Holiday in Japan

Even architects go on vacation sometimes, but we can’t escape construction. A recent visit to the Buddhist Temple Kiyomizu-Dera in Kyoto, Japan, found the main hall under timber scaffolding. Remarkably, the building was still open to visitors.

Restoration work was finished in some places, even if it doesn’t look like it. The unrestored portions are left to show what the previous condition looked like. The technique is an opportunity to appreciate both the restoration work and the kind of age that a building only shows through dirt and faded paint. 

 

- brought to you by Adam Poole

 

Mental Chill

grey sky.

water tank silhouettes on distant roof tops. 

a cold bite in the air.

cold ears.

a runny nose.

and fresh snow sitting there,

     waiting for the children to play. 

"Mental Chill" by Tim Jagisch

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Haven Plaza!

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The weather held out today (!!) as Politicians and Press joined us on site for the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Haven Plaza Resiliency Building.  Thank you to The Haven Plaza Square LLC Board of Directors, Institute for Human Development, Association of NY Catholic Homes, and Wavecrest Management for helping to kick-off this exciting project. This new Storm-resilient Infrastructure Building developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy begins a new chapter at Haven Plaza for future storm resiliency!

A big Thank You to all the wonderful speakers and distinguished guests that joined us for this special day. President of the Haven Plaza Square Board of Directors Msgr. Kevin Nelan, U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, New York City Assembly District Leader Carlina Rivera., Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, Director of Resiliency Planning HPD Deborah Morris, CTA Architects Dan Allen, and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of NY Msgr. Kevin Sullivan inspired us with stories of community action and the influence that everyday people have on the neighborhoods we live in.

We are thrilled that so many made it out and look forward to getting started!

"Groundbreaking Ceremony for Haven Plaza" brought to you by Tamera Talbert

 

UES Art World

There are many art galleries on UES, and their interiors are hard to imagine behind the traditional limestone townhouse facades.

"UES Art World" brought to you by Takushi Yoshida

 

Sometimes We've Got to Get Out

Though many of us have lived in or around the city for many years, I was surprised to find out how many had never been to Frank Llyod Wright’s Fallingwater. Knowing how important it is to our profession, and having taken my own personal tour of Chicago to see much of his other work, I, and a few others were interested in taking a trip. And as is the focus of much of our work in the office, we paid special attention to the details, and heres a few of them from our trip to Fallingwater.

Views from Fallingwater brought to you by Ryan Esparza.