Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space (POPS), the New York City Department of City Planning, and The Municipal Art Society of New York have joined forces to sponsor a design competition for a new POPS logo to represent the face of New York City’s POPS program, with funding provided in part by Knoll. MNLA Principal Emerita Kim Mathews, along with seven other panelists, will be evaluating all entries, which are due March 15, 2019. Please click through for more information.
"A Case Study in Complexity," the story about the design of Pier 42 and penned by MNLA's Molly Bourne and Signe Nielsen, is the feature story in ArchitectureBoston's Winter 2018 issue. Please click through to read the full piece.
Signe Nielsen will be participating in the Funding the Future workshop on November 9 at the Center for Architecture in NYC. The session will focus on ways to implement funding policy strategies for resilient design plans. Click through for more info!
Join MNLA Principals Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA and Molly Bourne, RLA, ASLA with moderator David Burney, FAIA on Friday, September 28 at the Center for Architecture for Cocktails and Conversation, part of a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Click through for more information.
MNLA's collaboration with 1100 Architects on the Brownsville Recreation Center is one of 11 projects selected by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York as winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence in Design. Click through for more information.
Signe moderates a talk with Michael Sheridan, author of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Landscape and Architecture tonight at the AIA New York and Center for Architecture. Please click through for more details.
Signe is taking part in University of Rhode Island's Landscape Architecture Series tonight at 7:00 P.M. Her lecture on Waterproofing New York will be held in the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences, Room 105A, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881 and is free and open to the public. Click through for more info.
Signe will be taking part in a panel discussion on Wednesday, January 17 to discuss innovative ways to fund park maintenance. The program, Valuing Parks, is sponsored by The Urban Design Forum and is the seventh program of Maintaining, a year-long inquiry into strengthening New York City's physical and social infrastructure. Click through for full event details.
MNLA's West Point Foundry Preserve is one of eight high-performing landscape projects that have been selected for the Landscape Architecture Foundation's 2018 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects. Click through to learn more.
On Tuesday, November 21 Signe will be participating in a panel at the Center for Architecture to discuss The George Washington Bridge and how the conservation of transportation infrastructure can serve not just to maintain facilities, but actually improve them. Click through for more info.
On Tuesday, October 3rd MNLA staff spent the day on Governors Island working with the Trust’s horticultural staff to prune and care for recently planted trees. This volunteer day provided the opportunity for landscape designers and horticulture staff to engage in a dialogue on the design and maintenance of the park’s landscapes. We are grateful to the staff at the Trust for Governors Island for hosting our team and for the opportunity to help guide the vision for the park’s plantings.
Signe is one of several speakers set to discuss how planning and design can shape public discourse this Friday, September 29 at the Center for Architecture in New York City. Click through for more info.
Join the Design Trust for a communal meal at Freeman Plaza East and a conversation about the transformation of the Holland Tunnel entry area on September 28. Hudson Square Connection President Ellen Baer and MNLA Principal Signe Nielsen, RLA, FASLA, will discuss how the transformation took place and the design strategies that were used to create an oasis in such an unlikely place. All you need to bring is a dish to share! The event is free and open to the public. Click through for more details and to register.
Signe will be speaking as part of the New York Botanical Garden Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Scandinavia House. Please click through for registration info.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Tuesday joined NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, MNLA, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Henry Street Settlement Executive Director David Garza, Manhattan Community Board 3 Chair Trever Holland, Henry Street Settlement campers, and community members to cut the ribbon on the first neighborhood playground in Manhattan to be fully reconstructed under NYC DPR's Community Parks Initiative. Click through to read more.
GID Development Group announced the commencement of sales today for its highly anticipated 2.2 million-square-foot, three-tower condominium mega-development, Waterline Square. Designed by world-renowned architects Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Viñoly Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), and set upon a nearly three acre park designed by MNLA, the development is located on one of the last remaining waterfront sites in Manhattan, between West 59th Street and West 61st Street along the Hudson River. Please click through to read the full article.
The village of Westbury was awarded a $10 million state grant for downtown revitalization, with all of its priority projects now officially funded. MNLA, as part of the BJH Advisors’ Westbury Downtown Revitalization Initiative worked with the community to identify these improvement projects within Westbury’s downtown core as well as the greater Westbury/Nassau County area. Proposed streetscape improvements will create a sense of identity for downtown Westbury, while being adaptive enough to work with site constraints encountered during the future design and construction phases.
Last night Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills was awarded the Best Urban Landscape MASterworks award by The Municipal Art Society. This annual competition recognizes projects completed in the preceding year that made a significant contribution to New York’s built environment.
The Fashion Institute of Technology's (FIT) New Academic Building will receive an award from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York this evening at the 35th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design. Projects considered for the award only include developments proposed on city-owned properties, and candidates are usually submitted by various city agencies. The building, designed by SHoP with landscape design by MNLA, will be located on the northern edge of the campus and host smart classrooms, a textile lab, administrative offices, and a student life hall.
Signe Nielsen will be a panelist at the next NYC DPR Parks Without Borders Discussion Series on Thursday, May 18. The panel will reflect on the need for robust engagement, effective interagency collaboration, and efficient processes to ensure that our public spaces serve the needs of current and future New Yorkers. For more info and to RSVP, please click through.
Signe Nielsen represented the Public Design Commission of the City of New York as one of multiple city agencies that contributed to the Mayor’s Climate Change Panel. Released this week are the Preliminary Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines that are an initial step towards integrating resiliency as a core principle in the design of buildings and infrastructure in NYC. The primary goal of the guidelines is to incorporate forward-looking climate data into the design of all NYC capital projects.
Since its groundbreaking in December 2016, the project team has moved 22,000 cubic yards of soil to date to create a world-class airport hotel at JFK International Airport. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2018/early 2019.
MNLA is part of the design team that will transform the Sheridan Expressway. Please click through for more info.
The Whitney Museum was awarded a 2017 American Architecture Award by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
MNLA, along with West 8, landed an ASLA NY Honor Award for Governor's Island Phase 2: The Hills as announced on March 17. Our firm, alongside Snohetta, also landed a Merit Award for our work on the Times Square Reconstruction. The awards will be distributed at the ASLA-NY Design Awards Ceremony and Reception which will be held Thursday, April 6 at the Center for Architecture in New York City. All winning projects will also be on display at the Center through April.
MNLA is part of the Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects team who was bestowed with a Merit Award for Architecture for the Kim and Tritton Residence Halls, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
Signe was named one of the top 100 influencers of the landscape architecture and design industry by www.fixr.com
How can government agencies rethink public space to sustain lasting value?
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 // 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
The Arsenal Gallery // 830 Fifth Ave., Third Floor
For the second installment of the Parks Without Borders Discussion Series, this discussion will delve into how government agencies can rethink guidelines, concepts, and expectations to sustain lasting value, helping to support a more seamless public realm.
Speakers: Justin Moore, AICP, Executive Director and Signe Nielsen, FASLA, President NYC Public Design Commission
Moderator: Nancy Prince, Deputy Chief of Design, NYC Parks