PROFILE | Signe Nielsen, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects

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Signe Nielsen | Principal, Mathews Nielsen

To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), we thought it would be great to talk to Signe Nielsen, Principal at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. Mathews Nielsen has several projects currently showing as part of the Built By Women exhibition in New York.   Signe Nielsen is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has led more than 400 projects, nationally and globally. But her sense of design’s public mission extends far beyond these interventions. In addition to her hands-on project leadership, she is the co-author of several books on sustainable and green design for the NYC Department of Design and Construction. Signe has taught at Pratt Institute for more than two decades and has also lectured and juried competitions at institutions around the world, including Harvard University and the Ecole Normale Superiure in Paris.

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West 125th Street Under Construction


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Mathews Nielsen’s $14.5M streetscape enhancement project for West 125th Street between Old Broadway and the Hudson River in West Harlem is now under construction. Commissioned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and dovetailing with the West Harlem Master Plan, the project will provide better public connectivity to the West Harlem Piers park (on the Hudson between St. Clair Place and West 135th Street) and prepares for the future development of Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion.

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Pier 42 masterplan by Mathews Nielsen

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Late last month, the Pier 42 masterplan received approval from a Community Board 3 subcommittee and is currently awaiting final approval by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York and the full board of Community Board 3 to move ahead. Recently WLA asked Mathews Nielsen (the landscape architect) what was unique about this project,

“Pier 42 uses a combination of newly created soft shoreline edge and an inboard ridge to dissipate wave action and protect against both flooding and future sea level rise. The park will place mechanical systems and small park buildings above the new 100 year flood line and seeks to use solar-powered lighting to eliminate any electrical conduit from vulnerability. All plant material and hardscape finishes within the flood zone will be tolerant of period inundation.” – Signe Nielsen, Principal, Mathews Nielsen

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WLA 11 | Landscape Architecture Magazine


WLA 11 is the latest edition of WLA Magazine with projects from across the world for $3.99USD. WLA 11 magazine includes 19 projects contributed by LDA Design, OKRA, Mathews Nielsen, Carve, BUUR & Latz+Partners, AECOM, Atlas Lab & Scott Allen, Mandaworks, ASPECT Studios, DWG. Urban Landscape Architects and many others. This edition includes conceptual and built projects from students and various small landscape design and multi-discipline firms. WLA 11 features high quality projects from the USA, China, South Africa, Australia, Netherlands, UK, Portugal, Canada,  Greece, Sweden and Zimbabwe.



West Point Foundry Preserve Park Opens to the Public


Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects announces the opening of its West Point Foundry Preserve project in the Village of Cold Spring, New York. Located on a dramatic 87-acre, forested site along the Hudson River, the $3.6M sustainable park interprets the locale’s historic ruins while respecting and revealing its industrial and ecological history. Scenic Hudson, the largest environmental group focused on protecting and restoring the Hudson Valley, owns the preserve and commissioned Mathews Nielsen for the project, which was supported in part by a Preserve America grant.

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This Week In Landscape | 18 August 2013

A weekly summary of links from around the world to keep you informed about the latest news in landscape architecture

How urban scars are being remade into vibrant, vital playgrounds | Alex Bozikovic | Globe & Mail
“One of the mistakes of the late 20th century was to think of parks as an escape from the city,” says Michael Van Valkenburgh, the landscape architect whose office is designing Corktown Common. “I think it’s very different to think of a park as an essential piece of the city, as opposed to ‘not urban.’”

Q&A: Kim Mathews and Signe Nielsen | Susan S. Szenasy| Metropolis Magazine
“Here the principals of the New York firm, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, Kim Mathews, RLA, ASLA and Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, talk about the evolution of their profession, their commitment to teaching, writing, lecturing, their research-informed work, as well as the new appreciation of design in the public realm.”

He beautifies an already beautiful San Diego | Nina Garin | UT San Diego
“Landscape architect Glen Schmidt is responsible for some of the county’s best outdoor spaces”

Can you see the landscape architecture for the trees? | Christopher Vollan | Rize
Landscape architecture, at its best, is much more than the arrangement of greenery, furniture and lawn. Like building architecture, it requires deep knowledge of site history and characteristics balanced with future intentions. As a reflection of our high aspirations in this regard, @MtPleasant2016 is proud to have engaged PWL Landscape architects…”

ASLA survey shows uneven economic picture for Landscape Architecture firms | ASLA
Landscape architecture firms are experiencing sluggish but steady growth as they emerge from the recession, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ second quarter 2013 Business Quarterly survey.

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2012 In Review | July

In July we had the opportunity to publish the Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan by Sasaki Associates, Hunts Point Landing in the Bronx USA by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (which later opened in October) and the interesting installation by Arteologie by Atelier 37.2 in Auvergne France

Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan

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