5.7 Frank Lloyd Wright project

thread is thrilled to be working on an original Frank Lloyd Wright – the Olfelt house in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are huge fans of FLW, and hope to do his vision with this house great justice and care in restoring and bringing it back to life for the next generation. Check out our instagram @thread_design feed to watch designs unfold, and site visit details as the residence goes under construction this fall.

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5.4 MAS Jane’s Walk Collect Pond

Collect Pond and the Urban Backstage
led by Elliott Maltby of thread collective and Clarinda Mac Low of Culture Push
Join this MAS Jane’s Walk that will examine the urban backstage in the context of Collect Pond’s history and NYC’s water infrastructure. Let’s explore together the interconnection of ecological and social histories, changing perspectives and strategies in relation to water, and the urban backstage, where residents can rehearse, rather than perform. It is a provisional place, one for testing ideas, to practice imperfectly. Friday, May 4 3:00 PM

3.15 Pratt Netherlands Resilience Tour

Gita, co-led the Pratt Institute Spring Resilience Study abroad trip with Jaime Stein, Chair of the SES Dept, Nadya Nenadich, chair of the Historic Preservation Department and Theo Prudone. The week long study took students across the Dutch landscape to study the convergence of water management, innovation, history and heritage – where the Dutch are masters. #prattnetherlands2018

3.2 Blue Schools Design Challenge

Go With the Flow Gowanus! thread collective worked closely with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and several local Gowanus middle school and high school teachers to create the Blue School Green Infrastructure Curriculum and Design Challenge, launching this spring. Three classes will pilot the program, with creative and smart young adults coming up with innovative solutions to green their schools. Check out their work on May 19th at the Gowanus Expo.

12.31 happy new year!

thread sends you LOVE in 2018.

11.8 greenbuild 2017

Gita joins other active members of RETI and the RDM Campus – Ben Margolis of SBIDC, Gabrielle Muris of Urban Impact, and Carter Craft of the Dutch Consulate at GreenBuild in Boston, to discuss RETI Center : A Model of Resilient Economic DevelopmentBillions in federal, state and municipal funds are being invested in coastal resiliency efforts, but who benefits most from these investments? The RETI Center proposes plans to ensure that this funding does not overlook socio-economically vulnerable coastal communities, but is instead used to leverage a better economic future for them. Will you be at GreenBuild? Join us for a lively discussion, Wednesday November 8th, 8.30am

10.18 heath ceramics at trout house!

thread collective is hosting an evening of inspiration with our beloved Heath ceramics, traveling from their west coast showroom. Join us to meet the Heath team, and a sneak peak of their new Stan Bitters tile collection. Libations and nibbles will be served, of course! Wednesday evening October 18th, 6pm to 8pm, at Trout House,  225 Troutman Street Brooklyn, NY 11237
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the Municipal Art Society SUMMIT
IN CONVERSATION : Ready for Anything
While recovery from Hurricane Sandy is still underway, New York City faces a mounting imperative to tackle climate change concerns beyond storm preparedness. How are the City and its communities working together to address the full scope of challenges posed by climate change to ensure a low-carbon, sustainable, and resilient future?
Michael Kimmelman (Moderator), Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Daniel A. Zarrilli, Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer, New York City Office of the Mayor
Gita Nandan, Principal, thread collective, & Co-Chair, Resilient Red Hook

10.14 open house ny

thread collective will open it’s doors to TroutHouse as part of our annual participation in Open House New York weekend. We welcome you to join us on a tour, scheduled for 11am and 1pm. TroutHouse is a beautiful example of thread’s philosophy bringing landscape, architecture and interiors seamlessly into a single building. A 6,000 sf LEED Gold Home, it houses our architecture office on the ground floor with several residential units above. Features include a green roof with skyline views, 5kW solar canopy, lush yard, lots of natural daylight. The project is created by thread05, a development arm of thread collective.

visit for reservations and directions.

9.10 Elliott and Iland reading

Join Elliott Maltby, Annie B-Parson, Alexander Borinsky, Daaimah Mubashshir, for a fall backyard reading, featuring authors from 53rd State Press and 3 Hole Press. Dance By Letter, Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 and A Field Guide To ILANDing: Scores for Researching Urban Ecologies will be available for sale!

4-5:30 PM
The back garden at Unneamable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY

8.10 urban design forum

Gita Nandan, will be joining Andrea Parker, Sharon Davis, Michelle de la Uz, Brad Lander,  to discuss leveraging development in Gowanus to expand the neighborhood’s green infrastructure network and preserve the area’s cultural assets. The Urban Design Forum presents a discussion on the planned remediation of the Gowanus Canal that is driving enormous development in an industrial quarter of the city. thread will discuss the Gowanus Field Station as a tool for citizen science, youth engagement, and interactive knowledge building in urban areas. Thursday August 10th, 6pm at the American Can Factory.


Join us! ROOF TOP COCKTAILS at sunset
July 20th AND August 11th, at TroutHouse
225 Toutman Street Brooklyn NY 11237

5.8 APA Conference Resiliency Panel Discussion

Resilience Panel Discussion APA Conference
Ms. Nandan, in conversation with Amy Chester of Rebuild by Design, Jessica Colon, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and Ron Shiffman, Pratt Institute, discuss resilience and sustainability at the local, regional, and global level.

5.5 NYU Panel Discussion

Gita Nandan is presenting the Concrete Waves project, a community based design that connects public space, resiliency, and active, at the NYU Global Studies Program. This is in conversation with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani is an urbanist, photographer and curator and principal of Buscada, and Damon Rich is a designer and artist and partner with Jae Shin at Hector. Many thanks to Suzanne Maria Menghraj, NYU Clinical Assistant Professor, for assembling such a great group to discuss citizen participation in design.


thread collective supports the Van Alen Institute as part of the Benefit Committee for their Spring Party. Join US! to celebrate all the good work of the Van Alen Institute, Thursday March 16th 2017. Follow this link for tickets. We will see you at the party!

2.23 walling off what matters

you are invited to join a dialogue with Gita Nandan, chair of Resilient Red Hook and principal at thread collective
part of the 100 Days of Impact Series
February 23rd at the Impact Hub NYC,
394 Broadway, New York, NY 10013 / noon – 1pm
Infrastructure will be at the core of Trump’s economic engine, with the construction of a southern border wall at the center. In this critical junction around climate change action, I will be presenting innovative ideas on how communities can implement local action to tackle flood protection and resiliency to prepare our low-lying communities for the next century. I ask that you join in the conversation to discuss how to grow a city-wide vision. sign up here,
Please sign up for the event through this link.


#threadinthefield. the 4th floor of a greenpoint penthouse under construction.

Urban Design Forum

Gita and Elliott were invited to join the Urban Design Forum class of 2016. We are proud to join such a cohort of esteemed colleagues in this great institution. The Urban Design Forum members are civic leaders building dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities around the world. The 2016 Class of Fellows is leading significant projects in the New York region, from the expansion of the Second Avenue Subway to the implementation of Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan. They are designing the renovation of the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and the New York Wheel on the St. George waterfront. They are improving Red Hook’s public housing through urban agriculture and connecting the Brooklyn waterfront’s public spaces with a 14-mile greenway.

01.02 NEXT CITY a field guide to fence

Kicking off 2017, Gita and Elliott wrote a piece for Next City, on their thoughts around fences,an issue they have been mulling over for years. The project was in partnership with Rachel Abrams, a visual storyteller, of Turnstone Consulting, who created illustrative images of the typology of fences explored. A Field Guide to Fences.

happy new year 2017!

thread collective wishes a joyous and just 2017 to all.

WeACT 11.12

Gita Nandan and Elliott Maltby will be participating in the Urban Communities Organizing for Climate Resilience, hosted by WeACT and Columbia University. Gita will present her work with the Red Hook Community Microgrid project; Elliott will present her Preparedness Kiosk project. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

RETI CENTER Conference 11.18 -11.19

thread has been working with the RETI Center to conceive and execute the RETI Center Conference and EXPO to be held on November 18th and 19th. The event will explore the state of the Resilient Labor Market and the ways we envisions a more just and equitable resilient future for New York City. The EXPO will showcase a wide range of products and designs that help homeowners, builders, and designers create a better environment. see for registration and more information.

greenbuild LA 2016

thread joined the GreenBuild 2016 Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, exploring many new sustainable building products and learning about the ecosystem restoration along the Los Angeles River.

5.16 Gowanus Expo Gowanus Field Stations

Visit us at the Gowanus Expo on May 21st where we will be field testing our Gowanus Field Station. Learn about the ecology of the Gowanus, it’s history, and what the future holds. thread was recently awarded a New York State Council for the Arts grant to work in partnership with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy on the design and implementation of the Gowanus Field Stations project – originally conceived in 2013 through an NEA Art Works grant that creates a set of shelters along the Gowanus Canal shores to allow for citizen engagement with this historical urban ecological region.

5.16 Adaptations Future

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). In 2016 the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands co-host the fourth edition.  Ms. Nandan will be joining Gabriel Muris of Urban Impact and Jaime Stein, coordinator of the SES Department in the PSPD Department at Pratt Institute with other Pratt Faculty to showcase the Delta Cities Curriculum at the Adaptations Futures 2016 Conference, in Rotterdam.


Howard Houses farm is under construction, part of the larger New York City Housing Authority Urban Agriculture Initiative. Working closely with the team at Green City Force and local residents at Howard Houses, thread designed this urban farm within the unique circle that sits in the center of this NYCHA community.


thread collective, working in partnership with the South Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, was awarded a Regional Economic Development Council grant to provide planning and architectural services for the feasibility of developing a vacant brownfield site in Red Hook Brooklyn into a Resilience, Education, Training, and Innovation (RETI) Center.

11.8 BDNY Conference

Call it the Ace effect. Or citizenM. Or Generator. Hospitality clients now demand that hotels be neighborhood haunts for guests and locals alike. The challenge is that the urban landscape is undergoing some major changes. Ms. Nandan will be discussing how agricultural landscapes and hospitality can be merged to create expertientially rich and fullfilling spaces. She joins panelists John Cetra, John Wilder and Anwar Mekhayach with Moderator Mary Scoviak, Executive Editor, Boutique Design at the Boutique Design Trade Fair, November 8th at 1pm. Tickets can be found here.


Ms. Nandan will be joining writer DW Gibson, author of The Edge Becomes the Center, An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century, in a discussion for Van Alen’s Variety Show, Periphery. The conversation is around evolving edges of the city, Ms. Nandan will be discussing her views presented in the DW Gibson’s Oral History book with several other participants. tickets at Van Alen.  The event will be held Thursday November 5th, 7pm, at the Former St. Luke’s Evangelical Church
259 Washington Avenue. Brooklyn, New York


Lisa Delgado writes about pro-active architects in this Fall’s edition of Oculus, The DIY Approach to Housing, addressing how various firms have tackled development and housing on their own terms. thread collective’s is proud to have been included in this timely article, featuring TroutHouse. Mark Mancuso is quoted, “we design something and then go to the developer-client, and then the design changes because we tailor it to what they want. But since we were own client, design was much faster”.  to read the full article, Oculus Fall 2015

10.17 OHNY

thread collective will open it’s doors to TroutHouse as part of our annual participation in Open House New York weekend. We welcome you to join us on a tour, scheduled for 11am and 1pm. Please make sure to make a reservation as tours are limited to 25.  TroutHouse is a beautiful example of thread’s philosophy bringing landscape, architecture and interiors seamlessly into a single building. A 6,000 sf LEED Gold Home, it houses our architecture office on the ground floor with several residential units above. Features include a green roof with skyline views, 5kW solar canopy, lush yard, lots of natural daylight. The project is created by thread05, a development arm of thread collective.

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One of the first models in the nation of a working farm on New York City’s Housing Authority’s property, for public housing residents, will be open to visitors as part of the month-long Architecture and Design Month Festival, Archtober Tours. thread collective’s Gita Nandan and Elliott Maltby, will lead a “Building of the Day” tour of this one-acre innovative urban agriculture space, where produce is provided to families in the NYCHA Red Hook Houses. Called the Red Hook West Urban Farm, the new outdoor space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was developed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as a prototype to be replicated on at least five other sites, as part of their Urban Agriculture Initiative. When it opened, this initiative added an architectural dimension to the Mayor’s Obesity Task Force. Green City Force, whose Americorps youth farm and maintain the site, and Added Value, one of the founders of the project will join us for the presentation.

For more details, visit


Ms. Nandan will present Designing Interiors for Resiliency on October 28th at NeoCon East, in Philadelphia. NEOCON EAST is the nation’s premier design expo and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. This year’s show will feature new partnerships with important regional design organizations as well as the best in products and services, ready to specify, across a spectrum of vertical markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Education, Public Space, Hospitality, Retail and Government.

Designing Interiors for Resiliency

9.16 design.develop.discuss

WED, SEP 16, 2015 AT 6:00 PM
TALK: Designer As Developer: Building Your Vision, Building New Business

Should architects and designers take control of the development, financing and investment process to both achieve breakthrough designs and to take control of their futures? Gita of thread collective LLC. will be joining this panel of distinguished experts who all say yes, and they discuss the steps required to develop properties and interiors with their own designs. The main benefits of this challenging dual approach is that the designer is able to “invest” in better designed results. Program includes case studies on new building projects. Moderated by Metropolis Magazine’s Susan Szenasy.

Panelists include: Jorge Mastropietro, Max Drivin, Gita Nandan, Diana Sutherlin

to join the event, see this link 
where: USAI Lighting Pop-up Showroom – 13 Crosby Street New York, NY

7.15 collect pond + the urban backstage

The Urban Backstage activities were performed on July 18th and are part of iLAB East River, a collaboration between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and iLAND – interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance. Participating artists: Julie Kline, Elliott Maltby, Clarinda Mac Low, Jeremy Pickard, Shawn Shafner, Rachel Stevens. Collect Pond Park performance: Visit the place where Collect Pond used to be, and imagine the city when it was the primary source of fresh drinking water –and a place of leisure and escape. Wreck Brook / East River Walk: Walk the former site of the Old Wreck Brook from Foley Square to the East River, up to Pier 42, exploring the links between natural water systems and engineering systems. The Urban Backstage: CSO Theater:  Travel from Pier 42 to the East River Amphitheater where ideas about what’s hidden –under our city, and in ourselves– take to the stage.

6.15 bushwick open studios

This year we collaborated with Lucy Pullen, showing work that addresses play, architecture, place, space, urban ecology, and the unexpected. Lucy Pullen studied painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994. Then she turned to sculpture. Her work has a playfulness and directness that opens it up to any viewer. It can be critically linked to conceptualism, and to a NSCAD trend to use unusual materials to make metaphysical points, but it is not necessary to know a secret art language to understand or enjoy it.(1) Her work is marked by conceptual ambition, technical daring, and antic humor.(2) Pullen intentionally shifts her work between the everyday and the esoteric as she pursues projects that give structure to the essential uncertainty and randomness of the universe.(3) Pullen’s work is built on paradox.

6.2 trouthouse rooftop cocktails

We invite you to join us for our summer rooftop cocktail parties
for great company and beautiful sunsets

June 2nd
7pm JOIN US! feel free to bring a friend

and if you can’t make it, come July 7th or Sept date TBD

05.15 LMCC /iLAND paths to pier 42

MAY 9 / PIER 42 1pm and 3pm: As part of the LMCC”S Paths to Pier 42 Elliott and 5 other artist collaborators will be their work on urban backstage. This is the part of the city that, through accident, intention, design, loss, or neglect, allows urban residents to remove their masks, to make mistakes, to expose [or hide] things, thoughts and actions that may not be allowed elsewhere. Water infrastructure is another aspect of the urban backstage: the mechanics of the city waterworks are often hidden and behind the scenes. Our research explores the individual’s and the city’s relationship to water, waste, and the physical body. During this walking participatory conversation and investigation, we will discuss our research thus far, the connections between the personal and the communal, and together we will explore both the informal and formal backstage through space and language

5.15 trouthouse dwell on design brooklyn house tour

Brooklyn Home Tour Saturday, May 9th, 10AM-4PM
We are excited to be participting with Dwell on Design for their Brooklyn House Tour, as part of the Brooklyn Design week, May 8-10th. TroutHouse will be opened all day for those buying tickets to see homes being opened up around Brooklyn. To purchase tickets, see Eventbriteand to see more on TroutHouse : thread’s showcase and LEED Gold home and office in Bushwick Brooklyn

Meet the Architects, May 7, 2015 from 7 PM – 9 PM
Dwell hosts Meet the Architects night.  Join us as talk about TroutHouse at FREEHOLD, 45 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn. Meet the Architects is a chance to hear from the brilliant minds behind the innovative homes featured on the Brooklyn Home Tours. The designers and architects present and discuss methods of design, renovation, and preservation taking place on the storied streets of Brooklyn.

4.15 lowlands: Manhattanville

Our latest iteration of lowlands, in Manhattanville, is a proposal developed under Mary Miss’s City as Living Lab. We will  collaborate with Manhattanville NYCHA residents to create a temporary installation that illustrates the ecosystem service value of trees, in the context of the area’s ecological history. Design charettes, experiential mapping, data collection and physical scores will facilitate exploration of the overlap of public space politics, local environmental challenges, particularly air pollution, current tree coverage, and historic marshes.

4.15 thread in the news

Concrete + Water was featured in Retail Design World
10 Easy Steps to a Greener Living, Architectural Digest

3.15 MAS Bellagio Center Resiliency Conference

Field Lessons from the Ground: Building Urban Resilience, Upon the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Gita was invited, as a representative of New York City and the Red Hook Brooklyn Community, to the Bellagio Conference Center in Lake Como Italy, to join 30 global leaders in resiliency for a week long set of deep discussions and engaged peer-learning. Innovative lessons were exchanged between countries struggling with a varied set of conditions due to climate change. This conference was a part of the The MAS Cities Global Resilience Network – The MAS Cities, Global Resilience Network is an international network linking local urban innovators who make cities more livable and resilient.  It was initiated by the Municipal Art Society of New York in 2011 at a convening at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Conference Center.  Subsequent follow-up meetings were held with network partners in Dhaka, Geneva, London, Montreal, New York City, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC.

01.15 Sustainable Building in Long Island

Interviewed for Long Island for Sale, Ms. Nandan offers her perspective on sustainable building for the eastern shores of New York. An exerpt : The first question we ask our clients is “what is your goal”. This sets the direction of the project and what to focus on. With every decision in the design and construction of a home or building there are multiple options, so understanding what the owner’s goals are help to drive those decisions. For instance, if an owner wants to be both energy efficient and create a non-toxic interior environment we would choose one type of insulation over another. Other questions a homeowner might look at are: What size home do I really need, and are there rooms that can be multi-functioning? How involved do I want to be in the operation of the home? What are my current energy bills? Read the full interviewSustainable Building Techniques for your Home

11.14 Gowanus Field Stations in MultipliCITY

Our article about the Gowanus Field Stations is in the Fall issue of Pratt’s MultipliCITY magazine, dedicated to water.  From the article: “Like much of New York City’s littoral edge, the Gowanus is being recast as the new “next” neighborhood, a site of real estate speculation and development, including expanded access to the waterfront. But a question we must ask is who is gaining access – and who is losing it? While this kind of transformation has become so familiar as to feel almost inevitable, the conditions and mechanisms of change, and the local qualities of each neighborhood are distinct. How might a project propose access that does not radically rewrite an area, but rather suggests a more tactical and precise insertion?.”
In addition, the issue features the article “Managing Stormwater in Red Hook” on our summer 2014 Green Infrastructure Studio by Chelsea Kelly, a student in the class.

11.14 The Nature of Cities

Check out Elliott’s contribution to the November roundtable hosted by the excellent website The Nature of Cities. This question was “How can art (in all its forms), exhibits, installations and provocations be a better catalyst to raise awareness, support and momentum for urban nature and green spaces?”  The very short synopsis: It is clear that knowledge and awareness alone do not serve as sufficient catalysts for change, art must embrace collaboration, embodied participation, and the mysterious.

10.14 New Orleans green

Gita and Elliott went to New Orleans for the US Green Building Conference and to check out some of the green infrastructure strategies that have been installed since Katrina. Highlights of the trip included hearing David Waggonner talk about New Orleans’ Urban Water Plan, getting a tour of Grow Dat Youth Farm, and the bounty of fish at the Paul Greenberg panel.

10.14 Collect Pond walk

Elliott and Theo Barbagianis, PE led a walking tour looking at the history of Collect Pond through the lens of the urban  backstage as part of City as Living Lab.  Collect Pond no longer exists, but we can see its history manifest in subtle and surprising ways in the contemporary city. We also can connect the loss of Collect Pond  to a number of pressing issues we continue to contend today with in relation to infrastructure and water. We will be giving the tour again in the summer – dates to be posted once we have them.

10.14 GPRO Homes digs in with GC input

We are excited to be working with the Urban Green Council to develop GPRO Homes, a part of the larger GPRO suite of green building educational materials.  In October we held a focus group workshop bringing together dozens of general contractors with a wide range of expertise and green building interest to deeper understand the state of the construction industry, the obstacles to expanding a green portfolio and the challenges in the marketplace.  These results will lead to a foundation for the GPRO Homes curriculum.  Many thanks to all the GCs that participated, and to Urban Future Lab for hosting.

9.14 Humanities Without Walls

With Jennifer Monson, dancer and executive director of iLAND, Elliott presented at the Humanities Without Walls  symposium at the University of Chicago. Looking at issues of cross-disciplinary collaboration, they drew from 10 years of iLAND residencies, which give time for movement artists and scientists to explore new hybrid methods for understanding urban ecologies.  And this is what makes the collaborations that iLAND supports quite different, that is seeing collaboration as not a means to an end, but an explicit topic in and of itself. It’s an experiment. Collaborations of this type challenge us to develop more complex processes to  match the complexity in the issues and questions of the research.

9.14 the People’s Climate March

On September 21st, thread collective joined the global event, the People’s Climate March to show solidarity with 400,000 other people speaking out around the issues concerning climate change that are having deep direct impats worldwide.  It was an awe-inspring event, and we walked away with an even deeper committment to the work that we are already engaged in.

9.14 Ready Red Hook

thread collective was asked by the Red Hook Coalition to create an identity for Red Hook’s Emergency Readiness Plan.  The first of it’s kind, the plan was developed by the community of Red Hook, for the community of Red Hook, and provides residents a single guide in preparation for and immediate recovery from future emergencies. thread collective led a team of planners and branding experts including Tatjana Gall and Chris Rice to design branding, graphics, and printed materials that will be sent to all 11,000 Red Hook Residents to prepare for future events. For more info visit

6.14 TroutHouse rooftop cocktails

Through August thread will be hosting an open house the last Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm. Join us to bask in the heat after the long winter, and to see the green roof become more lush each month, and watch the trained homing pigeons fly.

5.14 Bushwick Open Studios

thread collective is open this weekend as part of the Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) – a three-day arts and culture festival, hosted annually by the great volunteer organization Arts in Bushwick (AiB). Now in its eighth year, this celebration of Bushwick’s neighborhood’s vibrant community and local art scene is free and open to the public. Come visit thread Friday evening, 5-6pm and Saturday+Sunday, 1pm to 6pm, to see the works of Sara Eichner, Tom Krueger, Jens Veneman, Andres Toros, and Josh Lutz.  You can find more info on the event in The New York Times Magazine article.

5.14 fallow time : movement research spring festival

Elliott is one of four curators for Movement Research’s spring festival, fallow time. The title comes from a short essay she wrote last fall advocating for a more expansive role for the imagination in planning: Yes, “chance favors the prepared mind”, but in addition to the preparation, the mind must be open to chance. Chance [and the imagination to find meaning in chance] requires time that is fallow; time that is neither “productive” nor distracted. The festival examines both urban ecologies and artistic production in contemporary society. Inviting the multiple meanings of sustainability to rub against a range of creative practices, the festival will enact scenarios for thriving in our increasingly unpredictable environment.

4.14 NY Rising NYCHA proposal presentation

Gita Nandan, Co-Chair of the NY Rising Red Hook Committee for the Community Reconstruction Program and Danelle Johnson, Committee Member, attended the final Conference in Albany, NY. While there, they presented two of Red Hook’s resiliency projects at the conference, which were very well received. Speaking to hundreds of attendees, Gita and Danelle shared Red Hook’s unique challenges and strengths, highlighting innovative approaches to improving the resiliency of the NYCHA Red Hook Houses. The two projects presented showcase energy independence for the public housing : the first is a pilot project for solar powered common stairwell lighting, the second is a micro-grid with a feasibility study as phase-1.  Their presentation is in Part 2 of the conference videos here.

With the first phase of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program coming to an end, the Red Hook Planning Committee has published its final plan :  Final Red Hook NYRCR Community Reconstruction Plan,  You can find more information on the planning process, documentation, resources :

4.14 Open Engagement at the Queens Museum

Elliott, with Mary Miss, Eve Mosher, and Franco Montalto, will be facilitating an interactive engagement looking NYC’s watershed – and the relief map of that watershed-  at the Queens Museum on May 18th from 2.30-4.30.  The event is part of the Open Engagement conference, which is free and looks amazing : Open Engagement is an international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice, and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making.

4.14 SVA Senior Thesis Exhibition

SVA ID Senior Thesis is exihibited this week at the Art Director’s Club.   An exhibition of works by BFA Interior Design students that represents a wide range of projects and interests, from the design of a seedbank exchange in South Korea to a music venue in Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore, to an urban food center in the West Village, to a sleep therapy center in Midtown. Each project tackles the challenges of integrating conceptual thinking with programmatic layout, design and interior detailing to create an inspiring new place.  C0-Curated by Anthony Lee and Gita Nandan.

3.14 RAMP Rotterdam X

Gita had the opportunity to participate in Pratt Institute’s RAMP Rotterdam Exchange program this Spring, traveling with 16students, 8 NYC community leaders and several faculty to the Netherlands to learn, experience, explore, and exchange ideas on water management, community development, and the future of our delta cities.  Spear headed by Ron Shiffman, the week long exchange was hosted and sponsored by Arjan Braamskamp from the Netherlands Consulate General and the Rotterdam RDM Campus.  We can’t thank them enough for the deeply engaging converesations, tours, and share knowledge.  Please visit  our blog, where you can track our experience, watch videos of presentations, and a whole lot of photos : RAMPRotterdamX / and our twitter hashtag #ramprotterdamx

3.14 AIA Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop

Gita will be present resiliency design and master plan of the Red Hook Community Farm at the AIA’s Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop held on the NYIT campus on March 31st, 2014.  She will be joining Ronald Peister, Director, Division of Building Standards and Codes NYS Department of State, Henk Ovink, Principal, ‘Rebuild by Design,’ Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan, HUD / Sandy Task Force Brian Baer,Regional Program Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity and Army Corp of Engineers recovery director.  This day long workshop is geared for stakeholders across the four state region working in coastal communities at all scales of rebuilding and planning. The Working Group’s on going mission is to share experience and case studies of recovery efforts across the region, highlight good practices, notes changes to building codes along with updates to state and federal procedures, financing and opportunities.

resiliency = sustainability. thread’s commitment.

thread collective’s commitment to building a low carbon, resilient and sustainable world has been a core principle since our inception, and is at the heart of our design process. We see our role not just as architects but as visionaries and leaders to help transform design, and collective thinking to create buildings and environments that will support a more just, creative, and resilient future.

thread collective works at a wide range of scales; specifying non-toxic interior finish materials to detailing energy efficient building envelopes to systems thinking in urban landscapes. It is the intersection, and integration of these scales of design where we find the most successful sustainable advancements for our clients. Incorporating a sustainable design process from the outset of a project ensures a cohesive well thought out building with well integrated systems, achieving maximum efficiencies without sacrificing aesthetics.

The decision making process is one of the most challenging aspects of resilient and sustainable design. thread collective’s skills as educators brings a deep understanding of how to situate problems, clarify issues, and broaden discussion through design, informing our clients to help them understand and select the best solutions.

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy brought devastation to New York City, but we also look at it as an opportunity, bringing an awareness to NYC residents about resiliency that will hopefully lead to a better policies, smarter building practices, and sustainable landscapes. While resiliency is the word of today, thread views our work in this field not as a way to bounce back, but as a way to think forward. thread collective has been involved since the day after the storm to help NYC recover and build a more resilient=sustainable cityscape; working with the Urban Green Council’s Building Resiliency Task Force to make recommendations to City Council on transforming the NYC Building Code, Governor Cuomo’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program in Red Hook to help create a resilient neighborhood plan, and Pratt Institute’s Recovery Adaptation and Mitigation Program (RAMP).

Over the past decade we have worked with many experts in the field, beta tested cutting edge design tools and navigated agencies to help our clients achieve our common sustainable goals : Sefaira, NYSERDA, the Energy Star Program, LEED and Passive House.

thread collective is member of the following organizations that support our commitment to resiliency=sustainability :

+ the Urban Green Council, local NYC chapter of the USGBC.
+ New York Passive House
+ Achitecture 2030 Challenge + the AIA 2030 Commitment

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2.14 AIA The Social Practice of Civic Engagement

Gita  will be joining Quilian Riano to present projects that situate themselves in the public realm and question the meaning of inclusion in a democratized space. Gita Nandan will speak about he Red Hook Community Farm plays a vital role in public space. Quilian will present his project #whOWNSpace around the questions of who really owns public space and a case study project of participatory planning in an immigrant community.  Monday February 24th, 6pm at the Center for Architecture.

2.14 Perform Live design competition

We are excited to support the Perform Live Design Competition created by Sefaira and Sketchup. Design under pressure + net zero makes for an energetic event!  The event will take place on May 17th at the Pratt Manhattan Campus, and is hosted by the UESM department.  Visit the website to sign up, and learn more details as they unfold.

2.14 Passive 154 infrared

A very revealing street scape image taken with an infra-red camera, thanks to Sam McAfee of sg.BUILD for stopping by to snap this. You can guess which house is the Unger Hansen House because the the original front entrance doors are the only part of the envelope still leaking internal heat indicated by glowing red from the single pane glazing.  An infra-red camera is a great tool during the construction process as it clearly reveals the performance and corrections can be made before it is too late.

Gita Nandan, sustainability + interiors director, principal, RA, LEED AP

Ms. Nandan believes in sustainability as a holistic and supple design approach, integral to all aspect of design and construction.  She is at the forefront of sustainability in New York, having served in various roles to help shape public policy, most recently board co-chair of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program Red Hook Community Committee ; member of the Homes Committee for Urban Green Codes Task Force (2012); and the Building Resiliency Task Force (2013). Gita further puts her beliefs into practice as an architectural educator, currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts where she teaches the Green Infrastructure Studio, Sustainable and Resilient Existing Building Design and thesis. Gita received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, an accredited LEED professional and Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistant.
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Mark Mancuso, architecture director, principal, RA

Mark Mancuso is interested in the ambiguity of architectural environments, the transition where spaces overlap through permeable edges, the concurrence where architecture allows for coincidental possibilities and varied experience. He has overlayed this philosophy with a pragmatic knowledge of building code and detailing in his 16 years experience in the design of cultural and residential buildings. With a unique skill set that combines both artistic abstraction and engineering precision, Mark can conceive a building that is both beautiful and buildable, seeing the “big conceptual picture” and the minute details simultaneously. Prior to founding thread, Mark worked for Eight Inc. in San Francisco. He has received a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and is a New York State Registered Architect.
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Elliott Maltby, urban and landscape design director

Ms. Maltby believes that art and design can improve the sustainability and vitality of the urban environment. She brings a detailed and nuanced understanding of landscape elements to each project, including how plants can be compelling design elements, carrying sensory experiences and cultural narratives, while also providing ecosystem services. Her research explores the influence ecological conditions have on the current built and cultural environment. Most recently, she has detailed the history of Collect Pond, identifying its widely varied influence on the contemporary city ranging from our municipal water supply to the founding of Chase Manhattan Bank. In addition to working with architects, Ms. Maltby has collaborated over the years with artists and scientists to creatively address urban design, climate change, and resiliency. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Urban Design at the Pratt Institute.
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WBE Certification

The firm is certified as a women-owned business enterprise (WBE) by New York City, and New York State.   Please find official certification here.

9.13 TroutHouse awarded LEED Gold

We are very excited to announce that TroutHouse was awarded LEED Gold for Homes.  Many thanks to Steve Klocke at Steven Winters Associates and to our construction team for helping to realize a very sustainable home for thread collective, LLC.  To get a tour of the project, check out this Curbed video.

LEED Certification

Gita Nandan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and active member of the Urban Green Council.  thread collective offers LEED certification to clients who want to establish a deeper commitment to sustainability and provide third party guarantees to their projects.  With over 15 years in sustainable design thread offers an integrated approach to achieving LEED, from strategic planning to interior detailing, bringing issues to the forefront of a project from day one of the project.

+ TroutHouse, LEED Homes Gold, awarded 2013
6,000sf mixed use, home to thread collective’s offices

+ E7 Residences, LEED NC Silver target, under certification review
6,000sf condo building

+ BCUE, LEED – CI Gold, project put on hold
16,000sf non-profit headquarters

+ Packard Square Residences LEED NC Silver target, under certification review