Community Vision Plan set to reinvent the Brooklyn Strand

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Gateway to Brooklyn

New York City is already home to many of the world’s greatest public spaces including Central Park, Prospect Park and of course, the High Line. So when Mayor de Blasio announced a set of initiatives to “reinvent the Brooklyn Strand” – a series of underutilized and disconnected public spaces and City-owned lots – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself.  This project will not only add another name to that accomplished list, but more importantly create a grand gateway befitting the County of Kings.

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Lowline Lab opens to the public

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In October 2015 the Lowline Lab (“The Lab”) opened to the public, acting as a proof of concept for the Lowline—an innovative underground park that will transport daylight into the depths of a historic trolley station.

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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

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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.

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West Point Foundry Preserve Park Opens to the Public

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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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