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
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.