The Project / Phase 1: Crescent Park / Design Team
Legendary architects George Hargreaves, Michael Maltzan, and David Adjaye led by local firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, represent quite possibly the most talented riverfront design team in the world. Each is personally committed to reconnecting New Orleans to its riverfront, using design to symbolize our city’s unique capacity to reinvent itself.
Eskew + Dumez + Ripple
Allen Eskew continues to lead his locally based firm with a passion for our City and has designed some of the most respected new buildings in Louisiana such as the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge.
Eskew and his team will serve as Executive Architect & Urban Designer of Phase One of Reinventing the Crescent: Crescent Park.
Born in Tanzania and son of a Ghanaian diplomat, David Adjaye is responsible for designing the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and has been selected to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Adjaye has designed a contemplative spiritual space at Piety Wharf and brings an intriguing set of life experiences to a city influenced by West African culture and craftsmanship.
Widely acclaimed, unconventional, a professor, wine maker, dog lover and author, George Hargreaves is one of the most admired and recognized landscape architects in the world, and in March became the first landscape architect in history to design two Olympic Parks: Sydney’s Public Domain and the London Olympic Park.
Hargreaves will employ his landscape expertise in designing the Linear Park and Piety Gardens, while collaborating with Michael Maltzan on creating the recreational community spaces.
Michael Maltzan Architecture
A young and accomplished architect, Michael Maltzan has designed high-profile projects such as the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Billy Wilder Theater and was recently named a finalist for the Smithsonian’s prestigious Cooper-Hewitt 2009 National Design Award.
Inspired by the river itself, Maltzan leads the adaptive re-use of the historic Mandeville shed as well as the sinuous pedestrian bridge connecting the shed to the community.