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Mon 11.18.2013

Living Future


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Where: At The Center   

Following a short introduction on the parameters of the Living Building Challenge, panelists will detail two emerging projects at two critical stages; the Willow School, which is currently under construction, and a Manhattan townhome renovation that is under development by Viridian Future. Typical team roles of owner, architect, coordinator and contractor will be represented, offering a complete perspective on the Living Futures Institute innovation toolset.

Case Studies:
As the figurative embodiment of the school’s curriculum and core values, the Willow School Wellness Center will function as a central and integral piece to the K-8 Independent School in Gladstone, NJ. Programmatically, the space features a commercial kitchen and a teaching kitchen and cafeteria buttressed by greenhouses, gardens and composting areas. It will also contain a multi-purpose performance/movement space connected to an outdoor amphitheater. The remaining portion of the building includes the wellness center, functioning as both a nurse’s office and educational studio, along with several middle-school classrooms. It will function as a living building and meet the standards set forth by the Living Building Challenge and a LEED Platinum rating. Most important, the Wellness Center and its integrative design process will be replicable; it will serve as a model to future education and campus projects looking to achieve a similar set of goals.

When a broken down townhouse came up for sale on the Upper West Side, a transformation vision began to take shape; a ‘totally green’ building, with a living roof, rainwater collection and onsite power. Currently in the design phase, the Viridian Future project seeks to dramatically renovate 130 West 95th to exceed Platinum LEED certification. The project is also registered for the Living Building Challenge, aiming to meet that challenge, even with the restrictions and complications, both of Manhattan, and using an existing building shell. The project is a single family home with community service space in the basement, and will include 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, an open-plan living/dining/kitchen space, media room and study, rooftop garden and sunroom, and a ground level outdoor patio. The completed project will offer residents of New York a replicable model of sustainable, productive living, catalyzing a new urban building standard, and demonstrating that there is no need to compromise design and luxury standards when living sustainably.

Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Farewll Architects - Architect - Willow School
Casey Cullen, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Founder, Lving Collaborative NYC+NJ - LBC Coordinator - Willow School
Abel B'Hahn, Owner - Viridian Future
Robert Politzer, LEED AP, President, Greenstreet Construction - Contractor - Viridian Future

Jennifer Preston, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Sustainable Design Director,  BKSK Architects, and Co-Founder, Living Collaborative NYC+NJ

Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP is principal of Farewell Architects LLC, a ten-person firm in Princeton, New Jersey. His practice has focused on educational and performing arts projects, with recent new buildings for Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutgers University and new performance space for the New Jersey State Theater. Many of these projects have focused on sustainable strategies, with the Moninger Center for Learning recently certified as LEED Gold. The work has won an American Architecture Award, a Business Week/Architectural Record Award, an AIA Committee on Education Award, and thirteen NJAIA awards. A monograph of the work was published in 2001 and a new volume is in preparation. Farewell, a graduate of Yale and the Princeton School of Architecture, is an Adjunct Lecturer at Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. His work on the Willow School began in 2001 with a master plan for the campus.

Casey Cullen, LEED AP BD+C is currently completing her MS degree in Urban Sustainability with an Engineering/Environmental Science focus at City College of New York. She is the Sustainability Coordinator at The Willow School in Gladstone, NJ where the school is about 60% complete constructing a Living building Challenge and LEED Platinum project on it's campus. Cullen earned her BS in Environmental Science with a minor in Green Building and Community Design at the University of Vermont. She is a member and cofounder of the NYC Living Building Challenge Collaborative, and an LBC Ambassador.

Abel B’Hahn, is the Owner of Viridian Future. He arrived in New York in the summer of 2012, having left his home country of UK in 2006 and lived in Shanghai for six years, B'Hahn has run a design and building contracting business, a business manufacturing and hiring out water birth tubs, and a database design consultancy. Currently, besides being a property developer, he offers life coaching, specializing in personal weight management. He has a wide training in emotional self-management and communication skills, having taught Non Violent Communication and other Life Skills courses. He also writes blogs, novels, and non-fiction. He is married, has a son who is a chef in UK, and runs marathons.

Robert Politzer, LEED AP is the President and founder of GreenStreet Inc. Under Politzer’s leadership, GreenStreet had grown from a small environmental testing and abatement company to a leading green building firm, operating primarily in the tri-state region.  Politzer is a LEED Accredited Professional and is the Chair of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Green Design and Construction Committee. He is a former New York City public high school teacher and Adjunct Professor at New York University and the New York City Technical College. Politzer holds a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University, and M.A. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College.

Jennifer Preston, LEED AP BD+C brings her broad expertise to the development of sustainable architectural solutions at BKSK Architects where she implements practical integrations of resilient building ecologies. Jennifer combines design, research, rating system protocols, building science and simulation modeling to achieve future-looking solutions. Her teaching pursuits at Columbia University-GSAPP, center on the exploration of memory and quotidian rhythms in remediative public space. She is a co-founder of the NYC+NJ Living Collaborative, where she facilitates a think-tank atmosphere focused on addressing a living approach to the climate issues facing New York City. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Organized by: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) & Living Building Collaborative NYC+NJ

Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

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