In this issue:
·Art Deco Meets Affordable Housing in South Bronx
·New Map Encompasses All Public Art in NYC
·Former Battleground Gets Upgraded
·Design Bookstore Opens on UES
·Colleges in NY & Netherlands Major in Science Labs
·From Power House to Luxury Condo
·A Taste of Barcelona With Views of the Empire State


Art Deco Meets Affordable Housing in South Bronx

Boston Road Apartments

Boston Road Apartments.

Magnusson Architecture and Planning

The Boston Road Apartments, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) in the Art Deco style of many existing buildings in its South Bronx neighborhood, has opened for occupancy. The building is located on a mid-block site that is elevated on a natural rock outcropping — 40 feet higher than Third Avenue at the rear of the site — and has unobstructed views to the George Washington Bridge. The seven-story building contains 42 residential units. Former homeless families occupy 51% of the units, and the remainder are designated for families earning up to 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York State Housing Finance Agency financed most of the project.


New Map Encompasses All Public Art in NYC

ManhattanArtNOW

ManhattanArtNOW map.

Courtesy cultureNOW

Literally hot off the presses… ManhattanArtNOW, the largest survey of artwork, collections, and art resources compiled to date on a two-sided 90″x18″ map consisting of nearly 1,500 artworks in or visible from public spaces. Art commissioned by public entities include art museums, churches, cemeteries, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and courts. Featured works range from the Arts-for-Transit collection, Percent for Art, GSA Art in Architecture projects, and works in the NYC public school system, to major public spaces such as Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, Columbia University, and Lincoln Center.

Founded by current AIANY Board Secretary Abby Suckle, FAIA, cultureNOW’s first project, the downtownNOW Map, grew out of the work of New York New Visions Design Coalition for the Rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. ManhattanArtNOW, a volunteer effort, has been in the works since 2004 and will initially be sold at Urban Center Books, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Center for Architecture for $14.95, with a companion website launched later this year. The AIANY Chapter partially funded the project.


Former Battleground Gets Upgraded

Fort Washington Park

Fort Washington Park.

Stantec

The NY office of Stantec (formerly Vollmer Associates) has been selected to develop a master plan and provide design services for improvements and upgrades to Fort Washington Park in upper Manhattan, the site of a major battle during the Revolutionary War. The principal objectives for the 160-acre park are to upgrade and supplement existing recreational facilities, enhance scenic and landscape quality, improve pedestrian connections, and possibly extend the West Side greenway. The range of improvement work will entail: upgrading utilities for park facilities; improving entrances, paths, pedestrian bridges, landscaping, and drainage; incorporating recreational facilities and playgrounds, official vehicular access, and new maintenance building; and restoring historic park structures. The project is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative. Construction is expected to start by spring of 2009.


Design Bookstore Opens on UES

ArchiviaBooks

Remodeled ArchiviaBooks store.

Courtesy ArchiviaBooks

After a six-year hiatus, ArchiviaBooks, an independent bookshop specializing in architecture, design, decorative arts, interiors, furniture, gardens, fine arts, and fashion, will reopen on November 1 at Lexington Avenue and 71st Street. Shop owner Cynthia Conigliaro, a veteran book buyer, curated the inventory and designed the 800-square-foot shop that features a Verner Panton chandelier, and modern interpretations of library table lamps by LucePlan, white leather Eames desk chairs, cranberry Herman Miller file cabinets, and counter tops of Rosso Verona Marble, mottled like endpapers of a Venetian volume.


Colleges in NY & Netherlands Major in Science Labs

Rafael Vinoly Architects

Atlas Building (left) at Wageningen University and the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation (right) at Bard College.

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Rafael Viñoly Architects has recently completed two collegiate scientific laboratory projects. For the Atlas Building (recipient of a 2007 AIA New York State Award of Merit), a center that focuses on environmental, animal, agrotechnological, and food sciences on the Wageningen University campus in the Netherlands, the firm designed a cube-shaped building containing soil research labs and offices. Responding to urban planning requirements that dictated a compact structure on its new campus site, the Atlas Building is defined by a latticework enclosure system that doubles as building superstructure, rendering the building nearly column free. Open floor plans and uniform floor heights enable flexible and adaptable interiors.

The Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation on the Bard College campus in Annandale, NY, is a curving metal-clad structure set low to the ground and provides space for the biology, computer science, and mathematics departments in a facility with research labs, high-tech classrooms, and a 60-person auditorium. The firm won a 2007 AIA New York State Citation for Design for this project. Three more collegiate structures designed by the firm are expected to be completed during 2008.


From Power House to Luxury Condo

PowerHouse

PowerHouse will convert a LIC power station into luxury condominiums.

Courtesy Karl Fischer Architect

Designed by Karl Fischer Architect with interiors by Andres Escobar & Associates, The PowerHouse, a century-old railroad power station originally designed by McKim, Mead, & White, is becoming luxury condos with a four-story rooftop addition. Along the waterfront near Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, the building has state-of-the-art gourmet kitchens, spa-like master baths, and NYC’s first Aqua Grotto — a water-oriented social space for residents including a large whirlpool and waterfall. Expected occupancy is scheduled for July 2008.


A Taste of Barcelona With Views of the Empire State

Twenty9th Park Madison

Twenty9th Park Madison.

H. Thomas O’Hara Architects

Espais Promociones Immobiliàries, one of Spain’s largest developers, has joined forces with Miami-based Arcon Solutions to realize its first U.S. residential project, called Twenty9th Park Madison. Designed by NY-based H. Thomas O’Hara Architects, the glass façade of the 34-story condo tower rises from a double-height, cubed entrance, giving way to a full-service boutique hotel-style lobby with backlit illuminated art, WiFi access, and an espresso bar. A landscaped roof deck with barbeque grills and plush seating will afford residents views of Manhattan.

In this issue:
·Message from AIA California Council
·Architects Respond to San Diego Fires
·AIA Contract Documents Get Facelift
·Austin Center for Architecture wins Critics Choice
·German University Wins Solar Decathlon


Message from AIA California Council

AIACC Google Map

AIA National is helping the AIACC to identify members who are potentially affected by the disaster by leveraging the geo-location technology of Google Earth and maps produced by local news source KPBS. This image approximates locations of member homes in the estimated burn areas.

Courtesy Google Earth

The AIA California Council (AIACC) and AIA San Diego are actively working with city and county building officials to simplify and facilitate the process of rebuilding the communities devastated by wildfires, using programs developed from the 2003 San Diego County fires. Local AIA chapters will be conducting workshops regarding the design, permitting, and construction process, and how to work with city and county agencies to expedite permitting, allowing residents to get back into their homes as quickly as possible. With the input of architects, the state Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the AIA, AIACC developed protocols to enable AIA volunteers to assist in the safety assessment and inspection of residential and commercial buildings.

The AIA warns residents to watch out for potential fraudulent activity regarding damage assessment, debris removal and demolition, the process of financing, and rebuilding. The AIACC and local California chapters advise victims regarding rebuilding options and what to look for in deciding what kinds of professionals they will need, and how to select the professional who is right for them. Local AIACC chapters also are providing lists of members and contact information for the public requesting information and referrals regarding architectural services. Residents wanting to speak with an architect about inspection criteria or for more information regarding post-disaster activity are asked to call AIA San Diego, AIA Los Angeles, AIA Orange County, AIA Palomar, and AIA Inland California.

For more information about disaster recovery and links to important rebuilding resources, visit the AIACC website.


Architects Respond to San Diego Fires
The San Diego and Los Angeles Chapters of Architecture for Humanity (AFH) are currently on the ground responding to the fires that recently destroyed thousands of homes. A project has been created on the Open Architecture Network. Send questions to Rebuild San Diego or log on to the AIA San Diego Chapter website for more information. If you would like to support the long-term rebuilding efforts but can’t physically contribute, you can make a tax-deductible financial contribution by logging onto the AFH website.


AIA Contract Documents Get Facelift
On November 5, the AIA will officially launch the 2007 Update to AIA Contract Documents. The Update includes revisions to A201-1997, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, and to all of the owner/contractor and owner/architect agreements in the A201 Family of Documents. Also provided are updates to contractor/subcontractor and architect/consultant agreements, and revisions to the Small Projects Family of Documents. The update includes new AIA Contract Documents software allowing parties to execute AIA agreements and forms using digital signatures.

Owner/architect and owner/contractor agreements in the 2007 update are coordinated to match the size and complexity of the project in a more targeted way than in previous versions of AIA documents. It also includes two entirely new owner/architect agreements: one for the large and complex projects, and another for mid-size projects.

In addition to educational programs presented at local components, the AIA will provide educational materials online to assist users in adapting to the revised agreements, as well as to a new numbering system. If you are a current AIA Contract Documents software user, you can access all of the documents in the 2007 update via a free download from the AIA website. Paper users will find the revised documents at their local distributors at the same time.

For questions about document content, please call AIA National’s Document Info hotline at 202.626.7526. Call 800.365.2724 to purchase contract documents software by phone. To obtain paper documents from AIANY, call Tara Pyle at 212.358.6113. Paper copies of the older versions of 2007 updated documents will be sold at the AIANY.


Austin Center for Architecture wins Critics Choice
The Austin Chronicle‘s 2007 “Best Of Austin” poll recognized the Austin Center for Architecture as the Critic’s Choice winner. Referred to as the “Best Converted Gas Station for Hanging Out With Architects,” the Center houses the Austin Chapter of the AIA, Austin Foundation for Architecture, and the Austin Chapter of Architecture for Humanity.


German University Wins Solar Decathlon
After challenging 20 college and university teams to compete in 10 categories in designing, building, and operating the “most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered home,” the final results from the Solar Decathlon are in. First Place went to Technische Universität Darmstat in Germany, scoring high in architecture, lighting, and engineering categories for a project made from local materials that glows at night. Second Place went to the University of Maryland, Third Place went to Santa Clara University, CA, and the AIAS Student Choice Award went to Texas A&M University. NYC’s only representative, the New York Institute of Technology’s team, ranked 12th overall, scoring highest in the architecture, engineering, and comfort zone categories. Go to the website for images and more information about all of the projects.

Social Network for Architects

UPworld is a new social networking website to connect architects, designers, planners, contractors, fabricators, developers, financiers, engineers, and suppliers. To participate, you must obtain an account and put up a profile, including your photo, portfolio, and images of your work. Then you can link to other members in the network. Developed by architectural designers Jennifer Magee of ANTE Architecture + Design, and Oisin Clancy of Field Lines Design, UPworld also hosts various networking events around the NYC area.

Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, has been honored by AIA New York State as the first recipient of the “Fellows Award,” recognizing a Fellow of the AIA who has exemplified the mentorship within the profession and exceeded in helping young architects, students, or unlicensed individuals to gain a greater knowledge of the profession…

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the election of David A. Thurm, Hon. AIANYS, senior vice president and chief information officer for the New York Times Company, to serve as Public Director from the close of the 2007 annual meeting of the Board of Directors until the close of its 2009 annual meeting…

The Education Legacy Fund (ELF) of the American Society of Interior Designers New York Metropolitan Chapter (ASID NY Metro) honored Metropolis magazine founder and publisher Horace Havemeyer III for his contributions to design and architecture…

Maggie Boepple has been appointed president of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council… Costas Kondylis & Partners promoted Steven Bonora, AIA, and George Drallios, AIA, to partner… Isaac-Daniel Astrachan, AIA, and Jennifer Cheuk, AIA, have been elevated to principals at The Stephen B. Jacobs Group… Meridian Design Associates, Architects announced that William Hallisky and Luis Roges have each been promoted to vice president… Noushin Ehsan, AIA, founded new firm 2nd Opinion Design…

10.24.07: The stars came out to play at a fundraiser for David Rockwell’s Imagination Playground, which marked the opening night of the Rockwell Group-designed Bon Appetit Supper Club and Café, a pop-up restaurant in the former Hard Rock Café on West 57 Street (the event raised about $250,000!).

Bon Appetit Supper Club and Cafe

The eatery is open to the public only for lunch — lunch-time foods created by top chefs make definitely worth the trip (but hurry…it closes November 2).

Blandon Belushin

Bon Appetit Supper Club and Cafe

(l-r): NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe real estate mogul Kent Swig; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; David Rockwell; Barbara Fairchild, Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit; and master chef Emeril Lagasse.

Wire Image

10.17.07: There was no question who the star of the show was at a Pentagram fete celebrating Julius Shulman’s 97th birthday and the publication of Pentagram Papers 38: The Russian Garbo.

Julius Shulman

(l-r): Julius Shulman with Pentagram partner James Biber.

Kristen Richards

11.28.07 Request for Qualifications: Township of South Orange Village: Downtown Vision Plan
The Township of South Orange Village requests Letters of Interest and Qualifications from professional planning firms or teams for a Vision Plan for downtown South Orange, NJ. The plan will provide a comprehensive vision for the central business district, the Valley Street business corridor, and the Irvington Avenue business district. The winning team will require expertise in urban planning, design guidelines development, traffic and parking analysis, real estate market analysis, public process facilitation, and civil engineering/ecological analysis (related to a river redevelopment project within the CBD). Click here for a .pdf of the RFQ.

11.30.07 Submission: 2007 SBIC Beyond Green High Performance Building Awards
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is recognizing initiatives that shape, inform, and catalyze the high-performance building market and the real-world application of high performance design and construction practices. Award winners will present their projects at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on 01.16.08 in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored lecture series. Winning projects will also be published on the Whole Building Design Guide website managed by the National Institute of Building Science. Additional recognition will include an announcement in SBIC’s newsletter, Buildings Inside & Out, a plaque, and posting on the council’s website.

12.03.07 Submission: Sudapan endless(s)trips
This international competition promotes the creation a new urban model in the “Mayan Riviera,” the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The area is experiencing massive tourism and may serve as a template from which new urban models can be conceived. Prize money totals $10,000 for first, second, and third place winners, as well as five special mentions. All prizes and mentions will be awarded a scholarship for the Summer Workshop taking place in Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), in Barcelona, July 2008.

12.12.07 Submission: CNU Charter Awards
The Congress for the New Urbanism’s (CNU) Charter Awards program recognizes work in urban design, architecture, development, and placemaking. Each year CNU convenes a jury of expert urbanists to select winning entries that best embody and advance the principles of the Charter of New Urbanism. Winners set urbanism’s gold standard and serve as powerful examples for future development.

01.15.08 Submission: Re:Vision
The third in a series of six architecture and design competitions designed to inspire ideas for a sustainable city block, participants are asked to envision a mixed-use neighborhood with a healthy, symbiotic relationship among land, people, and businesses. The intention is to create physical, social, and fiscal wealth for the community. Plans should propose an urban area with sustainable buildings and retailers selling different types of products, perhaps in new and different ways.

02.07.08 Submission: EDRA/Places Awards
Metropolis has teamed up with the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and Places journal for their 10th annual awards program. The EDRA/Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design, focusing on the question of what makes places good and what makes them work for inhabitants. The awards recognize four categories: design; planning; research; and, new this year, is book — recently published books advancing the critical understanding of place and the design of exceptional environments.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

November 8 – January 26, 2008

Berlin — New York Dialogues: Building in Context

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Kohn Pederson Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Two of the world’s most dynamic urban centers, Berlin and New York, are making radical transformations in their streets and skylines. Berlin — New York Dialogues investigates the changes in these two cities by looking at the contemporary built environment and mechanisms of urban regeneration: the social, political, economic, and cultural processes that affect building.

As the exhibition delineates, the sustainability of these cities’ neighborhoods is increasingly dependent on a critical mixture of identity, diversification, and infrastructure.

Against a background of data Berlin — New York Dialogues brackets three areas of each city. High-end projects and informal initiatives are featured and made comparable by a set of overarching topics: Culture as Catalyst, Community Activism, Gentrification, Open Space, and Governmental Intervention. Focus is given to the stories and forces behind the projects — the urban context.

Berlin — New York Dialogues is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall as part of Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place November 2-18, 2007.

In partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Berlin in Lights, a festival taking place in November 2007 celebrating the cultural connectivity between Berlin and New York.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Center for Architecture’s Global City Dialogues series exploring differences and commonalities between distinctive international cultural centers and New York City.

Organized by:

Center for Architecture and the German Center for Architecture DAZ in Berlin

Curatorial Team: Lynnette Widder, Kristien Ring, Sophie Stigliano, Rosamond Fletcher, Lutz Knospe

Research Assistants: Anthony Acciavatti, Elizabeth Snow, Anna Vallye

In cooperation with:
Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Deutsches Haus at NYU,
and Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Exhibition Design & Graphics: Project Projects

Exhibition Architecture: MADE

Commissioned Photography: Noah Sheldon

Underwriter: RFR Holding, Digital Plus

   

Patrons: Eurohypo; IULA
  

Lead Sponsors:

Carnegie Corporation of New York; Tishman Speyer Properties

Supporter:

The German Consulate in New York
Friend: Getmapping


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Thanks to the generous support of the Alfred Herrhausen Society the exhibition will travel to the DAZ (LINK www.daz.de ) in Berlin in March 2008. The exhibition will open on March 7 and be on view through June 2008. An exhibition symposium will take place at the Akademie der Künste on March 8/ 9, 2008.

Related Events

Thursday, November 8, 2007
Exhibition Opening

November 5, 2007
Urban Design & Memorials, panel discussion

Saturday, November 10, 2007
Cultural Kapital / Capital Kultur: Exhibition Symposium

Sunday, November 11, 2007
FamilyDay@theCenter: Berlin/NY – My City Exchange


New York NOW

October 11 – December, 2008

Galleries: Edgar A. Tafel Hall

New York NOW celebrates the diversity of the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture membership by displaying non-juried submissions of member projects. The exhibition will include works of all scales: small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape, and urban design.

The exhibition presents the depth and breadth of professional activity and the variety of its impact. The resulting dialogue between different practitioners encourages a deeper understanding of what is happening in the New York architecture and design world now.

Exhibition Design: Illya Azaroff + the design collective studio

Underwriter:

Exhibition organized by the AIA New York Chapter


Architecture Inside/Out

September 19 – December 8, 2007

Galleries: Gerald D Hines Gallery, Street Gallery, Public Resource Center

Architecture Inside/Out demonstrates the unfolding of space by exposing architectural interiors through a range of typologies with an inward focus, including libraries, hotels, retail and work spaces. This exhibition challenges conventional categories and explores alternative typologies. The design of interiors has evolved into a complex and nuanced problem and addresses circulation patterns, use and adjacencies, sociologies of hierarchy and networks, and sustainability. The fully integrated interior considers light, color and materiality, but also new ways of programming space, the latest technological advances, innovative methods of construction and green practices.

Traditional representations such as section, plan and elevation, in addition to models and details will provide a lens to reveal inherent characteristics of featured interiors, exposing materials, structure and spatial relationships. Architecture Inside/Out takes the familiar architectural conventions and places them parallel to alternative ways of seeing and revealing. When these alternative methods of understanding space are applied to typologies, they provide views of the interior that shed new light on familiar places.

Curator:
Lois Weinthal, Director of Interior Design, Parsons

Exhibition Design: Freecell

Graphic Design: Language Arts

The exhibition and related programming are organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the AIA New York Chapter’s Interiors Committee and the Center for Architecture Foundation.

Underwriter: AFD Contract Furniture

Patron: Certified of New York

Lead Sponsor: Zumtobel Lighting

Sponsor:: BBG-BBGM; Spartech Corporation; STUDIOS Architecture



  

  

Supporter:

Jack L. Gorden Architects; Perkins + Will

Supporters:

InterfaceFLOR
Knoll
Mancini Duffy
Perkins + Will
Steelcase
STUDIOS Architecture


Exhibition Announcements

Hudson Square

The Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners entry envisioning the future of Hudson Square.

Courtesy Z-H Architects with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects

Through 11.26.07
Envisioning Hudson Square Design Charrette

Friends of Hudson Square (FOHSQ) launched the “Envisioning Hudson Square” design charrette as a local planning initiative to explore the possibilities for the Hudson Square district — bounded by Leroy to Canal Streets and West to Hudson Streets. Endorsed by Manhattan Community Boards One and Two, the exhibition is designed to be a conversation starter. This grass-roots initiative will inform and encourage local elected officials to ask city officials to study zoning changes more carefully. The five NY-based firms that participated in the charrette were: Arquitectonica GEO, FLAnk, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects, SPaN, and Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects in association with Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners.

The St. Johns Center
550-570 Washington Street, NYC


Tulip Goblet

Tulip Goblet designed by Nils Landberg, 1953. Produced by Orrefors. Promised gift of Aviva and Jack Robinson.

Courtesy Museum of Arts & Design

11.08.07 through 03.09.08
Cheers! A MAD Collection of Goblets

To celebrate its 50th birthday and new home at Two Columbus Circle (opening in September 2008), the Museum of Arts & Design is assembling celebratory goblets in all mediums — glass, metal, clay, fiber, wood, and mixed media, made by more than 100 artists from around the world. Works by Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, and Ginny Ruffner are on view, as well as works by emerging artists. Many pieces were created expressly for the exhibition, and are on public display for the first time.

Museum of Arts and Design
40 West 53rd Street, NYC


Pricked

Mattia Bonetti, working with master embroiderers in China, has created a full-size sofa, covered entirely with stitched depictions of pages from popular Chinese magazines.

Courtesy Museum of Arts & Design

11.08.07 through 03.09.08
Pricked: Extreme Embroidery

Stone, digital prints, even human hair and skin are some of the materials used by 47 artists from 14 countries to create embroidered works featured in this exhibition. Showcasing the diversity of new approaches to the time-honored needle working technique, Pricked explores how centuries-old handcraft traditions are reinvented in the mainstream of contemporary art and design. Featured are pieces by artists such as Elaine Reichek and Angelo Filomeno alongside those of emerging talents. In addition, works by Mattia Bonetti document the use of embroidery techniques in the sphere of contemporary design.

Museum of Arts and Design
40 West 53rd Street, NYC

10.16.07

10.16.07

I hope everyone has recovered from the 2007 AIANYS Convention and Heritage Ball/Party@theCenter! Because the convention only comes to town every 150 years or so, this issue features three articles about various issues discussed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and we have done our best to cover everything you may have missed.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Mission Impossible?

Event: 2007 AIANYS Convention: The Past As Prologue
Location: Grand Hyatt, NYC, 10.04-06.07
Speakers: Keynote Luncheon: Raymond Rhinehart, Ph.D., Hon. AIA — Senior Director, AIA
Organizers: AIA New York State
Keynote Sponsors: Design Insurance Agency; Victor O. Schinnerer & Company; Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.; Hohmann and Barnard, Inc.

2007 AIANYS Convention

Courtesy AIANYS

Ever since 13 architects decided to form the AIA in 1857, the role and perception of architects has fluctuated, from glorified genius to unnecessary niche artist. Now this year’s AIA New York State Convention theme, The Past As Prologue, inspired keynote luncheon speaker Raymond Rhinehart, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, senior director at AIA National, to title his speech, “Professional, City, World, or Mission Impossible?”

The world is in a state that requires architects to re-imagine and redefine their profession, Rhinehart argues. Referencing images of John Milton’s Paradise Lost’s earth hanging from heaven by a string and environmental activist David Suzuki’s earth as a basketball wrapped in Saran Wrap, Rhinehart calls architects “agents of life” in a time where social, environmental, and political climates are at a breaking point. To heal the world, architects must join together on a global scale. Architects need to design for human contact as well as to preserve the environment — seamlessly linking human life and nature. Sustainability has to go beyond “green.”