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JMP Landscape down but not out in New York competition

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JMP Landscape, the landscape design unit of John McAslan and Partners, has reached the final shortlist of three practices for the 'Fresh Kills: landfill to landscape' competition in New York (AJ 4.10.01) - despite losing out on the design element of the contest.

JMP is joined on the shortlist by local outfit Field Operations and RIOS Associates of Los Angeles after being selected from 50 entrants to the competition. The brief was to transform the 890ha Fresh Kills landfill site, on Staten Island, into a landscaped ecological city park. The area was the location for the dumping of New York's household waste for more than 50 years.

However, the New York City Department of Planning announced that Field Operations had won the design element of the competition, despite the JMP scheme being acknowledged as 'compelling, well-researched and comprehensive'.

Marcus Rosello, architect with John McAslan and Partners, admitted that it did mean the practice was trailing in the overall competition but added that there were opportunities for it to fight back. 'There has been a design preference expressed for Field Operations - but the final stage of the competition will allow us to put forward improvements to our scheme. John [McAslan] is confident we can win this, ' he said.

The final part of the competition will be held on 4 March and will include the presentation of fee proposals and business cases.

The Field Operations masterplan includes the construction of a memorial to the victims of the 11 September attacks - which will be built on the area of the site currently being used to receive the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

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