The architecture practice
Based in the Brooklyn arts precinct of DUMBO – which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – Garrison Architects is a progressive practice focused on sustainable buildings and urban design. At the end of summer 2010, it completed work on Red Hook Green, the city’s first sustainable, zeroenergy building. Designed as a live-work space for a family in one of Brooklyn’s many gentrifying industrial zones, the building meets all its energy needs from low-cost, locally available, non-polluting and renewable sources such as solar and wind power.
Jim Garrison, the practice’s head, hopes eventually to produce buildings that not only support their own heating and cooling, but generate enough energy to pay for their construction over their lifetime. “The issues that affect us affect everyone – they just affect New Yorkers, perhaps, more strongly,” he says. “Every project these days has too little money, too little time, and disrupts too many neighbours. And there are multiple interested groups with something to say about it. That makes it a very complex stew.” garrisonarchitects.com