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October 6, 2016

Battery PlayScape receives AAP Honorable Mention

AAP_Battery image uploadBattery PlayScape received an Honorable Mention for Architectural Design / Recreational Architecture in the 2016 inaugural American Architecture Prize (AAP) awards program. AAP celebrates design excellence in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscaping and urban design on an international level, and we are honored to be among the first projects recognized.

Designed together with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Battery PlayScape is an intentionally flexible framework that supports open-ended play informed by the local ecology. Learn more about this playful, innovative, and resilient project here.

Congratulations to our entire team of designers and consultants!

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.

It’s essential to move past good intentions.
While it is admirable to start with your heart in the right place, it is important to use that sentiment as motivation for achieving meaningful impact. By moving beyond intention, we can uncover surprising opportunities and create more successful designs. For example, in a session titled “The Science of Circadian Lighting,” we learned about a design team that was deeply committed to bringing the best quality daylight to their client. Fortunately, through measurements, they were able to identify that the site’s north-facing windows would facilitate more appropriate daylighting levels than the south-facing ones, which were often shaded due to glare. (For a broader illustration of this idea, look no further than the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s delightful brochure on Dick & Rick.) Read more

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

August 18, 2015

Five leading-edge insights into today’s educational spaces

Young learners get hands-on at the New York Hall of Science.

Young learners get hands-on at the New York Hall of Science.

Every day, the boundaries of education are becoming more permeable. Learning is increasingly understood as an active and ongoing process that continues past the school bell, beyond the classroom walls, and into un-planned areas of our lives. The best contemporary learning environments embrace this shift, setting the framework for ever greater educational possibilities. Below, we share five insights that are helping our teams design leading-edge environments for today’s learners. Read more

July 31, 2015

Making news by making place in two New York parks and beyond

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

The Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Summer Solstice Sunset Soirée.

Earlier this summer, BKSK gathered with friends and fellow landscape enthusiasts to honor Stephen Byrns, the recipient of this year’s Place Maker Award from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. FLS is dedicated to fostering an active understanding of the importance of place in people’s lives, a notion that BKSK fully embraces. Read more

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 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

March 18, 2015

In Dialogue: Joan and Julie on the BKSK Women’s Roundtable

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Joan and Julie are two of six partners at BKSK, a firm with women represented at every level of leadership.

On Tuesday, February 24th, BKSK partners Julie Nelson and Joan Krevlin hosted a roundtable discussion amongst the women of the firm. Here, they reflect on some of their key takeaways from that conversation. Read more

February 24, 2015

100 sites, 5 boroughs, and countless female builders

The Brooklyn Bridge, whose lead engineers received significant support from Emily Warren Roebling. Photgraphed by Libby Farley.

Engineers of the Brooklyn Bridge were guided in many ways by Emily Warren Roebling. Photgraphed by Libby Farley.

This past December, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) announced the winners of its inaugural Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) competition, which aims to bring greater visibility to the role of women in our city’s built environment. Through this competition, a jury selected 100 outstanding structures and environments that were crafted by teams led by women in architecture, landscape, engineering, and construction. Read more

February 5, 2015

Gliding through winter: Exploring the boroughs by skate

The rink at Manhattan's Riverbank State Park stays open through March.

The rink at Manhattan’s Riverbank State Park stays open through March.

The spate of recent snowfalls reminds us that winter is far from over. Sometimes, treacherous footing at almost every corner can be a strong disincentive to be out and about, but skating can be the antidote to this seasonal inactivity! We can step into a world where the sudden loss of friction due to ice is … exhilarating. Here, we describe some of the boroughs’ skating options – wonderful and adaptable public spaces – where we can stay outside while being socially and physically active. Read more