Freshkills Park in Forthcoming Exhibition 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 in February 2023.

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 Architect's Newspaper.

Freshkills Park in Forthcoming Exhibition at MoMA

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.

Changi Airport’s Ambitious Plans for Terminal 5 are Announced

Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens


Opened to the public on July 17, Presidio Tunnel Tops celebrates the enormity of the San Francisco Bay horizon with 360-degree views capturing the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and Downtown San Francisco. On its opening weekend, the park welcomed thousands of visitors with live performances, music, campfire talks with park rangers, art, food, and an introduction to all the new open spaces to gather and play.

“Today is a day of celebration for San Franciscans as our city opens a majestic new public space. Presidio Tunnel Tops will serve as a beautiful beacon of recreation, education, and community," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new park. "Visitors in the Bay Area and beyond will benefit from this magnificent new park—now and for generations to come."

Read more about Presidio Tunnel Tops in the San Francisco Chronicle, Architect's Newspaper, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens


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.


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.


2022 Navy Yard Plan Revealed

Charting the next 20 years of equitable growth, the 2022 Navy Yard Plan—a collaborative effort between Field Operations, PIDC, Ensemble/Mosaic, a multidisciplinary team of consultants, and numerous stakeholders over the course of the past year—was revealed today. Our full team that contributed their expertise to the Plan includes DIGSAU, Urbane Development, Mdesigns, Toole Design, Pennoni, David Mason + Associates, Rodriguez Consulting, Sherwood Design Engineers, HERA Laboratory Planners, THA Consulting, Re:Vision Architecture, Dharam Consulting, and Amber Art & Design.

The Plan delivers an estimated 12,000 new jobs, 8.9 million sf of new mixed-use development, and $6 billion of new investment. Each facet of the 2022 Navy Yard Plan is guided by framework principles that were intentionally crafted to create a new standard of equitable development moving forward.

Learn more about the 2022 Navy Yard Plan here and read about it in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


West End Square and The Underline's Brickell Backyard Recognized in Architizer A+Awards

Both The Underline's Brickell Backyard and West End Square are winners in the 10th Annual Architizer A+Awards! The Underline's Brickell Backyard received a Jury Award in the Architecture +Urban Transformation category and West End Square received a Popular Choice Award in the Public Parks & Green Spaces category.

Learn more about The Underline's Brickell Backyard and West End Square.


Field Operations Selected to Design Ssangnyeong Forest Park

This summer, Field Operations kicked off design for Ssangnyeong Forest Park, a 100-acre neighborhood park set within the mountains and valleys near the Gyeongancheon stream in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. With a focus on nature, kids and family, art, and history, the master plan features a placemaking strategy that “pushes and pulls” to reconstruct terrain and create platforms and terraces for programming on a site with dramatic topography.

The design draws inspiration from the 500-year-old porcelain culture of the area as well as the site itself with winding trails and pathways that echo the site’s contours. Park features will be designed for programming throughout the seasons, creating a unique park that fosters a reconnection with nature, offers opportunities for play, and incorporates the region’s rich culture and history.


LAF Publishes Case Study on Cornell Tech Campus, Phase 1

Cornell Tech Campus' first phase was assessed and documented through LAF's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, a unique research collaboration among faculty researchers, designers, and students. Through this in-depth case study, the team was able to research the impacts of this responsive and high-performance landscape which reflects Cornell Tech’s mission to promote community sustainability and resilience through informed stewardship.

Explore the full case study with Landscape Performance Series.


Camden Highline Submitted for Planning

The Camden Highline has been submitted to planning! Transforming 1.2km of disused railway viaduct into an elevated park, the Camden Highline will bring new green space and connectivity to London with a new "garden in the sky."

Together with our client and design team that includes vPPR Architects, Piet Oudolf, Hew Locke, Street Space, Speirs Major, Tony Gee Engineering, AKT II, Rider Levett Bucknall, Atelier Ten, Pentagram, Authentic Futures, Lichfields, Avondale Consulting, and London Wildlife Trust, we're excited to reach this next phase for the project!

Read about it in ArchDaily and Archinect, and help make this project a reality by voicing your support here.


Sarah Weidner Astheimer and Megan Born Join for Panel on Living Landscapes

Both Sarah Weidner Astheimer and Megan Born are joining Simon David from OSD for a panel on May 6 as part of The Architect's Newspaper's Outdoor Spaces event, titled The Past is Present is Future: Living Landscapes. The panel will consider the following:

How do we create lasting memories of persons, places and events marked in the landscape? These three design leaders offer different approaches to designing beautiful, thoughtful and thought-provoking landscapes that respect history as they look forward to more equitable and resilient futures.

Learn more about the full event and register to attend here.


Field Operations Partners with Alliance for Chinatown Proposal

In November 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul awarded $20 million to Manhattan's Chinatown through the NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) to revitalize and transform urban neighborhoods heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. James Corner Field Operations has partnered with the Alliance for Community Preservation and Betterment to submit a proposal, titled The Crossing.

The proposal seeks to transform a busy intersection of streets and highways into a connected public realm, while respecting the multigenerational character and cultural identity of the neighborhood. Enhanced green spaces and pedestrian-friendly walkways lead to the historical and cultural core of Chinatown.

Learn more about the proposal here.


Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens July 17

Presidio Tunnel Tops has announced its opening date of July 17!

The new national park destination will welcome all visitors this summer, revealing a spectacular San Francisco attraction for Bay Area locals and visitors from around the world. The new, 14-acre parkland at the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will feature scenic overlooks, trails, picnic areas, and gathering spaces with stunning bridge and city views, surrounded by gardens and meadows that include 180 varieties of plants native to the Presidio.

Read about the project in Fast Company, the San Francisco Chronicle, and learn more on the Presidio Tunnel Tops website


Lisa Switkin Joins as Speaker for CSU's Landscape Architecture Days

Field Operations' Lisa Switkin is one of five speakers included in Colorado State University's 2022 spring lecture series, joining these speakers to represent the diversity of landscape architecture, with projects and expertise in areas such urban design for equity, resilience, and climate solutions.

Landscape Architecture Professor Kelly Curl states, “Our spring lecture series continually excites faculty, students and professionals from around the world. We are excited to soon commence another year of inspirational and educational lectures.”

Learn more about the series and how to register here.


The Underline's Brickell Backyard and Qianhai's Guiwan Park Recognized with ASLA-NY Design Awards

Both The Underline's first phase, Brickell Backyard, and Guiwan Park in Qianhai, Shenzhen were recogized with Merit Awards in this year's ASLA-NY Design Awards!

As The Underline’s first built section, Brickell Backyard opened in February 2021 and sets the tone for future phases of the 10-mile-long corridor with native gardens, improved pedestrian and bicycle pathways, and various active, passive, and cultural programs and public art.

Opened in October 2021, Guiwan Park is the first “water finger” built as part of the 2010 Qianhai Water City master plan designed by Field Operations, a new model for an innovative and sustainable city. Guiwan Park supports the city center with a world-class park while simultaneously creating large-scale green infrastructure for stormwater management, flood and tidal protection, and habitat recovery. 

Read the full press release for the 2022 ASLA-NY Design Awards here.


Reimagine Middle Branch Unveils Updates

Working with the City of Baltimore, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, Parks & People Foundation, community partners, and a local and national design team, Field Operations recently shared proposed initiatives and improvements for the Reimagine Middle Branch vision in a public meeting, building on input from resident and stakeholder groups.?

With goals of increasing equity and environmental justice and improving ecological resilience and public health, the project represents a commitment to deliver parks, projects, and programs that will unite the 19 neighborhoods of South Baltimore and connect them to one another and to the waterfront.?

Read more about the latest in Architect's Newspaper.