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T.F.O.A Professional Preparatory Charter School

  bedford stuyvesant brooklyn, ny

T.F.O.A Professional Preparatory Charter School is a highly innovative public charter school located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with exciting new ideas and project proposals for the greater Bed Stuy community. We have worked with them on a number of projects and are currently working with them on this ongoing feasibility study for the full upgrading renovation of an existing pre-war school building, phase one of a larger campus plan which includes adjacent sites and additional programming of housing, community incubator offices and other facilities and recreation centers. The project includes a 6-8 grade middle school newly expanded from its existing rapidly expanding location where it shares space with the T.F.O.A elementary school. With no open space nearby, we were inspired to use the roof as an urban oasis playground. This playground has a variety of flexible play zones as well as play islands which include movable and fixed seating, storage, play pads, and planters for tree coverage as well as urban farming.


beggars wharf waterfront redevelopment

  rockland, maine

In collaboration with Rockland Maine City Planning and Yarmouth Maine based MRLD Landscape Architecture + Urbanism, with whom we previously designed the Maine State Pier, we are currently developing a design vision for the Beggars Wharf brownfield waterfront district of Rockland, where we are proposing a mixed use of museums, studio spaces, hotel, public spaces, commercial and marine uses, as well as an array of townhouse / flex apartments.


museum event space, beggars wharf

  rockland, maine

This speculative museum will act as a beacon at the gateway corner to the new Beggars Wharf district. It will also work as the figurehead for a greater museum complex, also to include a block of remodeled historic warehouses including the Bicknell Factory Building, the original Beggar's Wharf hub. Altogether the complex will work as a series of museum and event spaces as well as studio and educational spaces and, along with the other commercial and residential mixed use block redevelopment, steward for the public park spaces in, around, and on the complex. The museum / event space begins as an interior ground floor seeking to be seamless with the streetscape outside, which unfurls upwards through intermingling processions of indoor and outdoor spaces. Along the way are interior and exterior galleries, theater and lecture spaces, cafes, terraces and parks. The interior spaces are flexible such that either shows or events can inhabit each or a series of spaces. The exterior spaces on and around the museum include a variety of public and semi-public park spaces and a center-block sculpture garden. The building is structured by a complimentary set of steel and concrete core and slabs plus a series of small exterior columns. A mushroom-like skin of cedar wood fins shroud the core and upper museum facade.The cedar fins appear continuous from interior to exterior, beyond shroud acting as doorway, sun and rain screen, railing, with patterning which shift from each vantage point. The cedar fins are manufactured by techniques both new and old, digital and analog. Inside the cedar fins are cnc milled and maintain their warm natural color. Outside the cedar fins twist via steam bending and grey with the elements.

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global green community development and climate action center

  lower 9th ward new orleans, louisiana

Interior design for the Community Development and Climate Action Center for Global Green in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The design includes our Pan Am modular multi-functional furniture system which we are custom fabricating, as well as a dichroic ceiling scrim.


bedford stuyvesant community innovation campus

  brooklyn, ny

The Community Innovation Campus will be a mixed-used development in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn encapsulating an innovative and holistic community vitalization strategy, one that will draw in much needed resources (jobs, affordable housing, etc.), into the community, while simultaneously providing the community with an opportunity to maximize and catalyze existing assets (cultural capital, thought leadership, underutilized real estate, etc.). The design seeks to create an interplay between the seemingly oppositional desires of public and private by stretching thin bands of a variety of programs around continually accessible auditoriums, promenades, parks, playgrounds.

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the bathysphere

  gowanus, brooklyn, ny

The Bathysphere and the Fifth Ecology of Brooklyn is a phased, multi-planar, multi-field development strategy that consists of; buildable development rights above the ground and below the elevated train and roadway infrastructures of the Gowanus Canal Sewershed + Green and blue infrastructure which mitigates storm runoff from the tracks above and adjacent streets + Semi-pervious streets and sidewalks + Open ground level event and play spaces for activities such as playgrounds, cafes and fairs + Solar energy canopies above the elevated train and roadways + Sewage geothermal energy banks tapping the sewer mains below grade + CSO retention pools + CSO and storm water runoff mitigation.

The Bathysphere, Phase 1, floats above the intersection of Smith and Huntington Streets, housing a Field Station, Event Space, Bath House as well as an Energy Bank for the sewage geothermal and solar micro-scale energy network. The Bathysphere is a pilot project meant to inspire similar community net zero projects across the Canal and beyond. The vast outside powers which have influenced the Gowanus Canal Sewershed will now be tapped and redistributed to be used to energize the Canal's local constituents as well as public city life for everyone.

We invite everyone to come, relax and mingle in the hot and cold baths, saunas, under the UV lamps, come talk to us about how you can get off the ground and off the grid, or stroll outside and enjoy the newly greened streets below.

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pan american library / workshop

  philadelphia, pa

A custom furniture and interior design for the Pan American Charter School, Philadelphia PA. The program for the new Library / Workshop for the Pan American Charter School Library in Philadelphia PA called for a multi-media library, seating for individuals as well as groups ranging from 6 to 50, sometimes simultaneously, for the rapidly growing school's K-8 students as well as for community, parent and teacher meetings and workshops, all in an existing 1,500 s.f. space. A modular system of fixtures – at the same desk, lounge seat, bookshelf, and storage – were designed to allow for the required overlapping of program, the total flexibility required of components, and at the same time a focused and nurturing setting.

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photos by Bojune Kwon

green room

  long island city, ny

Green Room seeks to provide the Socrates Sculpture Park and surrounding Community a celebratory and better functioning flexible system of spaces for workshops, fellows, visitors, and all events which might use the education workspace. Green RoomÕs design conflates its Park surroundings into a blended manmade / natural environment that is essentially a room without a ceiling and without walls, with a ceiling you can see through, and with walls you can see through which can enclose a room or rooms or can be retracted, both of which can act as incubators for new plants for the Park. What is performed and made in the Green Room is of and central to the Park. Green Room provides coverage from sun, rain, and wind while providing natural light and air circulation by way of a translucent canopy and system of translucent curtains which allow for greater flexibility for workshops in terms of their size, number, and privacy. Curtains can be drawn so that the entire Green Room is open. Curtains can be closed so the entire Green Room is a single enclosed work space. Curtains can be adjusted to enclose a number of different sized spaces from 1 to 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 distinct spaces in a number of configurations. The curtains dilute and refract views through one or multiple layers.

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maine state pier

  portland, maine, with Della Valle Bernheimer

Urban Design Redevelopment Plan for Portland Maine's 53 acre, intermodal hub and multi-use Eastern Waterfront District, which introduces new view corridor and thoroughfare typologies as a common framework for both widening and multiplicitous harbor views as well as a cross-grain of inter-neighborhood pedestrian paths / Della Valle Bernheimer proposed a150,000sf, large-scale, multi-modal business and leisure mecca to replace Portland's currently dilapidated Maine State Pier. The Pier is situated at the cusp between Portland's existing commercial waterfront district and the recently-rezoned industrial eastern waterfront. The project creates a new pier infrastructure that floats 20- to 30-feet above and runs the length of the existing pier, until it slopes down to meet the at-grade park at the major corner and access point to the city. The new pier's combination of green roof and photovoltaic panels allows the building to be energy self-reliant and creates open space that is equivalent in size to the total site area, providing for 100% land development AND 100% public stewardship. The roof of the new pier also creates a multiplicity of experiences on, under, and around the roof and frames views of the city and harbor beyond. A series of glass and wood boxes with small, vertical, stainless steel structural fins are nestled below the pier. These contain restaurants and cafes, a local fish and farmer's cooperative, and space for a multitude of berthing and marine uses / 2004-2008.

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los angeles CA plaza

  los angeles, CA by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

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