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    Floating Bridges Make Up SWA Group's Design for a Mountain Park

    Courtesy © SWA Group Photo by David Lloyd On the outskirts of Shenzhen, China, landscape architecture firm SWA Group has recently led the design of a greenway that comprises several bridges. Located off the park’s main trail is Floating Bridge—so named because it is suspended 125 feet above the forest floor—which takes …

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    Working Remotely, Ukrainian Designers Get a Lifeline From U.S. Firms

    A graphic created by SWA Group overlays Texas (home to multiple SWA offices), Ukraine, and the work of new Ukrainian team members for a shared project in Egypt. August 3, 2022 Working Remotely, Ukrainian Designers Get a Lifeline From U.S. Firms Two new programs—Support by Design and Hireukrainiandesigners.org—join forces to help …

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    The Clark Art Institute Turns Its 140-Acre Meadow into an Exhibition Site

    … harmonize with the Clark’s meadow. For a year, they will be as resolute as architecture touching upon the landscape, but they will also remain in a transformation, absorbing and reflecting the surrounding colors, forms, and people who help complete them. You may also enjoy “Floating Bridges Make Up SWA Group's Design for …

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    Lighting For Fun: This Public Park in Dallas Makes the Most of the Night

    … qualities. “I always tell my people, if you’ve got a fantastic piece of architecture, follow it,” says Oldner. Designed by HKS, a giant saucerlike pavilion crowns SWA Group's Pacific Plaza Park. At night, concealed fixtures uplight the structure’s perforated steel panels, whose pinhole apertures correspond to Morse code signatures. Courtesy Bill Tatham …

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    In Houston, a Resilient Public Greenspace Reconnects “the Bayou City” to the Neglected Waterway Where It Was Founded

    … along the river—with a $30 million catalyst gift to redevelop a 2.3-mile long portion of the bayou into a new civic greenspace. Designed by SWA Group and Page and completed in 2015, Buffalo Bayou Park offers an extensive network of pedestrian and bike paths on both sides of the bayou—including four …

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    Hong Kong's New Opera House Suspends a 1,073-Seat Theater Above a Grand Public Atrium

    … Kokalov, principal at Revery Architecture. “It’s like an additional theater, so we joke that it was buy one get one free.” The open-air public atrium; SWA Group designed this space as well as the two outdoor spaces flanking the upper auditorium. Courtesy Ema Peter The raising of the theater, which is supported by …

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    Design Advocates: 5 People Making American Cities Better for All

    … worked with landscape architecture firm SWA Group to identify where trails and trailheads would be placed, to establish gateways that tie back into surrounding communities, and to tie the network into the city’s new bike infrastructure plan. “In a city without zoning, Bayou Greenways has become a de facto organizing principle for the …

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    Flea Markets Inject New Life Into Houston Neighborhood

    … commerce here, providing rich entertainment in the process and tripling the area’s population to over 50,000 each weekend. With this success story in mind, the SWA Group developed a community infrastructure plan to empower resilient residents and local businesses to challenge the city and help inject new life into their home without sacrificing …

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    Turning Blight into Amenity: Embracing the City in Urban Landscapes

    SWA Group masterminded and designed the Buffalo Bayou Promenade, in Houston, converting a trash-lined eyesore into a 20-acre, 3,000-foot-long urban park. Courtesy Bill Tatham Ever since I took a boat ride last summer down Newark’s Passaic River, I’ve been thinking about the relationship between the man-made world …

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    Q&A: Kevin Shanley

    … us, our ecological strategies remain unfocused, kept under our radar by a general lack of clear communication and public discourse. Here Kevin Shanley, FASLA, is CEO of SWA Group and a long-time resident of Houston, provokes us to think deeper than the next tweet. –SSS Jared Green: You were recently in Washington, D.C …