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Lake Monona design challenge check-in

An aerial view of lake monona and John Nolen.

The possibilities for the redesign feel endless from up here.

Photo by @kjwfoto

This week, three national design teams shared initial plans + concepts for their visions of the Lake Monona waterfront redesign. Let’s get to know the teams and their proposals.

Agency Landscape + Planning | Cambridge, MA
A nationally renowned, woman-owned, certified DBE + WBE small business offering a full spectrum of design services. Proposal takeaways:

  • Create a “districts system” focused on Monona Terrace, Olin Park + the causeway.
  • Undergo the largest urban marsh restoration in the Midwest.

James Corner Field Operations | New York, NY
These new-age landscape architects + urban designers are committed to innovating new ways to interact with everyday spaces. Proposal takeaways:

  • Re-imagine John Nolen Drive as a greener, pedestrian-friendly boulevard.
  • Reconnect + reorient the city to the waterfront.

Sasaki | Boston, MA
A design firm with 65+ years of experience in space planning, community engagement, and civil engineering. Proposal takeaways:

  • Design + create four unique areas: Lake Park Ledge, Lake Lounge, Community Causeway, and Olin Park.