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Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs

Five of the world’s most acclaimed landscape architecture firms just unveiled their visions for a new 13-acre national park in San Francisco! Located between Crissy Field and the historic Presidio, the new Presidio Parkland will replace the area formerly occupied by the elevated Doyle Drive highway. The five creative teams–led by CMG Landscape Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, OLIN, Snøhetta, and West 8 — were asked by the Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service to develop conceptual designs for the New Presidio Parklands Project. New-Presidio-Parklands-OLIN-1-537x346

The five landscape architecture firms presented their designs at a public meeting in the Presidio last week, whereupon the project kicked off its “Imagine Phase,” which invites the public to submit their own concepts and ideas for the new parklands and provide feedback on the firms’ designs. In addition to the design of the 13-acre parklands, which will sit above a series of below-grade traffic tunnels, firms were also asked to design a revitalized Crissy Field Center Youth Campus with a new “Learning Landscape,” as well as a reimagined Presidio Visitor Center.

Taking advantage of the site’s prominent views and highly trafficked location, all five firms created multipurpose ecologically minded design proposals that meshed the natural landscape with cultural, recreational, and educational components. The recorded design presentations by each team are available to watch on the presidiosf YouTube channel. The winner of the design competition will be selected in January. The New Presidio Parklands Project is expected to be complete by 2018.

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