Back in May Mark joined Marie Law Adams of Landing Studio and Andrew Howard of Better Block Consulting on the fourth and final panel discussion of Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace. The open discussion revolved around ideas to help successfully complete Boston's Emerald Necklace along Columbia Road.
Check out the full discussion on the BSA website here.
Paving is down and trees are in as construction is moving along at Central Square in East Boston. An original Olmstead landscape, we are excited to see our design that celebrates the original plan, but updates its relationship to the current surrounding infrastructure come to life after years of planning and community involvement. The site is scheduled to open later this summer.
We are gearing up for construction as the plans to transform Hoyt-Sullivan Playground in Somerville get finalized. In a recent article our enthusiasm for the park is shared by the City of Somerville. We are hoping the park to be completed by late fall and the Director of Parks and Open Space for Somerville, Arn Franzen believes it's "shaping up to be the best in the city."
We'll be sharing updates as Hoyt-Sullivan playground takes shape later this summer.
Read the rest of the Hoyt-Sullivan article here.
Kennedy Plaza is once again a space for pedestrians. By removing the interior bus lanes and pushing the bus berths to the periphery the pedestrian space was doubled making it a true “plaza” in scale and character. The design deploys long groves of trees and a contemporary paving palette to reinforce the Plaza as a place of prominent scale functioning as a venue for events and festivals during non-peak ridership and comfortably for individuals catching the bus.
Thank you to the BSLA for recognizing the quality design solutions that can be executed with a limited budget and all who made this project possible.
We're excited to announce Robyn Reed has joined KMDG. Robyn is joining us as Principal, bringing with her over 20 years of experience working on a wide range of projects from residential to international master planning across the Middle East and the United States. One of her projects currently in design development is a five acre site in Rhode Island. We're looking forward to a new addition to KMDG and welcome her to the team.
We are excited to announce our partnership with Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects to create a new garden for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. “Bobbie’s Garden” will be a garden in memory of museum co-founder Barbara Carle.
"Mrs. Carle loved gardens and was a lifelong environmentalist. She was an educator and she was passionate about The Carle as a place for community members to enjoy art, gather, talk, read and play."
We look forward to creating a space that not only celebrates Mrs. Carle, but also supports her lifelong passions.
Read more from The Carle's Press Release.
Image: Seth Kaye Photography, courtesy of The Carle
Check out the latest news on our Kendall Square Main Street project by ASLA's The Dirt. Here's
a brief excerpt on the article:
As Kendall Square has experienced rapid growth over the past few decades, it also had to better “perform as an inter-modal transportation hub,” said Kaki Martin, ASLA, a principal with Klopfer Martin. The high-tech firms and university alike wanted easier inter-connections among the subway station and sidewalks, bike lanes and bikeshare system, and corporate shuttles and buses.
More information on Kendall Square Main Street
After 2 years of planning and coordination, AIAS Forum 2016 Boston is here and will be running Thursday, December 29 through Sunday, January 1. Our very own Dan Cournoyer has been instrumental, as site director, working with a committee of seven other AIAS members (Jared Guilmett, Merna Haddad, Samantha Veldhuis, Patrick Myers, Andrea Welsh, Julia Edgerton and Tyler Nguyen) to plan this year’s Forum. The event is co-hosted by Wentworth Institute of Technology and MASSART. Congratulations to all for the work to bring this event to Boston!
Get more AIAS Forum details HERE
We are excited to see Brigham and Women’s Garden Café open and thriving after a 14 month renovation. An integral project in our landscape master planning effort at the Hospital, we collaborated with Bruner/Cott Architects to redesign the Café with a focus on patients’ experience of the outdoors.
The original cafe, which was part of a Bertrand Goldberg building designed in the 1970’s, had low ceilings and small windows that allowed in minimal natural light. The design solution called for removing large portions of the exterior walls, from floor to ceiling, allowing for light to reach deep into the interior and providing full, unrestricted views to the outdoors. Two planted terraces are cantilevered off of the building at the second floor level, giving café patrons a close view of a rich and diverse plant palette.
After being closed off to the outdoors for so long the space now allows natural light to flood indoors providing a more relaxed and comfortable environment.
Fisher Hill Reservoir Park picked up its second award! The Architectural Precast Association selected the precast water feature at Fisher Hill for their Awards for Excellence.
The idea behind the inclusion of a water feature at the park is to reinforce the fact and connection that this park was once a functioning reservoir. One of the driving forces of the design was to create a water feature that could stand alone as a sculptural element when there is no running water. The design features four different precast finishes set on different planes. The idea behind the different finishes and planes is to observe how water responds to the piece, creating ripples and catching light in distinct ways. The water feature sits to one side of the main promenade with a gentle slope into the moving water flow which allows kids to easily engage with the piece.
See more of Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.
We are excited to announce two of our projects were among the winners at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Awards! Our recognized projects were Suffolk University’s Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.
Roemer Plaza at Suffolk Universty’s Beacon Hill campus was an underutilized, disconnected space situated above a parking garage and divided into two parts by a 14’ grade change. The plaza was transformed to a continuous public open space with a forecourt for nearby state office buildings and an exterior classroom for the university.
Fisher Hill Reservoir Park was a KMDG design that preserved the important historic reference points on Fisher Hill by keeping the reservoir’s earth structure and historic gatehouse. Our partners Touloukian Touloukian won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse for the work to preserve the gatehouse at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. Congratulations Ted Touloukian and team!
*Touloukian Touloukian's work at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse
In June and July we enjoyed thinking about a new vision for the Town of Winchester's center, as part of a multi-firm study to reinvent Shore Road. Our proposal expands and activates the existing rotary to include a public plaza with a canopy under the MBTA commuter rail tracks to create a new pedestrian hub serving daily and seasonal activities. Click photos above to enlarge, and view a PDF of the presentation HERE.
We are pleased to announce the City of Lawrence unveiled Lawrence Alleyway, a connector between the Northern Essex Community College campus and downtown, located between Amesbury and Hampshire streets. The design, which was inspired from Utile's Downtown West Study for the City of Lawrence, seeks primarily to improve pedestrian connectivity into and around Northern Essex Community College’s El-Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center, while also enhancing storm water drainage and parking. The seating, lighting, and strong graphic language of the ground plane and wall murals (by Elevated Thought), re-claim the alley as a safe and primary connector between the College and Essex Street.
Sometimes more really is better – especially when it comes to office space! We’re doubling our office space by adding the 2nd floor to our current square footage on the 5th floor. More space to work, to host our clients and collaborators, and more climbing of stairs for us too. Stay tuned as we move in and make it our own.
Check out the press release for the Outdoor PLAYbook website launch, which features the Boston Schoolyard Initiative as an inspirational project! The website features inspirational projects and creates a guidebook for best practices for designing school grounds to encourage play areas and learning environments.The collaborative team of researchers and students came together with the following goal:
Construction on Bertulli Park in Central Square, East Boston is underway! With the foundation poured and the formwork for the backup wall going up, the form of the elliptical granite wall has begun to emerge. Click to enlarge photos below.
More information and design drawings about Central Square can be found HERE.
We're thrilled to announce our design for Suffolk University's Roemer Plaza is featured as part of UVA's School of Architecture Alumni Exhibit, "Living-Learning Environments. Twenty first century speculations on the academic village."
The exhibit will be displayed from May 13th - August 19th in Campbell Hall, Charlottesville, VA. More information on the exhibit can be found HERE.