Project name: As If It Were Already Here
Project location: Boston
Firm name: Janet Echleman
Jury comments: The jury all agreed that this ephemeral floating art work—a feat in idea as much as engineering—was transformative for the city of Boston. A structure of fibers, born of traditional weaving and systems of knots, was simultaneously strong and whimsical, withstanding and responding to different weather and times of day, creating a colorful canopy for Greenway-dwellers. It is no longer suspended above the Greenway; still, its power to gather people and inspire awe lingers.
Client: The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Consultants: Arup; Autodesk; Shawmut Design & Construction