<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.

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Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography & Annali Kiers

 

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

Fisher Hill Park Reservoir - 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.’

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<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.

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Photo Credits
Tim Griffiths Photography

<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.

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Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary - Boylston, MA

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary - Boylston, MA

KMDG joined a team of designers, environmental educators, and conservationists working together to implement the client’s vision of a wildlife sanctuary open to the public and offering programs to bring people into a closer relationship with nature.  Site disturbance to build the new visitor education center created an opportunity for extensive plantings to support a variety of wildlife habitat and to provide interest throughout the seasons to visitors as they enter the site and circulate toward the visitor center and trail system.

<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.

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Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

Park Five - Beijing, China

Park Five - Beijing, China

Sited between the third and fourth ring roads in Beijing, this 1,000 unit condominium complex by the world’s largest residential developer, China Vanke, is home to Chinese and foreign professionals who work in the nearby embassy district. All of the four courtyards are built over underground garage structures. Landscape space is highly regarded by Chinese developers and residents, and KMDG is proud to have designed these gardens in the Chinese capital.

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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/roemer-plaza-sufolk-university/">Roemer Plaza, Suffolk University - Boston, MA</a>

Roemer Plaza, Suffolk University - Boston, MA

Boston’s City Hall Plaza remains unimproved after decades of criticism, but its miniature twin, one block away on Beacon Hill, is being completely remade as Suffolk University’s first and only campus landscape space. The former barren, brick, backdoor to the McCormack State Office Building, and roof to a parking garage, is becoming a lively amphitheater plaza with human-scaled spaces. The feature element, a carved granite plinth at the toe of the amphitheater, commemorates the wonderful open spaces that are the legacy of the Metropolitan District Commission, formerly headquartered on this site.

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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.

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Photo Credits
Christian Phillips Photography

 

Al Maryah (Sowwah) Island Landscape Master Plan - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Al Maryah (Sowwah) Island Landscape Master Plan - Abu Dhabi, UAE

As part of its Plan 2030, Abu Dhabi is expanding its commercial core to Al Maryah (formerly Sowwah) Island. Collaborating with Boston architects over,under and Utile, our team developed architecture and landscape design guidelines to shape a vision of this city center as a vibrant and pedestrian-centric urban realm that meets Abu Dhabi’s new Estidama sustainability code.

<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.

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Render Credits
Hartness Vision

 

56 Leonard Street - New York, NY

56 Leonard Street - New York, NY

KMDG’s tiniest landscape is being built as part of Herzog & deMeuron’s 56 Leonard Street condominium project in Tribeca. Since 2008 we have been working with that office on the pool deck, and after a hiatus during the recession the project is back under construction with an expected completion in 2016.

Kendall Square: Longfellow Bridge Median - Cambridge, MA

Kendall Square: Longfellow Bridge Median - Cambridge, MA

At once a city gateway and a traffic code compliant safety median, the Longfellow Bridge median is made of repetitive free-standing steel angle. Changes to height and orientation reveal a highly saturated paint scheme on the inside of the angle that becomes highly visible in winter and recedes into the planting scheme in warmer months.  Perception of the colors and rhythm change depending on mode of transport over the bridge: foot, bike, or car.

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

 

Holocaust Memorial - Puchovichi, Belarus

Holocaust Memorial - Puchovichi, Belarus

Working with an American benefactor, KMDG has designed a memorial for a holocaust site, south of Minsk, where over 1200 Jewish men, women, and children of Puchovichi were killed in September 1941. Separated from the road at the outskirts of the village, the site is concealed from view beyond a farm field, on a small wooded hillside. Vertical granite posts, spaced evenly to reveal a path along the field/woodland edge, mark the procession to the site. As the path approaches the summit of the hill, a wall with tablets describing the events that occurred here, directs one’s ascent to the grave sites. The existing concrete slabs remain in situ with new stone edging and perimeter tree plantings added to further define the space and commemorate this site.

Causeway Street - Boston, MA

Causeway Street - Boston, MA

Dramatically transformed, and unfortunately vacant, after the demolition of the overhead MBTA Green Line train, Causeway Street appears regularly on national television as the home to the Boston Garden sports venue. This project gives Causeway the ability to close off traffic and celebrate winter sport championships in a dramatic urban space. On a daily basis, it serves as a rich arrival point to commuters disembarking at North Station and is home to a lively entertainment and growing residential district.

R-Line Transit Shelters - Providence, RI

R-Line Transit Shelters - Providence, RI

A unique collaboration between RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority) and City of Providence Department of Planning and Development with the Department of Arts and Tourism, developed the opportunity for art-based transit shelters to be located along RIPTA’s new rapid bus R-Line corridor. KMDG crafted design guidelines for public transit to serve as a placemaking tool. The guidelines detail stop-by-stop recommendations for transit shelters, public art, seating, trash cans, and bike racks based on stop location, sight lines, pedestrian movements, traffic patterns and ridership counts. KMDG also developed a call for artists, helped facilitate the selection of artists, and managed the final detailing of artist works to fit into the shelter designs.

Shelter art panels by Jennifer Dalton Vincent

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