Domino Park Selected as Winner of 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Award


Domino Park has been selected as a winner of the 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Award, an award that recognizes outstanding examples of vibrant public open spaces that have been instrumental in promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable outcomes in communities. 

"In their own particular contexts Domino and Trojan Parks are two brilliant examples of the profoundly positive impact that such spaces can have in the lives of their communities," said Jury Chairman Antonio Fiol-Silva.

Read more about the award and Domino Park on ULI's website.

Domino Park Selected as Winner of 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Award

Field Operations Receives 2020 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award


We are honored to be named as this year's recipient of the ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award! 

In his nominating letter, Adrian Benepe writes: “Field Operations has produced some of the profession’s most lauded built work, including New York’s much-acclaimed High Line, and proven to be a leader in increasing landscape architecture’s visibility and relevance, especially in cities around the country. In my view they are a premier design practice, working at the highest standards of excellence, and are exceptionally deserving of recognition by the ASLA [...] The firm raises the bar for the profession. Their efforts to help educate and push the profession to new horizons is a distinguishing mark.”

Read more on ASLA's website.

Field Operations Receives 2020 ASLA Landscape Architecture Firm Award

Field Operations Joins Neighborhoods Now Initiative


Field Operations has joined a group of New York design firms for Neighborhoods Now, launched by Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute. Neighborhoods Now has connected four neighborhoods hard-hit by the pandemic—represented by leading local organizations—with design firms in order to collaborate and develop safe and effective reopening strategies for small businesses in Bed-Stuy, Jackson Heights, Kingsbridge, and Washington Heights.

Each working group has been developing tailored solutions for shared gathering spaces in these neighborhoods, ultimately contributing to a set of design recommendations, prototypes, and installations empowering communities to respond to their immediate needs, while contributing to the city-wide strategy on pandemic response.

Read more about Neighborhoods Now on Van Alen's website, in Architect's Newspaper, and join for the capstone event on October 6 and 7.

Field Operations Joins Neighborhoods Now Initiative


Lisa Switkin Joins Sierra Bainbridge for the GSD's Margaret McCurry Lectureship in the Design Arts

Lisa Switkin, Senior Principal at Field Operations, will join Sierra Bainbridge from MASS Design Group and Anita Berrizbeitia as moderator for “Growth and Grit: Cultivating a Life’s Work," a discussion about the challenges of living and working through the growth of a design practice from start-up to international renown.

Together they will discuss both the constant struggle and deep satisfaction of cultivating vision and voice, at work and at home. This will be a candid conversation about their experiences being with a firm from its inception, and about remaining as key leaders in those firms for nearly two decades.

Register for the event with the GSD here.


Taopu Central Park Receives ASLA Honor Award

Taopu Central Park—a dramatic and sizeable 237-acre park that provides an urban green lung for Taopu Smart City—received an Honor Award in the 2020 ASLA Professional Awards. Once a home to industry and its contaminated soils, the park redefines Shanghai's relationship to water, provides a sense of big nature within a dense urban context, and supports 21st-century metropolitan life with spaces for habitat, water, events, and display.

Read more about the project on ASLA's website.


Freshkills Park Featured in The New York Times

In anticipation of North Park's opening in the spring, The New York Times featured Freshkills Park and the story behind the world's largest garbage dump—with an estimated 28,000 tons of trash arriving at Fresh Kills every day by the late 1970s—that has since evolved into a green oasis.

'“You start with nothing, and you grow,” Mr. Corner told me at the time. “You take a very sterile or inert foundation and move something in. It’s like lichen. They quickly grow and die, grow and die, creating a rich soil that something else can grow onto. And that’s how ecosystems grow.”'

Read the full article here.


Lisa Switkin and Colleagues Join for Mind the Gap Lecture Series

As part of the Weitzman School of Design's summer speaker series, Lisa Switkin and six Senior Associates—Sanjukta Sen, Megan Born, Veronica Rivera, Tsutomu Bessho, Matt Grunbaum, and Biyoung Heo—share their origin stories, philosophies on creating a sense of place, sources of inspiration, and provocations on new set of “vitals” for the profession.

Visit the Weitzman School of Design's website for more about the session, "Origin, Place, Inspiration & Provocation."


Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Shortlisted in 2020 WAN Awards

Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Revitalization has been shortlisted in the Waterfront category for this year's WAN Awards, celebrating the most ambitious and inspiring international projects that pushed boundaries using innovation and original design features.

With more than 5 million visitors including both locals and visitors from around the world, the project has become a major new destination in Hong Kong, revitalizing this area economically, ecologically, and culturally. 

Check out the shortlist on the WAN Awards website.


Domino Park Turns 2

As Domino Park turns two this year, ArchDaily featured the park, looking back on the "game-changing development site" in Williamsburg. Interviewing SHoP Architects, Field Operations, and Two Trees Management, ArchDaily points to Domino Park as having "been hailed for creating a benchmark standard in perfecting the process for designing and understanding what it means to maintain a park that actively participates in a two-way dialogue with the community."

Read the full article here.


Isabel Castilla Joins Panel on Open Space

As part of the Miami Voices series, Isabel Castilla, Principal at Field Operations, moderate a discussion about open space with Kona Gray, Principal at EDSA, and Maria Nardi, Director of the Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. They will discuss the evolving needs for public space, trails, and parks with their increased demand during the coronavirus crisis.

Listen to the discussion here


Karen Tamir Featured in Wharton Report, Landscape Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change

Karen Tamir, Principal at Field Operations, is featured in a special report titled Landscape Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change from the Wharton School. The report takes a look at how the built environment needs to respond to global climate change, including Cornell Tech Campus as a case study of a reimagined and reshaped landscape that responds to this growing threat of climate change.

As this report demonstrates, landscape solutions at the site, neighborhood, and even city scale are making communities more resilient while providing recreational opportunities, economic development, social cohesion, and a host of other benefits.

Read the report here.


High Line Spur Wins NYCxDESIGN Award

The Spur—also an honoree for NYC's Shining Moment—won a NYCxDESIGN Award in the Urban Landscape/Outdoor category!

The Spur builds on the success of the High Line, creating more open-air space for public programming, restrooms, access points, food, art, and plants. Following the “Save the Spur” advocacy campaign to save this portion of the original rail structure, the Spur features an urban passage with a series of planted balconies that seamlessly leads visitors through a densely planted threshold into an open and flexible piazza that creates a theatrical forum for viewing art, cultural exchange, and being part of the social life of the City.

See the 2020 winners list here.


South Bay Sponge Recognized in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards

Resilient by Design: South Bay Sponge received an honorable mention in Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards!

The South Bay Sponge is an innovative model for how to adapt our urban coastal areas in the face of climate change, as many cities around the world face unprecedented threats from rising sea levels with increased flooding and related storm damage to infrastructure and settlement. The Field Operations Team worked with communities around the San Francisco Bay to shape a framework for adaptation for over 20 miles of shoreline, envisioning a future where nature and technology work together to improve the resiliency of our cities and towns, our social fabric, and our collective health and wellbeing. 

See the list of honorees here.


Architectural Record: Designers and Landscape Architects Weigh in on the Future of Parks and Public Spaces

As we face a number of coronavirus-related closures of parks, trails, recreation centers, and beaches around the country, Architectural Record spoke with James Corner about the public realm and its impact today while anticipating renewed interest in the future.

“The lesson from this is that the pocket parks and linear parks we’ve seen in the past 50 to 60 years are great assets, but we also need to recognize and value the bigger parks.” 

Read the full article here.


Lisa Switkin Announced as One of Fifteen Renowned Designers and Architects to Advise Design of Borough-Based Jails

As part of the City Council's plan to construct four new smaller jails to replace the Rikers Island complex, Lisa Switkin, Senior Principal at Field Operations, was selected as one of fifteen designers and architects to join an independent peer review committee. This committee will assist in the selection and design that will help select the design-build teams from the RFQ issued in February, provide guidelines for the RFP, and participate in architectural reviews that will "ensure high-quality design submissions that balance aesthetics, functionality, cost, constructability and durability."

Read more about the project and process on Architect's Newspaper.


Public Square and Cornell Tech Campus Recognized by ASLA-NY

Both Public Square and Cornell Tech Campus received Merit Awards from ASLA-NY, included as projects that "exemplify design excellence with a focus on resilient design strategies and innovative use of materials to provide effective solutions to challenging sites."

See the press release here.


High Line Receives Rethinking the Future Award

The High Line received an award from Rethinking the Future in Public Landscape Project (Built)—recognizing the impact of this public park built on an elevated rail structure on the West Side of Lower Manhattan.

With 2019 marking the 10th anniversary of its opening, the High Line undeniably has been a resounding success and a model for urban parks, infrastructure reuse, and neighborhood revitalization, generating over $1.4 billion in tax revenue for New York City between 2007 and 2027. Once seen by skeptics as a dream that would never happen, the High Line’s realization is both a source of inspiration and credibility, bolstering the case for other reuse projects and elevated parks around the world. 

Read more here.


Domino Park Wins Honor Award from AIANY

Domino Park won an Honor Award through the AIANY Design Awards in the Urban Design category—congratulations to the team!

AIANY publicly announced the award winners with a moderated symposium discussion. Some of the highlights from the jury were that Domino Park is “simply remarkable across scales” with a focus on how it breaks down the city blocks with its programming, celebrates remnants from the factory, encourages socialization down to the scale of the furniture, and sets a precedent for industrial sites in other cities.

Read about Domino Park and the other winning projects on AIANY's website.


Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan Recognized with 2020 AIA Regional & Urban Design Award

The Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan was recognized with a 2020 AIA Regional & Urban Design Award! Working in collaboration with SOM, Field Operations developed a highly adaptable master plan for Cornell University's Roosevelt Island campus in New York City, creating an open and collaborative campus.

The jury commented that, "The submission exceeds the criteria of the honor award in all respects. Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan reconceives the role of the university in the city through economic, social, and environmental means. The design is a catalyst with positive impact well beyond its boundaries. It is an impressive synthesis of a myriad of constraints into design opportunities that create a welcoming environment for students, entrepreneurs, faculty and the broader community."

Read about the Cornell Tech Campus Framework Plan and the other winning projects on AIA's website.


River Street Waterfront Master Plan Raises the Bar with New Approach to Urban Resiliency

Two Trees Management, Field Operations and Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for River Street, a groundbreaking mixed-use development anchored by an unprecedented resilient waterfront park in North Brooklyn.

The River Street Waterfront Master Plan—with an 8.5-acre project site—will enhance the connectivity of the public waterfront, reinstate natural habitats, elevate the standard for urban waterfront resiliency, and transform the way New Yorkers interact with the East River. 

Read more about the project in Fast Company, Architect's Newspaper, and Dezeen.