Camden Highline Submitted for Planning


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

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

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

Camden Highline Submitted for Planning

Field Operations Partners with Alliance for Chinatown Proposal


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

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

Learn more about the proposal here.

Field Operations Partners with Alliance for Chinatown Proposal

Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens July 17


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

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

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

Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens July 17


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Learn more about the series and how to register here.


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

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

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

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

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


Reimagine Middle Branch Unveils Updates

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

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

Read more about the latest in Architect's Newspaper.


Columbia Completes First Phase of Manhattanville Campus

Columbia University opened its new home for the Columbia Business School, including The Square, designed by Field Operations, and two new buildings, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborative.

The Square, a publicly accessible green space, is the largest public park on any of Columbia's campuses and creates a new kind of urban academic campus that fosters social interaction and collaboration between students, faculty members, alumni, and the neighboring community.

Read more about the completion of the first phase of the Manhattanville Campus in Neighbors.


High Line Moynihan Connector Breaks Ground

The groundbreaking was announced for the High Line Moynihan Connector today, pushing the project into its next phase.

Jointly designed by Field Operations and SOM, the elevated public-pedestrian pathway will connect the present terminus of the High Line at West 30th Street and 10th Avenue to Moynihan Station through an existing public plaza within the Manhattan West development, with Empire State Development (ESD), Friends of the High Line, and Brookfield Properties at the helm of the public-private partnership.

Read more about the groundbreaking in ESD's press release and learn more about the project on Friends of the High Line's website.


Youngsoo Kim Joins EcoCiv Panel

Youngsoo Kim, landscape and urban designer at Field Operations, joins Helena Norberg-Hodge and Alexandra Mitsotaki for a panel hosted by EcoCiv to discuss the future of work and the need for shifting labor paradigms for an ecological civilization. Titled "Community for the Common Good: Structuring Human life for an Ecological Civilization," the online event will be held on December 16.

Read more about the event and register here.


Brooke Dexter Moderates AIANY Panel on Community-Based Design

On December 2, Brooke Dexter, our Director of Communications, will host and moderate “Intent to Impact: Approaches to Community-Based Design" alongside fellow members of the AIA 2021 Civic Leadership Program.

The second program of the AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP), the public event will bring together voices from Greater Good Studio, Open Architecture Collaborative, OLIN Labs, MIXdesign, and BlackSpace to highlight innovative approaches to community-based and inclusive design to explore how we can create practices rooted in equity and leverage community engagement as an integral design tool.

Read more about the event and find a link to the recording here.


Field Operations at ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture

As part of the ASLA 2021 Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville, Field Operators will be a part of two sessions: SAT-B01 - Inside the LA Studio with James Corner Field Operations and SAT-B06 - Invisible Infrastructures: A Park Atop a Highway at the Presidio Tunnel Tops. Join us to learn more about our practice and the technical process behind the Presidio Tunnel Tops.


Lisa Switkin Joins Leading Landscape Architects Speaking at the Courageous by Design Symposium

Organized and presented by TCLF, the Courageous by Design symposium will focus on New York City just as the city’s Department of City Planning (DCP) is actively engaging with communities throughout the five boroughs to advance their own zoning and land use strategies in an effort to “reduce flood risks and support the city’s vitality and resiliency through long-term adaptive planning.”

The symposium will feature leading women landscape architects, as well as allied professionals, whose work is creative, courageous, and timely. These speakers include Lisa Switkin, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Martha Schwartz, Kate Orff, Heather M. Morgan, Signe Nielsen, Annette P. Wilkus, Rebecca McMackin, Edwina von Gal, Barbara Wilks, John Beardsley, Billy Fleming, Amy L. Freitag, Miranda K. S. Massie, and Olivia Georgia.

Find out more about the symposium on TCLF's website.


Guiwan Park Opens in Qianhai

After many years of design, planning, and construction, Qianhai's Guiwan Park has opened!

As the first of five "water fingers" built for Qianhai, the park is a continuation of the master plan Field Operations designed for Qianhai Water City in 2010. Guiwan Park provides not only a world-class urban park that supports the new city center, but also large-scale green infrastructure for stormwater management, flood and tidal protection, and habitat recovery.

Read more about the project and its opening events here.


The Rocks at Harbor Way Unveiled in Boston's Seaport District

Harbor Way’s first phase, a new green space named The Rocks at Harbor Way, will be unveiled on October 13. At the heart of Harbor Way and named after the 250,000+ pounds of locally sourced boulders, The Rocks is designed to function as an urban oasis within one of Boston's densest neighborhoods. The Rocks is designed to evoke New England's geology and landscape, featuring native coniferous and deciduous trees, massive “glacial erratics,” stone seating, and coastal grasses that frame a central lawn for visitors, workers, and residents alike.

Read about the project in Fast Company and learn more about Harbor Way and the unveiling here.


Building West End Square During a Global Pandemic

Isabel Castilla, Principal-in-Charge for West End Square in Dallas, reflects on building the project during a global pandemic in a guest blog with Parks for Downtown Dallas. She looks back on unique design processes that emerged in order to review construction progress, final results, and how some design intentions were reaffirmed through our priorities in response to the pandemic.

Read the full guest blog with Parks for Downtown Dallas.


Restoration Team's Work for Neighborhoods Now Receives ASLA Honor Award

"Be a Good Neighbor: A New Approach for Supportive Communications & Resource Sharing" received an Honor Award in the 2021 ASLA Professional Awards, recognizing the Restoration Team's work in the Communications category.

"The [Be a] Good Neighbor program seeks to connect residents of central Brooklyn with design firms to develop neighborhood-appropriate COVID-19 responses through robust community dialogues. These conversations identified strategies for reopening, which were distilled into a digital guidebook, posters, and pamphlets that were distributed through existing community networks." —2021 Awards Jury

Learn more about the project here.


James Corner Joins BBC Radio 4 for a Discussion About Urban Green Space

James Corner sat down with BBC Radio 4 and Simon Pitkeathley, CEO of the Camden Highline, to talk about the health and well-being benefits of urban green space and the increased demand for these types of spaces as a result of the pandemic.

Listen to the full interview and segment on BBC Radio 4.


Neighborhoods Now Receives Special Recognition in MASterworks Awards

The Municipal Arts Society has honored the Neighborhoods Now: Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration intiative with special recognition for its neighborhood contribution and thoughtful design solutions. Neighborhoods Now was developed by the Van Alen Institute and Urban Design Forum as a way to assist neighborhoods hard-hit by the pandemic across NYC and connect leading organizations with design firms as part of a collaborative network. The Restoration Team includes KPF; Field Operations; Farzana Gandhi Design Studio; AE Superlab; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Partner & Partners; and Fried Frank, who worked in partnership with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation to establish a sustained and inclusive community engagement process that fostered ideas for safe and inspirational reopening strategies.

From Elizabeth Goldstein, President of MAS: “MAS and the 2021 MASterworks jury applaud the Neighborhoods Now: Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration team, with great admiration for how many community members and stakeholders came together in this co-design process. From community workshops, and design-build days, to tactical interventions that supported safe gatherings and reopening, it is an inspiring project that reframes the design mindset and approach, meeting people where they’re at and exploring new modes of communication and collaboration. The ethos of ‘Your Home, Not Alone’ served as a beacon of community care at a time when many felt isolated and anxious. This is an innovate example for those in the fields of design, planning, development, placemaking, engagement, and beyond to look to.”

Learn more about this year’s MASterworks Awards and view the winners here.


Lisa Switkin and Sanjukta Sen Pen Op-Ed on Climate Change and the NYC Waterfront

In alignment with Climate Month, Field Operations' Lisa Switkin and Sanjukta Sen wrote an op-ed on the effects of climate change on New York waterfronts and the need to take a hybrid approach that is informed by both natural and man-made infrastructure. 

Read "When It Comes to Protecting Our Waterfronts, Nature Knows Best" here.