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.
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.
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.
OLIN will be closed Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 , Wednesday, December 25th, 2013, and Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.
“I think this project could be a game-changer for the city.” That’s what former Governor Ed Rendell says of the Rail Park in the short film by Good Motion Project. Philadelphian stakeholders from government, the design teams, Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School and Friends of the Rail Park organization all contribute their thoughts about the value the park will bring to the city. The documentary premiered at an event hosted by Friends of the Rail Park, which has generated considerable support for the project.
This YouTube video by Connor Griffin of Wandering Films captures what may be just another autumn night at Temple University’s Morgan Hall terrace, but that’s what makes it special. The rhythm and diversity of activity, the ebb and flow through the plaza, and the relaxed fun on the lawn—it shows how Temple students embrace campus life in the heart of Philadelphia.
After more than three months of research, site visits, and charrettes, and nearly one year to the day from when Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge hit Manhattan, the PennDesign/OLIN team revealed their initial findings for HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition to audiences in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. The team focused their attention on four distinct Design Opportunity sites: Jersey City/Hoboken, Staten Island’s East Shore, Toms River, and Hunts Point in the Bronx, presenting contextually specific analysis for each study area. Yet each of the approaches centered around a common theme: that by empowering people within their own communities to affect change, cities can become more adaptable and resilient not only in terms of their infrastructure but in their economic health and cultural vitality as well. To read more about these proposals, visit the PennDesign/OLIN team page on the Rebuild By Design website.
As part of the Stuckeman School‘s Artful Rainwater Design Symposium, Partners Susan Weiler and Steve Benz explore the rich history and modern applications of water receiving landscapes. From the Babylonians who sought to irrigate crops and bring beauty to their cities, to today’s post-industrial cities facing deadlines to upgrade their gray infrastructure, the concept of water as both a precious resource and a social connector has long been evident. OLIN has spent more than thirty years finding new ways to integrate water function and conservation into our designs, but now, with government leaders and policymakers eager to meet EPA requirements, it’s vital for landscape architects to make the case for solutions that not only meet the mandates but also create places of social value and engagement.
October signals many things: shorter days, baseball playoffs, pumpkin flavored everything…but in Philadelphia, this month is all about design. Get your fix at any of these events happening throughout the city.
With sun and shade, water and color, durable materials and vibrant flora, a garden can offer a calming experience and a rejuvenating escape from the stresses of life. It’s a concept that’s been familiar to many cultures across the world and throughout history. Now, leaders in modern healthcare are recognizing that gardens can be specially designed to provide these therapeutic benefits to people who need it most: hospital patients, their families, and healthcare staff. In this story produced for the Voice of America news network, Partner Susan Weiler describes the intent behind OLIN’s design of the therapeutic gardens at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and the mother of a young patient explains the importance of having a refuge to escape the confines and stress of a hospital setting. “That’s the healing power of Mother Nature,” the report concludes. We couldn’t agree more.