Field Operations wins Qianhai Urban Design Competition

Field Operations Model

Field Operations Model

James Corner’s Field Operations has won the International Urban Design Competition for Qianhai area, within Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. The design divides the 18.04 square kilometre(approx. 7 sq .miles) area into easily manageable districts with unique architectural typologies and functions. Field Operations won the competition due to intensive compact and diverse design that follows the principles of sustainability, and encircling the city’s most important one of the resources – water.  The design is envisioned as a “coastal water-town” that  focuses on eco-innovation whilst simultaneously creating a diverse waterfront urban environment which continues through the entire 18 square km area.

The area is to be the 2nd CBD/CAD in Shenzhen with Futian District being the 1st.  Qianhai will play an important role in development of the Pearl River Delta. The  new CBD will located along Metro Line 1 & 5 and the new high speed and inter-city railway lines and expressway links between Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou. Also within Qianhai where 3.7 square kilometres will be developed by joint-venture between Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments as a  Service Park similar to the Suzhou-Singapore Development in Suzhou.  The new city is envisioned to be the next Sydney , Hong Kong and Vancouver.

2nd Prize was won by BLAU Architecture & Urbanism and 3rd prize went to OMA

BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)

BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)

OMA (3rd Prize) Qianhai

OMA (3rd Prize)

Sixty-two companies worldwide had submitted designs to Shenzhen’s urban planning commission since it launched an international design competition Dec. 31. Eight finalists with two backups were chosen including:

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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of National Design Awards

James Corner, Field Operations has been awarded the National Design Award in the area of Landscape Design and Kieran Timberlake wins the award for Architecture.

The finalists for the Landscape Design Award included Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, and Stoss Landscape Urbanism.

The Awards are given in various areas of Design including Landscape, Architecture, Communication, Interior, Fashion, Product Design, Interaction Design, Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Corporate and Institutional Achievement.

The 2010 National Design Award nominations were solicited from a committee of more than 2,500 designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. Nominees must have at least seven years of experience in order to be nominated, and winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation and public impact of their body of work.

Field Operations wins Santa Monica project *UPDATE*

Christopher Hawthorne reported recently for the Los Angeles Times that Field Operations has won the project for the 7 acres around the Santa Monica City Hall beating out teams including Frank Gehry & Peter Walker. The Field Operations proposal was the only one without an architecture firm attached.

For more information about the project  read the full article at the [SOURCE: Los Angeles Times (Christopher Hawthorne) – High Line designer wins park job in Santa Monica]


Christopher Hawthorne published his follow-up piece about Field Operations (James Corner) winning the Santa Monica Project which has a $25-million budget. His article includes some comments from his interview with James Corner. Hawthorne also summarises the developments that surround the site including the new Exposition light rail, a musuem and apartment developments.

Read the follow-up article by Christopher Hawthorne at the [SOURCE: LA Times – James Corner and Santa Monica are made for each other]

Landscape Architects in NY Mag’s – Reasons to Love New York

New York Magazine recently published its ‘Reasons to Love New York’ and in at No.33 was Because Times Square will never be finished and reported that

When the department of Transportation closed seven blocks of Broadway to cars this summer, New Yorkers were offered an object lesson in how profoundly urban space can be altered by a few traffic barriers and a bucket of paint. Within hours, the newly pedestrianized Times Square was colonized by wanderers, nearby office workers, and tourists calling home (“You will not believe where I am standing!”).

Pier 11 back on table

Metro International reports

PHILADELPHIA. Redevelopment of a 1-acre pier shooting into the Delaware River has been touted as a change for the better at the mostly-ignored waterfront …….

“There is a lot of physical problems why [development has] been difficult to achieve in the past not the least is the highway,” said James Corner of design firm Field Operations, which won the contract to redesign Pier 11……

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Metro – Pier 11 development is back on city’s radar

Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition

OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.

SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design

For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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After Years of Advocacy, Newly Renovated High Line Opens – reports

Standing on a newly renovated stretch of an elevated promenade that was once a railway line for delivering cattle — surrounded by advocates, elected officials and architects who made the transformation happen

SOURCE: After Years of Advocacy, Newly Renovated High Line Opens –

Design Team
James Corner Field Operations
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
For the full design team go to the Highline website
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