Field Operations Selected to Design The Underline's Phase 3-9 with NV2A, Central Civil Construction and Stantec

2022.10.19

Following conclusion of the procurement process with Miami-Dade County, Field Operations has been selected to design The Underline's Phase 3-9 from SW 19th Ave to the Dadeland South Metrorail Station! The project was awarded to the NV2A Central design-build team, and Field Operations will be working closely with NV2A Group, Central Civil Construction, and Stantec on this third and final phase of The Underline. Stretching for 7.5 miles under the Miami Metrorail, this phase will complete The Underline, inclusive of six Metrorail stations and connecting Miami, Coral Gables, South Miami, and Dadeland South.

Follow along for additional updates with Friends of The Underline.

Field Operations Selected to Design The Underline's Phase 3-9 with NV2A, Central Civil Construction and Stantec

Freshkills Park in Forthcoming Exhibition at MoMA

2022.09.27

Freshkills Park is part of Architecture Now: New York, New Publics at the Museum of Modern Art, the inaugural installation of a new exhibition series that will be on view in February 2023.

New York, New Publics will explore the ways in which New York City-based practices have been actively expanding the relationship of metropolitan architecture to different publics through 12 recently completed projects, including Freshkills Park. A 21-acre portion of the larger 2,200-acre park, North Park offers a new entrance and pathway opening this year, bringing visitors to spectacular overlooks within the park, once the world's largest landfill.

More details about the exhibition in MoMA's press release and Architect's Newspaper.

Freshkills Park in Forthcoming Exhibition at MoMA

Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens

2022.07.17

Opened to the public on July 17, Presidio Tunnel Tops celebrates the enormity of the San Francisco Bay horizon with 360-degree views capturing the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and Downtown San Francisco. On its opening weekend, the park welcomed thousands of visitors with live performances, music, campfire talks with park rangers, art, food, and an introduction to all the new open spaces to gather and play.

“Today is a day of celebration for San Franciscans as our city opens a majestic new public space. Presidio Tunnel Tops will serve as a beautiful beacon of recreation, education, and community," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new park. "Visitors in the Bay Area and beyond will benefit from this magnificent new park—now and for generations to come."

Read more about Presidio Tunnel Tops in the San Francisco Chronicle, Architect's Newspaper, and Smithsonian Magazine.

Presidio Tunnel Tops Opens

2022.11.19

City of Cleveland Selects Field Operations to Lead New Master Plan for Cleveland's Downtown Lakefront

Following a competitive request for proposals process that included 18 design teams, Field Operations has been selected to lead a new master plan for Cleveland's downtown lakefront.

Building on previous experience working in Cleveland and on major waterfront projects in Seattle, San Francisco, Baltimore, and other cities around the world, Field Operations will kick off planning efforts in early 2023 with a team that brings deep knowledge of Cleveland and this particular site and community. City Councilman Kerry McCormack, one of the selection committee members, said "They have got world-class design. They have got connections in Cleveland. And they are really—meaningfully and organically—focused on community ownership of the project. And that really stood out to me."

Learn more about the project on Cleveland.com and Crain's Cleveland Business.

2022.11.11

Richard Kennedy, Lisa Switkin, and Kerry Huang Present at ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture

Richard Kennedy and Lisa Switkin, Senior Principals at Field Operations, and Kerry Huang, Senior Associate at Field Operations, will each be presenting as part of the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture this year.

With Dou Zhang from Sasaki and Keiko Tsuruta of WRT, Lisa will lead a session to explore how the post-industrial landscape can redefine its ecological, social, and economic value to build resilient communities. Richard and Kerry from the San Francisco Field Operations office will join Michael Boland, and Greg Moore for The Presidio Tunnel Tops – Transforming Infrastructure into a Park for All, a field session held at the newly-opened park in the Presidio.

Richard will also join Michael Boland, Mary Margaret Jones, and Greg Moore for Curating the Presidio: From Historic Military Post to World-class Park, as well as San Francisco Waterfront Transformation with Kevin Conger from CMG Landscape Architecture, Shannon Nichol from GGN, and Pamela Conrad from CMG Landscape Architecture.

Learn more about the sessions and sign up on the ASLA 2022 Conference on Landscape Architecture website.

2022.10.21

Field Operations, DS+R and FXCollaborative Lead Archtober Tour of Columbia University Business School & The Square

As part of the Center for Architecture's Archtober programming, Field Operations, DS+R, and FXCollaborative will lead a Building of the Day tour for both the Columbia Business School and The Square. 

Columbia Business School’s new home spans approximately 492,000 square feet across two buildings that reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, and highly social character of the business in the 21st century. The two new facilities, Henry R. Kravis Hall and David Geffen Hall, double the School’s current square footage, creating multifunctional spaces that foster a sense of community—spaces where students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners can gather to exchange ideas.

The Square is a 40,000-square-foot public green space at the heart of the new Manhattanville Campus. Situated between the Columbia Business School’s two new buildings, the Square emphasizes accessibility and openness, creating a new kind of urban academic campus that fosters social interaction and collaboration among students, faculty members, alumni, and the neighboring community.

Register to attend the tour on the Archtober website.

2022.10.06

Qatar Museums Cultural District Opens First Phase, International Flag Plaza

As part of our larger Qatar Museum Cultural District & Park project in Doha, we recently celebrated the opening of the first phase, the International Flag Plaza. A dramatic new gateway along the Corniche, the community square will host festivals, celebrations, and other events in Qatar, set amidst flags from over 120 nations. The plaza welcomes the world to Doha in advance of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in November.

Read more about the opening in the Gulf Times and Yahoo.

2022.09.30

Domino Park Receives 2022 ASLA Honor Award

Domino Park was recognized in the 2022 ASLA Professional Awards, representing the highest level of achievement in the landscape architecture profession. Receiving an Honor Award, Domino Park is the first phase of the transformation of the former Domino Sugar Factory site into an ambitious mixed-use development project, sited within an area with one of the lowest ratios of open space to people. Inspired by community input and the site’s rich history, the 5-acre Domino Park reconnects Williamsburg to the East River for the first time in 160 years and provides much-needed open space for local residents while honoring its history as a working waterfront.

The ASLA jury commented on their appreciation for how "the old infrastructure was given new life with the insertion of so many different types of public forums and landscapes.”

Learn more on the ASLA website.

2022.09.23

Isabel Castilla Speaks About the Future of Landscape Architecture at Future Fest

Isabel Castilla, Principal at James Corner Field Operations, will speak at Architizer Future Fest on September 23. She will present her ideas on the future of landscape architecture and share insight from her projects, including West End Square in Dallas and The Underline in Miami, both of which were recognized in the 2022 Architizer A+Awards.

Watch the recording here.

2022.09.21

Matt Grunbaum Joins "The Healing City" Panel with Architects for Health

Field Operations' Matt Grunbaum joins Architects for Health for "The Healing City" on September 21. Joining Steven Ware from ArtBuild, Sam Evans from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Lucy Pickford from OLGA Agency, Matt will speak to his experience with the High Line in Manhattan and the Camden Highline in London, with the livestream panelist conversation exploring the importance of community ownership of green space and the benefits of public space of mental health.

Learn more about the event and register on Architects for Health's website.

2022.09.15

Field Operations Selected for Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge

Field Operations has been selected as one of three finalists to participate in the Lake Monona Watefront Design Challenge! Following a request for qualifications, the firms will craft a master plan to reimagine the Lake Monona waterfront between Olin Park and Williamson Street.

Read about the design challenge in Madison.com and find out more about the event series that's open to the public with the City of Madison.

2022.09.15

Qianhai's Guiwan Park and Dallas' West End Square Recognized in 2022 Innovation by Design Awards

Both Guiwan Park in Qianhai, Shenzhen and West End Square in Dallas have been recognized in the 2022 Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards! The awards honor the designers and businesses solving the most crucial problems of today and anticipating the pressing issues of tomorrow.

Check out Guiwan Park included in the best urban design of 2022, and find both Guiwan Park and West End Square included in the most innovative architecture of 2022.

2022.08.21

Changi Airport’s Ambitious Plans for Terminal 5 are Announced

Addressing the nation during his annual National Day Rally speech, Prime Minister Lee spoke about Singapore’s decision to press ahead with Changi Airport’s T5 development. “When completed in the mid-2030s, T5 will show the world the kind of place Singapore is…[and] will be a place that all Singaporeans can take pride in and enjoy,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

As landscape architect, Field Operations is working with KPF, Heatherwick Studio, and Changi Airport Group to reimagine the airport experience for Terminal 5 at Changi Airport in Singapore. Designed as a green and sustainable terminal building, Terminal 5 will welcome up to 50 million more passengers a year to the most celebrated international airport in the world.

The design team envisioned each space within the terminal as an opportunity to create a neighborhood with its own character. Rather than an immense piece of infrastructure disconnected from the city, the terminal becomes an engaging new district, one that channels the city-state’s lush, natural landscape and lively, urban scale to elevate the airport experience for both travelers and Singaporeans alike.

Learn more about the project from Changi Airport Group and read about it in CNN Travel.

2022.06.28

2022 Navy Yard Plan Revealed

Charting the next 20 years of equitable growth, the 2022 Navy Yard Plan—a collaborative effort between Field Operations, PIDC, Ensemble/Mosaic, a multidisciplinary team of consultants, and numerous stakeholders over the course of the past year—was revealed today. Our full team that contributed their expertise to the Plan includes DIGSAU, Urbane Development, Mdesigns, Toole Design, Pennoni, David Mason + Associates, Rodriguez Consulting, Sherwood Design Engineers, HERA Laboratory Planners, THA Consulting, Re:Vision Architecture, Dharam Consulting, and Amber Art & Design.

The Plan delivers an estimated 12,000 new jobs, 8.9 million sf of new mixed-use development, and $6 billion of new investment. Each facet of the 2022 Navy Yard Plan is guided by framework principles that were intentionally crafted to create a new standard of equitable development moving forward.

Learn more about the 2022 Navy Yard Plan here and read about it in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

2022.06.07

West End Square and The Underline's Brickell Backyard Recognized in Architizer A+Awards

Both The Underline's Brickell Backyard and West End Square are winners in the 10th Annual Architizer A+Awards! The Underline's Brickell Backyard received a Jury Award in the Architecture +Urban Transformation category and West End Square received a Popular Choice Award in the Public Parks & Green Spaces category.

Learn more about The Underline's Brickell Backyard and West End Square.

2022.06.01

Field Operations Selected to Design Ssangnyeong Forest Park

This summer, Field Operations kicked off design for Ssangnyeong Forest Park, a 100-acre neighborhood park set within the mountains and valleys near the Gyeongancheon stream in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. With a focus on nature, kids and family, art, and history, the master plan features a placemaking strategy that “pushes and pulls” to reconstruct terrain and create platforms and terraces for programming on a site with dramatic topography.

The design draws inspiration from the 500-year-old porcelain culture of the area as well as the site itself with winding trails and pathways that echo the site’s contours. Park features will be designed for programming throughout the seasons, creating a unique park that fosters a reconnection with nature, offers opportunities for play, and incorporates the region’s rich culture and history.

2022.05.31

LAF Publishes Case Study on Cornell Tech Campus, Phase 1

Cornell Tech Campus' first phase was assessed and documented through LAF's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, a unique research collaboration among faculty researchers, designers, and students. Through this in-depth case study, the team was able to research the impacts of this responsive and high-performance landscape which reflects Cornell Tech’s mission to promote community sustainability and resilience through informed stewardship.

Explore the full case study with Landscape Performance Series.

2022.05.19

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.

2022.05.06

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.

2022.04.30

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.