In this issue:
·New Residences Pay Homage to SoHo’s Past
·NYPD Blue’s Station House is in the Pink
·Richard Meier Designs Second Museum in Germany
·NYC Real Estate Brokers Raise $1 Million for Habitat

New Residences Pay Homage to SoHo’s Past

Soho Mews

Gwathmey Siegel’s meticulously detailed façade and floor-to-ceiling windows pay tribute to Soho’s historic cast iron architecture, capturing and reflecting light and shadow as the day progresses.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

Construction has begun on SoHo Mews, two independent residential buildings designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects linked by a private garden designed by landscape architect Peter Walker, FASLA. Upon completion, the 175,000-square-foot development will contain 68 luxury units — lofts, townhouses, and four penthouses — 4,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space on West Broadway, and underground parking spanning the entire site. With a nod to the neighborhood’s cast iron heritage, the buildings will have a stone base and a curtain wall of metal panels. Recessed, clear, frosted, and fritted glass with horizontal and vertical channels will express the floor slabs and columns. The Art Production Fund (APF), which will occupy a ground floor office and gallery space gratis of developer United American Land, will commission custom works for the public spaces.

NYPD Blue’s Station House is in the Pink


The NYPD’s 9th Precinct Station House.

Courtesy STV Inc.

The NYPD’s 9th Precinct station house on the Lower East Side, which was used as the backdrop for the television show “NYPD Blue,” has been completely modernized by STV Inc. for the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The cast stone façade of the 1912 building was disassembled and refurbished, block-by-block. The first floor was given new openings and graphics sympathetic with the original design, and a new contemporary interior with two setback floors were added on the top of the building. The interior of the 8 1/2-story, 39,000-square-foot building now has a double height lobby and reception area with aluminum paneling, stainless steel air vents, barrel vaulted ceiling and curved surfaces, and a maple wood wall behind the reception desk. From behind a shoulder height reception desk, officers can view two large CCTV flat screens, which show changing views of the holding cells, elevators, and other areas for prisoners. Large glass panels fill the upper sections of the lobby walls on two sides offering visitors a glimpse of the staff walking along the second floor corridor.

Richard Meier Designs Second Museum in Germany

Arp Museum

The Arp Museum.

Courtesy Arp Museum

The new Arp Museum, designed by Richard Meier Architects and scheduled to open on September 28, will house a collection of sculpture, drawings, paintings, and textiles by renowned Dada artists and their contemporaries. Situated on a heavily wooded escarpment above the Rhine River and the former Rolandseck railroad station, which now houses the Kumstler-Banhof for the Arts, the complex consists of the Arp Museum proper, a pavilion for temporary exhibitions, a subterranean corridor, and elevator tower connecting the two. Upon arrival, visitors ascend a monumental stair to the special exhibition level. The subterranean corridor leads to the 130-foot-high elevator tower leading to a two-story permanent collection. The main body of the building, clad in enameled metal panels, comprises a set of layered planes facing east, punctuated by glazed and louvered openings with a number of cantilevered balconies affording panoramic views over the Rhine.

NYC Real Estate Brokers Raise $1 Million for Habitat

Dattner Architects

Brokers Build is raising money to fund Habitat for Humanity homes in Brooklyn.

Dattner Architects

Brokers Build, an organization consisting of New York’s top real estate brokers, has raised money to build 11 homes in Brooklyn. Designed by Dattner Architects, these homes are part of a three-building development, with 41 units ranging from one- to three-bedroom condos. The project will include energy efficient and environmental design. As per the Habitat for Humanity program, families are required to supply “sweat equity” by participating in the building of their home. Brokers Build is encouraging every broker in the city to donate at least $25.

In this issue:
·CES Events Free for Members
·AIANY Welcomes New Director of Programs
·AIAS Finalists Rest Their Chairs in D.C.
·Builders Scrap Construction Carbon
·Standard 189 Now Open for Public Comment
·Website Launches for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth

CES Events Free for Members
The AIANY Membership Services Committee is pleased to announce that AIA Members may now attend CES programs FREE! Beginning June 1, for a 6-month trial basis, AIANY is offering CES programs free to members while the non-member rate will be raised to $20. Visit the AIANY calendar to see what the organization has been planning to help you fulfill your Continuing Education needs.

AIANY Welcomes New Director of Programs
AIANY welcomes Beth Stryker as its new Director of Programs at the Center for Architecture. In addition to her work as Director of Programs, Beth will oversee the development of the Public Information Exchange (PIE), a permanent, interactive, multimedia installation on planning and architectural projects and urban issues across the five boroughs.

Beth received her MArch from Princeton University, and is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her work has been exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center, among others. She is a past NYFA fellow, and was previously a principal in Utensil Art + Design studio.

AIAS Finalists Rest Their Chairs in D.C.

Andrew Rudolph and Travis Withers

Andrew Rudolph and Travis Withers — University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Third Place ($1,000).

Courtesy AIAS

Six finalists in the 2007 Chair Affair, sponsored by the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) and managed by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), will be displayed at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., July 18-23. The finalists were selected from a record 176 entries, submitted by teams or individuals representing 56 universities and colleges.

The Chair Affair competition challenges architecture students to design chairs using corrugated board and glue. The winning chair, designed by a group of Cornell University students, provides public seating and could easily be visualized in an airport setting. The other five finalists cover a wide range of designs that demonstrate corrugated versatility. The winners can be viewed on the competition website.

Builders Scrap Construction Carbon
Architecture and design firm Mithun, along with landscape architects at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, is making it easier for developers, builders, architects, and land planners to measure the carbon output of construction projects. In April, the two groups launched, an online carbon calculator that tallies the amount of carbon dioxide released when transporting building materials to the construction site, and the amount of carbon released due to ecosystem degradation at the site. The carbon emissions associated with the construction process of a new building represents 13-18% of a building’s total embodied carbon, according to the United Environmental Programme. For landscape projects, the construction process accounts for 100% of the project’s embodied carbon.

Constructing new buildings and sites with the least possible environmental impact involves three important steps: reduce, renew, and offset. Offsetting means calculating the project’s carbon footprint so it can be balanced by funding resources or activities like renewable energy and land protection — resources that benefit and protect the planet. By using the calculator, designers can see how they might reduce their carbon footprint throughout site selection and design development, and the amount of carbon offsets their clients would need to purchase in order to negate the construction process.

Standard 189 Now Open for Public Comment
Standard 189, a proposed new standard that will provide minimum guidelines for green building practices, is nearly complete and has been released for public review and comment. Comments will be accepted through July 9, 2007 online. The standard is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and USGBC, and will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Website Launches for Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth
San Francisco-based architect Richard Gage, AIA, founder of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, announced the official launch of the group’s website. Gage, along with dozens of other architecture and engineering professionals, have signed a petition that questions official reports about the destruction of the World Trade Center (WTC) Twin Towers and Building 7 on 9/11 and calls for a new investigation. Gage, who suspects that the towers may have been destroyed with explosives rather than plane impact and fire, says he expects the website to also serve as a vehicle for ongoing research into the causes of the destruction of all 3 WTC high-rise buildings that day.

Gage’s presentation includes several different lines of evidence for his case, from analyses of the collapse to over 100 reports by first responders and the media of explosions at the scene. Gage also extensively covers the findings of chemical and physical evidence from Utah-based physicist Dr. Steven Jones, a physics professor formerly from Brigham Young University whose demolition hypothesis led to his appearance on MSNBC and many news articles. Jones’s continuing chemical and physical analysis of the WTC steel and dust has revealed what he claims is the signature of thermate, a high-performance incendiary cutter charge. Gage describes a key piece of evidence in support of Dr. Jones’s theory — the reports by a number of individuals, including the structural engineer of the WTC and the FDNY, of molten metal “flowing like lava” in the rubble pile during the weeks following 9/11.

The new website features a full presentation by Gage, both as a PowerPoint and a video, along with a discussion forum, the recently leaked WTC North Tower blueprints, ongoing publication of technical articles, and a broad range of multi-media offerings.

Residents Rally for Sugar

Don’t Demo Domino

Brooklyn-based band Cheeseburger gets down on the ground to save the Domino Sugar Refinery.

Jonny Leather; Jessica Sheridan

On June 3, community leaders and local rock bands gathered on the Williamsburg waterfront in a benefit “friendraiser” concert to save the historic Domino Sugar Refinery from demolition. Don’t Demo Domino was organized by Act Local in partnership with the Waterfront Preservation Alliance. The complex is about to be rezoned for residential use, and while the organization supports development, it is fighting for a comprehensive preservation program to save the not-yet-landmarked building. The Historic District Council supports saving the complex, calling it “one of the most significant intact industrial sites on the New York waterfront, representing over 150 years of Brooklyn’s industrial past and growth.”

There is still time to sign the petition even if you missed the event. Click here to voice your support.

Van Alen Institute announced the recipients of the 2007-2008 New York Prize Fellowship, including the New York Prize Senior Fellowship winner, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and the 2007-2008 New York Prize Fellows: Soo-in Yang and David Benjamin, NYC; Jennifer Toy and Chelina Odbert, Cambridge, MA; Joerg Stollman and Dirk Hebel, Zurich, Switzerland; Ellen Grimes, Chicago; and John Stuart, Miami Beach…

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) honored its 2007 Lewis Mumford award winners in three categories — Peace: People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; Environment: Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; and Development: Neighborhood Partnership Network

Recipients of the 2007 Society for College and University Planning/AIA-Committee on Architecture for Education (SCUP/AIA-CAE) Excellence in Planning, Excellence in Landscape Architecture, and Excellence in Architecture Awards include Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture; and Gluckman Mayner Architects, Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Renovation or Adaptive Reuse…

First prize winners for “Envisioning Gateway: A Public Design Competition for Gateway National Park” are Brooklyn-based Ashley Scott Kelly and Rikako Wakabayashi. NY-based honorable mention winners include Archipelago Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Christopher Marcinkoski and Andrew Moddrell of loop|8; and Frank Gesualdi and Hayley Eber

The Board of Directors of Perkins Eastman announced that architecture and design students from Carnegie Mellon University and Cornell University have been selected as the recipients of the firm’s first Shanghai Scholarship Program…

Madelyn Wils has joined New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) as an Executive Vice President, leading its Development and Planning division… The Historic Districts Council elected Queens preservationist Paul Graziano as the organization’s sixth president…Cosentini Associates announced the appointment of K. Brett Malak as Director of Cosentini Lighting Design… Edith Robles has joined BBG-BBGM as Public Relations Director…

2007 AIA Fellows Reception (05.29.07): white roses for all

Fellows Fete

Clockwise: Mustafa Abadan, FAIA, and Henry K. Stolzman, FAIA; Paul Katz, FAIA, and Adam Yarinsky, FAIA; D.B. Blake Middleton, FAIA, and Roger F. Duffy, Jr., FAIA; Margaret Sobieski Rietveld, FAIA, and Frank James Greene, FAIA. Absent: Calvin Tsao, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

Arad, Frankl, McCullar

(l-r): Michael Arad, AIA, Andy Frankl, Ibex, and James McCullar, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

Tomasetti, Dixon

Richard Tomasetti, Hon. AIA, and John Morris Dixon, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

Tomasetti, Nadel

Richard Tomasetti, Hon. AIA, and Barbara Nadel, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

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.
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

06.15.07 Tour Proposals: 2008 AIA Convention Tours
The 2008 AIA Convention will be held in Boston, MA, May 15-17, 2008, and Community Design Resource Center of Boston (CDRC-Boston) is working with host chapter, Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA), among other planners and organizations, to develop tours that will engage design professionals and community members. To submit tour ideas click the link.

07.01.07 Session Proposals: 2008 AIA Convention Continuing Education Sessions
CDRC-Boston and BSA are also developing events and sessions for continuing education credits for the 2008 AIA Convention. If you would like to develop an event or session proposal with CDRC-Boston as a co-sponsor, e-mail Brandy or call 617-585-0198.

07.31.07 Submission: LEAF Awards
Now in their fourth year, the LEAF Awards 2007 honors architects who are designing buildings and solutions that set benchmarks for the international architectural community. This year the LEAF Awards will recognize the strategic importance, impact, innovation, and practical developments in 11 award categories that both challenge and change the way we consider and evaluate buildings. Projects both new and yet to be completed are eligible, and all companies, individuals, and technologies may enter.

02.29.08 Submission: Holcim Foundation Awards
The Holcim Foundation has launched its second awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The $2 million competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented, and tangible sustainable construction projects internationally. Construction projects must be in an advanced stage of design by the competition deadline; construction may not have started before June 1, 2007. A commemorative book on the first Holcim Awards competition and a booklet on the target issues for sustainable construction are available. More details about the competition will be announced later in the year, and sent directly to you as a subscriber to the Holcim Foundation e-mail newsletter.

At the Center for Architecture

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.


May 31-August 25, 2007

The Park at the Center of the World: Five Visions for Governors Island

Galleries: Edgar A. Tafel Hall

Five Visions for Governors Island

The exhibition features five landscape architecture and architecture teams selected to present their design visions for the future open spaces on Governors Island, the 172 acre Island off the tip of Manhattan. Governors Island’s open space will include the two mile Great Promenade that provides outstanding views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor, a new park, and restoration of the landscape in the Island’s National Historic District. Showcasing conceptual and illustrative designs by the five teams for the open space of Governors Island, the exhibition provides a platform for public feedback before the jury will take place in late June 2007. A design team will be selected by mid summer.

Exhibition related programming organized by American Institute of Architects Planning & Urban Design Committee , American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture Foundation and Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC)

Exhibition Designer: Freecell
Exhibition Graphics: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

For a list of the teams click here.

June 2nd – September 2nd on Governors Island
Governors Island is open for visitors every Saturday and Sunday. (For ferry schedule and other information log onto

Sponsored by: Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC)

Related Events

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Public Forum
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Fashion Institute of Technology
Reeves Great Hall
27 th Street at 7 th Avenue

Thursday, June 21, 2007 and
Wednesday June 27, 2007, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Park Design Tours organized by the Governors Island Alliance
For more information click here

Panel discussion with winning team date tba

Saturday, August 11, 2007, 9:45 – 11:30 AM
Governors Island Walking Tour & Scavenger Hunt
To Register: 212.358.6133

April 9-July 7, 2007

2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery, Edgar A. Tafel Hall

A showcase of the 2007 award-winning projects in three categories-Architecture, Interiors, and Projects. Selected from hundreds of international, national and local submissions, these projects spotlight the extraordinary achievements in architectural design excellence happening in New York City and around the world.

Exhibition and Graphic Design: Graham Hanson Design

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter and the AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Committee

Benefactor: DIRTT,
Oldcastle Glass




Microsol Resources,
F.J. Sciame Construction,
Laticrete International,



Microsol Resources


Laticrete International


Lead Sponsor: Certified of New York, Inc., Columbia, KI, Langan, Mancini Duffy, Richter + Ratner, Syska & Hennessy

Cert Columbia KI Langan
Mancini Duffy Richter + Ratner Syska & Hennessy  

Atkinson Koven Feinberg; Bauerschmidt & Sons, Inc.; Bentley Prince Street; Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects and Planners; Cosentini Associates; Costas Kondylis & Partners; Forest City Ratner Companies; FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS; Gensler; Gilsanz Murray Steficek; Haworth; Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc.; The I. Grace Company, Inc.; Ingram, Yuzek, Gainen, Caroll & Bertolotti; Lutron; Mechoshade Systems; New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies: The Real Estate Institute; Perkins + Will; Peter Marino Architect; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Steelcase, Inc.; Studio Daniel Libeskind; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Thornton-Tomasetti Group; Turner Construction

April 12–June 23, 2007

NY 150+: A Timeline
Ideas, Civic Institutions, and Futures

Galleries: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

AIA 150 Logo

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the American Institute of Architects in New York City, the AIA New York Chapter will feature an exhibition charting the transformation of the city and the profession from 1857 through the present and into the future. Genetic lines tracing the founding of the institute will intersect with various democratic and social movements and the architecture of New York’s civic structures.

Curator: Diane Lewis

Organized by: Organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Exhibition Underwriters:

*opening presented by Ibex

The exhibition is supported in part by an Arnold W. Brunner grant from the AIA New York Chapter

Additional support is provided by: Peter Schubert, AIA; FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS

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

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.

About Town

Courtesy ISE


Courtesy ISE

Through 06.22.07

“Reodorant” is a multi-sensory installation created by Hisako Inoue (artist), Erik Carver (architectural designer), Howard Huang (sound artist), Takashi Sato (perfumer), and Yuka Yokoyama (curator). The team investigates what lies between culture, perception, and memory in an attempt to rewrite subjectivity through sensory stimulation: a memory-reactive-device simultaneously channeling smell, sound, light, and architecture. Wandering through soft forests of smell and sound, one’s memories are gradually called up and put into motion. You are meant to lose sense of yourself. You have been “Reodorized.”

ISE Cultural Foundation, NY gallery
555 Broadway, New York, NY

Through 06.22.07
Preservation as Provocation

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) presents the winners of its 2007 international student competition. The aim was to rethink architectural pedagogy in light of the increased importance of historic preservation in today’s professional practice. The winners demonstrate how knowledge of historic preservation can elevate design by encouraging thoughtful responses to the critical aesthetic, technical, cultural, political, economic, and climactic challenges of our times.

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Avery Hall, 400 Level

Michael Hibbard

Untitled 4 (Ceramic and Steel, 36″x17″x29″).

Michael Hibbard

06.26.07 through 07.17.07
Artworks by Architect Michael Hibbard

Buffalo-based architectural designer Michael Hibbard creates intriguing sculpture with an emphasis on the juxtaposition of disparate materials. Hibbard has a keen eye for texture and color in his work combined with strong angular qualities. Each piece is unique, incorporating elements that allow for unusual positioning and display.

Agora Gallery
530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York 10001