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  • Aug
  • 15

Dwell Article on Future Green Studio's impact on New York's Urban Landscape

Future Green Studio: Reshaping New York City's Green Landscape, featured on Dwell.com, discussed the Future Green's impact on the city's green landscape by discussing projects; Empire Stores, 41 Bond, Brooklyn Children's Museum, and Nowadays.

  • Jun
  • 30

525 WEST 52ND STREET FEAT. IN FORBES, "12 SPECTACULAR GARDEN WALLS AND ATRIUMS WORTH CONTEMPLATING"

Future Green Studio's 525 West 52nd Street project is featured in Forbes article, "12 Spectacular Garden Walls and Atriums Worth Contemplating." Featuring some of the best green urban landscape architecture:

"Mesmerizing green gardens are usurping contemporary art - gaining popularity as an urban agriculture design aesthetic, breathing life into homes, condos, indoor work spaces...Here are 12 feel-good green garden installations and atriums - the new art form"

  • Jun
  • 26

"INSIDE FUTURE GREEN STUDIO'S JAPANESE-INSPIRED 'PREHISTORIC' GARDEN," IN THE CULTURE TRIP

525 West 52nd Street featured in The Culture Trip:

"Future Green Studio created a green atrium for this Manhattan residential building that extends nearly three floors, and features a green wall and viewing garden inspired by Japanese Tsubo-Niwa gardens."

  • Jun
  • 20

FUTURE GREEN'S PROJECT FEATURED IN THE ART & DESIGN SECTION OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, "Rooftop Terrace at Brooklyn Children’s Museum Is Set to Open"

The article announcing the opening and completion of the first phase of the Brooklyn Children Museum's Rooftop Garden. Future Green Studio designed and built the Native Woodland Garden, described by the museum's president, Stephanie Hill Wilchfort, as '"a gateway to nature."'

  • Jun
  • 01

FUTURE GREEN'S ERI YAMAGATA AND NANCY SEATON IN THE CUNY LANDSCAPE JOURNAL, PLOT : VOLUME 6

Future Green designers contributed to the "Cloud" Volume 6 of Plot, a publication edited by the second-year MLA students in the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program of the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. The essay, "Fleeting Weeds," discusses the role of Spontaneous Urban Plants and their tendency to create cloud-like formations in the urban environment.

  • May
  • 29

DAVID SEITER FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Future Green Studio's Principal, David Seiter, was interviewed for the New York Times article, "A Garden Oasis in the Lobby," that explored the role of green spaces replacing art in building lobbies.

  • May
  • 26

NATIVE WOODLAND GARDEN AT THE BROOKLYN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

  • May
  • 24

WEED WALK IN RED HOOK

Future Green's designers led a class of 2nd graders through Red Hook to explore the spontaneous urban plants found along the street-side and in vacant lots. As a part of their Naturalist Curriculum, the explorers were encouraged to observe, analyze, and sketch individual plant species as components of an emergent urban ecology.

  • May
  • 22

FUTURE GREEN RECEIVES 2 POTOMAC ASLA HONOR AWARDS

Future Green Studio was awarded the 2017 Honor Awards from the Potomac chapter of the ASLA. Our Masterplan for the Gallaudet University - 6th St. Expansion won an Honor Award in the Analysis, Planning. and Urban Design category. Our project Atlantic Plumbing Residence won an Honor Award in the Design (Built) category. Both projects were collaborative efforts with Morris Adjmi Architects.

  • May
  • 03

ASLA-NY FEATURES PRINCIPAL DAVID SEITER

The American Association of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter Member Spotlight feature’s Future Green Studio’s David Seiter. Check out his interview with ASLA-NY.

  • Apr
  • 10

DAVID SEITER WILL BE PRESENTING SUP AT THE RISING URBANISTS CONFERENCE

David will discuss concepts from Spontaneous Urban Plants at the Rising Urbanists Conference at Hunter College organized by CUNY.

FRIDAY APRIL 14, 2017 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM HUNTER COLLEGE AUDITORIUM East 68th Street & Lexington Ave (SW corner)

  • Mar
  • 10

THE MET BREUER, WINNER OF TWO AWARDS!

Future Green Studio was part of the restoration team that was a awarded the 2017 AIANY Design Award for Merits and the NY Landmark Conservancy’s Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award in the Project category.

  • Oct
  • 06

FUTURE GREEN STUDIO IS PARTICIPATING IN THE 2016 OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK WEEKEND AT NOWADAYS ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 15TH!

Join Future Green's founding principal and design director, David Seiter for a guided tour through Nowaday's landscape on Saturday October 15th from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Click here for more information about the open-access event! Nowadays, located in Ridgewood, Queens, is an outdoor beer garden founded by well-known Brooklyn DJs Mister Saturday Night. The garden, which accommodates hundreds of adults and kid party-goers on Sunday afternoons, incorporates a dance floor, DJ booth, picnic tables and food vendors. Future Green Studio designed and built the 18,000 SF space taking its cues for the design from the existing post-industrial site and transforming it into a park-like setting to provide a relaxed outdoor environment for all ages. Check out Landscape Architecture Magazine's article 'Into the Weeds,' which highlights Future Green Studio's innovative work with spontaneous urban plants in design projects like Nowadays!

Nowadays is one of seventeen OHNY weekend sites included in the New Landscape New York series highlighting some of the best examples of innovative landscape design in New York! 

Nowadays 56-06 Cooper Avenue Queens, NY 11385

  • Sep
  • 26

DAVID SEITER SPOKE AT "CROSSROADS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE: EXPERIENCES AND EXPLORATIONS OF URBAN PLANTS AND PEOPLE" SYMPOSIUM

A symposium on the evolution and distribution of spontaneous plants in urban areas across the globe was held on September 22, 2016 at Rutgers University's Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH). The event was organized to create a dialogue among professionals studying different facets of urbanized areas, and included speakers specializing in ecology, geography, forest services, landscape architecture and education.

Research by each professional takes the city as a unique ecological opportunity to monitor novel ecosystems of plant adaptation alongside human involvement. For example, disconnected ecosystems within an urban area lead plants to have more productive seed dispersal systems than the same species in rural areas. Another example is the complexity of plant distribution through human consumption. By purchasing unregulated commercial plants, people are leaving biological signatures on the land. Its impact is neglected, but the plant may escape from the individual house one day and continue to reproduce across the territory. Although urbanization resulted in a global homogenization of biota, various biological interactions of human, animals and plants at each urbanized area create diversity within the local ecosystem.

Civic involvement in sharing the common goals of education, improving public health and infrastructure will connect communities and enforce the study of urban ecology. The discussion ended with the hope to encourage the public's involvement in understanding the complex system and distribution of plants in the territory caused by humans and urbanization. By monitoring ever-changing ecosystems, we can continue to encourage, and raise awareness of, the ecological benefits of plant species, and in doing so overcome the perception of plants only focused on their aesthetics.

Stay tuned for future collaborations with various professionals!

  • Sep
  • 06

David Seiter Speaking at Rutgers Symposium "CROSSROADS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE: EXPERIENCES AND EXPLORATIONS OF URBAN PLANTS AND PEOPLE"

Future Green Studio’s founding principal and designer, David Seiter, is a keynote speaker at Rutgers University Symposium “Crossroads in the Concrete Jungle: Experiences and Explorations of Urban Plants and People,” on September 22nd. For more information, including registration, for the event – click here!

The symposium shall enhance and enforce dialogue and interdisciplinarity among participants from a broad set of fields and agencies and institutions. Theme 3: The Urban Experience and Landscape Design with speakers David Seiter, Richard Alomar and Wolfram Hoefer will be on September 22nd at 2:30 pm.

  • Jul
  • 27

THE VILLAGE PARK IS NOW COMPLETE!

Future Green Studio designed the public park located in the heart of the Italian Village of Jersey City, NJ. Village Park seeks to bridge the historical nature of the neighborhood with a forward-thinking park design, drawing on themes of sustainability and the imagination. In salvaging existing park materials including concrete slabs, paving bricks, and steel bench slats, the design imbues the park with a sense of spatial memory and environmental conscientiousness.

  • Jul
  • 12

2,000 Gallon Project

Future Green Studio worked with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and Alloy to bring their 2,000 Gallon Project in Gowanus to life. To learn more about the project visit www.2000gallonproject.com. The 2,000 Gallon Project reimagines the common commercial dumpster to make a visual statement about how retaining stormwater can help prevent combine sewage overflow into the Gowanus Canal.

  • Jul
  • 01

David Seiter's interview with PRI's Living on Earth podcast “The Value of Weeds” online now!

Future Green Studio’s project Spontaneous Urban Plants is featured on PRI's Living on Earth podcast “The Value of Weeds.” Listen here as David Seiter takes Living on Earth’s Helen Palmer on a tour of Red Hook, Brooklyn, showing off the mugwort and Queen Anne’s Lace and Tree of Heaven that sprout up through and along the sidewalks in this post-industrial neighborhood, and explains their value for cooling the city, conserving water and sequestering carbon.

  • Jun
  • 23

BTR TODAY - ART UNCOVERED PODCAST HOST THOMAS SEELY INTERVIEW WITH DAVID SEITER

Future Green founder David Seiter was interviewed by BTR Today’s Art Uncovered host Thomas Seely on Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC and the important roles weeds play in cities. Listen here now!

  • May
  • 27

Future Green Studio is hiring!

Future Green Studio is looking for talented and creative individuals to join our design and install teams. We are excited to continue expanding our portfolio and team with recent high-profile commissions and park and streetscape projects.


Staff Designer

Dynamic landscape design firm in Brooklyn with a diverse portfolio a commitment to sustainable practices is seeking a staff designer who is passionate, hard‐working and highly skilled. Must have MLA from a program with a strong design curriculum and a minimum of 1‐3 years of professional experience. Must be able to excel at all aspects of the practice ‐ ranging from concept design to technical documentation with strong oral, written and visual communication skills.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support design teams in the development of design packages
  • Produce firm graphic packages including diagrams, illustrative plans, sections and renderings
  • Attend client meetings as support staff to present progress sets and to understand client needs
  • Help with other firm responsibilities including marketing, website updates and promotional content
  • Skills Required:

  • Dependable, hard‐working, passionate, self‐directed
  • Detailed‐oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Experience working on complex projects with multiple variables in a variety of environments
  • Skilled at multitasking and working toward multiple deadlines
  • Competence in working with a fast‐paced, collaborative design environment
  • Strong presentation skills in computer graphic communication is critical (fast freehand plan, section and vignette sketching a plus
  • Proficient in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino
  • Please email info@futuregreenstudio.com with your resume and portfolio. No calls please.


    Carpenter

    Dynamic landscape urbanism and urban ecology firm in Brooklyn with a diverse portfolio and a commitment to sustainable practices is seeking a Construction Manager who is passionate, hard-working and highly skilled.

    Responsibilities:

  • Execute a diverse array of on-site exterior trim and general carpentry projects
  • Maintain shop inventory and coordinate material, tool, and supply orders
  • Support design and creation of shop drawings
  • Support project bidding and proposals
  • Reports to Construction Manager
  • Skills Required:

  • Dependable, hard-working, versatile, and passionate
  • Ability to work within a team and independently
  • Experience reading and building from shop plans/ blue prints
  • Familiarity with cabinetry and joinery a plus
  • Please email info@futuregreenstudio.com with your resume and portfolio. No calls please.

    • May
    • 19

    URBAN OMNIBUS: SEEKING A FUTURE NEW YORK IN WEEDS

    TIMON MCPHEARSON’S INTERVIEW WITH DAVID SEITER IS NOW ON URBAN OMNIBUS “SEEKING A FUTURE NEW YORK IN WEEDS”!

    “Five years ago, landscape architect David Seiter wrote an essay for this publication explaining his interest in New York City’s weeds. Seiter’s project, “Profiles of Spontaneous Urban Plants,” was conceived as an effort to “to recognize their importance as a sort of renegade green infrastructure, thriving in places no native plant would grow and providing substantive ecological benefits.”

    Earlier this year, Seiter, who is the design director and founding principal of Brooklyn’s Future Green Studio, published SUP: Weeds in NYC. Part guide, part coffee table book, SUP — which stands for “spontaneous urban plants” — is an enthralling survey of the plants we try to kill, when we notice them at all. (It has a companion website, too, that maps weeds in the city.)

    This month, ecologist Timon McPhearson — who is the director of the Urban Ecology Lab at The New School, and wrote the foreword for SUP — sat down with Seiter to talk about the beauty and the performative value of the lowly weed, and how the propagation of spontaneous urban plants may shape the future city. New York has almost twice as much sidewalk space as park space. What if the former were as green as the latter?”

    – posted by Henry Graber from UO.

    • May
    • 19

    PARKS WITHOUT BORDERS SUMMIT AT THE NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY. MAY 24TH

    David Seiter is invited as a speaker for a conference hosted by NYC Parks on the future of parks and public space in New York City in partnership with The New School. The theme of the conference is Parks Without Borders, a vision for parks and public spaces that are welcoming, accessible and beautiful. It is a full-day event at The New School University Center.

    The conference will ask presenters and participants to consider the role of the 21st century park and the next era for park planning. Themes include innovative design, equity, engagement, resiliency, ecological and landscape connectivity, and more. The event will help to guide our collective work and offer inspiration about the power and potential of parks and public space to support vibrant, dynamic, and resilient communities. Seiter will be on a panel for Nature’s Benefits: Climate Protection, Ecosystem Health, Urban Landscape Connectivity and Inspiration.

    RSVP / Purchase tickets for the event through here!

    • May
    • 06

    SUP: WEEDS IN NYC BOOK LAUNCH PARTY 5/12 FEATURED IN TIMEOUT NEW YORK'S "THINGS TO DO" THIS WEEK!

    SUP: Weeds in NYC book launch party is featured in this weeks TimeOut New York "Things To Do!"

    Join Future Green Studio and ARCHER for the book launch of Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on Thursday, May 12th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The launch party will include a brief presentation by the author, David Seiter, that will explore the role of weeds in our urban ecology. Passed hors d'oeuvres and a refreshing cocktail punch infused with seasonal spontaneous urban plants will be served! Buy a book and you will be entered to win a raffle for a custom framed and signed photograph from the book. 

    • Apr
    • 25

    SUP: WEEDS IN NYC WILL BE RELEASED ON APRIL 12, 2016!


    Future Green Studio’s first book, Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in New York City will be released on April 12th!

    Enter to win a free copy of Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC from Goodreads here! Available for pre-order on Amazon here!

    Follow us on Instagram! #SpontaneousUrbanPlants #SUPBookCountdown


    SUP: Weeds in NYC Book Launch at WORD - May 12th!

    Please join Future Green Studio for the SUP:Weeds in NYC book launch at WORD bookstore located in Brooklyn on May 12th at 7:00pm!


    Urban Plants and Urban Sketching: Designing Sustainable Landscape Systems Event - April 17th!

    Future Green Studio and ASLA-NY will be hosting an Urban Plants and Urban Sketching tour through Red Hook, Brooklyn hosted by David Seiter and Richard Alomar on Sunday, April 17th! Sign up for the event here!


    Gowanus Canal Conservatory Urban Ecology Lecture Series - April 27th!

    FGS founding principal & author of Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC, David Seiter, is a panelist for this month’s Gowanus Canal Conservatory Urban Ecology Lecture: The People-Plant Continuum: How do we perceive plants their value in Public Space? April 27th at 6:30 pm at the GCC – for more event details click here!


    ASLA - NY Open Studio at Future Green Studio - June 16th!

    Join Future Green Studio for an ASLA-NY Open Studio at our studio on June 16th at 7:00 pm! We'll be serving refreshments and it will be a great opportunity to meet the Future Green Studio team. RSVP here

    • Apr
    • 22

    EARTH DAY QUORA SESSION WITH DAVID SEITER ON SPONTANEOUS URBAN PLANTS!

    David Seiter, author of Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC, recently hosted a question session on Quora, which allows the public to ask insightful queries in a number of fields. Feel free to check out the features on Forbes and Huffington Post, each highlighting several of the most pressing questions!

    • Apr
    • 19

    Waverly Place Penthouse is Project of the Week on Greenroofs.com

    Future Green Studio’s project, Waverly Place Penthouse is featured as this week's Greenroofs.com Project of the Week!

    You can read more about the article here.

    • Apr
    • 07

    90 West Broadway is featured in the newest issue of New York Magazine!

    Future Green Studio’s collaboration with Young Projects at 90 West Broadway is featured in this week’s issue of New York Magazine. Read the article here! This penthouse residence located in the heart of TriBeCa includes a sunken glass enclosed garden that functions like a super-sized terrarium bringing greenery into the everyday view. Featured for its unique and conceptual design, the project’s planting palette for the courtyard and roof terrace attempted to recreate an artificial analog to the woodland environment of the client’s youth.

    • Mar
    • 03

    Urban Plants and Urban Sketching: Designing Sustainable Landscape Systems Event - April 17th!

    Please join Future Green Studio and ASLA-NY for an Urban Plants and Urban Sketching tour through Red Hook, Brooklyn presented by David Seiter and Richard Alomar! This urban walking and sketching program is aimed to educate landscape designers with an overview of urban plant characteristic, habitats and their role in the future of sustainable urban design. Sign up for the event here!

    This timely event occurs the week before the launch of our first publication: Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC by David Seiter, with Future Green Studio.

    • Nov
    • 01

    Future Green Studio received a 2015 ASLA Professional Honor Award for Research

    Future Green Studio’s project Spontaneous Urban Plants has received an ASLA Professional Honor Award in the research category. Check it out here. The Jury said “there’s a fun irreverence about” the project’s approach to creating a botanical guide to spontaneous plants. Future Green Studio used Instagram as a tool to invite the public to gather images of weed specimens throughout the city with the hashtag #spontaneousurbanplants. Photos are collected and identified through the weed mapping website spontaneousurbanplants.org. The project aims to promote the conversation around the resilience of spontaneous urban plants and the substantive ecological benefits they offer. “what’s invasive can have important value when dealing, for example, with the typically degraded and compacted soil of the modern urban environment,” the jury said.

    • Oct
    • 29

    Future Green Studio’s 345 Meatpacking project is Featured in the October 2015 issue of Architectural Digest

    Future Green Studio’s project with DDG Architects at 345 West 14th Street in Manhattan has been featured in the October 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. Check out the article here. The penthouse features a unique integration of landscape into the built environment with the addition of four varieties of vines to create a vertical garden, tiered mahogany planters and lush terrace ledges planted with perennials and meadow grasses. Resilient, drought tolerant native plants were incorporated into the design to foster the building’s edgy identity while keeping the landscape maintenance low. The “wild industrial look” of the planting palette pulls from the aesthetic of the neighboring High Line and complements the sleek lines of the penthouse’s custom architectural brickwork and wooden canopy.

    • Sep
    • 23

    Landscape Architecture Magazine features Future Green Studio

    Future Green Studio is proud to be featured in this month's Landscape Architecture Magazine for its forward-thinking design and research around spontaneous urban plants. The article "In the Weeds" spotlights the firm’s innovative work with wild urban plants touching on numerous built and theoretical projects over the past five years. Check it out here. The article highlights a few of Future Green Studio’s design projects - Nowadays, the new outdoor beer garden hangout opened by Brooklyn DJ's Mister Sunday, Atlantic Plumbing Residences, the two new residential buildings near the rock n' roll venue, the 9:30 Club, in Washington, DC, and the impactful 345 Meatpacking, in the super stylish MePa district of NYC. The Studio has taken on an informal advocacy role in promoting the conversation around resilient urban plants, the ecological services they offer and their role in our climate-challenged future. In addition to the development of the weed-mapping website spontaneousurbanplants.org and a previous scholarly article in Urban Omnibus, Future Green Studio has also produced a book with Archer Press called Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC which is set to be released in March 2016 and can be pre-ordered here.

    • Sep
    • 22

    Landscape Architecture Magazine features Future Green Studio in the Art Director's Cut

    Check out what Landscape Architecture Magazine's Art Director Chris McGee hated to leave out here in the Art Director's Cut. McGee writes, “The juxtaposition of new growth against old structure creates a nice tension, and the dead leaves and stems on the wrought iron step create a nice bridge.”

    • Sep
    • 09

    La Central Project Featured in The Architect’s Newspaper “Affordable South Bronx”

    La Central, an affordable housing development designed by Future Green Studio with FXFOWLE Architects and MHG Architects has been featured in an article in the Architect’s Newspaper. Highlighted for the project’s focus on community development, La Central offers 2.2 acres of publicly accessible open space, 992 residential units, and ground level retail spaces. The landscape design features a courtyard open to the neighborhood, rooftop amenity terraces for the residents, an urban farm programmed by GrowNYC and enhanced streetscapes. The building will also host a studio for BronxNet, a non-profit public access television station devoted to community-based programing, a music education program Music Has No Enemies, a day care center, and the South Bronx’s first YMCA. You can read more about La Central, South Bronx project here

    • Jul
    • 01

    TriBeCa Penthouse Garden Featured in the Robb Report Home and Style Magazine

    This penthouse apartment collaboration with Drake Design Associates was recently featured in the Robb Report Home and Style Magazine. Check out the article here. Future Green Studio designed and built the custom paving, planters and furnishings for the upper and lower roof terraces. With sweeping views of the Hudson River, this secret garden in the sky includes outdoor lounge and dining areas designed to withstand the substantial rooftop winds.

    • Jun
    • 19

    Pool Farm project is featured in the Garden Dialogues series

    Pool Farm project was selected to be a part of the Garden Dialogues series in the New York metro area. Garden Dialogues is a program launched by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. This program provides unique opportunities for small group to get exclusive access to private gardens and hear informative dialogues from designers. Led by David Seiter, the tour will visit an upscale restaurant located on the 19th floor of the Ink Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan and scheduled for Saturday, June 27. This project was featured on Houzz.com. You can read the article here

    For a time-lapse video of the pool conversion, click here

    You can register for the event or learn more about the Garden Dialogues here

    • Jun
    • 16

    Cornell University Residential Tower project is featured on the New York Times

    Future Green Studio has collaborated with Handel Architects on the penthouse terrace design for the Cornell University Roosevelt Island Technology Campus residential tower. Integral to the overall mission of the campus to be net-zero, principles of sustainability and passive housing govern the terrace design. Landscape features include two terraced green roofs with perennials and meadow grasses, built-in benches made of locally sourced wood, and linear planters. The residential tower will accommodate 350 students, faculty and staff. Construction has begun June 2015 and is slated for completion in 2017.

    You can read more about the Cornell University Roosevelt Island Technology Campus residential tower here

    • May
    • 18

    9th Street Wildflower Corridor

    The wild flower corridor is back. Last year, Future Green Studio teamed up with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and NYC Wildflower Week to create the 9th St Wildflower Corridor. Planters, hand-crafted by volunteers from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Clean and Green program with FGS guidance, were installed from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue along 9th Street in Brooklyn. This year, we added 24 new planters on the south side of 9th st. with a broader range of wildflower plants. Additional planters will be added each spring and will eventually run the entire length of 9th street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park.

    You can read more about the last year’s project here

    • Mar
    • 20

    Pool Farm is shortlisted for the Architizer A+ Award

    Future Green Studio’s project Pool Farm was selected as a Finalist for Landscape & Planning – Private Garden category of the Architizer A+ Award. Pool Farm is the dining terrace and kitchen garden of The Press Lounge, an upscale restaurant located in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. FGS designed this unique private terrace, utilizing themes of material reuse and urban infill. This custom design and fabricated system of wood terraced planters transforms an underutilized rooftop pool into a dynamic private dining experience. You can read more about the project here. The public voting is now open and continues until April 3, 2015. Please help us win the award by voting for us on Architizer!

    • Feb
    • 24

    41 Bond Street is Project of the Week on Greenroofs.com

    Last month Future Green Studio’s project, 41 Bond Street was featured as project of the week on Greenroofs.com. Future Green Studio provided landscape design and installation for the building façade, entrance canopy, a rear garden, a patio garden, extensive green roof and several landscape terraces for the boutique residential building situated in Manhattan’s desirable Noho district.

    You can read more about the article here.

    • Feb
    • 02

    Gallaudet University Project Kick-off Meeting

    Future Green Studio was invited to an open house workshop at Gallaudet University, where the winning proposal for the Gallaudet University 6th Street Development RFP was on display to the local community. The masterplan includes a participatory framework that engages the local community in the design process, with views to revitalizing 6th Street, the surrounding area around Florida Avenue Market and Gallaudet University campus in Washington D.C. On Tuesday, December 2nd, Zenobia Meckley and David Seiter were on hand to answer questions along with representatives from JBG, our development partner and MA Architects. Students, faculty and staff were asked to provide feedback on the proposal and to contribute their ideas. A robust conversation unfolded throughout the day as an invested population expressed excitement, raised concerns and took an active role in shaping the future of their campus.

    • Dec
    • 09

    FGS and DesigNYC organize a planting day at Coffey Street

    Future Green Studio partnered with DesigNYC, a group connecting “civic-minded designers” with nonprofits to complete local projects. A community-inspired and supported design was completed for a housing complex in Red Hook last summer, and is currently being installed with help from the residents and local community. On November 9th, Future Green Studio organized a volunteer planting day that brought together young families from the building, members of the Fifth Avenue Committee, FGS staff, and community volunteers. With most of the backyard planted, there will be just one more volunteer day to complete the project.

    • Nov
    • 21

    Future Green Studio awarded "Most Committed Creative Partner" by Gowanus Canal Conservancy

    The Gowanus Canal Conservancy named Future Green Studio their "Most Committed Creative Partner" for our participation in the 9th Street Wildflower Corridor project. Associate Designer Zenobia Meckley accepted the award at the Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, November 18th. For the first phase of this project, 24 hand crafted planters were built, planted with a diverse wildflower palette and placed along 9th Street between 2nd and 5th Avenues in Brooklyn. Additional planters will be built in future phases of the project so that the corridor will eventually line the entire length of 9th Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park. You can read more about the project here.

    • Nov
    • 05

    Autumn update at Chaumont-sur-Loire

    As autumn approaches, Future Green Studio's garden installation at Chaumont-sur-Loire in France is flourishing! Exhibitions at the 2014 International Garden Festival will soon be deconstructed, but enjoy these latest photos from The Purgatorium. You can read more about the festival at Chaumont-Sur-Loire here.

    • Oct
    • 29

    The Roof Garden Commission at the Met Coming to a Close

    The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt was installed by Future Green Studio and is coming to a close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This "part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade," will be on display until November 2nd 2014. You can read more about the installation here.

    • Oct
    • 20

    Washington DC's Atlantic Plumbing Building Nearing Completion

    Future Green Studio was part of a team led by Morris Adjmi Architects that designed "one of the hippest places to live" in Washington DC. Unit sales at the 2030 Atlantic Plumbing condo development will begin this fall, and the building will be available for move-in by spring 2015. Click here to read more about the new development.

    • Sep
    • 22

    New York Real Estate Journal highlights project at 160 Imlay Street

    New York Real Estate Journal has published an article featuring 160 Imlay, a warehouse development in Red Hook. The "beautifully landscaped rear garden and roof deck with places for hosting private events, dining, sitting and gardening" designed by Future Green is a collaboration with AA Studio and is set for completion in mid-2016. You can read the article here.

    • Aug
    • 19

    The Purgatorium featured in film recorded from a drone

    The Chateau Chaumont-Sur-Loire released two short videos of the 2014 International Garden Festival. The film taken from a drone features our garden the Purgatorium. Watch the video here.

    For a more extensive view of our garden watch this video.

    • Jul
    • 28

    Huffington Post highlights Future Green's garden installation at the International Garden Festival.

    The Huffington Post recently published an article featuring Future Green Studio’s installation at the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival 2014. The article features 6 out of the 26 gardens installed for this year’s festival. Coinciding with the festival's theme of The Seven Deadly Sins, The Purgatorium (inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy) leads visitors on a meandering journey of indulgence, temptation and confession. You can read more about Future Green's design and other garden installations here.

    • Jul
    • 08

    Fundraiser Launched for DesigNYC Project

    Future Green Studio has partnered with DesigNYC, a group connecting "civic-minded designers" with nonprofits to complete local projects. A community-inspired and supported design has been completed for the Fifth Avenue Committee in Red Hook but there is still more work to be done. Local businesses have pledged material donations for the installation and a fundraising website has been created to cover remaining needs. To find out more about the project and make a contribution, follow the link here.

    • Jun
    • 24

    The Purgatorium – one of 26 garden installations selected from 300 international entries is now showing on the Chaumont- sur-Loire Garden Festival 2014 website.

    Photos by: www.pics-for-of.de.vu - Florian Waas

    The garden was installed in March this year, and is open to the public until October this year. The garden is based on the second part of Dante's Divine Comedy, leading visitors on a meandering journey of indulgence, temptation and confession. Navigation through a field of blackened poles ends at an inaccessible reflecting pool, playing on the pairing of darkness and light. View our installation at the Garden Festival's website by selecting the link to “Purgtorium” below the map.

    • Jun
    • 20

    345 Meatpacking is Project of the Week!

    Future Green Studio's project at 345 West 14th Street in NYC's Meatpacking district is being featured as Greenroofs.com's Project of the Week. You can read our feature and see other inspiring projects here.

    • Jun
    • 18

    9th Street Wildflower Corridor

    Planters hand crafted by volunteers from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Clean and Green program with FGS guidance have been installed from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue along 9th Street in Brooklyn. On May 17th , volunteers planted them with a diverse palette of wildflowers in conjunction with the launch of Wildflower Week. Stewards from the community have been recruited to care for the planters and to document their growth throughout the season. Additional planters will be added each spring and will eventually run the entire length of 9th Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park. The resulting corridor will be a dynamic connective path of native plants and pollinator habitats that lend beauty to the streetscape.

    More information can be found here.

    • May
    • 06

    Future Green Studio lead a design charrette with residents of Red Hook Houses for a pro bono project through the DesigNYC program.

    Residents discussed and provided comments on precedent images for programmatic concepts for their rear yard space, including play areas, seating and planting ideas. Future Green collected all of the feedback to utilize in developing two concept designs to present to the building during the next charrette.

    • Apr
    • 29

    Future Green Studio has teamed up with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and NYC Wildflower Week to create the 9th St Wildflower Corridor.

    Planters hand crafted by volunteers from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Clean and Green program with FGS guidance will run from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue along 9th Street in Brooklyn. The planters will be planted with a diverse palette of wildflowers on May 17th to coincide with the launch of Wildflower Week. Stewards from the community have been recruited to care for the planters and to document their growth throughout the season. Additional planters will be added each spring and will eventually run the entire length of 9th Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park. The resulting corridor will be a dynamic connective path of native plants and pollinator habitats that lend beauty to the streetscape.

    Learn more about this project>>

    • Apr
    • 21

    Future Green Studio's garden opens this week at Chaumont-Sur-Loire International Garden Festival

    Future Green Studio is excited to announce the opening of our garden that was selected last November, as part of the International Garden Festival in Chaumont-Sur-Loire. The opening party is on Monday, May 5th and thereafter will be open to the public until early November 2014.

    • Mar
    • 06

    41 Bond Named Architizer A+ Award Finalist

    Future Green Studio’s landmark project 41 Bond, led by DDG Partners, has been selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards for the Plus Categories: Architecture +Collaboration. Future Green Studio provided landscape design and installation for the building façade, entrance canopy, a rear garden, a patio garden, extensive green roof and several landscaped terraces. Each of these pieces was carefully articulated to be seamlessly interwoven with the architecture rather than functioning as separate, disparate elements.

    Please help us win the Popular Choice Award by voting for us today! Public voting ends on Friday, March 21st.

    • Feb
    • 18

    Future Green to design outdoor space with local non-profit as part of this year’s desigNYC project

    desigNYC has paired Future Green Studio with Fifth Avenue Committee, a South Brooklyn non-profit that develops mixed-income communities and creates economic opportunities for residents. The project includes a multi-use outdoor space for a new housing complex that Fifth Avenue is building in Red Hook, home to Future Green Studio. In desigNYC’s fifth year of collaborations, they have chosen the theme of ‘resiliency’, noting that it isn’t just flood planning that we need in order to be resilient, but also networks of people, organization, and environmental sustainability.

    For information read the Public Interest Design article here.

    • Jan
    • 20

    Future Green Studio's garden installation has been selected for the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival in France

    Future Green Studio is excited to be selected for the Garden Festival - Chaumont-Sur-Loire, in the Loire Valley, France. The installation will begin in February 2014 and the festival will be open from the end of April until Mid-October 2014.

    The project, Purgatorium, is based on Dante's journey up the mountain of purgatory. Weedy plants colonize mounded land-forms and interspersed blackened poles collect visitors confessions throughout the course of the summer. Overtime, the hard black lines soften with the adornment of white fabric.

    Future Green Studio will be designing and building the installation this winter through early Spring.

    • Oct
    • 16

    Roosevelt Island Playground open!

    Roosevelt Island Playground opened this September with a speech from Fay Christian, RIOC Board of Directors. She addressed some of the issues that gave birth to the project. The new playground location is part of the original Southtown Development plans. “RIOC was instrumental in approving the project and working closely with Hudson/Related to assure that safety concerns from parents of the community were addressed” stated Erica Spencer-El, RIOC Director of Community Relations, via e-mail.

    The brand new playground offers equipment to suit a range of ages, from 6 months to 8 years old, addressing a previous issue where caretakers had to leave the Tot Lot and walk to another playground in order for older children to play. The new playground also features woodchip-free rubber flooring safe for kids of all ages. For caretakers, there are plenty of benches on site and enough space outside the playground to leave strollers. The old Tot Lot lacked shade, but the new site is enclosed in a cocoon of natural shade provided by mature trees and the warm breeze that only Roosevelt Island brings.

    • May
    • 03

    Seeding The City: 345Meatpacking Gallery Opening: Lost Then Found. Andy Warhol Portraits.

    Future Green Studio provided party packs of seeded envelopes for guests of the exhibition opening Lost and Found curated by Steve Wood. The party, hosted by Interview magazine, was a double celebration for FGS with the timely completion of the planted marquee at 345Meatpacking.

    See party photos here.

    • Jan
    • 13

    Profiles of Spontaneous Urban Plants

    Dandelion, highlighted | 3rd Street, Brooklyn

    The appeal of quality landscape design in urban environments is well evidenced by recent successes such as the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park. And an appreciation of the environmental and health benefits of green space has spawned initiatives like Million Trees NYC, the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan and numerous community gardens throughout the city. Meanwhile, with all of our talk about the green amidst the grey, there’s little talk of the tenacious little flora that pops up in cracked sidewalks, vacant lots and otherwise neglected spaces, that thrives in places no other plants will grow. Informal plants — weeds — get a bad rap, but they too, alongside their intentionally-planted counterparts, can help alleviate urban heat island effect, support stormwater management infrastructure and aid phytoremediation efforts.

    Landscape designer, teacher and writer David Seiter has been researching the city’s underappreciated plant life and finding ways to highlight its value. Seiter is the founding principal of Future Green Studio, a firm that works “to reveal the nuances of our urban landscape in subtle, poetic ways that provide clues to the complex ecology of cities.” Here, he presents “Profiles of Spontaneous Urban Plants,” an effort to champion the ecological and aesthetic benefits of informal vegetation, and shares the Studio’s beautiful and charming series of illustrations, based on traditional botanical classification drawings, of the wild urban plants found surrounding their Gowanus office.

    Read the full article at Urban Omnibus

    • Jan
    • 12

    The Wonder of Weeds

    Future Green's project "Profiles of Spontaneous Urban Plants" was recently featured on the USA Network Character Blog. "Profiles of Spontaneous Urban Plants" is a project undertaken by the studio, looking with a fresh perspective at how our cities currently perform through the ecological and aesthetic benefits of informal vegetation.

    Read the full article at USA Character Blog

    • Nov
    • 30

    Future Green Studio Featured on the A/N Blog

    Future Green's collaboration with DDG Architects at 41 Bond Street is featured on the Architect's Newspaper blog. The article features a video detailing the integration of planting into the bluestone facade of the building:

    View the full article at Architect's Newspaper Blog

    • Nov
    • 29

    AEA's Green Roof Documentary

    In 2008, the Association for energy affordability made plans to build a green roof and solar panel array on its building at 105 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx. They hired Future Green studio for the design and construction of the green roof and rooftop educational and gathering spaces.

    This short film by AEA Productions documents the process.

    • Nov
    • 18

    Smith Street Residence Featured by Green Roof Media Supplier Rooflite

    Green Roof media supplier Rooflite has featured Future Green's Smith Street project on their website. The 6700 square foot green roof uses Rooflite engineered soil at a depth is 3.5 inches for most areas.

    View the full article on the Rooflite blog

    • Oct
    • 19

    AEA Green Roof Ribbon Cutting

    On October 19th, a ribbon-cutting dedicated Future Green's latest project: The Association for Energy Affordabilitiy's new green roof and rooftop solar demonstration and training facilities. Borough President Rubén Díaz and Daniel Buyer, Assistant Commissioner of NYS Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR), joined AEA Executive Director David Hepinstall and guests for the occasion. While serving in the State Assembly, Mr. Díaz helped AEA to secure a major grant to develop the green roof and solar photovoltaic components.

    Read the entire article at Bronx Times

    • Mar
    • 27

    "A New Landscape: Greening the City's Rooftops" in DAILY News

    "The urban rooftop environment has remained largely unchanged for the last 70 years, according to a report by Columbia University. The report noted that New York City has more than 30 square miles (more than 22 times the area of Central Park) of roof space that qualifies for the most part as "tar beaches".

    David Seiter, the founder of Future Green Studio, a design-build firm in Brooklyn, which specializes in 'landscape urbanism' and green roof design, wants to change all that. He looks at that empty canvas of cement and tar as an opportunity that is just waiting to be painted."

    Download the PDF to read the entire article.

    • Mar
    • 23

    "The Loom" Featured on Studio 'g'

    Future Green's project for The Loom is featured on the Studio G blog. Studio ‘g’ is a daily website dedicated to garden and landscape design run by Boston-based writer, Rochelle Greayer.

    View the article at Studio G Blog

    • Sep
    • 30

    Slouch Productions Takes a Tour of the Home of Future Green

    "Join David Seiter of Future Green Studio, 2pm for a Green Roofing Demonstration and Presentation as he walks you through his green roofing lot. See for yourself local and adapted vegetation suited for the harsh conditions of rooftop living, and learn the basics of what is need to install your own green roof.

    Meet at the Future Green Green Roofing lot, middle of the block, across from the picnic tables, first come first serve.

    Below is a sneak peak of David’s work in action, and the pet plants growing on Third Street."

    • Apr
    • 01

    Dustin John of Future Green Models for J. Crew

    "The words 'green' and 'future' are on our business cards for a reason. The increasing visibility of the landscape [designer] as a key player in the quest for a greener future is really what I hope that my work contributes to. I'd like to see a whole generation of landscape...designers take on the urban rooftop and 50 years from now see an aerial photograph of New York City as a tile mosaic of green, a patchwork of different spaces that speak to a heightened cultural value for landscape. That means something, and that vision was the generator of our logo for Future Green Studio. We have a ways to go to achieve that vision. But hey, if the sea levels do rise by then, at least the rooftop gardens I've created will still exist!"

    View Dustin's full feature on J.Crew