Cooper Hewitt National Design Award
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
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
Hargreaves Associates will be providing full design services for the 13 acre park under the new bridge.
Hargreaves Associates in Minneapolis
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
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.