November 23, 2016 - The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) 2016-2017 Board of Directors began its term at last month’s LAF Annual Board Meeting in New Orleans. Jennifer Guthrie of GGN became President, succeeding Kona Gray of EDSA. Adam Greenspan of PWP became President-Elect.
“The Landscape Architecture Foundation is completing a momentous year – LAF’s 50th anniversary, a successful Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, and the creation of The New Landscape Declaration. I am delighted to continue to work with the LAF board and staff, as President, to envision the next 50 years of the organization,” said Jennifer Guthrie.
October 5, 2016 – On Thursday, October 6, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting to discuss the design of Smith Cove Park. GGN is leading the planning and design effort with Olson Kundig for this waterfront park in Seattle, WA. Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91, at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay.
GGN is currently designing a vision plan for the 9.5 acre waterfront property. Included in the project’s first phase will be improvements to an existing sports field. GGN’s vision expands upon the traditional approach to a sports field, incorporating a natural turf, rectangular space into a larger “Field Oval” with a soft, tree-lined edge. The large oval lawn, which will be used for picnicking, pick-up games, community events, and youth soccer games, has a curvilinear geometry that draws from the history of the site as a tidal flat. Based on its unique siting, the “Field Oval” is oriented towards the water to frame views of Mt. Rainier and downtown Seattle. Access to the water’s edge will be enhanced, so that park visitors can stroll along the beach and launch a kayak into Elliott Bay.
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