Reconciling the industrial and the urban

March 21, 2015

The League Prize, an annual competition that asks young designers to respond to a given theme, has marked an important milestone in many architects’ careers since it was established in 1981. Winners showcase their work through a lecture series and exhibition.

Landing Studio won a 2015 award.

Dan and Marie Adams are interested in the potential of active industrial landscapes to “inject fascinating moments back into the city.” By working in spaces where a designer’s role is often unidentified, their Somerville, Massachusetts-based firm Landing Studio finds possibilities for interweaving industrial activity with public and recreational uses.

Their Authenticity installation includes models and time-lapse videos illustrating how the global activity of industrial ports and highway systems interact with local environments over time. The two designers exhibit a catalogue of interventions and moments where industry, nature, and public activities can intermix to create new urban relationships — “we think it’s just a lot more exciting to be playing basketball as an oil tanker passes by within feet.”

Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects | Kannikegaarden | Ribe, Denmark | 2015 | Photograph courtesy of Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

Ongoing projects include Infra-Space 1, which turns space beneath an elevated highway in Boston into parking, green space, and stormwater management; the Rock Chapel Marine Headquarters Building in Chelsea, MA; and an installation for the Design Biennial Boston. Past projects include P.O.R.T. (Publicly Organized/Privately Owned, Recreation Territory), a waterfront public event space and park in a maritime industrial dock at Rock Chapel Marine in Chelsea, MA; OIL TANK FUTURES PROJECTIONS: TREES/GIANTS/GOODBYE, an installation in Chelsea, MA; and the design of a temporary light festival on an active industrial salt dock for the LUMEN film festival with Staten Island Arts.

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