05.28.08

05.28.08

While it was impossible to be everywhere at once at the AIA National Convention, this issue features many of the happenings.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP


SAVE THE DATE: This year marks the 5th anniversary of OCULUS. Help us celebrate with a party following the Annual Meeting.

Location: Center for Architecture
Date: 06.03.08, 8:30-10:00pm

To RSVP, click the link. See you there!


CORRECTION: In the last issue, the In the News section featured 48 Bond Street, “A Contemporary Take on Bond Street,” designed by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects. GF55 Partners acted as Executive Architect responsible for construction documents, shop drawings, coordinating with engineers, attending community board meetings for building approval, and code compliance. We apologize for the omission.


BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning with this issue, the AIANY Chapter is launching a new blog. We’re calling it The Center (there’s a link in the navigation menu on the e-Oculus homepage as well). You’ll find opinion pieces on a wide array of architectural concerns tied to NY-based designers, firms, and projects, along with a spotlight on debates and discussions at the Center for Architecture and AIANY. It’s an informal discussion board. Be sure to check it out regularly. Contribute to the dialogue.

If you would like to become a regular contributor to The Center, please e-mail e-Oculus.

AIA Convention Advocates Civic Activism

Event: 2008 AIA National Convention
Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, 05.15-17.08
Speakers: Go to the AIA Convention website for information on all speakers and events

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Jessica Sheridan

“We the People,” this year’s theme at the AIA National Convention, urged architects to improve communities, locally and worldwide. Keynotes featured Ambassador Andrew Young, who stressed the need for the profession to diversify; Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, who encouraged architects to put up affordable housing; and a panel moderated by International Center for Urban Security founder Thomas Vonier, FAIA, who asked architects to focus on civic architecture despite a time of increased security and political turmoil. Sustainability, affordable housing, urban security, and diversity permeated many discussions at the Rafael Viñoly Architects-designed Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Focus on Civic Architecture

“It is deplorable that few architects get involved or are friends with politicians in the public realm,” stated Ambassador Richard Swett, FAIA, vice president and managing principal at Washington D.C.-based Leo A Daly during the Civic Architecture: Design and Identity in a Changing Society panel. Although this was a common sentiment at the convention, firms nationwide are addressing the issue by getting more involved in civic architecture. Until recently, government buildings were seen as limited to Classical design and political ruthlessness, Swett said. But Edward Feiner, FAIA, senior vice president and chief architect at Las Vegas Sands Corporation and former chief architect at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), believes that architects can be a catalyst for change in the public realm; public buildings can complete a “civic vision.”

After the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, the GSA began to readdress the security needs of public sector facilities by holding charrettes in most major cities. Structural hardening, blast-resistant glazing, a 50-foot standoff perimeter, increased lighting, and site surveillance are some of the measures introduced in the GSA Perimeter Security Guide (the AIA and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) participated in putting together this document as well). As federal buildings bulked up to protect civilians, the GSA also began encouraging sustainable design. By designing buildings that incorporate natural light, hidden security, and the setback rule to create urban plazas, the hope is that civilians will want to visit new civic buildings and spend time in their open spaces, according to GSA chief architect, Les Shepherd, AIA.

In addition to developing new building codes, there are other steps possible to foster change. Swett stated that education is key — civic design should be integrated into architecture school curricula (possibly as studio projects), architects should educate their clients, and the GSA must educate government officials. For Shepherd, civic buildings must remain in city centers to encourage communities to trust that their governments are concerned with their safety.

New Yorkers Design for the Public Realm Continues…

Exhibition Features Women of Color in Design

Event: 2% — Women of Color in Design exhibition
Location: Boston Architectural College, Boston, 05.10-17.08
Organizer: Dr. Theodore Landsmark, Assoc. AIA — President, Boston Architectural College

2% -- Women of Color in Design

2% — Women of Color in Design.

Artbug, Catherine Swaniker — Senior Project Architect, Group Goetz Architects, courtesy www.the-bac.edu

Opened to coincide with the AIA National Convention, the 2% — Women of Color in Design exhibition featured work of one of the smallest segments of the architecture profession: women of color.

Karen Hudson, granddaughter of pioneering African American architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA, presented AIA President Marshall Purnell, FAIA, with historic possessions belonging to Williams at the exhibition opening. As the first black licensed architect, member of the AIA, and first admitted to the AIA’s College of Fellows, Williams’ certificate of AIA membership and College of Fellows certificate will be valuable additions to the AIA national archives. Hudson, peering over the nearly full lecture hall, commented, “He [Williams] would be happy to see this room so full,” hinting at the number of architects of color who were present.

Recalling the lack of acceptance by professors and fellow students in architecture school, Purnell commented, “I chose this profession. It did not choose me.” He spoke of overcoming obstacles and succeeding through determination and persistence. Key architects from Purnell’s formative years were in the audience to commemorate the moment as well.

Norma Sklarek, FAIA, the 2008 winner of the Whitney Young Citation, was also recognized and honored at the opening as the first African-American woman to be licensed as an architect in 1954.

The exhibition showcased quality work by women architects nationwide, including NY-based architects Roberta Washington, FAIA, and Heather Philip-O’Neal, AIA, principals in their respective firms. The projects ranged from independent work to architects’ work as key persons within firms. One thing is certain: more investigation and exposure of this segment of the industry is needed. “A few colleges and organizations have expressed interest in displaying this exhibition in several cities across the nation,” said Boston Architectural College President Dr. Theodore Landsmark, Assoc. AIA. Stay tuned.

Convention Promotes Associates' Needs

Event: 2008 AIA National Convention
Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, 05.15-17.08
Speakers: Go to the AIA Convention website for information on all speakers and events

There were a number of firsts for Associate members at this year’s AIA National Convention. The first AIA Associates Award, the highest award given to individual Associate members who “demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to their component or region’s membership,” went to Jonathan Taylor, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Regional Associate Director of the New England Region. Vasso Kampiti, Assoc. AIA, Regional Associate Director for the New York State Region, was the first New Yorker selected for the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship that will pay for her ARE exams. The Associates Luncheon, proceeds of which went to her scholarship fund, featured keynote speaker Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, speaking on the value of good business practices.

This year’s convention also marked the debut of the Associates Lounge, sponsored by Kaplan AEC, a space for Associates to connect with each other, learn about the National Associates Committee (NAC), take practice ARE exams, and relax between sessions. Additionally, several workshops on preparation for the ARE were offered, book-ended by welcoming and closing receptions.

Firms Vary Approaches to Going Green

Event: Architecture: Designs for Living – Environmental Design
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.12.08
Speakers: Paul Stoller, LEED AP — Director, Atelier Ten; Julia Nelson, AIA, LEED AP — Partner, BKSK Architects; Christopher Stoddard, AIA — Project Manager, Kohn Pedersen Fox
Moderator: Ernest Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA — Principal, Hutton Associates
Organizer: AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE); New York Visions
Sponsors: Champion: Studio Daniel Libeskind; Supporters: Gensler; Humanscale; James McCullar & Associates; Friends: Benjamin Moore & Co.; Costas Kondylis & Partners; Forest City Ratner Companies; Frank Williams & Associates; Hugo S. Subotovsky Architects; Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti; Mancini Duffy; Magnusson Architecture and Planning; Rawlings Architects; RicciGreene Associates; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Syska Hennessy Group; Trespa North America; Universal Contracting Group; Contributors: Anchin, Block & Anchin; Calvin Tsao, FAIA; Cosentini Associates; Cross Construction Company; DeLaCour Ferrara Architects; Domenech Hicks Krockmalnic Architects; FXFOWLE Architects; Goldfinger Foundaiton for the Visual Arts; Helpern Architects; IBEC Development; Levien & Company; Michael Zenreich, AIA; Monadnock/Capsys; New York Building Congress; Perkins Eastman; Plaza Construction; Porter & Yee Associates; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Roberta Washington, Architect; Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee; Shen Milsom & Wilke; Skanska USA; Strategic Development & Construction; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Theo David Architects; Thornton-Tomasetti; Weidlinger Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (International) PA designed the Heron Tower to increase density in London’s already dense urban center.

Rendering by Hayes Davidson

Sustainable design must mitigate the effects of sun, wind, and precipitation, according to Paul Stoller, LEED AP, director at Atelier Ten. Buildings should work more so their systems work less. By designing and developing a variety of projects, the firm is able to compare how the natural environment impacts a building, and through cost analysis it can find the best ways to reduce energy consumption. For example, the Strata Tower in Abu Dhabi, designed by Asymptote with Atelier Ten acting as the environmental design consultant, a double-curved sun-shading system wraps the building maximizing views and shading in the desert climate. See In The News for more information about the tower.

Stoller spoke as part of a panel to determine whether sustainable design focuses on alleviating climate conditions, advocates for green activism, or condemns urban sprawl. Other members of the panel discussing environmental designs revealed different approaches.

For Julie Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, partner at BKSK Architects, heightening one’s experience of nature will make him or her fully realize the importance of environmental stewardship. At the Queen’s Botanical Gardens in Flushing, Queens, ecological strategies directly engage the occupants. The building peels up from the ground creating a green roof. Rainwater is captured on the large planes and directed to an apex where it falls into an open pool. Plants naturally cleanse the water before it is stored in a cistern for re-use. Visitors enter the building via a pedestrian bridge, connecting them both visually and acoustically to the running water.

Tall buildings can provide the density needed in a time of massive urban growth, believes Christopher Stoddard, AIA, project manager at Kohn Pedersen Fox. The Heron Tower, for example, will be London’s tallest building when complete. It seeks to maximize efficiency and flexibility over time. The design features a side-oriented core on the south side, shielding the interiors from the day’s harshest sun. East and west façades incorporate triple-glazed wall systems with automatic shading. A series of three-story, vertical atria on the north side of the building defines smaller “villages” within the larger building mass. Each village has an independent HVAC system that can be changed out as technology improves, and the client can reclaim the space if needed. Calculations predict an overall 34% carbon-dioxide reduction.

All three speakers touched on how the overall energy efficiency of American cities, including NYC, pale in comparison to those in Europe. U.S.-based firms must look at all aspects of green design and learn from existing models.

Obesity Beware: Visualizing Healthy Urban Space is Half the Battle

Event: Fit-City 3: Promoting Physical Activity through Design
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.20.08
Keynotes: James Sallis, PhD — Prof. of Psychology, San Diego State University and Program Director, Active Living Research; Jan Gehl, Hon. FAIA — architect, public space consultant, Copenhagen, Denmark
Speakers: Comm. Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH — NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; Comm. David Burney, FAIA — NYC Dept. of Design and Construction; Rick Bell, FAIA — Executive Director, AIA-NY; Comm. Adrian Benepe, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation; Comm. Janette Sadik-Khan — NYC Dept. of Transportation; Alexandros Washburn, AIA — Chief Urban Designer, Dept. of City Planning; Brandon Mitchell — Full Spectrum NYC; Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA — Related Companies; Stephanie Gelb, AIA — Battery Park City Authority; Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA — Pedestrian Studio
Moderators: Asst. Comm. Lynn Silver — NYC DoH; Joyce Lee, AIA — NYC Office of Management and Budget
Organizers: AIANY; NYC Department of Health

Courtesy AIANY

Convincing a roomful of urban architects and public-health personnel that too many Americans are unhealthy doesn’t require a raft of statistics. At the third annual Fit-City symposium, Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, provided research statistics anyway, as did “obesity warrior” James Sallis, PhD, program director of Active Living Research, and NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoH) Assistant Commissioner Lynn Silver, whose national maps showed the alarming state-by-state rise of unhealthy body-mass indexes. The nation now has a proportion of overweight citizens once found only in isolated pockets of pudginess. Diabetes, an obesity-related condition, is rising even faster in NYC nationally. Human biology hasn’t changed, several speakers pointed out; people’s environment and diet have. Architects have some control over the former.

Design alone rarely induces sedentary people to exercise, but a coordinated, research-driven public-health effort that combines physical detailing and behavioral prompting — the new catchphrase is “active design” — is conducive to measurable results. One step promoted by Frieden and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, is to simply use stairs rather than elevators or escalators. Floor plans and attention to aesthetics can make staircases easy to find, welcoming, and visibly safe; on the behavioral side, Burney announced a new public education effort: a free poster by DDC’s graphic design division reading “Burn Calories, Not Electricity/Take the Stairs.” Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Department of Transportation, presented the “Sustainable Streets” master plan, including measures such as car-free-street days, an idea pioneered in Bogotá, Colombia.

The blend of optimism and promotionalism wasn’t confined to the public sector: representatives of two private developers (Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, of the Related Companies, and Brandon Mitchell of Full Spectrum) presented their firms’ experience with sustainable, transit-oriented, and mixed-use urban residences whose locations and amenities advocate for improved health.

Because bodily de-conditioning is associated with car dependence, poor air quality, and a shortage of parks and recreational facilities, panelists believed that PlaNYC’s greening measures can produce positive health effects. NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe presented the plan’s components addressing the need to “program parks, not just build them.” Walking and cycling, in particular, enhance the quality of life for nearly the whole population, and keynote speaker Jan Gehl, Hon. FAIA, architect and public space consultant in Copenhagen, offered arguments for a steady effort to “reconquer” urban space for these and other human-scale activities. Gehl’s anecdote of cycling through Copenhagen with his wife on their 45th wedding anniversary, surveying the changes that several decades of public-space advocacy had brought to their home city, drove home the value of fighting this particular fight.

Ninth Avenue has a Copenhagen-style protected bike lane (at least as a seven-block proof-of-concept prototype), but for PlaNYC to move the city effectively toward Copenhagen’s level of civility, it must take on tougher battles. Overcoming the conundrum limiting bike commuting to the least risk-averse population, for example — cycling becomes safer when enough people ride, but most people won’t ride in city streets until they’re convinced it’s safe — requires a broad culture change: drivers have to learn instinctive respect for cyclists, and police must crack down on aggressive drivers. The Fit-City symposium indicates that officials and private players have a clear view of what a healthy built environment looks like, drawing on the world’s best examples and counselors. This vision, more than any single reform, is a major component of progress.

If you would like to learn more about the Fit-City program, AIANY has published pamphlets available at the Center for Architecture that detail symposium discussions.

Insiders Discuss Jump-Starting Moynihan Station

Event: Moynihan Station: What Needs to Happen Next?
Location: The Urban Center, 05.13.08
Speakers: Kent Barwick — President, Municipal Art Society; Richard L. Brodsky — Assemblyman, New York State Assembly; Anna Hayes Levin — Chair, Community Board 4; Daniel A. Biederman — President, 34th Street Partnership; Kathryn Wylde — President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Moderator: Charles Bagli — Reporter, The New York Times
Organizers: Municipal Art Society

The stalled Moynihan Station proposal by the Empire State Development Corporation.

Courtesy mas.org

Moynihan Station may be the linchpin to open up the last undeveloped frontier in Manhattan, according to speakers at a recent discussion hosted by the Municipal Art Society. In an unusual display of agreement, speakers representing a local community board, developers, and politicians posited that the key to opening up the West Side to new growth may be to start work on what is achievable: Moynihan Station. Acknowledging the departure of Madison Square Garden from negotiations, among other realities in a limited West Side plan, panelists agreed that moving ahead with the proposed Moynihan Station in limited form would be most productive.

Fred Papert, founder of the 42nd Street Development Corporation and audience member, addressed the panel about what will happen to the Farley Post Office building site. “Why don’t we just get going?” he asked, pointing out that the Moynihan plan had already secured over $1 billion in funding from the Federal Government. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, echoing the sentiment that the project should move ahead, proposed a new authority to run the West Side development project, and an up-or-down vote on developing the Farley Post Office.

Environment Reigns in Young Architects Forum

Event: Young Architects Forum: Resonance
Location: The Urban Center, 05.08.08
Speakers: Xu Tiantian — Principal, DnA_Design and Architecture (Beijing, China & Issaquah, WA); Geoffrey Thün & Kathy Velikov — Principals, RVTR (Toronto)
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York

Pampas House, Buenos Aires by RVTR (left) will maintain zero-carbon emissions. The Visitor Center in Changbai Mountain by DnA_Design and Architecture (right) incorporates unusual sight lines to govern circulation and diminish the barrier between public and private spaces.

Courtesy Velikov + Thün/RVTR (left), DnA_Design and Architecture (right); courtesy The Architectural League of New York

“Resonance,” was this year’s theme of The Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Forum. It tackled the question: are architects developing productive ways to engage with today’s global priorities? Beijing- and Issaquah (WA)-based DnA_Design and Architecture attempts to blur the boundaries between the natural and built environment, while Toronto-based RVTR uses a process they call “collective intelligence” to produce zero-emission projects.

DnA_Design and Architecture uses context to mold and form space to create interior landscapes. The Ordos Art Museum in Inner Mongolia creates a circulation pattern that both highlights the works on display and carries the visitor through a series of panoramas and planned interior gardens. Locally quarried stone cladding echoes the forms of the surrounding rocky dunes. As centerpiece of a massive new city in Inner Mongolia, featuring hundreds of thousands of square feet of new housing, studio, and educational spaces built in a vast desert, the museum will feature contemporary Chinese artists and designers. Ordos city is being developed by more than 100 young firms from 27 countries, made possible by a local tycoon.

RVTR works through communication and networking to create architecture that contextualizes ecological awareness. Stressing a creative process that integrates mixed media and video, principals Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov argue that they are able to provide a product that responds intimately to client’s desires while reducing its ecological impact. In the Buenos Aires Pampas House, RVTR designed an international recreational retreat for a globetrotting client that maintains zero-carbon emissions. The complex offers open spaces interspersed with organically-shaped penetrating and extending chambers for specialized functions, ranging from outdoor sport viewing stations to interior chambers where sommeliers may cultivate their palates.

Highlighting their ecological concern, Thün and Velikov presented their Venice Lagoon competition entry. What they call “buoyant aquacology,” RVTR proposed a way to save Venice from rising sea levels by building on the lagoon itself. Floating barges contain algae that create food and fuel for their inhabitants. The vessels attempt to provide life in a world where humans coexist with nature rather than subjugate it.

New Generation Brings Pleasure to ICFF

This year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) signified to me that Generation X has reached the age where they can afford over-priced, high-quality design. In addition to the typical minimal, sterile, white or black furniture pieces that pervade the Javits Center each year, I found a refreshing breath of wit and satire that often marks the personalities of Gen Xers.

In a sea of luxury, some designers are choosing not to take themselves so seriously. The booth of Milan-based Sicis, which opened a NYC showroom during ICFF, featured an Italian street scene made of mosaic tiles, complete with a full-scale tree and a bench with life-size figures. The perimeter of the Philadelphia-based Amuneal Manufacturing Corporation booth sported metal walls with cutouts of birds in flight. The company’s tagline: “There are no limits.”

While sincere in their research and development of new, green and synthetic materials, amusement is at the forefront of these companies’ designs — challenging what has come to be known as High Design. As a Gen X member, I found myself thinking, “That would be really funny if I had a house big enough to fit that exaggerated, loud chandelier,” instead of, “If I owned that couch, I would never want to sit on it for fear of staining the imported leather fabric” as in past years.

I hope the levity will continue at future ICFF expositions. If emerging design is any indication, the School of Visual Arts booth (winner of the ICFF Editors Award for Best Booth), where MFAD students transformed IKEA chairs into personalities ranging from anal-retentive to paranoid, proves that there is more fun to come.

In this issue:
· It’s a Wrap in Tribeca
· Nobu Brand to Consume Financial District
· New Police Precinct Will Bask in (LEED) Silver
· SUNY Stony Brook Goes Green
· BIM Helps Design Desert Tower
· Pace Gallery to Launch Beijing Branch During Olympics
· Random House Could Write a Book on Achieving LEED-EB


It’s a Wrap in Tribeca

Five Franklin Place.

UNStudio

UNStudio’s design for Five Franklin Place, a residential condo, bows to the tradition of applied metal façades of Tribeca’s 19th-century cast iron buildings. The exterior will be wrapped in a shifting pattern of horizontal black metal reflective bands sewn onto the building’s form, alternating in thickness as they turn corners and envelop the 20-story tower. The banding continues inside shifting into horizontal spatial arrangements. Strategically placed curved walls echo the façade’s corners, and shift for maximum flexibility in the use of rooms. The building contains 55 residences, a combination of one- to four-bedroom apartments configured as duplex lofts or single-level units, as well as three duplex penthouses with rooftop terraces.


Nobu Brand to Consume Financial District

45 Broad Street.

Rockwell Group

Swig Equities plans to construct a new, 62-story luxury mixed-use development across from the New York Stock Exchange. Designed by the Rockwell Group, a Nobu partner of nearly 15 years, 45 Broad Street will include approximately 13,000 square feet of retail space, a Nobu restaurant, a five-star Nobu Hotel, condo residences, and private wine and saki cellars. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa wanted to emulate a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan. The tower will be clad in glass and white metal with floor-to-ceiling windows and fritted, white, opaque panels intended to emphasize the building’s verticality, according to the architects. The project’s exterior design architect is Moed deArmas and Shannon, and SLCE serves as the project’s executive architect. The team is designing the building to win LEED certification.


New Police Precinct Will Bask in (LEED) Silver

121st Police Precinct Stationhouse.

Rafael Viñoly Architects

The NYC Art Commission has approved Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design for 121st Police Precinct Stationhouse in Staten Island. The nearly 49,000-square-foot building, commissioned by the NYC Police Department and Department of Design and Construction, has been designed for an irregular site. The linear structure is intended to connect nearby residential neighborhoods to commercial corridors. Its 90-foot-long, cantilevered second floor extends over the entrance. The project consists of new work areas, holding cells, on-site outdoor parking for 108 cars, and its own vehicle fueling station. The precinct hopes to garner LEED Silver certification, which will make it the first police facility in the city to do so. Construction is slated to start in March 2009.


SUNY Stony Brook Goes Green

Residence hall and activity center at SUNY Stony Brook.

Goshow Architects

Construction has begun on the Goshow Architects-designed residence hall and activity center at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. The 172,000-square-foot facility is designed to increase circulation between two adjacent quads and create a transparent connection between students and the academic institution. The 600-bed residence contains six-bed suites centered around living rooms. Sustainable features include optimal natural lighting, a highly insulated building exterior, and the use of recycled materials, according to the architects. New building technologies, such as pre-fabricated walls and locally sourced materials, will cut construction time and make for early occupancy. The residence and activity center are applying for LEED Gold certification, and occupancy is expected in Fall 2009.


BIM Helps Design Desert Tower

Strata Tower.

Asymptote Architecture

The 160-meter-tall Strata Tower, a 40-story luxury residential building designed by Asymptote Architecture, is under construction at Al Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi. The tower’s form was created using parametric Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools from design development through the production phase. The design emerged from various economies of production and fabrication with special concern for sustainability. Computer modeling helped produce the building’s intelligent, environmentally responsive louver system held in a cantilevered exoskeleton veiling the entire tower in a curvilinear form. Arup is structural and MEP engineer, Front Inc. is the façade consultant, Gehry Technologies is the BIM consultant, and Atelier Ten is consulting on the environmental design.


Pace Gallery to Launch Beijing Branch During Olympics

Pace Beijing.

Gluckman Mayner Architects

Pace Wildenstein is set to open Pace Beijing this August during the Olympic Games. In a 22,000-square-foot gallery space located in the Factory 798 Arts District, NY-based Gluckman Mayner Architects will renovate the building that was formerly a 1960s munitions factory. The inaugural exhibition, Encounters, will feature Western and Asian works by artists such as Chuck Close and Alex Katz, as well as Zhang Huan and Zhang Xiaogang.


Random House Could Write a Book on Achieving LEED-EB

Random House’s North American Headquarters.

AKF Engineers

The North American Headquarters of Random House — reportedly the first major U.S. trade book publisher to adopt an environmentally proper paper policy — has achieved a LEED-EB certification. Located at 1745 Broadway near Columbus Circle, LiRo Architects + Planners designed a framework to optimize their building management corporate services to earn LEED points. During the LEED documentation process, AKF Engineers acted as Random House’s liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.