Located on the industrial edge of NYC in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Future Green Studio is an innovative landscape design firm that’s bringing striking moments of natural beauty and beneficial sustainability to underutilized spaces in urban landscapes.
Some of their most notable projects have included Nowadays, which is a transformed industrial, multi-use park space in Queens; a sunken garden at The Met; an award-winning landscape intervention research project called SPONTANEOUSURBANPLANTS.ORG; and their recent book titled Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC. They’ve proven to be a powerhouse in developing sustainable landscape design that’s both aesthetically pleasing and socio-environmentally responsible. We talked to Principal and Design Director David Seiter about Future Green’s philosophy and some of their recent projects.
Projects include: Empire Stores, 41 Bond, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
A recent example of Future Green’s residential work is 41 Bond, which includes window boxes and a loggia, a planted marquee, balconies, a green roof, and garden.
The intimate balcony gardens were designed as a collaboration with DDG to work in harmony with the building’s architecture, rather than as separate entities. The planters are designed to be responsive to the seasons and are striking enough to work as a visual statement from the street, but soft enough to add subtle beauty when viewed from the interior of an individual unit.
Future Green’s rooftop gardens, such as the expansive garden atop 41 Bond, serve to beautify the building’s facade and as David Seiter notes, they’re also “productive and performative landscapes: contributing — through the water they filter, the air they clean, and the species they shelter — to the sustainability, resiliency, and livability of homes, communities, and the planet.”