LEED Gold for Washington Canal Park

Image © OLIN / Sahar Coston-Hardy

Image © OLIN / Sahar Coston-Hardy

Washington Canal Park has achieved LEED Gold certification! Formerly the location of the Washington City Canal system, which connected the Anacostia River to the Potomac River, the three acre site was long used as a parking lot for the area school district’s buses. OLIN’s design evokes the history of the space with a diverse social program and highly performative elements such as planted bioswales, stormwater cisterns, a geothermal temperature control system, and locally sourced environmentally sustainable materials.

Today, Canal Park is a model of sustainability, a social gathering place, and an economic trigger for the surrounding neighborhood. Find more information on how LEED Gold was achieved, Canal Park’s LEED scorecard can be found on the Unites States Green Building Council website.

Collaboration with Art: Janet Echelman & Susan Weiler

Pulse at Dilworth Plaza

OLIN Partner Susan Weiler will be speaking at University of Pennsylvania tonight with artist Janet Echelman about landscape architects’ collaborations with art. Richard Weller, Professor and Chairman of Landscape Architecture; Martin and Margy Meyerson, Chair of Urbanism, will moderate the two with a focus on OLIN’s design for Dilworth Plaza, and the integration of Pulse, a 11,600 square foot installation of light and fog, by Studio Echelman.

The event will be held in Meyerson Hall’s Lower Gallery on University of Pennsylvania’s campus from 6:00PM – 7:30PM.

PennDesign/OLIN’s Rebuild by Design Project Proposal

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Today in New York City, teams participating in the Rebuild By Design competition will present their final proposals to resiliently rebuild areas affected most by Hurricane Sandy.

The PennDesign/OLIN team’s project, Hunts Point Lifelines, focuses on economic and community vulnerability to climate risks led to the selection of the 690-acre Hunts Point peninsula of the South Bronx as the site. The team involved the area’s stakeholders to integrate design with deep community engagement, research, and analysis, as well as implementation and funding strategies that would result in buildable projects. The following videos document the projects component addressing the many different issues the designs address.

The OLIN Bench: Conviviality and the OLIN Seating Approach

Panorama of the Piazza del Campo, Photo by Scott Williams

Panorama of the Piazza del Campo, Photo by Scott Williams

There is no seating at the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Tuscany. Yet, there are people sitting all around on the ground sloping down towards the middle of the urban plaza. The space affords the opportunity for anyone to take a rest and linger outside, and it doesn’t need a single seat to do this. The Piazza del Campo is a successful example of how public space is used to facilitate a social experience for its users. Visitors to it are able to express conviviality as they participate in an experience where being in proximity to others is a form of social engagement. OLIN uses this idea to design seating to create the same effect. Seating sets a context for behavior as much as it accommodates people in a space.

Arbuckle Industries: Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management from arbuckle industries on Vimeo.

Arbuckle Industries has produced a video inside of the Yale School of Management’s Edward P. Evans Hall. The video highlights the transparency of the building by architect Foster + Partners, which opened earlier this year in January 2014. The open design and the layers of glass walls, emphasize the visual and social connections between the exterior, interior and the courtyard enclosed at the center of the building, designed by OLIN.

Hat Tip to Arch Daily

LAF’s Landscape Performance Webinar: Practice-Based Research

Image © Landscape Architecture Foundation

Image © Landscape Architecture Foundation

OLIN’s Partner and Director of Research Skip Graffam will be hosted by the Landscape Architecture Foundation in their Landscape Performance Webinar Series. Along with Allyson Mendenhall of Design Workshop and Deb Mitchell from SmithGroupJJR, the webinar will overview how landscape performance research is used in everyday practice. The webinar will take place Thursday March 20th, 2013 from 1PM until 2PM. Register here now to attend.

Integrating Natural Processes into the City Fabric of the Global American South

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On Saturday February 22 at 2:30 Ben Monette (Senior Landscape Architect, OLIN), Kofi Boone (Professor, NC State University), and Emily McCoy (Associate, Andropogon), will be co-presenting on the topic: Integrating Natural Processes into the City Fabric of the Global American South at the Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South Conference.  The conference is presented by UNC Center for Global Initiatives on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST), in Chapel Hill, NC.  Emily, Ben, and Kofi will be presenting in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus.

10 Things You Must Know If You Want to Study Landscape Architecture

OLIN has a longstanding commitment to academia. Look no further than our staff who teach at universities nationally, research partnerships for projects, and OLIN’s summer internship program. The richness of our professional practice is a result of this, and welcoming new minds is critical to the thriving academic world. But the move into the landscape architecture discipline requires some considerations to understand the profession. These are the 10 things you must know if you want to study landscape architecture. The following article was written by Dalia Zein and was originally published on Landscape Architecture Network.

Construction Scrim Addressing Urban Malcontent

The fence surrounding the construction site of the Barnes Foundation. Image © OLIN.

The fence surrounding the construction site of the Barnes Foundation. Image © OLIN.

Construction projects can contribute to the malcontent of urban life. The biggest reminder of that are the limitations they put on pedestrian movement during this last phase before opening. Until our work as a landscape architecture firm is finished, the built environment needs to be… well… built. However, in progress some projects engage with pedestrians using the construction scrim on the boundaries of construction sites. Here are some clever examples of how artful and interactive construction scrim can be.

OLIN Featured in LAM

LAM cover


We are proud to be featured in the January 2014 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine . The profile takes a look at the Philadelphia studio, the direction of our complex and innovative urban work at the Syracuse Connective Corridor and the Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan, and the work completed on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Namely, the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Sol Lewitt, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, Anne D’Arnoncourt Sculpture Garden, Rodin Museum, and Barnes Foundation are featured alongside many other Philadelphia projects. Photography by OLIN’s own Sahar Coston-Hardy and Will Belcher bring the projects to life within the magazine, and on the issue’s cover. All of Landscape Architecture Magazine’s issues are available by subscription and in digital editions at Zinio.