What does today’s waterfront look like? What do our future waterfronts offer? The New St. Pete’s Pier introduces a waterfront experience, enjoyable from start to finish. The pier is about relishing the journey to the end and back. Along the way, the pier offers educational experiences, respite, and interaction with nature and wildlife – each experience providing different views and atmospheres. St. Petersburg, now buzzing with new, exciting projects, is celebrating the approaching completion of the pier and the opportunities it will bring for both residents and visitors.
With the country’s growing challenges involving deadly storm surges on every coast, Texas continues its effort to move forward and gain support with proposed solutions to protect their coastal cities. The Texas Tribune’s recent article explores the two plans developed to protect this region. While both plans are compatible and achievable, they seek to protect differing populations and on different timetables. Rogers Partners’ Galveston Bay Park with Rice University’s SSPEED Center and Walter P Moore, presents a vital plan, achievable in 5-7 years, that protects the highest risk populations and industries from an extreme 500-year storm. The Army Corps’ plan, which would protect a broader number of properties from 100-year storm surges, would require 15-20 years to realize. Both groups are working together to find synergies in their plans and gain support locally and nationally.
What is our role in environmental responsibility? How are cities and designers successfully contributing to a sustainable built environment today? On September 9th and 10th in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Design Futures Council (DFC) is hosting a summit to examine where we are as an industry in achieving our sustainability goals, what challenges we face now and in the future, and how the industry can frame “a new context through which we establish our collective work towards environmental responsibility”. DFC has gathered leaders in the A/E/C industry to further explore the topic and share innovative solutions and successes. With Rogers Partners at the forefront of this conversation, most recently with our work in Texas on Galveston Bay Park, we are delighted to announce that Rob will be speaking alongside project and industry colleagues. To learn more about the conference check out the DFC website.
Wallpaper Magazine features Atlanta’s Park Over GA400 alongside notable international projects that are rethinking the use of motorways in urban areas into green spaces for the public. “The project covers the sunken 400 motorways while linking public transit, bicycle paths and foot traffic with the area’s commercial hub.” Read more about Atlanta's Park Over GA400 innovative design in connecting people through a 9-acre long urban space.
In recognition of their demonstrated leadership, Rogers Partners is proud to announce the promotions of our new Associates, Andrea Solk and Jonathan Palazzolo. With a shared commitment to design that engages the public realm and pushes the envelope from concept through construction, Andrea and Jonathan bring diverse backgrounds and insights to each project. Since joining the firm in 2014, they have both played key roles in our institutional projects, contributing to design that engages all disciplines and is tailored to the mission of each institution.
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) announced their shortlisted projects that best represent their 2019 awards program theme – “Heralding Sustainable Future”. Rogers Partners’ project, Galveston Bay Park, man-made, mid-bay barrier islands that would act as a surge protection system for the Port of Houston and the communities on the western shore of Galveston Bay, as well as provide inhabitable public space, has been shortlisted in WAF’s new category, Future Project: Infrastructure. With the start of hurricane season just last month, we are thrilled at the timeliness of this announcement and to be among so many innovative submissions. Read more about this year’s program and shortlist here.