Flowers for the People: #LMDWasHere by Helen Zouvelekis

Lewis Miller Design, a NYC based florist, has been creating temporary ”Flower Flashes” all over NYC for the past two years. They use donated or left over flowers from their projects to bring beauty to unexpected places by using garbage cans as large vases, livening up subway entrances with 6 foot tall wreaths of flowers, or juxtaposing bright sunflowers within a gritty construction zone— prompting jaded New Yorkers to take notice and delight in the oddity of seeing beautiful, rare, ethereal blooms in places one would not expect to be beautiful.

Here are some of my favorites:

A recent Lewis Miller Flower Flash project was a trash bin at the base of the Highline in the Meatpacking District. Miller leaves his initials in chalk to mark the spot.

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Trash bins overflow with sumptuous blooms.

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A garland of roses decks the beloved Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.

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In honor of the 2017 Met Gala and its celebration of the transgressive Comme des Garcon designer Rei Kawakubo, Lewis Miller turned this Fernando Botero cat sculpture into a punk skunk using spiky purple liatris.

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Sunflowers and cattails at a Greenwich Village construction site.

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A Valentine’s Day display of pink carnations, some of seventeen thousand left over from Tory Burch’s recent fashion show.

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John Lennon Memorial in Central Park: a circular mosaic resembling a mandala with one word in the center: IMAGINE.

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Central Park West: a garland of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and orchids.

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The stunning installations use recycled flowers whenever possible. Each installation is signed with chalk paint so it washes away in the rain. Flower Flashes are put together before dawn and usually take the team about 15 minutes to create. Flowers for the People are certain to bring a smile to your face and create magical lasting memories for those lucky enough to wander by.


Ámbar Margarida

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Budapest by Helen Zouvelekis

Budapest is paradise!

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, was created in 1873. The city name is a combination of Buda on the right bank of the Danube River and Pest on the left bank. The metropolitan center is 2,944 square miles and offers so much to explore in the arts, design, fashion, history and of course, architecture. It is one of the largest cities in the European Union!

When traveling, I prefer to think of myself as a local by discovering the culture and beat up old dives behind the scenes. In Budapest, I was able to do that but could not ignore the brilliance all around. The most popular reason people visit Budapest (City of Spas) is to see the famous thermal baths. Century's old, there are over 1000 natural spring water sources in Hungary. I did not visit one spa.

A preview of the gorgeous details in art/architecture throughout the city.

The Parliament Building

It's hard to believe your eyes when you first see this iconic eclectic, neo-gothic building. Built when Hungary was still under Austrian influence, this magnificent structure is a symbol of Hungary's independence. The facade is decorated with eighty eight statues of Hungarian rulers, gargoyles, spires and gothic ornaments. The interior is as stunning as the exterior, decorated by some of Hungary's best artists. In addition to gothic, there are elements of renaissance and baroque. For example, the magnificent main staircase.

 The Parliament Building

The Parliament Building

 The Parliament Building Staircase Hall

The Parliament Building Staircase Hall

Parliament Dome, in Which You Can See the Holy Crown, Orb and Scepter

The Shoes on the Danube

Along the Danube, in front of the Parliament Building, is a reminder of the atrocities during WWII. Shoes commemorate those who were shot into the river by the fascist Arrow Cross during a time when shoes were worth more than a life. It’s an emotional installation and common to see relatives visit this memorial. I watched a young girl lean down to touch a pair of shoes and sit with them for a while. Along the bank there are cast iron plaques that say "To the Memory of the Victims Shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross Militiamen in 1944-45".

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The Buda Castle

This castle is considered by many to be the city's crowning jewel. Inside you will find the History Museum filled with exhibits relating to Hungary's rich history. First completed in 1265, the massive Baroque palace today was built between 1749 and 1769.

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Fisherman's Bastion

This is another top attraction built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower. The building was inspired by the architectural style of early medieval times but really looks like the logo of Walt Disney films, only nicer. This is on the Buda side of the river which is filled with stunning houses, cobble stone streets, and cafes.

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Fisherman's Bastion

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St. Stephen's Basilica

The architecture is stunning inside and out. The first night in Budapest, there was an organ/opera concert that was pure magic. The acoustics were perfect and the exquisite interior walls are adorned with beautiful Hungarian art. The Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and was finished in neo-classical style in 1905, following 54 years of planning. It is named in honor of Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c975-1038).

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St. Stephen's Basilica

 Interior of Stephen's Basilica 

 The Breathtaking Dome Cupula of St. Stephen's Basilica

The Breathtaking Dome Cupula of St. Stephen's Basilica

The Danube

The river Danube is Europe's second longest river, it runs through ten countries from Germany to Romania and Ukraine. Many of the finest attractions along the Danube are located in Budapest and are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Szechenyi Chain Bridge

This is the main bridge that connects Budapest (Buda to Pest). The walk across this bridge is dramatic with Lion Heads staring you down from start to finish. The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge of Budapest opened in the mid 19th century, named after the "Greatest Hungarian" Count Szechenyi.

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Szechenyi Chain Bridge

Abandoned Buildings

Sometimes it’s more interesting to go off the beaten path to discover buildings that nobody pays attention to. These were undoubtedly Budapest’s most spectacular hidden gems. I have to admit that it was a bit frightening wandering around the stone cold halls of these empty buildings, but it's the thrill that counts.

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Although beautiful architecture is everywhere you look, WWII still remains visible on the war torn walls of many buildings. Budapest had several setbacks in the years between wars. In the 1960s and 1970s much of the reconstruction took place in the center of the old city. The revolutions of 1989 brought the end of Soviet occupation and the end of Communism in Hungary. 

 Metal Pellets Marking Bullet Holes from 1956 Revolution on Kossuth Lajos Square Close to the Hungarian Parliament Building

Metal Pellets Marking Bullet Holes from 1956 Revolution on Kossuth Lajos Square Close to the Hungarian Parliament Building

Ruin Bars

In 2002, a group of young people wanted to drink somewhere other than the fancy bars and bistros in the center of town, so they bought abandoned buildings in the historic Jewish District neighborhood and turned them into bars. With little money to spend, they were filled with furnishing from attics and basements and decorated by local artists. 

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 Helen Z.

Helen Z.

The Hungarian capital is in a major period of transformation. This is a city that is proud of its rich heritage and inspired by the possibilities of the future.

Budapest is paradise! You are sure to discover something amazing at every turn.

Cheers!

 

Grand Shrine of Ise by Helen Zouvelekis

The Grand Shrine is an architectural phenomenon unlike any other. Traditionally said to be established in 4 BCE as part of Japan’s indigenous religion Shinto, there are over 80,000 Shinto shrines across Japan, and the Grand Shrine of Ise is where the highest of Japan’s gods resides, the goddess Amaterasu. In the spring of 2013, the 62nd Grand Shrine of Ise was completed and marked by the ceremony of Shikinen Sengu.

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The Shrine is Reborn

From the aerial perspective, two identical shrines are visible. One is the newly constructed Grand Shrine and the other is the previous shrine, completed exactly 20 years before. To mark this transition, a sacred mirror where Amaterasu is enshrined is carried from the old temple to new where it shall reside, meticulously cared for and protected.

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The shrine is not finished with lacquer or paint, and the purity of the wood is celebrated. Time and nature take their natural course and the shrine itself begins its temporary life, serving its purpose until the next cycle is completed. This Tradition of Shikinen Sengu is sometimes referred to as the soul of Japan. Within this process, all the principles of Japanese architecture are found. The shrine is constructed using the ancient techniques of Yayoi Period carpentry.

 The Japanese Cypress trees are chosen hundreds of years in advance and each process of removing , transporting, and crafting each piece is as much a tradition in itself as the whole.

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The carpenters of the Shrine are highly skilled, trained masters of their work.  Something that is well documented in both the shrine and their techniques.

My experience and exposure to this piece of Japan will forever be a highlight of my life. The craft and beauty of the Ise Shrine is celebrated and kept alive through this tradition that embraces the natural life and death of architecture. Thanks for reading and I am happy to share!

 Joseph Redwing Miranda

Joseph Redwing Miranda

 
 

Minimize the Risks of Workplace Selection and Design by Helen Zouvelekis

Finance. Marketing. Sales. Operations. Legal. While these and other functions of business all pose challenges to startup and mature companies alike, there is one area that is often less spoken about but just as important to be mindful of – the corporate workplace (office space).

With many different options available, it’s often difficult for a company to analyze and decide what type of workplace (by size, location, price, features, lease agreement, etc.) makes the most sense for their given situation. Stay in a small office for too long and a company might have a problem retaining or attracting talent. Move into a workplace that is too large and a company might end up wasting money on unused space and equipment. Select a co-sharing office space and a company might be able to save on certain costs, but then it forfeits a certain amount of privacy and the ability to brand the space. So, how does a company find the right balance and minimize the potential risks that are associated with selecting a workplace?

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Before answering that question, corporate decision-makers need to first realize and understand the importance of workplace design and its various components. Over the past several years, more and more research has shown that workplace design is directly correlated with employee productivity, well-being, morale and, ultimately, engagement. Companies that pay attention to ergonomics, sustainability, amenities, noise and climate, floor plans/layouts, connectivity and technology, etc., seem to benefit the most, as compared to companies that are stuck in the cubicle farm mindset. These companies also realize that the war for talent (i.e., the recruitment and retention of talent) is being won by companies that truly put the workplace front and center, and pay attention to the needs, wants and desires of its employees. Another aspect of the modern workplace is how branding is incorporated into the workplace, so that employees can truly live and be surrounded by the brand from day to day.

Now, back to the question posed above. The answer here is not so much a simple list of things to do, or to hope that the problem takes care of itself, but more a matter of giving serious thought to seeking the advice, knowledge and insight (creative, analytical, practical) of a professional corporate interior designer.

While some may believe that an interior designer is simply hired to select colors, carpets and furniture, today’s workplace and its occupants, as illustrated above, require much more than that. Interior designers can help companies, startup or mature, analyze an office space on many different levels and then know what steps to take next. For example, a designer can analyze available square footage (e.g., what can be used and what can be possibly subleased); furniture, fixture and equipment needs; workflows and people/department interactions to understand optimal floor layouts; open, private or collaborative space needs; corporate branding needs; sustainability, climate and ergonomic needs; and technology and security needs. By knowing what to analyze, how to ask certain questions and, more importantly, how to qualify and quantify the answers, a corporate interior designer cannot only help to select and design the actual space and all of its components but, at the same time, future-proof the space as well. This means that a company can lease an office space and know that the elements within it (e.g., layout, furniture, equipment, technology, amenities, etc.) can grow and develop as the company itself grows and develops. Often times, future-proofing comes in the form of knowing which furniture systems can expand and be easily moved, how wall divider systems work to section off certain spaces, or how amenities can be added over time, among others. An interior designer can also bring to the table the knowledge, creative insight and services of an architect, which can be critical when it comes time to make certain structural changes to the workplace (e.g., add another bathroom, develop amenity spaces, bring in more natural light) and know what the local building code may or may not allow or require.

As corporate executives often turn to subject matter experts (consultants) to better understand and/or manage a particular function of the business, they need to recognize the strategic importance that the workplace holds for talent management, operations, branding, clients, etc., and the value and benefit a corporate interior designer and/or architect can offer when it comes time to select or design an office space.


Roger Marquis, AIA Associate, Business Development Director

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Artchitecture: Blurring the Lines Between Art and Architecture by Helen Zouvelekis

As many can say who practice architecture, my interest in architecture peeked because of my interest in art. Throughout my childhood and in my high school years, I enjoyed drawing and painting. I even took a printmaking mentorship and airbrushed t-shirts as a summer job. I was fascinated in the different processes and found creating art pieces a relaxing and therapeutic endeavor. In my later years in high school, my interest began to shift toward design, seeing it as a not-so-distant cousin of what I knew of fine art. I was always interested in collecting objects as a hobby, but now my worldview of these objects was changed. How did the design or the construction of an object change the way it was used and how I interacted with it? How did the space I inhabited impact and influence me? This was a transformative time, as I began to think of design as a more interactive and functional form of art.

The distinction between art and architecture can be summed up as simply as: architecture serves a purpose, while art does not. There is not necessarily any function in a piece of art. It serves only to make a statement or evoke a feeling. Although, it is the blurring of these lines that start to create something truly interesting - when the integration of art and architecture occur so that architecture isn’t merely a place to hang a painting on a wall. One can categorize these overlaps in three ways: Artists Exploring Architecture, Architects Exploring Art, and Collaboration or Integration. Below are some examples I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing.


Artists Exploring Architecture

Artists create something architectural or tectonic. Sculpture begins to define, frame and create space.

15 Untitled Works in Concrete by Donald Judd

It’s no secret that Donald Judd dabbled in the world of design and architecture, with furniture designs as well as a close community of fabricators, architects and engineers for various projects. His concrete boxes in Marfa, Texas, “15 Untitled Works in Concrete”, 1980-1984 are sited in a specific context, spread along a defined axis in a small desert town, framing views of the landscape beyond. They are grouped in clusters, studying different adjacencies and massing relationships, appearing like a small village from a distance. Human-sized in scale, the boxes seem to beg the patron to experience them spatially, up-close and personal.


Architects Exploring Art

Architects create space that does not serve a purpose, but instead exists to communicate an idea and evoke a feeling.

Holocaust Tower by Daniel Libeskind

An example of this category that I found particularly moving were two installations created by Daniel Libeskind in the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The photo above is taken within one of the experiential spaces in the museum, titled “Holocaust Tower”. The space is not temperature controlled or artificially lit. The sole source of light coming through the tall tower is a tiny slit in the roof above, evoking a feeling of entrapment, isolation and hopelessness as one can only hear the faint sounds of the outside world beyond massive concrete walls.

The Garden of Exile by Daniel  Libeskind

A trip through the museum ends with “The Garden of Exile,” a piece dedicated to the experience of European Jewish exiles that were forced from their homes during the Second World War. The tall, dense concrete boxes stand straight while the floor is tilted at a 12 degree angle, designed to disorient the visitor, changing their perception for what feels like an eternity. As the visitor looks towards the sky high above, willows sit atop the boxes, giving a faint and distant feeling of hope and groundedness.

One feels a little bit sick walking through it. But it is accurate, because that is what perfect order feels like when you leave the history of Berlin.
— Daniel Libeskind
 

Collaborations / Integration

Architects and artists cooperate to create a unified piece of art and architecture.

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Some of the best examples of collaboration and integration between architecture exist in Mexico. After all, it was this country that coined a movement advocating integration of arts and modernist architecture - “Integración Plástica”. After the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and extending well into the 1950s, Mexico was reshaping its identity as an independent nation, celebrating its indigenous heritage while embracing modernism. This idea was communicated largely in part to large-scale murals funded by the Mexican government. One of the most significant institutions was being re-claimed and re-sited by a new Mexico and became a poster-child for the “integracion plastica” movement: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. It’s here that one can still marvel at work by great Mexican muralists like Rivera, Orozco, Siquieros and O’Gorman all while admiring architecture by Candela, Pani, and Gonzales de Leon.

Since the beginning of human beings’ time on earth, art and architecture have existed in union. Think of the endless cave paintings that are discovered. Thousands of years later, we find ourselves marveling over these creations captured in a distant time, trying to interpret a past being’s message created in their most intimate of spaces. This union of art and architecture is special and innately human, as it’s where the most basic needs of shelter and human expression collide.

 

 Jaclyn Lieck

Jaclyn Lieck

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New York’s Iron Accessory by Helen Zouvelekis

I have a note on my phone listing all of my impressions from the first time I visited New York, almost exactly a year ago. It starts with boarding the plane: first 10 rows, all men in suits making important business calls, and continues to exiting the airport: terrified of taxi, watching the meter $$$ climb!

And then my favorite part, because it led me here: fire escapes…It just makes me so happy they’re real. Growing up in Atlanta I didn’t run into them. The few times I recall seeing any fire escapes was when visiting movie sets and on the facade of a few trendy buildings, added merely as a decorative piece. For some reason, I had assumed all New York movie location scouters were walking down the same few streets lined with buildings coated in these magical metal floating stairs. I had no clue in reality they were around every corner.

A 1929 law required two coats of contrasting colors to let owners and inspectors know when to check up on the stairs!

The history of how fire escapes came to be the iron jungle gym clinging to the city is no surprise. By the mid-19th century, New York was filling up fast with the influx of new people arriving to the city. With the island expanding so fast, buildings started to move up and into the sky. They were built taller and quicker with cheap materials. These overcrowded and unsafe structures resulted in many fires, including a deadly fire in the basement of a bakery in the 1860s. This lead to the city’s first egress law in 1867 requiring an exterior stair be added to all buildings.

Since then people have used fire escapes as a personal extension of their apartments. From gardens, to refrigerators, bike storage, and love story settings (West Side Story obviously needs a shout out), they have served many purposes far from their intent. It wasn’t until the 1968 building code that required interior stairwells and sprinklers that fire escapes were no longer a necessity.

I have an interior room without a fire escape so I had to add one to my wall.

For years architects have dealt with the inevitable reality of designing the perfect facade only to have a metal Z slapped on top of it. I can only imagine a fashion designer creating a dress and finally seeing it on a model only to have a jagged metal necklace clipped around her neck. It creates an interesting conversation about designing with codes and safety in mind, and finding means of integration that are honest to the design. For example, designing reception desks with ADA height surfaces and ramps that feel intentional, not like an afterthought added to meet a code.

My camera roll tends to fill up with fire escapes, look up while you walk around!

The future of fire escapes is up in the air. They are no longer required and many have been removed during renovations, however not without kickback like at buildings in SoHo on Greene Street where tenants protested and successfully stopped an architect from taking them off. The Zs have become an iconic character in this city’s story. My first day in the city I completely fell in love with them for that reason. After I got over my initial shock that they were in fact real and had an actual use (if only their name made their purpose more obvious), they came to embody all of New York to me on that first trip. Everyone and everything was trying to replicate this city. Every movie, every new development in other cities, everyone was trying to get a taste of this energy and atmosphere.

But here was the most authentic version, the only real version of New York City was New York City, standing tall and proudly wearing its iron jewelry.


 Caroline Percy

Caroline Percy

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"The Bronx is Up, but the Battery's Down" by Helen Zouvelekis

When Spacesmith moved into One New York Plaza, right across the street from the Staten Island Ferry and Battery Park, I was surprised to see how much Battery Park had changed since I had last visited it. 

Granted I had not been there in a dog’s year or so, but this was certainly not the run down, barren park I remembered from the 90s. It is now so robust now with many types of plants, wild flowers, new art installations, a café…you can even get a beer there.

And, oh yes, that carousel, which is not the subject of this blog, but yes, that carousel.

So it has become a habit of mine during the warmer months to stroll through the Park on a lunch break and take in the seasonal fauna, or even a nap in the Battery Oval (an acre of land, formerly hard surface, now green lawns and winding gardens). 

I got it into my head that a gif showing the transition from winter to spring in the Park would be fun to do. In hindsight, fun was not the right word, but I remained committed. From April 3rd to June 27th, every Tuesday morning I took pictures from two vantage points in the hopes that I could capture spring awakening, to share the amazing work the Battery Park Conservancy is doing in concert with Mother Nature. FULL DISCLOSURE: I did miss two Tuesdays (one in May and one in June for reasons I will not bore you with) but I managed to keep my date for almost 3 months. Rain or shine. 

On my first trip, there was still snow on the ground. A good start, I thought.

So below, behold, my amateur photography turned into amateur animation. I’m hoping a gif will say a thousand words. 

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Learn more about the Gardens of The Battery and the amazing landscape architecture going on at the Park. “Since its founding in 1994, The Battery Conservancy has demonstrated that public parkland can become a paradise of plants, achieved through the breathtaking beauty of gardens. Visited by millions of people each year, The Battery was the first New York City public park to introduce a horticultural landscape without fences or an admission fee.”

“New York, New York, it's a helluva town!”


 Kristen Persinos

Kristen Persinos

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Retrofitting Industrial Brooklyn by Helen Zouvelekis

Pfizer, the giant global pharmaceutical company founded in Brooklyn in 1849, was a huge presence for many generations of scientists and factory workers. It was at the forefront of innovation in medicines and was the source of good jobs across the boroughs and the city. However, in 2008 it closed the (more or less) original manufacturing and research and development (R+D) site. Bad news for South Williamsburg.

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Deco Exterior of Pfizer Building with Graffiti

 The Old Pfizer Williamsburg Plant

The Old Pfizer Williamsburg Plant

Developers stepped in to keep the facility available for light manufacturing. It's a massive industrial building repurposed for, among other things, a yeshiva, a food training program, food startups, and Pratt's newest spinoff the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.

Pratt administrators realized that when their students graduated, the ideas they had developed during their schooling walked out the door with them.

  • Can they extend their reach with capturing the next stage of development and share in any successes they nurtured?

OR

  • Can they at least keep designers in NYC despite dizzying rents and the maddening difficulties of manufacturing locally? 

With an emphasis on technology and sustainable processes and materials, the BF+ DA was opened for its first entrepreneurs in 2014 with seed money from the Institute, the borough, the city, and state.

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Neon BF+DA Logo

View of Knitting Machinery and Cut and Sew Studio

The lab pipes are still in place (and labeled) but the spaces have been reconfigured for small apparel companies. There is also an in-house cut and sew factory, advanced knitting sampling and manufacturing, and a resource library of sustainable fabrics for the apparel designers.

Sustainable Fabrics Library

 Fashion Week

Fashion Week

Support for Venture Fellows, who must apply for mentorship, includes advisement on finance, branding, sales, marketing, and sustainable strategies. Sunny studios come with common access to tools and targeted networking and educational events. If a company is approved, the studios can be rented for up to three years.

One of the research areas of the BF+DA is embedded technology and textiles. Last summer an intensive design charette yielded what they called "Tek-Tiles." 

 Chalkboard Showing Monthly Activities for Venture Fellows

Chalkboard Showing Monthly Activities for Venture Fellows

 Experimental "Tek-Tile"

Experimental "Tek-Tile"

Are they reinventing the wheel? Are these knits, embedded with sensors that respond to heat or touch, like apps that are substitutes for simple human interaction? Is this a new chapter to the Pfizer legacy—see what you invent and then find a use for it? In any case, the BF+DA is addressing the issue of "the rent is too damn high," giving at least a few fashion startups time and room to grow.

Elizabeth Frenchman, NYC

 

Our Path to Zero, Part II: Design Influence by Helen Zouvelekis

Two of the great pioneers of modern architecture, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, designed houses based on the following premise: a house should be an efficient tool that provides for the necessities of life and is free from decoration. Le Corbusier actually named his houses “machines for living,” taking advantage of new technology to support his theories. At a time when load-bearing walls and masonry construction were the norm, Le Corbusier embraced new construction methods. 

Notably, he used reinforced concrete supported by slim columns to provide large open spaces that could be divided as needed. Because the exterior of the building was independent of the structure, he was able to use long uninterrupted windows sealed with gaskets, a new technology derived from aircraft manufacturing. The Villa Savoye, designed between 1928 and 1931, is a culmination of these principles. The house is deliberately detached from the ground to reinforce the concept of a self-contained machine. 

The Villa Savoye

Fifteen years later, the equally brilliant architect Mies van de Rohe also leveraged structural innovation in his house design. The Farnsworth House, a weekend house designed in 1945 for his friend Dr. Edith Farnsworth, is the finest exemplar of his ideas. Using new steel technology and curtain wall design, the house allows for a simple thin framework with floor to ceiling windows around the entire perimeter of the house. Unlike the Villa Savoye, this house was designed to embrace the surrounding landscape, to “bring nature, houses and human beings into a higher unity,” in the words of Mr. van de Rohe. This concept of connecting built environment to landscape has been particularly inspirational in our design.

The Farnsworth House

When my husband and I set out to design our second house on a beautiful undisturbed site surrounded by 250 acres of nature preserve, we set up our own design guidelines:

  • Locate the house on the site to retain as many trees as possible.
  • Make as efficient a floor plan as possible to minimize construction materials and site disturbance.
  • Use new “Passive House” energy technology to heat and cool the house with a minimum of energy expenditure. 
  • Connect the house with the surrounding landscape, as much as possible, with floor to ceiling operable windows on the south and west exposures.
  • Use interior finishes that are sustainable and warm.
  • Use exterior finishes that require little to no maintenance.

Below find our design plans that will make all of our concepts a reality.


Site Plan


Floor Plan


Axonometric of Structure

Exterior structure facing south west, floor to ceiling operable windows on south and west, and interior wood beams continue to allow shading in summer.


View of Living Room

45 foot long open kitchen, living, dining reduces materials and allows light throughout


Wall Section

Roof truss structure allows for added insulation / 1"9" wall made of 2 x 6 studs, exterior insulation and cedar siding


Through much of the Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe design influences, my husband and I envisioned our own unique perspective. Our goal is to have the smallest impact on the planet as possible with an efficient and beautiful space while accommodating our home to its natural environment.


 Elisabeth Post-Marner

Elisabeth Post-Marner

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INDUSTRY CITY by Helen Zouvelekis

"Your father would love this place!" my mother repeated as I walked her through Industry City for the first time.

I venture to Industry City whenever I'm in the mood for a good weekend lunch, need to shop for gifts, or just want to check out a free show or exhibition, this is my go to spot. Industry City is a collection of enormous warehouses stationed in Brooklyn from 32nd to 37th Streets on Third Avenue, and from 39th Street to the waterfront on Second Avenue.

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What used to be Bush Terminal - an intermodal shipping, warehousing, and manufacturing complex that covered 200 acres in the early 1900s - is now home to many diverse businesses including garment manufacturing, design/build firms, data centers, and warehousing. Occupying 6 million square feet, it is also a home to a tasty food hall, gaming rooms, retail shops, and event spaces. 

In the mid-1980s, Bush terminal was renamed to Industry City and renovations to modernize the historic infrastructure started in 2012. 

Industry City has become a meeting point for the international creative community, also taking part in NYCxDesign! In the past couple of years they have teamed up with Wanted Design and put on eleven days worth of events and workshops, as well as hosted their own Open Studios. This place is a thriving destination for cultural collaboration, entrepreneurs, startups, and much more.

Industry City offers a cheerful hangout during the holidays!

As Brooklyn emerges as a new hub for the design world, we’ve seen Industry City grow into a dynamic community of 21st century makers across a wide variety of disciplines.
— Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City
 

Industry City is a community that works together and still has so much growth and possibilities! Within just a few years it has really taken off and I'm excited to see what else they will bring to the area. I highly recommend Industry City to anyone looking for a fun weekend trip...check it out!

Please enjoy this video "Industry City - Anthem" for the full intensity and energy of this amazing place!

 

 Danielle Kachler

Danielle Kachler

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