Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
If you have ideas, projects, opinions — or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below — we’d like to hear from you! Deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated; projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Send suggestions to Kristen Richards.
06.01.07 Fall 2007: Collaboration
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

04.06.07 Call for Papers: Sixth International Conference on Courthouse Design
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice seeks contributions to a discussion among world leaders in the justice field regarding innovation in planning, design, technology, and research for courthouses. This year’s theme is Sustainable Excellence, and the conference, which will take place at the Marriot Brooklyn Bridge 09.26-28.07, will explore ideas surrounding sustainable communities, design excellence, green design, among others. For more information click the link; for inquiries, address all questions to Katherine Gupman, AIA project manager via e-mail or call 202-626-8051.

04.15.07 Registration: Re:Volt
Urban Revision seeks for plans to intelligently and sustainably power a city block. Think big ideas with a small environmental impact. Winning entries will receive $2,000 and put into action by Re:Volt. Submissions are due by 05.01.07.

04.16.07 Submission: New York Designs: Starts & Finishes
The Architectural League of New York created the New York Designs juried lecture series in 2003 to provide a forum for innovative and accomplished work built in NYC. This year’s program focuses on the evolution of a project, from start to finish aiming to illuminate the link between the conceptual and built realms. To be considered for presentation in the Architectural League’s New York Designs lecture series, individuals and firms are invited to submit one work that was recently built in NYC. There are no limitations in terms of project type, program, size, or budget.

04.19.07 Call for Recommendations: AIANY College of Fellows
The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee is now accepting recommendations for those who will be nominated to fellowship from our chapter. Advancement to the AIA College of Fellows is granted for significant achievement in design, preservation, education, literature and service. Architects who have been members for 10 or more years are eligible for consideration.

04.20.07 Call for Presentations: 2007 Design-Build Conference & Expo
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is now accepting submission of abstracts for its 2007 Design-Build Conference and Expo. While all submissions will be given equal consideration, DBIA specifically seeks presentations focused on the following areas: The “Fusion” of Innovations, Managing Risk in Design-Build, Effectively Integrating Specialty Contractors and Manufacturers/Suppliers on the Design-Build Team, and Managing the Design-Build Process.

05.01.07 Submission: USGBC Natural Talent 2007 Design Competition
Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Builders NY (egbny), this competition provides applied learning for emerging designers in integrated design, sustainability, innovation, and social consciousness — all components of the LEED Green Building Rating System. The winner will compete for a national award at Greenbuild, the USGBC’s Annual Green Building Conference and Expo. Awards include Green Building Scholarships as well as registration to Greenbuild, where finalists’ entries will be displayed and final judging will occur. The competition is open to all university level students (of any discipline and level), and individuals with less than five years experience in the building industry.

05.11.07 Submission: Promosidia International Design Competition
This competition calls for indoor chair designs that are innovative, technically feasible, designed to be mass-produced, and mostly made of wood. Submissions must identify the use and function of the chair, giving due consideration to ergonomics and materials. Designs of seats such as chaises lounges, divans, stools, and pouffes are ineligible. Eligibility is limited to designers under 40 as of 09.08.07. Six designs will be displayed at the Promosedia International Chair Exhibition in Udine, Italy, and the winning entry will be developed into a prototype.

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 9:00am–8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am–5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Join an Architalker for a Hosted Tour of Center for Architecture

Join us for free Architalker-hosted tours of the Center for Architecture exhibitions Fridays at 4:00pm. To join one of these tours, meet in the Public Resource Area on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture.


March 22 to June 16, 2007

New Housing New York

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center, Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

Winning proposal
Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw

Related Events

Monday, April 9, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm,
CES 1.5, HSW
Panel Discussion with Winning Team
and Honorable Mention Team

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30pm
384 East 149th St., Bronx, NY, 3rd Floor
BX Community Board 1 Presentation

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 1:00 – 4:00pm
FamilyDay@theCenter: House + Home

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 12:00 – 2:00pm
1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St., Bronx, NY
FamilyDay@the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Monday, April 16, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm, CES 1.5, HSW
Panel Discussion with Three Finalists

Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 6:00 – 8:00pm, CES 1.5, HSW
NHNY: Best Practices for Affordable Sustainable Housing –
What worked, what didn’t?

Making Green Design More Accessible

Power House illuminates the people, projects, and public policies that fuel the affordable housing landscape in New York City.

As New York City’s first juried design competition for affordable, sustainable housing, the New Housing New York Legacy Project (NHNY) is generating creative, replicable approaches to urban development. The exhibition focuses on the NHNY competition and sets it within the context of the city’s efforts to preserve and development sustainable, financially viable residences for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. The show’s emphasis is on the future of housing in the city, as represented by the competition winner, Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw (Phipps Houses / Jonathan Rose Companies / Dattner Architects / Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners), the four finalists, and the development mechanisms put in place by Mayor Bloomberg’s 10-year New Housing Marketplace initiative and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Building on the 2004 New Housing New York Ideas Competition, the 2006 two-stage contest will result in construction of the winning design on a 40,000 square-foot Bronx site, which is valued at $4.3 million and was donated by The City of New York.

For the full list of finalists click here

Curator: Abby Bussel
Exhibition and Graphic Design: Casey Maher

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter,
New Housing New York Steering Committee and the
City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development with the additional support of the Center for Architecture Foundation and the AIA New York Chapter Housing Committee

Exhibition Underwriters:

Exhibition Patron:

For more information on the New Housing New York Legacy Project click here

NHNY is a partnership between the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, the City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Additional support is provided by the Center for Architecture Foundation, and City University of New York.

The NHNY Legacy Project is sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the National Endowment for the Arts, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., an AIA National Blueprint Grant, JP Morgan Chase, and Citibank.

March 22 — June 2, 2007

Making Housing Home

Photographs with residents of New York City housing developments

Galleries: Library

Norma’s House
Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

Related Events

Saturday, April 14, 2007, 1:00 – 4:00pm
FamilyDay@theCenter: House + Home

This photographic exhibition explores how people inhabit housing to create homes in two of New York City’s affordable housing developments, each of which were developed to provide good homes for all. Because units of housing are in essence homes for families, this project takes an interior look at what architecture can allow and support, to afford the crucial process of making space for oneself within designed spaces and housing markets. If social housing reflects the social covenant of our society, what is it to which every citizen is entitled? What does it take for a life to flourish and can a building help or hinder this process? What becomes of designed spaces once they are inhabited?

An Installation by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

Exhibition underwriters: Related Apartment Preservation, 42nd Street Development Corporation, Barbara Stanton

Organized with: Center for Human Environments, Housing Environments Research Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Exhibition Announcements

Gameworld exhibition design.

Gameworld exhibition design.

Courtesy Susan Grant Lewin Associates

Through 09.30.07
Feedback, Gameworld

NYC-based Leeser Architecture has designed two exhibitions, Feedback and Gameworld, to inaugurate the new LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Center. Feedback, on view through 06.30.07, is a retrospective of electronic and new media art curated by Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at NYC’s Whitney Museum of American Art, and Jemima Rellie, Head of Digital Programmes at the Tate Modern, London. Gameworld, on view through 09.30.07 and curated by Carl Goodman, Deputy Director and Director of NYC’s Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image, explores the videogame as an art form. Leeser Architecture worked in close collaboration with the respective curators in creating both exhibition designs.

LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Center
Universidad Laboral S/N, 33394 Gijón — Spain

Proposed One River Project Plan

Proposed One River Project Plan in Providence, RI.

Charlie Cannon — Co-founder, LOCAL Architecture Research Design, courtesy Municipal Art Society

Through 05.09.07
Redesigning the Edge: MWA and the One River Project

Focusing on the dynamic zones in cities where land and water meet, Redesigning the Edge illustrates innovative ways to reinvigorate urban waterways. Preserving the cultural and architectural history of urban waterways, while improving access and ecological health, requires a new approach to the water’s edge. Drawings, images, and text present ways to enhance the natural and social functions of city wet zones developed by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA) for the Harlem River in NYC, and by the One River Project for the Blackstone River in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Urban Center, Municipal Art Society
457 Madison Avenue, NYC

Toledo House

Toledo House, Bass wood 16 x 39.5 x 21 inches.

Office dA, courtesy Tilton Gallery

Through 05.05.07

Drawings, models, and digital displays by Boston-based Office dA explore the architecture and design firm’s last 15 years of work. Led by principal partners Monica Ponce de Leon and Nader Tehrani, Office dA’s work ranges from furniture to urban design and infrastructure, although constantly focusing on architecture. Recent projects include the main library for the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, the Helior House Gas Station in Los Angeles, and the Tongxian Art Center in Beijing.

Tilton Gallery
8 E. 76th Street, NYC

Through 06.10.07
Bruno Mathsson: Architect and Designer

This is the first exhibition in the U.S. to examine the work of this Swedish modernist. Mathsson (1907-88) was a key international figure in 20th-century Swedish furniture and architectural design. On display are approximately 150 examples of furniture, architectural drawings, photographs, and models.

The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
18 West 86 Street, NYC

Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2002 (he promised), 2002.

Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

04.14.07 through 08.29.07
The Shapes of Space

Exploring various ways artists from the early 20th century through the present have conceived and represented space, this exhibition will open in stages through the spring and summer of 2007, timed to coincide with the ongoing restoration of the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition combines works from different time periods in unexpected juxtapositions to reveal surprising affinities. Among other highlights, on view are several large-scale, immersive installations by Pipilotti Rist, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Piotr Uklanski that transform the site of the museum and reorient the viewer in space.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue, NYC