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    • Planning & Practice

    • Profiles

      • Barrier Free Living What if you were homeless, a victim of domestic violence, and perhaps were also struggling with physical or mental disabilities? Where would you go? Christopher Whalen and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project visit with Paul Feuerstein, founder, President, and CEO of Barrier Free Living, which has served these needs in New York City through a unique program established almost 40 years ago.
      • The Sammons Center A historic but disused water pumping station, sited between active freeways, became an early and enduringly successful innovator in mission-centered not- for-pro t supportive space for the arts. Brenda Alejo and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project talk with Joanna St. Angelo, Executive Director of the Sammons Center for the Arts in Dallas, Texas.
      • Rosie’s Theater Kids What started out as a single dance and song class in a borrowed New York City public school lunchroom has evolved into programming that touches the lives of students across all ve New York City boroughs in a dedicated building near the heart of the Broadway theater district. The Rooftops Project’s Frank Loffreno and Professor James Hagy visit with Rosie’s Theater Kids co- founder and Artistic and Executive Director Lori Klinger and Director of Advancement Lindsay Miserandino at the Maravel Arts Center in New York’s Midtown West neighborhood.
      • Right Where We Started: Celebrating New York City Organizations at the Same Locations Over a Century or More Featuring these New York City not-for-profit institutions: The Art Students League of New York; The Bowne House Historical Society; The Bronx Zoo; Carnegie Hall; Flushing Friends (Old Quaker) Meeting House; Middle Collegiate Church; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanic Garden and Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New YorkThis article was collaboration among Professor James Hagy, Director of The Rooftops Project at New York Law School, and Alicia Langone, Jordan Moss, Sahar Nikanjam, Bridget Pastorelle, Colin Pearce, Jennessy Angie Rivera, and Ronna Zarrouk, student members of The Rooftops Project.
      • Chicago Literacenter Business news is often filled with stories about incubator spaces and entrepreneurial hubs in which start-up companies can hang out, network, and grow. What might result when these concepts are adapted to bring together diverse not-for-profit organizations focused on similar missions? Professor James Hagy visits Stacy Ratner, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Chicago Literacy Alliance, and Transwestern’s Larry Serota at the grand opening of Literacenter in downtown Chicago.
      • The Rubin Museum of Art For over two centuries, New York City’s arts and culture have been enhanced by visionary founders of museums designed to house collections the founders themselves treasured. That tradition continues with the installation of a remarkable collection in the equally remarkable transformation of a former clothing store. The Rooftops Project’s Payal Thakkar and Professor James Hagy visit with Patrick Sears, Executive Director of The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.
      • UCAN’s New Campus Construction Project, Chicago, Illinois Funding and constructing a new $41 million facility may be a once-in-a-generation, if ever, event, for many social service not-for-profits. Choosing a site that invests directly in the neighborhood and the people served can have ripple effects far beyond the central purpose of the delivery of services the buildings are designed to support. The Rooftops Project’s Sahar Nikanjam and Professor James Hagy walked the site of UCAN’s new campus construction under way in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.
      • Human Rights Watch Every day, not-for-profit organizations face “stay or move” choices when they approach the end of their leases. Making predictions about space, and making space work, can be challenging. How did one such organization assess its choices as a tenant in one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan? The Rooftops Project’s Mehgan Gallagher speaks with David Bragg at Human Rights Watch.
      • The Wildlife Conservation Society What might it be like if your not-for-profit was responsible for projects with occupants consisting of humans plus some 1,700 other species? How can physical location and the needs of animals and visitors be harmonized through architectural design? Barbara Beau, Lana Buchbinder, and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project interview Sue Chin about her work as Chief Architect at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
      • The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, Illinois A religious congregation envisions a new building better suited to its needs than its existing facility. But the location is perfect at its present suburban property. How might it start over while also observing green design principles? Rooftops Project team member Carlee Cooper and Professor James Hagy tour the new home of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois, with Michael Ross of Ross Barney Architects. It is the first place of worship in the United States to receive a LEED Platinum designation.
      • The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art Picture yourself leading a museum tucked into a 21st-century residential neighborhood, housed in a mid-20th-century building, mimicking a 16th-century Tibetan monastery, containing priceless art objects crossing a millennium. The Rooftops Project’s Kelly Cooper and Professor James Hagy visit the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island, New York.
      • Not-for-Profit as Urban Neighbor: The Bowery Residents’ Committee From the very beginning of its new headquarters project, The Bowery Residents’ Committee set out not only to serve its mission but to be the very best neighbor. Seriously, how many of us freeze our garbage before putting it out for collection? Muzzy Rosenblatt, Christine Lalor-Chisholm, and John Johnson of The Bowery Residents’ Committee, and Charles Thanhauser and Sarah Corcoran of its architectural firm, TEK Architects, talk with the Rooftops Project’s Tamara Salzman an Professor James Hagy about their approach to this unique project in the heart of Manhattan.
      • Not-for-Profit as Urban Neighbor: Groundswell Few not-for-profit organizations can claim to have made a dramatic, permanent, outdoor visual impact on more than 450 city blocks through the five boroughs of New York City. Groundswell has done just that. As part of a continuing series looking at not-for-profits as urban neighbors, The Rooftop Project’s Scott Haggmark and Professor James Hagy visit with Amy Sananman and Sharon Polli at Groundswell’s Brooklyn headquarters.
      • The Noguchi Museum Few not-for-profit cultural or historic sites can be traced through a single thread, from heritage in an unlikely industrial setting in Queens; its conversion to workspace for the creation, staging and deployment of art throughout the world; its rededication by the living artist as a museum space while still a working gallery; and ultimately its preservation as a permanent cultural destination. At the Noguchi Museum, members and visitors can appreciate artist Isamu Noguchi’s full body of work in many media, enjoy the tranquility of galleries and gardens in a profoundly close-by urban setting, and understand the context in which that art was inspired and created over more than half a century. Professor James Hagy, Director of the Rooftops Project, explores the life and legacy of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi with Amy Hau, the Noguchi Museum’s Director of Administration and External Affairs.
      • The Gates Foundation LEED Platinum Seattle Headquarters In this first article in his series looking at not-for-profits as urban neighbors, Professor James Hagy, Director of The Rooftops Project, visits with the Gates Foundation at its recently opened LEED Platinum Seattle headquarters campus.
      • The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities When the California Endowment planned new headquarters space for its own operations, its vision also included creating conference space suitable for events by other not-for-profits, opportunities for formal and informal collaboration among not-for-profits with compatible missions, and even incubator spaces for smaller organizations in need of an office presence. In this second article in his series looking at not-for-profits as urban neighbors, Professor James Hagy, Director of The Rooftops Project, talks with Anne-Marie Jones, Director of the Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities, and Edward de la Torre, its Director of Facilities and Events.
      • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Responding to an ever-increasing need for pro bono legal services, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada recently broke ground in downtown Las Vegas on what will become its new headquarters. Professor James Hagy, Director of The Rooftops Project, talks with Eexecutive Director Barbara Buckley about the project and the role that the new facility will play in advancing the Center’s mission and its services to clients.
      • Fernbank Museum of Natural History Any natural history or science museum would be proud to haev the diversity of collections and programmatic resources found at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia. But few if any can law claim, as Fernbank does, to having “grown out of a forest.” Professor James Hagy, Director of The Rooftops Project, talks wiht Aneli Nugteren, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Fernbank Museum, about its unique campus, mission, and facilities.
    • Perspectives

      • WeWork While the concept of executive office suites has existed for decades, in recent years innovations have emerged seeking to provide a broader range of services and a sense of community combined with affordability and flexibility. Stephen Caracappa and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project talk with WeWork executives David Fano and Mark Lapidus (Class of 2012) about the company’s business model, space concept and design, and the applications for not-for-profit organizations.
      • BMS Building Management Services How can not-for-pro t organizations better prepare themselves to launch and sustain effective relationships with their outside janitorial, security, and maintenance service providers? Mike Doherty, President and CEO of BMS Building Management Services, and members of his New York City team consider these themes with Frank Loffreno and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project.
      • 120 Wall Street Through a decades-long collaboration with the city and state, not-for-pro t tenants occupy of ce space in a landmarked structure in the heart of Wall Street with the unusual advantage of no real estate taxes. The Rooftop Project’s Alison Snyder and Professor James Hagy interview Jeremy Moss and Camille McGratty of Silverstein Properties at the iconic 120 Wall Street building in lower Manhattan.
      • Jonathan Denham and Paul Wolf of Denham Wolf Real Estate Services In a conversation with Kelly Padden and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project, Jon Denham and Paul Wolf re ect on their experiences with not-for-pro t projects across mission types to draw lessons about creativity in locating and securing permanent space in one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets.
      • David Samuels and Themes Karalis of Duval & Stachenfeld LLP Federal and state law can impose compliance requirements affecting both disposing of and transacting in real estate by not-for-profit organizations. In a dialogue with The Rooftop Project’s Jordan Moss and Professor James Hagy, David Samuels and Themes Karalis of the law firm Duval & Stachenfeld illustrate situations, including some unique to New York law and regulation, in which compliance and care are warranted.
      • Susanna Fodor of Scarola Malone Zubatov In a recent visit with The Rooftops Project’s Alicia Langone and Professor James Hagy, construction lawyer Susanna Fodor offers views on the tenant improvement process when a not-for-profit organization selects space to lease and on routine repair and renovation projects for properties a not-for-profit may own.
      • Marty Festenstein of NELSON Interior design professional Marty Festenstein shares insights on the design process for tenant spaces with Professor James Hagy and Rooftops Project team member Jennessy Rivera.
      • Emmy Award-winning Producer and Director Thomas Kaufman What makes an effective message when asking for donations to a capital project using video and streaming media? Professor James Hagy and Rooftops Team member Colin Pearce asked Emmy Award-winning producer and director Tom Kaufman after screening his remarkable two-minute video for the Playtime Project, the goal of which was to fund construction of a children’s playground for a large homeless shelter in a converted, former general hospital in the District of Columbia.
      • William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design How can arts organizations with an aspiration to build their own facilities connect project design both with the broader community and with financial sustainability? The Rooftops Project’s Zulaihat Nauzo and Professor James Hagy talk with William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design.
      • Cannon Design’s Open Hand Studio Not only can architects create great space, they can also inspire better connections between the built environment and the social sector. John Syvertsen, Chris Lambert, and Ashley Marsh talk with Sahar Nikanjam and Professor James Hagy of The Rooftops Project about their work with not-for-profit organizations through architectural firm Cannon Design’s Open Hand Studio initiative.
      • Professor Gerald Korngold on Conservation Easements The Rooftops Project’s Katherine DiSalvo and Naveed Fazal talk with New York Law School Professor and conservation easement scholar, Gerald Korngold.
      • Kenneth Levien and Kimberly Dowdell of Levien & Company, Inc. Kenneth Levien and Kimberly Dowdell share thoughts with The Rooftops Project’s Dmitriy Ishimbayev and Professor James Hagy on the role of project management in not-for-profit construction and renovation projects.
      • Richard Cohn, Motion Picture Gaffer, Magician, Musician The Rooftops Project’s Kristen Porro talks with Richard Cohn, Gaffer (Chief Electrician) to the television and movie industry on location in New York City, and performing magician, who shares tricks of his two trades that not-for-profits can use to make the most of often imperfect performance spaces.
      • Kimse Yok Mu: An Organization’s Effort For The Advancement of Life The Rooftops Project’s Shaan Lodi talks with Turkish relief organization Kimse Yok Mu about its approach to the real estate needed to support disaster response and other work in often challenging settings in 96 countries.
      • Michael Carlton of Carlton Architecture Michael Carlton talks with The Rooftops Project’s Emily Barile and Professor James Hagy about the intersections among architecture, interior design, real estate, and not-for-profit strategic planning.
      • Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting presents her views on optimizing the match between not-for-profit organizations and prospective board member volunteers.
      • Steve Marcussen and Jonathan Sklar of Cushman & Wakefield Steve Marcussen and Jonathan Sklar of Cushman & Wakefield’s Los Angeles office share thoughts on how not-for-profit organizations can be more effective with their real estate assets and in implementing projects with outside real estate brokerage advisors.
      • Benjamin Webb of the Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia Benjamin Webb discusses the rewards and challenges of being responsible for facilities management and energy for the largest mixed-program cultural center in the Southeastern U.S.
      • Alyssa Bellew of the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena At manyplaces of worship, responsibility for oversight of the physical facilities falls to administrative staff as one more adjunct to an already busy schedule. At others, property tasks may be left to volunteers. The “on-the-job training” may often be self-taught. Professor James Hagy explores these challenges with Alyssa Bellew, Administrative Director of Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church.
    • Panorama

      • London Olympics Site Redevelopment The 2012 London Olympics are over, yet the work is just beginning. Solicitor Linda Fletcher of the London office of the law firm Pinsent Masons talked with Dmitriy Ishimbeyev and Professor James Hagy about the 18-year project to redevelop and repurpose the Olympics venue for the longer term as a major, sustainable, mixed-use community in east London.
      • Jefferson Mok What is your real estate strategy when you are the first on-the-ground representative of a social service not-for-profit entering a remote market abroad with a new program? Jefferson Mok reflects on four years in Burundi in a conversation with The Rooftops Project’s Arthy Bakthavasalam and Professor James Hagy.
      • Caring for the Palace Museum, Bejing, China Shi Zhimin discusses his work as Director of the Ancient Building Management Office of The Palace Museum in Beijing, still also recognized by many visitors as the former Chinese imperial palace known as The Forbidden City, with Cai Bowen and Professor James Hagy, Director of The Rooftops Project.