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Four Practices Re-Envision Parking in Long Island Downtowns

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Parks and Rides. Image © Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design and the Long Island Index
Parks and Rides. Image © Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design and the Long Island Index

Long Island’s downtowns have more than 4,000 acres of surface area dedicated to parking lots. That’s roughly 6.5 square miles of prime real estate, a phenomenon quite common in most American cities. When necessary, these lots are often exchanged for a standard “set of concrete shelves” that share little to no connection with their surroundings. This leads to the question, why must parking garages be so monofunctional and, well, ugly?

To help solve this nationwide issue, the Long Island Index challenged four leading architectural firms to envision a more innovative way to free up surface lot space in four Long Island communities. 

See what they came up with, after the break...

Architecture's First Full-Fledged Experiment in DeafSpace Design

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
The new residence hall on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., was designed by LTL Architects, in collaboration with Quinn Evans Architects and Sigal Construction. Image courtesy of Prakash Patel
The new residence hall on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., was designed by LTL Architects, in collaboration with Quinn Evans Architects and Sigal Construction. Image courtesy of Prakash Patel

This article, by Linda Hales, originally appeared on Metropolis Mag as "Clear Line of Sight"

The new dormitory at Gallaudet University exudes raw energy. Rough wood planks, exposed steel, polished concrete, and gleaming bamboo unite to provide architectural muscle. But the real power comes from a barely detectable dynamic. That energy doesn’t come from how the structure looks on its historic Washington D.C. campus, but how the building functions for the people inside. “It’s about how buildings structure and frame human interaction,” says David J. Lewis of LTL Architects. “The basic conditions of architecture were brought to the fore.”

The glass entry door slides open with a soft whoosh. Students ignore it as they crowd through the gap in a jumbled dance of elbows, hands, arms, and animated faces. Gallaudet is the preeminent liberal arts institution for youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, and most of its 1,821 students communicate with the expansive gestures and expressions of American Sign Language (ASL). That the students can make their way into the building without using their hands to open the door—thus halting the flow of the conversation—is cause for celebration. Here, at least, architecture has gotten out of their way.

Claremont University Consortium Administrative Campus / LTL Architects

01:00 - 20 March, 2013
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  • Architects

  • Location

    101 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, USA
  • Project Team

    Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David Lewis; John Morrison, Project Manager; Hye-Young Chung, Matthew Clarke, Perla Dís Kristinsdóttir; Michael Tyre, Aaron Forrest, Deric Mizokami, Kevin Hayes and Tina Hunderup
  • Architect of record

    Grant / Takacs Architecture
  • Area

    42000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Michael Moran

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Department of Social and Cultural Analysis / LTL Architects

01:00 - 2 June, 2011
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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, USA
  • Architect

    Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
  • Project Team

    Paul Lewis (Principal), Marc Tsurumaki (Prinicipal), David J. Lewis (Principal), Clark Manning (Project Manager), Jason Dannenbring, Kristin Nakamura, Laura Cheung
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Laszlo Bodak Engineer
  • Structural Engineer

    Robert Silman Associates
  • Lighting Designer

    Renfro Design Group
  • Graphic Consultant

    Design 360
  • Audio Visual Consultant

    VideoSonic
  • Contractor

    R.P. Brennan
  • Area

    16000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Michael Moran Studio

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Sullivan Family Student Center / LTL Architects

01:00 - 30 May, 2011
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Laramie, WY, USA
  • Architect

    Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
  • Project Team

    Paul Lewis (Principal), Marc Tsurumaki (Principal), David J. Lewis (Principal), Hye-Young Chung (Project Manager), Matthew Clarke, Clark Manning, Laura Cheung
  • Architect Of Record

    University of Wyoming Facilities Planning Office: Roger Baalman, Jennifer Jae Coast, Michael Ziemann
  • Structural Engineer

    Robert Silman Associates
  • Contractor

    Elk Ridge Builders & Design
  • Cad/Cam Consultant

    Tietz-Baccon Design and Fabrication
  • Area

    5200.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Michael Moran Studio

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Xing Restaurant / LTL Architects

01:00 - 24 May, 2011
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  • Architects

  • Location

    785 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA
  • Architect

    Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects (LTL Architects)
  • Project Team

    Paul Lewis (Principal), Marc Tsurumaki (Principal), David J. Lewis (Principal), Eric Samuels, Lucas Cascardo, Alex Terzich, Matthew Roman
  • Contractor

    Gateway Design Group
  • Area

    2000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

    Michael Moran Studio

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ORDOS 100 #30: LTL Architects

14:00 - 26 March, 2009

This villa is located in plot ORDOS project.

Architects: LTL Architects Location: Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Project Team: Marc Tsurumaki, Paul Lewis, David J. Lewis, Kate Snider, Deric Mizokami, Laura Cheung Design year: 2008 Construction year: 2009-2010 Curator: Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China Client: Jiang Yuan Water Engineering Ltd, Inner Mongolia, China Constructed Area: 1,000 sqm aprox