The construction of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus transformed a contaminated 12-acre parking lot in the heart of Seattle into an ecologically and socially sustainable hub for global collaboration and local engagement. The landscape architects designed the site to serve as the ground that connects employees and regenerates the surrounding community meeting the Foundation’s principles of having a global mission with local roots.
Preservation and enhancement of this site’s forest, and the use of native materials, with innovative and visible rain water collection systems, define and organize these gardens, by highlighting water collection strategies. An intensely collaborative process from inception allowed our firm and project architect to work simultaneously, allowing a dialogue through planning, design resolution and construction of all site and garden elements.
The TechTown District Plan articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of TechTown, a knowledge district in Midtown Detroit. The plan leverages the potential of the three institutions that anchor the district – Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies, and the Henry Ford Health System – to create a dynamic hub for innovation, collaboration and production. Carefully curated public realm improvements, focused around a new central plaza, will foster private investment over time.
The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley honors the life and legacy of this pioneering and influential Modernist landscape architect through a traveling exhibition of newly-commissioned photography that surveys twenty-seven of Kiley’s 1000+ designs, an illustrated exhibition guide, and an in-depth, profusely-illustrated Web site with newly-gathered recollections from colleagues. The project also assesses the current condition of Kiley’s landscape legacy and promotes informed stewardship of those places and Modernist landscape architecture generally.
Across the nation, children lack access to nature. In fact, the result of the decline in nature-based activities is so significant, it now has a name: Nature Deficiency Disorder. Some sources suggest they are outside less than 50 percent as much as they were ten years ago. The reasons for this decline are not well understood. The focus of the Larimer County study is to understand the underlying patterns for the decline and the barriers to nature connections. Analyzing existing community structures with the application of spatial data has helped determine how the physical organization of cities either encourages or discourages interaction with natural areas.
Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square illustrates what can happen when a visionary idea is realized through excellent design. Enormously popular from the day it opened, this 1.7-acre park is often credited with jump-starting Boston’s downtown revival. Built on the roof of a 7-level underground garage, it continues to be a model of public-private cooperation and stands as an exemplar of contemporary design in harmony with its urban surroundings. The Park at Post Office Square has become a model for center city parks in the 21st century, cited by designers, public advocates, municipal officials and educators, alike.