Southwest Park, Starr Whitehouse’s resilient park in Hoboken, NJ, protected the city from flooding during its most intense rainfall in two years. Thanks to the park’s array of stormwater management infrastructure, including absorptive rain gardens, permeable pavers, and subsurface detention basins, the floodwaters in Hoboken receded immediately after the storm. Hoboken City officials reported that Southwest Park’s rainwater storage basins, which can retain up to 200,000 gallons of water, were filled to capacity and were successfully drained into the Hudson River. In their words: “Without the…rainwater storage at Southwest Park, Hoboken could have experienced significantly worse flooding conditions, which could have lasted much longer.” Read the press release here.
In an interview with Madame Architect’s Julia Gamolina, Laura talks about her work and what she loves most about it, advising young architects to talk to everyone they can and to go for what they want.
In their exhibition “Ride A Bike! Reclaim the City,” the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany showcases outstanding examples of urban space that expertly integrate urban planning, landscape architecture, and transportation planning. Featuring projects in cities around the world that incorporate bicycle lanes into the urban fabric, the exhibit advocates a gentle “reconquest” of the city. Three of Starr Whitehouse’s projects– the Battery Bikeway, the BIG U, and the Randall’s Island Hell Gate Pathway and Connector– were featured as exemplary illustrations of landscape architecture and planning in New York City. Read an overview of the exhibition here.
Stephen Whitehouse discusses the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of employing landscape design interns in June 2018’s issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.
The Architect’s Newspaper discusses Starr Whitehouse’s work on the Harlem Greenway Link, a feasibility study to bridge the final gap in the Manhattan Greenway, bringing amenities and flood protection to the nearby East Harlem neighborhood. The project has also received coverage in Curbed.
Landscape Architecture Magazine quotes Stephen Whitehouse in a detailed narrative of Randall’s Island past and present. Read the full article in the August 2017 print edition of LAM.
Fixr names Stephen Whitehouse to the top 100 influencers of Landscape Architecture in 2017.
Laura Starr is quoted on developmental and environmental challenges in Lower Manhattan by Dan F. Stapleton in the Australian Financial Review.
The NYPD 40th Precinct Station House has won the Public Design Commission’s Excellence in Design Award. Designed by BIG Architects with landscapes by Starr Whitehouse, the Station House promotes the Mayor’s “commitment to providing quality, equitable, and resilient public spaces to all New Yorkers.” With a palette inspired by local Bronx ecology, the landscape and roof garden integrate the building into the city fabric while providing storm water detention, ensuring security, and restoring habitat.
VIA 57 West has been featured in a gorgeous photo collection by Danica O. Kus. Catching the tower from a variety of indoor and outdoor views, Danica provides an intimate glimpse of BIG’s building and Starr Whitehouse’s courtyard.
To accompany BIG and Starr Whitehouse’s tour of VIA 57 West for Open House New York, StreetEasy created their own aerial tour of the structure. This stunning footage allows viewers to catch a bird’s eye glimpse of Starr Whitehouse’s VIA courtyard—normally hidden away in the core of the tower. Follow Mariela Quintana’s blog post for more insight into the design and construction process, and enjoy the view!
The Broadsheet gives an exciting glimpse of the new Battery Playscape, anticipated by Warrie Price—President of the Battery Conservancy—to be a “first-class playground, three times larger than what was there before.” This new playground continues Starr Whitehouse’s history of work in the Battery, extending the narrative of ecology the team brought to the Battery Bosque, Promenade, and Bikeway to a new site and context.
DNAinfo’s Irene Plagianos reports on the development of Battery Playscape—“a special addition for the growing number of families Downtown” not only for the present but also “for the long-term future,” according to Warrie Price, President of the Battery Conservancy. By incorporating innovative weather resilient and universal design into various play elements, the new 1.4-acre playground will create a unique play experience for children of all ages and abilities educates youths about ecological stewardship.
Downtown Express announces unanimous support at the Community Board Meeting on June 13 for Battery Playscape—an inventive playground designed by BKSK Architects and Starr Whitehouse. While seeking to preserve the “open sense of freedom” of the existing park, the design will offer the benefit of an expansive, state-of-the-art play space for which “parents of the Financial District have been waiting patiently,” said Catherine McVay Hughes, Chairwoman of CB1.
New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson paints a vivid portrait of VIA 57 West – a residential project designed by BIG Architects that is nearing completion. The article highlights the block-long courtyard designed by Starr Whitehouse that is snugly nested in the middle of the pyramid structure.
ASLA’s The Dirt gives readers the scoop on Tel Aviv’s Park Ariel Sharon, a former landfill re-envisioned by Starr Whitehouse’s Laura Starr as a “beacon for environmental restoration.”
A New York City playwright lists Bushwick Inlet Park as one of his favorite places to sit on a bench, enjoy the view, and get some work done!
Archidose’s John Hill takes you on an interactive digital tour of Bushwick Inlet Park, designed by Starr Whitehouse and Kiss + Cathcart Architects. Read John’s narrative and activate visual hotspots to explore the park with linked images, photos, and graphics, plus a bonus bird’s-eye video of soccer games in progress.
LexisNexis’s legal news room takes a comprehensive look at the Big U, past and present, and quotes Laura Starr on her vision for the transformation of East River Park.
The Durst W. 57th Street development, designed by BIG Architects with landscape design by Starr Whitehouse, tops out in late October, promising to transform the face of the West Side and lure young professionals with its abundant amenities and avant-garde design.
BIG Architects and Starr Whitehouse take Silver in the 2014 Holcim Awards for North America for The Big U, a collaborative design that won HUD’s Rebuild By Design Competition in 2013. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction awards honors and monetary prizes to firms around the world for designs that address five aspects of sustainability: progress, people, planet, prosperity, and place.
Dozens of community stakeholders gathered on September 16th to discuss the possibility of forming a conservancy for the East River waterfront. Present at the meeting, Laura Starr is quoted speaking on the need for an “economic engine” to work with and for the Lower East Side community.
The BIG U goes global as Cityscape, an Emirati publication, delves in to the design, research, and community involvement that led to the creation of a winning entry. The BIG U, a series or protective barriers that integrate social infrastructure with stormwater protection around Lower Manhattan, was BIG Architects and Starr Whitehouse’s entry for HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition. Starr Whitehouse led the community outreach and landscape design portions of the proposal.
Starr Whitehouse and the BIG team’s proposal was selected a winner of 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.
Partner Stephen Whitehouse was part of an international panel of urban planners hosted by the Urban Land Institute in Charlotte, NC. The panel examined Charlotte’s under-developed North End and how the area can capitalize on region’s unprecedented and sustained economic growth.
Starr Whitehouse and the BIG team unveil their proposal, The BIG U, to the Rebuild By Design Jury. The BIG U explores ways of protecting 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, investigates a series of vertical barriers for flood protection that integrate social infrastructure and speak to the shifting cultural milieux of upland neighborhoods.
The Bronx River House will be the new headquarters for the Bronx River Alliance, a completely environmentally friendly building. Starr Whitehouse designed a lush landscape to complement the sustainability of the buildings designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects. This building and headquarters will “afford more recreational and educational use of the once neglected natural resource, the city’s only freshwater river.” Completed in late 2016, the Bronx River House will become a great amenity for the community.
Starr Whitehouse presented four design options for a new park in southwest Hoboken. Following the presentation, the designs were posted online along with a survey to solicit community feedback. Starr Whitehouse will analyze the public’s response and fold their considerations into the final design.
The Hudson Reporter details the second public meeting for a new park in southwest Hoboken. At the meeting, Starr Whitehouse unveiled four potential concepts and renderings for the park: a market square, an urban woodland, a neighborhood park, and an active play space. Attendees had the opportunity to provide feedback on each proposal which Starr Whitehouse will use to develop a final concept design for the park.
Starr Whitehouse has been conducting extensive economic research in Gowanus, as a part of a Brownfield Opportunity Area Study. Stephen Whitehouse says “what we found is that there’s a lot more economic activity in the Gowanus area than is generally reported – there’s a very diverse set of economies there… There’s a lot happening. It just doesn’t generate activity on the street.”
This Department of Parks and Recreation press release highlights the design features of Bushwick Inlet Park, designed by Starr Whitehouse and Kiss + Cathcart.
Starr Whitehouse is taking a lead role in developing Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Plans after Hurricane Sandy. Partner Laura Starr is quoted saying, “When we were developing ideas for the waterfront, we ultimately wanted to create landscape for all aspects of the community. It is completely feasible for a waterfront landscape to perform in many different ways, such as for habitat, for recreational space, as an economic generator, and of course, for protection.”
The Architects Newspaper profiles Starr Whitehouse’s work on a new signature residential building designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. The landscape design calls for a central courtyard reminiscent of Central Park where people can sunbathe, barbeque and play.
Starr Whitehouse is selected to participate in the HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition, a design competition aimed at developing innovative and implementable solutions to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities. Starr Whitehouse team members include Bjarke Ingels Group, One Architecture, James Lima Planning & Development, Green Shield Ecology, Buro Happold, AEA consulting, and Project Projects.
Starr Whitehouse unveiled renderings of the proposed Echo Bay waterfront development in New Rochelle, NY. LoHud quotes Partner Stephen Whitehouse as saying “New Rochelle has a beautiful waterfront, and the new park… will bring this experience into easy walking distance of downtown and the East End neighborhood…The park will restore an industrial site for nature and people, enhancing and celebrating the rich native ecology of the tidal flats.”
Dwell showcases Bushwick Inlet Park, for which Starr Whitehouse won a 2013 ASLA-NY Design Honor Award. The award winning park, featuring a turf field that doubles as a storm water retention basin and park house with a sloping green roof, is the first phase of a larger park planned for North Williamsburg.
Laura Starr discusses the future challenges of landscape architecture in the post-Bloomberg era and the need for a more comprehensive and integrated green infrastructure for New York City.
The Architect’s Newspaper recaps the ASLA-NY Chapter President’s Dinner: “During the ceremony, ASLA President Laura Starr, principal of Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, kept a focus on the discipline’s civic role, a role she sees expanding in post-Hurricane Sandy New York.”
Curbed visits Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 1400-square foot rooftop terrace atop the Fisher Building, planned and designed by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects.
The Brownstoner visits and overviews the new Brooklyn Academy of Music Building, complete with a courtyard terrace, designed by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects.
The Dirt describes Starr Whitehouse’s Water Street Report as a project that will “redistributing the public space, creating a new boulevard, strengthening the connection to the water, and redesigning the public ground floor spaces to enhance street life will help turn Water Street into a sustainable, regenerative urban space.”
Laura Starr is featured in this article about urban nature parks. This article describes the importance of nature parks in order to provide opportunities to connect people to nature and also provide environmental services.
Laura Starr is the featured guest on the Urban Design Podcast 178. She speaks about Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, the importance of urban parks, and the maintenance of these parks.
“Late yesterday developer Durst Fetner Residential issued the official press release on what is being called West 57th, saying it will have 600 rental apartments, each one with a bay window and/or a balcony… Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects has come aboard to handle all that greenery”
“In collaboration with SLCE Architects, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Thornton Tomasetti, Dagher Engineering, Langan Engineering, Hunter Roberts Construction Group, and Glessner Group, BIG develops a scheme that’s meant to reflect a hybrid of European perimeter block — courtyard enclosed by mid-rise apartment building — with the archetypical tower plaguing the NYC groundscape and skyline, an output from an architectural vernacular Bjarke has labeled “pragmatic utopianism.”
Starr Whitehouse’s design for the BQE trench wins Curbed’s 2010 “Outlandish Urban Plan of the Future” award. The design calls for a “steel canopy covered in energy-producing photovoltaic panels.”
“Starr Whitehouse developed the designs in consultation with the community through workshops and were seen as ‘…an achievable vision for enhancing the pedestrian and cyclist environment above the BQE, adding green components and improving the physical connection and sociability among adjacent neighborhoods’.”
Inhabitant describes Starr Whitehouse’s BQE proposals as plans that will “help green the neighborhood, provide improved pedestrian and bicycle access and reconnect the divided neighborhoods.
The South Brooklyn Post quotes Stephen Whitehouse on the BQE enhancement project; “The communities involved really do show up and express their opinions and get involved, and in the end they were pleased with what was presented. The job now is to figure out which proposal we are going to do and where are we going to get the money.”
Star Whitehouse’s “three concepts are part of an Economic Development Corporation-led plan to reconnect neighborhoods balkanized by the Robert Moses-built highway, including Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and the Columbia Street Waterfront District — a portion of the area whose very existence was spawned by the roadway’s creation.”
“With the communities’ concerns and suggestions in mind, the Starr Whitehouse design team developed several schemes that attempt to mitigate noise and pollution, improve pedestrian safety, and address aesthetic issues.”
“Water Street: A New Approach calls for extensive tree planting and landscaped medians running up Water Street, one of the widest in Lower Manhattan. Created by landscape architects Starr Whitehouse working with FxFowle, the plan is conceived as a way of boosting the value of the street’s midcentury office buildings and retaining its commercial tenants by making what is currently a fairly barren nine-to-five streetscape into a more active and attractive place.”
The Starr Whitehouse design “plan calls for improving sight lines from Water Street over to the East River waterfront, reconfiguring ground floor spaces on the street to allow more uses including retail, plus adding more lighting and concerts and other entertainment in public plazas. The plan also suggests putting a median in the street and widening sidewalks to allow an “amenity strip” for café seating, benches, bike racks, and more trees and flowers.”
The New York Times describes the redesign of Water Street, a barren concrete street. With the help of Starr Whitehouse, the Alliance for Downtown New York is hoping that redesigning public plazas will draw more workers outdoors.
“The plan was created solely from community input, using focus groups and surveys to determine what exactly they wanted out of a waterside idyll. Only then did landscape architects Starr Whitehouse and nArchitects, go to work.”
“Fourteen architecture firms competed for the park commission, which seeks to unify a section of the Jersey City waterfront just north of Liberty State Park in the Paulus Hook section of the city. Chosen from that batch: the team of nARCHITECTS…and Starr Whitehouse, which has its hands in all sorts of NYC parks projects.”
“The Jersey City Waterfront Parks Conservancy released a conceptual master plan for public review earlier this month. Landscape architecture firm Starr Whitehouse and nArchitects created a master plan designed for the “protection of waterfront parkland and dramatic Manhattan views via passive lawns, kid’s play elements, interaction with water and nature, combined with natural erosion protection and promotion of aquatic life.”
“Downtown Alliance, has tapped Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects FxFowle Architects “establishing a new paradigm for commercial, retail and visitor engagement.”
Residential Architect overviews the efforts of Starr Whitehouse and Rogers Marvel Architects to clean up Gowanus Canal.
The city has announced that a team led by the Hudson Companies has been chosen to build its “Gowanus Green” development on Public Place between Smith Street and the Gowanus Canal. The design comes from Rogers Marvel Architects and landscape designers West 8 and Starr Whitehouse.
Introduces detailed renderings of Gowanus Green, the work of Roger Marvel Architects and landscape designers West 8 and Starr Whitehouse.