Urban Quotient

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APRIL 21, 2017 12:12 PM

 Harlem Dowling Featured in AHN


The Harlem Dowling project is featured in the latest issue of Affordable Housing News magazine.

OCTOBER 1, 2016 11:11 AM

Celebrating Park(ing) Day in Newark, NJ



Occasionally, team members at UQ get involved with volunteer opportunities in their communities. Tyler is the chairperson of PLANewark and helped to design and build a parklet in Newark as part of his role in the organization. Park(ing) Day is “an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into…temporary public places.” PLANewark installed the parklet on Halsey Street in Newark, a vibrant and quickly transforming commercial corridor. PLANewark is calling attention to the fact that the primary use of the public street is for parking and vehicle travel when in reality most people experience the various shops and street life on foot. The group also hopes to generate debate about street improvements, such as vegetation and seating, which the city is lacking overall.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 11:11 AM

Bronx Tow Pound Community Workshops


UQ has teamed up with Hester Street Collaborative to generate public discussion about our Bronx Tow Pound Swap Project. Local community members have attended two participatory visioning workshops to give their input on establishing project priorities and goals. The feedback from these workshops will drive the planning and design of this future development which will have a lasting positive impact on the Mott Haven community.

AUGUST 30, 2016 11:11 AM

Renovating the Keith Haring Clinic



We are currently in the schematic phase of renovating the Keith Haring Medical Clinic on the Children’s Village campus in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  Named for a number of original Keith Haring murals in its lobby, the organization’s work with children with AIDS, and extensive support from the Keith Haring Foundation, the clinic is an essential part of the support services provided to at-risk youth by Children’s Village. UQ has been working closely with the medical and nursing staff to understand the daily functioning of the clinic and infirmary in order to rethink the existing space and design a better experience for staff and kids.

APRIL 8, 2016 2:14 PM

Harlem Dowling Progress – Metal Panel Rainscreen



With the brick mostly complete, installation of  the metal panel rainscreen system in now underway along West 127th Street. The metal z-clips have been installed which holds the stone wool cavity insulation in place. Next the finish metal panels will be attached to the z-clips followed by the window surrounds and final details.

MARCH 29, 2016 10:10 AM

UNCC Graduate Architecture Students participate in a multi-year studio project with Urban Quotient 



One of the firm’s current projects is a large planning study in the Bronx which includes facility design for the New York Police Department and large scale public/private mixed-use development. After the first phase of the planning study was presented to City Hall last September, it has been circulating between the city’s housing department, city planning, and the police department. While we wait for government due diligence and approvals, UQ teamed up with Professor Jeffrey Nesbit of UNC Charlotte to create a multi-year studio curriculum for graduate students in architecture. The students, who visited the site in March, will conduct background research on the site and will develop proposals for a parking facility and community center that is also a model of urban coastal resiliency. The studio will evolve as the project does with the intention of allowing the students an opportunity to contribute to the eventual plan and design and present their ideas to the City through an edited publication of research.

MARCH 15, 2016 1:13 PM

UQ Principal Nominated as Non-Voting Team Member for Parsons NAAB Accreditation visit




Urban Quotient principal Samir S. Shah was nominated by the Architecture program at Parsons the New School for Design to serve as a non-voting member of the NAAB accreditation team that visited the school in late February. NAAB stands for National Architectural Accreditation Board and periodically reviews professional architecture programs to ensure they meet established standards for architectural practice and education. As part of the team, Samir reviewed the school’s work and curriculum, met with university students, faculty, and administration over a four day period, and joined in the deliberations on how the school was meeting the accreditation standards. Other past non-voting members on previous NAAB visits for Parsons have been noted New York City architects including Leslie Gill among others.

FEBRUARY 27, 2016 11:11 AM

UQ Designs Kota World Center for Women and Housing for Homeless Youth



Urban Quotient was selected to design a mixed-use project for a city-owned site in Harlem by a development team that includes the Kota Alliance and Covenant House. The project includes co-working space for the Finnish Kota Alliance and twenty five units of housing for homeless youth, many of whom are single mothers, currently living in temporary housing as clients of Covenant House. Other firms who were invited to develop proposals were Toshiko Mori Architects in New York and M2 Architects in Finland. See our project page for more information

FEBRUARY 25, 2016 1:13 PM

9/11 Memorial Competition



UQ submitted a design proposal in January  for a 9/11 Memorial Competition in Cornelius, NC in collaboration with Jeffrey Nesbit of Haeicceitas Studio in Charlotte, NC. The design creates a contemplative space through a series of tactile elements and sensory experiences that encourage visitors to reflect upon the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. These elements include a concrete wall, a narrow gravel path, and a disrupted, upturned ground plane all of which revolve around the steel column acquired from the original World Trade Center Towers.  The experience is meant to be an emotional and contemplative experience that provides a community space for public commemoration and intimate spaces for individual, private reflection.

JANUARY 20, 2016 10:10 AM