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Emily Scott Volunteers with Architecture in the Schools

January 9, 2017 – This evening, Architecture in the Schools  is hosting a reception at the District Architecture Center for students and parents to celebrate the work created during the Fall 2016 semester. As part of this program, Emily Scott volunteered in a kindergarten class for eight weeks at Bunker Hill Elementary School teaching “Motion and Stability.” The students learned about measuring, stability, shapes, and materials. In the photo above, the students are drawing the shapes they see on the façade of the school.

Architecture in the Schools (AIS) matches volunteer architects with public school teachers to enrich the learning experience of children. AIS has reached more than 20,000 children in metropolitan Washington DC schools all wards of the District since it began in 1992. 

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Oceanwide Center Groundbreaking

December 8, 2016 – Oceanwide Center celebrates groundbreaking in the Transbay area of San Francisco. Jill Fortuna joined San Francisco officials, the client group, and other members of the design team at the Oceanwide Center for the celebratory ceremony.

A new mixed-use development, Oceanwide Center will provide 1.35 million square feet of office space, 650,000 square feet of residential units and expanded public space. The expanded streetscape will feature a pocket park and ‘urban room’ plaza with lush tropical vegetation and water features. Aspiring to be LEED Platinum, the project will maximize planting and storm water re-use as well as offering improved connectivity and space recreation.


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Sara Zewde Presents at Brown University

December 3, 2016 - The National Museum of African American History and Culture, together with Yale University and Brown University, hosted an international symposium of scholars, activists, and designers grappling with the public memory of slavery titled, “Slavery and Global Public History Conference: New Challenges.” Sara presented her project at the Valongo Wharf of Rio de Janeiro, as part of the panel Building and Design of Slave Memorials and Museums.

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Headwaters Park Installation

October 26, 2016 - Headwaters Park, located at 5th & Taylor in Seattle, is a temporary park that is part of Seattle Department of Transportation’s Adaptive Streets Program. In the design of the park, GGN participated in a collaborative design process with SDOT, Don Carlson, Buster Simpson, and the Growing Vine Street team. The pavement pattern featured on SDOT’s blog was envisioned by Chihiro Shinohara Donovan from GGN and interpreted by SDOT painters. It depicts an abstracted bird’s eye view of running water beneath a dense tree canopy. The installation of this temporary park is currently underway.

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Sara Zewde Presents at the 4th Annual Morton B. Gulak Lecture

October 25, 2016 - Sara Zewde presented at the 4th Annual Morton B. Gulak Urban and Regional Planning Lecture at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her lecture, "Design in the Southern City Now," Sara maintained that planners and designers have a unique opportunity to negotiate cultural memory in the Southern City through the design of the public realm." Sara discussed opportunities in infrastructure design, plazas and parks, streetscapes, and the Question of the Civil War Memorial. Following the lecture, Sara conducted a roundtable discussion among mayoral candidates and city officials in the city of Richmond, Virginia. 

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David Malda Presents at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

October 24, 2016 – David Malda presented at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans as part of the panel "History as Resource for Contemporary Street Design." Considering public streets beyond circulation needs, the panel discussed the significance and potential of the dynamic histories of streetscapes and the associated impact on culture.

The panel also consisted of Thaisa Way from the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture as moderator, Ann Komara from the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning, and Ron Henderson from IIT Program of Landscape Architecture, Chicago and L+A landscape architecture. 


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Tess Schiavone Presents at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

October 21, 2016 - At the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans, Tess Schiavone discussed the integral role of food needs within landscape architecture on the panel, "Food for Thought: Bringing Healthy Food to Urban Communities". Fellow panelists included Scott Dismukes from Firma, Britton Jones from Coen + Partners, and moderator Jela Ellefson from Eastern Market Corporation.

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Sara Zewde Presents at Clemson University

October 3, 2016 - As part of Clemson University’s School of Architecture Lecture Series, Sara presented a history and critique of the ecological paradigm in landscape architecture, “Ecologies of Memory.” In regions like the Lowcountry of South Carolina, investigating the cultural histories of landscapes can propel innovations in the way we design for ecological sensitivity. Sara presented independent design work in Brooklyn, New York; Houston, Texas; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as case studies. 

The Clemson University School of Architecture Lecture Series is made possible from support provided by the Clemson Architectural Foundation. 

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Makie Suzuki Co-Directs Traveling Seminar

September 6, 2016 – Makie Suzuki co-directed a University of Washington traveling seminar from August 27th to September 5th, that helped students to engage in an up-close examination of Tokyo’s urban landscapes. The group also visited Taipei.

“Some see Tokyo as 'a futuristic mega-city which is systematically ordered and emits futuristic glow.’ This monolithic impression can be decoded into layers of memories of the city, functionally organized organic forms, and everyday activities of people in Tokyo. Through personal experience, students are exploring invisible aspects of Tokyo, which are weaved into and create the dynamic color of Tokyo as a whole.” Makie Suzuki, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate


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Sara Zewde Presents at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Kent State University

September 5, 2016 - Sara conducted a lunchtime workshop titled, “Design at the Margins of the Urban Renaissance,”  at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) and gave an inaugural lecture at Kent State University for local practitioners, faculty, and student on design practice in the midst of the urban renaissance. "Cities across the country are witnessing large investments in urban development and infrastructure. But, this renaissance is provoking tension. As we design the re-developing public realm, we have the opportunity to negotiate this tension, by rooting our design in the spatial traditions of the urban core." To illuminate these ideas and prompt a discussion among participants, Sara presented independent design work from Houston, Texas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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The Lurie Garden Design Team at the Pritzker Pavillion

August 31, 2016 –The Lurie Garden hosted a design team panel discussion at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park. Panelists included (from left to right) Laura Ekasetya, Lurie Garden Head Horticulturist; Piet Ouldolf of Hummelo, the Netherlands; Shannon Nichol of GGN; Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farms; and moderator Scott Stewart, Ph.D., Acting Executive Director, Millennium Park Foundation and Director, Lurie Garden.

"The Lurie Garden team is excited to begin implementing the next evolutions of the garden based on this week's conversations with Piet Oudolf and Shannon Nichol." - Scott Stewart, Ph.D., Acting Executive Director, Millennium Park Foundation and Director, Lurie Garden


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GGN to Design Landscape for Frost Bank Tower

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.

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Rebecca Fuchs Interns at Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

June 3, 2016 - As a key GGN design team member for the New Burke Museum, Rebecca Fuchs’ keen interest in native plants resulted in a six-week internship at Oxbow Farm & Conversation Center this spring, growing native plants from seed for the New Burke project. Oxbow’s native plant nursery aims to grow the highest quality native plants, using ecologically sound practices and local plant material, and to become a facility fostering research and education that contributes to the restoration, landscape, agriculture, and nursery-growing community.

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