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Building of the Day: Noguchi Museum Renovation Webinar - October 19

Signe Nielsen joins Sage & Coombe Architects and Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects to discuss the renovation of The Noguchi Museum on Monday, October 19 at 1pm. This program is part of Archtober's month-long celebration of architecture and design in New York. This program is free - please click through for registration information.

October 15, 2020

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Signe Moderates Panel for City of Tomorrow: Building a Better Future Real Estate Forum - October 14

Parks and Re-Creation: Open Ideas for Open Spaces New York City’s nearly 2,000 public spaces, including beloved parks and plazas, are facing extreme financial hardship due to budget cuts. And the role of these spaces now goes far beyond recreation. How does the city plan to preserve and grow our precious open spaces? How are we addressing the controversy surrounding monuments? We spotlight the urgency surrounding public spaces and their critical place in a livable and thriving society.

 

Panelists: Charles Renfro, Mitchel J Silver, Pam Elam

Moderator: Signe Nielsen

 

This panel is part of the fourth annual City of Tomorrow real estate forum, the only B2C and B2B forum uniting key players from the worlds of architecture, real estate, and interior design to address the following questions: What does the city of tomorrow look like in a post–covid world? How can we make a city like New York healthier? How can we build a more equitable and sustainable future through public policy, infrastructure, urban planning and design? What lessons can policy-makers, developers and designers learn from the crisis?

 

Registration is FREE.

September 24, 2020

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Atlantic Avenue Extension Project and New Gateway Park Unveiled in Downtown Jamaica

NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Rachel Loeb, NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Council Member Adrienne Adams, MNLA's Noriko Maeda and community leaders today celebrated the completion of the Atlantic Avenue Extension project and opened the newly created Gateway Park in Queens.

 

Designed by MNLA the 0.86 acre park boasts a new playground, additional open space,and shaded seating and builds on the firm’s revitalization plan for downtown Jamaica. "We're thrilled this long-awaited project offering open space and safe roadways is complete for all of the residents in this community to enjoy,” said Community Board 12 District Manager Ms. Yvonne Reddick.

 

July 21, 2020

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Black Lives Matter and Environmental Justice

ERIC GARNER - JOHN CRAWFORD III - MICHAEL BROWN - EZELL FORD - DANTE PARKER - MICHELLE CUSSEAUX - LAQUAN MCDONALD - GEORGE MANN - TANISHA ANDERSON - AKAI GURLEY - TAMIR RICE - RUMAIN BRISBON - JERAME REID  MATTHEW AJIBADE - FRANK SMART - NATASHA MCKENNA - TONY ROBINSON  ANTHONY HILL - MYA HALL - PHILIP WHITE - ERIC HARRIS - WALTER SCOTT  WILLIAM CHAPMAN II - ALEXIA CHRISTIAN - BRENDON GLENN - VICTOR MANUEL LAROSA - JONATHAN SANDERS - FREDDIE GRAY - JOSEPH MANN - SALVADO ELLSWOOD - SANDRA BLAND - ALBERT  JOSEPH DAVIS - DARRIUS STEWART - BILLY RAY DAVIS - SAMUEL DUBOSE - MICHAEL SABBIE - BRIAN KEITH DAY - CHRISTIAN TAYLOR - TROY ROBINSON - ASSHAMS PHAROAH MANLEY - FELIX KUMI -  KEITH HARRISON MCLEOD - JUNIOR PROSPER - LAMONTEZ JONES - PATERSON BROWN - DOMINIC HUTCHINSON - ANTHONY ASHFORD - ALONZO SMITH - TYREE CRAWFORD - INDIA KAGER - LA’VANTE BIGGS - MICHAEL LEE MARSHALL - JAMAR CLARK - RICHARD PERKINS - NATHANIEL HARRIS PICKETT - BENNI LEE TIGNOR  MIGUEL ESPINAL - MICHAEL NOEL - KEVIN MATTHEWS - BETTIE JONES - QUINTONIO LEGRIER - KEITH CHILDRESS JR. - JANET WILSON - RANDY NELSON - ANTRONIE SCOTT - WENDELL CELESTINE - DAVID JOSEPH - CALIN ROQUEMORE - DYZHAWN PERKINS - CHRISTOPHER DAVIS - MARCO LOUD - PETER GAINES - TORREY ROBINSON - DARIUS ROBINSON - KEVIN HICKS - MARY TRUXILLO - DEMARCUS SEMER - WILLIE TILLMAN - TERRILL THOMAS - SYLVILLE SMITH - ALTON STERLING  PHILANDRO CASTILE - TERENCE CRUTCHER - PAUL O’NEAL - ALTERIA WOODS  JORDAN EDWARDS - AARON BAILEY - RONELL FOSTER - STEPHON CLARK ANTWON ROSE II - BOTHAM JEAN  - PAMELA TURNER - DOMINIQUE CLAYTON  ATATIANA JEFFERSON - CHRISTOPHER WHITFIELD - CHRISTOPHER MCCOVEY  ERIC REASON - MICHAEL LORENZO DEAN - BREONNA TAYLOR - GEORGE FLOYD

 

 “The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner’s death in July 2014.” 

 LA Johnson/NPR

“A Decade of Watching Black People Die”

 

It is undeniable that racial injustice is embedded into our urban fabric.  For decades Black Americans have faced unequal access to housing, open space, education, and other public services.  Racist, exclusionary practices are revealed in public spaces, where we see unequal and unjust treatment of Black people by law enforcement and other members of the public. In both openly hostile and concealed ways, Black people have been disregarded as equal members of the public realm.

 

Individually and collectively, we have contributed to a system that dehumanizes Black people. We cannot deny the enduring trauma of oppression, and the need to amplify Black voices.

 

Black Lives Matter.

 

  “To be seen, to live with dignity, and to be connected.”

BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza

 

MNLA commits to anti-racist transformation of the built environment and landscape architecture profession.

 

We have established an internal MNLA Advocacy Team to evaluate our initiatives and expression of our firm’s core values.

 

We will reexamine our community outreach, site analysis, precedent studies, and research strategies to strengthen the inclusion and social justice foundations we design from.

 

We will reconsider our design vocabulary and establish an accessible, anti-racist, anti-oppressive glossary to better communicate our process and intentions.

 

We will examine our staff and intern hiring practices. We commit to increasing diversity within the profession and support organizations that build equity and diversity in the public realm, landscape architecture, and in allied professions.

 

 

July 8, 2020

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MNLA Promotes Five

MNLA is pleased to announce 2020 promotions. They reflect demonstrated leadership and dedication to the practice, while elevating and championing MNLA's commitment to advocacy and transformation in landscape architecture.  We look forward to their contributions both to the firm and to the field this year and beyond.

 

KATIE DRUMMOND, PLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

 

WILLIAM HART, RLA, ASLA,LEED™AP        

Senior Associate

 

MELISSA HOW, RLA, ASLA, LEED™AP          

Associate

 

JOHANNA PHELPS, RLA, ASLA           

Senior Associate

 

DANIEL SEPSY, RLA, ASLA             

Senior Landscape Architect 

 

 

February 21, 2020

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SUMMER 2020 INTERNS

MNLA is currently seeking a Summer 2020 intern! Applications are due February 28th. Please click here for more info.

January 29, 2020

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Signe to Lecture at the Isabella Gardner Museum on November 14

On November 14, Signe Nielsen will be presenting an in-depth look at her signature projects and practice as an urban designer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as part of their landscape lecture series. Please click through for more info.

November 1, 2019

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MNLA at the TWA Hotel as Part of OHNY Weekend

For OHNY Weekend, Open House New York will be hosting an afternoon of talks and performances to celebrate the opening of the TWA Hotel. Associate Alexis Gagne will take part in a panel discussion with the design team to discuss the reinvention of a Saarinen icon. This event is now sold out. To sign up for the waitlist, click here.

October 17, 2019

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The Future of the NYC Waterfront: The Lower East River at the Center for Architecture, October 21 - Signe Nielsen Participates

A diverse panel of “East River experts” that includes designers, developers, and community representatives will convene at the Center for Architecture on October 21 to present their experiences and conflicting views on access and development along the Lower East River.

 

This is the first program in a series of forums on The Future of the NYC Waterfront planned through 2020 to conduct outreach, intending to inform the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: Vision 2030 through the Waterfront Management Advisory Board. Please click through for more info.

October 12, 2019

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Person Place Thing Podcast with Signe Nielsen on September 6 at the Center for Architecture

Person Place Thing is an interview show hosted by Randy Cohen based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about.

 

The result: surprising stories from great speakers. The next installment of Person Place Thing will be a live conversation with Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Founding Principal of MNLA on Thursday, September 5 at the Center for Architecture. Click through to learn more about ticket info and more. https://calendar.aiany.org/2019/08/05/person-place-thing-with-randy-cohen-featuring-signe-nielsen/

September 4, 2019

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AIANY Women in Architecture Boat Tour - July 20

On Saturday July 20, Signe will join the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee for a special networking architecture cruise focused on a wide range of waterfront projects designed or built by women. Featured projects will include Pier 55, Hudson River Park and Pier 42, a critical missing link of public access along the shoreline. Please click through for more details and registration information.

July 9, 2019

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MNLA Wins DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition

MNLA is excited to announce that our entry "All Aboard! Reclaiming Hill & Del" has won the Jury Award for the DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition. The Western New York Land Conservancy launched the Reimagining the DL&W Corridor: International Design Ideas Competition in November 2018 to revive an abandoned stretch of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) railway that runs from Canalside to the Solar City plant in Buffalo, NY.  

 

“It is exciting to see that the winning designs focused on creating a gathering place for the community that is alive with the history and the voice of the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “It’s just another move toward reconnecting the people with our most treasured resource – our waterfront.”

June 14, 2019

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Signe Nielsen at the Fine Arts Federation of New York on May 15

As part of NYCxDesign, the Fine Arts Federation of New York, in collaboration with the New York City Public Design Commission, is exploring the next frontier in people-friendly urban street design: shared spaces.

 

Signe Nielsen will be a respondent to a presentation given by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU on the creation and implementation of shared spaces around the world on Wednesday, May 15 at 5pm. This event is free, with registration required. Please click through for more info.

May 9, 2019

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MNLA Promotes Six

MNLA is pleased to announce 2019 promotions. Our new Associate, along with five new Senior Landscape Architects, exemplify exceptional design skills and leadership. MNLA's practice is rooted in collaboration and we look forward to their contributions to both the firm and the field in the years ahead.

 

Martha Desbiens, RLA, ASLA, SITES AP

Associate

 

Katherine Cannella, RLA, ASLA, SITES AP

Senior Landscape Architect

 

Ilana Cohen, RLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

 

Emily Gordon, RLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

 

Rae Ishee, RLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

 

Xinpeng Yu, LLA

Senior Landscape Architect

March 14, 2019

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Recording Available of Cocktails and Conversation: Signe Nielsen and Molly Bourne with David Burney

A recording of Signe and Molly's September 10 event with David Burney at the Center for Architecture is now available and can be found here. 

March 4, 2019

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Randall's Island Connector Wins Honor Award

MNLA is thrilled to receive a New Jersey ASLA Honor award for Randall's Island Connector in the category Landscape Architectural Design - Site Design. The awards ceremony took place on Monday, February 11th at the NJ ASLA Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ where Managing Principal Rob DeMarco accepted.

 

 

February 15, 2019

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Open House New York

MNLA is thrilled to be part of Open House New York 2018! We will be giving tours of Spring Street Park and Industry City this weekend - check out to plan your weekend!

October 10, 2018

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Hands-On Horticulture!

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.

October 4, 2017

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Westbury Revitalization Plans Get Green Light

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.

May 19, 2017

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Governors Island is a 2017 MASterworks Award Winner

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.

May 16, 2017

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SHoP/MNLA Win NYC Award for Excellence in Design

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.

May 11, 2017

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Construction in Full Swing at TWA Hotel

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.

April 26, 2017

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Sheridan Expressway Transformation

MNLA is part of the design team that will transform the Sheridan Expressway. Please click through for more info. 

April 11, 2017

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Whitney Wins American Architecture Award

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.

April 3, 2017

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MNLA Wins ASLA NY Design Awards

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.

March 17, 2017

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MNLA is a 2017 AIANY Design Award Winner

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.

March 8, 2017

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Signe Nielsen Top Influencers of 2017

Signe was named one of the top 100 influencers of the landscape architecture and design industry by www.fixr.com

February 27, 2017

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Signe Nielsen Speaks—Parks Without Borders Discussion Series

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

 

RSVP here.

January 25, 2017