Victoria Meyers architect working with hMa developed a plan for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood, using a concept of 'social networks' to organize the spaces in their master plan. The plan above shows all of the green roofs, connected.
Trees were a big part of the Battery Park City North Neighborhood plan. The idea of planting trees crossed over to Mayor Bloomberg's PLANYC, with their plan to plant one million trees. At Battery Park City's North Neighborhood, hMa overviewed the development of Green Streets, with planted areas to reduce rain water run-off, and including trees.
An isometric view of hMa's master plan for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood, next to a diagram for Bloomberg's PLANYC.
In 2009, Joseph Beuys started his plan to plant 7,000 oak trees. This project was the beginning of Beuys' political project, of starting the Green Movement in Germany.
During the Spring semester 2013 Victoria Meyers architect will be teaching a course that includes and covers Sound Urbanism at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture. The course will review sound as it shapes spaces, both in buildings and in urban spaces.
hMa's North Neighborhood is supported by their sound urbanist building, DWi-P, defining the space of the Battery Park City Parks area, from the Western edge of DWi-P to West Street (see isometric above).
DWi-P's interactive Sound Wall facilitates a deeper reading of the building, and extends the 'viewers' understanding of the Hudson River and water in the parks within the North Neighborhood to the edge of the site at West Street.
These and other concepts relating sound to urban space and architecture will be the focus of the course.
DWi-P is a 65,000 square footcommunity Center accessed from North End Avenue, between Murray and Warren Streets. DWi-P features a 15,000 square-foot Green Roof, a community center program inside the building, and a 550-foot long Interactive Glass Wall. DWi-P is on track to receive a Platinum LEED rating.
For more information about hMa, Victoria Meyers architect, DWi-P, and ideas about sound urbanism, and sound in architecture, visit the hMa website, www.hanrahanMeyers.com.
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Victoria Meyers architect is working on a new book that tracks hMa's works tracking the firm's contribution to conversations around Green Urbanism, Food Urbanism, and sustainable design practices, including Green Streets.
Victoria Meyers working with hMa developed strategies to make the new North Neighborhood designed by the firm in Battery Park City into a demonstration project, with all buildings, streets, and parks designed to teh highest levels of green certification.
North End Avenue, the main organizing street in the North Neighborhood, was designed as a Green Street, and features a new dog park, with Rogers Marvel on board as consultants for the design. Green Streets are a specific designation, awarded to streets that meet green standards, including porous paving and planting to absorb rain water run-off, in order to divert rain water from storm sewers.
The project includes Green Roofs on all buildings, including hMa's Ballfield Terrace, an occupiable Green Roof for their DWi-P, Digital Water i-Pavilion.
As cities around the world wake up to the new realities and challenges of the 21st century, including the need for water and energy management, New York City has been a leader in the development of sustainable Green Design Standards. Battery Park City led the way in New York City, with their Green Standards for urban development publication in 2000. Since that publication, and with the increase in Globalization, cities around the world have looked to Battery Park City, and New York City, as leaders in the changes to meet urban needs driven by forces including Global Warming, pollution, and the need for a more sustainable path for urban design.
The Irish Hunger Memorial is a piece of the Irish countryside in New York City; the new Dublin City Plan drew on concepts from the Battery Park City Green Guidelines. Both projects are examples of the effects of Globalization on the dissemination of Green concepts.
Victoria Meyers architect (hMa) has spent years studying the effects of enhanced walls systems. Enhanced walls and other architectural
surfaces create different reactions in
people who encounter the constructions.
These systems need to be studied in a manner that moves the discipline
of architecture forward. By enhanced walls, I am referring to walls, like the wall at DWi-P, with Digital and/ or Biological systems embedded within the traditional construction system, enhancing the experience of the wall or surface, making it more immersive.
Large Glass set the stage for many of the changes in 20th and 21st
century architecture. An intervention
using emergent digital and biological systems, developed thoughtfully, would
similarly affect how the art of architecture moves forward as an art.
Working with my firm, hMa, I will be constructing wall studies with embedded sensors and study how these embedded
systems alter people’s experience and reaction to architecture. The enhanced walls would have effects that
exceed their physical area, and I would also propose to map their geographic
area of influence, and demonstrate how perceptual thickness and materiality can be
altered through these new interactive interfaces. This work would be performed as part of the hMa Research component of our practice. Look for future postings mapping hMa's progress with this area of research.
research about the future of architecture. There has been a great deal of
advancement in the integration of visual information in buildings through the
use of LED and other technologies. Sound
has not been as studied, or as seamlessly integrated in architecture. With the ubiquity of cellphone use, sound and
visual information as a fourth dimensional expression of architectural space is
an emergent possibility. I will be mapping the possibilities of sound in architecture in my upcoming book, 'shape of sound'.
The most important research in sound and architecture to date was by Leon Theremin. At EMPAC, Johnannes Goebel overviewed the development of an amazing building dedicated to sound, using the latest technologies. EMPAC is located on the Rensselaer Polytechnic campus, in Troy, New York.
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DWiP: view up ramp toward ballfield level, posted Victoria Meyers architect
DWiP: ballfield terrace, posted Victoria Meyers architect
The Digital Water Pavilion (DWiP) is a new 55,000 square foot building conceived as a built landscape and situated at the base of two new residential towers in Battery Park City’s North Neighborhood. The primary architectural feature of the new Center is a curved 550-foot long glass arcade wall facing West Street immediately north of Ground Zero. The arcade wall features a patterned interpretation of a composition, ‘WaTER’, commissioned from New York City composer Michael Schumacher. The glass wall sits opposite two swimming pools and a gymnasium inside the building and two ballfields and a soccer field outside the building. A new public promenade follows the curve of the arcade adjacent to the ballfields, connecting north to south from Murray to Warren Streets, providing access to the Ballfields.
The arcade has three courtyards (see photos below), with a stair in the central courtyard connecting the Ballfields to the Ballfield Terrace above, the Green Roof above DWiP. The 16,000 square foot Terrace designed with SCAPE landscape architects has a series of ramps and stairs that reach out to the landscape and other parks in Battery Park City. DWiP's roof, the Ballfield Terrace, is an occupiable Green Roof with benches and planted areas, linked to other BPC Parks, including Teardrop Park to the west.
DWiP: north courtyard
DWiP: south courtyard posted Victoria Meyers architect
Other program areas in the Pavilion include a gymnasium (pictured below), pool room (pictured below), dance studios, a state-of-the-art theater, and classrooms on the second floor. Digital Water i-Pavilion is scheduled to receive a Platinum LEED rating. hMa are also the Master Plan Architects for Battery Park City’s North Neighborhood, and developed the guidelines for the buildings, landscaping, and walking paths in the North Neighborhood. DWiP is scheduled to open in September 2012.
DWiP interior: gymnasium
DWiP interior: pool room posted Victoria Meyers architect
Victoria Meyers architect recommends the July 1, 2011 article by Charles McGrath and Dan Barry, reviewing sound levels and islands of quiet in New York City. The piece goes hand-in-hand with hMa's upcoming book 'Shape of Sound', by hMa principal Victoria Meyers. Shape of Sound looks at various projects by hMa, including Ojai Fesitval Shell in Ojai, California, and DWiP (Battery Park City Community Center) - and their relationship to sound phenomena and investigations by sound artists and composers.
Aerial perspective of hMas' DWiP: Digital Water Pavilion (Battery Park City Community Center, Victoria Meyers architect post
Diagram showing development of DWiP App for i-Phone and Android Platforms, linking Schumacher sound piece to DWiP glass frit patterns Victoria Meyers architect post
The book includes exerpts from correspondence between the sound art and contemporary music patron Betty Freeman, who died in 2009. Ms. Freeman was famous as the 'little old lady' who met composer Phillip Glass when he was working as a New York City cab driver to make ends meet. Ms. Freeman discovered that Mr. Glass was a talented composer unable to support his artistic career, and gave Mr. Glass funding that allowed him to pursue musical composition full time. The book contains exerpts and copies of correspondence between Ms. Freeman and composer Harry Partch, whose hand-made musical 'instruments' and compositions are on view at the Partch Instrumentarium, also supported by Ms. Freeman, at Montclair State University.
The Times article appears below. hMa will be posting exerpts from Victoria's upcoming 'Shape of Sound', in upcoming blog posts.
Photographs by Ty Cacek/The New York Times
"Forty thousand fireworks. Now that’s bound to make some noise. There are New Yorkers who will love every decibel on the Fourth of July, when Macy’s puts on its “biggest fireworks display in America.” Other New Yorkers — well, they’d much rather see the rockets’ red glare than hear the bursting in air. Certainly all city dwellers are used to noise, but there are those who hear a symphony in the cacophony and those who seek out New York’s many pockets of peace and quiet. Here, two views. Which do you prefer, the cacophony of New York or the quiet?"
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Victoria Meyers architect (hMa) is proud to announce that hMa's Battery Park City Master Plan project has won a Heritage Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Since 1997 hMa have been the Master Plan Architects for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood. In that capacity, the firm has been a Leader in applying Sustainable Design practices. One of the firm's achievements includes writing the Green Guidelines for the Solaire - the world's first Green Residential high-rise Tower.
The Irish Hunger Memorial, in BPC's North Neighborhood
In addition to hMa's Green Master Plan winning a coveted Heritage Award, Battery Park City's Visionaire was also honored with a 2010 Award for Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. The Visionaire is a high-rise residential tower that received the top design Award from the ULI as 'America's Greenest Residential High-Rise Tower' - one of only 10 buildings in the Americas - and the only building to be recognized for Green Design in New York. The Visionaire received the US Green Building Council's highest rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED Platinum).
ULI Awards for Excellence define the standard for real estate development practice worldwide. In its 32nd year, the awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best Green practices in all types of real estate development.
aerial view of North Neighborhood, Battery Park City Master Plan. Post: Victoria Meyers architect
In 1997 hMa was hired as the Master Plan Architect for Battery Park City Authority’s North Neighborhood, the most forward-thinking Green urban master plan in the United States. The North Neighborhood is the location of the first Green high-rise residential tower in the United States (Green Guidelines by hMa) and is the first Sustainably designed high-rise neighborhood in the world (Green Guidelines by hMa). When the Master Plan is complete in 2012 it will include a total of 5 million square feet of sustainable buildings, an array of new technologies and operating practices and a unique integration with the spectacular natural features of New York's waterfront.
hanrahan Meyers Architects' configuration of the North Neighborhood buildings emphasizes the area's engagement with nature by creating an interweaving grid of outdoor spaces – including 4 major parks - with 11 residential and public buildings including Stuyvesant High School. Individual buildings are designed to complete the urban blocks by aligning with lot lines up to the 11th and 14th floors, after which towers are placed up to the 25th and 32nd floors in a complex pattern of offsetting alignments to open up view corridors to the Hudson River, and bring light and air into the parks below.
Read more about the ULI Awards competition and view other award winners at http://www.uli.org. Read more about hMa and their master plan designs by visiting our website: www.hanrahanMeyers.com, and go to: 'Master Plans and Landscapes'. To see more of hMa's cutting edge Green Designs go to 'Green'.
diagram : environmental standards for BPC Master Plan.
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Victoria Meyers architect (hMa) recently became a member and sponsor of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities was founded in 1999 as a direct result of a research project on the benefits of green roofs and barriers to industry development entitled "Greenbacks from Green Roofs" prepared by Steven Peck, Monica Kuhn, Dr. Brad Bass and Chris Callaghan. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities - North America Inc. is now a rapidly growing not-for-profit industry association working to promote the industry throughout North America. Click here to read more about Green Roofs.
hMa's See-Thru House is a 3000 square foot green residence designed for the Urban Reserve development in Dallas, Texas. Urban Reserve is a new development with tight design standards, and a roster of selected architects hired by the Developer. hanarahanMeyers are one of two New York firms chosen as architects for the development. hMa's See-Thru House is distinguished by its Green Roof, and is the only house in the Urban Reserve with that feature.
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In Construction : New Buildings by hMa: Victoria Meyers architect
Victoria Meyers architect (hMa) is pleased to announce the upcoming openings of three projects currently in construction. Infinity Chapel is scheduled for completion, and will be officially opening to the public this Spring, 2010. The Won Buddhist Retreat is scheduled for completion in 2011. DWi-P: Digital Water i-Pavilion (Battery Park CityCommunity Center) is scheduled for completion in 2012.
DWi-P: Digital Water i-Pavilion: aerial view, construction progress shown at right: Victoria Meyers architect
Infinity Chapel : Chapel view, in construction at right; Victoria Meyers architect
Won Buddhist Center : Meditation Hall and Administration Buildings, construction progress shown at right. Victoria Meyers architect
DWi-P is on target to earn a Platinum LEED certification – the highest level certification for Green construction. DWi-P will include a 500-foot long interactive Glass wall, which will be inscribed with a composition, WaTER, by composer Michael Schumacher. DWi-P's other major public feature will be its occupiable Green Roof, the Ballfields Terrace.
The Buddhist Retreat will include five new wood-frame buildings, including five courtyard buildings with linked ‘infinity’ shaped diagrams, and is scheduled to be built with a Zero-Carbon Footprint. The Buddhist campus will include five geo-thermal wells, a solar panel field for electricity, and a central bio-mass boiler. All buildings will be constructed using FSC wood.
Infinity Chapel will feature a unique exposition of glass surfaces and light, as well as wood insertions from Miya Shoji, wood artisans. Infinity Chapel is located at 171 MacDougal Street in Lower Manhattan. Visitors will be welcome to stop by, after March 15, 2010.
We look forward to seeing friends and colleagues at the openings of all three buildings!
Won Buddhist Center : view of Permanent Residence (left) and view of site from Permanent Residence: Victoria Meyers architect.
For more information about these projects, or for more about hMa, visit our website: www.hanrahanMeyers.com.
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Victoria Meyers: Designing With Light
New York Architects Victoria Meyers and Thomas Hanrahan believe that architecture is an environment, 'pure space', manifested in nature. The principals of hanrahanMeyers architects (hMa) have established themselves as unique visionaries, incorporating light and sound into their arresting designs of pure forms. Founded in 1987, the firm specializes in residences, art centers, and community spaces. They design spaces from a vision that connects visitors with the natural world.
Victoria Meyers: Shape of Sound Architect Victoria Meyers analyzes the shape of sound; architecture and sound; form; materiality; windows; the urban sound scape, its politics, aesthetics and social character; reflection; virtuality; sound art; and silence.
Shape of Sound on Amazon
Victoria Meyers: Shape of Sound Victoria Meyers architect (Los Angeles, Ca.), principal of hanrahan Meyers architects (hMa) explores sound as it effects architecture, urban spaces, and landscapes. Contributors include hanrahan Meyers architects (featured on the book cover), Stephen Vitiello, Michael J. Schumacher, David Mather, Neil Denari, Bruce Pearson, Howeler and Yoon architecture, and Joseph Ketner.
hMa : Green Initiatives / Sustainable Architecture
The Conservation Fund As part of our nature based vision for architecture, hMa gives a percentage of the firm’s annual revenues to nature initiatives. This year, hMa funded ‘Wildlife Corridors’, through the Conservation Fund. ‘Wildlife Corridors’ provide natural zones through cities and towns that link animals with adjacent nature preserves. This initiative is one of several cutting-edge planning initiatives that forward thinking architects will be adopting as we seek to harmonize human habitats with nature and create sustainable development.