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.

The Underline's Brickell Backyard Opens

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.

Field Operations Team Selected for London's Camden Highline

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


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.


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.


Sanjukta Sen Joins Silman Resiliency Forum

Over the course of four virtual sessions, the Silman Resiliency Forum brought together engineers, designers, policy makers, and academics to identify limitations and develop strategies for continued progress and innovation in building resiliency and pushing past roadblocks. Sanjukta Sen, Senior Associate at Field Operations, joined for the first session focused on the NYC waterfront.

Learn more about the sessions here.


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.


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.


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."