Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Continued on page 18 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News h a rd s c a p e s Union Square is a public plaza located in the heart of San Francisco's commercial district, with a rich history of serving as the city's commons since 1850. For the re-design of the plaza, completed in 2002, April Philips Design Works joined forces with MD Fortheringham to form the Philips/ Fortheringham Partnership. Design Competition Beginning in the 1970s, Union Square fell into disrepair at a time when visiting tourists had topped one million a year. In 1997, the city of San Francisco sponsored an international competition to redesign the square and selected "All the Square is a Stage" submitted by the Philips/Fotheringham Partnership as the winning design. The one block Square was redesigned to reinvigorate the aging historic park and improve the functionality and programming for this important civic space as the city's "living room." The Nation's First Parking Garage Green Roof Park The 2.6-acre site is built on a parking structure, making it one of the early pioneers of green roof technology when it was originally built in 1941. The one block public park is centered on the existing Dewey Monument, a memorial statue dedicated by the city in 1903. The new design celebrates San Francisco while embracing a central evolutionary design concept—a formal and programmatic open space solution organized on a set of bi-symmetrical cross-axes and stepped terraces. It is a well-loved city open space utilized daily by residents, businesses and tourists alike. A dynamic retail and entertainment district frames the Square. In the winter months, the Square is transformed into a holiday destination with an ice rink, the monumental Macy's Christmas tree and a giant Menorah for celebrations. Landscape Architecture by April Philips Design Works "All the Square is a Stage" The Philips/Fortheringham Partnership redesigned the Union Square in San Francisco, Calif. into a historic, entertainment center. The Square features easels, and light sculptures on the left side created by sculptor R.M. Fischer. The flooring consists of a contrasting granite paving pattern, which serves as a remembrance to the long board tables set up in the Square to feed the masses after the 1906 earthquake.

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