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Specht Harpman

Specht Harpman

New York, NY

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prairieHouse

Converted gas station designed as part of the Global Design NYU Symposium in 2011.

The prairieHouse is not based on a romantic vision of the American Landscape, but the reality of what we have made. A Texaco station canopy is retrofitted for inhabitation, with living spaces tucked up safely under the broad shading roof, and a tall-grass prairie on top. Re-use and re-purposing of this ubiquitous, nearly invisible, and soon-to-be outmoded structure is a most basic form of recycling, and one that has greater impact than many active "greening" strategies.

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Firm Role: Architect