New York practice joins hospital garden openings with new book and raft of promotions


New York-based SCAPE has completed two new gardens for Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The Chapel Garden opened on 5 September at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Washington Heights neighbourhood campus, a reworking of the streetscape and a new public garden with a cascading terrace of lawns running, a seating grove of cherry trees and a sunny lawn.

This has been followed by a new roof garden at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital opened on 28 September. The 10,000 sq ft terrace, with a field of spring and summer-blooming sedums, will provide patients, staff and visitors with a central outdoor social space. A central patio has views across the Spuyten Duyvil.

The roof garden and Chapel garden are part of SCAPE’s wider work on the New York-Presbyterian & Columbia University Medical Campus Masterplan.

More of SCAPE’s work can be seen in a new book by co-founder Kate Orff, Toward an Urban Ecology (Monacelli 2016, $50), showing how landscape architecture and urban design can be a force for social change. Order a copy from the US Amazon here.

This busy time has also prompted a raft of promotions to grow SCAPE’s leadership team. Those in new positions are Alexis C. Landes, managing principal; Nick Glase, associate; Gena Wirth, design principal; Pippa Brashear, director of planning and resilience; John Donnelly, technical principal; Martin Harwood, senior associate; Chris Barnes, senior associate; Michy McCreary, associate; Lauren Elachi, associate; Kate Hayes, associate; Lee Altman, associate.


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