We are excited to announce that The Imagination Pavilion, Starr Whitehouse’s entry to the Newburgh: Design for Play ideas competition, was selected as one of three winners. Seventy proposals were submitted, each showcasing a unique concept for transforming the streets of Newburgh, NY to provide creative and safe spaces for children to play while maintaining social distance. A partnership with the Newburgh Free Library, The Imagination Pavilion will provide a storytelling space by day and shadow puppet theater by night, and will launch as part of Newburgh Open Studios September 26th.
Join us Monday, August 17th for Park Pride’s annual Parks and Greenspace Conference. Principal Jacob Lange and Senior Associate Michael Haggerty will be speaking on a panel with collaborators Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks of Spelman College and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and Brandon Taylor of East Harlem’s DREAM Charter School. Titled From East Harlem to West Atlanta, the panel will explore strategies for leveraging green infrastructure to expand environmental education, open space stewardship, and community resilience in underserved communities. Register here, and tune in at 11:45 AM to hear Michael and Jacob speak. The full conference runs 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM with lots of great programming. We hope you’ll join us!
Starr Whitehouse is excited to be working with CetraRuddy and the New York State Governor’s Office on the Clarkson Estates, an innovative affordable and supportive housing complex in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community of Brooklyn. As part of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative, the complex will feature a hub of extensive community services housed in childcare, health, sport, and educational facilities that aim to expand civic investment in Central Brooklyn. Starr Whitehouse leads landscape design for the project. Read the Governor’s press release here.
Starr Whitehouse is proud to announce the promotion of Gail Wittwer-Laird and Jacob Lange to firm Principals. Jacob will continue his directorship of Starr Whitehouse’s Atlanta office, while Gail will spearhead the creation of our new office in Hudson, New York. Congratulations, Gail and Jacob! We look forward to providing public realm design and open space strategy to new clients and communities under your leadership!
Starting Monday, March 16th, Starr Whitehouse will operate primarily as a remote workplace as we continue to monitor developments surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. A copy of our remote work protocols is available here.
We are proud to announce the groundbreaking of the Battery Playscape! Moving off the premise that an early appreciation for ecological diversity fosters environmental consciousness in adulthood, the upcoming Battery PlayScape (a collaboration with BKSK) is a state-of-the-art play area with five zones designed around five typologies local to the Hudson River Valley. The design was recently awarded a Merit Award by the New York chapter of ASLA. We look forward to seeing the PlayScape come to life and add richness and ecological awareness to the play experience in Lower Manhattan’s most visible open space.
Starr Whitehouse is excited to have the ASLA-NY honor four of our projects with awards this year: an honor award for Southwest Park, and merit awards for The Battery PlayScape, East 92nd Street Bonus Plaza, and A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem. A warm thank you to the awards committee, and to all our wonderful clients, collaborators, and staff who worked tirelessly to make these projects happen! Read the ASLA’s press release here.
Starr Whitehouse is proud to contribute the conceptual design for the Amy Erwin Memorial Garden, located in Candler Park in Atlanta, GA. Designed by Jacob Lange, Director of Starr Whitehouse’s Atlanta office, the garden features a drift of native perennials along a woodland edge with a 10 month bloom cycle. A series of granite slabs bisect the drift of plantings and form a seating area and viewing platform where visitors can engage with the perennials and adjacent woodland ravine. Visit the Candler Park Conservancy website for more information, or to make a contribution.
Starr Whitehouse is excited to be working with The Durst Organization, Handel Architects, Langan Engineering, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) on one of the most significant waterfront development efforts on the East Coast, Philadelphia’s upcoming Vine Street Development. Starr Whitehouse leads landscape design on the project, which includes a new public park to improve connections to the water, preserve the site’s 17th century archaeological heritage, and extend DRWC’s recent efforts to create new waterfront public spaces such as Race Street Pier and Cherry Street Pier. The project will also expand on Starr Whitehouse’s previous work developing innovative stormwater and resilience strategies integrated into a rejuvenated public realm for our dense coastal communities.
Stephen Whitehouse chaired a week-long Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel for Downtown Parks and Open Spaces in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which culminated in a presentation of recommendations to downtown stakeholders on Friday, October 18th. Hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (FTL/DDA), the panel’s recommendations included expanding the network of open spaces, making climate-adaptive spaces, augmenting management of new park funding, identifying additional resources for acquisitions, and creating a public/private partnership to manage and activate downtown’s public spaces. FTL/DDA has posted the process and draft recommendations.
Part of the Design Resource Team at this year’s Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute in Cleveland, Starr Whitehouse’s Michael Haggerty collaborated with designers, planners, and policy specialists to advise five affordable housing developers from across the United States on the role of design in making the built environment healthy, inclusive, and resilient.
Starr Whitehouse is excited to be honored at this year’s Battery Gala! As both leaders of teams and as subconsultants, Starr Whitehouse has collaborated with the Battery Conservancy on over a dozen projects. For twenty years, we have watched the park evolve and foster a new community of open space advocates in downtown Manhattan.
Starr Whitehouse has been engaged by NYCEDC to redesign the Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade. Leading a team that includes SHoP Architects and Arup, Starr Whitehouse will be looking at the stretch of waterfront from Peck Slip in the south to Catherine Slip in the north. The new design will employ resilient materials to create connections between the neighborhood and waterfront, establish clear and safe circulation for pedestrians and cyclists, and seamlessly integrate this stretch of shoreline with the greater Esplanade.
Starr Whitehouse’s Michael Haggerty presented the panel “Resiliency Planning through Parks” at the APA National Planning Conference in San Francisco with Alda Chan from NYC Parks and Lindsay Woodson from the Harvard University Ash Center. Michael, Alda, and Lindsay discussed the East Harlem Resiliency Study, a year-long process co-led by Starr Whitehouse and One Architecture + Urbanism that developed solutions for physical and social resiliency in upper Manhattan. More information can be found on the NPC19 website.
Starr Whitehouse is pleased to announce the opening of Starr Whitehouse Atlanta. Led by Senior Associate Jacob Lange, the Atlanta office will further Starr Whitehouse’s mission to make urban space more livable, vibrant, and green by extending our practice to the Southeast. The Atlanta office will continue to work in close cooperation with our New York City office on projects in the New York Metropolitan Area and beyond. Starr Whitehouse Atlanta can be reached via our main office phone number, or by mail at 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE #8500, Atlanta, GA 30308.
Congratulations to designers Chris Anderson and Janet Broughton on winning Transportation Alternatives’ Super Commuter prize for the boroughs of the Bronx and Manhattan in this year’s Bike Month! Nice wheelin’, Chris and Janet!
Starr Whitehouse would like to congratulate two of our team members, Landscape Designers Janet Broughton and Heather Faivre, on successfully completing their landscape architect licensure exams. Congratulations, Janet and Heather!
Rice + Lipka and Starr Whitehouse’s design for the renovation of Hamilton Fish Library has been awarded the Public Design Commission’s Award for Excellence in Design. The landscape creates a soft edge between the library’s new facade and the busy thoroughfare of Houston Street.
Starr Whitehouse designer and planner Nicolas Grefenstette co-led a tour of Long Island City, Roosevelt Island, and the site of Design the Edge: Halletts Cove on behalf of the APA Metro Waterfront Committee. The tour was part of NYC’s City Planning’s “NYC 520 ” celebration that highlights the ongoing revival of the City’s 520 miles of waterfront.
Thirty years after being stolen, a monument to Irish-American Engineer John Wolfe Ambrose has been restored to the Battery’s new monument walk, part of Starr Whitehouse’s design for the Battery Perimeter. Rededicated on the anniversary of Ambrose’s death in 1899, the monument commemorates the great engineer’s efforts in making the Port of New York and New Jersey the hub of international trade it is today.
The US Green Building Council’s New Jersey Chapter has recognized Hoboken’s new Southwest Park as the 2018 winner of the Innovation and Sustainability Best Practices Award in the public projects category. The award will be conferred to the City of Hoboken, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, and Langan Engineering at the USGBCNJ’s 2018 Gala on May 16th.
Starr Whitehouse is pleased to announce that Hoboken Southwest Park has been recognized as an inaugural winner in the first annual One Water Award. Designed by Starr Whitehouse with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, cost estimators, and allied professionals, the 1.25-acre Southwest Park features a resilient core of stormwater detention systems tucked into a high-performance urban space that is rapidly becoming known as New Jersey’s first resiliency park.
StuyTown held a ribbon cutting for the new Fitness Playground designed by Starr Whitehouse Tuesday, August 1. As reported in Town & Village, the redesign of Playground 7 is part of an ambitious program by StuyTown to overhaul all of its playgrounds within the next five years. The fitness playground is the first such space to be renovated, combining a running track and obstacle course with state of the art outdoor fitness equipment to create a workout venue catering to all levels of resident abilities. Representatives of StuyTown’s management team inaugurated the 40-yard dash to celebrate the opening.
Starr Whitehouse is thrilled to announce that VIA 57 West has been recognized as a Best In Class winner in Paving & Landscaping for the 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards. Sponsored by the Brick Industry Association, an authority in the brick industry, the Brick in Architecture Awards is the nation’s premiere architectural award to celebrate projects focusing on genuine clay brick. VIA 57 West Garden features a winding brick path through a shady birch forest to a grassy meadow in what advances a radical reinterpretation of the urban courtyard block, animating the residential community with a rich landscape encouraging perambulation and contemplation.
Starr Whitehouse is thrilled to be leading the City’s design teams on two of NYC Parks’ five anchor parks projects—part of Mayor DeBlasio’s effort to create world-class parks within walking distance of over 750,000 New Yorkers in all five boroughs. Starting summer 2017, Starr Whitehouse will work with NYC Parks to rejuvenate historic St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx and to realize the City’s innovative vision for an environmentally-friendly, high-performing and immersive experience of nature at Freshkills Park on Staten Island.
Starr Whitehouse is honored to be leading NYC Parks’ consultant team on the Harlem Greenway Link project, an upcoming study to complete the Manhattan Greenway between 125th and 132nd Street. Scheduled to start this summer, the study will focus planning efforts on a new 11-acre waterfront park to connect Harlem River Park to the East River Esplanade.
Starr Whitehouse is proud to announce the completion of a six-year collaboration with BIG Architects and the Durst Organization on the courtyard at VIA 57 West. Bringing three local ecologies deep into the heart of this new “courtscraper,” the courtyard is now open to residents and will host four tours during this year’s Open House New York weekend.
Hoboken breaks ground on Southwest Park, the culmination of Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s and the community’s efforts since 2007. Starting in 2013, Starr Whitehouse held community workshops, built consensus on the park program, developed conceptual plans, prepared grant applications, and led an interdisciplinary team to realize the full design. The park provides welcoming social spaces with permeable pavements, rain gardens and subsurface detention that contain a 10-year storm. The director of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, the main funder of the park, called the park “really cutting edge…a model in an urban area of how to do things correctly.”
Starr Whitehouse is thrilled to announce that Bushwick Inlet Park, our collaboration with Kiss + Cathcart Architects, has been selected for ArchDaily’s Top 100 U.S. Projects. To celebrate its 10th year, ArchDaily highlights the 100 most “important and inspiring works of American Architecture” to serve as case study references for professionals and students. Bushwick Inlet Park integrates landscape and architectural design to maximize public space, enhance the neighborhood’s sense of place, and deliver extraordinary environmental performance.
Laura Starr has been elevated to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ prestigious Council of Fellows. Among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on its members, the Fellowship is granted in recognition of Laura’s lasting contribution to the field of Landscape Architecture and to society at large through the quality, innovation, and incredible range of her works. Laura’s lifetime of achievement and the achievements of 36 of her peers will be honored in a ceremony at the ASLA’s Annual Meeting and Expo this year, held in Chicago from November 6th to November 9th.
Starr Whitehouse is thrilled to be the landscape architects on the BIG team’s winning proposal for 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. Starr Whitehouse was instrumental in developing an integrated landscape design for Lower Manhattan, weaving together ecological considerations, community needs, urban design, and resiliency measures. As leaders of the team’s outreach efforts, Starr Whitehouse assembled many of the key stakeholders in the Big U and planned a series of four community workshops that put design and ideation techniques normally reserved for the studio into the hands of over 150 community members which were critical for building support for the project and creating a responsive design proposal.
Starr Whitehouse congratulates Bushwick Inlet Park collaborators Kiss + Cathcart Architects for winning a 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Award for the Brooklyn park project. COTE (Committee on the Environment) Awards recognize designs that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment.
The “BIG U,” a storm resiliency plan for Manhattan, is publicly revealed by HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. As landscape architects on the BIG Architects’ team, Starr Whitehouse helped develop protective and social infrastructure from West 54th Street south to the Battery and north to East 40th Street, forming the BIG U. Starr Whitehouse organized a series of community meetings that shaped the recommendations. The interdisciplinary team melded the efforts of architects, landscape architects, engineers, public strategists and ecologists to create a viable incremental plan that marries storm protection to greater public enjoyment of the vibrant New York waterfront.
Starr Whitehouse wins a two 2014 ASLA-NY Merit Awards for its work on Hallets Cove and the Harlem River Promenade. Images from the project will be on display, along with those of other winners, from April 3 through April 30 at the Center for Architecture.
Laura Starr speaks at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Her lecture, titled “Making Density Livable” discusses New York’s urban landscape and its role in city growth and protection from major storms.
Starr Whitehouse advances to Stage Three of Rebuild by Design. As part of a BIG Architects’ team, Starr Whitehouse is exploring ways to protect 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, affectionately dubbed the “Big U,” investigates a series of vertical barriers for flood protection that integrate social infrastructure and speak to the shifting cultural milieu of upland neighborhoods.
Starr Whitehouse advances to Stage Two of Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The firm is part of the by Bjarke Ingels Group team, along with One Architecture, James Lima Planning & Development, Green Shield Ecology, Buro Happold, AEA Consulting, and Project Projects. The team will work to analyze the current infrastructure of the Eastern Seaboard from a regional perspective, focusing on five to six sites where it will explore a range of large-scale interventions including levees, protective marshland, and opportunities for urban growth and transportation.
Starr Whitehouse reveals its concept design for a new park at New Rochelle’s Echo Bay.
Starr Whitehouse applauds Mayor Bloomberg’s release of A Stronger, More Resilient New York , as well as the talented minds from both the public and private sectors that generated this forward-looking response to coastal risk management and climate change. The report highlights climate analysis, addresses infrastructure and built environment issues, and defines action plans for coastal defense, community rebuilding, and economic recovery. Starr Whitehouse is honored to have contributed to the Staten Island and Southern Manhattan sections of the report.
ASLA-NY President Laura Starr and her partners Stephen Whitehouse and Jeffrey Poor host the ASLA-NY Emerging Professionals’ Open Studio.
President Laura Starr, President-elect Nette Compton, Trustee Adrian Smith, and Executive Director Kathy Shea of the ASLA-NY travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with the New York congressional delegation. They urged their Capitol Hill representatives to (1) pass new legislation that promotes the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management, (2) pass a national Safe and Complete Street policy, and (3) pass legislation to rehabilitate existing and develop new community parks and recreational facilities. Following their visit, members of the NYSCLA will meet with the New York State legislature as part of Lobby Day.
Laura Starr addresses the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Department of Landscape Architecture. Her lecture, titled “Wild for the City: Creating & Sustaining Urban Nature” discusses New York’s urban landscape and its role in city growth and protection from major storms. Read about the event in the Rutgers student newspaper.
Starr Whitehouse displays designs from Bushwick Inlet Park and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway Enhancement Study at The Horticultural Society as part of “Currents in Green Infrastructure: Designs for a Sustainable New York City.” The exhibit is sponsored by the ASLA-NY in honor of Landscape Architecture Month.