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KPF Recognized for Sustainable Design at Varied Scales

In New York City, NYCHA Red Hook Houses received a local AIA Merit Award for Urban Design. In Seoul, Lotte World Tower received a Green GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies.

In response to Superstorm Sandy, KPF worked with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to devise a resiliency and renewal program for its Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn, lessening the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters and improving the sustainability and livability of the development’s 28 buildings that are home to over 6,000 people. The AIA Brooklyn and Queens Design Awards chose NYCHA Red Hook Houses for Merit in its Urban Planning/Design category. With one hundred submissions in over ten categories, jurors judged submissions on design quality, functional utility, economy, environmental harmony, character, and integration of the project at the urban scale. 

Established by AIA Brooklyn and AIA Queens in 2016, the AIA BQDA Program encourages excellence in architectural design, raising public awareness of the built environment and the skill of architects, owners, and builders of significant projects.  Winners will be honored at the AIA BQDA 2018 Gala on the evening of Wednesday, June 27th in Flushing Meadows in Corona Park, Queens. 

Standing 555 meters high, Lotte World Tower joins the ranks of world’s ten tallest buildings, comprising a stacked, mixed-use program and transportation access at its base. Its sustainable design strategies—including photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, external shading devices, and water harvesting system—ensured the project’s LEED Gold certification. Its Green GOOD DESIGN Award recognizes the tower’s significance in relation to the program’s objective: to identify and emphasize the world’s most important examples of sustainable design and to develop public awareness of company commitment to environmental protection. An international jury of design leaders selected Lotte World Tower from hundreds of submissions of products, people, programs, environmental planning, and architecture. The winners represent and outstanding examples of green design from twenty nations.

This specialized edition of the GOOD DESIGN program celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Founded in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen as the GOOD Design program within the Chicago Athenaeum for Architecture.