Project Type: Landscape

Congress Square Park

Portland, Maine

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Congress Square Park is an underused and poorly maintained public space in the heart of historic Portland, Maine. In our proposal for its revitalization, the park is raised 15 feet to slope toward the Portland Museum of Art across the street, creating a new civic space below.

The surface of the new park is patterned to create distinct areas for things like fountains, grassy lawns to relax on, and sandboxes for kids to play in. An outdoor performance venue is built into the center of the terraced park, providing a new public focal point for the Portland Arts District.

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Program: Public Park & Community Center
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Dan Hoch, Christian Scharzwimmer
Status: Proposal
Year: 2013

Dune Line

Queens, New York

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Dune Line is informed by Far Rockaway’s coastal dunes, which in their natural state, act as a resilient barrier against coastal flooding and erosion. Behind this protective edge  a diverse community of sustainable, mixed-use and mixed-income housing types soak up coastal views and ocean breezes.

A variety of open green spaces for recreation, education, and local gardens, stitch the community together and further mitigate the impact of storm flooding. Weaving through the dunes, the boardwalk promenade physically links beach and community together, and inspires a more intimate connection to the ecology of the coast.

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Program: Coastal Resiliency Masterplan
Client: NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher
Status: Proposal
Year: 2013

Green Loop

New York, New York

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The continuing impact of waste on the environment ensures that our waste management facilities must be better designed and integrated into our cities. Composting facilities do not need to be undesirable places. In addition to recycling waste and generating energy, these facilities can also be beautiful public parks, recreation areas, inspiring educational hubs, and community farms, located right here in New York City.

This proposal envisions a network of waterfront composting hubs along the city’s waterfront greenways. The entire network capacity is 50% of our annual organic waste, or about 1 million tons/year. This scheme dramatically reduces truck miles currently used to truck waste to far-flung landfills. At the same time, it leverages the existing transportation infrastructure along NYC’s rivers, and addresses “borough equity” in the handling of our waste.

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Program: Composting Infrastructure Masterplan
Team: Andre Guimond, Evan Erlebacher, Christian Scharzwimmer
Collaborators: Arup
Status: Proposal
Year: 2013