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education Above the Fray Designed by Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, the new P 59 is a lofty, fresh .S. take on an urban school By Holly Richmond Photography by Paúl Rivera/archphoto For parents, there are some things that are simply nonnegotiable when it comes to their kids. Eating healthfully, doing chores, and having a reasonable bedtime may be a few, but for the parents of New York City’s P.S. 59 elementary school students, it was the inclusion of a play area and gymnasium in the newly designed and relocated school building. “Had we known then what we know now, we may have selected a different site,” explains James Greenberg, AIA, principal Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K), based in New York. “But at the same time it challenged us to 1917. EE&K preserved the original edifice develop several innovative design soluto maintain the neighborhood’s traditiontions, and the project, from everyone’s al architectural character, though the perspective, is a huge success.” vertical addition to the exterior is an iconic, modern element that announces P.S. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East 59’s arrival. Greenberg notes that comSide, the new 42,000-sq.-ft., six-floor (plus munity involvement and sustainable rooftop) school occupies the former design elements were two major facets Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital annex which was originally constructed in of the project. Working with the clients—a 30 | July/August 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green & Design - July/August 2009

Green & Design - July/August 2009
Is Carbon Neutral Possible?
Growing Green
Firmly Planted
The Energizer Effect
Natural Wonders
Above the Fray
Northern Exposure
Industrial Chic
Walking the Walk
Green Building Goes Global
Here Come the Lawyers
Do You Have to be LEED to be Green?
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Green & Design - July/August 2009