Queens West is a new mixed-use community planned for the Long Island City shoreline, directly across from midtown Manhattan and the United Nations. Central to its urban plan is an extensive open space system that includes upland and waterfront parks as well as streetscape. Beginning with conceptual plans the Thomas Balsley Associates team, together with Weintrab di Domineco, presented to an assembled Task Force, with the effort culminating in a full schematic design plan for the urban plan’s parks. The approved plan envisions a diverse open space system for its constituents that offers unmatched passive and active opportunity on or near the water but, more importantly, serves as the thread that stitches the new community to itself, its surrounding community, and the river. Separate reports on phasing, capital costs, operating expenses, maintenance, durability, replacements, park programming, and concessions were prepared prior to the master plan’s final approval. The design team completed full construction documents for the $18 million Phase 1 Park called Gantry Plaza State Park.
Dubai Opera District
The new Opera District celebrates the adjacent spectacle of the world’s tallest building, while embracing the rhythm of everyday life. For three distinct mixed-use areas within the nearly 100,000-square-meter District anchored by the namesake opera house, SWA’s layered landscape architecture provides visual and experiential coherence using the concept of a mus...
Downtown Flushing Framework
The development framework for Downtown Flushing seizes on the unique and significant attributes of the area and connects them into a cohesive whole, implementing improvements to the public realm and incentivizing high-quality private development. The framework builds upon the rich history and cultural diversity of Downtown Flushing; the study area currently e...
Rijskaya District Master Plan
Description: Pacific Park is a major mixed-use development in the Atlantic Terminal area of Brooklyn, New York. When complete, it will occupy approximately 22 acres, including the air rights above the approximately nine-acre, below-grade Long Island Rail Road Storage Yard.
The open space, with an area of about eight acres at grade, is being designed by ...