Posts tagged 2011
GGN Selected for Stage III of National Mall Design Competition

December 15, 2011 – Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond team has been selected to advance to Stage III of the National Design Competition for Union Square. GGN and Davis Brody Bond will lead the team that includes Robinson & Associates, Space Syntax, Tillotson Design Associates, CMS Collaborative, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, WSP Flack + Kurtz, Robert Silman Associates, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, Poulin + Morris, Gorove/Slade Associates, and Faithful+Gould. The team’s Design Concept for Union Square will be presented to the public in April, 2012.

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Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space

December 3, 2011 - Shannon Nichol served on the Advisory Committee for this exciting new competition, to re-imagine a 9-acre site at Seattle Center. A "missing link" between several downtown neighborhoods, the site is framed by the Space Needle and Experience Music Project, the Seattle Opera House, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus. GGN will not be participating in this competition. Download the full brief at this link.

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AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award Given to UW School of Medicine, Phase 2

November 17, 2011 - Perkins + Will received the 2011 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award this week for the University of Washington, School of Medicine Phase 2 project in Seattle. GGN, led by Jennifer Guthrie, were landscape architects on this multi-phased, urban bio-tech campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The mid-block walkways and pedestrian alleys create informal gathering spaces. 

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GGN at National Design Week: NDA Winners Panel Event

October  7,  2011 -  During Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week, October 15-23, come see GGN and other National Design Awards recipients at the NDA Winners’ Panel on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7:00–8:30 p.m. 

The winners of the 2011 National Design Awards will share their insights at this special panel discussion.

Location: The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

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LEED Plantinum for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus

October 6, 2011 - Today it was announced that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus has been awarded LEED-NC Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council – making it the largest, non-profit LEED-NC Platinum facility in the world. NBBJ were the building architects and prime consultant.

The campus landscape by GGN integrates pools of captured rainwater and a milliion-gallon stormwater cistern below the central plaza, which captures runoff from paved surfaces for use in the landscape and in the buildings. Native and edible plants dominate the landscape, along with salavaged scrap stone cobbles and other domestically-sourced materials.

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National Design Award Events in DC

September 9, 2011 – Partners Kathryn GustafsonJennifer Guthrie and Shannon Nichol will be attending several events in Washington D.C. in conjunction with receiving the Cooper-Hewitt, 2011 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture. On Tuesday, September 13th, they will attend a White House luncheon hosted by the honorary patron of this year's award, First Lady Michelle Obama. They will also participate in the Teen Design Fair where high school students will meet one-on-one with design award winners and finalists in the Kogod Courtyard.

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Bernie Alonzo to Speak at Green Gardening IPM Conference

August 1, 2011 - GGN Principal Bernie Alonzo will be speaking at this year’s Green Gardening IPM Conference. The Conference will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at South Seattle Community College and is sponsored by the City of Seattle’s Green Gardening Program. Bernie will be participating in a section on moving toward sustainable landscapes and will speak specifically on “Designing Sustainable Landscapes from the Ground-Up in an Urban Context.” 

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Shannon Nichol Featured in Pacific Magazine

July 9th, 2011 - Shannon Nichol's design for the landscape of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus (Phase 1) is featured in today's edition of Pacific Magazine, published by the Seattle Times. Valerie Easton writes about Shannon's unusual and strategic planting designs, which feature many Seattle natives, used in bold masses and mixes. The plantings were designed to support the locally-rooted work of the Foundation employees, in concert with the architecture by NBBJ, prime consultant on the project. 

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Kathryn Gustafson Featured in Intelligent Life

July 1, 2011 - Writer Michael Watts, in The Economist's Summer 2011 issue of Intelligent Life, profiled Kathryn Gustafson in "The Sky is Mine." (Click link to read.)
"....Gustafson is the grande dame of modern landscape architecture. She intends that her remit as a landscape architect begins the moment you leave your home or office; it’s anything under the sun, urban or rural. Town planning, climate change, archaeology, civil engineering, geological history and local myths are all in the job description...." 

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