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CIVIC & CULTURAL


The little raked red piazza slung over the shoulders of the new TKTS booth is a work of exuberant uselessness and brilliant urbanism. At once humble and flashy, it distills the theatrical urge that electrified architecture in the last decade. 2

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Creativity. Humanity. Purpose.

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ARCHITECTURE, THE SOCIAL ART,

should educate, shelter, nurture, and inspire—it should transcend the ordinary. It shapes the physical features and social spaces of our daily lives, giving physical form to the values and ideals of community. Civic and cultural institutions are the cornerstones of society. These institutions offer inspiration for the future and a connection with the past as they counter the more mundane and acquisitive impulses of daily life. They are the anchors around which our communities thrive.

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COLLABORATION is fundamental to our practice. With the flexibility and nimbleness of a small studio and the depth and support of a large firm, Perkins Eastman has been built around an atmosphere of creativity, collegiality, and collaboration. Our clients in the cultural and civic arenas are inspiring people who contribute to society as a whole. We find their missions and ideals to be among the most challenging and rewarding to solve. In collaboration with our clients, we bring a unique blend of exceptional design skills matched with unsurpassed technical, research, and analytical expertise. We have built and sustained strong partnerships with our clients, allowing our working approach to develop and blossom, leading to innovative solutions to complex challenges. These contributions to community and cultural life continually inspire us.

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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Queens Civil Courthouse Queens, NY, USA

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Public spaces and institutions should embody the values and principles of their communities. They should be expressive of society’s highest ideals and actively engage the citizen.

TRANSPARENCY AND DIGNITY Our civic buildings are designed to serve and ennoble society and to give form to the spirit of community and participation.

Purposely open and flooded with natural light, they are welcoming and pleasant with a sense of dignity.

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1. Brooklyn Supreme and Family Courthouse Brooklyn, NY, USA 2. Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse New York, NY, USA 3. Ithaca City Courthouse Ithaca, NY, USA 4. 107th Police Precinct Queens Flushing, NY, USA

Ithaca City Courthouse Ithaca, NY, USA

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CIVILIZING SPACES Human-scaled spaces have a significant effect on how people use and respect the institutions that regulate and legislate. The situations that bring people

to these institutions are often stressful and have a lasting impact on their lives and families. We pay particular attention to ensure that our designs convey an appropriate

sense of dignity and formality in the architecture while at the same time they help occupants feel at ease.

1. Nassau County Family and Matrimonial Courts Garden City, NY, USA 2. Stamford Courthouse Stamford, CT, USA 3. Brooklyn Supreme and Family Courthouse Brooklyn, NY, USA 4. Queens Civil Courthouse Queens, NY, USA

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Queens Civil Courthouse Queens, NY, USA

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CELEBRATING HISTORY

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House New York, NY, USA

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History is short today. We live in an age of ever-accelerating change. While the lure of the new is constant, there is value in respecting our collective history through selectively preserving older buildings and transforming them for future uses.

TRANSFORMING WHILE PRESERVING Good architecture of any age or style can serve as an eloquent tribute to our culture and help inform our future. Preserving historic buildings beyond a specific moment in time to support

contemporary uses adds to the richness of our communities. Revitalizing and adding to existing buildings also lessens the impact on the environment.

1. Loeb Memorial Boathouse Central Park New York, NY, USA 2. Bethesda Fountain Central Park New York, NY, USA

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Science City at Union Station Kansas City, MO, USA

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COMPELLING STORYTELLING Architecture is the lasting artifact of previous eras. The lives of those who live and use buildings add veneers to the historic fabric—contributing to the story

of our culture. Revealing these stories is an important part of celebrating our history and is integral to our approach when working with historic buildings.

1-2. Moore Apartment at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum New York, NY, USA

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Lower East Side Tenement Museum New York, NY, USA

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CULTURAL TOUCHSTONES

American Museum of Natural History Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins New York, NY, USA

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1. American Museum of Natural History Butterfly Conservatory New York, NY, USA

2. National Museum of the American Indian-New York George Gustav Heye Center Diker Pavilion New York, NY, USA

3. American Museum of Natural History Butterfly Conservatory New York, NY, USA

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CONTEMPLATIVE SPACES THAT SYMBOLIZE IDEALS Creating buildings and spaces that symbolize spiritual beliefs for a congregation of any denomination requires a design sensitivity born out of empathy and respect for the values connected with worship.

This sensitivity is informed by careful study of all aspects of the community and its rituals so that people feel comfortable, safe, and respected.

1. Temple Beth Shalom Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, USA 1

2. Round Hill Community Church Greenwich, CT, USA 2

Temple Beth Shalom Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, USA

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Museums play a vital role in today’s world; they are the new civic spaces of the 21st century. From displaying artifacts that educate and delight to providing venues for performances that illuminate and demonstrate, museums enable a dynamic exchange of ideas. They are the cultural catalysts at the heart of the urban renaissance.

SHAPING THOUGHTS AND IDEAS Designing buildings and spaces that actively engage visitors, no matter their ages or cultural backgrounds, is essential if cultural institutions are to fulfill

their potential as places that promote cultural exchange and help shape the thoughts and ideas of the visitor toward more insightful understanding.

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3. American Museum of Natural History Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins New York, NY, USA

1. American Museum of Natural History Butterfly Conservatory New York, NY, USA

4. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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5. University at Albany The State University of New York The Boor Sculpture Building Albany, NY, USA

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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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•Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh was completed in association with Koning Eizenberg

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8. Kuwait Palace of Justice Kuwait City, Kuwait 9. Shanghai World Expo 2010 Public Event Center Shanghai, China 10. Chinese Academy of Science Academic Center Beijing, China

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PROCESS

We have partnered successfully with many civic, cultural, educational, and not-for-profit institutions by contributing our vision and experience to help fulfill their mission. Through the purposeful and creative design of their facilities, we contribute to the vital pulse of their community. These institutions are the lifeblood of cities and critical to the renaissance of urban living and to

the sustainable future of society. Through thoughtful planning and clear vision, architecture is the physical embodiment of the values and ideals of an institution; it becomes a setting for the dynamic exchange of ideas.

Museum Offices

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PROFILE 2017 Perkins Eastman is an international planning, design, and consulting firm that was founded in New York City in 1981. Today the firm has ten other offices in North America, as well as offices in Shanghai, PRC; Mumbai, India; Dubai, UAE; and Guayaquil, Ecuador. The firm has a professional staff of 1000 consisting of architects, interior designers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, 32

construction specification writers, construction administrators, economists, environmental analysts, traffic and transportation engineers, and several other professional disciplines. Perkins Eastman is also the parent firm to several affiliated companies that provide specialized complementary capabilities in community planning, environmental impact analysis, landscape design, environmental

graphic design and wayfinding, economic analysis, broadcast media and acoustic design, retail planning, and large-scale mixed-use planning and design. Perkins Eastman has proven skills and experience in 14 major practice areas and has completed innovative awardwinning projects in each. To date the firm has won more than 450 awards for planning and design excellence and

has completed projects in 46 states and over 40 countries. Currently the firm’s projects range from small renovations and additions for our many long-term-relationship clients to large new healthcare and educational campuses, major mixed-use developments, and entire new cities. Office Location Countries Worked In 33


CREATIVITY. HUMANITY. PURPOSE. shape our firm’s core mission and create a practical framework for us to fulfill our role as advisers, planners, architects, and interior designers. By bringing our professional skills and a deep understanding of our clients’ mission, business model, and operations, we can partner to benefit the quality of life of the people who live, work, play, learn, age, and heal within the environments we plan and design. Creative design guided by humanity, purpose, and innovation results in a better quality of life and responsible environmental stewardship.

PRACTICE AREAS Perkins Eastman has 14 specialized Practice Areas. Each Practice Area is led by one or more principals supported by a team of senior staff. This leadership team brings extensive experience to each project and focuses on the issues that lead to success and innovation.

AFFILIATES BFJ PLANNING: planning, urban design, environmental analysis, real estate consulting, transportation planning URBANOMICS: forecasting, modeling, real estate market analysis, economic development, economic and fiscal impacts RGR LANDSCAPE: site planning, landscape design, ecological design RUSSELL DESIGN: branding, environmental graphics, online media EE&K: large-scale urban redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure, waterfronts—with a focus on placemaking FORRESTPERKINS: hospitality and luxury residential interiors 34

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