The Lawn on D was awarded a 2015 Honor Award for General Design by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Sasaki, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and HR&A Advisors, developed The Lawn on D as a flexible temporary park—creating a community greenspace for South Boston's D Street district. Completed in 2014, the design functions as a mixed-use space, and has been host to numerous concerts, happy hours, art installations, and other events.
The jury praised the lawn for its colorful fixtures and graphics, and commended the design team for their willingness to embrace the impermanent. "Yes, it's temporary," a juror said, "but the very fact that it is temporary gives us an opportunity to try things we might not otherwise do. I'd like to encourage more of these temporary spaces."
Due to its great programming calendar and sleek, vibrant graphics, The Lawn on D has become a hit with the public—both with the local South Boston community, and the city as a whole. In addition to the ASLA award win, The Lawn has garnered awards from the AIA, IDA, and was a finalist for the 2015 Fast Co. Innovation By Design Awards—all while racking up positive press during its 2-year lifespan.
"The traditions of public space making are expanding to include fun, pop-up spaces that leave room for experimentation. As a temporary park, The Lawn on D is putting design ideas and public art to the test," says Nina Chase, associate landscape architect at Sasaki. "The temporary tactic leaves room for bigger gestures, and, sometimes, stranger stuff. This summer, the Lawn has included neon swings, dance lessons, and even a brood of inflatable bunnies. It is exciting to see momentum building toward the long term goal of making D Street a cultural hub in Boston."
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