Washington, DC (September 14, 2016) – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open to the public September 24 as a primary exhibition space for African American history and culture, as well as a centerpiece venue for ceremonies and performances. GGN’s landscape design integrates the museum into the larger composition of the National Mall and National Monument grounds, thereby creating a link to a broader American story and establishing the site as an integral component of the museum experience.
"From a landscape design perspective, what makes this museum unique is that it holds a position of both terminus and junction. It is the last museum on the National Mall, and it is also where the National Mall, Washington Monument, and White House grounds meet," said Kathryn Gustafson, Founding Principal. "Conceptually, the landscape design is symbolic of the museum's mission."
Photo credit: Andrew Moore
August 24, 2016 - The Lurie Garden has invited the public to attend a free panel discussion on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:00-8:00pm at Pritzker Stage at Millennium Park. "Lurie Garden is famous for its design, and it continues to inspire people all over the world. We have assembled a first-of its-kind discussion panel with three people who conceptualized, designed and planted Lurie Garden: Piet Ouldolf of Hummelo, the Netherlands, Shannon Nichol of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farms and Laura Ekasetya, Lurie Garden Head Horticulturist." The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Scott Stewart, Acting Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation and Director of the Lurie Garden. A public Q & A session will be included.
Space is limited. To make a reservation, please visit the Lurie Garden website.
July 11, 2016 - In today’s article “Frost Bank Tower Design Signals a 21st Century San Antonio,” the Rivard Report announced GGN’s role as landscape architect. Reporter Iris Dimmick explains that “as dramatic as the tower promises to be . . . the most transformative elements of the site plan are closer to the ground and on the street level surrounding the tower.”
“. . .The landscape design softens the lines between casual and commercial uses of the sidewalks and promenade. ’It embraces the landscape,’ GGN Founding Principal Kathryn Gustafson said. ‘Landscape architecture is everything that doesn’t have a roof on it. That’s a huge part of your life.’ ”
The 400,000 sq. ft. tower is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli for Weston Urban and its development partner KDC.