The deep forest is nature’s supreme garden, sacred ground filled with the sights and sounds of life. Our native forests have been the sites of a 200-year-old clearing party whose hangover is still being felt. Very few of us have witnessed these sites to sense the magnitude of their destruction or their rebirth as represented by masses of seedlings, in a struggle against all odds, reaching for the sun. Here in one snapshot, the garden visitor’s senses and emotions are juxtaposed and invited to participate in a provocative dialogue between loss and hope, along a continuum.
Thomas Balsley was selected by the New York Times as the only landscape architect in a cast of world-renowned architects to participate in the NY Times Capsule Design Competition. Mr. Balsley’s submission was selected as a finalist, exhibited, and published in the NY Times Magazine’s final series on the Millennium.
Indianapolis City and County Building Plaza
SWA/Balsley, in collaboration with Ratio Architects, submitted this competition entry for the redesign of the Indianapolis City/County Building Plaza. We shared the competition committee’s vision of a world-class, 21st- century civic public space with the right ingredients to stand amongst the world’s best public spaces. The design concept builds upon the foun...
Situated along Moscow’s Ring Road and adjacent to the legendary Paveletsky Station transportation hub, the park at Paveletskaya Plaza will both cover and reveal the new bustling underground retail facility below while also serving as a landmark destination for residents and visitors alike.
The extraordinary retail and architectural vision for Paveletska...
The SWA/Morphosis team, in partnership with Cecilia Estolano of ELP, Dan Biederman of BRV, Buro Happold, Sam Schwartz Engineering, and Walker Parking, reimagined the heart of downtown Los Angeles during a eight-month design competition.
The proposal reasserts Pershing Square as a dynamic, living platform that animates the urban center and advances Los An...