Domino Park Receives ASLA-NY Award of Excellence


Domino Park received a 2019 Award of Excellence, the highest level of award from ASLA-NY and one reserved for exceptional projects.

Congratulations to the entire team who made it happen: Two Trees, Philip Habib & Associates, McLaren Engineering Group, Silman, Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC, Soucy Aquatik, Noë Associates, Mark Reigelman, Teri Hendy from Site Masters, Inc., SHoP Architects, and Lighting Workshop.

Domino Park offers a wide range of active and passive uses and is part of the larger transformation of the former Domino Sugar Factory site into an ambitious mixed-use development project by Two Trees Management. Domino Park reconnects Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood to this portion of the East River waterfront for the first time in 160 years.

Read more in the ASLA-NY press release and on Architect's Newspaper.

Hong Kong's New Avenue of Stars Waterfront Promenade Opens


Hong Kong’s historic and newly redesigned Avenue of Stars has officially opened, just in time for Lunar New Year celebrations!

As part of our larger work with New World Development on the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront in the heart of Hong Kong, the new Avenue of Stars restores public access to this incredible waterfront, creates a more comfortable environment with plentiful seating and shade elements, and is a significant part of the new Victoria Dockside Arts & Design District open space network.

Read more about the project and its opening in CNN Travel, Hong Kong Tatler and WWD.

Our work for the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront also won top honors at the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architecture's 2018 Awards—a Gold Award for Salisbury Garden and a Merit Award for the Avenue of Stars.

Shelby Farms Park Awarded 2019 AIA Award for Regional & Urban Design


Shelby Farms Park has been awarded the 2019 AIA Award for Regional & Urban Design!

In leading the master plan for the full 4,500-acre park in Memphis, we identified the major challenges that threatened the the park’s long-term viability and its role as a driver of the region’s economic and environmental health. Subsequent phases have opened since 2010, with the 195-acre Heart of the Park opening in 2017.

The Heart of the Park—with award-winning buildings by Marlon Blackwell Architects—embodies the master plan's strategy to create one connected, unified park through focused infrastructure upgrades; to improve the region's ecology and biodiversity through attention to the park's habitat and vegetation; and to provide a rich diversity of activities for visitors to enjoy, embracing Memphis' vibrant culture and food scene.

Read more about the project and award here.


Lisa Switkin Recognized in "10 women who are making New York City a better place"

Lisa Switkin, Senior Principal at Field Operations, is recognized for her contributions to making New York City a better place in TimeOut for Women's History Month.

Read the article here.


Cornell Tech Campus Named Finalist in ULI New York Awards

We're excited to share that the Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan and Phase 1 is a finalist for Excellence in Institutional Development for the 2019 ULI New York Awards.

Field Operations developed the open space master plan as part of SOM's master plan team and led the subsequent Phase 1 open space design through completion for open spaces that weave the buildings into a unique and vibrant community on this urban campus. The ongoing campus plan reflects a fundamental rethinking of education that stimulates innovation and fosters creativity. 

Visit the ULI New York website for more information on the finalists and awards.


Domino Park Wins 2019 MASterworks Award for Best New Urban Amenity

Domino Park has won the 2019 MASterworks award for Best New Urban Amenity! This award is designated for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

Read more about the MASterworks Award.


City of West Palm Beach and West Palm Beach CRA Select Field Operations to Transform Currie Park

Field Operations has been selected to transform Currie Park into a world-class waterfront park in West Palm Beach, Florida!

The site offers incredible opportunities to connect residents and visitors with nature and the water's edge in a sustainable and functioning way—activating the park and designing for resiliency.

Read more in The Palm Beach Post.


Architectural League Jury Announces Winners of the 2019 Emerging Voices Awards

Senior Principal Lisa Switkin, as part of the jury for the Architectural League's Emerging Voices 2019, announced the winners of the annual award that spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design voices. The selection process for the two-stage jury included past Emerging Voices winners across North America who reviewed work from approximately 45 firms, naming eight emerging practices as this year's winners.

Read more about the award, this year's emerging practices, and their upcoming lectures here.


Field Operations Joins Team for Innovation Hub in Houston

Field Operations joins SHoP Architects, Gensler's Houston office, and James Carpenter Design Associates on the design team for transformation of a historic Art Deco building on Main Street into the Ion Building, a new innovation hub in Houston, Texas.

Read more in Architectural Digest and Architect's Newspaper.


Richard Kennedy Joins KQED Forum on Future of Cities in a Changing Climate

Senior Principal Richard Kennedy joined Alex Steffen from KQED with Annalee Newitz, journalist and novelist, and Liz Ogbu, designer, urbanist and Principal of Studio O to discuss resilient cities as part of San Francisco Public Library's Night of Ideas festival. The group took a look at bold actions cities can take, and asked: How can we design cities for a changing climate?

Learn more about the Night of Ideas here and listen to a recording of the KQED forum here.


Field Operations Selected to Design New York City's Gansevoort Peninsula

We are excited to share that we have been selected by Hudson River Park Trust to create a transformative design that captures Gansevoort Peninsula's immense potential on the Hudson River.

Soon to become a 5.5-acre public park, this site will further energize and define the southern portion of Hudson River Park and connect people to art, culture, history, water and nature. Stay tuned for upcoming public meetings and workshops as we start designing for this incredible site.

Read more about the project with Hudson River Park Trust or in the article on Curbed.


Plans for Fallen Presidio Tree in Tunnel Tops Project

NBC featured a tree that fell in the Presidio—with two sections weighing in at over 40 thousand pounds that will be turned into picnic tables, chairs, and benches for the Presidio's Tunnel Tops, a new 14-acre park designed by Field Operations. The Presidio Trust set a goal of constructing half the new buildings and furniture from park trees that have fallen over or were cleared away.

Read more here.


Construction Underway for Seattle's Central Waterfront with Alaskan Way Viaduct Closed

Construction is underway in Seattle! As the viaduct begins to come down, the new waterfront is beginning to take shape, from the north end—driving new steel piles for a rebuilt Pier 62 for events—to the south end, with a beach that leads to a salmon habitat corridor.

The comprehensive framework plan and urban design for the Central Waterfront puts the City of Seattle in position to reclaim its waterfront, reconnect to Elliott Bay and recenter the downtown around it, and shape a new public realm.

Read the article in The Seattle Times.


Field Operations' Perisphere Bench Debuts with Santa & Cole

Field Operations' first urban furniture piece—the Perisphere—is now available with Santa & Cole.

Re-interpreting the 1939 World's Fair bench by Robert Moses and Kenneth Lynch, the seating surface captures the uniqueness of the original design while maximizing its functionality, ergonomic appeal and durability. Perisphere is a modular system that can be suited for the private or relaxation needs of a private garden or used continually along busy boulevards and in parks.

Check out the Perisphere with Santa & Cole here.


Field Operations Team Engages Public for Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

In the December 2018 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, the 10 teams in the San Francisco Bay Area selected to participate in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge are recognized for their work in the "yearlong collaborative design challenge bringing together local residents, public officials, and local, national, and international experts to develop innovative, community-based solutions that will strengthen our region's resilience to sea-level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes."

The article recognizes an unexpected outcome within the process that emerged by designing new physical devices, events or spaces that engage the public in the design process, likened to Soviet agitprop methods. This not only brought them into the design process, but also informed them on methods of climate change adaptation.

Read the full article by Sarah Cowles here.


Cleveland's Public Square Fosters Civic Discourse

"Cleveland's Public Square was designed with free speech in mind. So far, it's working."

Erick Trickey writes an article for Experience Magazine that explores the relationship between the renovated park, designed by Field Operations, and events that instigate protest, public speeches, and huge crowds.

Read the article here.


Oakland A's Unveil Plans for a New Stadium

The Oakland A's have unveiled their plans for a new stadium on the city's waterfront, which we are excited to be developing with BIG. Our work includes both Howard Terminal, with a publicly accessible rooftop park and sweeping views of the waterfront, and the mixed-use Coliseum district, with a tech hub, affordable housing, a youth sports complex, and more.

The full team includes BIG, Gensler San Francisco, Atelier Ten, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Catellus, Fehr and Peers, and BKF.

Read more about the plans for the waterfront stadium and Coliseum redevelopment in the San Francisco Chronicle, Architect's Newspaper, and ArchDaily.


High Line Exhibition Opens at Harvard GSD

As part of the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, awarded to the High Line in 2017, the GSD hosted two days of events. Beginning November 14 with a reception in the Druker Design Gallery, they hosted a celebration for the opening of the exhibition, followed by a panel discussion the next day—entitled The High Line: A Debate—exploring the enduring impact of the High Line.

Watch the opening reception, the panel, and learn more about the exhibition at the GSD.


The Underline Breaks Ground

The Underline breaks ground for the first half-mile of the project off Southwest First Avenue in the Brickell area, the beginning of a 10-mile signature linear park, urban trail and living art destination in Miami.

The framework plan by Field Operations outlines the key strategies that guide the design that will be well connected to transit and a gateway to the adjacent communities.

Read more about the project in the Miami Herald, Curbed, Next City, and ArchDaily.


Pier 70 Moves 153-Ton Building 200 Feet

As part of the mixed-use waterfront development at Pier 70 that will feature new affordable housing, waterfront parks, space for artists and local manufacturing, and rehabilitated historic buildings, an existing 153-ton building structure was moved.

After the groundbreaking in May, this serves as an important step in creating this new waterfront park designed by Field Operations, Grimshaw Architects, Sitelab Urban Studio, David Baker Architects, BKF, Moffat Nichol, and AECOM.

Watch the time lapse of the building being moved here.


Field Operations at the 2018 ASLA Conference

Field Operations had a presence at the 2018 ASLA Conference, with James Corner and Kim Cooper involved in a panel and Field Session, respectively:

Finding Design: Case Studies in the Creative Process (featuring James Corner)

Reinventing the River: Central and North Delaware Waterfronts (featuring Kim Cooper)

Learn more here.


Shanghai's Taopu Central Park Opens First Phase

Construction is almost complete on the first 62 acres of Phase 1 for Taopu Central Park, which will be one of the largest green open spaces in Shanghai's central urban area, bringing new vision and natural landscapes to a post-industrial site.

When complete, it will feature a sculpted landscape of rolling terrain and many pedestrian bridges. These will set up a dynamic garden water system that weaves through the park and creates strong connections that extend outward to the surrounding district and city, connecting with a downtown public greenbelt.

Read more here.


James Corner Leads Jury for Young Bird Plan's 2018 Dayang Mountain Design Competition

James Corner will be leading a jury for the 2018 Young Bird Plan for the Suzhou Dayang Mountain Slow Traffic System Conceptual Design Competition, a competition that invites global designers to creatively utilize the local resources and build upon the site's potential with a slow traffic system. The call for entries is open now until the registration deadline on September 30.

Learn more about the competition here.


Navy Yards Central Green and James Corner Featured in Staging Urban Landscapes

Navy Yards Central Green in Philadelphia is in good company in a series of 28 case studies featured within Staging Urban Landscapes: The Activation and Curation of Flexible Public Spaces, a book that takes a look at public spaces that are promoting community building. 

James Corner also wrote the afterword on design, curation and identity for public spaces.

The book by B. Cannon Ivers was published in October 2018 with Birkhäuser. Learn more about the book and purchase it here.


Oakland A's Stadium Design Team Announced

Field Operations joins BIG and Gensler on the design team for the Oakland Athletics' new stadium in California's Bay Area.

Read more here.


Boston's Seaport: Creating a Neighborhood

Boston's Seaport was featured in Urban Land Magazine, taking a look at the master planning that led to this new neighborhood full of potential in Boston. WS Development provides insight into the focus on the public realm in the Seaport with Field Operations, the master plan landscape architect behind the new "public green oasis amidst one of Boston's densest neighborhoods."

Read more about the Seaport and what we're up to with the team here.


Hong Kong's Waterfront is Taking Shape

Field Operations is transforming Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront and public realm for New World Development. The $2.6 billion, 3 million-square-foot mixed-use development project known as Victoria Dockside boasts a shopping complex, office skyscraper and hotel on the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula overlooking Victoria Harbor. Field Operations' waterfront promenade, Salisbury Gardens and Avenue of the Stars strengthen pedestrian connections and significantly contribute to the creation of this new destination arts and design district.

Read the New York Times article.


Domino Park Opens

Field Operations' 5-acre Domino Park officially opened on June 10 along the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, providing public access to this stretch of the waterfront for the first time in more than 160 years. The park offers a range of activities, including beach volleyball, a dog run, playing fields, bocce courts, a playground, Tacocino (a new Danny Meyer taco stand and picnic area), an interactive water feature, fog bridge and passive lawns and gardens. One of the main park features is the ‘Artifact Walk’ which integrates over 30 large-scale salvaged artifacts—components of the inner workings of sugar refining—including an elevated walk supported by 21 columns from the Raw Sugar Warehouse in their original location, 80-ft tall gantry cranes, mooring bollards, screw conveyors, bucket conveyors, a hoist bridge, and four syrup tanks.

The park has already become a magnet, embraced by the community. See more with #DominoPark.

Read more at Fast Company, Architectural Digest, Architect's Newspaper and The Bridge.


Proposal for a More Resilient Bay Area Revealed

The Field Operations Team's proposal for Resilient by Design's Bay Area Challenge, the "South Bay Sponge" was unveiled on May 17. The "Sponge" is a concept for using nature and natural systems as a primary tool for climate adaptation and resiliency in the South Bay, inspired by both the historic function of the region's inter-tidal marshlands as flood protection, as well as by the remarkable efforts to restore the South Bay Salt Ponds.

Read more here and watch the full video of our concept.


Field Operations Selected for Princeton Lake Campus Master Plan

Princeton selects Field Operations and SOM to create their Lake Campus Master Plan.

Learn more here.


High Line Awarded the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

The Harvard Graduate School of Design announces that the 13th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design has been awarded to the High Line in New York. The High Line has been hailed as a model of urban regeneration and of collaboration across fields and perspectives. In summarizing the deliberation process, the Green Prize jury noted that a great urban-design project is one where multiple actors spanning public and private domains are involved in and committed to lasting urban change. 

Read more here.


Shelby Farms Park Book is Out

Shelby Farms Park: Elevating a City, a new 272-page book launched by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is out! At 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee, is the largest urban park in the United States—more than five times the size of New York's Central Park. The book describes the history and journey of Shelby Farms Park through a combination of compelling stories and stunning photography. The book’s chapters are written by nationally known park experts and Shelby Farms Park Leaders. Together, their narrative informs, inspires and reflects the imagination of park lovers, park builders, public officials, grassroots leaders, and placemakers.

Learn more here.


Cornell Tech Campus Opens!

Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island is now open! Take a tour with the 360 view tool here.


Field Operations Selected for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

The Field Operations Team has been selected as one of ten teams to participate in Resilient by Design's Bay Area Challenge, which aims to harness innovation for resiliency projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Read more here.


Field Operations Selected as One of Four Firms to Compete in Detroit's West Riverfront Park Design

Field Operations has been selected as one of the four finalists to redesign the 22-acre Detroit West Riverfront Park. The twelve week competition kicks off in fall 2017.

Learn more here.


Field Operations Featured in the Shanghai Urban Space and Arts for Season 2017 Exhibit

Two of Field Operations' projects, Chicago Navy Pier and the High Line, have been featured in this year's Shanghai Urban Space and Arts Exhibition.

For more information, visit the exhibition webpage.


Field Operations Featured at the 2017 ASLA Conference

Field Operations had a notable presence at the 2017 ASLA Conference, with panels and lectures on multiple topics:

Aggregating Natures Panel (featuring James Corner)

Crossing the I-10 Divide (featuring Sarah Weidner-Astheimer)

Designing Innovative Habitats (featuring Andrew ten Brink)

Learn more here.


Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab Exhibit Opens in Concert with the Chicago Architecture Biennale

Field Operations is one of nine leading design firms sharing ideas on how to engage Chicago's riverfront. Read more here.


Pier 70 Gets San Francisco Planning Commission Approval

The former shipbuilding facility will contain 9 acres of new parks including waterfront development and extension of the Bay Trail. Read more here.


Field Operations Shortlisted to Redesign Philly Airport Landscape

The Philadelphia International Airport and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced the selected three finalists to rethink the 120 acres surrounding the airport. With sustainability and resiliency in mind, the goal for the redesign is to "create an Image Maker landscape" for travelers. Read more here.


Nicollet Mall Construction Makes Progress

The twelve-block redesign of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is nearing completion, check out the link for more.


Miami Underline Featured on Designboom

Field Operations' master plan for the 10-mile linear park, tucked under the city's Metrorail, would offer an urban trail and art destination for the Miami metro area. Read more here.


Rooftops Open in Dumbo!

Three rooftop terraces for Two Trees Management Company opened in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Read more here.


Navy Pier Phase 2 Opens

Navy Pier's new flexible performance spaces will support live entertainment and public programs, with views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline. For more, see here.


Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars Featured in Wall Street Journal

The Avenue of Stars, with its backdrop of the Hong Kong waterfront, to become the "creative heart of Hong Kong". Read more here.


Two Field Operations Projects Named to Architect's Newspaper Grandest Public Spaces

Two of Field Operations' projects, Chicago Navy Pier and Cleveland's Public Square, have been named to Architect's Newspaper's list of America's Newest and Grandest Public Spaces. Read more here.


CurbedNY Takes an In-Depth Look at Freshkills Park's Transformation from Landfill to Park

Freshkills Park, once the largest landfill in the world, is changing into a bucolic landscape with a restored salt marsh. Read more here.


NY1 Takes a First Look at Domino Sugar Factory Construction + Demolition

Watch the segment from local news station NY1 here.


James Corner Field Operations Selected to Transform Historic Canal Park in Washington, D.C.

Field Operations selected to redesign the C&O Canal project in Washington, D.C. Read more here.


New Plans for Boston's Seaport Square Project

Field Operations, in collaboration with WS Development, is producing new visions for Harbor Way in Boston Seaport. Read more here.


The Wild Comeback of New York's Legendary Landfill

The Atlantic City Lab takes a closer look at Freshkills Park. Read more here.


From the High Line to the Underline: How Linear Parks are Changing Cities

Conde Nast Traveler investigates the impact of linear parks on cities. Read the story here.


2016 National Building Museum Installation

An installation designed by James Corner Field Operations for the National Building Museum July 2–September 5. ICEBERGS speaks to current themes in landscape representation, physical experience, geometry and construction. As landscape representation, ICEBERGS invokes the surreal underwater-world of glacial ice fields. Such a world is both beautiful and ominous given our current epoch of climate change, ice-melt and rising seas. As physical experience, the installation creates an ambient field of texture, movement and interaction, as in an unfolding landscape of multiples, distinct from a static, single object. As geometry, it speaks to the mathematics of triangles and parallelograms in folded combinations. As construction, it describes a method of assembly made from multiple prefabricated units. In the context of the National Building Museum, ICEBERGS is about building, assembly, materials, spatial experience, design, and imagination.

In the context of public space and visitation, the installation provides an interactive and playful space of respite and reflection, with cooler temperatures, chunky bean-bags and shaved-ice refreshments, set in stark contrast to the hot, humid world of Washington, D.C. summer. For more information, visit the exhibition webpage.


Hot in Cleveland? The City's New, Cool Public Square

Watch Jeffrey Brown interview James Corner and Veronica Rivera about the city's beautiful new Public Square on PBS NewsHour here.


San Francisco's Plan to Bury a Freeway

The Atlantic goes in-depth on the design of the New Presidio Parklands. Read the article here.



Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab Kicks off

Field Operations is one of nine firms selected to share ideas on how to engage Chicago's riverfront. Read more here.


Public-Private Partnerships in NYC: A Real Estate Symposium

9:50-10:50am 5 August 2016

Location: Faculty House, Columbia University 64 Morningside Drive

Public-Private Partnerships in NYC: A Real Estate Symposium

A real estate symposium on public-private partnerships featuring conversations about the design and development of the High Line and the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District featuring architects and developers working in those neighborhoods. Lisa Switkin will be among the panelists.

Through transportation, residential, commercial, and cultural development projects in New York City, the symposium examines questions such as:

  • How are public resources, access, and amenities factored into private development projects?
  • How are public space activation and cultural programming phased into longer-term development plans?
  • How are cultural institutions brought into the bidding process for residential/commercial developments?

For registration information, click here.



James Corner Field Operations Named Lead Designer for Newark Riverfront Park's Next Phase of Development

James Corner Field Operations will take over the next phase for Newark's Riverfront Park as the new lead designers. Full story on Newark Times here


The Hot New Park at the Center of the Republican Convention

Politico Magazine runs a feature about Cleveland Public Square. Read the article here.


Wall Street Journal - How Cities Can Revitalize Their Public Spaces

James Corner shares his secrets on how to create great places to live and visit, from taking a risk to daring to be different. Read the full article here.


The New York Times: The Revitalized Cleveland is Ready for its Close-up

The New York Times reveals the revitalized city of Cleveland, including the newly renovated Public Square designed by James Corner Field Operations. Full article here.


LAF: Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future

Field Operations joined 70 established and emerging leaders to present their "Declarations" and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture's potential and effecting real world change. James Corner was a featured speaker and Lisa Switkin is a member of the LAF board. To learn more about this historic event, visit the summit webpage.


Changes at Navy Pier Make it More "Authentic, Less Tacky"

The Chicago Tribune admires Field Operations' transformation of the Navy Pier from fountain to the Ferris Wheel. Full article here.


A Guide to Los Angeles's Wildly Inventive New Architecture

Justin Davidson and New York Magazine name Field Operations' Tongva Park one of the most inventive works of architecture in Los Angeles.


First Domino Sugar Refiner Tower Rising Above Williamsburg

Field Operations takes on the Domino Sugar landscape design, including some of the sugar refinery artifacts. Learn more.


Building Parks for People Watching

Bloomberg Businessweek talks about how James Corner creates parks for "people watching" and people coming together. Read the story here.


reSITE 2016: 5th International Conference on a Hot Topic - "Cities in Migration"

James Corner joins reSITE for their 5th International Conference to speak about "Cities in Migration."


The High Line is Named One of PBS' 10 Parks That Changed America

James Corner Field Operations is honored to be named one of PBS' 10 Parks That Changed America. Watch the episode here.


The Most Beautiful Office Park Ever

Tech Insider explains why Philadelphia Central Green is "the most beautiful office park ever." Read more here.


James Corner a Featured Speaker at Bloomberg Business Week

James Corner will be a featured speaker at Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2016.


Navy Pier Begins Building New Ferris Wheel

CBS Chicago gives a behind the scenes look on the Chicago Navy Pier Ferris wheel in construction. Link to article here.

Lisa Switkin Joins Panel for NYC Design Talks

Principal Lisa Switkin will be a panelist for the ISDA-hosted NYC Design Talks, discussing Design for Social Impact. For more details, click here.


First Look: Nearly Finished Public Square Renovation "Looks Spectacular"

Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer shares photos of the nearly finished, "knockout beautiful" Public Square Park. Click here to see photos.


Secrets of the High Line, the NYC Public Park Thirty Feet Above Manhattan's Streets

amNY shares little-known, surprising facts about the High Line. Read more here.


Who are the Capability Browns of Today?

Tim Richardson from The Telegraph shares with us the "new Capability Browns" of today, featuring Field Operations' urban parks. Read the story here.


James Corner Field Operations Highlights New York's Skyline with Rooftop Garden

Field Operations has completed the "meadow in the sky" rooftop in the heart of DUMBO overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. Pictures here.


Warm Winter Speeds Public Square Renovation to Completion Before RNC 2016

Cleveland Public Square takes advantage of the warm weather this season, keeping construction on track. 


High Line Book Launches

Last night, Phaidon celebrated the launch of The High Line with us, James Corner Field Operations (the authors) and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The book is an extraordinary and unique record of the High Line’s history, design, development, and influence. With 32 four-color gatefolds and packaged in oversized format, Bloomberg Pursuits says “this comprehensive tome tells the decade-long story of the elevated park's development in the designers' and developers' own words—a unique approach for an equally unique project.”

At the event on November 10, Phaidon announced that it will donate 50% of the proceeds from all purchases of The High Line to Friends of the High Line. To continue the celebration, Phaidon is happily extending this offer to you through Sunday, November 22. Order your copy here.


Commencement Address

James Corner to give USC School of Architecture 2016 commencement address. For more details, please visit the USC School of Architecture website.


Popular Choice for Central Green

Central Green at the Navy Yard wins Popular Choice Public Park in the Architizer A+ Awards.


Presentation for the Underline in Miami

Senior Associate Isabel Castilla presented our award-winning master plan for the Underline in Miami, on April 18 at the Center for Architecture. For more information, visit the event page here.


James Corner Lectures at the Bartlett

Intimate Immensity: Public Space in the City

Renowned landscape architect James Corner will discuss current ideas about the design of vibrant urban public spaces, the importance of seeing cities as landscapes, and the capacity for landscape to create new forms of city-making. He will present his designs for New York’s High Line, Santa Monica’s Tongva Park and London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, among other innovative public realm projects around the world.

A new book, The High Line, published by Phaidon, will be available for sale and signing by James after the talk.

The Bartlett International Lecture Series is free and open to members of the public on a first come, first seated basis. Places are limited so early arrival is recommended.

For more information, click here.


Isabel Castilla to Lecture at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico

Isabel Castilla will give a talk at the School of Architecture to discuss the design of linear urban spaces at various scales, covering Lincoln Road Miami, the Underline, and the High Line

April 8, 2016


Field Operations Receives ASLA NY Merit Awards

Field Operations is proud to announce that we have received two new ASLA awards. Our project Philadelphia Central Green and Miami Underline have received the ASLA NY Merit Award. For more information on these projects, please visit our project page.
For more information on the awards, please visit ASLA NY
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Field Operations Recognized as "Hero of the Harbor"

The Waterfront Alliance is honoring Field Operations as one of this year's "Heroes of the Harbor."

Each year, the Waterfront Alliance selects honorees to celebrate the New York waterfront and highlight the unique contributions of the "Heroes" that make the New York Harbor and waterfront an exceptional place to live, work and play. This year, James Corner Field Operations is honored to join AECOM and the Billion Oyster Project in this recognition.

For more information on Heroes of the Harbor, visit the Waterfront Alliance.

James Corner speaks at IIDANC

James Corner was featured at IIDA's Pioneers of Design series, where he had a conversation with Art Gensler on July 15.


Wildlife Loves Freshkills Park

On August 30, CUNY Macaulay College Sophomores conducted a biological survey of North Park at Freshkills to track the evolution of biodiversity in the park. They just published the list of more than 314 different species identified in the 24 hour period of their study, ranging from fish to bats, birds, plants and microbes.


Field Operations' Participates in Multiple Talks at ASLA National Conference in Chicago

James Corner Field Operations will be attending the ASLA National Conference this week in Chicago. Several lectures/talks/panel discussions will be held by the firm, from: Keith O'Connor, Principal, Sarah Weidner-Astheimer, Senior Associate, and Manda Yakiwchuk, Director of Development.

For more information, visit the ASLA Annual Meeting website.


Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Designing for the Social Good"


James Corner Field Operations' Sarah Astheimer joins a panel of celebrated designers for the Illinois Humanities lecture series titled “Designing for the Social Good.” Presented as part of the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial, Illinois Humanities has organized 5 events that will tackle the question, What is architectural design’s social impact?

“Architecture is the most public art form. Because of their scale, purpose, and value–both aesthetic and practical–architectural projects have the potential to affect a whole community’s quality of life. While architectural and design projects are often seen as a private engagement between architect and client, architects always consider the impact their work has on the public and, increasingly, seek community participation in the design process.”

More information on the program:

Reorienting the City
October 3rd AT 1:00PM
@ Bucktown-Wicker Park Library (1701 N. Milwaukee Ave)

How do architectural projects like The 606, the Riverwalk, Maggie Daley Park, and the Navy Pier redesign affect the greater city? Architecture sometimes affects not only the experience of users within the structure but reshapes a community’s infrastructure. In this discussion, we’ll look at how the work of a few architects is changing Chicago and other cities. After the discussion, we’ll take a walking tour of The 606 led by Jean Linsner and docents from the Trust for Public Land and gain a deeper understanding of how it’s reshaping the adjacent neighborhoods.

Gina Ford, Principal, Sasaki’s Urban Studio
Matthew Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Andrew Vesselinovitch, Urban Designer, Ross Barney Architects
Sarah Weidner Astheimer, Senior Associate, James Corner Field Operations

Michelle Ha Tucker, Portfolio Director, IDEO

More information:
All events are free and open to the public, RSVP is required. To RSVP, follow this link

To read about Illinois Humanities and the five “Designing the Social Good” events, click here.


Field Operations' Design for Milwaukee Lakefront Gateway Plaza in the News

Tom Bamberger calls our version of Milwaukee's Lakefront Landing a "great design."
Read the full article here in Urban Milwaukee.


Field Operations Tour this Fall at MOCA Cleveland

Join us on Friday, October 2, 2015 at MOCA Cleveland for an ASLA Fall Educational Event and tour the Construction Site for Cleveland's Public Square with Field Operations' Veronica Rivera.

More information about the event can be found here.


Navy Yards Central Green Opens

Philadelphia celebrates the opening of its newest park: The Central Green, a 4.5 acre public park at the heart of the Navy Yards.

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View Field Operations Design for Milwaukee Lakefront Gateway Plaza

Field Operations is one of the top picks the City of Milwaukee has selected, as one of four teams in a shortlist to redevelop the City's Lakefront Gateway Plaza. The project, a 1.8 acre space on Milwaukee's downtown lakefront is intended to become a signature public plaza.

Design proposals can be seen online:
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James Corner Field Operations is joined by LA DALLMAN Architects, Robert Silman and Associates, Kapur and Associates , Marilu Knode, Dan Euseur Water Architecture, HLB Lighting and Applied Ecological Services.  Other firms on the shortlist include AECOM, OJB and GRAEF.

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Greenpoint Landing Breaks Ground

Greenpoint Landing Associates and L+M Development Partners, together with New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, Housing, Preservation & Development Commissioner Vicki Been, Housing Development Corporation President Gary Rodney, Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, and Council Member Stephen Levin today marked the progress of Greenpoint Landing, the mixed-income 22-acre development along the East River set to transform a section of long-underutilized Greenpoint waterfront. Of the 5,500 units expected to be built at Greenpoint Landing, approximately 1,400 will be affordable and the first 300 affordable units will be delivered to the community over the next two years.

Greenpoint Landing hired James Corner Field Operations,  to design the four acres of publicly accessible open space across the entire site. For the first time in generations, this portion of Greenpoint will have unencumbered access to the waterfront, including a great lawn, picnic area and the Green Street Pier, providing vantage points for the community and residents to enjoy an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline.

Read more at Bisnow or Curbed NY.

Project images can be viewed here.


The Underline is an ArtPlace Americas Grantee

Miami-Dade Awarded $200,000 “ArtPlace America Grant” to create public art along The Underline 

Field Operations' designed “The Underline” is one of 38 recipients nationwide of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $200,000 in Miami-Dade County to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and placemaking to engage and connect communities.

ArtPlace is an initiative of America’s top foundations, including Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, working in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts and several federal agencies.  
Miami-Dade is working to create The Underline as a 10-mile world class linear park, from the Miami River to Dadeland South, that will include innovative public art installations by recognized national and Miami-based visual artists that will enrich the public realm and environment. 

“We are honored to receive the highly competitive ArtPlace America grant for The Underline project and we thank the Knight Foundation for its continued support and partnership,” 
said Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. “Art plays a vital role in building a strong and vibrant community. The collaboration with artists and the resulting integration of art as part of the Underline’s visionary master plan will distinguish it as one of the most innovative and superbly-designed projects of its kind.” For more information, click here.


Field Operations Selected for Master Development Plan Team for the Future of Washington Union Station, D.C.

The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), together with its partners Amtrak and Akridge, have commissioned a Team, led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP and Grimshaw Architects to create the Master Development Plan for Union Station's 2nd Century.

Building on the initial vision presented in Amtrak’s 2012 Washington Union Terminal Master Plan, the Master Development Plan for Union Station’s 2nd Century is the next major milestone in the process and will encompass comprehensive planning, public engagement, and an environmental assessment. The project scope also includes conceptual design services for improving and expanding passenger spaces, enhancing the overall customer experience, as well as analysis and progression of the initial 2012 vision concepts to ensure the development enhances the functionality of the existing regional intermodal facility. The Master Development Plan for Union Station’s 2nd Century will respect and reinforce the station’s historic setting, while also integrating it with surrounding neighborhoods, and the construction of Burnham Place, a three-million-square-feet of mixed-use space, parks, and plazas to be developed over the rail yard.

“The selection of the Master Development Plan team is a huge milestone for this project. We are excited with the progress we’ve made to-date in preparing for this next step, and we look forward to continuing on a successful path of planning to conceptual design for the station’s future.” said Beverley Swaim-Staley, President and CEO of USRC.

For more information on the project, read the April 15th article in The New York Times here.


Field Operations Wins Two Architizer A+ Awards

Two Field Operations Projects have been selected to receive TWO Architizer A+Awards in the Landscape & Planning: Public Park Category.  We are pleasure to announce that High Line at the Rail Yards has won by Popular Choice, and that Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square has won by Jury Selection.

To view the full list of 2015 Winner, visit Architizer A+.


Tongva Park One of Six Finalists for ULI's Global Urban Open Space Award

The Urban Open Space Award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community.

The award was created through the generosity of Amanda M. Burden, New York City planning commissioner and 2009 laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

In 2011, the Kresge FoundationMetLife Foundation, and ULI Foundation joined forces to continue the ULI Urban Open Space Award.

For 2015, the Urban Land Institute reaffirmed its commitment to the award and announced it would expand the program to global submissions. A finalist will be chosen this fall.  For more information, visit ULI Urban Open Space Award.


Field Operations Shortlisted for Willamette Falls Riverwalk Project

Field Operations is leading one of three teams shortlisted to design a public Riverwalk for the Willamette Falls site, nestled in historic Oregon City.

Willamette Falls is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, it was and still is an important cultural place for Native American tribes and the Oregon Trail ended here. Throughout the 1800s, the Falls made history by generating energy for Oregon’s early industries and cities and fueling the nation’s first long-distance electrical power transmission. For the past 100 years industry grew and flourished on this site, but in 2011, the Blue Heron Paper Co. closed its doors – the last in a succession of businesses that contributed to Oregon City’s working waterfront.

When the paper mill closed its doors, Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro, the State of Oregon and the site's new owner, Falls Legacy, LLC, came together with four core values in mind: Public Access, Habitat Restoration, Economic Redevelopment and Historical and Cultural Interpretation. In 2013 and 2014 they launched and completed a public visioning for how the site can be redeveloped. This year the partners move forward to design a riverwalk, opening the falls to the public for the first time in over 100 years.

- Willamette Falls Legacy Project

The shortlist, listed alphabetically by prime consultant, are James Corner Field Operations with Place Studio and Miller HullMayer/Reed with Snøhetta and Dialog; and Walker Macy with Thomas Balsley Associates .  A selection committee of representatives from the partners, owner, public, and design experts selected the three teams above from 14 submitted proposals. Final interviews will occur in early May.

For more information on the project, visit the Willamette Falls Legacy Project website here.


Richard Kennedy Speaking at AIA Cleveland

On April 27, AIA Cleveland welcomes Richard Kennedy of James Corner Field Operations. As the Principal in charge of the Public Square project, Richard will discuss the aspirations of the redesign of Cleveland's most prominent public space.

Please join us for this lecture at the Kent State CUDC, and then walk the half-block through Playhouse Square for the launch of the AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture and Design.

Richard Kennedy Lecture: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
CUDC, 1309 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115AIA

Cleveland Center for Architecture and Design Grand Opening Party: 6:30pm-8:00pm
AIA Cleveland, 2059 East 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided at the AIA Cleveland Center for Architecture and Design during the Grand Opening Ceremony.

This program is approved for 1.5 HSW Learning Units.

For more information, please visit AIA Cleveland.


Field Operations Selected to Design Miami Underline

Miami-Dade Transit and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Departments together with Friends of The Underline announced on Monday that James Corner Field Operations has been selected to develop the vision and Master Plan for The Underline.

The future 10-mile Underline corridor, running below Miami-Dade’s Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station, will create a linear park that will enhance connectivity, mobility, and biking safety for hundreds of thousands of Miami-Dade residents and visitors. The design team will also provide more detailed designs for two demonstration projects that will include the Brickell area and an additional site to be determined.

Field Operations was selected from an impressive field of 19 applicants and a shortlist of five finalists that included Balmori Associates (New York City), Dlandstudio (Brooklyn), Perkins + Will (Atlanta), and Stoss (Boston).

During The Underline design process, public meetings will be held to ensure the residents and business owners can voice their opinions and provide their input.

For more information, visit the Underline website.


Field Operations Receives MIPIM Award

James Corner Field Operations has won the MIPIM SPECIAL JURY AWARD for our work at South Park, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, UK.  Field Operations shares this award with the following members of our team:

Architect: Erect Architects with LUC landscape architect, James Corner Field Operations with Make Architects
Developer: London Legacy Development Corporation
Other: MACE, LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates, Atkins and Arup, Buro Four, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Lagan, H. And J. Martin, ISG, Skanska, and Buckingham

About the MIPIM Awards:

Created in 1991, the MIPIM Awards is an internationally-renowned real estate compeition held at MIPIM, the world's property market taking place from 10 to 13 March, 2015 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

The MIPIM Awards honor the most outstanding and accomplished projets completed or yet to be built, around the world.

For more information, please visit the MIPIM Awards website.


Field Operations Receives ASLA NY Honor and Merit Awards

Field Operations is proud to announce that we have received two new ASLA awards.  Our project, High Line at the Rail Yards has received an ASLA NY Honor Award, and our research body of work entitled Rotterdam Urban Metabolism exhibited at The International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam has received an ASLA NY Merit Award. For more information on the projects, please visit our project page.

For more information on the awards, please visit ASLA NY.

View all 2015 Award Winning Projects on display at 
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place 
NY, NY 10012
(212) 683-0023

Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am to 8pm
Sat: 11am to 5pm


Field Operations Receives ASLA NY Awards

Join us for the opening of American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter 2015 Awards, at the Center for Architecture, on view April 2, 2015 to April 30.

Please come and see the amazing work in landscape architecture, design and planning of the winners of this year’s ASLA-NY Design Awards.

To find out more about this year's award winners please see ASLA-NY's webpage.

Organized by: American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter

Cost: $20, free for ASLA-NY and AIA members.

When: 5:00–8:00pm, Thursday, April 2

Where: The Center for Architecture


Emerald Networks Opens at Northeastern University

Given the rich history of legacy park plans developed by the likes of Daniel Burnham, William Christmas, Horace Cleveland, Pierre L'Enfant, and Frederick Law Olmsted,the Exhibit, Emerald Networks: Reviving the Legacy of City Parks asks where do we take the park systems of the future?

Curated by Sasaki, the exhibit presents the trajectory of historic park legacies from their conception to present—learning from legacy park systems of cities like Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Raleigh, Hartford, and Minneapolis  James Corner Field Operation's Chicago Navy Pier is on display.

Exhibition Opening Night Details
5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Gallery 360
Northeastern University


Open Space Alliance North Brooklyn Presents Field Operations with Top Design Award

We are pleased to announce that the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn will be presenting James Corner Field Operations a Design Award for the Waterfront Public Park plans for Domino and Greenpoint Landing.

 “The public spaces to be created by these two development represent bookends of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront, and a huge step forward in realizing the continuous public waterfront vision for this area first conceived over a decade ago.  The combined public space for these two projects total 9.25 acrews – larger than any single park in North Brooklyn after McCarren – and will no doubt have a transformative positive impact on the area.  James Corner Field Operations' designs for these spaces will bestow this community with successions of artfully framed programmatic areas punctuated by moments of breathtaking vistas and interpretations of historical context, in a fresh contemporary style OSA recognizes to be of merit and distinction.”
- Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn

The Award will be presented at OSA’s Annual Gala on April 22, 2015.
For more details of this event, visit OSA’s Gala website.


Field Operations to Lead AIA LA Tongva Park Tour

AIA|LA Design Awards Tour Series: Tongva Park + Ken Genser Square
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 3:00 PM
Tongva Park + Ken Gensler Square, Santa Monica, CA

As part of the AIA | LA brand new Design Award Tour series, Lisa Switkin of James Corner Field Operations will give a site tour of the Project on March 28th which won the AIA | LA Design Award for 2014.

Shaped by extensive community participation, the design of Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square creates a contemporary, sustainable, and transformative urban landscape that redefines the center of Santa Monica and makes new connections between Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Pier, and Santa Monica Civic

Read more here.


Field Operations Selected to Design Presidio Parklands

Today, the Presidio Trust announced the selection of James Corner Field Operations to design thirteen acres of new parkland at the Golden Gate. The New Presidio Parklands Project is a partnership between the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (Parks Conservancy) and the National Parks Service (NPS). Field Operations was selected from a group of five internationally-renowned design finalists. 

Field Operations is honored to help envision this amazing, world-class site, bridging the Presidio with Crissy Field, the Marsh and the larger bay. “The New Presidio Parklands Project has garnered the interest and excitement of some of the world’s most talented and creative design teams,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “James Corner’s record of accomplishment, deep appreciation for the site, and commitment to engaging the community makes his team an ideal partner for this magnificent opportunity.”

The new parklands will be created by replacing Doyle Drive, an elevated highway, with an at-grade roadway covered by tunnels. The thirteen acres of new land above the freeway will reconnect two Presidio destinations, the historic Main Post and Crissy Field. Once completed in 2018, the new landscape will offer visitors an unparalleled experience of the Golden Gate.

The Field Operations Team is proud to include: EHDD, Rockwell Group, Gregoire Associates, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, HR&A Advisors, Richard Turner, Perry & Associates Collaborative, Greenlee & Associates.

Read more about the New Presidio Parklands Project here.

Read more from Robin Pogrebin in The New York Times

Read more from John King in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Lisa Switkin and Tatiana Choulika Honored with Built By Women Awards

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women.

Field Operations is happy to announce awards for both Lisa Switkin, Principal and Tatiana Choulika, Principal for their work on Freshkills Park and the High Line.

Over the next year, walking tours, interactive maps, and other educational materials will be developed to highlight women’s contributions to the built environment and BWAF will host local events to publicize the spaces.

For more information, please visit Built By Women New York City.


Public Invited to Weigh in on Presidio Parkland Design

Come and share your ideas with us!

At the end of last year, the Presidio Trust selected James Corner Field Operations to design 13 acres of new parkland that will reconnect the Presidio’s Main Post to Crissy Field. Now the public is invited to provide input on the design.

A series of six public-design workshops will be held monthly in neighborhoods across San Francisco—including Civic Center, Chinatown, the Bayview and the Mission—starting with a 10 am Saturday meeting at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St. Information on other meetings can be found at

Click here for more information.


Brooklyn Brainery Freshkills Park Series: Planning and Designing the Park

Join Mariel Villere who will talk about the ongoing development of Freshkills Park as one of the most ambitious public works projects in the history of New York City, which uses state of the art ecological restoration techniques in an extraordinary setting for recreation, public art, and environmental investigation.  The 2,200-acres of low-lying marsh, grassland, wetlands and former landfill will beincrementally built out based on the 2006 Draft Master Plan designed by James Corner Field Operations.

Learn about the planning process and conceptual design that NYC Parks is making a reality in this talk by Freshkills Park Manager for Programs, Arts and Grants, Mariel Villere.

Tuesday, March 10 from 6:30-7:30pm
Tickets $8
Location: Brooklyn Brainery at 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn

For more information or to sign up, please visit Brooklyn Brainery.


Field Operations' Domino Sugar Waterfront Featured in Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG)

Field Operations' design for the Domino Sugar Factory Waterfront in Brooklyn has been featured as one of four leading examples that meet Environmental Design guidelines for the MWA.

With the support of all major regulators, a multi-disciplinary team of experts guided by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) developed WEDG (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) over the past year and last month launched the Waterfront Building Council, using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) green building certification program as a model. 

The WEDG exhibit, designed by Pentagram, describes credit categories and sample credits, and offers case studies of Brooklyn Bridge ParkDomino Sugar SiteSandy Hook Pilots Association headquarters, and the Sunset Park Materials Recovery Facility.

It will be up at the Center for Architecture from January 22 through February 21.


Field Operations Finalist for The Underline

James Corner Field Operations has been selected as one of the five finalists for the Underline project in Miami.

On January 28th, the Miami-Dade Transit and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Departments together with Friends of The Underline announced their shortlist of the five design firms being considered to develop master planning for The Underline.

The Underline is the planned transformation of the 10-mile M-Path beneath the Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South into a linear park that will enhance connectivity, mobility, and biking safety for hundreds of thousands of Miami-Dade residents and visitors.

The finalists have been selected from a group of 19 applicants, and represent design consulting firms from around the world. The Underline budget is projected at $500,000. Master planning and demonstration projects are expected to be completed by July 2015.

For more information, please visit the Underline website.


South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Wins BALI National Landscape Award

We are very pleased to announce that Willerby Landscapes, the Landscaping Contractor for South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, designed by James Corner Field Operations, has won its category and was awarded the Grand Prize for best scheme of 2014 for this year's BALI Award.


Nicollet Mall Redesign Revealed

The redesign of Nicollet Mall is a go! After a series of public meetings and surveys, concept designs have been developed for the future of the mall. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2015 and wrap up in 2016. Once the work is done, the new Nicollet Mall will be an better destination for people from across the city and the region, and an even stronger economic engine for our state.

View the updated project and gallery images here.


The High Line as Urban Accelerator: A Conversation

The High Line has stimulated tremendous growth in its Chelsea neighborhood and sparked new thinking about multi-use, shared public spaces. When the park's third and final phase opened in September, introducing direct pedestrian access at street level, it became even more connected to the city. Now New York’s most visited site, the High Line is a significant generator of economic activity and a model of public-private collaboration celebrated by designers, planners and civic leaders. Join High Line co-founder Joshua David for a conversation with architectural critic Paul Goldberger and Vishaan Chakrabarti of SHoP Architects about the impact of this repurposed elevated rail line on the city and its economy.

Reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the High LineASLA-NY (New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects), the AIANY | Center for Architecture and Project for Public Spaces (PPS).
Free for Museum and Friends of the High Line members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.

For more information visit the Museum of the City of New York.


Tatiana Choulika on Panel Discussion for Freshkills Park

Join Field Operations' Principal Tatiana Choulika on Wednesday, January 7th from 6:30PM to 9:00PM at the National Academy Museum for a panel discussion on Freshkills Park: A Model for New York Recycling & Environmental Justice.

Freshkills Park: A Model for New York Recycling & Environmental Justice

Wednesday, January 7 2015 / 6:30 PM, reception at 8 PM

Panelists: Tatiana Choulika, Principal, James Corner Field Operations and project manager of the firm’s Freshkills Park project; Ted Nabavi, chemist and engineer and Director of Landfill Engineering for the Department of Sanitation; Jill Fehrenbacher, founder and editor-in-chief of Inhabitat. Moderated by Eloise Hirsh, Freshkills Park Administrator and President of the Freshkills Park Alliance.

Co-organized by the National Academy and CIVITAS, Art, Design and the Urban Environment is a discussion series that explores how artists and architects—as well as activists, grassroots organizers, scientists, urban planners, and city agencies—can work together to improve urban environments in meaningful ways.

Themed topics, related to local issues facing the Upper East Side and East Harlem communities, serve as a catalyst for an interdisciplinary conversation that addresses concerns facing the New York community at large.

National Academy Museum
1083 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128

RSVP available here.


Field Operations Wins Lincoln Road District

Miami’s Lincoln Road District en route to transformation: Field Operations wins this exciting design project

A selection committee of six business owners and city officials met Wednesday morning at the City of Miami Beach to narrow down the shortlist of Architects and Urban Designers for the Lincoln Road District Master Plan in Miami Beach. The Field Operations team is excited to embrace this wonderful and important opportunity for Miami Beach and for the Lincoln Road District to continue its legacy as a leading edge pedestrian, commercial and cultural experience. Our collaborative team of internationally renowned practices coupled with local experts includes Chen Moore, MC Harry, Nelson\Nygaard, Sherwood Design Engineers, HR&A Advisors, Pentagram, L’Observatoire and Tropical Design of Florida.


Field Operations' to Lead Two Education Sessions at ASLA's 2014 Annual Meeting & Expo

At this year's ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting and Expo, Field Operations' Senior Associate Sarah Astheimer Weidner will give two information packed workshops:

Team Playing to Realize Santa Monica Civic Center Parks

Through collaboration, the Santa Monica Civic Center Parks navigated a notoriously active community, multifaceted approvals, and a complex design to move from concept to completion in 3.5 years. Explore how coordinated relationships among landscape architects, communities, clients, and contractors can overcome design and construction challenges posed during urban park development.

Sustainable Planting Design: A New Model for Large-Scale Urban Park

From abandoned parking lots to lush rolling hills, gardens, and meadows, Tongva Park is the new green heart of Santa Monica. Developed under the scrutiny of urban foresters and eclectic horticulturalists, the resultant planting design offers a model of sustainability for similar projects—one that carefully balances environment and culture.

For more information or to sign up, visit the ASLA 2014 Annual Meeting and Expo website.


Navy Pier's Construction Featured in the Chicago Tribune

Navy Pier transformation offers more open space, lake views
"Last Monday, with the temperature in the high 70s and the forecast sounding nasty, I did what any self-respecting architecture critic would do: I headed to Navy Pier for some serious research. Outdoor, sun-splashed research. The kind you can't do in February — or on a snowy Halloween.

Actually, this trip was no lark. Navy Pier, Illinois' No. 1 tourist attraction, is remaking itself as it nears its 100th anniversary in 2016. I was eager to check out the first wave of changes, done under the leadership of landscape architect James Corner, the co-designer of New York's popular and critically acclaimed High Line."

Read the full article by Blair Kamin in the Chicago Tribune.


Tongva Park Wins AIA LA and AIA CC Honor Awards

We are pleased to announce that Tongva Park has won two more awards this month: The AIA LA Honor Award in the Urban Design Category and the AIA CC Honor Award in Urban Design for Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square!


High Line at the Rail Yards Opens to the Public

Representing one-third of the entire High Line, Section 3 is one of the most iconic stretches of the High Line with expansive views of the Hudson River and the Midtown skyline.  Here, we were challenged to continue to build upon the identity and success of the existing High Line, yet find a different way to respond to the radically new, 21st century context of the future Hudson Yards Development.  The Design takes advantage of the east-west orientation to the river, respects the existing wild landscape and industrial aesthetic, and introduces the next iteration of design elements.  These include new varieties of peel-up benches, a series of Rail Track walks and tree groves that encourage users to walk along and within the train tracks, a bridge over 11th Avenue with a heightened view of the River, a unique children’s play space that transforms the High Line structure itself into a series of sunken areas that children can run between, climb over and play within, and at the Western Rail Yards, a temporary walkway built over the existing, self-seeded landscape with large-scale furniture at key locations with dramatic views of the Hudson River.  This latter section along the Western Rail Yards and 12th Avenue is perhaps the most authentically subtle design, where the original High Line landscape, with its self-sown grasses and flowers emerging from old tracks, wood ties and stone ballast, remains intact.

View the Project by Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf here.


Field Operation's Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Wins AIA NY State Award

Rice+Lipka Architects together with Field Operations' design for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit has been awarded the 2014 New York State Design Award of Excellence in the unbuilt category.

View the award here.


Lisa Switkin to Speak for NYBG Design Portfolio Lecture Series October 27th, 2014

Join the New York Botanical Garden as outstanding landscape architects from around the world discuss their signature projects, working methods, and design philosophies. This year's speakers, Shunmyo Masuno, Lisa Switkin, and Gary Hilderbrand, embrace the intimate relationship between people and their living environments, and look for ways to uncover layers of natural and cultural meaning in their designs. A contemplative stone, a shaded path, a watery terrace, an unexpected wild vista—integrated but often unexpected elements work to slow us down and heighten our appreciation for the design, but more importantly, for nature itself.

Lisa Switkin, "The High Line and Beyond", Field Operations, October 27, 2014, 06:30–07:30pm.

CEUs: This lecture has been approved for one credit hour by the: AIA, APLD, and LA CES.

More information here.


James Corner Speaks at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

For the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust 2014 Thinking Into the Future Lecture, speaker James Corner will explore “how to have a high-quality public realm” in the 21st-century. Hear his ideas about the design of nature and social life in the city, illustrated through his projects with New York’s High Line and Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Date: Thursday, October 2

Location: Logan Center for the Arts University of Chicago, 915 East 60th Street, Chicago. The Logan Center is located at 60th Street and Drexel Avenue. Parking is free after 4pm in the lot at the corner of 60th Street and Drexel Avenue.

More information here.


High Line at the Rail Yards Featured in The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times writes:

"Less is more. I mentioned falling in love with New York all over again. The city opens up here, over the din of traffic and a helipad on 12th Avenue. Stripped bare, this section of viaduct, with its self-seeded landscape, looks scruffy, stubborn and wild. Evening primrose and Queen Anne’s lace stir in the breeze; trains creak in and out of the yard. Time suddenly reverses, and the sleek, soigné High Line evaporates."

Read the full article here.


James Corner Keynote Speaker at International Landscape Biennal Symposium

A finalist for this year's Rosa Barba Prize, James Corner will be speaking in Barcelona on Friday, September 26 on his firm's work for the High Line in New York City.

More information on the Biennale here.


Chicago Navy Pier Receives $20 Million Gift from the Polk Family

Chicago’s Polk family, which made its name in furniture and appliance retailing, today announced a $20 million gift to Navy Pier to help upgrade Gateway Park, the 13-acre green space at the entertainment complex’s western entrance.

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.


New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) Resilience in the Public Realm Workshop

As an invited participant, Lisa Switkin will take part in the New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) Resilience in the Public Realm Workshop on Wednesday, June 11. With Resilience in the public Realm, NYRP will work at the neighborhood scale to bring everyone open space in a selected community—vacant lots, parks, community gardens, medians, housing development, sidewalks and the like—to its full potential.


Field Operations Exhibition Opens at Rotterdam’s 2014 International Biennale

Field Operations, in collaboration with the Dutch design studio FABRICations, is exhibiting a body of urban research at the Kusthal Museum in Rotterdam for the 2014 International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam.

The Collaboration responds to this year’s theme of ‘Urban Metabolism’ by offering a narrative for various invisible dynamics that shape the Rotterdam landscape.  The research moves on to speculate some strategic and programmatic design moves, suggesting and testing scenarios for the 21st-century port city.  Animations, physical design models and large-scale plans are on display showcasing our collective visioning of these concepts from May 29 through August 24.


Field Operations to Present Design Concepts for Nicollet Mall

Field Operations will present design concepts for Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 14. Two Opportunities to Join Us: Sneak Peak of the Design Concepts on Nicollet Mall at the IDS Center. Nicollet Mall between 7th and 8th Street from 12-1pm.  Full Design Presentation with Q&A beginning at 5pm at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis – The Regency Room, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN  55403.  For more information please visit the project website.


Lisa Switkin Speaking About the High Line Design at the AIA Conference in New York City

Lisa Switkin to speak about the design of the High Line at the AIA Conference in New York City on Friday, May 16 from 4:15– 6:00pm. Lisa will give a High Line tour with the AIA Committee on Designs 014 Conference.


Tongva Park Recognized for Innovative and Sustainable Design

Tongva Park is recognized for Innovative and Sustainable Design with the following awards:

  • Westside Urban Forum, Open Space Design Award, for Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, 2014
  • American Public Works Associates (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year, Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, 2014
  • ASLA New York Merit Award, Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, 2014
  • Frontline Parks Award, Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, City Parks Alliance, 2014
  • Los Angeles Architectural Award, Landscape Architecture:  Public Open Space category, Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square, 2014


Field Operations Receives Excellence in Design Award from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York

Field Operations receives Excellence in Design Award from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York for Cornell Tech's Landscape Design surrounding the FAB Building on Roosevelt Island.


Art, Design and Play – Ideas from Around the World

Art Design & Play Ideas from around the World, Saturday, March 8 from 10am–4pm at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room. Hosted by Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, Field Operations' Tatiana Choulika will be speaking on the approach to landscape and play in our designs and participate in a panel discussion.

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Waterfront 2020

On March 5, James Corner will join Seattle’s city and civic leaders to share the newest waterfront design work. Hear and see how designs have evolved, including updates on key east/west connections, the new Alaskan Way, Union Street Pier, Pier 62/63 and more! The current waterfront design will be on display, including our scale model of the future waterfront. Take it all in, ask questions and tell us what you’re most excited about.

Visit Waterfront Seattle's website for more information.


Lisa Switkin and Sarah Weidner Astheimer to Speak at Penn’s School of Design

University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design welcomes Principal Lisa Switkin and Senior Associate Sarah Weidner Astheimer at 6pm in Meyerson B3 on Monday, February 245 “In Depth: 2 Projects.” They will discuss New York’s High Line and the recently completed Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square in Santa Monica. The lecture is open to the public.


ASLA Honor Awards for the High Line and Seattle’s Central Waterfront

More that 530 entries were considered and 33 projects were selected for recognition. The High Line’s Section 2 received an honor in the General Design category:

“This is a great thing for the city.  It continues the big idea of the first phase of the high Line, but they did experiment with some things.  The rigor is there but they are continuing with the inventiveness.  This project touches people.  It enhances human health, controls stormwater and restores natural habitats.” – 2013 Professional Awards Jury

Seattle’s Central Waterfront received an honor in the Analysis and Planning category:

“The scale of this project is huge and involved amazing community effort.  Despite its scale, it still feels soft.  It is a great analysis and it is well-communicated.  It is very likely to succeed because Seattle likes its waterfront.” - 2013 Professional Awards Jury


Field Operations Featured in the Wall Street Journal

We are thrilled to be featured in the Wall Street Journal this month.

Read the full article here.