Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center: Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture/renovation/adaptive Reuse

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center: Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture/renovation/adaptive Reuse

Article excerpt

The New School and Lyn Rice Architects with Buro Happold; Front, Inc.; Richard Shaver Architectural Lighting; Cerami; Construction Specifications; JAM Consultants, Inc. and Van Deusen & Associates

Jury Comments

"... Very sophisticated adaptive reuse ... a real mirroring of the art school and activity with the urban life of the city ..."

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Project Highlights

* Project establishes a new campus nexus for Parsons The New School for Design by uniting and comprehensively re-organizing the street level spaces of the school's four buildings.

* It created a new social-academic space where students and faculty from diverse disciplines can meet, socialize, collaborate, study, draw, think, learn, and laugh together.

* The design team worked as architects and as planners setting up opportunities for the students to create an identity for the center through their work.

* Gallery space completely opens to the street admitting diffuse north light and exposing the gallery's section to the street.

* Creation of the urban quad unclogs the geographic center of the complex, unifies circulation and provides an area where students and faculty from different design disciplines can come together for the first time. …

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