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  • Planning & Practice

  • Profiles

    • 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

    • 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.