This Week In Landscape | 29 September 2013

A weekly update of some of what happened in Landscape Architecture this week….

On Governors Island, 30 Acres of Open Space Are Becoming a True Park | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
That is now changing, as teams of workers and gardeners lay the stone plazas that next summer will be sprinkled with bistro chairs, and plant 60 species of trees — 1,500 in all. They are also installing 50 red hammocks and creating a maze of hedges and formal gardens planted with perennials like aster daisies. The 30 acres, called Governors Island Park, will offer far more space for recreation and relaxation.

James van Sweden, Father of the New American Garden, Dies | J. Green | The Dirt
One of America’s most influential landscape architects, James van Sweden, FASLA, co-founder of Oehme van Sweden, died last week at age 78 from complications from Parkinson’s disease.

The White House Honors Design Award Winners | Stuart Emmrich | NY Times
Among this year’s winners were the architect Michael Sorkin, the fashion designer Behnaz Sarafpour, the landscape architect Margie Ruddick, the design firm Studio Gang Architects, and Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.
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Governors Island opens with new spaces and behind the scenes tours


Governors Island will open to the public on Saturday 25 May with new spaces and behind the scenes tours. Soissons Landing and the South Battery are new spaces that have been transformed. The South Battery, once a parking lot is now a new green space surrounding one of the Island’s forts.

Soissons Landing and the South Battery are part of the Park and Public space master plan designed by the acclaimed landscape architecture firm West 8. The first phase includes 30 acres of new park in the center of the Island that has always been off limits to the public.
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NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park

NYC breaks ground on new Governors Island Park
The Shell at Liberty Terrace

Recently, New York City officials broke ground on Phase 1 of the new Governors Island Park, with over 30 acres including Liggett Terrace, a six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a ten acre space that is home to 2,000 new trees, play areas and hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. Also to be built will be welcome areas, a re-graded Parade Ground and key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.

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The City of Dreams 2012-2013 Pavilion Design Competition

Governors Island (Image Credit: Flickr User AJP79)

The 2012-2013 pavilion will be the third City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, be able to enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?

 

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New York City gains control of Governors Island & releases Master Plan

Mayor Bloomberg announces Governors Island Masterplan

New York City Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, Assembly Speaker Silver and State Senator Squadron announces an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Governors Island

At a recent press conference Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel L. Squadron announced an agreement on the long-term development, funding and governance of Governors Island in which New York City will have primary responsibility to develop and operate the island.  The newly-created Governors Island Operating Entity will be responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of 150 acres of Governors Island.

As a part of the announcement, the City and the State together released the Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan, a comprehensive design for 87 acres of open green space, rejuvenating existing landscapes in the National Historic District, transforming the southern half of the island and creating a 2.2 mile Great Promenade along the waterfront. The park and public space plan was designed by a team led by the landscape architecture firm West 8. Governors Island reopens for public use on June 5.  Moving forward with the Park and Public Space Master Plan, schematic design and environmental review will begin later this year and continue through 2011. Following that, community review will commence in 2012, and pending review, the first phase of construction will begin in late 2012.

[SOURCE: New York City]

Below are the renders that were released with the City and State Release Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan for 87 Acres of Open Green Space

Visitors stopping at South Battery to enjoy the view

Visitors stopping at South Battery to enjoy the view

The Hammock Grove has shaded lawn and hammocks for relaxing

The Hammock Grove has shaded lawn and hammocks for relaxing

The Lower Level Promenade has spectacular views close to the water

The Lower Level Promenade has spectacular views close to the water

The Shell at Liberty Terrace is integrated into the landscape providing a sculptures seating area

The Shell at Liberty Terrace is integrated into the landscape providing a sculptured seating area

The Hills draw visitors down a pathway into a canyon-like landscape toward the Harbor

The Hills draw visitors down a pathway into a canyon-like landscape toward the Harbor

Ball players and spectators get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty

Ball players and spectators get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty

[IMAGE CREDIT: West 8, Rogers Marvel Architects, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, SMWM, Urban Design+]

[IMAGE SOURCE: Governors Island Park & Public Space]

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Also recently published was the architectural review by NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF of the Governors Island Master Plan in the [New York Times - Governors Island Vision Adds Hills and Hammock]

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