Since hanrahan Meyers architects (hMa) founded their architectural practice, the firm has collaborated with artists in other fields. The artist who hMa has the most long-running collaborative experience with is Michael Schumacher. hMa is showing 'Open Fabric', the firm's original design proposal for the redevelopment of Manhattan's West Side.
Michael Schumacher / hMa: Architects Design Music: Performance at the Kitchen, 2004. For information, contact: info@hanrahanMeyers.com
The hMa / Schumacher collaboration started with Victoria Meyers' proposal to San Francisco MoMA for a show titled: 'Sampling'. The show was to focus on the idea of using 'samples' to make architecture, art, and music. This preceded the Meyers - Schumacher collaboration, and included DJ Olive, painter Bruce Pearson, and sculptor Roxy Paine. After the 'sampling' collaboration, Michael Schumacher came on board as a permanent hMa collaborator.
For the Samples show, hMa proposed showing their master plan proposal for the development of Manhattan's West Side waterfront. hMa had produced a design titled: 'Open Fabric'. Open Fabric proposed a series of formally complex buildings to mediate the edge of Manhattan with the water. hMa's proposal included several areas with waterfront parks, and different developments to create a positive urban experience in approaching the water's edge.
diagram for 'Open Fabric' plan by hanrahanMeyers architects. For information contact: info@hanrahanMeyers.com.
In 2000 hanrahan Meyers were recognized as new New York design talent, winning the Young Architects award from the Architectural League of NYC. For the public lecture accepting their award, hMa presented their masterplan design for the West Side of Lower Manhattan, starting at Canal Street, continuing north to 34th Street.
site plan, ' Open Fabric' masterplan for NYC West Side development by hanrahanMeyers architects. For information contact: info@hanrahanMeyers.com.
After hMa's successful presentation of the Canal Street Masterplan, hMa were hired as the official masterplan architects for Battery Park City's North Neighborhood. Working with Battery Park City Authority, hMa was able to explore ideas around large-scale Masterplanning design incorporating cutting-edge sustainable practices.