<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/the-steel-yard/">The Steel Yard - Providence, RI</a>

The Steel Yard - Providence, RI

Cities with industrial pasts inherit problematic environmental futures. The Steel Yard’s cleanup is a showcase for regenerative design in a tough environment. Within industrial Providence, the project is a public intervention that upends commonly held notions of blighted neighborhoods and shows the potential for real, actively engaged—not simply ‘adaptive’—re-use. The Steel Yard’s campus for learning embodies the non-profit’s mission through innovative (and necessarily inexpensive) brownfield remediation, stormwater filtration/reduction, purposeful design and placemaking.

 

Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography & Annali Kiers

 

<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/schoolyard-initiative/">Boston Schoolyards Initiative - Boston, MA</a>

Boston Schoolyards Initiative - Boston, MA

Guided by the school’s values, KMDG developed a plan to bring lively, textural and experiential spaces for children of all ages to learn and play. The entire schoolyard can be used both for free play and to support curricular activities, and spaces were designed to function well for different scales of users, from a single child exploring independently, several kids using a deck for imaginary play, to a full class engaged in a lesson with a teacher.

 

Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/fisherhill/">Fisher Hill - Brookline, MA</a>

Fisher Hill - Brookline, MA

To us, the physical traces of the site’s history, present in the remarkable slopes, stone material, and setting for the gatehouse, warranted another look at preservation and interpretation for this site, slated to be flattened to receive a town soccer field. In 19th century New York and Boston, an idea emerged linking large infrastructure—aqueducts or drain systems—with public parks and open space. The same idea is evident at the Fisher Hill Reservoir where neighbors would bring lawn chairs to the terraced top of the reservoir to watch the sunset on summer evenings. Our goal here was to design a contemporary park without wiping away the site’s history and genius loci or ‘spirit of the place.’

<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/theboxoffice/">The Box Office - Providence, RI</a>

The Box Office - Providence, RI

Together with The Steel Yard, this speculative office building, built of stacked shipping containers, is a landmark player in the remaking of Providence’s Industrial Valley. Sited on a former lumberyard, the transient nature of the containers is countered by their anchoring to the ground by the site strategy of stairs and ramps lifting up from the ground plane. Stormwater moves through cuts in the remnant pavement, gaps from which the green landscape springs.

Condor Street Urban Wild - East Boston, MA

Condor Street Urban Wild - East Boston, MA

An abandoned brownfield, this was the first of Boston’s urban wilds to be designed by landscape architects. Intended primarily as wildlife habitat, space for active recreation is not provided. Instead, the contaminated soil is capped as a tall landform, inviting people to walk up and view passing oil tankers at their deck level. This project was led by Mark Klopfer with Kaki Martin as job captain into the construction document phase while at Hargreaves Associates.

 

Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/eplus-missionhill/">E+ Mission Hill - Boston, MA</a>

E+ Mission Hill - Boston, MA

A pilot initiative of Boston’s City Hall to promote more sustainable housing in the city, this competition asked developer/design teams to envision the future of housing in the Mission Hill neighborhood. Our ‘Green Spine’ proposal puts a grand stair at the center of the project as social space, conduit for stormwater heading to cisterns for irrigation and gray water use, and connection between Parker and Terrace Streets. The community garden at the top of the hill ensures that the site continues to serve the surrounding neighborhood.

 

Render Credits
Hartness Vision

 

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<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/signature-flight/">Signature Flight - Boston, MA</a>

Signature Flight - Boston, MA

Placed directly on the ground, the latest terminal at Boston’s Logan Airport is a throwback to an earlier age of aviation where one walks directly onto the tarmac to board a plane. Serving private and corporate jets, this small terminal has an exterior waiting room in the form of an enclosed garden. A wood scrim civilizes the concrete and barbed wire ‘blast wall’ separating the airfield from the public realm. The outdoor space of the terminal becomes an oasis carved out of a paved and industrial district of the airport.

 

Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

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North End Parks - Boston, MA

North End Parks - Boston, MA

Formerly the land underneath the raised Southeast Expressway, the northernmost park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the North End Park is at once a neighborhood park for the formerly cut off North End neighborhood, and a city-scale park drawing neighbors and tourists alike.  The large ‘porch,’ water feature, and spacious lawns are constant attractions for people of all ages during the week for lunch, evenings for strolling and gelato, and weekends for informal Frisbee or water play. This project was completed by Kaki Martin as design team member and construction administrator for the design team while an Associate with Crosby|Schlessinger|Smallridge

 

Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

<a href="https://klopfermartin.squarespace.com/shanghai-bund/">Shanghai Bund - Shanghai, China</a>

Shanghai Bund - Shanghai, China

The Bund is witness to China’s incredible economic transformation and is one of China’s most powerful urban open spaces. Across the river from the Pudong district, it offers great views of the new skyline. Remade for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the pedestrian promenade and vehicular boulevard of our project are defined by the stately facades of the 1920s-era banking and trading houses that symbolize an earlier economic era. New spaces connect the river to important streets linking back to the city.

 

Photo Credits
Tim Griffiths Photography