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.

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 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.


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.


High Line Included in "33 Ways to Remember the 2010s" and "best architecture of the 21st century"

As the New York Times looks back on the decade, Michael Kimmelman writes that, "The most influential architecture of the decade wasn't a building." Since its opening a decade ago, he notes the billions of dollars in development it has created, millions in tax revenues, imitators around the world, and its continuing efforts to draw in a diverse visitorship in New York. In The Guardian's retrospective on the best architecture of the 21st century, Oliver Wainwright writes that, "its true power lies in providing visitors with a different perspective of the city, allowing people to float above the congested streets on a linear green lung with unexpected views along the way."

Curbed also included the High Line in "NYC's 10 most important buildings of the past decade," noting the more than 7 million people that stroll the High Line every year and the High Line Network's ongoing work to make the High Line and parks in other cities welcoming to all.

Read the full New York Times article here, the Curbed article here and The Guardian's list here.


Presidio Tunnel Tops Breaks Ground

The Presidio Tunnel Tops breaks ground on 14 acres of new parkland today with a celebration that included park managers, community and civic leaders, campaign donors, and the design team. The Tunnel Tops bridges over the newly tunneled Presidio Parkway and will reconnect the City to the Bay, providing gardens with native vegetation, connective pathways, scenic overlooks, a campfire circle, picnic areas, and an innovative nature play space and Youth Campus. When complete in fall 2021, visitors will be able to walk from Crissy Field to the Presidio’s Main Post for the first time in decades, enjoying 360° panoramic views of San Francisco, the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Learn more about the project on KCBS Radio, in the San Francisco Chronicle and on Forbes.


Greenpoint Landing Breaks Ground for Next Phase

Today Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group broke ground on the next phase of development for Greenpoint Landing. This next phase includes one additional acre of public open space on the waterfront designed by Field Operations, expanding the existing esplanade and opening up this section of the Greenpoint waterfront for the first time in generations. This next acre will be developed along with two residential towers designed by OMA.

Read more on Real Estate Weekly.


Tongva Park: What goes into a park?

What goes into a park? Architect's Newspaper featured Tongva Park to illustrate the forces, material histories, and narratives behind the park's landscape design.

Read the feature in the October/November issue.


Field Operations Selected to Develop an Integrated Vision for the Tidal Basin

As part of a three-year campaign to ensure the Tidal Basin is preserved for future generations, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trust for the National Mall have teamed up to present the Ideas Lab. The Ideas Lab—focused on allowing for the exchange of solutions and approaches between designers, stakeholders and the public—selected five Lead Designers to participate. These Design Teams will develop an integrated vision for a resilient future for the Tidal Basin, addressing a full range of challenges and opportunities with results on view at a curated exhibition in Washington, D.C. in spring 2020.

Learn more about the Ideas Lab here and read about it in Curbed and the Architect's Newspaper.


Proposed Oakland A's Stadium Featured as Case Study on Effects of Sea Level Rise for Coastal Teams

The Bulletin highlights the proposed Oakland A's stadium as a model for other coastal teams that are facing or will face sea level and groundwater issues. The 55-acre waterfront property sits six feet above sea level, but the Oakland A's are planning for a long-term investment that will adapt with the climate over time.

Read more here.


Lisa Switkin Joins an "Ask the Experts" Workshop for the High Line Network's Beyond Economic Impact Symposium

As part of the Beyond Economic Impact: Charting the Field of Infrastructure Symposium, Senior Principal Lisa Switkin joined a workshop to speak about community input in design. These sessions allowed for engagement in small group discussions, facilitated by a diverse group of experts to generate ideas to move past organizational roadblocks. 

Read more about the symposium organized by the High Line Network here.


Isabel Castilla Featured in "8 Notable NYC Projects Designed by Latino Architects"

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Curbed compiled notable NYC structures designed by Latino architects. This list features the High Line, with Isabel Castilla, Principal at Field Operations, as lead designer and project manager for the High Line at the Rail Yards.

See the complete list on Curbed.


James Corner Joins Panel for Weitzman School's Celebration of Design

As part of the Weitzman School's Celebration of Design, James Corner, Founder and CEO of Field Operations, joined a panel discussion with other world-renowned designers. The panel, titled "Balancing Acts – The Interplay of Design, Technology and the Natural World," was focused on how the intentionality of our built environment influences and sometimes determines the way we live.

Find out more about this year's Celebration of Design here.


Hong Kong's K11 Musea Opens

K11 Musea—the final milestone in the 10-year transformation of Victoria Dockside—has opened! K11 Musea was designed with an interdisciplinary team to create a one of a kind cultural-retail space by combining art, craft, culture, architecture, interior design and technology

Read more about the collaboration of over 100 designers for the project on CLAD news, South China Morning Post and Forbes.


ARCHITECT Magazine: The High Line at 10

Karrie Jacobs from ARCHITECT Magazine revisits the High Line a decade after first opening in 2009, highlighting the maturation of the park while also considering what the development of this area might have been like without the High Line.

Following a walk with Robert Hammond, the High Line's co-founder and executive director, Jacobs observes of the High Line: "it's designed to immerse visitors in the city around them, a virtue that's even more striking after you've experienced Hudson Yards' uncanny isolation from the familiar patterns of New York City life."

Read the full article on ARCHITECT.


James Tenyenhuis Joins Panel for 2019 ASLA-NY, AIA, APA Annual Conference

James Tenyenhuis, Associate at Field Operations, joined a panel with focused on large-scale developments in New York City as part of the 2019 ASLA-NY, AIA, APA Annual Conference. Bringing together professionals from architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning, the conference encouraged cross-pollination among these professions, allowing for reflection on lessons learned and potential for the future.

James' panel, including Wayne Benjamin from Manhattan CB12, Paimaan Lodhi from REBNY, and Jessica Lappin from Alliance for Downtown New York, focused on current policies and urban design that shape these developments.

Learn more about the session here.


Domino Park Receives Honorable Mention in 2019 Innovation by Design Awards

Domino Park received an Honorable Mention in the Spaces, Places, and Cities category, selected by a roster of experts from across the design world.

See coverage on the Spaces, Places, and Cities category here.


Shelby Farms Park Featured on Tastemade

Shelby Farms Park—selected as one of three public spaces in the U.S. that are making a big impact—is featured in Tastemade's Petals Through Pavement series. The video highlights the power of nature in urban communities through the lens of two park visitors' stories. 

Watch the video here, produced as a collaboration between Tastemade and REI Co-Op.


Cornell Tech Campus Receives ULI Global Award for Excellence

Cornell Tech Campus was selected as one of eleven developments to receive the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, one of the development industry's most prestigious awards. The project received this award for the Framework Plan and Phase I Site Development—congratulations to the team!

Developers: Forest City Ratner Corporation; Hudson Companies; Related Companies; U3 Advisors; Cornell University; New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Designers: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; James Corner Field Operations.
Consultants: Karen Backus & Associates; Sirefman Ventures; Tishman Construction; AKF/In-Posse; Robert Silman; Philip Habib & Associates (PHA); Two Twelve; Fried Frank; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; DeSimone Engineers; Cerami & Associates; Pentagram; Gleeds; Langan Engineering; RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists; Brandston Partnership.

Highlighted as a new model for higher education in the U.S., the campus framework plan is more than 20 percent dedicated to public space and the campus is designed to be resilient and sustainable. Read more about the project and award from ULI here.


Field Operations Presents Framework for Portage Cove Waterfront Plan

As part of an event organized by the Alaska Arts Confluence, Field Operations presented a framework for the Portage Cove Waterfront Plan to the community in Haines, Alaska. Principal Tatiana Choulika and associate Colin Curley attended the event to have a conversation and get feedback on the design, thinking about future growth for Haines and how to best optimize the waterfront for the whole community.

Read more from Alaska Arts Confluence, on KHNS FM and in Chilkat Valley News.


Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square Highlighted in ASLA Guide to Universal Design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) published a Guide to Universal Design with the intention of creating a living resource to serve as an entry point into Universal Design, including case studies, research studies, articles and resources from non-profit organizations around the world. Santa Monica's Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square—which received the ASLA 2018 Professional General Design Honor Award—are cited as examples that as easily accessible to everyone from surrounding streets, feature seating with arms, wide paths and ramps, an accessible bathroom near the street, seating in the shade, consistent lighting and diverse plant life.

Reference ASLA's guide here.


Lincoln Road District Improvements Moving Forward

Following a vote on Wednesday, the plans to improve the Lincoln Road District will move forward with support from both the City and Lincoln Road property owners. 

Read more about the makeover for Lincoln Road in the Miami Herald and Indulge.


Renderings Revealed for First Look at Gansevoort Peninsula in Hudson River Park

On Wednesday, the preliminary design concept for Hudson River Park's Gansevoort Peninsula was revealed at a public meeting in the Meatpacking District. With the intention of having habitat and linking back into the larger estuary, the park will have a sandy beach area with kayak access and a seating area; a salt marsh, habitat enhancements; a large sports field; and on its western side, picnic tables and lounge chairs. 

Read more about the plans for the park and see renderings on Curbed and Tribeca Citizen.


James Corner Joins Panel for West Bund Waterfront

As part of the 2019 Waterfront Global Talk seminar, James Corner—Founder and CEO of Field Operations—joined a panel of leaders from other global design firms solicited to further develop the West Bund waterfront along the Huangpu River. The panel shared opinions for the development of the waterfront, building upon their previous involvement. Field Operations has created a blueprint for the 2-kilometer waterfront, with plans to activate 100,000 sq meters of cultural and commercial facilities.

Read more about the seminar at the West Bund Art Center here.


Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Named Finalist in 2019 WAF Awards

Our work for Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront has been named as a finalist for the prestigious WAF Awards in the 2019 World Architecture Festival! Congratulations to Victoria Dockside and the design team—KPF Associates, Urbis Limited, Ronald Lu & Partners, One Bite Design Studio, Eckersley O'Callaghan, Arup, WSP, Speirs + Major and Pentagram.

See the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront revitalization included in the Landscape: Urban category here.


Taopu Central Park Opens in Shanghai

Taopu Central Park recently opened its first phase with 62 acres of one of the largest green open spaces in Shanghai's central urban area. Focused on the graceful movement of nature and the human scale, the park supports vibrant social and urban programs to fit in with 21st-century Shanghai and create a "new nature" in the city.

INSAW Image documented the park, combined with an interview with Li Rui, Deputy Director of the Planning Department of Shanghai Garden Design Research Institute to discuss the design, relationships with Field Operations' previous work, ecological considerations and material selections for the park. 

Read the full interview and see the photos here.


Field Operations Projects Featured in Design With Nature Now Exhibition

Two Field Operations projects—Freshkills Park and Qianhai Water City—are featured among 25 selected for the Design With Nature Now exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania's McHarg Center for Urban Ecology. The exhibition is a survey of some of the most inventive ecologically-driven landscape infrastructure projects around the world, presenting a collective vision and strategies for ecological urbanism.

Find out more about the exhibition on the McHarg Center's website, on view in the Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery until September 15.


Alaskan Way Viaduct Demolition Transforms Seattle's Waterfront

Washington State Department of Transportation's plans for removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct are well underway, with demolition reaching the halfway point in early June. As demolition continues on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle is beginning to see the transformation with wide open views to the waterfront, previously obstructed by the viaduct. Once the demolition project wraps up, Seattle will continue moving forward with the Waterfront Seattle plan, which will include a generous pedestrian promenade designed by Field Operations as the core of the project.

Watch a time lapse of the demolition from Washington State Department of Transportation here and track the progress of the demolition here.


Richard Kennedy Lectures on Public Spaces in the City with AIA

Richard Kennedy, Senior Principal at Field Operations, joined AIA San Mateo County for a lecture about public spaces in the city. Richard highlighted recent work at Field Operations and the important role of parks and their contribution towards the social, economic and ecological well-being of the city.

Learn more about the event here.


Sanjukta Sen Presents at LAF Innovation and Leadership Symposium

Sanjukta Sen, Senior Associate at Field Operations, presented as part of the 2018–19 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. Sanjukta presented the work from her year-long project, titled What the Flood: Rethinking Frameworks for Urban Coastal Resilience, in which she looks at the regulatory frameworks around design-led solutions and proposals following major disasters and storm events. She asks the urgent question: Do these frameworks that govern urban waterfront development need a major rethink?

Watch Sanjukta's presentation here.


James Tenyenhuis Speaks in AIA'19 Conference for Panel on Density and Vertical Integration

James Tenyenhuis, Associate at Field Operations, spoke on a panel focused on density and vertical integration at the AIA'19 Conference for Architecture along with Jack Robbins from FXCollaborative and Daniel Baer from WSP. Their session explored how to move mixed-use beyond mere adjacency and go vertical with the goal of making city buildings more functional, livable and vital.

Learn more about the discussion through an article posted on AIA here.


East Palo Alto Receives $17.3M Grant for SAFER Bay Levee Project

After working on the SAFER Bay Levee project for many years, East Palo Alto received a $17.3 million grant with $5.5 million in matched funds from the City to protect against sea level rise. This project—when completed with a previous flood prevention project—will protect almost 5,000 residents and 1,500 homes, businesses, churches, schools and other entities from natural flooding, as 50% of the City of East Palo Alto lies in the FEMA floodplain.

"The Resilient by Design Challenge was instrumental in increasing public awareness of this need," said Ruben Abrica, East Palo Alto City Councilmember and SFCJPA Board Member. As part of RBD, the Field Operations Team created a vision for the Bay Area to better adapt to climate change, rising sea levels and related environmental stresses in the coming decades, working closely with the surrounding communities to envision a framework for adaptation. 

Read the City of East Palo Alto's press release.


High Line Spur Opens

After over a decade, the Spur—the final section of the High Line—is open!

The Spur extends east along West 30th Street through the lofted Coach Passage, leading through a lush woodland and ending above 10th Avenue with a public plaza. The plaza houses the High Line Plinth which is dedicated to a rotating series of contemporary art commissions. The Spur provides critical space for hosting more people on the High Line, enabling additional public programs and art events with a piazza that retains the existing rail tracks, cascading wooden seating steps and panoramic views.

Read more about the Spur on Friends of the High Line's website, Architectural Record and Curbed.


Field Operations Selected as Finalist for Middle Branch Waterfront Competition

Field Operations presented concepts for the Middle Branch Waterfront competition, one that aims to turn the shoreline of the Patapsco River into a more than 11-mile park system in South Baltimore.

Selected as a finalist from proposals from top landscape architecture firms around the world, Field Operations partnered with a Baltimore-based team. The Field Operations Team proposed a living shoreline that might sculpt and shape the edge into a series of marshes and mudflats, coves and woodlands, beaches and terraces, creating a thickened area for intertidal habitat and environmental resilience. This in turn creates new opportunity for social and recreational space with a continuous trail network and unprecedented access to the waterfront, including five "Social Porches" as new hubs for community gathering and recreation and piers to bring people out onto the water.

See the Field Operations "Middle Branch Shorelines" vision here and read more about the competition here.


The Landscape Architecture Foundation Releases Case Study on the High Line's Landscape Performance Benefits

A new case study of the High Line has been published to the Landscape Architecture Foundation's Landscape Performance Series! Our recently published case study with LAF, Friends of the High Line, and Urban Design Lab goes in-depth on all of the impacts the High Line has had on its environment and the surrounding city.

Read more about the High Line's landscape performance benefits in the case study here.


Design for Georgetown Canal Plan Moves Forward

Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service (NPS) recently shared updated draft concepts for the Georgetown Canal Plan at a public workshop. The design, led by Field Operations, continues to move forward as part of the Georgetown Canal Plan, which aspires to reimagine the one-mile section of Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park that runs through Georgetown and highlight its national significance by rejuvenating this section of the Canal into a dynamic, urban national park.

Read more about the project—led by Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service, with support from the D.C. Government and Georgetown Business Improvement District—on the C&O Canal’s website here.


Columbia Manhattanville Campus Receives ULI New York Award for Excellence in Institutional Development

Columbia's Phase 1 for the new 17-acre Manhattanville Campus received a 2019 ULI New York award, recognized in the Institutional Development category. Field Operations is the Open Space Master Planner and designing the public squares for the campus, one with a sustainable urban design that will unfold over decades.

Congratulations to the team: Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Davis Brody Bond LLP; Dattner Architects; WSP; Parsons Brinkerhoff; Jaros, Baum & Bolles; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Stantec; Sam Schawartz Engineering; Atelier Ten; e4; Jacobs Consultancy; VDA; Jenkins & Huntington; Arup; Tillotson Design Associates; IBA; Vidaris; Front, Inc; Davis Langdon; Aggleton & Associates; WJE Engineers & Architects; Shen Milson & Wilke, Inc; SEA Consulting Inc.; Pentagram; Fisher Dachs Associates; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Boyce Nemec; Cerami; AECOM; The Clarient Group; and VJ Associates.

Read more about this year's award winners on the ULI website here and from Columbia University 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.


New Plans Revealed for Oakland A's Stadium

As part of a new "softer" approach to the stadium on the city's waterfront, the team has revealed new plans for the Oakland A's. The occupiable green "ring" roof is modified from the previous diamond-shaped plan and opens up views of the adjacent waterfront.

The full team includes BIG, Gensler San Francisco, Atelier Ten, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Catellus, Fehr and Peers, and BKF. Construction is anticipated to start in 2021.

Read more in Architect's Newspaper.


Simone Leigh's Brick House Installed for Inaugural High Line Plinth

Brick House by Simone Leigh is now installed on the High Line Spur! The 16-ft-tall figure gazes down 10th Avenue and is the inaugural artwork installed on the High Line Plinth until September 2020.

Read more about Brick House here


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.


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.


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.


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, PerspectiveHong 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.


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.


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.


High Line Featured on Growing a Greener World

Growing A Greener World features the High Line in episode 907, interviewing Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line along with Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture. The episode discusses the history of the project and current plant cultivation strategies with Andi, including challenges that occur 30 ft up on a bridge structure and those that are a result of neighboring construction. Highlighting today's community and activities on the High Line today, Growing A Greener World underscores the benefit to visitors, which reached a total of 7.5 million in 2017.

Watch the episode 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.