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November 2009
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CONTENTS:

Topic of the Month:
Gardens of Remembrance


Architectural Firm of the Month: Silberstang Lasky Architects


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Architectural Firm of the Month: Silberstang Lasky Architects

S L bldg Based in New York City, Silberstang Lasky Architects is a full service architectural firm creating memorable buildings for a diverse clientele throughout the United States and internationally. SLA believes that each project requires a solution unique to the client, the program, and the site. The principals offer a combined half-century of experience creating residential, institutional, and commercial spaces that perfectly suit and uplift their occupants. SLA offers full services towards the design and realization of each project, including construction administration, interior design, and value engineering.

Recent projects include the renovation of the Brotherhood Synagogue (featured in the December 20005 issue of Traditional Building and the June 24, 2005 issue of Jewish Week), and the conversion of an Upper East Side Art Warehouse into a luxury condominium apartment building for RFR Realty/KAR Properties. International design and consulting work has included projects in Canada, Mexico, and Peru. SLA is also engaged in the programming and property search for a 50,000-square-foot factory in China.

The firm's design for a 9/11 Memorial in Suffolk County was built and dedicated in September, 2009.

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Topic of the Month: Gardens of Remembrance
 
9-11 Memorial
This past September, a very special dedication ceremony took place in Hauppauge, NY to celebrate the completion of The Gardens of Remembrance, a memorial to honor the 185  Suffolk County, NY residents who perished on September 11, 2001. The memorial is on the grounds of the Dennison Building, the County office building for Suffolk County, and was designed by Barry Silberstang of Silberstang Lasky Architects, who also served as the Project Architect.

The Gardens of Remembrance is a square structure comprised of 188 glass panels that separates two gardens. The Accessible Garden is outside of the square. It is the place in which we live, with paths to walk on, places to rest, and markers to guide us. The Inaccessible Garden lies within the glass walls and is a place we cannot enter. Each glass panel is etched with the name of one of the 185 Suffolk County victims, and three separate panels are set aside for the remembrance of those responsible for the design.

When asked about the inspiration for the design, Silberstang explains, "The fellow that I collaborated with is a graphic designer and he came up with the idea of using glass panels with the names in the glass, which I thought was a good idea. I liked the idea of the panels, but felt that the Memorial must have a larger meaning. I thought if we can create a space that you can't get into, it would be a very apt metaphor for loss. There would be something very powerful about it. So I started sketching and the panels began to define a square, and the square became a footprint of one of the towers, and it just evolved from there. It just came to me in a flash. Two things were really important were: one, is that every person should be noted. I didn't just want an object. I liked the idea of giving everyone a panel, and I have to admit at the time I wasn't thinking literally in terms of 'panel equals gravestone'. I just wanted to create a place for everyone, where a survivor could go visit one of the victims in a very private way, and I wanted the memorial to be both private and public simultaneously. So I wanted the memorial to be an object, but I also wanted that object to be comprised of many elements, each element directly relating to one person, because at the end of the day, it's a personal tragedy. You could talk about America and terrorism, but at the end of the day, someone's father, someone's mother, someone's brother died, and that's what I wanted to speak to. It was only later that I learned that when people say "no remains," it means there is no gravesite."  

"The concept for The Inaccessible Garden was that in counterpoint to everything outside, which is manicured and tended, the garden inside is only indigenous plants, it's just what naturally grows in that part of Long Island. It'll be tended, there's a watering system, there is one gate that the maintenance people can go into, but aesthetically the interior of the garden will grow wild as though it's just the woods in Suffolk County. It's supposed to be as random as everything else is ordered, to emphasize the randomness of life and loss. It was designed in a way to look like it's not designed. The idea is to create this counterpoint, that you're going to stand on this perfectly manicured lawn where there is a wall of glass panels that you can clearly see in, and inside there is going to be this little piece of forest. Right now it works, but you really want to see it in about five years when it grows in, when it matures a bit."

Despite the fact that The Gardens of Remembrance was a municipal project, many people pitched in to make it happen. Silberstang recalls, "When you're dealing with the government, things take forever. The groundbreaking took place in 2008, and then we started the work in 2009, just when everyone ran out of money. So the facility people started making phone calls to see if anyone would help. It turns out the Unions did work pro bono, the contractor did work pro bono, everyone rolled up their sleeves and pitched in. When it came to the planting, a local nursery donated all the plantings for inside the garden. With this project, everyone cared. All the workers were invested in it. They clearly wanted to do something special and it shows in the quality of the work. The facilities people at Suffolk County were amazing. Ted Godek was the Chief Architect, Jim Ingenito was the Project Manager, Lou Calderone is the Deputy Commissioner for the Facilities Department. Bill Hardy from Austin Interiors, Inc. was the contractor, and he was amazing."

"I've been doing architecture all my life, I've been practicing on my own for 25 years, I've done some interesting projects, some nice projects, some meaningful projects. I've designed synagogues, nature centers, children's museums, and nothing compares to this, there's nothing like this. People were coming up to me with tears in their eyes thanking me because I created a place for them to go, to grieve and to remember."


Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community
The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: http://www.aia.org/practicing/groups/kc/AIAS076039


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: http://www.architectmagazine.com/industry-news-section.asp?sectionID=1018


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center
Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit: http://continuingeducation.construction.com


Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit: http://construction.com/community/forums.aspx


The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: http://www.greenmeetings.info



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