Learn more about the principles and influences driving Tom Balsley’s transformative and provocative spaces.
A lifelong passion for creating places that are “impactful, beautiful, and useful.”
This SWA project’s “ample public space,” lawns, and shade are an integral part of its success.
SWA CEO Gerdo Aquino looks to the sky – space between and atop buildings – for solutions.
This interview with SWA’s CEO is also available as a podcast.
Tom Balsley is featured in this video discussing seating at Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park.
Tom Balsley on harnessing the public’s imagination to reshape social and cultural spaces.
SWA/Balsley’s design for the park was recognized by two organizations as an example of “progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe.”
Parks along New York City’s vulnerable waterfront, like the one recently completed at Hunter’s Point South, are both amenity and armor.
Principal Gerdo Aquino is quoted in this piece describing how design firms like SWA/Balsley are handling the COVID-19 situation.
The plaza, for which SWA/Balsley designed landscape, was recognized in the Shopping and Retail-Led Development category.
Congratulations to Tom Balsley and our collaborators at Weiss/Manfredi on being recognized for their “forward-looking strategy for the city of New York.”
The project was lauded as “ambitious” and a “model of urban ecology and sustainable thinking.”
Riverside Park South is winning local hearts and minds.
Ways to avoid landscape solutions without synergy between a site and building.
Hunter’s Point South’s iconic overlook offers a serene view of the New York City skyline.
Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park successfully weathered the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Riverside Park South is featured in this piece about innovative outdoor seating.
Piers as “accidental artworks” hark back to an industrial past.
A peek at the master plan and renderings of the highly anticipated Pacific Park.
Private, “vest-pocket” park is comprised of a series of strategically layered landscape features.
A people-watching paradise and a patch of urban heaven.
SWA/Balsley is named as one of the firms preparing cities for climate change.
Innovative strategies to manage water and enhance sustainability.
Putting the finishing touches on a new landmark project for the city of Cleveland.
With each new building will come a chunk of a new eight-acre park designed by Tom Balsley.
The first piece of Hunters Point South is a reality.
Not a bad place for playing hooky.
Tom Balsley on Riverside Park South and Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park.
The success of this waterfront park is its two-way relationship with its urban context and community.
The park is highly resilient and designed to adapt to climate change.
The design significantly upgrades and expands an existing plaza that opened in 2011.
The park’s design displays clever pragmatism that capitalizes on the site’s assets.
SWA/Balsley’s design of a new quad at SUNY Albany is featured.
A transformed park presonifies the spirit of reinvention that has recently overtaken Cleveland.
A freeway finally gives way for a new waterfront park.
SWA/Balsley’s 23-acre waterfront park profiled.
The project was honored in the Spaces, Places, and Cities category.
Tom Balsley and Marion Weiss share the design thinking behind Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park.
Tom Balsley talks on site with national news, revealing the park’s features.
Outdoor spaces designed by SWA lend connectivity and life to this exciting new housing project in downtown LA.
A daring yet livable design for Philadelphia.
Landscape master plan serves employees, complements context.
The SWA/Balsley-designed Highline Park serves as an “urban foyer” for the development.
Landscape aligns with the natural features of the region.
The development, with landscape by SWA, is in high demand.
The La Candela memorial will open to the public in November.
How humans really behave in public space.
The completed project that have drawn rave reviews.
The entire office portion of the mixed-use project has been leased by Amazon Studios.
A symbiotic relationship between old and new.
Landscaped deck and heritage courtyard are open to the public, and tie to existing trails and lookout points.
Once a bustling center for maritime trade, the Changtan area is being developed for housing and leisure.
Cautionary lessons learned from Hudson Yards.
The awards celebrate outstanding talent across major areas of design and technology.
Dynamic campus with thoughtful design strategies to create an energetic cultural hub.
Iconic venue promotes the production, education, and research of Chinese opera, the primary genre of indigenous Chinese theater.
Elevated paths and artfully installed wetlands define Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park.
Colorful develoment bisected by a landscaped paseo, itself an extension of a historic pathway.
Second phase of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park is a multi-layered experience, weaving together infrastructure, landscape, architecture, and art.
Reclaiming the 100-year old vision of Leland Stanford and Frederick Law Olmstead.
Whether it is a large park or a small plaza, SWA/Balsley is dedicated to creating spaces that make urban life more livable.
A large public plaza connects to Chinatown’s commercial core through a mid-block crosswalk.
Parks that opened in 2018 exemplify how parks can unite, repair, and invigorate cities.
Giving shape to complex experiences… the more sensory, the better.
Bold visions for our shared built environment.
The Long Island City park offers stunning views on its circular waterfront lawn.
Transforming abandoned industrial land into a resilient infrastructure… and a contemplative retreat for the neighborhood.
Second phase uses a restored landscape to buffer against future extreme weather events.
A small stage area and canopy area with new-age, collaborative furniture are also featured.
The project will serve as an example of the benefits of high-performing landscape projects.
The importance of collaborative decision-making between communities, city agencies, and consultants.
Part of a series of essays rethinking future landscapes.
Colorful ribbon walls and pipe screens offer an urban escape.
Recognition for a landmark melding of landscape and infrastructure.
A gathering of preeminent thinkers and influencers.
A flexible plan that has stood the test of time.
A vibrant new space for Georgia Tech.
Bold, multi-layered approach focuses on cultural relevance, sustainable growth, and resiliency.
Fully immersive virtual reality technology offers a “sneak peek.”