Virtual Talk: Always the City Seen for the First Time, SLO Architecture’s Current Work

Architects Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, of SLO Architecture, will present their recent projects in New York City as ecologies of movement and community. Starting with a canoe trip down the Bronx River to discover an abandoned train station in need of rehabilitation and culminating in a bike ride along Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway to arrive at a newly completed home in Midwood, Amanda and Alex will discuss how their practice builds on the idea that how we get somewhere shapes our vision of the places we reach. Through sustained local engagement, SLO develops a dynamic of surroundings allowing their process to tap into the interactive energy of urban space and capture the moment, always anew, where architecture and the city intersect.

Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi are principals of SLO Architecture, a design practice based in Long Island City whose projects link realms of urban and architectural design with artistic production and social action, bringing together multiple partners, including local practitioners, youth, mentors, fabricators, and public officials. Among other awards, Schachter and Levi are 2014 Urban Urge Award Winners, 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellows, 2012 AIA NY New Practices Winners, and two-time recipients of the James Marston Fitch Foundation’s Blinder Award. They are co-editors of City of Cycling and contribute frequently on micromobility in the urban context.


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All aerial and drone shots courtesy of Georgi Tushev Photos #4 and #5 courtesy of Andreas Symietz