In this issue:
·Residence Hall is First to Go LEED Gold
·Playground Makes Builders of Preschoolers
·New Vision Proposed for East River Waterfront
·Chanel Packaged and Ready for Beverly Hills Debut
·New Arts Center Develops Alongside Modern Landmarks
·Williams College Welcomes New Student Center

Residence Hall is First to Go LEED Gold

Langdon Woods

Langdon Woods residence hall for Plymouth State University.

Cannon Design

The Buffalo office of Cannon Design recently completed the first residence hall to earn LEED Gold, Langdon Woods for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. The firm engaged the university by holding design workshops, environmental classes where students computed the carbon footprint of the wood, brick, and glass proposed for use in construction, and sociology classes to develop an ethical manifesto to inform future sustainable campus projects. The numbers tell the story: the hall is 58% more energy-efficient than a conventional building of its size, saving the university nearly $230,000 a year; a 40% reduction in water use conserves almost 1.4 million gallons of water a year; 20% of building incorporates recycled materials, 36% of which come from within 500 miles of the project site; almost 70% of the wood used was harvested from responsibly managed forests; and 80% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Playground Makes Builders of Preschoolers

The New York Hall of Science Playground

The New York Hall of Science Playground.

BKSK Architects

A 30,000-square-foot addition to the New York Hall of Science Playground in Queens, the largest science playground in the U.S., has been designed by BKSK Architects in association with Lee Weintraub, Landscape Architecture, expressly for preschool-age children. Children can discover fundamental principles of physics, architecture, and ecology through interactive play. The $2.7 million playground includes a Bridge Path with landscaped hills and pathways of varying elevations. A Shelter Path offers enclosures that dot the landscape recalling follies once popular in picturesque English gardens. A giant Rabbit Hole and Interactive Nest evoke animal shelters, and a Sand Path and Mushroom Water Pump allow children to become builders in an environment where natural materials can change shape and consistency. The new playground compliments the existing and adjacent playground designed by BKSK in 1999 for older kids.

New Vision Proposed for East River Waterfront

East River Waterfront proposal

A new vision for Manhattan’s East River Waterfront.

Courtesy Municipal Art Society

Architect Ricardo Scofidio, AIA, and landscape architects Ken Smith, ASLA, Matthew Urbanski, ASLA, Margie Ruddick, ASLA, Kate Orff, ASLA, and Brian Jencek gathered to brainstorm about the future of Midtown Manhattan’s East River waterfront. Since NY State is planning to rebuild the midtown section of FDR Drive, the former Con Ed power plant site is being redeveloped and NYC is planning to facilitate an adjacent waterfront esplanade to the United Nations. The Municipal Art Society (MAS), City Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, and Manhattan’s Community Board 6 organized the charrette to explore development options. Ideas included: the realignment and lowering of the 42nd Street exit ramp off the FDR, elevating people not traffic, to create a “grand urban terrace” overlooking the river from 38th to 42nd Street; a “forested hill” surrounding an existing ventilation shaft; a glowing six-story pylon to anchor a ferry terminal; a restaurant and vertical public space; and means to descend to the river.

Chanel Packaged and Ready for Beverly Hills Debut

Chanel West Coast

The Chanel West Coast flagship store.

Peter Marino Architect for Chanel

After an extensive interior and exterior redesign by long-time Chanel collaborator Peter Marino Architect, the Chanel West Coast flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is set to reopen later this summer. The 14,700-square-foot, four-story building will house two boutiques and a rooftop penthouse suite and terrace for private client events. As in other Chanel stores Peter Marino, FAIA, has designed internationally, the architect incorporated the brand’s icons throughout. The façade is inspired by the Chanel No 5 perfume box using milky-white microglass outlined in blackened steel. A grand stair, which cascades into a series of display terraces, rises past an LED luminary wall — a hallmark of Chanel flagships — to the second floor’s custom-designed wool and silk carpets, patterned after the label’s classic tweed. The rooftop features thousands of tone-on-tone LED’s illuminating a collection of the Chanel Double-C logo.

New Arts Center Develops Alongside Modern Landmarks


Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

The University of Chicago has awarded the design of the $100 million Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts to NY-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The center will provide performance, lecture, and exhibition venues for all areas of artistic expression, and is slated for opening in 2011. Key facilities will include studios, classrooms, and exhibition space for the visual arts, rehearsal and shop areas, as well as a black-box theater; individual music practice and ensemble rehearsal rooms, multipurpose performance space; a film vault and a lecture/film screening hall, digital media and editing labs, and state-of-the-art media classrooms. The center will be located alongside Fredrick Law Olmsted’s Midway Plaisance, one block from Mies van der Rohe’s School of Social Science Administration, and two blocks from Eero Saarinen’s Laird Bell Law Quadrangle.

Williams College Welcomes New Student Center

Williams College student center

The new student center at Williams College.

Polshek Partnership Architects

The new 90,000-square-foot, $44.5 million Paresky Center, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, recently opened on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Sited at the 400-acre campus center, it is a new focal point for student life. The new building provides a venue for student and social activities, including formal and informal dining, meetings, gatherings, performances, and study and lounge areas, which were formerly dispersed around campus or inadequately housed. In its proportions, furnishings, and materials the double-height space takes cue from 19th-century resort lodges. Cherry flooring from nearby Great Barrington, and slate and tiling from Vermont relate to the New England character of the campus. In addition, the building employs a number of energy saving and sustainable design features consistent with the LEED guidelines.

In this issue:
·AIA Presidents Call for Global Response to Climate Change
·AIANY 2007 Grants Awards at Annual Meeting
·Southpoint Goes North
·AIANY Members Teach at Harvard GSD’s Executive Education Program
·Passing: Margaret Helfand, FAIA

AIA Presidents Call for Global Response to Climate Change

At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2007 National Convention in San Antonio, the presidents of 16 national, regional and international architectural associations spoke in one voice to urge the design and construction industry to adopt well-defined global sustainability goals as the benchmarks of their practice. They established the San Antonio Declaration:

We the undersigned, presidents of our respective national architectural institutes, acknowledge the critical nature of global climate change and the urgent need to mount a global response. Statistics clearly show the preponderant responsibility of the design and construction industry for energy consumption and carbon emissions in building construction and operations.

Over the past 35 years, a long list of increasingly urgent calls for responsible action have been issued on the world stage: from United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972; to the Bruntland Report, “Our Common Future” produced in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development; to the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992; to the Declaration of Interdependence for a Sustainable Future, UIA/AIA World Congress of Architects, Chicago, 18-21 June 1993; to the three environmental principles of the United Nations Global Compact.

We call on all architects, engineers, contractors, developers and educators to adopt and implement these sustainability goals as the benchmarks of their practice.

AIANY 2007 Grants Awards at Annual Meeting

AIANY bestowed eight awards and six citations for excellence at the Chapter’s 140th Annual Meeting at the Center for Architecture. The recipient of the Medal of Honor — AIANY’s highest award — went to Weiss/Manfredi Architects.

Other awards included the Public Architect Award to Stephanie Gelb, AIA, Vice President of Planning and Design for Battery Park City Authority; the AIANY Award of Merit for non-professional contributions to the profession went to Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; the George S. Lewis Award for contributing to the betterment of New York City went to Friends of the High Line; the Harry B. Rutkins Award for Service to the Chapter went to Andy Frankl, President and CEO of Ibex Construction; the Oculus Award for excellence in architectural journalism went to The Architect’s Newspaper; and the Andrew J. Thomas Pioneer in Housing Award to Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, a NY-based firm specializing in affordable and sustainable housing. David Dunlap, of The New York Times, is this year’s Honorary Member.

Special Citations were bestowed on: Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis; plaNYC represented by Rohit Aggarwala of the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; and Jared Della Valle, AIA, LEED AP, and Andrew Bernheimer, AIA, for their innovative work in the NYC Housing, Preservation and Development agency’s New Foundations Program in East New York.

Three Vice Presidential Citations were also awarded. Annie Kurtin, AIANY’s Communications and Policy Coordinator, received the Vice Presidential Citation for Public Outreach; Ralph Steinglass, FAIA, Chair of the AIANY Professional Practice Committee, received the Vice Presidential Citation for Professional Development; and Umberto Dindo, AIA, Chair of the AIANY Architecture in Education Committee, was awarded the Vice Presidential Citation for Design Excellence.

Southpoint Goes North

An abbreviated version of the Center for Architecture’s 2006 exhibition Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation is navigating its way around other New York Chapters, courtesy of a traveling program funded by AIA New York State. Exhibiting work from the Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee’s biennial design competition of the same name, the show has traveled to the AIA Buffalo and AIA Rochester chapters, which have both hosted opening receptions and presentations given by the competition’s coordinators. This is the second ENYA biennial competition to tour chapters statewide — the first was the Groen Hoek competition, launched in 2003.

At the Rochester opening, Carolyn Sponza, AIA, Vice President for Professional Development AIANY, presented the competition planning process and lessons learned that any planning group might apply to future competitions. After the presentation, attendees discussed how the concept of either an ideas or built competition for young architects could be translated locally in Rochester. The Chapter had recently hosted a design competition for “the house of the future” in conjunction with Rochester magazine.

If you missed the exhibition at the Center for Architecture, the traveling version of Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation will be moving closer to home in July, opening at AIA Long Island. Also, keep an eye out for the launch of ENYA’s new biennial competition in September 2007. Visit the ENYA Competitions website and sign up to receive e-mail updates.

AIANY Members Teach at Harvard GSD’s Executive Education Program

This summer’s Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Executive Education Program lists some 40 courses ranging from one to three days, and covering design ideas and technologies; business practices such as financial management, contract fundamentals, writing, and leadership; planning and real estate development. Instructors for the summer program include the following AIANY Chapter members (course names are in parentheses)
· Randolph Croxton, FAIA (Architecture and Sustainability: Integrating Built and Natural Environments; also The Sustainable Campus: Restorative Pathways of Growth on Campus)
· Julia Monk, AIA, (Hotel Design and Development: Hospitality for the Future)
· Gregory Beck, AIA (Experience Architecture)
· William Pedersen, Jr., FAIA (The New American Courthouse)
· Walter Chatham, FAIA (Alternative House Practices: Designing Development Homes)
· Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA (Writing for Success in Architecture and Engineering Design Practice)
· Raymond C. Bordwell, AIA (Public School Planning and Design)
· J. David Hoglund, FAIA (Planning and Design for a New Generation of Seniors: a Focused Look at Retirement)
· Robert A. Klein, AIA (Strategic Facilities Planning: Aligning Real Estate and Facility Assets with Business Goals)

For details on these and other courses, visit the website and click on Summer Programs. Or call 617.384.7214.

Passing: Margaret Helfand, FAIA

Margaret Helfand, FAIA

Margaret Helfand, FAIA, celebrating her firm’s exhibition design at the opening of The Fashion of Architecture CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion at the Center for Architecture in January 2006.

Kristen Richards

It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Margaret Helfand, FAIA, on June 20, 2007. The AIANY Chapter has lost a great friend, a tireless advocate, and a talented practitioner.

As President of the Chapter in 2001, Margaret was one of the driving forces behind the conception and eventual realization of the Center for Architecture. She had the vision and foresight to see the value and the possibilities in the dream of having a unique place where architects and the public could together celebrate the built environment. She was one of the few individuals who could reach beyond the day-to-day in her strategic thinking, and this ability also stood her well in her role as co-chair for New York New Visions. Her intelligence, organizational skills, and energy were instrumental in the successful development of guidelines for the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.

Throughout the past few years, she had remained a consistent and valued presence at the Center. As chair of numerous committees, such as Exhibitions, Coordinating, and the Advisory Council, she dedicated considerable time and effort into making sure the Center was a success. Her passion for architecture and for the mission of the Chapter and the Center was clearly evident in everything she did.

Somehow, in addition to her involvement with the Chapter and the Center, she managed to run a successful design practice, a practice whose creative and sensitive work has won numerous awards at local, state, and national levels. She served as a role model for women in the profession, and during the course of her career she was a pioneer in that way.

We, collectively, suffered a great loss last week. It is hard to believe that we will not see her at the Center, and get to talk to her, have the benefit of her sage advice and guidance, and hear her laugh. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. We all will miss her.

A New Look at New New York

The Architectural League of NY has announced that New New York: Fast Forward, the recent exhibition on new development in NYC, has been reborn as a website and portfolio-sized traveling show. On the website, videos of 30 architects featured in the exhibition discussing topics ranging from the current state of NYC urban development to Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses are available. Interviews include: Sara Caples, AIA; Stephen Cassell, AIA; David Childs, FAIA; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP; Hugh Hardy, FAIA; Gordon Kipping, AIA; Richard Meier, FAIA; Gregg Pasquarelli; Ronnette Riley, FAIA; Frederic Schwartz, FAIA; Michael Sorkin; Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA; and Billie Tsien, AIA.

The travel version of the exhibition, available by appointment at the League office, includes DVDs of all interviews, a portable DVD player, and notebooks exploring nearly 600 new projects. Offices and schools may request an on-site presentation. For more information, or to make an appointment, e-mail exhibition curator Gregory Wessner.

The Illuminating Engineering Society New York Section (IESNY) announced the recipients of the 2007 Lumen Awards for lighting design in the following categories: Award of Excellence — Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design: 7WTC (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/James Carpenter Design Associates); Citation Awards — Leni Schwendinger Light Projects: illumination of Coney Island Parachute Jump; and Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design: Minneapolis Central Library Children’s Reading Room (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects/Architectural Alliance).

Citation for Daylighting — Tanteri + Associates: Museo de Arte de Ponce (Luis Gutierrez Architect); and Merit Awards — Renfro Design Group: 21c Museum Hotel (Deborah Berke & Partners Architects/K. Norman Berry Associates Architects); Tillotson Design Associates: Alessi Flagship Store (Asymptote); Fisher Marantz Stone: Georgia Aquarium (Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback/Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets/Heery International); Arc Light Design: Millennium Hilton Bangkok (BARstudio); Sachs Morgan Studio: Temple Emanu-El (Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners); and Ann Schiffers Lighting Design: Third Point (Slade Architecture/TPG Architecture)…

Steven Holl Architects was awarded two RIBA International Awards for Architecture 2007 for the New Residence at the Swiss Embassy and the School for Art & Art History at the University of Iowa (also 2007 AIANY Design Award winners)… The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, designed by Bermello Ajamil & Partners, was honored with “Best New U.S. Homeport” by Porthole Cruise Magazine, and “Best Turnaround Port” by Princess Cruise Lines… The Brooklyn and Manhattan Cruise Terminals were together chosen as “Best U.S. Homeport” by TravelAge West… The Battery Maritime Building has won the 2007 Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) MASterwork Award for Best Commercial Restoration…

The ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York announced 47 four-year scholarship awards. Top winners were Diniece Peters and Steven Montoni. Click here for the complete list of winners…

This fall, AIA Chicago will launch a new professional publication, Chicago Architect Justin Davidson will be New York magazine’s new classical music and architecture critic…

RMJM and Hillier Architecture have merged to become RMJM Hillier… Andres Lepik will join MoMA as a Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design… Joan Gerner, Assoc. AIA, was named Executive Vice President for Design, Construction and Capital Planning of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation… Gilbert Delgado, AIA, has been named Cornell University architect…

The Friends of the High Line hosted their 7th Annual Summer Benefit and Highliner’s Summer Party at the IAC Building June 20.

Robert Hammond, AIA; Ricardo Scofidio, AIA; Joshua David; Gary Handel, AIA

(Left) Friends of the High Line co-founder Robert Hammond, AIA, with Ricardo Scofidio, AIA. (Right) Joshua David, Friends of the High Line co-founder, and Gary Handel, AIA.

©Patrick McMullan, courtesy Friends of the High Line

OHNY benefit

Openhousenewyork (OHNY) held a benefit at the Riverhouse Sales & Discovery Center June 7. Pictured left-right: Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director and host committee member; Scott Lauer, OHNY founder and board president; and Michael J. Strauss, Vanguard Construction & Development Co. and Center for Architecture Foundation board member.

Veronica Price