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Jobsite visit today to 3 multi-family buildings with public hallways, stairs, entries - being refurbished. This is very bright and light compared to what was - more progress soon.

10.13.2020

Workflow

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Annual retreat for Street Vendor Project - a 2000 member vendor organization in NYC for social justice and dignity. As an Advisory Board member we were in attendance - 3 Oct 2020

Presentation and conversation on Activism in Practice. Recorded here: https://www.design.upenn.edu/alumni/events/virtual-weitzman-school-talk-activism-practice-conversation-two-founders-women-design

Writing postcards to local neighbors in our Election District (as a Dem County Committee member - I want to be sure everyone in my election district knows where to go to early vote!). And set up on the sidewalk - each Saturday - we are helping to write to encourage others to make a plan to vote and bring friends!

09.29.2020

Tighthouse vs Standard Annual Energy Use

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FNA team idea session for model iterations on our passive house retrofit project in Brooklyn that will have a new rear facade, vertical addition, and interior stairs. Team from left to right - Christian, Olivia, and Karina. Safely meeting in our outdoor meeting 'room' at FNA.

Community and Social Justice + Equity

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FNA has several brownstone 2-family buildings undergoing retrofits this summer and we are implimenting passive house strategies. Riding our bikes during the pandemic to our weekly site meetings.

Grab-n-Go juices and fruit/veggie snacks - for MTA commuters in the Transit Hub at 74th and Roosevelt. Spaces for women vendors to work as small business people in a pilot program - collaboration with Street Vendor Project and Sen Jessica Ramos' office.

Energy Performance + Passive House

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FNA collaborated with developer Seydina Fall on a campus for the Lac Rose region in Senegal. We entered the United Nations World Travel Organization's competition to relook at tourism during COVID-19 which "...is a unique opportunity to restart tourism in a more balanced, innovative, and sustainable way."

Resiliency

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Different plan layouts for an environmental center that is flexible and can become an office, a gathering space, an exhibition space, a dj party,etc.

Women Vendors food popup near Bus turnaround at MTA Transit hub in Jackson Hts, QNS. Envisioned with Street Vendor Project and Sen Jessica Ramos' team as a pilot program.

Indoor/Outdoor

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Detail of resurfaced brownstone and new passive house windows on this landmarked Brooklyn brownstone. FNA's project completed construction this summer. In this project we improved the energy performance, added an ERV for fresh air ventilation, new passive house windows, doors, and skylights, continuous insulation at front and rear facade, and solar pv on the roof - for improved comfort and energy performance.

Live Work

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Concourse Level of the Transit station at 74th and Roosevelt. We worked with Street Vendor Project and NY Sen Jessica Ramos' office to envision retail pilot programs for women vendors with the MTA.

Best view in the newly designed ClinicalMind office with plants, comfort and operable windows - to keep COVID-19 safe. Great to work with this office client on their 2nd office renovation project in NYC.

Prepackaged food - juices and snacks sold by women vendors in a pilot program in MTA Transit Hub in Jackson Hts, QNS. This is envisioned in a collaboration with Street Vendor Project and Sen Jessica Ramos' office.

Flagship store for Bonberi Mart - a vegan 'grab-n-go' store with healthy food and apothecary goods. We worked with them to design and open their store this summer in a Landmarked West Village storefront - stop by!!

Women vendor popup retail spaces as a pilot program in MTA Transit Hub in QNS. We worked with Street Vendor Project and Sen Jessica Ramos' team to plan for a pilot program in MTA.

For 10 years our outdoor concrete rear yard was a place for outdoor play and growing plants. But in a 2020 pandemic world, we realized that we needed a comfortable and safe place to meet and sit outside with the growing garden and blue sky. Here are before and after photos. Photography by Hai Zhang (2020) and Sean Hemmerle (2010)

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“We are thinking more block party and community — relaxing together,” she said - via Streetblog on 5 June 2020 as FNA fought to have street vendors included in Open Dining discussions to coexist with restaurants.

Thermal imagery of FNA's Tighthouse project - photographed on a cold winter night in 2012 soon after its completion. Image speaks a 1000 words to tell the story of high performance building vs standard construction (see neighbor building's leaking heat from fossil fuels to the outdoors through leaks in windows, doors, and facade).

Women vendors - grab-n-go comfort food at bus stop adjacent to MTA Transit Hub in Jackson Hts, QNS. We envisioned with Street Vendor Project and Sen Jessica Ramos' team.

Julie moderated a book discussion on Women [Re]Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures at the NYC AIA Ctr for Architecture with the Women In Architecture committee on 4 March 2020.

FNA staff with members of Street Vendor Project, NY Sen Jessica Ramos' team, City Councilmember Dromm team, and with MTA representatives showing us spaces for women vending pilot program.

Loft stairs to a new mezzanine

Summer 2019 lecture series at Syracuse University Architecture & Real Estate - NYC.

Public Safe Vending Spaces - designed with Street Vendor Dondi McKellar for a prototype plaza in the Bronx

FNA entered the Better Bin NYC competition sponsored by Dept of Sanitation for a new and improved trash bin.

Julie speaking on a panel with Ing Cho and Paul Castrucci about Enerphit and Deep Energy Retrofits at Building Energy Exchange near City Hall.

Lunchtime lecture for Grimshaw Architect's staff - a talk entitled 'Alignments'. Good to be able to speak to a whole office and be invited in as part of a lecture series curated by women architects on staff.

Outside the Boundary - Panel discussion at the Center for Architecture NYC and sponsored by the Women in Architecture Committee

FNA was the architecture firm for two Canarsie, Brooklyn Build It Back Projects. We worked with WXY and Liro under the NYC DDC program. These resiliency projects were completed in 2017.

Lecture on our Tighthouse - first certified Passive House project in NYC - after we won a 2015 AIA NY COTE Award. Asked to speak by the COTE Committee at the AIA at the Center for Architecture in NYC. Photographed with engineer Jordan Goldman - who we often collaborate with on passive house projects. Link to more: https://www.aiany.org/news/row-house-retrofit/