Bouler Pfluger Architects' downtown Bayshore office is humming with several recently hired employees and a flurry of incoming projects-- ranging from a large commercial hardware store (no, not a big box!) to a new waterfront home. Being in a downtown area is great, but being next to the gourmet deli is even better. Come by, say hello, and get yourself a hero sandwich at Frank and Maria's. Tell them James sent you.
Things in NYC expanded as well, so BPA needed a second office, which just opened this week in Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Right now, the Brooklyn office is primarily working on the Build it Back projects in the Rockaways and Staten Island, but certainly open to new and interesting projects in the boroughs.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I love this author-- from BEAN TREES to LACUNA... and now this book. I totally enjoyed the audiobook. As I drove to work each morning, plus a couple of trips up the Hudson Valley, this 12-disc book inspired me to attempt to eat locally and to perhaps even grow my own food this summer.
And in the midst of all this botany love, I enjoyed everything about Black Horse Farms in Athens, NY. Owner Chellie is a doll, and the plants are brilliant, the soups are savory, and don't get me started on the bloody mary mix. I'm going to try and 'eat the seasons' this year-- buying produce locally as it comes into season. With climate change now a reality, food consumption, habitat restoration, and bike transportation are added to my list of eco-friendly considerations. Eating locally offers so many benefits. Taste, community, environment, economics all come into play. And please don't even get us started on local beers. Crossroads in Athens, NY and Great South Bay Brewery in Bayshore, NY can attest to James' love of a full growler.
Bouler Pfluger Architects is now investigating native plantings for many of their Sandy relief projects. By using native plantings, habitat can be improved. Properly considered, the platings can serve as habitat for wildlife as well as improving drainage for flood zones. Best yet is landscaping that doesn't require mowing or pesticides. If NYC-LI truly considered strategic wildlife and drainage zones, not only could future storms be mitigated, people could experience the return of wildlife to their backyards.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
After quite a long hiatus, I am happy to return to the Bouler-Pfluger Architects blog. Since the last post about Hurricane Sandy, much has happened to both the architectural practice and life with the Boulers. Fortunately, all is well and many new ideas and challenges are on the horizon.
As you can see from the conference room above, James and Nick have opened a new office in Bay Shore, NY, as well as a satellite office in Brooklyn, NY. They are joined by a growing staff of enthusiastic professionals who are helping the practice grow on two fronts. On Long Island, the practice continues to take on a mix of projects in both Suffolk and Nassau counties-- from commercial buildings to new waterfront homes. Meanwhile in Brooklyn, BPA is working with NYC's Build it Back program, where homeowners whose homes were devastated by Sandy are now able to work with the city in rebuilding their structures at a proper elevation for the flood zone. It's a great undertaking, but also a wonderful opportunity to help people get back into their homes.
Artistically, I have also undergone quite a bit of change. After 20 paintings depicting flooded structures last year (yes, I had flood on the brain!), I've decided it was time for a change. What better way to signal a rebirth than to visit gardens for subject matter. Looking at Monet and Sargent, I couldn't help but be drawn to their bursts of color and the lushness of texture. I've even been reading about local farming and botany, recharging my creative energy and inspiring me to move the artwork in a different direction. It's a development that encouraged me to check in with the blog again, to offer an update, and to celebrate new growth.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Long Beach, NY November 2012 photo by Lauryn McDermott
The clean up efforts in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area continue, but for many, recovering from Hurricane Sandy will take months, if not years. Life at Bouler Pfluger Architecture has also changed in the aftermath of the storm. To help people rebuild after the devastation of many coastline communities on Long Island, the firm has teamed up with Sims Steel to form the South Shore Lift Project, in order to raise many damaged homes off of their foundations and onto ones that meet new FEMA flood elevation guidelines. Hopefully the process of rebuilding will be swift as many homes are currently open to the elements, often without heat or power.