Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

June

Brooklyn Bridge Park, a dynamic threshold where the river and city meet, is designed to preserve the dramatic experience and monumental character of the industrial waterfront while reintroducing self-sustaining ecosystems to the site and investing it with new social and recreational possibilities. | Alexa Hoyer

Brooklyn Bridge Park | Photo: Alexa Hoyer | Click for a project slideshow

First Friday Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

SOLD OUT — We are currently sold out for this event. To be added to the wait list email rsvp@archleague.org

Join Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates at its office for drinks, informal conversation, and a behind the scenes look at recent and upcoming projects. This program is part of First Friday, a monthly opportunity for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices’ organization and design processes. These informal social gatherings feature happy hour drinks arranged by the host offices. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is a landscape architecture practice with offices in Brooklyn, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Working across a range of landscape scales, the firm has applied its interest in “integrated sustainability” to “achieve an ecological urbanism” with its larger projects. Recent work includes: the master plans for Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, where the firm also designed Piers 1 and 6; the G. W. Bush Presidential Center grounds in Dallas, Texas; the CT Water Treatment Facility in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. The firm is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Award, as well as numerous AIA and ASLA awards, including the ASLA Analysis and Planning Honor Award for the Brooklyn Bridge Park. To learn more about the work of the office, watch Michael Van Valkenburgh’s 2011 Current Work lecture.

Excess stormwater on the Brooklyn Bridge Park site is cycled through lushly planted rain gardens and stored underground to meet as much as 70% of the park’s irrigation needs. | Elizabeth Felicella

Excess stormwater on the Brooklyn Bridge Park site is cycled through lushly planted rain gardens and stored underground to meet as much as 70% of the park’s irrigation needs. | Elizabeth Felicella

Set within the everyday work environment of Elie Tahari’s suburban office facility, the intimate garden courtyards designed by MVVA frame the main entrance and bring natural light and all aspects of the climate into the depths of the workspace.  | photo: Paul Warchol

Set within the everyday work environment of Elie Tahari’s suburban office facility, the intimate garden courtyards designed by MVVA frame the main entrance and bring natural light and all aspects of the climate into the depths of the workspace. | photo: Paul Warchol

Pier C Park, along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Hoboken, New Jersey, is part of the city's ongoing efforts to provide recreational open space at the water's edge. An active recreation pier designed to accommodate users of all ages, the new park complements neighboring parks in program and form. | photo: Elizabeth Felicella

Pier C Park, along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Hoboken, New Jersey, is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to provide recreational open space at the water’s edge. An active recreation pier designed to accommodate users of all ages, the new park complements neighboring parks in program and form. | photo: Elizabeth Felicella

The master plan for the Lower Don Lands in Toronto unites transformative landscape methodologies with innovative scientific approaches to natural reclamation and makes them operational at the scale of the city and the regional ecology. | image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

The master plan for the Lower Don Lands in Toronto unites transformative landscape methodologies with innovative scientific approaches to natural reclamation and makes them operational at the scale of the city and the regional ecology. | image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Hudson River Park unites three former commercial piers to create 8.5 acres of continuous open space, giving a historic New York neighborhood an active, beautiful, and experientially diverse riverfront backyard. MVVA collaborated with artists such as Meg Webster (shown) on individual park elements. | Toby Glanville

Hudson River Park unites three former commercial piers to create 8.5 acres of continuous open space, giving a historic New York neighborhood an active, beautiful, and experientially diverse riverfront backyard. MVVA collaborated with artists such as Meg Webster (shown) on individual park elements. | Toby Glanville

At the Connecticut Water Treatment Facility in the suburbs of New Haven, surface runoff drains to an unlined pond where it percolates through the soil, removing particulate matter. The pond also collects overflow from the facility’s finished drinking water tank. | photo: Elizabeth Felicella

At the Connecticut Water Treatment Facility in the suburbs of New Haven, surface runoff drains to an unlined pond where it percolates through the soil, removing particulate matter. The pond also collects overflow from the facility’s finished drinking water tank. | photo: Elizabeth Felicella

Bloomingdale Trail is an adaptive reuse project that occupies the site of a former elevated railroad line on the northwest side of Chicago. | image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Bloomingdale Trail is an adaptive reuse project that occupies the site of a former elevated railroad line on the northwest side of Chicago. | image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

MVVA's competition-winning submission for Waller Creek in Austin, Texas includes a lattice of lightweight and easily deployable trail bridges that span the mouth of the creek. People can see each other from bridge to bridge, creating a much needed sense of public activity, and down into the rejuvenated native riparian landscape below. | image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

MVVA’s competition-winning submission for Waller Creek in Austin, Texas includes a lattice of lightweight and easily deployable trail bridges that span the mouth of the creek. People can see each other from bridge to bridge, creating a much needed sense of public activity, and down into the rejuvenated native riparian landscape below. | image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

 

Time & Place
Friday, June 7, 2013
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Office of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
16 Court Street, 11th Floor, Brooklyn
Tickets
SOLD OUT -- First Friday events are free and open only to League members, who may bring up to one non-member guest. RSVP required to rsvp@archleague.org. To become a member and attend this program, join here.