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Unknown Studio Honored by Walton Family Foundation Design Excellence Program

Unknown Studio has been accepted to prestigious Walton Family Foundation’s Northwest Design Excellence Program. We are honored to be among the 2019 honorees including our peers at JCFO, Hoerr Schaudt, Coen + Partners, and others.

The Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program was created in 2015 to promote the highest level of design in the development of future public buildings and spaces in Benton and Washington counties. It selects design professionals and projects based on four key principles: a commitment to strengthening public life; elevating standards of sustainability and resilience; celebrating local cultures and place; and building regional capacity.

Since its launch, the Design Excellence Program has supported 11 projects across the region’s five largest downtowns. To date, its design professionals have completed Memorial Park in Siloam Springs, the Rogers Historical Museum and the Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center in Bentonville, with TheatreSquared in Fayetteville and a portion of Thaden School’s campus in Bentonville set to open this summer.

More information about the Walton Family Foundation Design Excellence Program can be found here.

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Middle Branch Designs Unveiled!

Be among the first to see and comment on Middle Branch Waterfront Design Competition entries.

The details:

May 29, 2019, 6-8 PM

Middle Branch Boathouse, 3301 Waterview Ave, Baltimore 21230

Free admission and onsite parking. Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to register and for more information on the design competition, click here.

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Undoing Racism Workshop in Baltimore

Unknown Studio’s Meg Baldwin has been invited to participate in Undoing Racism, a workshop facilitated by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national multiracial, antiracist network dedicated to ending racism and institutional oppression. Through dialogue, reflection, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process will challenge participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and will prepare them to be effective organizers for justice.

Unknown Studio believes that the discipline of Landscape Architecture has a role to play in progressive change and social equity. Landscape Architecture’s roots are firmly based in the reform movements of the 19th century, and we continue to have a leadership opportunity, both in self-examination and working to dismantle systemic racism, particularly through the design of public space.

The workshop will be held May 29-31st at our studio’s home base Open Works in the Greenmount West neighborhood of Baltimore. Click here for more information.

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Kicking off the International Design Competition for Baltimore’s Middle Branch

In the late 1970’s, the Rouse Company revolutionized waterfront planning with the revitalization and development of Baltimore’s renowned Inner Harbor. The next 50 years and the future of 21st century waterfront design might just emerge here in Baltimore on the Middle Branch, Baltimore’s other waterfront.  The Middle Branch is now the focus of a high profile design competition sponsored by the Parks and People Foundation—over the next four weeks, design teams will study and develop proposals for the future of over 11 miles of the Middle Branch and for the residents of South Baltimore. From an initial pool of 50 world class landscape architecture teams, the final three teams are now led by Hargreaves Associates, James Corner Field Operations, and West8.

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Essex Crossing is Recipient of ULI-NY’s Excellence in Mixed-Use Development Award

Unknown Studio is delighted to share that Mixed-Use Development Essex Crossing was recipient of the New York Urban Land Institute’s Excellence in Mixed Use Development Award on Thursday Evening.  While at West 8, Unknown Studio’s Claire Agre worked under Rotterdam-based Design Director Adriaan Geuze to set a concept for the park—a meandering woodland oasis in the heart of the Lower East Side. As Senior Landscape Architect and Principal of the West 8 New York Office, Claire led design development, construction and public outreach process for the park over a five year period (2014-2019).

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Unknown Studio to Lecture at University of Texas at Austin

JANUARY 22, 2019

On Monday, January 28, Unknown Studio Principal and West 8 Consulting Principal Claire Agre will kick off the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture’s 2019 Spring Lecture Series. Claire will be presenting a lecture entitled “New World,” a sampling of recent work, glimpses into her design approach, and thoughts on wearing many hats and staying flexible in order to realize world-class landscape designs that fundamentally improve the life and liveliness of the public realm. 

She is honored to be amongst other speakers this spring including Yale University’s Dean of Architecture Deborah Berke, Martin Buckbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the GSD’s Joan Busquets, and Michael Murphy, Founding Principal of MASS Design Group.

The Spring 2019 Lectures and Exhibitions series will address some of the design disciplines’ most pressing challenges, present innovative perspectives on the future of design, and celebrate leaders that have paved the way for change. The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture houses a diversity of design degrees and programs including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Architectural History. 

Claire’s Lecture is free and open to the public and starts at 5pm in Goldsmith Hall 3.120. Full Video of her lecture can be found here.

 

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Unknown Studio at Ohio State / Knowlton School of Architecture

Seen in Columbus: Unknown Studio’s Nick Glase and Claire Agre served as design critics at Ohio State OSU on final reviews for landscape architecture studios ranging from an urban agricultural research farm lead by Jake Boswell, a river Park concept in Cleveland focusing on fish ecology taught by Jesse Hartman, Hanna Steiner, and Parker Sutton, and an city park studio utilizing trees from an abandoned exurban nursery taught by Paula Meijerink & Karla Trott.

Both happy to be back in Columbus. Nick served as a visiting lecturer at Knowlton in 2014 along with Sarah Cowles resulting in the Award Winning, “Bigger Darby” research studio. Claire spent fall 2017 leading one of three invited teams (West 8, MKSK and Tom Leader Studio), reimagining a future century along the Olentangy River Corridor. Along with REALM studios, Claire and the West 8 team presented a compelling vision for the Olentangy that unlocked nearly a thousand acres for pedestrians and vibrant public space.

The creativity and professionalism displayed by the students at OSU reflect why this program is consistently ranked one of the top in the nation. Many thanks to the faculty and students of the Knowlton School of Architecture for having us.

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"The Giving Delta” is featured in Elizabeth Mossop’s new publication, Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning.

Elizabeth Mossop’s new compendium brings together internationally renowned experts and case studies showcasing multidisciplinary approaches for developing resilient coastlines. Unknown Studio is thrilled to see so many of our collaborators and peers involved, including Gina Ford, Jeff Carney, Louisiana State University Coastal Sustainability Studio, Moffatt & Nichol and West 8.

Claire Agre co-authored “The Giving Delta,” an essay describing the award-winning Moffatt & Nichol | West 8 | Louisiana State University Team’s proposal for a sustainable 21st century along the Lower Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast. As one of the winning entries from the ambitious Changing Course Competition, “The Giving Delta,” exemplifies the book’s exploration of how cross-disciplinary partnerships between scientists, planners, engineers and designers can successfully and tangibly find new ways of living in coastal landscapes.

More information on the book can be found here.

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Awards at American Society of Landscape Architects annual conference in Philadelphia.

Unknown Studio’s work is recognized by two national design awards at the 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects annual conference in Philadelphia.

In her role as Senior Landscape Architect and Principal-in-Charge at West 8, Claire Agre joined Beyer Blinder Belle’s Richard Southwick onstage to receive the ASLA’s General Design Honor Award for Longwood Garden’s Main Fountain Garden. Agre and West 8 served as landscape architects within a multidisciplinary design team led by Beyer Blinder Belle and including Fluidity Design Consultants. This year’s design awards jury noted, “I think it’s brilliant to do something so contemporary…that’s where the creativity comes in.”

Dorothée Imbert, Chair of the Ohio State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture accepted the Professional Award of Excellence in Communications for Testing Grounds: 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at the Ohio State University. Nick Glase, 2014 OSU Lecturer along with Assistant Professor Sarah Cowles and Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor Michel Desvigne contributed to the volume’s “Teaching the Profession” Chapter, including highlights from the 2014 ASLA Honor Research Award winning project “Bigger Darby.”

More information on all of the 2018 ASLA awards can be found here.

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A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste

We are pleased to announce A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desivgne Paysagiste, a wonderful new "antimonograph" on the spatial, planting, and hardscape strategies of Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, edited by Dorothee Imbert, featuring the work produced by Unknown Studio’s Nick Glase and Sarah Cowles from the Glimcher seminar and studio at Knowlton School of Architecture. Part interview and part how-to manual, the book is a poignant and accessible window into the techniques and tactics of an inspiring force in contemporary practice.

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