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In Honor of Earth Week, Regeneron's Ecological Campus Published in Work Design Magazine

by W-Architecture | Posted 04/22/2016 12:25 PM

In Honor of Earth Week, Regeneron's Ecological Campus Published in Work Design Magazine

Work Design Magazine featured Regeneron's W-designed office campus in honor of Earth Week! The article focuses on the ecological design that was inspired by the natural appeal of the Hudson Valley Region. The outdoor campus suits Regeneron, New York's largest biotech firm and the best biopharmaceutical employer in the world, according to Science Magazine. The landscape design includes innovative stormwater management features - native plantings, a rain garden, green roof, permeable paving, and grass paving. The plantings, stormwater management approach, and rolling earthwork topography highlight the Hudson Valley location of the campus and are reflective of an energetic, inventive company.

St. Patrick's Island Receives a National Urban Design Award from RAIC!

by W-Architecture | Posted 04/15/2016 2:35 PM

St. Patrick's Island Receives a National Urban Design Award from RAIC!

St. Patrick's Island was recognized with a National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). W's St. Patrick's Island received the Sustainable Development Award. The jury noted that the island is "a positive example of how design processes can educate community members about sustainability." The jury said that the submissions this year were impressive, and that "these unique solutions displayed a refreshing inventiveness and a strong commitment to the overarching objective of urban design to respond to and enhance the immediate surroundings and wider community." 

Red Hook IFPS Public Meeting

by W-Architecture | Posted 04/11/2016 10:01 AM

Red Hook IFPS Public Meeting

The second Red Hook IFPS meeting was held at the Miccio Center in Red Hook on Thursday, April 7! Specific challenges of reducing flood risk in Red Hook and potential interventions were outlined and discussed with the community. Many of the intervention approaches, such as elevated street planters and bike lanes, landscaped berms, different types of seawalls, and deployable gates are being testing by other flood-prone cities around the world. The community discussed how the plan might protect and enhance, rather than detract, from their quality of life. Another public meeting will be held in June.

Has Landscape Architecture Failed? Our Response

by W-Architecture | Posted 04/01/2016 8:37 AM

Has Landscape Architecture Failed? Our Response

In 1966, a group of landscape architects published a Declaration of Concern that stated that an age of environmental crisis was upon us and that the profession of landscape architecture was a key to solving it. Richard Weller asks if the profession has lived up to its promise in his article "Has Landscape Architecture Failed?".

Barbara Wilks, the principal at W Architecture & Landscape Architecture, has this response: Thank you, Richard, for this great article examining the role of landscape architecture.  We believe that landscape architecture reveals the structure of our world, and shapes our interactions with each other and the planet.  We design so that each of us can be grounded in an understanding of where we are, and that those unique qualities of place are expressed in a way that encourages examination, wonderment, and finally understanding, that each of us may not feel entertained, but engaged and feel some responsibility for the fragile ties creating relationships necessary for the continued health of our place and our planet.

Red Hook IFPS Public Meeting to be Held April 7

by W-Architecture | Posted 03/28/2016 10:54 AM

Red Hook IFPS Public Meeting to be Held April 7

We are making progress on the Red Hook Integrated Flood Protection System project! A public meeting will be held on April 7, 2016 to discuss why Red Hook is at risk for coastal flooding and the different strategies that can be used to reduce the risk. The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Miccio Community Center, located at 110 West 9th Street. The meeting is open to all - come share your local insight and expertise!

2 North 6th Place Tops Out!

by W-Architecture | Posted 03/21/2016 11:09 AM

2 North 6th Place Tops Out!

Last week, W attended the topping out ceremony for 2 North 6th Place, a 40-story tower along the Williamsburg waterfront. The tower is right next door to the Edge, where W's waterfront park opened in 2011. The Edge park will be extended along the waterfront in front of 2 North 6th Place to provide two acres of public parkland. The park is in a prime location in Williamsburg with stunning views of Manhattan, and includes one of the East River's busiest ferry docks. 

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