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

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.

 

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

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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.

The Plaza at Santa Monica Moves Forward

The Plaza at Santa Monica, as it would appear from Arizona Avenue. Image © OMA

The Plaza at Santa Monica, as it would appear from Arizona Avenue. Image © OMA

The Santa Monica City Council has authorized City Staff to negotiate an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with the development team of Metropolitan Pacific Capital, Clarett West and DLJ Capital Partners to transform an underutilized parcel at Arizona Avenue and Fourth Street into new world-class mixed use development in the heart of the Santa Monica’s vibrant downtown. This decision follows a national design competition to create a contemporary yet contextual solution to the property, one of downtown Santa Monica’s last undeveloped sites. The winning entry, The Plaza at Santa Monica, was designed by award-winning architects OMA, local architects Van Tilburg, Banvard & Soderbergh, and OLIN.

Giant Snails in Columbus Circle

Image © Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami

Image © Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami

Four giant red snails are on display in Columbus Circle in New York City. The installation from the Cracking Art Group curated by the Galleria Ca’ d’Oro is composed entirely of plastic sourced from landfills as part of the REgeneration Art Project. The snails will be displayed up until the installation’s closing on January 6th.

Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall

OLIN lead the design and construction of the terrace of Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The public courtyard connects the two residence hall’s north and south buildings entirely over a parking structure above street level. Features on site include stormwater collection for rain cistern use and low maintenance plantings that require no irrigation contribute to the liveliness of Temple’s student activities. The courtyard terrace provides a relaxing greenspace on the urban campus that performs as a gateway to the North Philadelphia campus.