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We REVEAL unique site character.

We INSPIRE creative collaboration.

We SHAPE spaces responsive to environments

PUSH is an interdisciplinary studio comprised of individuals with expertise in landscape architecture, urban design and architecture. By PUSHing the envelope to craft creative project concepts, clients are guaranteed results that are sustainable at human, artistic and functional levels. Our design and project management leadership model promotes team building through a shared understanding of project conceptual intent. PUSH is committed to creating designed environments that are sculptural in form and responsive to culture, history, and site.

Landscape  Design  Urbanism

1405 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington, DC 20005

P: 202.505.3515
E: info@pushstudioform. com
W: www.pushstudioform.com

 

 

HARLEM BROWNSTONE GARDEN

LANDSCAPE

The typical 20 foot by 40 foot brownstone garden was designed to reflect the clients Caribbean heritage. Vibrant colors, shutters and lush plantings were utilized to give the garden a tropical feel.

Client: Derryck / Anderson Residence
Location: Harlem, New York
Status: Constructed / 2006
Budget: $60,000
Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal Designer
Collaboration: Chelsea Gardens – Landscape Contractor

FOREST HILL PARK

LANDSCAPE

An ‘Enchanted Forest’ theme guided the redesign of the park layout and new playground equipment.  The abundance of trees on site contributed the theme based on community workshops.  The park schematic design was a part of Mayor Vincent Gray’s $30 million ‘Play DC’ park renovation initiative, which included 28 city parks.  Forest Hills Park was part of a creative collaboration between The Trust for Public Land, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of General Services.  SiteWorks Landscape Architecture served as play equipment design sub-consultants.

Client: Trust for Public Land, DC Parks and Recreation & DC Department of General Services
Location: Washington, DC
Status: Schematic Design / 2013
Budget: $1 million
Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: Smith+Murray studios; SiteWorks Landscape Architecture – New York, NY

 

KENSINGTON GATEWAY

LANDSCAPE

This small corner park is the first phase of the East Eustis Master Plan.  The park was designed to act as the visual and physical gateway to the East Eustis neighborhood. The key element of the design is a shelter that services bus riders as well as acts as a passive seating area for the community.  In addition to additional seating there are entry signs on each corner and a location within the park for public art.

Client: City of Eustis
Location: Eustis, Florida
Status: Constructed / 2012
Budget: $700,000
Team: Glenn LaRue Smith: Principal Design, Vinson J. Camacho: Design Associate
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios

 

PALMETTO PARK

LANDSCAPE

This one-acre park creates a promenade spine that takes advantage of a closed street.  The promenade organizes the park activities around a four pavilion structures designed to house community activities and localized commercial markets.  The park also includes restrooms, open lawn play, plaza with splash fountain, and a 5-12 year old play area.

Client:  City of Eustis
Location:  Eustis, Florida
Status:  95% Complete / 2014
Budget: $1.5 million
Team: Glenn LaRue Smith: Principal Design, Vinson J. Camacho:  Design Associate
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios

 

1200 CENTER AVENUE FEASIBILITY STUDY

URBANISM

The 25-acre feasibility study was driven by a focused community engagement element and a desire by the City to revitalize a long vacant area near City Hall.  The feasibility study framed a phasing plan that included the following elements: economic / market analysis; a development parcel plan; a framework for public/private partnerships; commercial/residential development typologies; and a mixed-use phasing plan.

Client: Holly Hill Redevelopment Area & City of Holly Hill
Location:  Holly Hill, FL
Status:  Development Plan / 2013
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal/Urban Design Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios – Prime
Stull & Lee, Inc.
HR&A Advisors, Inc.
RH Hamberg Traffic Engineering Data Solutions, Inc.
Tillman & Associates Engineering, LLC

 

AFRICAN SQUARE

URBANISM

The Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza, historically known as African Square, is one of the largest civic spaces in New York City.  The conceptual design is based on the components common to the ‘African Village:  walled enclosure; communal space; and active markets.  The ‘village wall’ was designed as a curved transparent and permeable skin that would pronounce the village concept and balance between the new dominant plaza forms and the physical mass of the 13-story office building.  Because African Square is a prime civic space in Harlem, the design responds to the functional needs of the community, office workers and tourists for functional needs such as lunch areas, concerts, markets, rallies and other sponsored programs.

Client:  Harlem Community Development Corporation (HCDC); New York Community   Board 10; New York State Department of General Services
Location:  New York, NY
Status:  Concept Plan / 2007
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal / Urban Design
Collaboration: Urban Technical Assistance Project – Prime (UTAP-Columbia University) G. Smith Studio, LLC

 

EAST RIVER BLUEWAY STUDY

URBANISM

A multidisciplinary team studied potential pedestrian connections; economic feasibility; environmental concerns; landscape and architectural issues; and inter-agency connections for this waterfront feasibility study.  The study area extended fro the Brooklyn Bridge south to East 38th Street north.  WXY led the team in the production of an integrated plan that incorporated a public engagement element, East River shoreline access, and enhanced pedestrian access across the FDR Freeway.

Client: Office of Manhattan Borough President
Location: New York, NY
Status:  Waterfront Feasibility Plan / 2013
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-Urban Design; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: WXY Architecture and Urban Design – Prime
Smith + Murray studios
HR&A Advisors, Inc.
Judith Heinz, ASLA
Domingo Gonzalez Associates
R. Weber Consulting
E-Design Dynamics
Phillip Habib Associates
AKRF-1
VJ Associates

 

FARGO URBAN INFILL DESIGN

DESIGN

Building upon the agrarian history of North Dakota and Fargo, this mixed-use development plan draws inspiration from ‘CULTIVATION’ as a metaphor that expresses and promotes the nourishment and growth of Fargo’s downtown rebirth (it’s Renaissance).  Like seeds that are planted and nourished from the energy of sunlight and the moisture of water, the mixed-use block is envisioned as a crop of buildings and public spaces that yields cultural excitement, energy and celebration.

Sponsor: Kilbourne Group
Location: Fargo, ND
Status: Competition / 2011
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate; Justin Jeffers, Junior Designer
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios

 

PHI BETA SIGMA CENTENNIAL MONUMENT

DESIGN

Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service are symbols of the fraternity that guided the monument design.  The design is comprised of three major elements: the Founders and Contributors Pylon; the Memorial Bench with text; and the Centennial Seal Pylon bearing the official centennial seal.  The monument will be fabricated in gray granite and all monument elements sit within a 16-foot diameter bluestone paved platform.

Client:  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Location:  Washington, DC
Status:  Construction / 2014
Budget: $105,000
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge Vinson J. Camacho, Design Principal
Collaboration: Kline Memorials- Contractor

 

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Glenn LaRue Smith

Glenn LaRue SmithSTUDIO

Glenn LaRue Smith has built an urbanism career inspired by the intersection of landscape and architecture. In thirty-five years of private, public and academic practice he has focused on the ‘city’ as a cultural and artistic medium for practice. As an application of this passion, he has participated in urban design workshops and been an invited juror on urban design competitions in major American cities. Smith has over the years developed a unique design methodology that utilizes the interpretation of place specific imagery to develop highly unique and sculptural form.

Smith brings extensive management and leadership experience to PUSH studio based on prior roles as Acting Deputy Director of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Redevelopment Authority and academic chairmanships at Florida A&M University and Morgan State University. Smith received a Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from Mississippi State University. He has served as President of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow.

ORANGE AVENUE CORRIDOR STUDY

URBANISM

Orange Avenue serves as a primary vehicular link from surrounding neighborhoods into Downtown Eustis. The goal of the Corridor Study was to create a safe and aesthetically enhanced corridor that motivated walking and biking activity.  Road diet techniques were utilized to calm traffic trough the use of bike lanes, turn lands, landscape medians, and traffic signals and traffic circles.  Streetscape improvements will also include street tree planting and sidewalk enhancements.

Status: Feasibility Study/ 2012
Client: City of Eustis, FL
Location: Eustis, FL
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal / Design Concepts; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios – Prime Griffey Engineering, Inc.

 

 

 

THIS IS NEWARK-NEWARK VOICES

DESIGN

The City of Newark, New Jersey invited 25 designers to address one pivotal question:

“How can Newark enhance its image in the future?” The concept for the competition entry envisioned a computer-based website campaign that extracts the “Voices of Newark”, its citizens. The creation of an interactive website campaign would start with the placement of website portal markers and shelters in neighborhoods to gather digital imagery about the city.

The branding system expresses: Newark Voices = Internet = Gateway = Voices = Website Portal.

Status: Competition / 2010
Client: Newark Community Planning Department
Location: Newark, NJ
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: G. Smith Studio, LLC

 

Vinson J. Camacho

STUDIOVinson J. Camacho

Vinson J. Camacho enhances the PUSH studio services with over 14 years of private practice experience in architecture and urban design. He has a passion for interdisciplinary design efforts, focusing on the ‘multi-layered city’ as a place specific methodology for urban practice.  Camacho is inspired by the layered cultural, social, environmental and economic issues that construct the modern city and offers the opportunity to craft visionary urban form. He is invested in the idea of cultural form as a means of creating a more human and interactive urban environments at all scales.

Camacho earned a Master of Architecture (MARCH) from the Catholic University of America-Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Design and Architecture (BDES) from the University of Florida-Gainesville. He is a leader within the PUSH studio urban design and digital media brand.

DETROIT RIVERFRONT DESIGN

DESIGN

 

The indigenous Native American Mound Builders of the Detroit River area framed the concept for the competition design.  The proposed design for the riverfront site introduced mound-like circular two acre programmed landscape spaces and architectural elements.  All new design elements respected the existing designs by famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

Sponsor: AIA Detroit Chapter – Urban Priorities Committee
Location:  Detroit, MI
Status:  Competition / 2013
Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge; Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate; Regina Irizarry, Junior Designer

 

THE ENERGY HIVE

DESIGN

The genesis of the Energy Hive was both to create an environmentally efficient and sculpturally engaging installation per the competition guidelines. PUSH studio introduced a Hive inspired harvester of sunlight. The energy hive creates an arc of acrylic-polymer spherical lenses rising 250 feet high. The spherical lenses harvest sunlight and convert it into clean energy that is stored within pylons that also anchor the arched lenses, which are supported by a tensile cable system. Out of f 300 entries, Energy Hive was one of 60 highlighted in the competition publication – New Energies

Location:  Copenhagen, DK
Status:  Competition / 2014
Team: Vinson J. Camacho, Principal-In-Charge,  Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal

 

THE NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL DESIGN COMPETITION

DESIGN

The Nelson Mandela Foundation solicited design submissions for a monument that reflected Nelson Mandela’s life, values and contribution to humanity. The PUSH studio design expressed Nelson Mandela as A MIGHTY STONE that has been weathered and shaped by his life experiences and the forces of the social and political environment of his time. The MIGHTY STONE is like a spiral form timeline expressed in four interconnected sculptural carvings: Ripple of Birth, Slope of Leadership,  Pool of Reflection and Rise to Social Change. (one is missing)

Sponsor: The Nelson Mandela Foundation
Location: Redwood City, CA: Skylawn Memorial Park
Status: Competition / 2014
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal    Vinson J. Camacho, Principal

LA GRAN GOCCIA / The Big Drop

DESIGN

The PUSH studio design for the World Expo Information Pavilion was based on the Expo theme of “Feeding the Planet / Energy for Life.”  Water as a fundamental necessity for food and energy formed the central concept for The Big Drop solution.  The building is geodesic in structure, shaped like a drop of water that appears to be suspended in mid-air, and lighted with LED lights and microprocessors that display programmed Expo information.  The interior spaces of the pavilion distribute spaces that appear to float within the geodesic structure.

Sponsor: Architectural Competition Concours d’Architecture
Location:  Milan, Italy:  2015 Milan Universal Exposition
Status:  Competition / 2014
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal    Vinson J. Camacho, Principal    Renato Bruno, Sub-Consultant

 

THE STAFFORD ARMED SERVICES MEMORIAL DESIGN DESIGN

DESIGN

The goal of the Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission is to  facilitate the design and construction of a memorial that provides a place for families and citizens to honor the fallen from all United States wars. The PUSH studio  concept, Marching for Freedom,  draws inspiration from the branches of Military Service and the common thread of marching in cadence and formation. The memorial  signifies this marching in formation to physically depict the many wars in which Stafford County citizens have served, securing  national and international freedom.  The  war monuments marche uphill on site following the natural topography.  A silhouette of fighting soldiers etched on a large marble surface creates the terminus of the march at the highest elevation of  the site.

Sponsor: The Stafford Armed Services Memorial Commission
Location:  Stafford, VA:  Stafford County Government Center
Status:  On-Going / 2013
Project Team: Vinson J. Camacho, Principal-in-charge    Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal
Collaboration: Rick Burroughs, KLINE Memorial

ROSE PARK

LANDSCAPE

PUSH studio prepared schematic plans that included playground upgrades, ADA ramp access, circulation reorganization and stormwater management. Rose Park was a collaborative effort between The Friends of Rose Park, The Trust for Public Land, the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of General Services. The park schematic design was a part of the Washington DC Mayor’s $30 million ‘Play DC’ park renovation initiative, which included 28 city parks.

Client:  Trust for Public Land, DC Parks and Recreation & DC Department of General Services
Location:  Washington, DC
Status:  Constructed 2015
Budget: $1 million
Project Team: Glenn LaRue Smith, Principal-in-charge    Vinson J. Camacho, Design Associate
Collaboration: Smith + Murray studios, Washington, DC    SiteWorks Landscape Architecture – New York, NY    Design/Build – General Services Administration, Washington, DC

TWIN RIVERS REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ZONING AND SALDO ORDINANCE – DUQUESNE & MCKEESPORT, PA

URBANISM

PUSH studio prepared urban design guidelines for the cities of Duquesne and McKeesport, PA. The guidelines established gateways, streetscape corridors, architectural character, and other guidelines consistent with the rust belt character of the area. The urban design guidelines also included streetscape and other connective strategies to link the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) sites within each city.

Client: City of Duquesne and City of McKeesport, PA
Location:  Duquesne and McKeesport, PA
Status:  In Progress
Project Team: Prime : Environmental Planning and Design, Pittsburgh, PA    Sub-Consultant: Civic Square, PUSH studio and Urban Partners