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On February 7, 2018, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to Open House New York for Spaces of Justice, a year-long series of tours and programs that will explore the relationship between architecture, urban design, and criminal justice in New York City. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Spaces of Justice is the fourth installment of Open House New York’s Urban Systems Series, an ongoing project that explores how economic, environmental, and cultural shifts of the early 21st century are transforming the systems that will shape the future of New York. Previous series have explored the changing spaces of contemporary manufacturing; the network of production and distribution facilities that comprise the city’s food system; and, most recently, the possibilities for a zero waste New York.

Over the last two decades, New York City has seen its homicide rate fall 90 percent while its prison population has shrunk by more than half, transforming it into one of the safest big cities in the United States. In a moment of national support for new approaches to policing and incarceration, the City has a unique opportunity to radically rethink the design of its justice system at every level.

Scheduled to launch this spring, Spaces of Justice is a series of tours, lectures, and other public programs that will explore major questions about the architecture and infrastructure of the criminal justice system in New York City. What are the spaces of justice in New York today and how can they be better conceived to support a system that treats all who pass through them with dignity and respect? As the city considers a shift to smaller prisons, what improvements would this allow in incarceration and rehabilitation? How can urban design choices further reduce crime, especially in areas that continue to experience elevated rates of crime? By creating a public platform to examine these and other questions, Open House New York intends to open up the conversation about the relationship between the physical spaces in which justice is enacted and the outcomes they produce. 

“The choices we make about how to shape our justice system are fundamental to who we are as a community,” said Open House New York executive director Gregory Wessner. “This project invites New Yorkers to think more openly, and more critically, about the state of the city’s justice infrastructure, and to envision what a 21st-century criminal justice system might look like. We are enormously grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for this grant, and for its support of Open House New York over the past fifteen years.”

For updates about Spaces of Justice, subscribe to Open House New York’s e-newsletter. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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Photo: Jannis Werner/Alamy Stock Photo

Open House New York is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Governing Board.  Joining the board are Sara Lopergolo and Eric McLaughlin, whose expertise and passion for New York will provide vital support to Open House New York and its mission to keep the city open and accessible. 

Sara Lopergolo is a Partner at Selldorf Architects and a licensed architect with 25 years of experience. Sara has been with the firm for seventeen years and has worked on many of the firm’s large-scale new construction and renovation projects for cultural, commercial and residential clients in New York. She is currently Partner-in-Charge for the 75,000 sf expansion and renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection. Sara has significant experience with ground-up construction having served as Partner-in-Charge on large-scale projects such as the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and 200 Eleventh Avenue, a 19-story residential condominium. Sara has completed galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth and Barbara Gladstone among others. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, and has studied and worked in England, Italy, and Japan. Sara is a member of the American Institute of Architects and The Architectural League.
 
Eric McLaughlin is a Director of Business Development at Shawmut Design and Construction with 10 years experience supporting the efforts of New York-based, high-end residential builders. He is capable of leading the formulation and implementation of market-driven strategies resulting in significant growth. Eric is an active member of the architecture and design industries and is known for producing events from pop up dinners to wine tastings and architectural tours, as a way to cultivate community and relationships. He’s been a supporter of Open House New York since attending his first event in 2008 when he toured the world’s oldest subway tunnel beneath Atlantic Avenue. Since then he’s become increasingly involved, organizing two benefactor parties and serving on various committees.
 
 
Open House New York 
Governing Board
2017-2018
 
Roy Kim
President
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Vice President
Rob Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Secretary
Katie Dixon, Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop
Treasurer
 
Sherlen Archibald, marketing professional
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn and Associates
Louise Harpman, Partner, Louise Harpman Projects
Stephan Jaklitsch, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Elizabeth Kubany, Principal, Kubany Judlowe
Sara Lopergolo, Partner, Selldorf Architects
Eric McLaughlin, Director of Business Development, Luxury Homes, Shawmut Design and Construction
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Abby Jo Sigal, Executive Director, James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design

Open House New York and LinkNYC are thrilled to announce a new partnership to highlight some of your favorite OHNY Weekend sites on select LinkNYC kiosks across all five boroughs! Curated by Open House New York, in partnership with LinkNYC, the Inside NYC campaign celebrates the extraordinary architecture of New York. As you explore the city this fall, be sure to check out Links for a rotating series of images culled from this year’s list of participating OHNY Weekend sites. Images are programmed to appear on Links within a short walking distance from their respective sites, offering passers-by a glimpse inside some of the city’s most interesting spaces in the neighborhoods where they live, work, and play.

If you’ve found your way to the Open House New York website after spotting an Inside NYC image, welcome! You can learn more about the 15th Anniversary Open House New York Weekend, on October 14 and 15, by clicking here. The full OHNY Weekend schedule will go live here at ohny.org on Wednesday, October 4.

Most of the sites featured in the Inside NYC campaign are “Open Access,” meaning they can be visited during OHNY Weekend without making Advance Reservations; some sites do require visitors to sign up in advance.

The Inside NYC campaign will kick off featuring fifteen selected sites around the city. More sites may be added in the coming weeks, and we’ll be updating this list as they come online. Keep your eyes peeled!

Inside NYC Featured Sites

Battery Weed
Rosebank, Staten Island

Brooklyn Glass
Gowanus, Brooklyn

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Morningside Heights, Manhattan

Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
Upper East Side, Manhattan

The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
Midtown, Manhattan

Gould Memorial Library
University Heights, The Bronx

ISSUE Project Room [Reservations Required]
Downtown Brooklyn

Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Masonic Hall [Reservations Required]
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Mmuseumm
Civic Center/Chinatown, Manhattan

Museum at Eldridge Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan

The National Arts Club [Reservations Required]
Gramercy, Manhattan

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass [Reservations Required]
Long Island City, Queens

Urban Post-Disaster Housing Prototype [Reservations Required]
Downtown Brooklyn

Van Alen Institute
Flatiron District, Manhattan

Photos: Issue Project Room by Joe Holmes, courtesy of ISSUE Project Room; Mmuseumm, courtesy of the site; Battery Weed by Jesse Vega / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0.

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On December 13, 2016, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to Open House New York for Getting to Zero: Cities and Waste, a year long series of tours and programs that will explore the architecture and infrastructure of New York City’s waste system. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Getting to Zero: Cities and Waste is the third installment of Open House New York’s Urban Systems Series, which has previously explored issues such as contemporary manufacturing and the architecture of New York City’s food system. Launching in 2017, Getting to Zero takes its inspiration from New York City’s 0X30 campaign, which aims to eliminate the 3,000,000 tons of residential waste that New York City sends to landfills each year. The series will deepen public understanding about how our built environment has been shaped and reshaped over time in response to changing attitudes about garbage, and consider what possibilities a radical transformation in waste management could have for new forms of architecture and urbanism. Through tours of infrastructure facilities; lectures and conferences; and other programming, Getting to Zero will raise public awareness about the architecture and infrastructure of waste and about collaborative possibilities for designing a better, more sustainable future.

“In many ways, our waste management system was intentionally designed to keep our garbage out of sight,” said OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner. “But that invisibility also hides from public view the full consequences of the enormous amount of waste we generate each day. Through Getting to Zero, Open House New York will help the public better understand the complex challenges of how we manage waste in a city like New York and to open up the conversation about the future of these systems. We are very grateful for the NEA’s generous support of this project.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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Open House New York is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Governing Board.

Joining the board are Sherlen Archibald, Robert Herrick, Abby Jo Sigal, and Saundra Thomas. “Their expertise with art, design, and community engagement, as well as their passion for New York City, will be invaluable contributions to Open House New York as it continues to expand its programming throughout the five boroughs of New York,” says Gregory Wessner, executive director of Open House New York. “We are thrilled to welcome them to OHNY’s governing board.”

 

Sherlen Archibald

Sherlen Archibald is Co-Founder and Partner of AGW Group, a cultural marketing and communications firm that offers a suite of services including digital communications, content strategy and creative partnerships to art, music, fashion, and tech companies. AGW’s clients include Red Bull, ’47 Brand and Mother New York among others.

A classically trained pianist and singer, Sherlen first began working in the entertainment industry at Universal Classics and MTV, then Sony BMG where he handled communications for international artists such as Usher, Jamie Foxx and Ciara. He then left to help start The Chamber Group, a boutique firm that allowed him to guide the careers of iconic artists such as OutKast and Toni Braxton, as well as brands such as Versace, Belvedere and Under Armour.

Sherlen speaks regularly across media, entertainment and innovation panels for SXSW, Syracuse University’s Bander Program for Music and Entertainment Industries, and is also a member of the Ad Color Awards Executive Council.

 

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Robert Herrick, CEO & Founder of the Thompson House Group and Managing Director of Visualhouse, started his career as an architect, working for a highly regarded practice in London. From there Robert focused his career on architectural visualisation, founding Visualhouse, his first business, in 2006 and working with practices in London, New York, and the Middle East. Since then, Robert has grown the business into a full “creative ideas” agency with international offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Hong Kong that produce 360-degree campaigns with commercial film, rendering, and creative and branding divisions. Over the past seven years, Robert has built renowned visual brand stories for landmark buildings and iconic designers such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Vinoly, and Thomas Heatherwick.

In 2013 Robert established the Thompson House Group along with a small group of tastemakers and collaborators in New York. With the core focus of delivering exceptional private member experiences across a growing group of international House’s, Workspaces, Restaurants and Hotels.

 

Abby-Sigal

Abby Jo Sigal is Executive Director of The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, a family foundation supporting career pathways for youth from low-income neighborhoods. She has extensive experience in community development, real estate finance, and impact investing.

Prior to the Dimon Foundation, Abby was the Senior Vice President of Innovation at Enterprise Community Partners, and provided leadership across the organization for strategy, new product development, knowledge management and impact investing. Prior to that role, she ran the Enterprise NY program, deploying $200 million annually in equity, debt, and grants, implementing programs, and advocating for policy. Early in her career, she oversaw the design and development of the West Side’s Hudson River Park and launched its first Summer Youth Program.

A New York resident since age 13, Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Yale University and Masters in Business Administration and City & Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley.

 

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Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs at WABC-TV, has made community service the center of her life. Saundra celebrates nearly three decades at Channel 7, several as promotion writer/producer and editor for Eyewitness News and award-winning ABC7 special programs. In 2001 she transitioned into her current role where she oversees all on-air public service announcements, community outreach and station community partnerships and projects for the tri-state.

Saundra was a candidate for New York City Council in 2013. An active board member, Saundra is the current Board Chair for Council for Unity; Chair Emeritus for Dancewave; and sits on the boards of the New York Women in Communications Foundation, NYC Young Men’s Initiative, advisory boards of The Grace Institute and Services for the Underserved and the Communications Committee for the YMCA of Greater New York, in addition to Open House New York.

Saundra is a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from St. Francis College, holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School. She is a proud and enthusiastic resident of Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, where she lives with her family.


Open House New York

Governing Board
2015-2016

Roy Kim,Chief Creative Officer, Douglas Elliman New Development
President
Stephan Jaklitsch, Principal, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Vice President
Michael Samuelian, Vice President, Related Companies
Secretary
Katie Dixon, Executive Director, Powerhouse Workshop
Treasurer

Sherlen Archibald, Partner, AGW Group
Cristobal Correa, Associate Principal, Buro Happold
Kenneth Drucker, Director of Design, HOK
Dorothy Dunn, Dorothy Dunn and Associates
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq., Attorney
David Gruber, President, David Gruber Real Estate
Louise Harpman, Principal, Specht Harpman Architects
Robert Herrick, Managing Director, Visualhouse and CEO, Thompson House Group
Elizabeth Kubany, President, Kubany Judlowe
Adam Kushner, Principal, KUSHNER studios
Caroline Otto, Senior Associate, anderson architects
Timothy Quinlan, Principal, Quinlan Development Group
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York
Rob Rogers, Principal, Rogers Partners
Abby Jo Sigal, Executive Director, James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
Karen Stonely, Principal, SPAN Architecture
Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio
Shawn Sullivan, Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group
Saundra Thomas, Vice President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV
Claire Weisz, Principal, WXY architecture + urban design