West 8 wins competition for the 13-acre Fort Mason waterfront campus – San Francisco, CA

December 20th, 2012 by

West 8, Fort Mason (rendering), 2012, courtesy West 8

December 20, 2012

On the 19th of December, 2012 Fort Mason Center announced that West 8 has won the design competition for the 13-acre waterfront campus in San Francisco.  The three-month long competition sought creative and practical design concepts to further enliven and integrate the site. The design will enable Fort Mason Center to realize its full potential, both as a vital and stimulating location for arts and culture, and as an attractive destination for enjoyment of the site. West 8 was selected from an initial list of 15 firms that in July expressed interest in the ideas competition.

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Adriaan Geuze lecture at the National Building Museum – Washington, DC

October 13th, 2012 by

Photo of Adriaan Geuze provided courtesy of architonic.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:30pm

The National Building Museum is pleased to present Spotlight On Design: West 8, an evening with Adriaan Geuze. The founding partner of the Rotterdam-based landscape architecture firm West 8 discusses the studio’s projects, which includes the Toronto Central Waterfront, and Miami Beach Soundscape. The firm’s Governors Island Park and Public Space Master Plan has won an Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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Opening of West 8 Soundscape / Lincoln Park – Miami Beach, FL

January 25th, 2011 by

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January 25, 2011

The Lincoln Park site is a small – slightly larger than 1 hectare in size – urban site located at Washington Avenue and 17th Street in South Florida that strives to establish a new precedent for parks in the City of Miami Beach. While an urban park this size might often receive a design that has more hard surface than soft, Lincoln Park’s site-specific conditions, context and program elicited a unique response. A decision was made early in the design process for this public space to feel ‘green’ and more like a park.

Image courtesy West 8

With West 8 firmly positioned to deliver its mission of a green park, not a plaza, a park that feels intimate, shady, and soft was created; a park that will support the world-class attraction of the New World Symphony Building. Lincoln Park reflects the spirit and vitality of Miami Beach and will support a multitude of day and night uses, either under the shade of the trees or a starlit sky.

Lincoln Park will also have the wonder of some totally unique features that are one of a kind. First, several pergolas embrace the park edges; their shape inspired by the puffy cumulus clouds inherent in South Florida’s tropical climate. The hand-fabricated painted aluminum structures not only provide shade but will support the spectacular blooms of bougainvillea vines; highlighting a threshold of color at the parks points of entry. High quality artwork is equally important here, and the projection wall of the adjacent Symphony Hall building is an ideal ‘canvas’ for video projection artists – an emerging and exciting discipline within the art world. West 8 has designed a projection tower and ‘Ballet Bar’ to house the extensive multimedia equipment provided within the park. These elements provide a consistent language among the park’s unique architectural elements, providing a wide range number of possibilities for both local and international artists to present an ever-changing exhibit that would occur outside the confines of a traditional museum experience.

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Soft, undulating topography is reinforced visually by a white concrete mosaic of meandering pathways, and white concrete seating walls that providing options for informal seating. These two critical elements of the park design allow Lincoln Park to convey the illusion of a park larger than its humble inherent size. ‘Veils’ of palm and specimen tree planting conceal and reveal views further reinforcing the experience of being within an oasis that is much larger.

Image courtesy West 8

Open to the public in January 2011, Lincoln Park is a unified expression of recreation, pleasure and culture. Combined with the momentum of the symphony halls uses and outstanding architecture, the New World Symphony campus will be a world class destination that marries music, design, and experience.

Lincoln Park
Miami Beach, FL


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Adriaan Geuze keynote speaker at Syracuse University School of Architecture – Syracuse, NY

October 13th, 2010 by

October 13-14, 2010
Keynote lecture: October 13, 2010, 5:30pm

Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures symposium includes keynote lecture by Adriaan Geuze.

A two-day conference on creating urbanity in weak-market cities. Including five sessions featuring 21 international experts in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, as well as planning, policy, finance, economics, and real estate development. Participants share strategies for cities whose urban character has devolved radically due to economic, demographic, and physical change–cities that are now considered “formerly urban.” Adriaan Geuze, renowned Dutch landscape architect and co-founder of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture will deliver the keynote lecture, with a gallery reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

Syracuse University School of Architecture
201 Slocum Hall

Slocum Hall Auditorium

Syracus, NY 13244

Tel.: 315-443-2256


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Adriaan Geuze lecture about Governors Island at MoMA – New York City

April 29th, 2010 by

April 29, 2010, 6-7:30pm

"The Promise of an Island: the Plan for Governors Island’s Park and Public Space."
A presentation by Adriaan Geuze.

Museum of Modern Art
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater)
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

4 West 54th Street

New York, NY


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Adriaan Geuze lecture at California College of the Arts – San Francisco, CA

April 5th, 2010 by

Simcoe Wavedeck, Toronto (2008), courtesy West 8

April 5, 2010, 7pm

West 8, founded by Adriaan Geuze in 1987 and based in Rotterdam, is an international office for urban design and landscape architecture. The team includes 75 architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and industrial engineers working around the world on large-scale urban master planning and design projects, landscape interventions, waterfronts, parks, squares, and gardens. West 8 also develops concepts and visions for large-scale planning issues involving global warming, urbanization, and infrastructure.

Geuze won the prestigious Rome Prize in 1990 and founded the SLA (Surrealistic Landscape Architecture) Foundation in 1992. West 8 has won numerous awards, including the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape prize, and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2005 Geuze curated the 2nd International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. The firm has won many international design competitions, including Governor’s Island in New York, Playa de Palma Mallorca in Spain, and Toronto’s new Central Waterfront.

California College of the Arts
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel.: 415-703-9562


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