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Alloy Block Tour

Event Public Works
July 19th, 2023
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Alloy Block
489 State Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Stephen Cassell, FAIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a New York City firm united by their collaborative process, commitment to accountable action, and social and environmental responsibility. Stephen is a lecturer at MIT, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University GSAPP and the former Chair of the Board of the Van Alen Institute.

AJ Pires is President of Alloy Development. He has been practicing real estate design and development in New York City for over 15 years. He started his career as a project manager for Peter Walker & Partners on the World Trade Center Memorial in downtown Manhattan. In 2006, AJ became a founding member of Alloy Development, a real estate development company based in Brooklyn, NY. At Alloy, AJ manages the acquisition, design, capitalization, construction and disposition of projects that seek to promote thoughtful design and add value to the built environment of New York City. AJ servers on the board of the Center for Architecture, the Urban Design Forum and Community Bank Delaware. He is a Licensed Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. AJ lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn.

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a New York City firm united by their collaborative process, commitment to accountable action, and social and environmental responsibility. Adam is a lecturer at MIT and has taught at Harvard University, The University of Michigan, Princeton University, Yale University, The University of Virginia, and other institutions. He has also lectured widely and written about ARO’s work. Adam served on the board of Places Journal and the University of Virginia School of Architecture Dean’s Advisory Board.

Join us for a tour of the Alloy Block with Alloy and ARO.

In the midst of a climate crisis, New York City is confronting a housing shortage while grappling with the revitalization of business districts. The Alloy Block is taking on these intersecting needs with a carbon-neutral, mixed-use five building development. The project will include New York City’s first fully electric tower with market-rate and affordable apartments, office space, retail space and two Passive House-certified public schools. 

We will begin with a tour of the tower and school with AJ Pires from Alloy, and Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky and Kim Yao from ARO

How can mixed-use developments address climate change while supporting housing needs?

Guest & Accessibility Policies 

Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. This event is open to Forum Fellows. Due to limited availability, we cannot accommodate any guests at this time.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.

  • This is an active construction site. The tour will include walking up and down stairs.
  • Closed-toed shoes are required. 
  • If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Face masks are encouraged, particularly if you have been recently exposed to colds, flus, or other illness. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a high-quality, well-fitting face covering is required at all times.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances to accommodate guests with allergies or environmental sensitivities.
  • If you have additional needs, we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact Miranda Bellizia, Director of Member Engagement, at miranda@urbandesignforum.org.
About Fellow Tours

As part of Public Works, we host tours of recent and ongoing built projects shaping the future of the public realm in New York City, with their designers, developers and builders. 

Our tours and programming would not be possible without the continued dues contributions of our members and the generous support of our Director’s Circle.

To learn more about how you can support, please contact Miranda Bellizia, Director of Member Engagement, miranda@urbandesignforum.org.

Continuing Education 

This program has been submitted for AIA CES.

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