Historic New York Shul Considers, Then Rejects, ‘SynaCondo’ Plan.

by: John A. Oswald
January 18, 2016

“Sperber said the SynaCondo is a concept that other houses of worship may want to look at as they struggle to plan their next 100 years.
“I was very interested is studying the possibility of a mixed-use building since this is applicable to many religious institutions in the city. We therefore developed this scheme which we have shared with the congregation,” she said.
“The community seems to love this building and would like to preserve it, if that’s possible, realizing it’s not an easy building to renovate and make into a 21st Century Synagogue that would serve them into the next century,” said Sperber, founder of Studio ST Architects.”



SynaCondo in Curbed

by: Zoe Rosenberg
January 16, 2016, New York

“…In this plan, the sanctuary and three classrooms would be on the first lower level with a synagogue social hall with kitchen, plus a condo multi-purpose room on the second lower level. Meanwhile, dual lobbies, a chapel, and a “sukkah garden” would be on the ground floor and more classrooms and a library/lounge would be on the second floor. One- and two-bedroom residential units would run from the third floor on up, with duplexes on 16/17 and 18/19.”




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February 2, 2016, New York

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The Architectural Digest Mexico

November 3, 2015

“Renovada por Studio ST Architects –un despacho fundado en 2003 por Esther Sperber que se sitúa en Manhattan– esta vivienda es tanto sofisticado y confortable como idealmente ubicada, en pleno centro de la ciudad. La entrada, la cocina, el comedor, la sala y el family room fueron diseñados para recibir a invitados frecuentemente. Además, dos recámaras fueron reunidas para crear una sala de juegos para los tres hijos de los dueños.”



Psychoanalysis Should Join the Slow Movement

October 22, 2015

We live in a fast world. We eat fast, travel fast, read fragments of stories with great rapidity. And then we realize that in this haste we have lost something valuable.
The slow movement, which started with slow food in the mid-eighties, expanded to slow reading (read every word), slow travel (notice the beauty of the wild flower field) and slow schooling (respond to each child). These slow movements share an appreciation of the pleasure and connoisseurship that come with slowing down.
We can now add Slow Therapy to the slow movement, a new branding for psychoanalysis.