making cities more livable together with you
making cities more livable together with you

June 7, 2024

Urban Soil Residency

I will be on Governors Island this June at the Urban Soil Institute to revisit my research on contaminated urban soil and phytotechnologies.

February 07, 2024

Counting Down Carbon

Convened by the Urban Design Forum, Counting Down Carbon panel how to reduce carbon by integrating circular practices into building, public space, and infrastructure design.

October 19, 2023

Regenerative Insulation

at the 2023 ACSA/AIA Intersections Research Conference: MATERIAL ECONOMIES this fall to present my research on hemp and other biogenic insulation materials. Official proceedings will be published soon.

July  28, 2023

Kaja Kühl adds a pair of hempcrete and timber guesthouses to New York farm

Read about the hemp homes at Wally Farms in this article in dezeen. You can book a stay at the homes here

December 12, 2022

Designing New York: Streetscapes for Wellness

Design For Six Feet is featured in the latest publication by the NYC Public Design  Commission Streetscapes for Wellness .

 “Summer 2020 was this extraordinary moment to test out everything. People became more engaged in what the public realm is, or what it should be.”
— Kaja Kühl, Co-Founder, Design for Six Feet

May 15, 2022

Streets For Climate

This past fall I contributed to the Urban Design Forums most recent initiative “Streets Ahead: Five Routes to a Thriving City” Created in collaboration with Working Groups of nearly 50 New Yorkers, these ideas envision New York’s streets through the lenses of Commerce, Culture, Climate, Care and Continuity to inspire our City to think big for the future of our streets

April 30, 2022

Control & Yield: The Hudson Waterfront

We recently returned from another visit to the City of Hudson for Control and Yield, a  panel discussion, hosted by Eco Toolshed to discuss the Hudson Valley Collaborative’s design for the Hudson Waterfront.

October 04, 2021

Hemp + Lime Workshop at Wally Farms

This weekend Kaja led a tour of the construction site of two micro homes using showing hemp + lime insulation in progress.

September 27, 2020

Awesome Newburgh at ADS Warehouse

Awesome Newburgh gives micro-grants to projects that make Newburgh awesome. This past weekend, we launched an exhibit of all the projects awarded so far at the ADS Warehouse in Newburgh. The show will be up for another two months, so stop by to learn more about Awesome Newburgh and the many small & big things we help realize.

August 26, 2020

Live on Warren Street

This Saturday at 1pm, we will join Peter Spears of @futurehudson for a conversation about Design For Six Feet, how and why we started it, our recent work and where we think it will go. We will also discuss our collaboration with Future Hudson, Hudson Hall and the City of Hudson to create a shared experience of Warren Street in Hudson as well as a recent design competition for outdoor play in response to closed libraries, canceled summer camps and the uncertainty of school reopenings.

The event is part of The Hudson Eye Hot Topics Series. We will be live on Warren Street and on zoom. Thank you – as always – to Hudson Hall for hosting us and for championing @designforsixfeet

July 14, 2020

The Climate Action Lab

The Climate Action Lab is a project diary that accompanies the design and construction of two micro homes at Wally Farms in the Hudson Valley. It documents how to build with bio-based materials, how to calculate embodied energy in building materials and why we should build smaller homes. The diary includes research, audio interviews, and drawings. All content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

May, 10, 2018

Field Guide to Phytoremediation at Boston Society of Architects

The Fieldguide to Phytoremediation will be featured at NatureStructure, and exhibition curated by Scott Burnham at the Boston Society of Architects. “NatureStructure will present a new model for the relationship design and the built environment can have with nature.”—Scott Burnham, Curator. The exhibition opens on May 17, 2018. Excited to be included.



October 1, 2018

Rising Architecture Aarhus

In September, I was invited to speak at Rising Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark. I don’t like the way I look on video, but I think the editors capture very well some of the most important points I said in this interview after my talk. thank you.

April 22, 2015

Speaking at Conference Place and Displacement

A 1-day summit at NYU in New York, which brings together various diplomats, representatives from the United Nations, eminent architects, and academics from Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, NYU amongst others, to present and discuss displacement issues faced by individuals living in refugee settlements. Framed by a design competition – Place and Displacement, which asked teams to envision a marketplace for refugees in three places, the summit brings together design and policy to encourage refugee agency. See Ideation World for more on speaker and details about the event. I am delighted to be moderating the discussion about Berlin, Germany and Europe.