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The Commons in Minneapolis Spurs Downtown Development
January 23, 2018

The New York Times reports on the transformation of downtown Minneapolis over the past few years, centered on the city’s new stadium, which will soon host Super Bowl LII. Adjacent to the US Bank Stadium, the 4.2 acre Commons park designed by Hargreaves Associates is identified as a critical element driving the development in this formerly underused portion of downtown. Mike Ryan, of Ryan Companies, the developer of the 5-block campus, said “When we first looked at the opportunity, we thought there was too much land — there was going to be a great new stadium, but there was nothing to prevent the area from being another sea of surface parking … But having a major public green space at its core is the reason developers want to be there.”
Read More at the New York Times


Crescent Park Contributes to Surging Development
November 5, 2017

A recent article in the New Orleans Advocate highlights economic development in the Bywater neighborhood, noting that “appreciation in property that lies close to the Mississippi River is driven in part by Crescent Park, the new linear riverfront park.” Real Estate analysts highlight the impact of the stimulating and inviting nature of Crescent Park, designed by Hargreaves Associates and opened in 2014: “having a place to go out and see the river and have a park-like experience is pretty unique in New Orleans. ” Read More


Zaryadye Park Opens in Moscow
September 12, 2017

After winning the international design competition in 2013, Hargreaves Associates in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Citymakers celebrated the opening of Zaryadye park on September 9th 2017. This park is the first large scale public park to open in Moscow in the last 50 years.

Zaryadye Park, a 13 hectares (32 acre) park in the heart of Moscow, represents a historic transformation of Russia’s capital that will demonstrate Moscow’s commitment to innovative design for 21st century civic spaces. The design is based on the principle of Wild Urbanism, a hybrid landscape where the natural and the built cohabit to create a new type of public space. Characteristic elements of the historic district of Kitay-Gorod and the cobblestone paving of Red Square are combined with the lush gardens of the Kremlin to create a new park that is both urban and green. Located on a site that was occupied throughout Moscow’s history, and until the early 1990’s by the Rossiya Hotel, the rubble filled site had sat fallow until the park’s development.  Zaryadye Park is the missing link that completes the collection of world-famous monuments and urban districts forming central Moscow.

Fred A. Bernstein from Architectural Record, one of the first on site, writes about the park here. Photo credits Philippe Ruault.

Read more press coverage about the park featured in:

The Economist


Travel Pulse


Lonely Planet

NY Daily News

Calvert Journal


Publications News
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Chattanooga Renaissance Park included in Bloomsbury Publishing’s latest book

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Sustainability
Creating Positive Change through Design

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Mary Margaret Jones to speak at American Academy in Rome’s Conversations Lecture Series
March 2, 2017


Professor and Associate Dean, Syracuse Architecture
President/Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates (1998 Fellow)
Co-Founder, Weiss/Manfredi
Co-Founder, SHoP Architects

In collaboration with the Enel Foundation.

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:30pm
Whitney Museum of American Art,
Susan and John Hess Family Theater
99 Gansevoort Street, NYC

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring some of the world’s leading practitioners of landscape architecture, architecture and urban design sharing thoughts related to the complex weave of manmade and natural systems. The panel will review innovative design strategies for the reclamation of brownfields and other disturbed landscapes, and discuss a variety of approaches for their reuse. Speakers will also address the challenges of large-scale development projects that require cooperation between communities and public and private organizations. Examples range from the adaptive re-use project of Brooklyn Bridge Park to the grounds of the Sydney Olympics, among other projects.

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Report: Mayor Kenney plans waterfront park on top of I-95
February 27, 2017

Mayor Kenney plans to announce $90 million in city funding for a planned waterfront park that will extend from the Delaware River on top of Interstate 95 and Columbus Boulevard in Center City, according to a report Monday by PlanPhilly.

The park, which is intended to create a friendly green space connecting the waterfront to the rest of Center City, would cost a total of $225 million with the additional funding coming from state and philanthropic sources, the website reported.

The project, which is still in the early design stage, would encompass 11 acres between Chestnut and Walnut Streets. An existing park, which includes the Irish Memorial, occupies part of the space over I-95, but stops before Columbus Boulevard and is 30 feet above the level of Penn’s Landing. Read more

Award Win for T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge
February 15, 2017

American Public Works Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Project of the Year Award for Transportation, $5 million to $25 million


Super Bowl Shining Spotlight on Houston Park Success Story

AP 2:37 p.m. ET
February 4, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — The go-to place for many of the Super Bowl related festivities in Houston this week hasn’t been a swanky nightclub or a hard to get into restaurant but a popular 12-acre park that has helped revitalize the downtown area as well as become the heart of the city for many local residents.

Discovery Green, which is expected to have 1 million visitors as the site of the Super Bowl Live fan festival, didn’t even exist the last time Houston hosted the big game in 2004. Back then the site was two large parking lots.

But since it opened in 2008, the park has welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors each year and has been a catalyst for $625 million in downtown development, including a new adjacent 1,000 room hotel.

Discovery Green has also been one of the best examples of ongoing efforts around the country to make parks and green spaces engines of economic revitalization as well as focal points for their communities, according to parks and urban planning groups.

Patrick Jankowski, regional economist for the Greater Houston Partnership, a local business group, called the creation of Discovery Green “one of the smartest things” city leaders and the local business community did. The park includes a small lake for kayaking, various playgrounds and performance stages as well as art installations and reading rooms.

“They spent (more than) $100 million converting asphalt into green space, converting telephone poles into trees, and the city has benefited ever since,” he said.

When Houston last hosted the Super Bowl in 2004, many of the festivities were focused around new downtown nightclubs and bars that had opened along a new light rail line located north of where Discovery Green now sits. But in the years after the game, many of these businesses shut down and downtown Houston continued to look for that spark that would ignite sustained economic development.

After Discovery Green was built, it helped boost downtown Houston as a destination place after work hours and on weekends. Besides the $625 million in development that has sprung up around the park, including a refurbished convention center that sits across the street and new restaurants and residential towers, officials say another $1 billion in office and housing space and hotels is in the works. Another downtown park, Market Square Park — which sits on the site of Houston’s original city hall and was refurbished in 2010— has also helped revitalize its surrounding area.

Maribel Rosas, 30, who attended the Super Bowl Live fan festival with her two sons, said she regularly comes to Discovery Green.

“I think it’s a great thing,” Rosas said. Houston is “not very well-known for the whole greenspace. It’s more known for traffic. But now it is.”

Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, said the hotels and restaurants and other development around Discovery Green had been part of a long-term economic strategy in Houston but the Super Bowl helped push “those developments to get done in time to have your city be on the global stage.”

“I think you are seeing it in city centers throughout the country,” [said Kevin O’Hara, vice president of urban and government affairs with the Virginia-based National Recreation and Park Association]. “The bars and the clubs are great aspects (for economic development). But the parks themselves appeal to a broader demographic.”

NY Times: The Super Bowl Returns to a Transformed Houston
January 24, 2017

The city, which was hit hard by slumping oil prices, has overhauled its night life, infrastructure and parks in hopes of becoming a world-class destination. Read more

Potterfield Bridge Saw 35,000 Visitors in December, its First Month Open
January 18, 2017

The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge had a big first month, according to officials at the James River Park System, who counted 35,000 visitors to the new attraction in December.

“It’s a huge boon for the park and the city in general,” said the park system’s superintendent, Nathan Burrell. “It’s a lot of people you don’t typically don’t see in the James River Park System are down exploring, so it’s great to see this new mix of people coming in and enjoying it.” Read more



Potterfield Memorial Bridge opens in Richmond, VA
December 13, 2016

The 1,700-long shared use pathway rests on the blackened steel structure of a 1901 Vepco levee, a hydro power dam that once harnessed power for riverfront industry along the James River.  Hargreaves Associates authored the 2012 Riverfront Plan, identifying the dam as the first project for implementation:  An adaptive reuse, providing a non-motorized, universally accessible route across the James River rapids, connecting south bank Manchester & the James River Park System with north bank downtown Richmond.

The Hargreaves-designed project retrofits the weathered steel structure, widening it for cycling and pedestrian use, bringing more people out over the rushing river, while kayakers and rafters drift into Class IV rapids.   On the south bank, the path hugs the 35’ tall Civil War-era Richmond and Petersburg railroad embankment.  The tree-lined path curves around both sides of the steep embankment, ascending the downriver slope, culminating with a promontory view of the city skyline, and a bridge connection to Manchester.

Mayor Dwight Jones opened the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge in Richmond, Virginia on 2 December 2016.

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The United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas

Recipient of three awards: a 2016 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, a 2016 Justice Facilities Review Design Award from the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) and a 2016 AIA South Atlantic Region (SAR) Design Award. Hargreaves Associates was consulted as the landscape architect. Award Link

Discovery Green mentioned in Cite Synthetic article
Landscape and City Building are Inseparable: An Introduction to Cite 99

Winter 2016

“If the kaleidoscope of Houston comes together at any one place, if we have a commons,  it is the splash pad at Discovery Green… the diversity of park visitors is remarkable.”

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NYC Public Design Commission announces Excellence in Design award winners
November 17, 2016

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Public Design Commission (PDC) announced this year’s winners of the commission’s annual Awards for Excellence in Design.

“These thoughtful and innovative designs support the de Blasio administration’s commitment to providing quality, equitable, and resilient public spaces to all New Yorkers. By utilizing good design principles, these projects will provide the public with increased access to the waterfront, open spaces and parks; improved places for play and community gatherings; and inspiring artworks,” said PDC president Signe Nielsen, co-founding principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, in a statement. Read more

2016 Minnesota AIA Convention
November 8 – 11, 2016

Mary Margaret Jones is honored to be a panelist for the session “Learning from Landscape Architects”
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Making Beauty Sustainable: The Charles F. Gillette Forum on Landscape Design 2016
November 3 – 4, 2016

Mary Lydecker, Panelist
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2016 ASLA Convention
October 21 – 24, 2016

Kirt Rieder and Mary Margaret Jones panelists for “City to Neighborhood: Planning and Design on the Post Katrina Mississippi”
Mary Margaret Jones panelist on “The Evolution of Urban Rivers” and “The Primacy of Program: Is it Lowering the Value of Design?”
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Cooper Hewitt National Design Award
October 20, 2016

Hargreaves Associates is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the 2016 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.  The National Design Awards recognize excellence and innovation across a variety of disciplines in 11 categories. Now in its 17th year, the annual awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.  Winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation and public impact of their body of work. Museum Director Caroline Baumann said: “This year’s class of winners reflect design’s remarkable empathy for contemporary social concerns…these designers and design firms cross disciplinary boundaries, explore innovative materials and develop new models of problem-solving in pursuit of these goals.”

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.  First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards, which was first launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council. Read more.

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Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize
September 29 – October 1, 2016

Hargreaves Associates is pleased to announce that we were awarded the 2016 Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize at the 9th International Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, Spain on September 30th. The Rosa Barba Prize was formulated in 1999 as a European prize and is now international with the intent to raise the discourse on landscape architecture globally and to celebrate world-class projects that make a difference.

The prize was awarded for our work on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, a project that the Mayor of London called “the winner of the Games” and that transformed a 274 acre derelict brownfield site and channelized river into the public realm that formed the centerpiece of the Games and the legacy park for future generations to enjoy – and to catalyze urban, ecological, economic and social change to London’s East End.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was one of 10 finalists’ projects from around the world and was lauded by the jury as “strategic, holistic, catalytic and intelligent.  It remediates, transforms and activates.  It points to prioritizing well-designed public realm parkland and environmental remediation as the primary center-pieces for urban re-development, and is an example of landscape architects ‘leading the way’ through complex multi-disciplinary projects.”

We are also pleased to announce that we will be honored at the annual gala at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on October 20th as this year’s recipients of the National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.  Now in its 17th year, the annual awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.  Winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation and public impact of their body of work. Read more.

Project Win: 6th Street Viaduct on the LA River
September 15, 2016

Hargreaves Associates will be providing full design services for the 13 acre park under the new bridge.

Hargreaves Associates in Minneapolis
July 29, 2016

Downtown East Commons, which opened last week, is a new kind of public space for Minneapolis. While our older parks such as Loring and Elliot are designed to be calming escapes from city life, the Commons celebrates the city itself. Read more.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Rosa Barba Finalist
July 28, 2016

Hargreaves Associates led the design for the 274 acre parklands that formed the centerpiece for the London Games, recognized as the ‘Greenest Games’ in history, with the park declared the ‘winner of the Games’ by the Mayor of London. Read more.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park highlighted in German magazine Garten + Landschaft
June 2016

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Hargreaves Associates Wins Society for College and University Planning Award

Hargreaves Associates was awarded the 2016 SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component Merit Award. SCUP offers an awards program that recognizes excellence in planning, design and implementation efforts of firms and institutions, as well as the achievements of individuals whose lives and passions involve higher education.

The prize was awarded for our work on the Stanford School of Medicine Space Master Plan. The jury commented on as “space analysis master plan is compelling and it was well done”. The Space Master Plan identifies future space needs of the School of Medicine, qualitatively and quantitatively. It identifies two scenarios that accommodate these needs in the most appropriate facilities, locations and adjacencies to enhance the collective mission of learning, patient care, and research. The plan identifies the criteria used to evaluate space scenarios and implementation strategies, and establishes planning goals that provide the framework for future decision-making and to shape the plan. Read more

Penn’s Landing Wins 2015 ASLA Professional Award of Excellence for Analysis and Planning Category
November 4, 2015

“Connecting green spaces, remediation, making people places, an approach into the city—every single problem is rolled into one package.” – 2015 Awards Jury

Hargreaves Associates led the consultant team and worked with the client, stakeholder agencies and neighborhood groups to develop an urban design plan and feasibility study for the redevelopment of the 45 acre Penn’s Landing site, with an emphasis on an integrated approach to the overall development strategy, infrastructure needs and public realm opportunities. The plan resulted in strategies for transportation systems, structural deck systems and the design concept for a world class 21st century urban park that will catalyze the realization of almost 2 million square feet of mixed-use waterfront development and result in an overall economic benefit of $1.6 billion for the city. After years of planning for Penn’s Landing, the Feasibility Study for the first time represents a plan embraced by all stakeholders and sets forth a clear path for funding, phasing and implementation of this long held ambition to connect downtown Philadelphia to the Delaware River.

Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe. The award of excellence is the highest level, awarded to only one team in each of the six categories. Read more

Denver Union Station Wins 2015 ULI Global Award for Excellence

The Urban Land Institute named Denver Union Station as a winner of its 2015 Global Awards for Excellence. The annual program recognizes projects worldwide that achieve a high standard in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The jury announced the ten winners at ULI’s 2015 Fall Meeting on October 6, 2015.

Since its initial phases opened in 2014, the Denver Union Station project has succeeded in revitalizing 19.5 acres in downtown Denver. New office, retail, and residential development surround the renovated Union Station, where multiple modes of transportation converge, including new bus, light rail, and passenger rail facilities. The public realm further facilitates connectivity, including promenades and streetscapes, plazas, urban gardens, and expanded bike facilities. Significant new destination public spaces include Wynkoop Plaza, the 17th Street Promenade and Gardens, and the Light Rail Plaza. This substantial public investment has catalyzed an unprecedented wave of private-sector activity, with over $1 billion in new projects shaping a transit-oriented precinct and new urban neighborhood. As the prime public realm designer, Hargreaves Associates worked together with AECOM and SOM to design this transformative project. Read more

Crescent Park Receives 2015 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum

Hargreaves Associates’ Crescent Park in New Orleans is a recipient of a 2015 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum. Hargreaves Associates led the design effort, collaborating with prime Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, and architects Adjaye/Architects and Michael Maltzan Architecture on the 2015 completion of the 1.4-mile long riverfront at the namesake curve of the Mississippi River. The fundamental success of the park is the transformation of a long off-limits rail corridor and decaying wharf complex into a linear landscape affording stunning views of downtown, and long absent direct access to the river for the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods.

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, have organized The American Architecture Awards as a way in which to honor the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built in the United States and abroad by the most important architects and planners practicing nationally and internationally. The program awards pays tribute to new developments in design and underscores the directions and understanding of current cutting-edge processes consistent with today’s design thinking.

Crescent Park Opens in New Orleans
July 1, 2015

The Hargreaves Associates-designed Crescent Park opened on 2 July 2015. The 1.4-mile long New Orleans park is the culmination of the New Orleans Building Corporation’s 2006 Reinventing the Crescent effort. Hargreaves led the design effort, collaborating with executive architect Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, and architects David Adjaye Associates and Michael Maltzan Architecture, to transform 20 acres of former port lands into a connective riverfront. The new park re-establishes pedestrian connections between the Bywater and Marginy neighborhoods, and the Mississippi River, while enticing French Quarter visitors to explore more of the Crescent City.

“It’s spectacular,” (Mayor) Landrieu said. “Most people don’t see the city from this view. I mean it’s the most spectacular view of the city, and if you think about the long term growth of the city of New Orleans, most cities in America are going back to their water.” Video link

“#1 A morning in Crescent Park”

Dreamed up post-Katrina and finally opened this past year, this waterfront park hugging the Mississippi in the city’s Bywater neighborhood isn’t just much-needed green space where you can catch the rare breeze off the river during the sultry summer months, Crescent Park is a fierce work of post-industrial art too, from the soaring, arched back of a bridge leading from the foot of Piety Street and over the railroad tracks (giving you a workout before you even arrive) to the Instagram-ready ruins of the old wharf at the river’s edge. Pleasant pathways, native plantings and skyline views complete the picture within the 1.4 mile linear park, providing a true escape from the city without going very far at all.” Full article

For a different view of Crescent Park, see the fly through by clicking here.


How Cumberland Park Became a Riverfront Adventure Park
June 3, 2015

With more than 3 million visitors a year, the city of Nashville realized it was losing an opportunity in regard to the Cumberland Riverfront. With the help of Hargreaves Associates, the government, many specialists, and a considerable private and public investment, the project went from paper to rock.

Water has always been the source of life, whether it is the ocean, a river or a lake. All great cities in history have been founded around or along a body of water: the River Thames in London, the Seine in Paris, New York Harbor and the Hudson river in New York City, Lake Michigan in Chicago, and the world-famous Nile River in Egypt. Read more.

Penn’s Landing Redevelopment Study earns National Recognition Award in The American Council of Engineering Companies

Penn’s Landing Redevelopment Study has earned a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition – the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”. The National Recognition Award is a prestigious distinction honoring projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering. Read more

Far Rockaways Project Receives Re-Thinking the Future – Sustainability Award

Hargreaves Associates, as part of the Ennead Architects team, received Honorable Mention in the Urban Design Concept Category of the 2014 Re-Thinking the Future Sustainability Awards. The ideas competition project F.R.E.D. (Fostering Resilient Ecological Development) proposed an integrated system of dunes, piers, and housing clusters, offering a solution that is not only practical given the economic and physical constraints of the Rockaways, but also replicable for low-lying coastal communities up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Re-thinking the Future is about envisioning a future that aims to meet human ‘needs’ while preserving the environment so that these ‘needs’ can be met not only in the present, but also for future generations. Read more

United States Courthouse Awarded Excellence in Design from U.S. General Services Administration

The design team for the United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas has been recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence in Federal Design. The General Services Administration Awards celebrate accomplishments of professional designers who create and safeguard the nation’s landmarks. The Design Excellence Program is conducted on a biennial basis with the mission to attract top-quality design talent for Federal clients.

Denver Union Station Wins National Award of Merit from Design-Build Institute of America

Denver Union Station Transit Improvements has been awarded a National Award of Merit for Transportation from the Design-Build Institute of America, and is a nominee for a National Award of Excellence in that category. Hargreaves Associates was recognized as a key team member on this project. This award celebrates the important role of effective team performance as a best practice in design-build project delivery. All players, including the owner, engaged collaboratively, interacting throughout the design and construction phases. This team effort has resulted in the hugely successful transformation of former railyards in downtown Denver into a vibrant multi-modal, mixed-use destination. Read more

Bywater Portion of Crescent Park Opens In New Orleans, LA

The City of New Orleans opened the Bywater portion of the 20-acre Crescent Park on 24 February. Crescent Park is the first built project of the 2007 Reinventing the Crescent master plan that detailed the reclaiming of the larger 6 mile long New Orleans riverfront, post-Katrina.

The linear park threads a narrow 1.4-mile band downriver of the French Quarter, between the Mississippi River, active rail tracks and floodwall. The park provides crucial public access to the river that has been the exclusive domain of thriving commercial wharves and accelerating industrial decay. Hargreaves Associates was lead designer of the park, collaborating with architects Adjaye Associates, and Michael Maltzan Architecture, in addition to local executive architect and long-time collaborator, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple.

In an article for the The Times-Picayune, Doug MacCash writes, “The long awaited Crescent Park that hugs the riverfront in the Bywater neighborhood is a landscape design masterpiece…The shadows and architectural severity lend the park a certain existential quality. The monumental burned skeleton of an adjacent wharf remains picturesquely in place at the waterline. Some of the running paths enigmatically dead end into the river.? Read more

Denver Union Station Receives 2014 AIA Honor Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected the Denver Union Station Neighborhood Transformation to receive a 2014 Institute Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design, recognizing excellence in urban design, regional and city planning, and community development. The redevelopment of the former rail yards at Denver Union Station transforms 14 blocks in downtown Denver into a showcase for the power of transit-oriented urban design. The 42-acre master plan knits together light rail, commuter rail, and buses into a unified and cohesive intermodal transportation hub. The public realm further facilitates connectivity, including promenades and streetscapes, plazas, urban gardens, and expanded bike facilities. Significant new public spaces include Wynkoop Plaza, the 17th Street Promenade and Gardens, and the Light Rail Plaza. Integrated land use and transportation infrastructure support more than 4 million square feet of mixed-use urban infill. This substantial public investment has catalyzed an unprecedented wave of private-sector activity, with over $1 billion in new projects shaping a transit-oriented precinct and new urban neighborhood.

Chattanooga Renaissance Park Selected by LAF for 2014 Case Study Investigation

Chattanooga Renaissance Park was selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) for the 2014 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Hargreaves Associate will be working with the CSI Research Fellow team from the University of Tennessee. Read more

Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates by Karen M’closkey Wins The 2014 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize

The Foundation for Landscape Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies.

In Unearthed Karen M’Closkey uses Hargreaves Associates?portfolio to illustrate the challenges and opportunities of designing public spaces. Founded by George Hargreaves in 1983, this landscape architectural firm has transformed numerous abandoned sites into topographically and functionally diverse parks. Its body of work reflects the socioeconomic and legislative changes that have impacted landscape architecture over the past three decades. The firm’s longstanding interest in transforming industrial sites has necessitated frequent contact with communities and local authorities. As political, social, and economic terrains, these landscapes offer the opportunity to reflect on larger issues in urban redevelopment. Read more

To purchase a copy of Unearthed: The Landscapes of Hargreaves Associates please follow this link for further details.

Hargreaves Associates In The News: Red Square Rounded

Hargreaves Associates and Diller Scofidio + Renfro design a dramatic new park in Moscow.  Read more

Zaryadye Park Winners

Hargreaves Associates in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Citymakers and an international team of experts is thrilled to have been selected to help realize Zaryadye Park. Zaryadye represents a historic transformation of Russia’s capital that will demonstrate Moscow’s commitment to innovative design for 21st century civic spaces. After being closed to the public for ten years, the very heart of the city will be given back to the people to become a park for Moscow, Russia and the World.

The design is based on the principle of Wild Urbanism, a hybrid landscape where the natural and the built cohabit to create a new type of public space. Characteristic elements of the historic district of Kitay-Gorod and the cobblestone paving of Red Square are combined with the lush gardens of the Kremlin to create a new park that is both urban and green. Zaryadye Park is the missing link that completes the collection of world-famous monuments and urban districts forming central Moscow.

Cumberland Park Selected as Finalist For 2013 ULI Open Space Award

Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tennessee, was selected as one of five finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s 2013 Open Space Award. Competing with four other waterfront redevelopment projects throughout North America, Cumberland Park represents the first phase in Nashville’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its riverfront and support healthy, active lifestyles by offering a family-oriented space for adventure play, ecological learning, and performances by local and international entertainers. The site, adjacent to downtown on the Cumberland River, has a complex industrial history including use as a wood mill, barge construction facility, and most recently a parking lot serving LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans. Hargreaves Associates led a team of local architects and engineers through an intensive design process to restore the former Brownfield to the public domain and create a cultural and economic catalyst for future development along the riverfront. Read more

Please visit this website to watch a video of the 5 finalists prepared by ULI.


Rebuild by Design: Innovating Together to Create a Resilient Region

Hargreaves Associates is part of the HR&A Advisors and Cooper, Robertson & Partners team – one of the ten teams selected to participate in the Rebuild by Design Competition. The competition is now in phase two of four phases and is an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, aimed at addressing structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region and developing fundable solutions to better protect residents from future climate events. The teams focus on the most-affected and most-vulnerable areas of the Sandy-affected region within Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

Cumberland Park in Nashville is One Of Five Finalists for The ULI Urban Open Space Award

The ULI Urban Open Space Award recognizes outstanding examples of transformative and vibrant public open space -large and small- that have spurred economic and social regeneration of their adjacent communities. Read more

Louisville Waterfront Park Wins 2013 Rudy Bruner Award

The Rudy Bruner awards recognize excellence in urban placemaking and celebrates “the interplay of process, place and values? The Waterfront Park was 20 years in the making and has transformed a formerly derelict area into a “bustling urban waterfront? Read more

Double Win for Olympic Park In UK Landscape Institute Awards

The London 2012 Olympic Park has won two awards at the UK’s most prestigious landscape awards ceremony held at the Congress Centre in central London. LDA-Design, Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins, the design team behind the Olympic Park, have been named winner of the 2012 Landscape Institute President’s Award. The Olympic Delivery Authority has been named winner of the 2012 Landscape Institute Peter Youngman Award. Both awards recognize not only the special nature of the Olympic Park project, but also the extraordinary achievement it represents.

Speaking about her choice for the President’s Award, Landscape Institute President Sue Illman said: “It is rare that a project can attract so many superlatives and such a consensus as to its achievements, whilst also providing practical lessons in restoration, sustainability, regeneration and the art of the possible. In selecting this project for the President’s Award I salute the skill, determination and commitment of the project team in delivering the Olympic Park that inspired us all, and made the country proud.?

The Peter Youngman Award, which is awarded to a project or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to landscape architecture, is presented to the Olympic Delivery Authority as a celebration of the leadership, innovation, skill and dedication shown by all members of the profession involved in the planning, design and creation of the Olympic Park. The Award recognizes the role the project has played as the most significant demonstration of the value and importance of investment in landscape at the heart of high quality public open space. It is presented to the Olympic Delivery Authority as the client body responsible for the creation of the Olympic Park.

Hargreaves Associates Unveils Draft Master Plan Design for Maps 3 Downtown Park

The new 70-acre park planned for downtown Oklahoma City is a key component of the City’s Core to Shore plan, which will redevelop a large tract of underutilized land between downtown and the Oklahoma River. The draft master plan was developed after a series of public meetings in which citizens provided comments on design and program alternatives. Read more

Richmond Riverfront Plan Approved by City of Richmond, Virginia

The Richmond, Virginia City Council unanimously approved the Hargreaves Associates-authored Riverfront Master Plan on 26 November 2012. The Plan amends the 2002 City of Richmond Master Plan, and builds upon the 2009 Downtown Plan to identify priority connections between the James River and downtown Richmond. The Richmond, Virginia Planning Commission approved the plan on 4 September 2012.

The Riverfront Plan focuses on the James River landscape, redevelopment parcels, and connective transportation corridors to improve access and establish new and diverse destinations for recreation, living and commerce along one of the best urban rivers in the country. The Plan provides a phased strategy for achieving a sustainable riverfront corridor that reaffirms the James River as the heart of Richmond.

Outside magazine recently designated Richmond as the “best river town,” based in part on residents enthusiastic readiness to engage and advocate for the potential of the James River that the Riverfront Plan has helped catalyze. Please visit this website for further details.

Louisville Waterfront Master Plan Complete

21 years in the making, the Louisville Waterfront Master Plan is fully realized:

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Keppel Bay Awarded The International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum

Keppel Bay, a project completed with Studio Daniel Libeskind, has been awarded The International Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum. The International Architecture Awards are the highest and most prestigious building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design. In October 2012, a special exhibition of all awarded buildings will be presented at an annual symposium, “The City and the World?in Istabul, Turkey in conjunction with the Istanbul Biennial.

Belo Garden Opening

Belo Garden opened on May 10th, 2012 with a formal dedication ceremony and weekend full of community oriented events. As the second of three downtown parks proposed by Hargreaves Associates and Carter & Burgess in the Dallas Downtown Parks Master Plan, Belo Garden will play an important role in realizing the Master Plan’s goal of transforming the character, perception, and livability of downtown Dallas. Belo Garden is conceived as a rich and diverse respite within the urban environment, offering native perennial gardens and shaded groves that take their cue from the regional Texas landscape, a central plaza for casual gatherings and informal performances, and an interactive leaf-shaped fountain that creates playful visual interest and activity in the heart of the park while mitigating summer heat. A 9?high hill provides enclosure from the street and views over the central fountain plaza, while the Garden Grove offers a shaded lunchtime retreat. Belo Garden is a public private partnership with major contributions from the Belo Foundation and the City of Dallas. Read more

Light Rail Plaza in Denver Opens

The Denver Union Station Project Authority celebrated the opening of Light Rail Plaza at Denver Union Station on May 18, 2013. Light Rail Plaza will serve as the gateway to a new multi-modal transportation district and will facilitate the transfer of thousands of people each day from the light rail to the Downtown Mall Shuttle, new RTD bus facility, upgraded Amtrak Train Hall, historic Union Station, new offices, residences and a variety of public spaces within steps of the light rail plaza.

Future public realm components of the Denver Union Station project currently under construction include the 17th Street Gardens, Wewatta Plaza and Wynkoop Plaza, all scheduled to open within the next two years.

Hargreaves Associates is the lead public realm designer for the Denver Union Station. The 34 acre site is the last major undeveloped parcel in lower downtown and is slated to become a mixed use transit district with a renovated historic station, new multimodal transit center, office, hotel, residential and retail uses. The public realm will include plazas, promenades and streetscapes with a proposed budget of $28 million.

UC Berkeley School of Law Wins Scup Honor

The UC Berkeley School of Law Renovation has received a SCUP,AIA-CAE award for Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse. The Hargreaves Associates design with Ratcliff Architecture included the transformation of College Avenue Plaza, the West Terrace and the Law School, replacing aged and inwardly-focused landscapes with open and inviting plazas, courtyards and roof decks at the university’s west gate.

Cumberland Park Opens in Nashville Tennessee

Located on the Cumberland River’s east bank under the Shelby Street Bridge, the 6.5 acre Cumberland Park creates a special place that gives Nashvillians many more reasons to enjoy downtown. The park is the flagship for the New Riverfront Revitalization Plan endorsed by the community in 2010 and features an undulating washboard with embedded play equipment, an interactive splash pad with jets and wading pool, a stone climbing wall featuring local Tennessee Crab Orchard sandstone, ropes and nets courses, and a 4-person wide embankment slide. Several areas of free play are also provided, including a shaded picnic lawn, stepping stone paths dipping through drifts of mist, meandering paths weaving through butterfly meadows, and an outdoor amphitheater and stage with a spectacular backdrop of the Shelby Street Bridge and downtown Nashville. A restored gantry crane and catwalk projecting over the river provide for views of passing boats. A rain water harvesting cistern collects 1,000,000 gallons of stormwater annually that is reused for park irrigation. Inspired by the geology of Tennessee, the landscape provides all the fun needed with water, light, stone, rolling grass, trees, ridges and valleys. Children’s imaginations provide the rest so the design does not rely on conventional playground equipment. It is a park that turns its site-specific qualities into a great place where families can spend a day, have fun and learn something of their riverfront history.

Hargreaves Associates Completes the Richmond Riverfront Plan

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announces that the Richmond Riverfront Plan is a transformative element of the larger city master planning effort that, “redefines the City-River relationship.? Hargreaves Associates issued the draft document in February 2012, with City Council adoption expected in the fall of 2012.

Logan Arts Center Receives Spectacular Reviews

Working with architects Williams and Tsien, Hargreaves Associates designed the landscape for The Logan Arts Center at the University of Chicago. The project’s grand opening is scheduled for October, 2012. The 2 acre landscape is a series of garden rooms ?courtyard, terrace, garden, lawn, and meadow ?that extend off the building. Each room contains a single row or allee of trees. A distinct species is selected for each room, enhancing the individual character of each space as well as contributing to the campus as botanic garden. Read more

Reinventing the Crescent Receives 2012 AIA Honor Award

The National AIA Awards office has selected the Reinventing the Crescent: Riverfront Development Plan to receive a 2012 Honor Award for Design in the Regional and Urban Design category.

The plan encompassed 6 linear miles of the Mississippi River East Bank riverfront at the core of the City of New Orleans, from Jackson Avenue to the Holy Cross neighborhood. The planning process was completed with significant public input and included the participation of many key stakeholder organizations in the community such as the Port of New Orleans, the French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, and Garden District neighborhood Associations, and the Downtown Development District. The Jury noted: ‘This is an innovative and radical approach to readdressing the levee on the Mississippi and reconnecting the citizens of New Orleans back to their riverfront.’

The design and planning process was a collaboration amongst an international collection of design firms including Lead Designer and Landscape Architect Hargreaves Associates, Urban Design studio Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, local lead Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, and the Architectural studio TEN Architectos.

This project was previously awarded an ASLA 2008 Analysis and Planning Honor Award, and an AIA New Orleans 2008 Master Planning and Urban Design Honor Award.

Berkeley School of Law Wins AIA East Bay Honor Award

Hargreaves Associates, in collaboration with Ratcliff Architects, has received the AIA East Bay Honor Award for design excellence for the recently completed UC Berkeley School of Law project. The project includes a major new library addition which will house high efficiency archival stacks, classroom and lecture facilities, student center, and an at-grade cafe pavilion. The centerpiece pavilion is flanked by two shaded courtyards with custom benches that are configured for multiple scales of group gathering in support of the school’s unique team study curriculum. Atop the pavilion is a 6,000sf rooftop garden, including outdoor dining areas, teaching and event space, and drought tolerant succulent plantings, all oriented to maximize western views to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Remembering Glenn Allen, Principal of Hargreaves Associates

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our Principal, Glenn Allen. Glenn was a leader at Hargreaves Associates for nearly 25 years, and was one of the original Principals at the founding of the firm.

Glenn was a significant contributor to major award-winning landscape architecture projects including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; Shaw Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana; Villa Zapu in Napa, California; Candlestick Point in San Francisco, California; and 21st Century Waterfront Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition to these projects, he led the Louisville Waterfront Park Phase III and the University of Cincinnati UC/21 Master Plans. Glenn also was Principal for such international projects as the London 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom, the Sydney 2000 Olympics in Australia, and Parque do Tejo e Trancão in Lisbon, Portugal.

Glenn received his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from LSU in 1977, and held a bachelor degree from the University of Virginia. He lectured extensively around the world and served as visiting juror for numerous universities. He has received dozens of honors, including several awards of excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects. He recently left his full-time practice with Hargreaves Associates to assume a tenured position at LSU’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, filling the Marie H. Bickham Endowed Chair for the 2009-2010 academic year.

A memorial scholarship has been established in Allen’s name through the College of Art & Design and the LSU Foundation. Those wishing to contribute can make checks payable to the LSU Foundation (memo line: Glenn Allen Memorial Scholarship) and send to the LSU Foundation, c/o Michael D. Robinson, College of Art & Design, 102 Design Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Glenn was an integral part of Hargreaves Associates and Louisiana State University; he will be truly missed.

In honor of Glenn, the LSU Media Center – LSU Landscape Architecture Professor Chester Glenn Allen Passes Away at 60 and the Louisville Courier Journal – Waterfront Park’s Landscape Architect published stories in Rememberance. For additional information regarding Glenn’s accomplishments, please visit his Hargreaves Associates’ Resume and his LSU Academic Profile.