Sixty miles north of New York City, we’ve transformed a postindustrial site into a popular riverfront park, where art, recreation, and environmental education enable visitors to forge deeper connections with the Hudson River and its history. Originally a wooden pier and basaltic railroad fill on tide flats, but vastly degraded throughout much of the twentieth century, the recuperated property has returned a vital part of Beacon’s waterfront to an active, diverse, and resilient landscape. Three phases of remediation and ecological restoration have been completed, earning a three-star ranking from the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
Set in a wooded, 7 acre site above Cedar Creek Lake, this series of buildings are weaved discreetly below the tree line and take advantage of commanding views of the surrounding lake. The collaborative effort between design team and client transformed a long-held family property at into a legacy weekend destination where the harmony between built structure and site results in a completed project that feels as if it has been in situ for years. This master plan addressed the project from the street to the lake in helping to site the house, pavilion, tennis court, and large garage barn amongst a high canopy of existing loblolly pine trees and live oaks.
The landscape architects led the consultant team and worked with the client, stakeholder agencies and neighborhood groups to develop an urban design plan and feasibility study for the redevelopment of the 45 acre Penn’s Landing site, with an emphasis on an integrated approach to the overall development strategy, infrastructure needs and public realm opportunities. The plan resulted in strategies for transportation systems, structural deck systems and the design concept for a world class 21st century urban park that will catalyze the realization of almost 2 million square feet of mixed-use waterfront development and result in an overall economic benefit of $1.6 billion for the city. After years of planning for Penn’s Landing, the Feasibility Study for the first time represents a plan embraced by all stakeholders and sets forth a clear path for funding, phasing and implementation of this long held ambition to connect downtown Philadelphia to the Delaware River.
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This intimately scaled garden built atop a parking garage at the Art Institute of Chicago greets more than two million visitors each year and is open to the public, free of charge. Completed in 1967, it is among Dan Kiley’s best preserved commissions. Moving inward from Michigan Avenue, two raised beds are planted with three staggered rows of honey locust trees, shading privet, ground cover, and flowering bulbs. The central plaza space is bisected by a rectangular pool terminating at the Fountain of the Great Lakes, sculpted by Lorado Taft in 1913. On either side of the pool, raised planters of cockspur hawthorn trees provide seating. Each planter is sited 20 feet on center and planted with ground cover and herbaceous plants for color in the summer months. The trees create a canopy over the entire plaza and frame the fountain.