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April 29, 2015

Reflecting back on our Living Future(s)

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By listening, we approach a more living future. Image by Louise Docker

As is frequently the case at the annual Living Future unConference, we arrived with the directive to present (and to educate) but ended up learning more than we could have imagined ourselves. In particular, the BKSK LAB found that their workshop, “Community, Culture and Place: Empathy + Mindful Design in Practice,” provided a meaningful space to reflect on our own processes for communication, collaboration, and the overall process of design. Read more

April 22, 2015

Washington Square Park House wins Palladio Award

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BKSK’s design for the Washington Square Park House is this year’s winner of the Palladio Award for New Design and Construction less than 30,000 sf in size. Co-produced by Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines, the Palladio Awards program is named in honor of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance architect who created modern architecture for his time while drawing on past models for inspiration.

The 3,100 sf park house is a deceptively modest building nestled in one of New York City’s most lively public spaces. Learn more about this project’s quiet power – both literally and figuratively – here.

Congratulations to the full Washington Square Park House team, and to the other winners of 2015′s Palladio Awards!

April 16, 2015

Stephen Byrns to be awarded the Place Maker Award

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On May 13, 2015, the Foundation for Landscape Studies will host their annual Spring Benefit Luncheon, at which point they will present Stephen Byrns with their prestigious Place Maker Award.

Among Stephen’s many contributions to the creation and preservation of place is his leadership in restoring Untermyer Gardens, a landscape that was once hailed in the press as “America’s Most Spectacular Garden.” Since founding the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in 2010, Stephen has been working with a team that includes horticultural advisor Marco Polo Stufano and head gardener Timothy Tilghman to restore the Gardens.

Learn more about the fascinating history of Untermyer Gardens by visiting the conservancy’s website, and get a sense for the landscape by looking through our photo album on Facebook.

April 10, 2015

Grafting a vertical expansion onto a Landmark infamous for graft

A rendered view of BKSK's proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

A rendered view of BKSK’s proposed transformation of Tammany Hall, which was approved by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March 2015.

The unassuming hipped roof of the former Tammany Hall headquarters on Union Square will soon turn to glass and grow taller with an unconventional shell-like dome, as approved recently—unanimously—by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. BKSK conceived this expansion to be deeply respectful, and expect it to be applauded by many as both reverent and intriguing. As a preservation approach, it is designed to yield unexpected insight about the building’s hidden history. We acknowledge that some members of the preservation community have reservations about the changes proposed and we are keeping the dialogue with them open. That the Commission approved an addition as visible as this to an individual Landmark is special and rare. Read more

April 9, 2015

Jamie Perez to speak at annual NY11+ exhibition

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The interiors group of BKSK is delighted to be represented by Jamie Perez at this year’s Annual Interior Design Student Exhibition, a program of New York Eleven Plus that promotes education and professional development within the interior design profession. The exhibition will be held in Lapicida’s New York showroom, located in the D&D Building, and it will run from April 22-28, 2015.

Jamie will be speaking on a panel about professional practice at the exhibition’s opening reception, on April 22nd. Those who wish to attend the reception must RSVP by April 20th by emailing rsvp@ny11plus.org.