November 23, 2020
44 Union Square wins AIANY Award
BKSK Architects is honored to announce that our project, 44 Union Square (Tammany hall) has been awarded an AIANY Award of Merit and will be celebrated amongst all the winners on December 16th. The official Press Release from AIANY appears below. learn more about our project here.
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For Immediate Release:
Contact: Robin Styles-Lopez, Director of Communications, AIANYS
(518) 449-3334, email@example.com
Albany, N.Y. – The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) announces the 2020 AIANYS Design Award recipients.
Annually since 1968, AIA New York State’s Annual Design Awards celebrate local, national and international projects that achieve architectural excellence designed by architects throughout New York State.
A record 42 projects were recognized for Citation, Merit and Honor Awards in the following categories: Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation, Commercial/Industrial, Institutional, Interiors, International, Pro Bono Projects, Residential, Sole Practitioner, Unbuilt and Urban Planning/Design.
The Design Awards Jury, including Jury Chair Dan Kirby, FAIA, FAICP, NOMA, Principal and Client Services Leader for People + Places Solutions at Jacobs; Marilia Rodrigues, AIA, LEED AP, a Principal at KieranTimberlake; David Burney, FAIA, Co-Founder and Director of the Urban Placemaking and Management program at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture; and Elizabeth Whittaker, AIA, Founder and Principal at MERGE architects, had the challenge of choosing the winners out of almost 280 submissions. Out of the 42 award recipients, the jury also selected one project considered to be the “Best of the Best” which will be revealed at the virtual awards ceremony.
The jury members stated, “We know that this is a long list, but these are deserving recipients from a strong class of submittals that survived considerable scrutiny. This represents the strength and talent of AIA New York State members.”
AIANYS President Joseph J. Aliotta, FAIA, said, “Architects possess the knowledge and ability to problem solve in order to create design solutions that positively impact our communities. I’m proud of the creative and innovative solutions our members provide to both our communities and to the profession. Congratulations to all of our well-deserved winners.”
AIANYS Executive Vice President Georgi Ann Bailey said, “The depth and breadth of our members’ work and their contributions they make to our communities in order to thrive, continues to inspire me. I congratulate the recipients on the projects designed to support, sustain and enhance our communities and their passion to transform the profession of architecture.”
The recipients will be honored at a virtual award ceremony on December 16, 2020.
October 23, 2020
Partner Joan Krevlin, FAIA on panel about Social Inclusion in the Workplace and in Design.
TONIGHT! 7pm. NYC Architecture Biennial
BKSK Architects‘ Partner, Joan Krevlin will discuss “Social Inclusion in the Workplace and in Design” with Laurie Hawkinson, Ronette Riley, Maria R. Perbellini, and Danei Cesario.
Register here: https://nycarchitecturebiennial.zohobackstage.com/NYCArchitectureBiennial#/tickets?lang=en
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October 13, 2020
Visitor Center at Minnewaska State Park Preserve Ribbon Cutting
On Friday October 9th, BKSK celebrated the ribbon cutting and opening of our new project the Visitor Center at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. We’re so proud of this exemplary building that is integrated into the existing site ecology. It becomes part of the living landscape of the Park, and able to serve the public for decades to come. From the Governor’s Office: https://lnkd.in/dMBJ2NE
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October 12, 2020
Blessing of the New Tammany Hall
On Friday, October 9, 2020, BKSK Architects LLP along with Reading International Inc. (NASDAQ: RDI) hosted the Blessing of Tammany Hall conducted by Co-Directors of the Lenape Center at the newly reimagined, 44 Union Square. On the northeast corner of Union Square at 17th Street and Park Avenue South, three members of the Lenape Community including two of the Co-Directors of the Lenape Center, Hadrien Coumans and Joe Baker, performed a Blessing Ceremony acknowledging the past, present and future occupants of the site.
The Blessing took place at 44 Union Square, at 11am and the stream from The GreeneSpace, originally aired 10.09.20 at 4pm which you can access below.
August 19, 2020
Urban Omnibus redux: Home in Lenapehoking
Reminder of this wonderful article from February 2020 when the world was a little different. The recognition of the Lenape homeland, of which New York is the center, has always been the focus the work of the Lenape Center. BKSK Architects has been honored to play a small part in that effort with the restoration and rebirth of 44 Union Square. Read more about our relationship with the Lenape Center and their ongoing work to occupy their homeland in a meaningful way.
“UO: What could that civic understanding look like here? You recently worked with the architects of the renovation of Tammany Hall on a new dome for the building.
HC: Tammany Hall is an example of how an architectural firm has, from the beginning, done everything in the best way to bring out a sense of recognition and place of honoring the original people. I credit Todd Poisson for having led the most thoughtful effort to include the Lenape every step of the way. We’re very happy with the glass turtle dome roof, and it’s rare to have an example in the city of thorough consultation that resulted in something that is really a new landmark.
Tammany Hall, as a political organization, did not care for the well-being of the Lenape, and was using a romanticized notion of a chief. It’s exciting to have an architectural firm realize the misappropriation of this name historically, but also see that there is an opportunity to bring in authentic, legitimate voice and representation into the story. That’s more exciting than a monument — that’s actually creating change.
UO: You have worked with the same architects to explore the idea of a physical Lenape Center in Northern Manhattan. What do you hope to see in another ten years?
JB: My vision for our work would be that we would be able to provide access to the city and all of its cultural amenities, all of its educational opportunities, for Lenape people. That people could come and go from here, knowing that this is their homeland, and be inspired by contemporary life that’s here today, and the creativity of the city. It’s always been our goal to return to Lenapehoking.
UO: The Lenape Center isn’t concerned just with the presence of the past, but with calling attention to the continuing effects of environmentally and socially destructive practices.
HC: The Lenape culture is forward-thinking, and it is about survivance — what the people have done, collectively, as a means of survival — not about replicating something of the past. That forward-thinking mindset is all the more needed now in the city.
I think that in the absence of Lenape leadership since forced migration out of Lenapehoking, environmentally, New York City, New York State, the United States have done a terrible job. The wall at Wall Street meant that in a very simple way, that was a break in the holistic ecosystem of the island. It meant that the Lenape would not be invited to take part in creating balance with Mother Earth going forward. One can easily point out that the only source of fresh water, Collect Pond, was polluted very quickly by the colonists.”
August 13, 2020
Revised BKSK design approved for eight-story office building in the Gansevoort historic district
Congratulations to the BKSK Architects team on another approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. At the corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the Meat Packing District we proposed a substantial restoration and preservation of two existing historic buildings and a new infill addition. The new infill building compliments the historic buildings surrounding it in scale and materiality with an exterior terra-cotta frame and brick side walls. The historic buildings will continue to be used as retail space at the ground floor and converted into new office space on the upper floors. The new infill building will house commercial office space with a setback terrace and a roof deck for the use of all tenants. The infill is a distinct contemporary but contextual volume and with the historic buildings, reflects the “cross currents of the urban context and the history and the character of the site and the district.” The juxtaposition of old and new, historic and contemporary is considered on the interior as well on the exterior and new tenants will enjoy this juxtaposition in distinctive and modern working spaces.
Amongst numerous positive comments, Commission Bland’s feedback included:
“I want to thank the applicants for a thorough and elegant presentation. Also I want to just put this presentation in context…. I believe…the application consists of the most number of moving parts that our commission deals with. It is an extraordinary and relatively small application, but it is incredibly comprehensive . . . it’s very strong architecture and beautifully rendered and I think it’s a very, very elegant building.”
As seen in Architects Newspaper
Watch the Landmarks presentation. Our portion begins at 1:20:00.