Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Twenty Year Transformation

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Client: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Last year Brooklyn Bridge Park welcomed 5 million visitors: a mix of locals, far-flung metro area residents, and tourists from around the world. Af-ter twenty years of planning and construction, this 83-acre transformation of a post-industrial waterfront is almost complete, but the park has been a fixture in city life since the opening of its first segment in 2010. Having planned this ambitious project to be built incrementally, the designers focused the initial phases on the site's toughest challenges and greatest assets. Adjacent neighborhoods severed from the park site by city infrastructure were reengaged with program-rich urban nodes at existing connection points, while the first pier transformations were optimized for a range of water's edge activities, civic events and active program. Faced with challenging site conditions, the high standards for ecological performance set early in con-struction guided later phases and prompted further innovation. The combination of a locally-focused city edge and a transformative experience of the water cemented Brooklyn Bridge Park as a city park first, but one whose reach continues to grow.


Chicago Riverwalk | State Street to Franklin Street

Chicago, IL, USA
Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects
Client: Chicago Department of Transportation

Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery

Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Client: City of Iqaluit

Longwood Gardens Main Fountain Garden

Kennett Square, PA, USA
West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
Client: Longwood Gardens Inc.

Re-Envisioning Pulaski Park

Northampton, MA, USA
Client: City of Northampton

Tippet Rise Art Center

Fishtail, MT, USA
Client: Tippet Rise Art Center

Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square

Santa Monica, CA, USA
James Corner Field Operations LLC
Client: City of Santa Monica

Walker Art Center Wurtele Upper Garden

Minneapolis, MN, USA
Inside | Outside + HGA
Client: Walker Art Center



Balcones Residence

Austin, TX, USA
Word + Carr Design Group

Organized around a series of negative spaces created by the architecture, the design invites visitors to enjoy intimate garden moments and expansive views to the broader landscape.

Situated on a rocky hillside with little topsoil, twenty-five feet of grade change, and a bevy of existing invasive plants, work to restore the site's vegetation was one of the biggest challenges in creating a successful and beautiful landscape.

Collaborating closely with both client and architect, a design-build modus allowed the landscape team to carefully orchestrate moments of design in the field when unforeseen conditions or opportunities arose.

Mitigation and excavation of invasive ligustrum, morning glory, and jasmine with air spading revealed sinuous limestone strata. These newly-exposed edges were incorporated into the plan and underscore the site's sensitive redevelopment.

Use of native grasses and succulents met the client's needs for a low-maintenance, low-water- use garden, while building habitat and fostering soil formation, transforming the site's ecology.

The restrained material palette underscores the elegance of the architecture and highlights the grandeur and simple beauty of the Texas landscape.



Portland, OR, USA Studio
Client: Key Development Group



A Colorado Legacy: I-25 Conservation Corridor Master Plan

Douglas County, CO, USA
Design Workshop - Aspen
Client: The Conservation Fund

Over 73,000 vehicles travel the Front Range corridor between Colorado Springs and Denver on any given day. This area is growing fast. Population is increasing at a clip of 1,000 per-month and construction continues to change the skyline. South of Castle Rock, however, sweeping views of the mountains emerge amidst a pristine foreground of rolling grasslands, mesas and historic ranches. This unique 17-mile stretch of Interstate 25 lies undeveloped following the implementation of the I-25 Conservation Corridor Master Plan, the result of a strong strategic vision coupled with unprecedented cooperation among conservation organizations, government entities and private landowners.

The Conservation Fund, in collaboration with the landscape architect, initiated a strategy to engage residents and government officials in conserving open lands to forever protect scenic vistas, water quality, wildlife, clean air and recreational opportunities along the corridor. Devised to offer solutions to the surrounding uncontrolled sprawl, the plan leveraged unique planning methods and limited development strategies to achieve what had been previously considered impossible: preservation of over 100,000 acres of open space along Colorado's Front Range.


Extending Our History, Embracing Our Future

Madison, WI, USA
SmithGroup (Team Lead) + Hoerr Schaudt
Client: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Iowa Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan

Lyon County, IA, USA
Quinn Evans Architects
Client: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, and the Lyon County Conservation Board

Willamette Falls Riverwalk

Oregon City, OR, USA
Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed, and DIALOG
Project Partners: Oregon Metro, City of Oregon City; Clackamas County; State of Oregon; PGE Falls Legacy, LLC





100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, USA
Landscape Architecture Section, Knowlton School, The Ohio State University

Beginning in 2015, the landscape architecture program of The Ohio State University launched a multi-part initiative to celebrate its centennial. Forming around a common theme of making, the initiative gathered archival material and crafted new objects to tell the story of the program. The result helped bring together a community in transition, and provided an innovative look at the profession's history through the institution that has reliably represented its heart.

The initiative comprised four interwoven projects. First, a series of informational banners were installed throughout the program's home of Knowlton Hall. These banners were translated into a brochure of infographics for alumni, prospective students, and friends of the program. An exhibition collected 100 years of the program's student work. Finally, the program gathered its history in a book, published in 2017 as Testing Grounds: 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University. The title points to a major theme for each piece: Ohio State's position as a bellwether of the landscape profession and academy, a site where new practices are tested and perfected.


Homeplace: Conversation Guides for Six Communities, Rebuilding After Hurricane Matthew

Multiple communities, NC, USA
NC State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab
Client: Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI)

VanPlay: Plan to Play

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Design Workshop – Denver/Aspen
Client: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation



From Weapons to Wildlife: The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan

Commerce City, CO, USA
Design Workshop - Denver
Client: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army, United States Government, and Shell Oil Company

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan served a visionary purpose in the conversion of a 17,000-acre Superfund site into one of our nation's largest urban wildlife refuges. The catalyst – the Refuge Act of 1992 – set forth the challenge to maximize public use at levels compatible with the conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat.

Addressing pressing land use issues of the early 21st century – conservation, habitat protection and management, pollution control, cleanup and reuse, public use, recreation, environmental education and sustainable development – the CMP conceptualized a pioneering approach to dynamic, novel ecosystems where restoration would harbor living ecologies while simultaneously providing recreational opportunities. Demonstrating the role landscape architecture may play in complex, contaminated lands, the CMP represented a model for how public and private partnerships may assist with the large-scale remediation of decommissioned military sites into public wildlife reserves.

"The Rocky Mountain Arsenal is the crown jewel of open space…and a place of enjoyment for all the people of Colorado." – Former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar