Photos: Architectural League of New York
The 2018 Beaux Arts Ball, Vector, celebrated the flow of ideas, goods, and people through global networks of communication and exchange. Boston-based Landing Studio’s site-specific installation, 16 Salt Tarps, Half Red Half White, responded to this year’s theme and the Navy Yard’s history. The designers wrote: “16 Salt Tarps, Half Red Half White, are woven in Ohio and sewn in Illinois, unloaded on a gantry in Brooklyn, on their way to cover a salt pile in Staten Island or Newark.”
Dan Adams and Marie Adams founded Somerville, Massachusetts-based Landing Studio in 2005. The studio describes its focus as “developing design tactics for positively integrating active global industries and infrastructures into their local contexts.” The studio’s clients and projects include port facilities, headquarters buildings, demolition plans, shared industrial/public park landscapes, ocean transport, and mining operations worldwide.
Ongoing projects include Infra-Space 1, which turns space beneath an elevated highway in Boston into parking, green space, and stormwater management; the Rock Chapel Marine Headquarters Building in Chelsea, MA; and an installation for the Design Biennial Boston. Past projects include P.O.R.T. (Publicly Organized/Privately Owned, Recreation Territory), a waterfront public event space and park in a maritime industrial dock at Rock Chapel Marine in Chelsea, MA; OIL TANK FUTURES PROJECTIONS: TREES/GIANTS/GOODBYE, an installation in Chelsea, MA; and the design of a temporary light festival on an active industrial salt dock for the LUMEN film festival with Staten Island Arts.
Landing Studio’s project 99 Marginal was exhibited at the MIT Keller Gallery in 2013. They received the Design Biennial Boston Award in 2015. Dan Adams won an AIA Henry Adams Medal from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 2005 and Marie Adams won an AIA Medal from MIT in 2006. Dan Adams also received the James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize from the GSD in 2005.