Field Operations Selected for Navy Yard Master Plan


Field Operations has been selected to lead the Philadelphia Navy Yard Master Plan Update, working with PIDC, Ensemble Real Estate Investments, Mosaic Development Partners, and a multidisciplinary team of 13 consulting firms. The master plan update will establish a dynamic, cohesive placemaking vision and development framework as the Navy Yard embarks on its next phase of expansion and growth.

“Field Operations brings a fresh, creative, and inclusive approach that will drive an ambitious plan for new development at the Navy Yard,” said Kate McNamara, Senior Vice President of PIDC.

Read the full announcement in the Navy Yard's blog here and learn more in a virtual event on May 6.

Field Operations Selected for Navy Yard Master Plan

West End Square Opens in Dallas


West End Square is now open to the public!

Formerly a surface parking lot, the site has been transformed into the first neighborhood park for the West End Historic District. By providing a great civic space for the neighborhood and incorporating technology with this public space, West End Square is a next generation park and a model for innovation.

Read more from architecture critic Mark Lamster in the Dallas Morning News.


West End Square Opens in Dallas

The Underline Named Best Urban Intervention in Monocle Design Awards


The Underline has been named Best Urban Intervention in the Monocle Design Awards, which launched for their inaugural year in 2021.

The project represents a new form of public space, leveraging existing infrastructure and pairing restored natural habitats with pedestrian and bicycle paths that link directly to public transit. As noted by Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, “[the] opening of the first phase of The Underline is the first step toward a people-first Miami."

More about the Monocle Design Awards here and listen to Isabel discuss the project with Monocle on Design.

The Underline Named Best Urban Intervention in Monocle Design Awards


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

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

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

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


High Line Named Iconic NYC Project by NYCxDESIGN

As part of the 2021 NYCxDESIGN Awards, the High Line was named a winner for Iconic NYC Project!

The NYCxDESIGN Awards is a design competition that showcases outstanding achievements across major areas of design and celebrates the unique spirit of New York City. Winners and honorees represent the very best design talent in architecture, interiors, products, graphics and branding, and more.

See the 2021 Project Winners here.


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

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

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

See the Spaces, Places, and Cities honorees here.


James Corner Joins for Living the Earth: Environment, City, Landscape

James Corner joined a panel on "Seeing like a City" with Kongjian Yu, Mosè Ricci, Susanna Tradati, and Irene Giglio as part of a conference organized by the OAR (Ordine degli Architetti di Roma) for Earth Day. The panel explored reinterpreting how humans inhabit the earth and restoring beauty as we face climate change, social instability, economic inequality, and cultural transformations on a global scale.

Read about the conference here.


James Corner Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters

James Corner has been elected as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 2021, along with 28 other new members this year. The honor of election is considered the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in the United States.

Read the announcement from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and more about the landscape architects and architects elected this year on Archinect.


The Underline's Brickell Backyard Opens

The first phase of The Underline, Brickell Backyard, has opened in Miami! Brickell Backyard starts at the Miami River and extends half a mile south to SW 13th Street, opening up an active and connected pedestrian and bike thoroughfare and new public open space. The design is organized by a procession of rooms—the River Room, Gym, Promenade, and Oolite Room—each articulated with a unique program that responds to its immediate context.

Read about the project in Forbes, ASLA's The DirtFast Company and Dwell.


Field Operations Team Selected for London's Camden Highline

The design of Camden Highline, the UK's latest green infrastructure project, has been awarded to the Field Operations Team following a two-stage international competition.

The Field Operations Team includes Kentish Town-based vPPR Architects, London artist Hew Locke, Street Space, Piet Oudolf, Speirs Major, Tony Gee, AKT II, RLB, Pentagram, Atelier Ten, and Authentic Futures, offering local insight, global perspective, and specialist experience.

More about the project in the press release, in Architects' Journal and in The Guardian. Watch the virtual Q&A event here.


Hudson River Park's Gansevoort Peninsula Moves Forward into Next Phase

Hudson River Park Trust has announced RFPs for the construction of Gansevoort Peninsula, pushing the project forward into its next phase.

Working closely with the community through a series of workshops, the design weaves together passive and active uses, including a salt marsh, a multi-use sports field, an upland beach with kayak access, and numerous other park amenities and gardens. Gansevoort Peninsula incorporates habitat enhancements, which contribute to making the shoreline more resilient with direct access for the public. Slated to open in 2023, the area will become the largest single green space in Hudson River Park, in addition to a large art installation by David Hammons.

Read about the project in CurbedGothamist and Fast Company.


The Underline Brings Wellness, Art, and Safety to Miami

Architectural Digest spoke with Field Operations and Meg Daly, Founder of Friends of the Underline, about how The Underline will transform Miami:

"'What we're seeing are cities everywhere looking to revitalize public space in their urban fabric,' says James Corner, CEO and founder of Field Operations, the urban deisgn and landscape architecture firm commissioned to bring Daly's vision to life. 'Cities are getting denser,' he continues, 'and there's a desperate need for open space.' The solution? The Underline, a 10-mile linear park connecting some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Miami."

Read more about The Underline in the full article here.


Lisa Switkin and Sanjukta Sen Featured as Innovators Transforming NYC's Waterfront Green Spaces

“When I first moved to Manhattan, 23 years ago, there was no getting close to the river’s edge. But New Yorkers have an innate desire to touch the water,” says Lisa Switkin in the February issue of Architectural Digest.

Included in a group of innovators that are transforming NYC's waterfront green spaces, Lisa and Sanjukta Sen explain how waterfront parks can not only provide access and amenities, but also double as green infrastructure. The article by Sam Cochran highlights projects that are reimagining the urban shoreline, including Domino Park and the River Ring Master Plan in Brooklyn.

Read the full article in Architectural Digest.


River Ring Master Plan Receives 2021 AIANY Urban Design Citation Award

The River Ring Master Plan, designed with Bjarke Ingels Group, has received a 2021 AIANY Urban Design Citation Award for engaging with the water's edge. 

“The proposal really expands the space of the city. It captures part of the river as a formal urban space where activities can take place—both recreational and civic. It transforms the edge in a really urban way," said Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, as part of the 2021 AIANY Design Awards jury.

See the 2021 AIANY Design Awards here.


1 Southside Park Featured in Brickell Magazine

Featured in Brickell Magazine, JDS Development unveiled plans for 1 Southside Park in Miami, a mixed-use project in Brickell, Miami that will combine residential, commercial, office, event, and health spaces with a hotel, anchored by a vibrant public park.

Read the full article in Brickell Magazine.


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Announces Design Team for Expansion

Following a competition among top architecture and design practices, Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum named the design team for its renovation and expansion: Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), James Corner Field Operations, Cooper Robertson, and L'Observatoire International.

As noted in a news release, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame believed the PAU-led team “best met the needs of the Rock Hall in terms of contemplating a building that would channel the energy of Rock and Roll, excite future visitors, inspire donors and supporters, pay homage to the existing I.M. Pei building and address the Hall’s spatial needs.”

Read more in The New York Times, Crain's Cleveland Business, and Architect's Newspaper.


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.


Field Operations Shortlisted for Camden Highline

Field Operations has been shortlisted in London’s Camden Highline competition to create a new elevated walk and garden in the sky along a 1.2 km stretch of railway viaduct, effectively linking Camden Town with King's Cross. Our team includes Piet Oudolf, vPPR Architects, Street Space, Hew Locke, Speirs + Major, Pentagram, AKT II, Atelier Ten, Tony Gee, and RLB.

More about the competition in the press release from Camden Highline and in Architects' Journal.


Tidal Basin Ideas Lab Launches Virtual Exhibition

The Tidal Basin Ideas Lab unveiled proposals from five leading landscape architecture firms, reimagining the future of Washington D.C.’s iconic Tidal Basin and National Mall as its future is severely compromised due to climate change and rising water levels. The virtual exhibition invites the public to explore the histories and challenges of the Tidal Basin, and share feedback on ideas for the evolution of this important part of America’s landscape.

Field Operations explored three alternative future scenarios for the Tidal Basin, each proposing different models for building a more resilient future for Washington, D.C. 

More about the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab on NPR's All Things Considered, in Dezeen and Architectural Record, and explore the exhibition and Field Operations' three scenarios here.


Field Operations Joins Neighborhoods Now Initiative

Field Operations joined a group of New York design firms for Neighborhoods Now, launched by Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute. Neighborhoods Now 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 developed 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.

Learn more about Neighborhoods Now on, in Architect's Newspaper, or watch the Summit recording here.