Schemes for the West Side Rail Yards

The West Side Rail Yards is the largest plot of land remaining for development in Manhattan, so the team chosen to develop the 26.2 acres of land at the end of the High Line and near Penn Station and Port Authority will have a major impact on the skyline and the city as a whole. I think the exhibition and comment period provided by the MTA were much too short for the public to form an opinion, but at least I saw an attempt at garnering input.

All of the schemes propose unique solutions to the site’s challenges, which include spanning the rail yards, incorporating design suitable for PlaNYC, and addressing a mixed-use program appropriate for current and future zoning codes. Durst/Vornado’s proposal is the most green. Designed by FXFowle Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the team incorporates strategies that, to my knowledge, have not been implemented at such a large scale (integrating scheme-wide blackwater recycling, for example).

The Related/Goldman Sachs team, consisting of Kohn Pedersen Fox, Arquitectonica, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Elkus Manfredi, West 8, and weisz + yoes architecture, will develop a “media district” by bringing anchor client NewsCorp to the site (which is across from the Mid-Town Mart Building housing the Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, WNET, and the Associated Press). The idea is that the energy of the information flowing in and out of the area will influence the vibrancy on the street.

Tishman Speyer/Morgan Stanley, with Murphy/Jahn Architects, PWP Landscape Architecture, and Cooper, Robertson & Partners is proposing the most traditional scheme with a central fountain and plaza borrowing from existing successful gathering places including Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, Washington Square Park, and even the Spanish Steps in Rome.

My favorite among the five schemes is Brookfield Properties’ proposal, with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Thomas Phifer & Partners, SHoP, Handel Architects, SANAA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Field Operations. SOM is the master planner and engineer for the site and the architect for two towers (the tallest of all proposals). The plaza between the towers has a structural element above the throat of the rail yards referencing Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub (the buildings are also located near a water wall). Creating this visual reference shows an effort to connect with the urban fabric.

This scheme has the highest density, the most square footage devoted to public and cultural facilities, and considers human scale the most, in my opinion. This is the only scheme that builds on the center of the site. Two hotels, by Handel Architects, flank 11th Avenue dividing the site into two zones and creating two parks — one surrounded by residential and the other by commercial buildings. SHoP is designing a string of residential buildings along the south, set back from the High Line — a move that will make 30th Street accessible rather than creating a barricade with a high, blank wall.

This scheme also maintains the full length of the High Line, which terminates at a residential tower designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. And with Field Operations as the landscape architect, I think this strategy will provide freedom for the firms to complete their High Line the way they see fit.

My least favorite of the finalists is the Extell proposal. The only architect on the project is Steven Holl Architects, which is putting forth a scheme with large towers lining the site’s perimeter, casting “sun slice” shadows across the central lawn. Suspension technology is employed across the rail yards — a unique and innovative solution — but the resulting concave expanse above the structure seems monumental in scale. I can imagine feeling very small at the lowest point at the center of the grass in the shadow of the towers on either side of me. The renderings do not include people on the lawn, either, implying that perhaps people are not welcome, as they might ruin the clean lines cast by the buildings.

Now that the MTA and NYC Department of City Planning’s comment period has ended, we’ll have to wait a couple of months to hear a decision on the selected team. I am looking forward to the decision as I see value in every proposal, and I am pleased that the city will take advantage of the vacant area now occupied by the West Side Rail Yard.

To read more about the proposals, check out the Rail Yards Blog, a comprehensive website including reactions to all of the recent presentations and working sessions held by the MTA, and the AIANY Public Information Exchange (PIE) to read comments by the public about all of the proposals. Also, be sure to read West Side Rail Yards: Formidable Talents, Cautious Drafts, in this issue of e-Oculus.

In this issue:
· Pennies for Kids’ Thoughts
· Ready to Bow: Bronx County Hall of Justice
· Juvenile Justice Facilities: Environment Cues Behavior
· Luxury Hotel/Condo to Connect Lower Manhattan and Battery Park
· 20th Century Village Hall Gets 21st Century Update
· Renovation of Rudolph Building is Key to Yale’s New Arts Complex
· Natick Collection Redefines Shopping Mall Experience
· South Korea Goes LEED Platinum

Pennies for Kids’ Thoughts

Penny Harvest

Penny Harvest Field at Rockefeller Center.

(left) Courtesy Common Cents; (right) photo by Peter Barton courtesy Levien & Company

Common Cents, a non-profit that teaches children about their value as contributors to society, has launched the 17th annual Penny Harvest. Students from more than 800 schools collected over 100 million pennies to be given away to organizations of their choice, and Polshek Partnership Architects designed a 165-foot-long by 30-foot-wide steel channel to contain them. The sides are mirrored, giving the impression that the field of pennies goes on ad infinitum. Polshek Partnership recruited Peter DiMaggio from Weidlinger Associates and project manager Ken Levien, AIA, of Levien and Co. to help with the design and construction. And the cost to Common Cents? Not one penny. Professional services were pro bono. Hosted by Tishman Speyer, the installation will be on view at Rockefeller Center through December 31.

Ready to Bow: Bronx County Hall of Justice

Bronx County Hall of Justice

Bronx County Hall of Justice.

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Almost 15 years after Rafael Viñoly Architects completed the design for the Bronx County Hall of Justice, the building is finally reaching completion. Sited along two blocks of East 161st Street near the Grand Concourse, the L-shaped structure houses 47 courtrooms, seven grand jury rooms, offices, and underground parking. The building’s public courtyard and translucent accordion-shaped curtain wall were designed to signify the openness of the judicial system. The jury assembly room is adjacent to the building in a separate, private mass.

The courtrooms, with 18-foot slab-to-slab heights, house 60 spectators and 16 jurors, and many are equipped with the latest audio-visual and computer technology. The grand jury rooms allow jurors to view evidence from individual flat screens, and custom-designed benches, cabinetry, and paneling recall historic court spaces. Energy conservation is employed with extensive use of daylight, high-performance low-e glass, energy-efficient lighting, and heating and air conditioning systems that incorporate displacement ventilation.

Juvenile Justice Facilities: Environment Cues Behavior

Union County Juvenile Justice Center

Union County Juvenile Justice Center.

Ricci Greene Associates

Ricci Greene Associates, a justice design and planning firm, has completed three juvenile justice facilities in the Northeast. The $28 million Union County Juvenile Justice Center in Linden, NJ, is a 70,000-square-foot building housing 80 children. A courtyard encloses almost an acre of outdoor recreation space and allows natural daylight to penetrate the building. The $43 million Rhode Island Training School for Youth in Cranston is composed of a 52-bed detention facility and a 96-bed adjudicated facility providing an optimal physical and operational environment to house troubled youth, boasting two gymnasiums, a regulation-size soccer field, exercise rooms, library, and computer and culinary arts amenities. The $34.6 million, 100,000-square-foot Superior Court and Center for Juvenile Matters in Bridgeport, CT, built on a remediated brownfield site, consists of two separate buildings containing a courthouse with three courtrooms and a detention facility with 44 sleeping rooms. The facility is framed by a lawn in the front and a waterfront park along the river that is open to the public.

Luxury Hotel/Condo to Connect Lower Manhattan and Battery Park

50 West Street

50 West Street.

Murphy/Jahn Architects

Time Equities has gotten the green light from the NYC Council to build a 63-story, 580,000-square-foot hotel and residential building at 50 West Street, in an area known as Greenwich South, just below the World Trade Center site. Helmut Jahn, FAIA, of Murphy/Jahn Architects is the design architect, Gruzen Samton is serving as executive architect and architect-of-record, and interiors are by Piero Lissoni. The 14 lower floors will contain a 155-room, four-star luxury hotel with ground floor retail and a restaurant, and about 290 residential condominiums will occupy floors 15 through 63. The building will also feature an enclosed roof garden and lounge, spa, fitness center, screening room, and library. A public plaza along the southern boundary of the project will provide a new landscaped circulation path between West and Washington Streets and facilitate pedestrian passage from Battery Park City to Lower Manhattan. The project is expected to garner a LEED Gold certification when completed in 2010.

20th Century Village Hall Gets 21st Century Update

Bronxville Village Hall

Bronxville Village Hall.

Peter Gisolfi Associates

The circa 1942 Bronxville Village Hall in Westchester County has undergone a $5 million renovation making it cleaner, greener, and larger. Peter Gisolfi Associates had old asbestos and other hazardous materials removed — including significant quantities of lead from a police firing range in the basement. In its place are new low-e paints and carpeting, recycled and natural materials, and a zoned geo-thermal system. All old windows were replaced with energy-efficient double-glass windows; new, weatherproof doors were fitted throughout; and the attic of the two-story building has been insulated, sharply reducing heat loss through the roof. Lighting was redesigned to make greater use of natural light and to zone the building for lighting depending upon use and occupancy. The design also adds 5,000 square feet of assignable space.

Renovation of Rudolph Building is Key to Yale’s New Arts Complex

Yale arts complex

Model of Yale arts complex showing York Street elevation.

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, photograph by Jock Pottell, courtesy Yale University

Yale University is restoring and renovating Paul Rudolph’s historic Art & Architecture Building. Per the wishes of the project’s benefactor, Sid Bass, the building will be renamed “The Rudolph Building.” This project is a key step in the creation of the university’s new arts complex, designed by Charles Gwathmey, FAIA, of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (who received his Master of Architecture from Yale in 1962, while Paul Rudolph was chairman of the Department of Architecture), that will include, in addition to The Rudolph Building, a new facility for the Department of the History of Art, and an expanded arts and architecture library.

In creating the arts complex, Gwathmey Siegel is charged with several tasks: above all restoration of Rudolph’s building; to introduce state-of-the-art technology, air-conditioning, and LEED standards; to design a new facility for the art history department; to create an expanded arts and architecture library with a street-level presence and entry; and to maintain a harmonious relationship among the complex’s elements, the multifaceted structure, and surrounding streetscape.

Natick Collection Redefines Shopping Mall Experience

Natick Mall

Natick Mall.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

Natick, an American Indian name loosely translated as “Place of Rolling Hills,” provided the inspiration for Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners’ design for the restoration and expansion of the Natick Mall, originally built in 1966 in Natick, MA. Renamed the Natick Collection to reflect its new look, an undulating arcade ceiling, curved clerestories, and expansive skylights that filter in natural light are in direct response to the site’s topography. 550,000 square feet of retail space will be added to the renovation of the existing 150,000-square-foot mall, fitting within a 3 million-square-foot master plan — including over 100 new shops and two new anchor stores, as well as luxury condominiums and below-grade parking.

South Korea Goes LEED Platinum


Gale International/U-Life Northeast Asia Headquarters.


The NY office of HOK has unveiled a new 55,000-square-foot Gale International/U-Life Northeast Asia Headquarters building in the Songdo International Business District in Incheon, South Korea. The building is expected to achieve a LEED Platinum rating — the first of its kind in Korea. It is part of the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates master-plan comprised of residential, cultural, leisure, educational, healthcare, government, and institutional facilities.

Composed of a high-performance curtain wall, the five-story steel structure features photovoltaic panels integrated into the site canopy and rooftop structures, entry canopy, and south façade shade devices. A narrow floor plate and interior daylight atrium shaped by the sun’s passage will ensure daylight to over 90% of the workstations. The design also includes rain gardens, native landscaping, solar electric automobile charging stations, full daylight office space, optimized natural ventilation, fuel cells, rooftop wind turbines, a greywater recovery system, green roofs, and material life-cycle analysis.

In this issue:
· AIANY Policy Update: Manhattanville
· AIA Urges Members to Get Political
· Recap: 2007 Procrastinators’ Days

AIANY Policy Update: Manhattanville

On December 12, AIANY testified in support of rezoning Manhattanville before the City Council — one of the last hurdles in a controversial Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process expected to result in a new campus for Columbia University between 125th and 130th Streets in West Harlem. The Policy Board discussed the plans for the new Columbia campus in October, when AIANY testified in general support of rezoning the area from manufacturing to residential, commercial, and academic uses before the City Planning Commission in a packed West Harlem auditorium.

The testimony was updated this month to address the approval of both Columbia and Community Board 9’s land use plans for the area, which AIANY feels “calls for streetscape and buildings in character with the surrounding neighborhoods, changes in use that will animate the area at all times of day and night, and well-designed public streets and spaces.” The Policy Board was also optimistic that, “with the revised land use plans calling for mixed-use and public spaces along all the boundaries of the site, including Broadway and 125th Street… the new campus will be both welcomed by and welcoming for its neighbors.” AIANY will continue to discuss the design of the site’s public spaces with the design team Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

AIA Urges Members to Get Political
The latest initiative from the AIA is helping raise the profile of architecture in the 2008 election. The organization’s first-ever nonpartisan program, DesignVote08, aims to help members get involved in presidential and senatorial campaigns, supporting the AIA’s goal of promoting citizen architects and civic engagement, according to a statement released by the AIA.

DesignVote08 intends to empower AIA members and components to: place the AIA’s public policies and issues before political candidates; organize and cosponsor candidate forums in their home states; raise the AIA’s visibility at conventions in the summer of 2008; track where candidates stand on key AIA issues; and volunteer for campaigns. The website will provide voter registration information and links to candidates’ websites, as well as offering up-to-the-minute information and tips on getting active in the campaigns.

Contact the AIA Government Advocacy Team to sign up for updates and get more information.

Recap: 2007 Procrastinators’ Days

Event: AIANY 2007 Procrastinators’ Days
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.06-07.07
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture
Vendors: Trespa North America; Essroc Italcementi Group; Azek Building Products Inc.; Pella Window and Doors; Icynen Inc.; Lucifer Lighting Company; Unico, Inc.; Venco Sales, Inc.; Assa Abloy Door Security Solutions; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.; Marvin Windows and Doors; International Masonry Institute; Owens Corning; Brick Industry Association; Ove Arup & Partners; NYC Brickwork Design Center; Hohmann and Barnard Exterior Wall; Integrated CADD Services; ThermaTru Doors; Jeldwen Doors; Black Millwork Co., Inc.; 3Form; ARUP

With more than 180 attendees and 27 providers, the AIANY annual Procrastinators’ Days offered classes filled with ways to protect the environment and uphold the quality of sustainability. Discussions covered a range of green strategies, such as improving thermal performance in buildings, understanding indoor air quality solutions, clarifying the LEED Green Building Rating System, and installing and using sustainable products.

Procrastinators’ Days provides architects a last minute opportunity to get continuing education credits required for AIA membership and continued state licensure. In NY, the State Licensing Board requires 36 continuing education credits in a three-year period, of which at least 24 credits must come from programs conforming to health, safety, and welfare (HSW) guidelines established by the AIA and the state. AIA members are also required to have 18 continuing education units per year, of which eight must qualify as HSW. Procrastinators’ Days offered 28 classes with up to 14 HSW credits before the year-end deadline.

A Foundation Fit For Architects

The Make It Right Foundation has launched a project to fund 150 homes in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans. The brainchild of architecture enthusiast Brad Pitt, a core team of experts including William McDonough + Partners, Cherokee Gives Back Foundation, Graft architecture, and Trevor Neilson and Nina Killeen, worked in tandem with local nonprofit organizations to select 14 firms specializing in innovation and ecologically responsible design.

Designs by KieranTimberlake Associates (2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award recipient), Morphosis, Adjaye Architects, MVRDV, and Shigeru Ban Architects, along with other local, national, and internationally renowned firms, will design homes that “encourage both the evolution of aesthetic distinctiveness and the conscientious awareness of natural surroundings,” according to the website. Firms were given a typology, such as the Shotgun, Camelback, and Creole Cottage, along with general guidelines outlined by the core team emphasizing safety, affordability, sustainability, and high design quality. All of the designs can be viewed online.

What is unique about donating to the cause is that it is possible to donate a whole house or parts of a house, in addition to making monetary contributions. So if you are still looking for holiday gifts, consider donating a house ($150,000), LEED certification fees ($2,500), a tankless water heater ($1,500), energy efficient lighting ($500), a tree ($200), a programmable thermostat ($100), low VOC paint ($25), or a compact fluorescent bulb ($5) in your or your loved one’s name.

Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, is named the 2008 AIA Gold Medal Recipient… Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake Associates receives the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award…The Board of the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) names architect and educator Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, as 2008 recipient of the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education…

The Rockefeller Foundation announced the first award recipients of the Foundation’s $2.6 million NYC Cultural Innovation Fund including The Architectural League of New York, to launch Urban Omnibus: a Broadband Channel for Architecture, Infrastructure and Environment in New York City; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, for Phase II Capital Master Plan and Design; The Civilians, for Development and Brooklyn Neighborhoods; and Friends of the High Line with Creative Time and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, to create a new, large-scale public art commissioning program for the High Line’s Chelsea Market Tunnel…

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has awarded an NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy to Pratt Institute

New York magazine’s “The Year in Architecture” recognized, in the category of Best New Building, the New Museum, by SANAA; Best New Affordable Housing, Via Verde, Dattner Architects and Grimshaw; Best French Architectural Invasion, Jean Nouvel, Hon, FAIA; Most Hopeful Vision, Governors Island and the Battery Maritime Building (originally designed by Walker and Morris); Most Alluring Bad-Weather Beacon, IAC Headquarters, Gehry Partners; Best New Prewar, 15 Central Park West, Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Best Monument to Modernism, Glass House, Philip Johnson; Best Critical Reappraisal, Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs; Best New Interior, Tiffany & Co. at 37 Wall Street, Yabu Pushelberg; Best Street Furniture, New Bus Shelters by Cemusa, designed by Grimshaw; Debut, 40 Bond, Herzog & de Meuron; and Stinker, The Deutsche Bank Building

Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, will serve a third five-year term as dean of Yale School of Architecture…The chief “architect” of the city’s economic development agenda, Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff, is leaving the Bloomberg administration at the end of this month to become president of Bloomberg L.P., the financial news, data, and analytics provider founded by the mayor…

AIANY 2008 Inaugural

AIANY 2008 Inaugural

Marshall Purnell, FAIA, 2008 AIA National President; Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, 2007 AIANY President; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, 2004 AIANY President and AIA150 Champion.

Sam Lahoz

AIANY 2008 Inaugural

2008 AIANY President James McCullar, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz

SEGD Fellows/Book/25th Anniversary Party

11.20.07: (Chris) Calori & (David) Vanden-Eynden SEGD Fellows/Book/25th Anniversary Party @ the Center included a reprise of their spirited Fellows presentation from the SEGD conference, and a signing party for Chris Calori’s book, Signage and Wayfinding Design.

Kristen Richards

Holiday Celebrations around the city

Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture

Kim Mathews, ASLA, and Signe Nielsen, FASLA, framing up the New Year at the Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture holiday celebration.

Kristen Richards

Pei Partnership Architects party

Pei Partnership Architects party: Li Chung (Sandi) Pei, AIA, catching up on news with John Morris Dixon, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

Pei Partnership Architects party

Pei Partnership Architects party: Abby Suckle, FAIA, chats it up with Paul Marantz, IES, FIALD, LC, founder/consulting design principal, Fisher Marantz Stone.

Kristen Richards

SMPS-NY celebration

SMPS-NY (Society for Marketing Professional Services) celebration included Marines campaigning for Toys for Tots: Liz O’Rourke Kupcha, former SMPS-NY board member, current PR chair for the SMPS Long Island, and Iva Kravitz with a handsome marine.

Kristen Richards

SMPS-NY celebration

SMPS-NY Annual Party: Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Marketing Director, FXFowle Architects and 2008 Chair of the Oculus Committee, Richard Staub, consultant and Oculus contributing editor, and photographer Elliott Kaufman.

Kristen Richards

12.17.07 Registration: Make Space for Art
La Reunion, TX, a Dallas-based artist residence program, announces a juried architecture exhibition seeking to create a dialogue about sustainability, live/work spaces for artists, and community involvement. The site, six acres of wooded property in Oak Cliff, is also the home of a historic trestle from the Dallas Interurban Railway, completed in 1913, running from Dallas to Ft. Worth. Cash prizes will be awarded to selected entries. The entry deadline is 01.31.08.

01.14.08 Submissions: IESNY Lumen Awards
The Lumen Awards, initiated by the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY) in 1968 and developed to encourage and recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design. Any architectural lighting design project or specialty lighting design is eligible for submission. Projects awarded Lumen Awards will then become eligible for Regional and International IIDA Awards.

01.15.08 Submissions: Justice Facilities Review 2008
The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice invites all registered architects to submit projects that represent state-of-the-art justice facility design. Justice Facilities Review 2008 offers an opportunity to put jury-selected projects before administrators, architects, state representatives, local jurisdictions, and others involved in the justice system. Selected projects will be published in the companion publication, Justice Facilities Review 2008, and featured in several traveling exhibitions. Small firms with five or fewer staff are eligible to submit entries at a discounted rate.

01.17.08 Call for Entries: MetalMag Architectural Awards
Hanley Wood is accepting entries for its second annual awards program. Winning projects in each category — interiors, metal buildings, roofs, and wall panels — will be featured in MetalMag‘s May/June 2008 issue. One winner in each category will receive $750 and free reprint promotional materials.

01.18.08 Call for Entries: 2008 Housing & Healthcare Facilities Design Awards
AIANY has formalized a biennial building types awards program that will be co-sponsored with the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). AIANY members and registered architects practicing in NYC are invited to enter the two BSA design awards categories: housing and healthcare facilities design. The program’s purpose is to increase recognition of design excellence in specialized design fields and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who collaborate to improve the built environment. Entries are welcomed and encouraged regardless of project size, budget, or style, from both established and new practitioners. The 2008 winning projects will be featured at the BSA Awards Celebration at Build Boston on 11.20.08.

01.30.08 Call for Entries: Richard Kelly Grant
The New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY) established the Richard Kelly Grant in 1980 to celebrate Richard Kelly, a pioneer of architectural lighting construction. Originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America, the grant recognizes creative thought and activity in the use of light. Cash award will be granted. Anyone 35 years or under, studying or working in the art and/or science of illumination, in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico is eligible.

01.31.08 Submissions: 2008 AIA COTE Top 10 Green Projects Awards
These awards recognize the benefits of a high-performance, sustainable design approach; educate the architectural community and the public on the increased value that sustainable design provides for developers, building owners, and occupants; and acknowledge architects as experts in the creation of energy conscious and environmentally responsible design solutions. The competition will evaluate projects based on merit rather than in competition with the other submittals. Winning projects will be recognized with an AIA/COTE award certificate and acknowledged in the national press and on the AIA website.

01.31.08 Call for Entries: 2008 James Beard Foundation Awards
The national not-for-profit organization based in NYC offers Outstanding Restaurant Design and Graphics Design Awards for a restaurant design or renovation in the U.S., Mexico, or Canada. Projects must be executed since 01.01.05.

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours
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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.


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


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 ) 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.

Architecture Inside/Out

September 19 – January 5, 2008

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.

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




Jack L. Gorden Architects; Perkins + Will


Mancini Duffy
Perkins + Will
STUDIOS Architecture

Exhibition Announcements

Chinatown Dubai

Entrance to Chinatown Dubai.

Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture

Through 12.22.07

There are more than 300 Chinatowns around the world today. Many others have disappeared, and new ones are being born each year. Starting in NYC and moving east around the planet, 1,000 photographs taken by almost as many photographers is a visual tribute to the diversities and idiosyncrasies, as much as the similarities, that unite these urban communities scattered over the world. Storefront for Art and Architecture presents the exhibition in association with Chinatown Film Festival New York.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street

Manhattan Noon

Still Life: Houston Street, 2000 to present.

Courtesy of the photographer, Gus Powell

Through 03.15.08
Manhattan Noon

Forty color-saturated photographs, part of a series undertaken since 2000, trace photographer Gus Powell’s fascination with a series of poems by Frank O’Hara, specifically the poet’s ability to write meaningfully while a full-time employee. Powell took advantage of available moments in his own life — lunch hours and daily commutes — to capture the movements of fellow New Yorkers. Helping to establish the connection between the two artists, O’Hara’s poems are also represented in the exhibition.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Avenue



It’s officially the holiday season, and one of the best times in the year to explore the city. The New Museum designed by SANAA is now open at 235 Bowery, and well worth the trip. And the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has gone green, with LED lights and plans to become Habitat for Humanity housing once the season ends.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Note: In the 08.21.07 issue of e-OCULUS the In the News section featured the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum designed by NY-based Leeser Architecture (See “Mammoth Chills in Permafrost Museum“). It was omitted that Balmori Associates was chosen as the landscape designer for the project.