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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE GARDEN IS A LIVING LAB

The Climate Change Garden at Syracuse University, which wraps around the Life Sciences Complex, is already in use as a living lab where students learn about the effects of climbing temperatures on trees in central New York. Thirty four tree and shrub species were selected in coordination with the University’s Biology Department. According to Biology professor Doug Frank, undergraduate students will be able to take what they learn in the classroom directly to the adjacent landscape: “We will be conducting classroom activities of effects, for example of how climate change is expected to influence forest ecosystems...and then the students can come out and collect data on these trees, and learn for themselves what is happening.”

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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.”

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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.

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CHATTANOOGA RENAISSAINCE 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.

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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.

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HARGREAVES ASSOCIATES IN THE NEWS: RED SQUARE ROUNDED

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

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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.

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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.

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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE GARDEN OPENS

Hargreaves Associates integrated undulating landforms and a diverse range of species into the Life Sciences Complex quadrangle at Syracuse University, transforming a steeply sloping lawn into a topographically and botanically diverse educational landscape. Thirty four tree and shrub species were selected in coordination with the University’s Biology Department, intended to give students firsthand experience with vegetation that is native to warmer and drier places. These specimens are distributed in three sets across the site in genus-specific rows, alternating with repeating diagonal berms. Larger landforms with native groundcover interrupt these linear berms and tree lines, providing a cell-like counterpoint to the lawn. According to Principal Kirt Rieder, “The Life Sciences landscape transforms a former surface parking lot into a dynamic and hands-on educational environment, while simultaneously completing the desire line to a new dormitory to the north.”

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PLANNING FOR A RESILIENT ROCKAWAY

After being shortlisted for the FAR ROC (for a resilient rockaway) international design competition, Hargreaves Associates, with Ennead, has been named runner up and leading innovation in resilient waterfront development. The design known as F.R.E.D. (fostering resilient ecological development) reconfigures familiar urban constructions and interweaves them within the ecological structures along an unpredictable shoreline. The arrangement reflects resiliency, with built-in flexibility such as elevated walkways to accommodate daily activities regardless of the weather and sea level. A central pier can support economic growth and foster a sense of community, while housing clusters lead to efficient use of resources, promoting several kinds of sustainability over the course of generations.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.



REGIONAL PARK AT FORMER MCAS TUSTIN PUBLIC MEETING, MONDAY APRIL, 15, 2013

Hargreaves Associates Design Principal Brian Jencek will be leading Public Workshop #1 Monday, April 15, 2013 from 5pm to 7:30pm at the Former MCAS Tustin North Hangar. Site tours will begin at 5pm followed by the presentation and public input sessions from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Workshop topics include park and building programming.

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BRIAN JENCEK TO LEAD XTREME LA EVENT AT UC BERKELEY

We are pleased to announce that Brian is one of two Team Leaders selected to lead this three-day charrette and symposium organized to challenge and inspire emerging design leaders.

The XTREME LA event summary is below:

The event will foster creative thinking, team building, and facility of expression. Two teams made up of best-in-class young design professionals and masters level landscape architecture students will work under the guidance of prominent landscape architects to envision creative solutions for critical shoreline challenges in the San Francisco Bay.

Extreme weather events and gradual sea level rise have always created challenges for coastal design. The new challenge comes from evidence that the rate of sea level rise is increasing, along with the likelihood of extreme rainfall and winds. It is becoming clearer that coastal development must change in order to accommodate new beaches, marshes and sub-tidal grasslands that will be needed when habitats that exist today are submerged. This global conflict must be addressed, if we expect to have fish and shellfish to eat 50-75 years from now. The other side of the problem is that human cultures are often slow to prepare for unprecedented changes, finding them difficult to imagine.

The challenge of this event is to propose new shoreline types and structures that will create new opportunities to experience this urban waterside environment, and to perceive, understand and adapt to environmental change. The client is the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission, which is actively seeking new prototypical proposals that could be applied around the Bay, from San Francisco to San Jose to San Pablo Bay.

XTREME LA will take place April 3-5, 2013 at the University of California, Berkeley.



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.

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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 CHIGACO 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.