Press

Jun 1 2018   |  Landscape Architecture Magazine
Sudden Impact | Three Firms Discuss How Their Internship Programs Benefit Both Interns and Staff

Stephen Whitehouse discusses the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of employing landscape design interns in June 2018’s issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Dec 19 2017   |  The Architects Newspaper
New York City Pledges Over $100 Million to Fill East Harlem Greenway Gap

The Architect’s Newspaper discusses Starr Whitehouse’s work on the Harlem Greenway Link, a feasibility study to bridge the final gap in the Manhattan Greenway, bringing amenities and flood protection to the nearby East Harlem neighborhood. The project has also received coverage in Curbed.

Aug 1 2017   |  Landscape Architecture Magazine
Beating the Heat

Landscape Architecture Magazine quotes Stephen Whitehouse in a detailed narrative of Randall’s Island past and present. Read the full article in the August 2017 print edition of LAM.

Feb 24 2017   |  FIXR
Top 100 Influencers in the Landscape Architecture and Design Industry 2017

Fixr names Stephen Whitehouse to the top 100 influencers of Landscape Architecture in 2017.

Jan 18 2017   |  Australian Financial Review
The trendy transformation of Lower Manhattan

Laura Starr is quoted on developmental and environmental challenges in Lower Manhattan by Dan F. Stapleton in the Australian Financial Review.

Nov 17 2016   |  Architect's Newspaper
NYC Public Design Commission announces Excellence in Design award winners

The NYPD 40th Precinct Station House has won the Public Design Commission’s Excellence in Design Award. Designed by BIG Architects with landscapes by Starr Whitehouse, the Station House promotes the Mayor’s “commitment to providing quality, equitable, and resilient public spaces to all New Yorkers.” With a palette inspired by local Bronx ecology, the landscape and roof garden integrate the building into the city fabric while providing storm water detention, ensuring security, and restoring habitat.

Nov 8 2016   |  6SQFT
Photographer Danica O. Kus provides new interior views of Bjarke Ingels’ Via 57 West

VIA 57 West has been featured in a gorgeous photo collection by Danica O. Kus. Catching the tower from a variety of indoor and outdoor views, Danica provides an intimate glimpse of BIG’s building and Starr Whitehouse’s courtyard.

Oct 14 2016   |  Streeteasy
VIDEO: Stunning Aerial Tour of Via 57 West

To accompany BIG and Starr Whitehouse’s tour of VIA 57 West for Open House New York, StreetEasy created their own aerial tour of the structure. This stunning footage allows viewers to catch a bird’s eye glimpse of Starr Whitehouse’s VIA courtyard—normally hidden away in the core of the tower. Follow Mariela Quintana’s blog post for more insight into the design and construction process, and enjoy the view!

Jul 5 2016   |  The Broadsheet
Battery Plans for a Jungle Gym, Literally

The Broadsheet gives an exciting glimpse of the new Battery Playscape, anticipated by Warrie Price—President of the Battery Conservancy—to be a “first-class playground, three times larger than what was there before.” This new playground continues Starr Whitehouse’s history of work in the Battery, extending the narrative of ecology the team brought to the Battery Bosque, Promenade, and Bikeway to a new site and context.

Jun 27 2016   |  DNAInfo
Battery Park’s Playground to Get $14M Overhaul

DNAinfo’s Irene Plagianos reports on the development of Battery Playscape—“a special addition for the growing number of families Downtown” not only for the present but also “for the long-term future,” according to Warrie Price, President of the Battery Conservancy. By incorporating innovative weather resilient and universal design into various play elements, the new 1.4-acre playground will create a unique play experience for children of all ages and abilities educates youths about ecological stewardship.

Jun 24 2016   |  Downtown Express
Battery Playscape Getting a Facelift

Downtown Express announces unanimous support at the Community Board Meeting on June 13 for Battery Playscape—an inventive playground designed by BKSK Architects and Starr Whitehouse. While seeking to preserve the “open sense of freedom” of the existing park, the design will offer the benefit of an expansive, state-of-the-art play space for which “parents of the Financial District have been waiting patiently,” said Catherine McVay Hughes, Chairwoman of CB1.

Mar 4 2016   |  New York Magazine
A First Look at the Great Pyramid of West 57th Street

New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson paints a vivid portrait of VIA 57 West – a residential project designed by BIG Architects that is nearing completion. The article highlights the block-long courtyard designed by Starr Whitehouse that is snugly nested in the middle of the pyramid structure.

May 28 2015   |  The Villager
Stuy Town Weighs in on Storm-protection Plan

The Villager reports on developments in the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, quoting Starr Whitehouse’s Elise Baudon on results from the first round of community engagement meetings last March.

Apr 10 2015   |  The Dirt
The “Mountain of Crap” Becomes a Park

ASLA’s The Dirt gives readers the scoop on Tel Aviv’s Park Ariel Sharon, a former landfill re-envisioned by Starr Whitehouse’s Laura Starr as a “beacon for environmental restoration.”

Apr 9 2015   |  New York Times
In New York, Everywhere a Writing Nook

A New York City playwright lists Bushwick Inlet Park as one of his favorite places to sit on a bench, enjoy the view, and get some work done!

Nov 20 2014   |  Archidose
Interactive Tour: Bushwick Inlet Park

Archidose’s John Hill takes you on an interactive digital tour of Bushwick Inlet Park, designed by Starr Whitehouse and Kiss + Cathcart Architects. Read John’s narrative and activate visual hotspots to explore the park with linked images, photos, and graphics, plus a bonus bird’s-eye video of soccer games in progress.

Nov 11 2014   |  LexisNexis
In Sandy’s Wake, BIG U Promises Lower Manhattan Upped Coastal Protection

LexisNexis’s legal news room takes a comprehensive look at the Big U, past and present, and quotes Laura Starr on her vision for the transformation of East River Park.

Oct 10 2014   |  NY Daily News
Shape of Things to Come: A one-of-a-kind colossus for renters on 57th St. is about to transform the West Side

The Durst W. 57th Street development, designed by BIG Architects with landscape design by Starr Whitehouse, tops out in late October, promising to transform the face of the West Side and lure young professionals with its abundant amenities and avant-garde design.

Sep 20 2014   |  Architect Magazine
The 2014 Holcim Award Recipients for North America

BIG Architects and Starr Whitehouse take Silver in the 2014 Holcim Awards for North America for The Big U, a collaborative design that won HUD’s Rebuild By Design Competition in 2013. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction awards honors and monetary prizes to firms around the world for designs that address five aspects of sustainability: progress, people, planet, prosperity, and place.

Sep 16 2014   |  NYPRESS.COM
A Conservancy For The East River

Dozens of community stakeholders gathered on September 16th to discuss the possibility of forming a conservancy for the East River waterfront. Present at the meeting, Laura Starr is quoted speaking on the need for an “economic engine” to work with and for the Lower East Side community.

Jul 6 2014   |  Cityscape — The Magazine
Taming the Rising Seas: Can the BIG U Save Manhattan?

The BIG U goes global as Cityscape, an Emirati publication, delves in to the design, research, and community involvement that led to the creation of a winning entry. The BIG U, a series or protective barriers that integrate social infrastructure with stormwater protection around Lower Manhattan, was BIG Architects and Starr Whitehouse’s entry for HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition. Starr Whitehouse led the community outreach and landscape design portions of the proposal.

Jun 2 2014   |  Next City
Massive New Storm-Protection Barrier Funded for Lower Manhattan

Starr Whitehouse and the BIG team’s proposal was selected a winner of HUD’s Rebuild By Design competition. The team’s winning entry, dubbed “The Big U,” was awarded $335 million for the implementation of a series of berms to protect the Lower East Side while enhancing the physical, social, and economic resiliency of East River Park and the surrounding neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

May 3 2014   |  Charlotte Observer
Move over South End: Could a new “North End” be coming?

Partner Stephen Whitehouse was part of an international panel of urban planners hosted by the Urban Land Institute in Charlotte, NC. The panel examined Charlotte’s under-developed North End and how the area can capitalize on region’s unprecedented and sustained economic growth.

Apr 4 2014   |  Arch Daily
The BIG U: BIG’s New York City Vision for “Rebuild by Design”

Starr Whitehouse and the BIG team unveil their proposal, The BIG U, to the Rebuild By Design Jury. The BIG U explores ways of protecting the lower half of Manhattan, from West 54th Street south to The Battery and north to East 40th Street, from future super storms and climate disasters. The team’s plan, investigates a series of vertical barriers for flood protection that integrate social infrastructure and speak to the shifting cultural milieux of upland neighborhoods.

Mar 12 2014   |  Daily News
Bronx River Alliance to Get New HQ on Riverfront

The Bronx River House will be the new headquarters for the Bronx River Alliance, a completely environmentally friendly building. Starr Whitehouse designed a lush landscape to complement the sustainability of the buildings designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects. This building and headquarters will “afford more recreational and educational use of the once neglected natural resource, the city’s only freshwater river.” Completed in late 2016, the Bronx River House will become a great amenity for the community.

Feb 6 2014   |  NJ.COM
You Choose: Which Design is Best for Hoboken’s Newest Park

Starr Whitehouse presented four design options for a new park in southwest Hoboken. Following the presentation, the designs were posted online along with a survey to solicit community feedback. Starr Whitehouse will analyze the public’s response and fold their considerations into the final design.

Feb 2 2014   |  The Hudson Reporter
Second public meeting for a new park in southwest Hoboken

The Hudson Reporter details the second public meeting for a new park in southwest Hoboken. At the meeting, Starr Whitehouse unveiled four potential concepts and renderings for the park: a market square, an urban woodland, a neighborhood park, and an active play space. Attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback on each proposal which Starr Whitehouse will use to develop a final concept design for the park.

Nov 5 2013   |  DNAInfo
Film, Food and Artisanal Businesses Quietly Thriving in Gowanus

Starr Whitehouse has been conducting extensive economic research in Gowanus, as a part of a Brownfield Opportunity Area Study. Stephen Whitehouse says “what we found is that there’s a lot more economic activity in the Gowanus area than is generally reported – there’s a very diverse set of economies there… There’s a lot happening. It just doesn’t generate activity on the street.”

Oct 8 2013   |  City of New York Parks & Recreation
NYC Parks Cuts the Ribbon on the Second Phase of Renovations to Bushwick Inlet Park

This Department of Parks and Recreation press release highlights the design features of Bushwick Inlet Park, designed by Starr Whitehouse and Kiss + Cathcart.

Sep 18 2013   |  The Architect's Newspaper
New York’s Post-Sandy Development Plan Earns Accolades: Wages of Wind

Starr Whitehouse is taking a lead role in developing Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Plans after Hurricane Sandy. Partner Laura Starr is quoted saying, “When we were developing ideas for the waterfront, we ultimately wanted to create landscape for all aspects of the community. It is completely feasible for a waterfront landscape to perform in many different ways, such as for habitat, for recreational space, as an economic generator, and of course, for protection.”

Sep 18 2013   |  The Architect's Newspaper
NYC Luxury Residences Embrace High-End Landscape Design: Apartment & Garden

The Architects Newspaper profiles Starr Whitehouse’s work on a new signature residential building designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. The landscape design calls for a central courtyard reminiscent of Central Park where people can sunbathe, barbeque and play.

Aug 11 2013   |  World Landscape Architecture
10 Teams Selected for Rebuild by Design Competition

Starr Whitehouse is selected to participate in the HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition, a design competition aimed at developing innovative and implementable solutions to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities. Starr Whitehouse team members include Bjarke Ingels Group, One Architecture, James Lima Planning & Development, Green Shield Ecology, Buro Happold, AEA consulting, and Project Projects.

Jul 6 2013   |  LOHUD
Echo Bay Park Proposal Visualized in Renderings

Starr Whitehouse unveiled renderings of the proposed Echo Bay waterfront development in New Rochelle, NY. LoHud quotes Partner Stephen Whitehouse as saying “New Rochelle has a beautiful waterfront, and the new park… will bring this experience into easy walking distance of downtown and the East End neighborhood…The park will restore an industrial site for nature and people, enhancing and celebrating the rich native ecology of the tidal flats.”

Apr 16 2013   |  Dwell
2013 New York Landscape Architects Design Awards

Dwell showcases Bushwick Inlet Park, for which Starr Whitehouse won a 2013 ASLA-NY Design Honor Award. The award winning park, featuring a turf field that doubles as a storm water retention basin and park house with a sloping green roof, is the first phase of a larger park planned for North Williamsburg.

Dec 10 2012   |  The Architect's Newspaper
Incoming ASLA NY President on the Fertile Future of Landscape Architecture in New York

Laura Starr discusses the future challenges of landscape architecture in the post-Bloomberg era and the need for a more comprehensive and integrated green infrastructure for New York City.

Dec 7 2012   |  The Architect's Newspaper
New York’s Landscape Architects Toast the Architect’s Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper recaps the ASLA-NY Chapter President’s Dinner: “During the ceremony, ASLA President Laura Starr, principal of Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, kept a focus on the discipline’s civic role, a role she sees expanding in post-Hurricane Sandy New York.”

Jun 14 2012   |  Curbed
BAM Ready to Raise Curtain on New Experimental Theater

Curbed visits Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 1400-square foot rooftop terrace atop the Fisher Building, planned and designed by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects.

Jun 14 2012   |  Brownstoner
The First Look inside BAM’s New Fisher Building

The Brownstoner visits and overviews the new Brooklyn Academy of Music Building, complete with a courtyard terrace, designed by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects.

May 25 2012   |  The Dirt / ASLA
Using Nature to Reinvent Cities

The Dirt describes Starr Whitehouse’s Water Street Report as a project that will “redistributing the public space, creating a new boulevard, strengthening the connection to the water, and redesigning the public ground floor spaces to enhance street life will help turn Water Street into a sustainable, regenerative urban space.”

Nov 8 2011   |  The Dirt / ASLA
Wild for The City: Creating and Sustaining Urban Nature Parks

Laura Starr is featured in this article about urban nature parks. This article describes the importance of nature parks in order to provide opportunities to connect people to nature and also provide environmental services.

Sep 21 2011   |  Urban Design Podcast
Wild for the City: Creating and Sustaining Urban Nature Parks

Laura Starr is the featured guest on the Urban Design Podcast 178. She speaks about Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, the importance of urban parks, and the maintenance of these parks.

Feb 8 2011   |  Curbed
Hell’s Kitchen Pyramid Scheme Gets a Name and a Movie

“Late yesterday developer Durst Fetner Residential issued the official press release on what is being called West 57th, saying it will have 600 rental apartments, each one with a bay window and/or a balcony… Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects has come aboard to handle all that greenery”

Feb 8 2011   |  Huffington Post
Bjarke Ingels Is BIG in New York City with W57

“In collaboration with SLCE Architects, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Thornton Tomasetti, Dagher Engineering, Langan Engineering, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, and Glessner Group, BIG develops a scheme that’s meant to reflect a hybrid of European perimeter block — courtyard enclosed by mid-rise apartment building — with the archetypical tower plaguing the NYC groundscape and skyline, an output from an architectural vernacular Bjarke has labeled “pragmatic utopianism.”

Dec 29 2010   |  Curbed
Curbed Awards ‘10 Adventures in Urban Planning

Starr Whitehouse’s design for the BQE trench wins Curbed’s 2010 “Outlandish Urban Plan of the Future” award. The design calls for a “steel canopy covered in energy-producing photovoltaic panels.”

Nov 26 2010   |  World Landscape Architecture
Starr Whitehouse Unveils Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Options

“Starr Whitehouse developed the designs in consultation with the community through workshops and were seen as ‘…an achievable vision for enhancing the pedestrian and cyclist environment above the BQE, adding green components and improving the physical connection and sociability among adjacent neighborhoods’.”

Nov 23 2010   |  Inhabitant
Solar-Powered Garden Canopy Proposed for New York’s BQE

Inhabitant describes Starr Whitehouse’s BQE proposals as plans that will “help green the neighborhood, provide improved pedestrian and bicycle access and reconnect the divided neighborhoods.

Nov 18 2010   |  The Architect's Newspaper
Envisioning a Green Future for the BQE

“In short, the BQE is going green, or at least as green as a pollution-spewing six-lane highway can be.  Luckily the NYC EDC, NYC DOT, and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects have come up with three compelling design solutions to improve the area.”

Nov 18 2010   |  The South Brooklyn Post
Goodbye BQE, Hello Greenery

The South Brooklyn Post quotes Stephen Whitehouse on the BQE enhancement project; “The communities involved really do show up and express their opinions and get involved, and in the end they were pleased with what was presented. The job now is to figure out which proposal we are going to do and where are we going to get the money.”

Nov 16 2010   |  The Brooklyn Paper
Three Sum! City likes BQE Fix Plans, but Balks at Price

Star Whitehouse’s “three concepts are part of an Economic Development Corporation-led plan to reconnect neighborhoods balkanized by the Robert Moses-built highway, including Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and the Columbia Street Waterfront District — a portion of the area whose very existence was spawned by the roadway’s creation.”

Aug 23 2010   |  Buildpedia
Fix the Ditch: Enhancing the Brooklyn Queens Expressway

“With the communities’ concerns and suggestions in mind, the Starr Whitehouse design team developed several schemes that attempt to mitigate noise and pollution, improve pedestrian safety, and address aesthetic issues.”

Jul 28 2010   |  The Architect's Newspaper
Parks, Public Space, and Streetscapes

“Water Street: A New Approach calls for extensive tree planting and landscaped medians running up Water Street, one of the widest in Lower Manhattan. Created by landscape architects Starr Whitehouse working with FxFowle, the plan is conceived as a way of boosting the value of the street’s midcentury office buildings and retaining its commercial tenants by making what is currently a fairly barren nine-to-five streetscape into a more active and attractive place.”

Jun 21 2010   |  Crain's
Tide’s up on Downtown’s Water Street

The Starr Whitehouse design “plan calls for improving sight lines from Water Street over to the East River waterfront, reconfiguring ground floor spaces on the street to allow more uses including retail, plus adding more lighting and concerts and other entertainment in public plazas. The plan also suggests putting a median in the street and widening sidewalks to allow an “amenity strip” for café seating, benches, bike racks, and more trees and flowers.”

Jun 20 2010   |  Curbed
Trying to Breathe Life Into a Canyon of Concrete

The New York Times describes the redesign of Water Street, a barren concrete street. With the help of Starr Whitehouse, the Alliance for Downtown New York is hoping that redesigning public plazas will draw more workers outdoors.

Apr 3 2009   |  Fast Company
Design by Committee? Not So Bad if You Live in Jersey City

“The plan was created solely from community input, using focus groups and surveys to determine what exactly they wanted out of a waterside idyll. Only then did landscape architects Starr Whitehouse and nArchitects, go to work.”

Mar 25 2009   |  Curbed
Waterfront Park With Hot Manhattan Views Revealed…in Jerz

“Fourteen architecture firms competed for the park commission, which seeks to unify a section of the Jersey City waterfront just north of Liberty State Park in the Paulus Hook section of the city. Chosen from that batch: the team of nARCHITECTS…and Starr Whitehouse, which has its hands in all sorts of NYC parks projects.”

Mar 3 2009   |  The Dirt/ASLA
Connect the Parks

“The Jersey City Waterfront Parks Conservancy released a conceptual master plan for public review earlier this month.  Landscape architecture firm Starr Whitehouse and nArchitects created a master plan designed for the “protection of waterfront parkland and dramatic Manhattan views via passive lawns, kid’s play elements, interaction with water and nature, combined with natural erosion protection and promotion of aquatic life.”

Feb 9 2009   |  Curbed
St. Brigid’s Seeing Signs, Madison Square Park Evictions, Water Street’s Remodel

“Downtown Alliance, has tapped Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects FxFowle Architects “establishing a new paradigm for commercial, retail and visitor engagement.”

Sep 9 2008   |  Residential Architect
Swale Tale

Residential Architect overviews the efforts of Starr Whitehouse and Rogers Marvel Architects to clean up Gowanus Canal.

Apr 16 2008   |  Curbed
City Picks Hudson Companies’ “Gowanus Green” for Public Place

The city has announced that a team led by the Hudson Companies has been chosen to build its “Gowanus Green” development on Public Place between Smith Street and the Gowanus Canal. The design comes from Rogers Marvel Architects and landscape designers West 8 and Starr Whitehouse.

Feb 27 2008   |  Hudson Companies “Gowanus Green” Revealed in Detail
Hudson Companies “Gowanus Green” Revealed in Detail

Introduces detailed renderings of Gowanus Green, the work of Roger Marvel Architects and landscape designers West 8 and Starr Whitehouse.