On April 27th, KPF commemorated the opening of MSB Tamachi in Tokyo with a ceremony blending traditional and contemporary elements. Serving as the headquarters for Mitsubishi Estate, the 593-foot, multi-purpose tower and podium comprise over 3 million square feet of space, deeming it one of the latest, large-scale developments in the Tokyo Bay region.
Standing more than 1,000 feet in the air and extending out 65 feet from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards, it will be the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, and the fifth highest in the world. The observation deck is scheduled to open in late 2019.
The KPF Director and eleven other outstanding women were recognized at the Top Women to Watch in Real Estate Awards Gala for their contributions spanning many disciplines including architecture, interior design, marketing, and finance. Cusumano is featured on the cover of the 2018 issue of Top Women in Real Estate, a magazine released at the event.
On March 8th, KPF Senior Associate Principal Andrew Werner participated in a lively panel discussion examining the design and construction of Hudson Yards for the Commercial Observer’s 2018 Special Design and Construction Conference.
On February 26th, Jamie von Klemperer gave the Arnold Syrop and Joanne Syrop Lecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Reflecting on his role as Design Principal and President, von Klemperer presented a brief history of his work at KPF and provided an update on recent and upcoming projects.
On Thursday, September 7th, KPF, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, and the University of Kentucky celebrated the groundbreaking for the renovation of the College of Law. Scheduled to open in Fall 2019, the original 1965 building will undergo a 26% expansion adding 11 new classrooms, a new 185-seat moot court room, and over 20 group study rooms.
On August 8th, SOHO China and KPF celebrated the topping out of SOHO Gubei in Shanghai. At this event, the attendees, including KPF Director Brian Chung standing alongside SOHO Chairman Pan Shiyi, ceremoniously shoveled concrete on the site, symbolizing their roles as partners in the project's execution.
On Tuesday, July 25th, a flurry of middle school students came to the KPF New York office in pursuit of tall tower intel. As part of the Center for Architecture’s summer family programming, the class of twenty-five sixth to eighth graders were participating in a week-long program on skyscraper design geared toward creativity and play.
On June 29th, UN-Habitat tapped KPF Director of Urban Planning Design Jeff Shumaker to speak at their latest forum in Madrid, Spain. As part of the organization’s New Urban Agenda, the event gathered a mix of elected officials and invited experts of a number of topics, from planning and design to livability and equity.
Director Elie Gamburg participated in a panel at this year’s NewCities Summit from June 7th to 9th, 2017. The summit took place in Incheon Songdo, South Korea, gathering diverse professionals to discuss the umbrella topic of “Thriving Cities: The Building Blocks of Urban Wellbeing.” NewCities, a nonprofit and think tank based in Montréal, Quebec, sponsored and organized the event.