Check out the recent National Trust for Historic Preservation article on Saving Places featuring Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. The article describes the work by Touloukian Touloukian that went into preserving the historic gatehouse from studying existing buildings built by the architect of the gatehouse, Arthur Vinal, to the details of matching paint colors and the spacing of muntins. Read the full article here.
Our work at The Steel Yard has recently been featured on CURBED and Architecture & Design in Australia as an example of adaptive reuse. See below for links to the articles.
The newly redesigned Central Square Park in East Boston is now open to the public. Mayor Marty Walsh was in attendance for the ribbon cutting officially marking the opening of this historic square. Working with Howard Stein Hudson, the City and community of East Boston the design highlights this historic Olmsted Brother's landscape while addressing the needs of the East Boston community today.
Learn more about the project here.
This weekend we participated in a community design charrette with members from the Morningside neighborhood in Detroit as part of the Give a Park, Get a Park competition. It was great to be on the ground with so many wonderful people and we are excited to see what comes from an engaging community event!
As the school year approaches we are nearing completion of Phase 1 work at Boston Prep.
We are excited to be one of five teams selected to participate in Detroit’s Give a Park, Get a Park design competition. Part of the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge; Give a Park, Get a Park is an open competition that connects community with designers to refine ideas for a new Morningside community park.
We will be heading to Detroit to partake in a Design Charrette with the Community on Saturday, August 26.
You can find more information about the competition here.
As construction continues at the site, final color decisions are being made for the myriad of materials being used at Hoyt Sullivan Playground in Somerville.
The redesign of Inman Square is moving! During the most recent community meeting the discussion focused on re-shaping and re-imagining Vellucci Plaza and how to create a revived sense of place for the heart of Inman Square while creating a safer space for cyclists and pedestrians
See the latest news post here.
After an engaging and dynamic design and public process, Central Square in East Boston is nearing completion. The ribbon cutting for the new square is currently scheduled for mid-September.
Read more about the project here.
Kaki recently attended the ground breaking of Bobbie’s Meadow, a new outdoor space at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Bobbie’s Meadow is dedicated to the memory of The Carle Museum’s co-founder Barbara Carle. We are excited to be working on this project with Meyer + Silberberg that reflects Bobbie’s generous spirit and her commitment to art, children and the environment. The site is scheduled to open June 23, 2018.
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 Olmsted 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.
Architectural Record featured an article on 56 Leonard Street, also known informally as the "Jenga Building". After years of delays due to the 2008 financial crisis the Herzog & de Meuron designed residential tower where KMDG provided landscape design for the exterior spaces has opened. See the full article here.
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.