1. Worrell Yeung

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    Worrell Yeung is an architecture and design studio based in New York City and founded in 2014. The practice is an award-winning full-service architectural firm with a diverse portfolio that includes residential, public and commercial spaces. We focus on design solutions that are rigorous and concept-driven that respond to the inherent and unique complexities of each project. Attention to project environments, longevity, quality and richness of spaces, are all areas we carefully investigate throughout our design process. Backed by technical proficiency and experience, our work is characterized by a minimal, refined and restrained aesthetic, relying on a balanced play of elements such as light, color, form, and material, to create unique and comfortable spaces. Worrell Yeung is a certified Minority-owned Business Enterprise.

  2. Only If

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    Only If is a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism founded in 2013 and led by Adam Snow Frampton, AIA and Karolina Czeczek. Only If’s projects span a range of different types and scales, from interior design to single- and multifamily housing to larger-scale urban planning, research, and speculation. In 2018, Only If was included in the Architect’s Newspaper AN 50, “which recognizes the fifty most innovative and influential architects and designers working in interiors today.” Only If has been also recognized as a winner of the 2018 AIANY New Practices New York, PIN-UP’s Magazine’s New Power Generation (2017), and the World Interior News’ 2016 Emerging Interior Practice of the Year.

  3. New Affiliates

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    New Affiliates is an award-winning New York-based design practice led by Ivi Diamantopoulou and Jaffer Kolb. We have completed a range of work, from ground up projects to interiors to exhibitions and installations for institutions including the New York’s Jewish Museum, the Shed, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

    Alongside commissioned work, we look to initiate projects and collaborations that focus on matters of reuse within a context of material excess, particularly as it relates to current standards of practice. For this work we have collaborated with various branches of the New York City government, including the Departments of Sanitation and Parks and Recreation.

    Our work has been exhibited and published internationally. In 2018 we were named “Next Progressives” by Architect Magazine and were featured in the Architects Newspaper Interior’s Top 50 list in 2018 and 2019. In Spring 2020, we were awarded the Architectural League Prize by the Architectural League of New York and the New York New Practices Award by the American Institute of Architects.

  4. Besler & Sons

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    Erin Besler and Ian Besler are cofounders of Besler & Sons, LLC, an office based in New Jersey that designs buildings, objects, videos, software, and exhibitions to expand the definition of architecture through active participation with amateur creators, construction trades, and design software. They work to create new audiences and opportunities for social engagement.

    Their design work has been included in more than forty public installations and exhibitions internationally. They are 2020 Artists in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and 2019 United States Artists Fellows in Architecture & Design. They were finalists for MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, and participants in the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism. Alongside their practice, they pursue design research through teaching and writing, with publications in journals including Log, Pidgin, Future Anterior, Project, San Rocco, and Perspecta.

  5. Studio Cadena

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    Studio Cadena is an award-winning design and architecture studio interested in engaging contemporary life, the city and its people – in designing new and captivating spaces, places and experiences for those who use them.

    The studio is young, yet combines substantial experience in the US and abroad, ranging from high-level strategic planning for cities, to cultural, commercial, residential and civic projects – museums, libraries, private homes, interiors, exhibitions and furniture. Founded by Benjamin Cadena and based in Brooklyn and Bogota, the studio was selected in 2016 by the American Institute of Architects for its biennial New Practices NY Award.

  6. On View: “Ziggy” by Hou de Sousa

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    Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute Unveil Ziggy by Hou de Sousa at Flatiron North Public Plaza

    NEW YORK, November 19, 2019—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute yesterday unveiled the winner of the sixth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition: Ziggy by New York-based team Hou de Sousa. On view through January 1, 2020, Ziggy celebrates the holiday season with vibrant hues and playful gestures, creating a highly visible landmark at the heart of the Flatiron District and the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming.

    “Our holiday installation is a tradition that evokes the wonder and joy of the season for those who live in, work in, and visit Flatiron,” said James Mettham, Executive Director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. “Ziggy is a fitting centerpiece for our annual ‘23 Days of Flatiron Cheer’ festivities and a vibrant kaleidoscopic beacon that will be a must-see destination this December. We are proud to partner with Van Alen Institute and Hou de Sousa, and we invite visitors from near and far to visit Flatiron this season!”

    “Hou de Sousa’s spectacular installation invites us to rethink how we interact with public space, and with one another,” said Deborah Marton, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute. “Their design creates delightful and unexpected ways to connect with others. We’re thrilled to collaborate once again with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership in this annual tradition to create inventive and imaginative visions for an iconic urban plaza.”

    Composed of painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord, Ziggy’s lightweight structure dynamically filters its surroundings with shifting patterns, color, and light. Its winding form frames views of the Flatiron District’s many attractions and landmarks, while also serving as seating for locals and visitors seeking a moment of rest. The structure is installed on the Flatiron North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, as part of the Partnership’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming. The installation is permitted through NYC DOT Art and is open to the public daily, weather permitting.

    Ziggy is a polyvalent creature that strings together gateways, apertures, and seating,” said Josh de Sousa, Principal & Co-Founder of Hou de Sousa. “This porous wall will welcome folks arriving from all directions while ringing in the holiday season with a flourish of color and light.”

    “This competition continues to demonstrate the importance of both public art and programming in DOT public plazas,” said NYC DOT Art & Event Programming Director, Emily Colasacco. “Hou de Sousa’s interactive, larger-than-life-size configuration will bring even more color to the already vibrant Flatiron District, and DOT is pleased to be part of the annual holiday transformation as we enter our sixth year as a partner.”

    Hou de Sousa is a New York-based architecture, art, and design studio focused on culturally progressive and environmentally responsible projects that foster public engagement and creativity. Over the past two years, Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa’s office has won open competitions and RFPs hosted by Google; Friends of the High Line; Georgetown BID; Socrates Sculpture Park; Dupont Underground; the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism; and the Architectural League of New York. The Ziggy project team also includes Powell Draper, Director of Operations at Schlaich Bergermann and Partner; Dan Bergsagel, Structural Engineer at Schlaich Bergermann and Partner; and steel fabrication by Brian Chu and Conor Coghlan, the Co-Founders of A05 Studio.

    Sponsored by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, Ziggy and the accompanying programming “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” are made possible with generous support from Presenting Sponsor Meringoff Properties.

    Throughout the holidays, the Partnership is encouraging visitors to use #ZiggyFlatiron on Twitter and Instagram to share images of the installation to be entered into a contest to win prizes from local businesses.

    About the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership

    The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, formed in 2006, is a nonprofit organization and Business Improvement District whose mission is to enhance the reputation of Flatiron and NoMad as two of New York’s most vital and exciting neighborhoods. This is accomplished by maintaining a clean and safe environment for the district’s businesses, residents and visitors; by spearheading area improvement projects; and by marketing the diverse business and retail options in this vibrant and historic neighborhood.

    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @FlatironNY

    About Van Alen Institute

    At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.

    Facebook: @vanaleninstitute

    Instagram, Twitter: @van_alen

    About the NYC DOT Art Program

    Launched in 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets and sidewalks for up to 11 months.

    Instagram: @nyc_DOTArt

    Facebook: @NYCDOT

    Twitter: @nyc_DOT

    Media Contacts

    Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership: Zac Roy,, 347-361-9072

    Van Alen Institute: Alisha Kim Levin,, 212-924-7000 x11