KEN SMITH WORKSHOP

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

URBANISM

ART

 Santa Fe Railyard Park, Santa Fe, NM

Start Date: 2002

Completion Date: 2008

 

City of Santa Fe, client

Trust for Public Land, client

Edith Katz LOLA, local landscape architect

Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, architect

URS Corporation, engineering

Mary Miss, artist

Jim Conti, lighting design

 

Peter Mauss / ESTO, photography

The Railyard Park is part of the redevelopment of the historic train yards near the downtown core of the city.  The 13-acre space includes a plaza, alameda, sophisticated water-conservation features, open spaces and park features. The park was conceived as a set of park-wide systems defining program, plantings, water harvesting and circulation, all integrated with the overall design of park spaces and features. The alignment of historic rail lines and sidings provide the spatial structure of new park pathways linking history with contemporary use.

 

A water tank in the new plaza is the central storage component for harvested water. This water supports xeric plantings, native grasses and garden environments that shape the public spaces of the park.

Ken Smith on the Rails in Santa Fe

Landscape Architecture, July, 2010

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