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June 24, 2016

(LEED)ing by Example: A conversation with Julie Nelson

Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor Center and Administration Building, Flushing, New York, BKSK ArchitectsUnder new legislation, New York City-owned buildings now have to meet some of the highest efficiency standards in the nation. On June 27, Julie Nelson moderated a panel discussing how the new regulations can help spur further innovation. Ahead of the panel, she gave her take on how the city’s move to lead by example will affect the design process.

Urban Green Council: Standards and requirements have been improving for some time now—how do the latest changes differ from previous ones in terms of how projects are run?

Julie Nelson: With each change of building performance requirements, our industry rethinks the design process and the way that clients, architects and engineers work together. I don’t think it is accidental that these code changes are happening at the same time that the integrated design process is being recognized with points in LEED v4 and in the WELL Building Standard. Engineers and architects will need a more robust working relationship with collaboration starting at the beginning of a project, a shared design process and a deeper emphasis on construction quality.

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July 15, 2015

Joan Krevlin to discuss “The World of Tomorrow, Today”

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On Wednesday July 22nd, join us for a gallery talk by Joan Krevlin entitled “The World of Tomorrow, Today: New projects on three New York World’s Fair Sites.” Presented as part of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s exhibition “PERSUASIVE IMAGES: Architecture of the 1939–40 & 1964–65 New York World’s Fairs,” Joan’s talk will explore how a series of new civic projects in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is continuing the legacy of design innovation spurred by the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs.

The gallery talk is free and open to the public. Learn more online or on Facebook.

September 25, 2014

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park: An incubator of innovation

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The Unisphere, with the New York State Pavilion in the background. Photographed by Gerry Ende.

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park is world renowned from a variety of World’s Fair images from 50 years ago. The Unisphere, as a key example, remains instantly recognizable but rarely visited by the majority of today’s New Yorkers. As the park becomes more visible, and as interest in Queens’ many diverse neighborhoods grows, that trend seems to be changing. Read more

August 12, 2014

Drawing connections to the 1964/65 World’s Fair site

The new 10,000 s.f. annex to NYC Parks Department's Olmsted Center in Flushing Meadows. The building is targeting LEED Gold certification.

The new 10,000 s.f. annex to NYC Parks Department’s Olmsted Center in Flushing Meadows. The building is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Our team is currently putting the finishing touches on the new 10,000 square foot annex to Olmsted Center at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The milestone marks the close of the first of two phases on this project, which includes the renovation and expansion of the home for the  Capital Projects Division of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Timing-wise, there is also another reason to celebrate: this year is the 50th anniversary of the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, for which Olmsted Center was originally built, in order to support fair operations. In pausing to admire our team’s work, we can’t help but notice some interesting parallels between the design goals of today and those of half a century ago. Read more