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.

Architecture Now: New York, New Publics Opens at MoMA

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.

Reimagine Middle Branch Plan Approved

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.

Field Operations Shares Proposal for Lake Monona Waterfront


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.


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.


City of Cleveland Selects Field Operations to Lead New Master Plan for Cleveland's Downtown Lakefront

Following a competitive request for proposals process that included 18 design teams, Field Operations has been selected to lead a new master plan for Cleveland's downtown lakefront.

Building on previous experience working in Cleveland and on major waterfront projects in Seattle, San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities around the world, Field Operations will kick off planning efforts in early 2023 with a team that brings deep knowledge of Cleveland and this particular site and community. City Councilman Kerry McCormack, one of the selection committee members, said "They have got world-class design. They have got connections in Cleveland. And they are really—meaningfully and organically—focused on community ownership of the project. And that really stood out to me."

Learn more about the project on and Crain's Cleveland Business.


Richard Kennedy, Lisa Switkin, and Kerry Huang Present at ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture

Richard Kennedy and Lisa Switkin, Senior Principals at Field Operations, and Kerry Huang, Senior Associate at Field Operations, will each be presenting as part of the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture this year.

With Dou Zhang from Sasaki and Keiko Tsuruta of WRT, Lisa will lead a session to explore how the post-industrial landscape can redefine its ecological, social, and economic value to build resilient communities. Richard and Kerry from the San Francisco Field Operations office will join Michael Boland, and Greg Moore for The Presidio Tunnel Tops – Transforming Infrastructure into a Park for All, a field session held at the newly-opened park in the Presidio.

Richard will also join Michael Boland, Mary Margaret Jones, and Greg Moore for Curating the Presidio: From Historic Military Post to World-class Park, as well as San Francisco Waterfront Transformation with Kevin Conger from CMG Landscape Architecture, Shannon Nichol from GGN, and Pamela Conrad from CMG Landscape Architecture.

Learn more about the sessions and sign up on the ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture website.


Field Operations, DS+R and FXCollaborative Lead Archtober Tour of Columbia University Business School & The Square

As part of the Center for Architecture's Archtober programming, Field Operations, DS+R, and FXCollaborative will lead a Building of the Day tour for both the Columbia Business School and The Square. 

Columbia Business School’s new home spans approximately 492,000 square feet across two buildings that reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, and highly social character of the business in the 21st century. The two new facilities, Henry R. Kravis Hall and David Geffen Hall, double the School’s current square footage, creating multifunctional spaces that foster a sense of community—spaces where students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners can gather to exchange ideas.

The Square is a 40,000-square-foot public green space at the heart of the new Manhattanville Campus. Situated between the Columbia Business School’s two new buildings, the Square emphasizes accessibility and openness, creating a new kind of urban academic campus that fosters social interaction and collaboration among students, faculty members, alumni, and the neighboring community.

Register to attend the tour on the Archtober website.


Field Operations Selected to Design The Underline's Phase 3-9

Following conclusion of the procurement process with Miami-Dade County, Field Operations has been selected to design The Underline's Phase 3-9 from SW 19th Ave to the Dadeland South Metrorail Station! The project was awarded to the NV2A Central design-build team, and Field Operations will be working closely with NV2A Group, Central Civil Construction, and Stantec on this third and final phase of The Underline. Stretching for 7.5 miles under the Miami Metrorail, this phase will complete The Underline, inclusive of six Metrorail stations and connecting Miami, Coral Gables, South Miami, and Dadeland South.

Follow along for additional updates with Friends of The Underline.


Qatar Museums Cultural District Opens First Phase, International Flag Plaza

As part of our larger Qatar Museum Cultural District & Park project in Doha, we recently celebrated the opening of the first phase, the International Flag Plaza. A dramatic new gateway along the Corniche, the community square will host festivals, celebrations, and other events in Qatar, set amidst flags from over 120 nations. The plaza welcomes the world to Doha in advance of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November.

Read more about the opening in the Gulf Times and Yahoo.


Domino Park Receives 2022 ASLA Honor Award

Domino Park was recognized in the 2022 ASLA Professional Awards, representing the highest level of achievement in the landscape architecture profession. Receiving an Honor Award, Domino Park is the first phase of the transformation of the former Domino Sugar Factory site into an ambitious mixed-use development project, sited within an area with one of the lowest ratios of open space to people. Inspired by community input and the site’s rich history, the 5-acre Domino Park reconnects Williamsburg to the East River for the first time in 160 years and provides much-needed open space for local residents while honoring its history as a working waterfront.

The ASLA jury commented on their appreciation for how "the old infrastructure was given new life with the insertion of so many different types of public forums and landscapes.”

Learn more on the ASLA website.


Isabel Castilla Speaks About the Future of Landscape Architecture at Future Fest

Isabel Castilla, Principal at James Corner Field Operations, will speak at Architizer Future Fest on September 23. She will present her ideas on the future of landscape architecture and share insight from her projects, including West End Square in Dallas and The Underline in Miami, both of which were recognized in the 2022 Architizer A+Awards.

Watch the recording here.


Matt Grunbaum Joins "The Healing City" Panel with Architects for Health

Field Operations' Matt Grunbaum joins Architects for Health for "The Healing City" on September 21. Joining Steven Ware from ArtBuild, Sam Evans from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Lucy Pickford from OLGA Agency, Matt will speak to his experience with the High Line in Manhattan and the Camden Highline in London, with the livestream panelist conversation exploring the importance of community ownership of green space and the benefits of public space of mental health.

Learn more about the event and register on Architects for Health's website.


Field Operations Selected for Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge

Field Operations has been selected as one of three finalists to participate in the Lake Monona Watefront Design Challenge! Following a request for qualifications, the firms will craft a master plan to reimagine the Lake Monona waterfront between Olin Park and Williamson Street.

Read about the design challenge in and find out more about the event series that's open to the public with the City of Madison.


Qianhai's Guiwan Park and Dallas' West End Square Recognized in 2022 Innovation by Design Awards

Both Guiwan Park in Qianhai, Shenzhen and West End Square in Dallas have been recognized in the 2022 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards! The awards honor the designers and businesses solving the most crucial problems of today and anticipating the pressing issues of tomorrow.

Check out Guiwan Park included in the best urban design of 2022, and find both Guiwan Park and West End Square included in the most innovative architecture of 2022.


Changi Airport’s Ambitious Plans for Terminal 5 are Announced

Addressing the nation during his annual National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee spoke about Singapore’s decision to press ahead with Changi Airport’s T5 development. “When completed in the mid-2030s, T5 will show the world the kind of place Singapore is…[and] will be a place that all Singaporeans can take pride in and enjoy,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

As landscape architect, Field Operations is working with KPF, Heatherwick Studio, and Changi Airport Group to reimagine the airport experience for Terminal 5 at Changi Airport in Singapore. Designed as a green and sustainable terminal building, Terminal 5 will welcome up to 50 million more passengers a year to the most celebrated international airport in the world.

The design team envisioned each space within the terminal as an opportunity to create a neighborhood with its own character. Rather than an immense piece of infrastructure disconnected from the city, the terminal becomes an engaging new district, one that channels the city-state’s lush, natural landscape and lively, urban scale to elevate the airport experience for both travelers and Singaporeans alike.

Learn more about the project from Changi Airport Group and read about it in CNN Travel.