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March 17, 2016

New Residences in Greenwich Village Historic District

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The New York Times recently featured BKSK’s new full-floor residences currently under construction at 175 West 10th street. Located in the Greenwich Village Historic District at the intersection of Seventh Avenue South and West 10th Street, the building is a reflection and homage to the unique triangular site upon which it sits. Approved by the LPC in 2014, the design is intended to be new and contemporary, while simultaneously referential to the wonderful character and materials of the Village. BKSK designed the interior spaces as well – to view more of our interior department’s portfolio visit here.

Read the full New York Times article here.

March 7, 2016

Partner Stephen Byrns’ Next Chapter

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February 18, 2016

BKSK featured at 2016 New York New Design

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Four of BKSK’s projects; 529 Broadway, Lambaye Learning Center, Sacred Heart Athletics & Wellness Center and Olmsted Center are currently being featured at the 2016 New York New Design exhibit at the Center for Architecture. The exhibit celebrates projects of all scales and types, giving a snapshot into the quality of work being shaped by AIA members across the five boroughs.

The exhibition runs until May 28 and is free and open to the public.

January 4, 2016

The Wall Street Journal visits a BKSK-designed Park House

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In December, WSJ reporter Corinne Ramey visited Washington Square Park with Sarah Neilson of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and BKSK’s George Schieferdecker and Jennifer Preston. The subsequent piece, “Washington Square Park House Is No Ordinary Public Restroom,” highlighted both the project’s functionality and design excellence.

Since its opening in June 2014, the park house has received recognition from a variety of sources, including the annual Palladio Awards program and NYC’s City Council. This is due in part to its site-specific design, which is at once historically rooted and of its day. In the words of our collaborator George Vellonakis, Landscape Architect from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, “the geometry of the building is reflecting the park itself, and the pavilion is going back to what the parks of the past had. It mimics this in a very contemporary way.”

Read the full WSJ article here, and learn more about the project right here on our website.

December 17, 2015

Julie Nelson to present at NCGS Forum with Sacred Heart

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On February 8th, Julie Nelson will present at the NCGS 2016 Global Forum on Girls’ Education with Aubree Stephens, a Convent of the Sacred Heart Upper School Science Teacher and an existing collaborator of Julie’s. Their session, “Drafting the Future: Students and Architects Designing in Tandem,” will give participants an insider’s look at the “Introduction to Engineering” course at NYC’s all-female Convent of the Sacred Heart. This year, that course included hands-on learning with Julie, a key partner of the female-led team responsible for Sacred Heart’s new Athletics & Wellness Center.

By framing buildings (including school buildings) as teaching tools, educators can meaningfully expand the portfolio of approaches that they use in the classroom. Julie and Aubree’s session at the Global Forum will illustrate how education and architecture professionals can effectively collaborate in this process, thereby fostering interdisciplinary learning, integrating emerging technologies, and instilling a sense of global citizenship, all while keeping students engaged. For educators whose institutions are planning new buildings, this collaboration can also ensure that excitement about the investment continues beyond a building’s ribbon cutting. Participants will leave the session with clear ideas for hands-on design challenges that also demonstrate opportunities for women in the building industry, possibly even in a student’s own backyard.

More information on the Global Forum is available here, including details about registration.

December 15, 2015

Oculus shares the past, present, and future of 529 Broadway

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The latest issue of Oculus includes a close look at 529 Broadway, by writer Sarah Goodyear. In her piece, Goodyear reveals how the site’s past inspired our team’s approach to the building design, which involved a combination of careful observation, design talent, new technologies, and (humorously) a pair of binoculars.

Read the full article and several other interesting pieces in the Winter 2015 Oculus, and learn more about the project right here on our site.

December 11, 2015

Eight takeaways from Greenbuild 2015

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Greenbuild, a multi-day conference centered on sustainable design and construction, lived up to its promise in 2015. Three BKSK staff members share their top takeaways from the annual event.

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December 7, 2015

The LAB to explore designing wellness and behavior at LF16

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For the third year in a row, BKSK’s Jennifer Preston and James Wilson will present at Living Future’s annual unConference, happening this coming May in Seattle.

The two will be joined by colleague Tristan Roberts of BuildingGreen for a participatory exploration of hygge, a Danish cultural tradition that “might have us looking not to the natural environment but inward—at human culture and at what makes us feel at home,” to quote a recent piece in BuildingGreen. James recently completed research on hygge as the George G. Booth Traveling Fellow, through the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. His investigations into socio-cultural influences on  human health and wellness will directly inform the Living Future session, titled “Hygge: Designing Trust, Wellness and Stewardship.”

Jennifer and Tristan will also present a second session with colleague Andrea Love of Payette. Titled “To Transform Inertia, Design Behavior,” the session will inspire participants to uncover opportunities for building momentum within one’s own practice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

December 1, 2015

Join BKSK in making the Lambaye Learning Center a reality

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Rendering of the Lambaye Learning Center’s porch.

This Giving Tuesday, George Schieferdecker and the other partners and associates at BKSK ask you to join our push in making the Lambaye Learning Center a reality. Learn more about the project and our current fundraising goal by reading George’s letter, after the jump. Read more

November 27, 2015

The New York Times features One Great Jones Alley

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Currently in construction, One Great Jones Alley will offer many unique amenities – including an unexpected main entrance down a NoHo alley. Laid in 1806 as part of a country road called “Cross Lane,” Great Jones Alley has served many New Yorkers in a variety of capacities. Soon, it will be repaved with Belgian block and enclosed with a Corten steel and mesh gate, further elevating residents’ sense of arrival. Renderings of this experience were revealed today in the New York Times, along with a few other views that are also available on the building’s website. Renderings were crafted by MARCH.

Read the full New York Times article here. Learn more about the design of this site-specific project right here on our website.