Worldchanging New York local blogger, Wendy Brawer
Recently, we lost a real pioneer: Dr. Asher Derman, an early leader in NYC's green design world. His ongoing work as educator, mentor and consultant, as well as a founding member of the US Green Building Council has led the New York Chapter's of the USGBC to name its Emerging Green Builders annual award in his honor.
This prize will be given to the first place winner of the NY Chapter’s Natural Talent 2007 Design Competition. If you would like to contribute to this award, or know more about the competition, learn more at the Emerging Green Builders New York web site.
It's fitting that the winners of the Emerging Green Builders Design Competition will receive an award named after Asher, whose work is readily visible in the skyline of the city. Asher consulted with design teams behind projects ranging from 4 Times Square (also known as the Condé Nast Building, and the first green skyscraper in the city) to the residential building The Solaire, as well as Battery Park City's many green developments.
In additon to his work with Green October, his design firm, Asher had a great influence on students at Kean University of NJ, where he taught interior design for several years, and on many others whom he generously guided and mentored.
In the early 90's, Asher published SEEDS, one of the very first magazines for green architects and interior designers; several maps; and the book The Green Man, filled with photos of this mythological creature as seen in the ornaments on buildings around the city.
All this barely skims the surface of the rich legacy that Asher has left to all of us!