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"The synagogue’s primary function is what happens in its sanctuary, the space in which the congregation prays together. But there is a basic contradiction between sincere, personal prayer and the communal, synagogue setting. In prayer, we strive to connect to our most personal feelings of longing, hope, regret and gratitude. For some, this is a transcendent conversation with a divine God, while others may use prayer as a tool for personal introspection and reflection." The Paradox Of Communal Prayer Read More

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"If you listen to psychotherapists when they talk to one another, you will often hear them speak of something called the “therapeutic frame.” This term, coined by the psychoanalyst Marion Milner, refers to the set of conventions and ground rules that structure the therapeutic experience. Just as the frame of a painting defines the borders of a work of art, the therapeutic frame is the “container” in which the therapy takes place." "Architecture is a meditation on entering and exiting." The Architecture of Psychotherapy Read More

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View original article: A Short Survey of Women in Architecture Read More

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Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the Elements and Fundamentals of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for new design. From (Ex)Site to (In)Sight, Reflecting on Rem's Biennale Read More

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"Architect Esther Sperber, the daughter of a Talmud scholar, draws on the poetics of space as well as creative problem-solving—two of architecture’s key concerns—for her work with Jewish organizations and beyond. In 2008, she won a competition to design the Kesher synagogue in Englewood, New Jersey (unbuilt). Beginning with the community’s name, meaning knot or connection, she organized her design around the concept of continuous connectedness, creating a network of ramps to aid members of different ability levels in accessing the sanctuary on Shabbat without the aid of an elevator, a priority for the Orthodox congregation. For ornament and texture,... Read More

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We were grateful to be included in this book. "Starchitects reveals the best practicing architects and architectural firms around the world: the stars of architecture, including designers such as Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry and firms such as Morphosis and Future Systems. With full-color photos, drawings, and floor plans, Starchitects is a perfect reference guide for architects, designers, decorators, homeowners, students—or anyone who is interested in the art and celebrity of architecture." Read More

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I was a bit of a fluke but Esther Sperber happened to visit the Metro Theater with a potential client when the New York Times reporter and photographer were also visiting. Read More

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Two of our recent projects were included in this coffee table book featuring our renovation fo the 14th street Y Community Center and the exhibition we designed at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Read More

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14th Street Y published in Top 2 book. Read More

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" In what used to be a drab, unwelcoming lobby, huge windows now splash sunlight into a bright blue-tiled meeting space stocked with neon yellow lounge chairs and matching coffee tables. Babysitters patiently rock babies in strollers and wait for preschool-age siblings to finish up for the day, while college students and young professionals stride through to the brand-new fitness center." Read More

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"Sustainable design is not a new concept; some cultures have been considering environmental factors for decades. Born and raised in Israel, Esther Sperber explained that, in the early 1990s, her architectural program at the Technion was already exploring the impact of passive energies - climate, structure positioning and solar power". Read More

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Studio ST Architects' and Z-A Studio's renovation of the 14th street Y was included in the New York City Active dEsign Guideline handbook as an example of a project promoting fitness and health. Read More