|Architect Heidi Blau ’80|
City’s venerable Lincoln Center, her vision for one section of the grounds started with a simple request from Peter Martins. The ballet master in chief of the New York City Ballet asked for a “special smoking area for dancers outside the stage door,” Nielsen said.
|Landscape architect Signe Nielsen ’72
Nielsen’s work is reflected in lush new landscaping around the campus, including slopes planted with trees, ferns, and seasonally blooming bulbs alongside new ramps that provide access, from Columbus Avenue, to the campus’s central plaza. Across the plaza from the Vivian Beaumont Theater, a bosque of trees has been redesigned and replanted, and now features new precast concrete benches as well as a grove of thirty London plane trees growing in a layered structural soil cells system covered with a surface of stabilized stone dust.