The Friends of LaGuardia Place took a strip of land left over from Robert Moses failed plan to build 5th Avenue South, and transformed it into a lush neighborhood open space in the 1980’s. Working with summer day camp students at the Center for Architecture Foundation, landscape design students at Columbia University and neighborhood residents, a master plan for the block and a schematic design were created for a new children’s garden. The main component is a whimsical toddler's play sculpture of a dragon, a reference to the political dragons Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia slayed during his tenure.
Location: Opposite the Center for Architecture, LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
My Role: Principal Landscape Architect
Additional Credits: Donna Walcavage, FASLA; Anna Mather, Landscape Designer; Brian Field, Landscape Designer; Adrienne Goldberg, artist; Barbara Hiromura, Play Sculpture Design; EDAW|AECOM