The Loci Blog

Three years ago, we started what we believed was a small interior renovation of a penthouse apartment downtown. As the project developed, the scope increased significantly; a second phase was added with a new glass enclosed stair, bedroom addition, and rooftop terrace. For the past several weeks everyone has made an incredible push to complete the interiors in time for the client’s arrival. The family spent their first night in the apartment last week. Towards the end, we were in the apartment every day and the site was overflowing with different trades. It is reminiscent of the joke about how…

When I moved to Brooklyn in 1988, I noticed something strange – when telling my neighbors that I had a position at a firm in Manhattan, the inevitable response would be along the lines of, “Oh, so you work in the city?” I was confused since it implied that I was living outside of the city and the urban credentials that I was cultivating were not completely authentic. Little did I know that when I lived on the Upper West Side in 1983-84, and later on the Lower East Side, I had occupied a privileged position. Manhattan was the star…

Recently, Loci Architecture unveiled an updated and expanded web site. It is a part of greater consideration for who and what Loci Architecture represents. This is an effort to improve how our philosophy is brought forth to others. For many companies, teams, and individuals, the web site is intended to go beyond the physical, or every day, world. Web sites operate continuously, without interruption, reaching distant audiences and carrying a global presence. As such, it is a completely distinct world – a digital world. One achievable with technology and poised with the limitless possibility of our imagination. This world is…

As a way to summarize and recap the final two days of Greenbuild and the conference overall, I’ve outlined a number of recurring ideas and themes that appeared in a number of speeches, discussions, talks and conversations throughout the conference. – Cradle-to-gate: as in that part of the Life Cycle of a material or product that occurs from the point of its extraction as a raw material to the point where it arrives in a building site, including any manufacturing or processing. This concept was discussed in a number of instances and mentioned by architects, engineers and product manufacturers as…

Day 1 Wednesday’s highlights included the opening of the Exhibition Halls. It seems as though every company imaginable that is involved in the design, building and construction industries has some sort of display. DiRTT, Centria, and Richlite’s stand out, as well as the number of engineered and composite wood products. Also, standing out is the sheer number of people, businesses and organization participating in this 2011 Greenbuild. Downtown Toronto is teeming with Greenbuild participants with their badges and bright green tote bags. The Living Building Challenge was the subject of a particularly interesting and insightful Education Session in the afternoon.…

A few weeks ago, our office visited a NYC Parks Department Five Borough Administrative Building on Randall’s Island to see an ongoing experiment in green roof installations. Admittedly, we did not know what to expect and thought at best we might see a few planters with sedum and flowers. We were pleasantly surprised and even a bit overwhelmed by what we encountered. When we arrived, John Robilotti, a Senior Project Manager for the Parks Department with a background in horticulture, gave us a Power Point presentation on the green roof installations and described how he started the program a few…

On Wednesday, September 15, I attended a lecture by Jan Gehl at the Center for Architecture. Gehl is a Danish architect specializing in improving urban quality and has been working with New York City for the past three years to help create public places where people can relax and enjoy the urban experience on foot or their bicycles. I have to admit that I had not heard of Gehl until recently – like Lady Gaga, all of the sudden he was everywhere. David Byrne mentions him frequently in “Bicycle Diaries,” so as someone who has biked sporadically to work for…