Adriaan Geuze and West 8 are profiled in the May 16, 2016 issue of The New Yorker, the Innovator Issue. "Play Ground" by Alexandra Lange explores ''how a Dutch landscape architect is reinventing the park.'' The article offers an in depth insight into West 8’s work at Madrid Río, Máximapark and The Hills, the culminating phase of West 8’s award winning Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan. Developed in close co-ordination with The Trust for Governors Island, the Hills will open to the public this July.
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"Reacting to the scale and the setting of Governors Island, West 8 has made a simpler set of design decisions than those in the European parks I saw. The Hills are the big gesture, and everything else—from the curbs drawing you across the ground toward the grove of trees that will one day stand between Liggett Hall and the Statue of Liberty, to the subtle, cutout steel signs, designed by Pentagram—serves that gesture and the superlative views beyond.
“Olmsted manipulated the perspective in a way that Americans have the illusion of the wilderness,” Geuze said.“ Park history is related to illusions, and is not far from the realm of poetry and painting. We work from a certain narrative anecdote or feeling. There are other components—functionality, durability, a timeless component—but illusion is where it starts.”
The profile also covers the design philosophy of West 8 Design Director, Adriaan Geuze, and the firm’s iconic Madrid Río, Máximapark and Schouwburgplein projects.
Read the full article 'Play Ground' by Alexandra Lange from the May 16, 2016 issue of The New Yorker (the Innovator Issue) here.
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Jamie Maslyn Larson to Speak at NYC Parks Without Borders Summit
On Tuesday May 24, 2016, NYC Parks, the Center for New York City Affairs, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School will bring together thought leaders from a range of disciplines to explore the future of parks and public space. West 8 Partner, Jamie Maslyn Larson will be speaking in the afternoon panel on “Design Innovation for Civic Spaces.”
Coolsingel Boulevard design development presented to the public and local stakeholders
Stakeholders, interested parties and the public were in abundance for the public presentation of the design development of Rotterdam City centre’s new public realm. On April 15, 2016, the Municipal Executive Committee (het College) of Rotterdam together with West 8 discussed the proposal for the Revitalization of the Coolsingel with citizens, entrepreneurs and and local business owners from the area.
West 8 presents at lecture series 'Landscape, a triptych' at Pakhuis De Zwijger, Amsterdam
Astronaut André Kuipers and West 8’s Adriaan Geuze are invited to speak at the lecture series ‘Landscape, a triptych – 2: Landscape and Changes’ on the 25th of May 2016. The event is organized by Dutch WNF, a branch of international World Wide Fund for Nature, in collaboration with the Publisher Trouw.
Queens Quay Revitalization wins Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award of Merit
The Queens Quay Revitalization project has received a merit award in the transportation category at the Consulting Engineers of Ontario 2016 Awards. Selected by a panel of five independent judges, the project was one of fourteen engineering projects recognized for its contribution to improving Ontario’s social, economic and environmental well-being.
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