Tag: green building

An Architect’s Profession: Career and Value to Society

WE admire beauty, to the extent that we admire even F.L. Wright, whose buildings often reached 10 or 20 times their original budget. We architects working today cannot even add 7% to the building budget that would make it totally passive, green and over a lifetime produce enormous savings and comfort to the owners. What’s… Read more »

Shale = Shame

As New York City’s premier green architectural firm, we are very concerned about energy use in the country. In order to save our children and planet, we must undergo a 90% improvement in energy use. That way, we would save 5.4 trillion a year with CURRENT energy prices in US spending. However, because of shale… Read more »

Reimagining America’s Buildings Starts at the University Level

As one of the premier zero energy architectural firms in the country, we know a thing or two about good long-term buildings at NY Super Studio Architects. Unfortunately, most of the country doesn’t follow this mindset and it all starts with the Universities in this country. MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other universities – as… Read more »

Architecture and 9-11, and the Lack Raw Materials for Green Building

Last week was the 10th anniversary of the terrible day when many things shifted and changed, most of it unknown to most people. But very quietly we had also passed a major point in the world without any fanfare or alarm. It was roughly the date when we exceeded the use of raw materials as… Read more »

Most Spirited New York: A Look at New York Architecture

New York Architecture is a working machine (a collection of high density buildings) that is made pleasant by Street Life, Culture and Skyline. Architecture in New York is the ‘collective skyline’ and the pedestrian streets that are lined with every kind of shopping, restaurant and museum. So it is not about architecture as people generally… Read more »

Why Green Building?

Why Green Building? This seems like such an odd question to me. Let’s use an analogy from history. About 100 years ago car companies bought canals, trams and train lines in the UK and the USA in order to shut them down as competition to roads and cars. Today, in some European countries, the governments… Read more »

Love and How to Start Good Design

Love (personal with couples, artists, intellectuals and general society) is the root of good design. In looking back throughout my career, only clients with this attitude created good designs. Others were projects. No one (except one person who relocated his job) has sold or rented my residential projects. They love them so much. In commercial… Read more »