MNLA was commissioned by New York University to undertake landscape enhancements for four signature venues within its urban campus.
MNLA was the lead designer for a publically accessible plaza located in the heart of the NYU campus. An important open venue for the Greenwich Village/NoHo area as well, the firm worked with NYU and the community during the design process for the 13,000 sf space to develop a scheme that prioritized tree planting. The organization and design of the plaza is in direct response to the need to provide maximum soil volume for the 22 new trees. A strong, seasonal palette of native plants creates a lively ground plane surrounding the benches and informal seating located throughout the upper and lower plaza areas. The site is well integrated with city sidewalks while also providing a slow lane for visitors to experience the growing tree canopy.