Competitions


Aarhus Harbour
Master Plan
Competition
With Bjarke Ingles



This award winning entry for an international competition was submitted in collaboration with Danish architect Bjarke Ingles (BIG). Looking for a solution to its piecemeal urban situation, the city of Aarhus organized a competition to redefine its industrial port areas integrating industrial, residential, and recreational zones into a unified and productive urban area.
The proposed project provides a connection between the city and the separated port. This connection is created by developing permanent public art installations and venues placed at key infrastructural nodes acting as links between differing urban areas. The different areas are organized in a series of concentric rings.

American Museum of the Moving Image
Queens, NY
2004

Top-three finalist for the design of the Museum of the Moving Image.

Astin Jacobo Community Center
Competition

New York, NY
2008


SAS was invited to compete in the design of a new community center and middle school in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. Our proposal was one of two finalists selected.

In response to a complex programmatic brief that included middle school facilities, community spaces, fitness areas, and a baseball field deployed over a compact urban site, we proposed a facility that would be easy to understand, easy to use, and become a center for the Kingsbridge neighborhood. The required programs accounted for almost all of the site’s square footage, leaving no room for the existing baseball field. Not wanting to condense the building into a multistory structure to make room for the field, we proposed a two-story building spread out over the entire site with the baseball field on top. The broad surface area of the roof would allow for rain water and solar energy collection for basic building operations, and the synthetic turf of the baseball field would serve as insulation for the spaces below.

Brooklyn Navy Yard
Proposal

New York, NY
2009


SAS submitted this proposal to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation in response to an RFP for a light industrial building on Sands Street. SAS saw this RFP within the larger framework of the BNYDC’s current development and expansion as an ecologically sustainable and economically viable industrial park.

SAS positions the new Sands Street building as the hub of the BNYDC’s current expansion, and optimizes the infrastructure that serves it. This infrastructure, funneled through the historical Sands Street Gate, converges at the building site where SAS imagines a light industrial building that provides day-lit work spaces in a campus-like setting. A lightweight single story warehouse structure spreads across the site, all housed under a saw tooth super roof that collects water, daylight and solar energy.

WPA 2.0
Urban Planning Competition

New York, NY
2009


SAS submitted this proposal to cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, who called for a redux of the Depression-era infrastructure built by the WPA. SAS envisioned sustainable light industrial investment in the local infrastructure of target populations.

While maintaining the same job-generating purpose as the original WPA, SAS proposed light industrial parks instead of the industrial infrastructure and heavy manufacturing of the Depression-era projects. Bringing some manufacturing back to America, light industrial parks encourage sustainable jobs, buildings, products and communities. SAS envisioned a flexible typology adjustable to the existing fabric of struggling cities across the country: lightweight single-story warehouse structures sheltering a campus of car-free workshops that can be atomized to infill vacant lots or clustered over decommissioned industrial sites.
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