 for a Discussion About Urban Green Space

James Corner sat down with BBC Radio 4 and Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of the Camden Highline, to talk about the health and well-being benefits of urban green space and the increased demand for these types of spaces as a result of the pandemic.

Listen to the full interview and segment on BBC Radio 4.


Neighborhoods Now Receives Special Recognition in MASterworks Awards

The Municipal Arts Society has honored the Neighborhoods Now: Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration intiative with special recognition for its neighborhood contribution and thoughtful design solutions. Neighborhoods Now was developed by the Van Alen Institute and Urban Design Forum as a way to assist neighborhoods hard-hit by the pandemic across NYC and connect leading organizations with design firms as part of a collaborative network. The Restoration Team includes KPF; Field Operations; Farzana Gandhi Design Studio; AE Superlab; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Partner & Partners; and Fried Frank, who worked in partnership with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation to establish a sustained and inclusive community engagement process that fostered ideas for safe and inspirational reopening strategies.

From Elizabeth Goldstein, President of MAS: “MAS and the 2021 MASterworks jury applaud the Neighborhoods Now: Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration team, with great admiration for how many community members and stakeholders came together in this co-design process. From community workshops, and design-build days, to tactical interventions that supported safe gatherings and reopening, it is an inspiring project that reframes the design mindset and approach, meeting people where they’re at and exploring new modes of communication and collaboration. The ethos of ‘Your Home, Not Alone’ served as a beacon of community care at a time when many felt isolated and anxious. This is an innovate example for those in the fields of design, planning, development, placemaking, engagement, and beyond to look to.”

Learn more about this year’s MASterworks Awards and view the winners here.


Lisa Switkin and Sanjukta Sen Pen Op-Ed on Climate Change and the NYC Waterfront

In alignment with Climate Month, Field Operations' Lisa Switkin and Sanjukta Sen wrote an op-ed on the effects of climate change on New York waterfronts and the need to take a hybrid approach that is informed by both natural and man-made infrastructure. 

Read "When It Comes to Protecting Our Waterfronts, Nature Knows Best" here.


Field Operations and Projects Recognized in 2021 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

Three of our projects were recognized in this year's Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards! The Underline’s Brickell Backyard, Hudson River Park’s Gansevoort Peninsula, and the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab were featured as the most innovative architecture, best urban design, and most innovative sustainable designs of 2021.

Field Operations was also an honoree in the Design Company of the Year category.


Lisa Switkin Lectures on Cohabitation as NYBG Landscape Design Portfolios Series

As part of NYBG's 23rd annual Landscape Design Portfolios Series, Lisa Switkin will give a lecture, discussing new forms of public space that foster environmental health and resilience, social cohesion and well-being, and connection to place. She will examine "cohabitation" and our evolving human relationship with nature, showcasing projects such as the High Line in Manhattan; Domino Park and River Ring in Brooklyn; the transformative master plan for Freshkills Park in Staten Island; and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis.

Register for the online lecture here.


Field Operations Weighs in on Creating Resilient Cities with Fast Company

As storms and flash floods are becoming more severe and more frequent as a result of climate change, Fast Company reached out to five landscape architects—including Field Operations—with the question: What should cities do to protect themselves? 

Read the article in Fast Company


Field Operations Selected to Design the River Balcony in Saint Paul

Field Operations, partnered with a team of local firms—106 Group, Forecast Public Art, Claim Our Space, SEH, HR&A Advisors, and Dharam Consulting—has been selected by the City of Saint Paul and the Great River Passage Conservancy to design the River Balcony, a 1.5-mile-long promenade on downtown Saint Paul's river bluff that will unite the region's two greatest assets: its people and the Mississippi.

Read the press release from the Great River Passage Conservancy here and an article about the project in the Star Tribune.


River Ring Master Plan Receives ASLA-NY Honor Award

The River Ring Master Plan received an Honor Award in the 2021 ASLA-NY Design Awards! 

According to Chapter President Elizabeth Moskalenko, the winning projects exemplify the broad range of the profession's ability to address complex environmental and public realm needs with creative, innovative solutions, making direct and more equitable connections by using sensitive design elements and resilient materials.

See the press release here and learn more about the project on the ASLA-NY website.


Isabel Castilla Featured as Distinguished Latinx Architect

Diversity in Action Magazine's September/October issue features five distinguished Latinx architects, providing examples to help inspire and create more opportunities for others like them. Isabel Castilla, Principal at Field Operations, is included in this group of five and speaks to her background, career, and her role in mentorship and exposure to architecture.

Read the full article in Diversity in Action.


River Ring Recognized in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards

The River Ring Master Plan has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards in the Spaces, Places, and Cities category!

The project is a groundbreaking development on the Brooklyn waterfront anchored by a first-of-its-kind protected public beach and in-water park. In addition to over 70,000sf of public-facing programs, the two mixed-income buildings will provided 1,050 total units of housing with 263 units of low-income housing. It sets a new precedent for urban resiliency in New York and how climate-conscious design can contribute to thriving mixed-use communities.

See the Spaces, Places, and Cities honorees here.


Ericsson Playground Receives Award for Excellence in Design from NYC Public Design Commission

Field Operations' design for the reconstruction of Ericsson Playground was recognized in the NYC Public Design Commission's 39th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design! 14 winning projects were selected from the hundreds of submissions reviewed in 2020, with these projects exemplifying how thoughtful and creative civic design can provide public spaces that enhance New Yorkers’ health and wellbeing. This year’s awards focused on city parks, which have been essential places for people to safely gather throughout the pandemic.

Designed in part to serve the Magnet School for Environmental Engineering, Ericsson Playground's new design will nearly triple the amount of planting on site and expand on the school’s eco-focused mission and programs. A nature trail defines three activity areas: a flexible field and running track, basketball courts with an outdoor fitness area, and a unique climbing feature called the “Tree House” that is universally accessible and promotes rigor, challenge, and socialization.

Read more about the awards program and the 2021 winning projects from the City of New York and Architect's Newspaper.