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.

Tidal Basin Ideas Lab Launches Virtual Exhibition

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 neighborhoodsnow.nyc, in Architect's Newspaper, or watch the Summit recording here.

Field Operations Joins Neighborhoods Now Initiative

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


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 1.1 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.


James Corner Recognized in The Power List 2020

Featured in The Power List 2020: Urbanists, James Corner is recognized by Avenue for making NYC a better place to live.

"Name a New York City green space created in the past 15 years, and Corner and his team have likely had a hand in creating it."

See the list 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.


James Corner Joins Jury Panel for Humankind: After Covid-19

James Corner joined the jury panel for the ARK's Humankind: After Covid-19 Competition, along with James Shen, Binke Lendhart, Juan Pablo Huerta, Arcelia McGregor, and Oscar Hernández. The competition tasked teams with proposing a visionary project that could revive the economy of a region, city, or community affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Check out winning projects selected by the jury here.


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.


James Corner Joins Jury for WARMING Competition

James Corner joined a jury of esteemed architects and design professionals for the 2020 WARMING Competition. The international competition calls on students and professionals to submit projects that respond to our changing climate and the environment, proposing new or adapted architecture that explores this subject.

Review winning competition entries here and read about the competition in ArchDaily.


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.


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.


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.