Have you heard? Manhattan recently grew by 2.4 acres. Rising above New York City’s Hudson River where a derelict pier once stood, Little Island is making headlines and receiving accolades from around the world. A dramatic ‘floating park,’ this new venue has redefined how public space can be created and experienced. Partnering with Heatherwick Studio, landscape architect Signe Nielsen and her firm MNLA designed a topographic marvel for the project that is as exciting as the structure that supports it.
For over a quarter century, MNLA has actively reinvigorated significant urban places including midcentury modern icons such as Lincoln Center and the TWA Hotel. Often collaborating with preeminent architects, the firm practices the art of infusing landscape to introduce outdoor experiences that repurpose modern architecture and bring innovative design to life.
Ms. Nielsen will share some of the highlights of designing Little Island and illustrate the contributions of its landscape to fostering a dynamic interplay of nature and art. Through the lens of her firm’s trajectory, she will also share insights about the future of the field and how the integration of sustainable environmental practices with contemporary architecture can promote our cultural heritage.mnlandscape.com
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Timothy Schenck, MNLA
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