The ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice

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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

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