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Is your building immoral? You are probably thinking that this is a silly question; buildings are inanimate structures and morality is the uniquely human capacity for judgment and empathy. So, how could a building be measured by moral standards? How could it have, or lack, values? Let me share an example. Just a few weeks ago a new sign with a large capital letter D was posted in my apartment building entry. I found out that a new local law (33/95) requires every building over 25,000 square feet to post its Energy Star Score.  Nearly 70% of greenhouse emissions in […] Read More

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Published: The Forward Studio ST Architects’s ‘SynaCondo’ design proposal was featured in an article published in The Forward that looks at alternative approaches to synagogue design that are more compatible with today’s modern lifestyle and built environment. Esther Sperber notes that many traditional synagogues are hierarchical in how they’re designed and meant to be used. However, as more and more congregations shift to being communal and egalitarian in organization, the challenge is to rethink and adapt the architectural structure of synagogues to fit the community’s needs. Read the full article on The Forward Read More

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“The old should be renewed and the new should be sanctified” wrote R’ Kook. This has been our mission in the design of the renovation of the 100 year old West Side Jewish Center Synagogue. We aspire to renew the beautiful old details of this communal building and to sanctify the new system which would be installed including elevators, bathrooms and mechanical systems.