Recorded: March 16, 2011
WXY architecture + urban design was founded in 1998 as Weisz + Yoes by Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes. In 2009, the New York-based studio renamed itself WXY to reflect the ethos of the firm and the addition of a third partner, Layng Pew. In this excerpt from their lecture, Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes present the Battery Bosque and Sea Glass Carousel; the Times Square Visitors Center; and the Official NYC Information Center, all in New York. The firm is known for the realization of innovative architecture by means of public and community-initiated commissions. Its work ranges from single buildings to public landscapes to urban design plans to urban furniture, including The Battery Bosque and Sea Glass Carousel in lower Manhattan; the Hudson River Park Activities Buildings; the Bronx Charter School for the Arts; NYPD Security Kiosks; the NYC Information Center; Fordham Plaza Conceptual Master Plan; and Nanhe River Landscape Bridge in Xinjin, China. Weisz + Yoes was selected by the League in 1998 to participate in its Young Architects Forum and was recognized in 2006 as a Design Innovator by Chrysler/House Beautiful. Claire Weisz edited the AD issue Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield.
The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.