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The Bosque, The Battery Park, Partner-in-Charge, 2007.

Laura Starr modeled the design of the Bosque after the verdant marshes and towering forests that greeted Dutch explorers 400 years ago. The Bosque features a series of romantic garden "rooms," joined by meandering soft-surface paths, densely planted with tall native grasses and perennials, conceived by Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. A granite at-grade fountain services as a sprinkler for children and a paved surface for events, elegantly incorporating air vents, utilities, and drainage, at times only one foot below the surface. Weisz+Yoes Architects crafted custom curved wooden benches and a horizontally slatted wooden snack kiosk. Tillett Lighting designed romantic "firefly" lights, tucked amidst the plantings. Through this multi-disciplinary collaboration, the Bosque has been transformed from a gritty extension of the urban environment to a luxuriant retreat with 4-acres of waterfront gardens -- a catalyst in the City's efforts to green and steward investment in Lower Manhattan.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Laura Starr, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP / B.A. Architecture, 1979