In town for the AIA Convention? Experience OLIN in Philadelphia!


A warm welcome from all of us at OLIN to Philadelphia and the 2016 AIA National Convention! While you’re busy experiencing everything our great city has to offer, be sure to check out our AIA Guide to OLIN in Philadelphia. Did you know that more than a dozen OLIN projects will be featured at this year’s convention? We are also thrilled to be hosting a reception for the alumni and friends of the University of Texas at Austin at our Independence Mall studio.

OLIN joins the Community Design Collaborative’s Hall of Fame

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OLIN and partner Richard Roark have been inducted into the Community Design Collaborative’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. The Community Design Collaborative (CDC), an organization dedicated to revitalizing the greater Philadelphia area through design, has partnered with OLIN on a plethora of projects over the years, including Julian Abele Park, Bache Martin School, Southwark School and VIADUCT Greene. VIADUCT Greene, now known as Philadelphia Rail Park, is the redesign of a decommissioned elevated and subterranean rail line to create a public green space. This new public amenity will provide passive open space, lush garden greenery, pedestrian and cycling trails, spaces for arts and exhibitions, and outdoor classroom space for the adjacent Community College of Philadelphia. As a result of OLIN’s commitment to pro-bono projects like the Rail Park, the CDC has inducted OLIN into its Volunteer Hall of Fame for donating over 1,500 hours of design work to these efforts. Richard Roark, the leading partner for many of OLIN’s projects with the CDC, was also honored for his individual contribution of over 500 hours of pro-bono work. OLIN is proud to contribute to Philadelphia’s ongoing revitalization and is continuing its pro-bono work in cities across the country.

Happy Holidays from OLIN

Warmest wishes from all of us at OLIN for a joyful holiday season! It’s been an incredible year, and we have much to be grateful for. Most of all, we thank our amazing clients and colleagues—can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!

OLIN’s offices will be closed for the holiday week starting Thursday, December 24th, but don’t worry! We’ll be back in action in 2016, when we reopen on Monday, January 4th.

Exciting News On The Hudson Riverfront

Pier redesign to take place along the Hudson River


Located in the Hudson River Park in Tribeca, OLIN has been asked to redesign the two and one half acre Pier by the Hudson River Park Trust. The Pier, with incredible views to the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River and the new World Trade Center, will be associated with a new estuarium. The estuarium will be both a public outreach and education opportunity as well as a operating research facility, focused on the health of Hudson River Estuary. The Pier will be a highly flexible space for public events, education and recreation.

“Research Gold” Below Bryant Park

Photo by Sahar Coston-Hardy of OLIN.

Photo by Sahar Coston-Hardy of OLIN.

Many visitors to NYC’s Bryant Park are unaware that the site is a large-scale green roof above an annex housing more than three million volumes of the adjacent New York Public Library.

On November 15, the New York Times published an article about New York Public Library’s state-of-the-art storage system, which just happens to reside directly below Bryant Park. OLIN’s design for the park included this underground space for the Public Library, but the stacks were never fully utilized. In recent years, as the library’s necessity for a large storage system capable of being deciphered in a moment’s notice has grown, the question of where to store the 2.5 million different works has become a top priority. While initially hypothesizing moving the collection to New Jersey, the library has made the decision to fully embrace the remaining floor of the two floor storage system below Bryant Park, and begin filling the stacks. The books will be organized according to size, a new system replacing the previously used Dewey Decimal system, and motorized carts will be used to transport the books from one location to another.
At this time when libraries are striving to maintain their relevance in an increasingly digitized world, it’s exciting to see the extent to which the New York Library is going to keep their collection strong and accessible to visitors, and how Bryant Park was able to contribute in protecting these important works.
Click here for the full NYTimes article.

See you in Chicago!

We look forward to this time every year, when we join our colleagues, peers, students, professors and fellow enthusiasts in scholarship, collaborating and celebrating Landscape Architecture. This year at the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo, we are celebrating the Design Honor Award for Mill River Park and Greenway and are participating in nine education sessions.

2015 Professional and Student Awards
Join us on Monday to celebrate the winners of the 2015 Professional and Student Awards, including Mill River Park and Greenway in Stamford, Connecticut, recipient of a Design Honor Award, and OLIN Landscape Architect Zheming (Taro) Cai, Associate ASLA, winner of the prestigious Student Award of Excellence.

Grace Farms Opens

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Grace Farms, a former 75-acre horse farm transformed into a spiritual and community retreat in New Canaan, Connecticut, opens today. The project, a collaboration begun in 2010 by OLIN and internationally renowned architects SANAA, celebrates the beauty of nature through landscape and creates a welcoming environment that fosters relationships, wellness, and reflection.

OLIN teamed with SANAA to create this innovative non-profit facility dedicated to serving both the local community of New Canaan and the Grace Farms Foundation. The design for Grace Farms is inspired by the site’s historically pastoral character. OLIN and SANAA’s design approach was to touch the land as lightly as possible while incorporating a diverse set of programs and amenities to serve New Canaan’s need for public space. SANAA’s sinuous building evokes the image of a river, its windowed façade and low profile helping it to blend harmoniously with OLIN’s landscape. Drives, walks and trails and gathering spaces within the landscape were designed to embody a range of characters, from a cultivated town village to agrarian fields and managed woodland. The landscape evokes a sense of warmth, elegance, and authenticity—all defining a positive atmosphere and an engaging experience for visitors and neighbors of Grace Farms.

Additional coverage of Grace Farms can be found at Architectural Record and the Architect’s Newspaper.

Mill River Park Wins ASLA Honor Award

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Mill River Park and Greenway in Stamford, Connecticut has received a Design Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Prior to the construction of the park, Mill River was a polluted, derelict riverbank that posed a significant flood risk to Stamford. With the help of ecologists and engineers, OLIN’s design, led by CEO and Partner Lucinda Sanders, brought life back to the riverbank and reintroduced the area’s native flora and fauna. Pathways and a vibrant new park reconnect the surrounding community to the river’s edge, which has been disconnected from the neighborhoods for the past century. The rehabilitation of Mill River is an example of redefining active urban areas in a sustainable and rejuvenating way that serves as a catalyst for social and economic growth in the Stamford community.

View the full submission here.

Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument in DC receives Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award

Sylvan Theater

The Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument in DC, the competition-winning design by WEISS/MANFREDI and OLIN, has received the 2015 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award. This prestigious honor recognizes developments of all kinds, from skyscrapers and urban plans to commercial buildings and private residences. The award acknowledges excellence in design, construction and planning and promotes honorable and admirable practices in development and sustainability. The 60 award recipients for 2015 span 26 nations and represent a positive and inspiring evolution in design that is taking place around the world. OLIN is honored to be a part of such a venerable collection of world class architects and designers.

The Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument is expected to be completed in 2018.

11th Street Bridge Park Equitable Development Task Force

Video © 11th Street Bridge Park via YouTube.

The 11th Street Bridge Park has created an Equitable Development Task Force to help facilitate the completion of the four goals the park has set for the community. The task force is hoping to increase the connectivity of the communities around the future bridge park by encouraging equitable economic and social development, regardless of income or demographic. While the implementation of OMA and OLIN’s new bridge will help physically connect these communities, this task force is looking to take these neighborhoods one step further, working with government officials and business owners to develop more affordable housing, greater employment, and increase involvement in small workforce enterprise. The programs implemented will help fulfill the park’s ultimate goals of unifying DC, encouraging economic development, engaging residents in the environment, and promoting healthy lifestyles for community members.