FF – Distance Edition: W Architecture & Landscape Architecture

The Brooklyn-based studio opens its doors for a virtual visit.

December 2, 2021
6:00 p.m.

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture | St. Petersburg Pier Approach, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2019. Image credit: Brian Adams

The League’s FF – Distance Edition events are informal online studio visits offering a behind-the-scenes look at leading design practices.

The League’s FF – Distance Edition, an online version of the long-running First Friday series, will continue on Thursday evenings. This season’s events feature design practices that are redefining the contemporary public landscape by responding to social and environmental concerns and exploring the intersections of architecture, technology, and ecology.

FF – Distance Edition brings participants on site, offering virtual access to practices’ workspaces and current projects. Following each presentation, join in an open conversation with the designers.

Founded in 1999 by Barbara Wilks, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture is an interdisciplinary woman-owned studio based in Brooklyn, NY. It builds on links between architecture and landscape architecture to create spaces that engage both nature and urbanism, “fostering more resilient and healthy communities and ecosystems,” according to the firm. By helping to thoughtfully embed humans into the natural systems around them, especially at urban waterfronts, W “creates new relationships that encompass physical, social, temporal, and political realms,” its team writes.

Completed projects include:

  • St. Patrick’s Island, a 30-acre urban park in Calgary, Alberta, that aims to connect visitors with the biodiversity and natural dynamic processes of the Bow River.
  • The Edge, a public park integrating the New York urban grid into the ecosystem of the East River on a postindustrial site in Williamsburg. 
  • The Tampa River Center, the monumental center of Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Park, which was designed to withstand Florida’s severe climate.

Current and upcoming projects include:

The program will be moderated by Christopher Hawthorne, chief design officer for the city of Los Angeles and former architecture critic for The Los Angeles Times.