Tim McKeough's article, Betting on the Berkshires, in the April 13, 2018 New York Times, mentions the Flansburgh-designed Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow as an example of flourishing cultural institutions in the highlands of Western Massachusetts. Considered geologically part of the Appalachian Mountains, the Berkshires are home to a growing number of newcomers and vacationers from the big cities of the Eastern seaboard. McKeough investigated the changes these new and often affluent homeowners brought and the opportunities this quiet transformation offered to the region.
As a place where, in McKeough's words, "culture meets nature," the Berkshires rely on its cultural institutions to breathe life into its mesmerizing but stagnant natural beauty. The likes of Jacob's Pillow play an important role in giving the region such a lively character, whose charm Flanburgh's architectural vision seeks to articulate.
Last summer, Jacob’s Pillow, the dance festival and school in Becket, opened a new studio designed by Flansburgh Architects.