Sunday, May 8, 2016

Times Square Electronic Garden - Making it in Brooklyn

Times Square Electronic Garden
May 10th 2016  
Global Design NYU, Gallatin, Tisch ITP, Terreform ONE, Sponsored by Time Square Alliance and NYCxDESIGN

The “Times Electronic Square Garden” project is meant to initiate a conversation about climate change, energy use and green urban spaces. Designed and fabricated by New York University students, this earth bomb features speakers and live sensors among the plants that connect to our URL. The idea is to “re-nature” Times Square so that the public can contemplate new natures within our cities. We invite people to explore soothing living vegetative surfaces and recognize the stark contrast of their hyper-electrified surroundings. The students have designed and built an open central sphere for visitors to circulate through so that they may encounter a microcosm of hanging gardens. Around the sphere there will be a greenscape of serpentine living benches for rest, gathering, and contemplation. The whole project, start-to-finish, will be erected and removed in a 24 hour period. It will be a place to reimagine Times Square’s consumer culture into a truly sumptuous environmental future.

Co-Principal Investigators: Mitchell Joachim, Louise Harpman, Peder Anker. Film Media: Keith Miller. NYU ITP: Namira Abdulgani, Kylin Chen, Ella Dagan, Jordan Frand, Michelle Hessel, Renata Kuba, Gal Nissim, Isabel Paez, Tigran Paravyan, Lutfiadi Rahmanto, Leslie Ruckman, Abhishek Singh, Edson Soares, Katie Temrowski, Jed Watson, Yan Zhao, Yang Zhao. NYU Gallatin: Theo Mandin-Lee, Jordan Marks, Max Mezzomo, Valerie Mu, Shel Orock, Alex Selz, Henry Wang. NYU Staff: Karim Ahmed, Jenny Kijowski, Nicholas P Likos, Lillian J Warner, Matthew Tarpley, Shandor Hassan.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Global Design Book OUT NOW!
Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned by Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim.  Publisher: Prestel/ Random House
Hardcover: 240 pages
GDNYU's BOOK FEATURES: Hashim Sarkis, SCAPE, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Lateral Office, SIDL Spatial Information Design Lab, Richard Sommer, Reiser + Umemoto  RUR Architecture, Axel Kilian, Rachel Armstrong, Evan Douglis Studio, Pneumastudio, DJ Spooky (Paul Miller), Architecture Research Office, nea Studio Nina Edwards Anker, Specht Harpman, Mark Fornes THEVERYMANY, Ruy Klein, Interboro Partners, Terreform ONE, Planetary ONE, R&Sie(n) Francois Roche, WORKac, AUM Studio, Aberrant Architecture, ACME, ATMOS, AWP, Creus e Carrasco Arquitectos, CUAC Arquitectura, David Kohn Architects, Doxiades+, Groundlab, Haugen/Zohar, HHF Architects, J. Mayer H., Lava Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, mi5 Arquitectos, MMW Architects, Ordinary Magnus Larsson, OSA Office for Subversive Architecture, Raumlabor Berlin, Serie Architects, SLA, Studio Weave, TOPOTEK 1, and more.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Weltstadt Newspaper: New York | "Cities and Citizenship"

Global Design NYU would like to thank and congratulate all who were in involved in the "Cities and Citizenship" three-day symposium event.

The 5th issue of the Weltstadt Newspaper series discusses the idea of the city in relation to its citizens. The articles brilliantly cover and explore the big themes in the "Cities and Citizenship" event-- themes that involve design, architecture, sociology, urbanism, ecology  and identity.

Read the articles to learn what scholars have to say about this topic and see photographs from each of the terrific events.


The Weltstadt Newspaper Website

Articles from "Cities and Citizenship"

The work by Global Design NYU is on page 3.

Friday, April 11, 2014


SCAPE Studio is a New York City based architecture firm, established in 2004. SCAPE is skilled in research and design practices, conflating principles of ecological urbanism, strategic planning, landscape architecture and sustainability into a majority of their projects. They approach architecture with great comprehension, thinking about the many transformative elements of a space. They aim to" influence design, public education and policy through a range of outputs, including reports, books, pilot projects, parks, gardens, play spaces and installations."

Kate Orff is the founding principal of SCAPE Studio, a registered landscape architect and an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her work has been featured in social publications such as the Economist, the New York Times, and New York Magazine, in addition to architecture periodicals such as Metropolis, Dwell, Azure and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Kate Orff "explores the cultural and physical complexity of urban landscapes and their unique textures, ecologies, programs and publics."

SCAPE's newest project involves the redesign of the Mississippi waterfront parks. The Mississippi River flows through three distinct divisions: upper, middle and lower Mississippi. This structure will be built in the upper, middle division, alongside downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota Campus. With this project, The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is "aiming to redefine the city’s relationship with the riverfront over the next 20 years, starting with building an immersive waterfront park in the heart of the city, about a mile upriver from campus."

Orff hopes to generate a unique, interactive and aesthetic nexus between the park's green space the Mississippi River border. This design protocol fits into SCAPE's approach to ecological urbanism and should translate to a brilliant end result.


SCAPE Studio is one of the renowned design firms featured in our forthcoming BOOK!

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"Studio." SCAPE: Info Page. SCAPE Studio, 2004. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.
Cummings, Meara. "City to Redefine Mississippi Area." Minnesota Daily. The Minnesota Daily, 06 Mar. 2014. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.