Recorded: January 26, 2011
Gregg Pasquarelli, founding partner with Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, Kimberly Holden, and William Sharples of the New York firm SHoP Architects, presents the office’s current projects with a focus on how the firm seeks to reinvent the business model of architectural practice. Projects presented in this excerpt include the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone, Botswana, and the Barclay’s Center, Atlantic Yards, Brooklyn.
As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that “beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.” They state: “We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues…Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – we’re combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession.”
SHoP’s current work includes the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn; a two-mile esplanade and park for The City of New York along the East River Waterfront; projects for the Fashion Institute of Technology; and the new Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone, Botswana. Other projects include The Porter House, 290 Mulberry Street, and designs for the development of the South Street Seaport, all in New York, and Hangil Book House – Heyri Art Complex in Seoul. In addition to the partners, the office is currently comprised of 60 staff members and is located near City Hall in Lower Manhattan. SHoP recently received the 2009 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, as well as a 2008 SBIC Beyond Green High Performance Building Award.
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