09.30.08

09.30.08

E-Oculus will be publishing a special tribute issue in memory of Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, who recently passed away. A Call For Tributes has been posted, and all remembrances are welcome. Please e-mail eoculus@aiany.org by Friday, 10.03.08.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP


CLICK ON BLOG CENTRAL: AIANY BLOG: The AIANY Chapter has launched a new blog. Blog Central features opinion pieces on architectural issues relevant to NY-based designers, firms, and projects, along with spotlights on debates and discussions at the Center for Architecture and AIANY, and is an informal discussion board. Be sure to check it out regularly and contribute to the dialogue.

Some of the recent debates include:
· Bikes in Buildings Bill. Intro 38 is a bill that would require building owners and managers to provide access to their buildings for bicycles. Click the link to voice your opinion.
· 6 Month Rule. NCARB passed a rule that requires a six-month regulated reporting period for intern architects enrolled in the Intern Development Program. Read how this affects firms and schools as well as individuals.
· AIANY Policy. Have you wondered how AIANY establishes its policy positions? Laura Manville, the AIANY Policy Coordinator explains all.

To become a regular contributor to Blog Central, please e-mail e-Oculus. Pen names are welcome.

The Future Arrives by Train

Event: Greening the Iron Ribbon: Redefining the Northeast Corridor
Location: NYU Kimmel Center, 09.16.08
Keynote: Eugenie Birch, FAICP — Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research and Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Introductions: James McCullar, FAIA — AIANY 2008 President; Allison C. de Cerreño, PhD — Director, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management; Robert D. Yaro — President, Regional Plan Association (RPA); Donald Burns, AICP — President-elect, American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter
Speakers: Along the Corridor: Center City Transit Oriented Development: Mark Kocent, AIA, AICP — Principal Planner, Office of University Architect, University of Pennsylvania; Daniel Baudouin, AICP — Executive Director, Providence Foundation; Along the Line: Between the Stops: Tom Suozzi — Nassau County Executive; Michael Kearney — Director of Design, JBG Properties; David Dixon, FAIA — Principal, Goody Clancy; The World View: Lessons Learned from Beyond: Donald Burns, AICP — President-elect, American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter; Mustafa Abadan, FAIA — Urban Design, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Craig Schwitter, PE — Buro Happold; Respondents Panel: Petra Todorovich — Director, America 2050, RPA; Martin Tillman — Associate, Steer Davies Gleave; Ernest Tollerson — Director for Policy and Media Relations, Metropolitan Transit Authority
Moderators: Ernest Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA (moderator, Along the Corridor); Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP (moderator, Along the Line); Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (moderator, The World View); Mark Ginsberg FAIA, LEED AP (moderator, Respondents Panel)
Organizers: AIANY; NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management; Regional Plan Association (RPA)
Sponsors: AIANY; NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and Wagner Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems; RPA; APA Metro Chapter; ULI NY District Council; Boston Society of Architects; AIA Philadelphia Chapter; AIA Washington Chapter

Amtrak rail lines cut through the suburbs of Stamford, CT.

Courtesy Google Earth

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is not just a green solution; it is a logical answer to sprawl, and a well-timed response to recent fossil-fuel price shocks. Craig Schwitter, PE, of Buro Happold, articulated the symposium’s consensus: regardless of improvements in station design and efficiency, “getting more people to use mass transit will take a bigger chunk out of our carbon use than anything [else] we’ve talked about.” Presentations of urban-reanimation success stories in Philadelphia, Providence, metropolitan Washington, and overseas showed how appropriate incentives for developers are producing demonstrable results in the forms of mixed-use TOD and infrastructure improvements.

Mode shifting is under way: Petra Todorovich, the director of America 2050 at the Regional Plan Association (RPA), cited Amtrak data claiming that the rail-to-air split among NY-D.C. travelers has reached the highest rail percentage to date. The rising downsides of auto dependence could signal the resurgence of passenger rail, at least between Boston and D.C. However, there’s a gap between recognizing the economic and ecological strengths of the rail-ready northeast and convincing regional and federal policy makers to strengthen and integrate America’s rail system. With a capsule history of the region’s development-transit relationship, keynote speaker Eugenie Birch, FAICP, spotlighted a few notable victories in planning and restoration despite chronic underfunding for Amtrak. (The problem persists: Sen. Tom Coburn [R-OK] is currently procedurally withholding $11 billion in Amtrak support, obstructing majorities in congress as well as rail advocate groups.)

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi outlined various plans to build a “New Suburbia,” staving off the decline of low-density areas into “slumburbs” (as defined by Brookings Institution reporter Christopher Leinberger). Proposals include incentives for high-skill industries, arts- and entertainment-based “cool downtowns” aimed at attracting both young-adult and empty-nester populations, and strategically placed interventions such as greenways and light rails. But he also spoke starkly about the cultural factors that drove many Long Islanders there in the first place — they dislike cities and their residents. Many are untroubled by segregation and resist any development that urbanizes their space.

Recounting a conversation with NYU President John Sexton about how major cities are centered economically on particular industries, such as NYC’s massive FIRE sector (finance, insurance, and real estate), Suozzi asserted that the economic future belongs not to FIRE but to ICE: ideas, culture, and education. Still, he takes suburbanites’ anti-urbanism as an ideological immovable object, claiming that most of his constituents would view this conference as heresy. He also condemned the subsidies that redistribute wealth toward cheap and wasteful development approaches, thus locking many regions into transport monocultures. The tax system, he noted, is biased against the very regions with the best-developed transit networks. Until the northeast can stem this sprawlward cash flow, we are effectively “subsidizing our own demise,” he contended. In response, MTA’s Ernest Tollerson was more optimistic: “This region has the intellectual capital, the financial capital, and the social capital to do it on its own.”

The revival of rail and the spread of TOD are dependent on design solutions, political will, and ingrained beliefs on all scales. Ernest Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA, considering the University of Pennsylvania’s efforts to foster transit habits among employees as it expands along the Schuylkill River, emphasized that mass walking-distance preferences are a function of the quality of pedestrians’ experience, and thus of design. British planner Martin Tillman noted that standard preferences remain just 400 yards to a bus and 800 yards to a rail station, and less in harsh climates. Panelists stressed that to catch up with France, China, the U.K., and other nations, America needs to change some of its core beliefs about transportation. The U.S. needs to integrate two governing factors: funding and organizational coordination (Istanbul’s new Bosporus Straits rail tunnel, described by SOM’s Mustafa Abadan, FAIA, may allow single-seat travel from Europe to Asia before riders can take a comparable trip from Long Island to New Jersey), and grassroots assumptions about different transit modes’ purposes and implications.

History offers grounds for hope, even amid financial collapse. AIANY 2008 President Jim McCullar, FAIA, mentioned infrastructure programs of the New Deal as a precedent — perhaps underscoring Governor David Paterson’s commitment, voiced at last week’s Building Congress forum, to completing Moynihan Station. As McCullar’s reminiscence of growing up in a small rail-connected Texas town implied, Americans’ view of the future would benefit from a look back at what railroads meant in the past.

Artists Take to the Streets

Event: Conflux Festival
Location: Center for Architecture and other locations in NYC, 09.11-14.08
Artists, Speakers, Performers: For a full list of participants, go to the Conflux website
Organizers: Conflux Festival; Center for Architecture
Sponsors: Conflux Festival

Christine Foerster performs “Art.hro.poda: Cognigestation” (2008).

Pippa Connolly

Recently, you may have seen people walking down the sidewalk blindfolded, spinning wildly in “foga” (freak yoga) exercises in Washington Square Park, stealthily slicing up ads in SoHo, or imitating an insect in front of the Center for Architecture. All these mysterious shenanigans can be traced to Conflux, a five-year-old art and geography festival exploring NYC inhabitants’ relationship to their urban surroundings. Headquartered at the Center this year, the festival is loosely inspired by “psychogeography,” a Situationist term for the effects of the geographical environment upon people’s emotions and behavior.

Beginning with two days of talks at the Center, Conflux then burst into the city streets where festival-goers could sample urban games, walking tours, and other activities often defying easy definition. A game geek, an affordable-housing developer, and others led a walking tour/scavenger hunt called Kicking Over the Traces (2008), aimed at uncovering the gentrifying East Village and Lower East Side’s more radical past. Participants visited places and institutions that are rich in activist and cultural history, and watched video clips on iPods that helped bring bygone days back to life. In the low-tech but also engrossing walking tour Looking for… (2008), Columbia Urban Studies graduate Steve Duncan led a group to peer down manholes and explore the city’s hidden layer of subterranean waterways such as Minetta Brook, which once ran aboveground near where the Center now sits.

Collaborative mapmaking was the mission of some projects, such as artist o.blaat’s “Broadway Dreams” (2008), an electronic map complete with digital photos and tiny video and audio clips. The Urban Disorientation Game (2007) renounced maps; instead, its teams played the game blindfolded, taking inspiration from early psychogeographers’ technique of willfully disorienting themselves by exploring one city with the map of another.

Aside from such group activities, art performances and installations provided provocations. Blending architecture, fashion, and performance art was “Art.hro.poda: Cognigestation” (2008), in which El Paso, Texas-based artist Christine Foerster shed an outer layer of clothing (called “Shell-ter-ware”) to form a tent-like nesting pod for her insect character to inhabit. In a time when climate change and homelessness are pressing social issues, the adaptability of arthropods provides ample inspiration, according to the artist. London-based art collective CutUp’s sliced and remixed ad billboards created in SoHo provided an eye-catching antidote to the area’s brand-saturated visual landscape. To see images, go to the CutUp Ad Herennium blog.

The tension between marketing and art is playing out in the fate of the festival itself: Conflux has resisted corporate sponsorship, but lack of funding makes it difficult to sustain its huge popularity and corresponding growth, said co-founder Christina Ray in an opening speech. When it began, it was a small, spontaneous street-art party among friends; this year, it drew more than 100 artists from a dozen countries. Its fate next year is uncertain — Ray revealed that she is stepping down as director. But just as our city continually evolves, here’s hoping that if Conflux fades out, other events exploring the lively intersection of geography and art will emerge to take its place.

Women Share Secrets to Success

Event: Women in Architecture Leadership Roundtable: Women As Design Principals in Architecture Firms
Location: Bulthaup Showroom, 09.16.08
Speakers: Audrey Matlock, AIA — Principal, Audrey Matlock Architect; Yvonne Szeto, AIA, LEED AP — Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Moderator: Abbey Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP — Secretary, AIANY Board of Directors
Organizers: AIANY Women In Architecture Committee

Chelsea Modern by Audrey Matlock Architect (left), and the NASCAR Hall of Fame by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (right).

Audrey Matlock Architect (left); Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (right)

As successful women in architecture, Audrey Matlock, AIA, principal of Audrey Matlock Architect, and Yvonne Szeto, AIA, the only female partner that Pei Cobb Freed & Partners has ever had, enjoy the freedom that comes with their positions. Matlock has organized her office around projects that engage her personal design principles and aesthetics. Szeto is able to explore building types and work with clients with whom she is unfamiliar while balancing her responsibilities at home with her young daughter. Whatever their list of priorities (career, family, friends, etc.), being happy is most important.

Although Matlock has yet to secure business from cocktail parties (an important way to network, she believes), she thinks her well-respected reputation has led clients to seek her out instead. Matlock guarantees that each project receives individualized attention, strict adherence to program, and an emphasis on sustainability. The Chelsea Modern, for example, reflects the artsy, active neighborhood, literally, with a reflective glass façade that changes colors with shifting daylight. The offset horizontal bands have a dynamic street presence, and allow for open and flexible spaces within.

Szeto has designed many of Pei Cobb Freed’s most prominent corporate structures. Being a “newbie” to the sport of racecar driving and museum design, as design partner of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, she was given an opportunity to focus on a new building type. The end result is a design based on literal interpretations of the raceway.

The discussion centered on giving professional women advice on “climbing the ladder” and making important work/life balance choices. Szeto presented the statistical realities of being a woman in the field, and explained that despite the equal number of men and women studying architecture, the disparity not only exists in the profession, it grows in proportion to experience (the greatest gap exists with principals of firms). Although women are still very obviously a minority in the field, Matlock and Szeto are helping lay the groundwork for women to have meaningful and prosperous careers as architects.

Symposium Spotlights Bucky’s Artistic Heirs

Events: Buckminster Fuller Symposium: On Architecture, Design and Science; On Influence and Contemporary Art
Location: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 09.13.08
Speakers: On Architecture, Design and Science: Peter Galison — Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University; Chuck Hoberman — Founder & President, Hoberman Associates; Felicity Scott — Assistant Professor of Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Anthony Vidler — Dean & Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union; On Influence and Contemporary Art: Carol Bove — Artist; Elizabeth A. T. Smith — James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Victoria Vesna — Artist; Pedro Reyes — Artist
Moderators: On Architecture, Design and Science: K. Michael Hays — Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory, Harvard University Graduate School of Design & Adjunct Curator of Architecture, Whitney Museum of American Art; Margie Weinstein — Senior Coordinator of Public Programs and Academic Initiatives, Whitney Museum of American Art (introduction); On Influence and Contemporary Art: Dana Miller — Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Margie Weinstein — Senior Coordinator of Public Programs and Academic Initiatives, Whitney Museum of American Art (introduction)
Organizer: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Hoberman Associates’ hexagonal shading system at the Foster + Partners-designed Audiencia Provincial channels Buckminster Fuller.

Foster + Partners

A quarter century after his death, Buckminster Fuller’s theories and inventions are still sending ripples of influence through the work of contemporary designers, architects, and artists. Therefore, a recent symposium aimed not only to historicize Fuller, but to explore his work’s ongoing relevance.

Chuck Hoberman of Hoberman Associates, an artist, inventor, engineer, and designer who often collaborates with architects, has been profoundly influenced by Fuller. Like Fuller, he shares a love of highly geometric and eco-friendly designs, as evidenced in his “transformable design” — structures and objects that can change in size, shape, form, and surface. In an era of global warming, devices such as Hoberman’s sun-responsive shades represent a form of adaptation, he said, offering a quote from structural designer Peter Rice: “When we get into trouble, we invent our way out of it.” For Madrid’s planned Audiencia Provincial (Appeals Court) by Foster + Partners, Hoberman designed such a system made from hexagonal shading cells that sense light levels and close as needed, creating leaf-like, dappled shadows inside the atria that minimize unwanted solar gain while maximizing natural light.

Aside from Hoberman’s discussion of his architectural collaborations, there wasn’t much talk about Fuller’s influence on architecture in the session titled “On Architecture, Design and Science.” Anthony Vidler made a case for the value of Fuller’s architectural work, despite Fuller’s autodidact status, but the bulk of his talk was on Fuller’s relationship with artist-writer John McHale.

One session was entirely devoted to Fuller’s influence in the realm of contemporary art. Artist Pedro Reyes presented his “Velotaxi” (2007), a human-powered vehicle reflecting a concern with aesthetics coupled with sustainability, along with several mathematically based sculptures recalling the familiar Fuller domes. Reyes also once took inspiration from Fuller’s geographical projects such as the World Game and the Dymaxion Map; his “Ideas for Iraq” (2008) is a table whose surface displays a digital map of Iraq and neighboring countries to help viewers visualize a war happening far away.

New-media artist Victoria Vesna discussed Fuller’s belief that art and science are closely aligned — the more advanced science gets, the closer it is to art, and vice versa. Both she and Carol Bove discussed some of their own artworks that use “tensegrity” structures, whether virtual or material. (The Fuller-coined term “tensegrity” refers to structures with a synergy between tension and compression components.) Elizabeth A.T. Smith of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, traced Fuller’s legacy in the work of several other artists, including Josiah McElheny, Andrea Zittel, and Olafur Eliasson.

While talks on Fuller at the Center for Architecture in June centered on personal anecdotes about him, featuring many of Fuller’s former associates (See “Bucky: Longtime Hero to a Few, at Last Comes into his Own,” by Lisa Delgado, 07.08.08), these talks complemented that earlier event, bringing an examination of Fuller’s work up to date.

HopStop: My Engine of Choice

Last week, Google launched a public transportation search engine to rival HopStop. HopStop is my main source of information when I am trying to figure out how to go from one part of the city to another; Google is simply not as good… yet.

HopStop not only calculates the quickest route from one locale to another, it provides information on travel preference — by subway/rail only, bus only, a combination of both, or on foot. There is an option to select more street-walking with fewer transfers, or vice versa. The best part about HopStop is that it is up to date with transit delays and takes the time of day into account when calculating travel time. The Taxi Cost/Time link lets one choose if he/she is travelling via yellow cab or car service. Surprisingly, I have found that it is usually correct in its estimates.

The Google search engine runs through Google Maps. Like HopStop, one can choose whether he/she is traveling by car, public transit, or walking. One advantage to Google is that the search allows for a departure or arrival time, and it can also give walking distances in miles or kilometers.

Overall, both search engines are useful, but the true test is whether they are accurate and reliable. While Google only calculates train time and walking time, it does not take into account any delays or waiting times. HopStop does. Because of this, Google doesn’t necessarily make the best assessment. When I am trying to figure out how to get from one place to another, waiting for trains often takes up a significant amount of time. Until Google works that out, I’m sticking with HopStop.

In this issue:
· Here Come the Jets
· Towers Stack in Tribeca
· A Kahn at Last? Four Freedoms Will Be Engraved on Roosevelt Island
· Common Ground Finds Silver Lining in Supportive Housing
· Bed-Stuy Boom Begins


Here Come the Jets

The New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Center.

© Florian Holzherr

The New York Jets usher in a new football season and a new athletic training center and corporate HQ in Florham Park, NJ. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the Atlantic Health Training Center is the largest training facility in the National Football League. The architects’ vision was to create a focused learning and working environment that would enable the Jets to train with more efficiency and with a total focus on football. The facility is organized around the football fields so views of the fields are always present throughout the 600-foot-long building. The new building will include health and fitness facilities, locker rooms, classrooms, media/editing rooms, food service, medical training facilities, a 161-seat auditorium, and office and hospitality space. In addition, there will be four outdoor football fields — three natural grass and one artificial turf — and one indoor artificial turf field enclosed in a 100-foot-high field house.


Towers Stack in Tribeca

56 Leonard Street.

Herzog & de Meuron

Construction has begun at Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street, the firm’s first high-rise residential tower. Located in the Tribeca Historic District, the 57-story residential condo will contain 145 residences — each with its own unique floor plan and private outdoor space. Described by the firm as “houses stacked in the sky,” the building is composed of an 18-foot-high black granite-walled lobby, several floors of residences, a 75-foot infinity pool, fitness center with yoga studio, wet and dry spa, a library lounge, screening room, private dining/conference room, and center for kids and family activities. Balconies and terraces are arranged in varied schemes that provide uninterrupted views of the city. Residences will range in size from two- to five-bedroom units. The project’s developer, the Alexico Group, has commissioned artist Anish Kapoor to create a balloon-like reflective stainless steel form that will be integrated into the architecture at street level.


A Kahn at Last? Four Freedoms Will Be Engraved on Roosevelt Island

Four Freedoms Park.

Courtesy Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, as designed specifically for the site south of the Renwick Smallpox Hospital Ruin on Roosevelt Island by Louis I. Kahn, has been given a conditional green light. The “Room” as Kahn called it, is an open-air plaza defined on three sides by closely-spaced granite columns upon which will be carved Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. The park is intended for passive recreation such as picnicking, sunbathing, and public events. Open along its south side, the “Room” frames a view of the United Nations headquarters. The conditional designation will be formalized in a future agreement between the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC). Once construction is complete, New York State Parks has agreed to operate and maintain the park.


Common Ground Finds Silver Lining in Supportive Housing

The Lee.

Kiss + Cathcart Architects

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and Common Ground, a non-profit organization that develops supportive housing to help end homelessness, recently broke ground on The Lee on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects, The Lee will provide affordable housing linked to on-site social services for 263 residences and will be NYC’s first LEED Silver supportive housing project. Key green design features in the 12-story glass-and-masonry tower include: a high-performance condensing boiler; drought-resistant landscaping; individual temperature control; water-saving fixtures; high-efficiency lighting; and a green roof. The $59 million project, which was a winner in the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s 2005 Green Building Design Competition, is expected to be complete in spring 2009.


Bed-Stuy Boom Begins

781-791 DeKalb.

Meltzer/Mandl Architects

Meltzer/Mandl Architects has completed the design for seven four-story townhome-style buildings, each offering seven residences, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The buildings, which total 41,400 square feet, contain studios, as well as one- and two-bedroom homes and duplexes. The design was inspired by the concept of the pre-war walk-up, where each building has its own interior stairwell and lobby — and no elevator. Construction on the project is slated to begin in early 2009.

In this issue:
· Call for Issues: 2009 Congressional Agenda
· Youth Take on GreeNYC Community Service Initiative
· AIA Fifth Edition AIA Guide to NYC is Slated for 2010
· Register for Build Boston


Call for Issues: 2009 Congressional Agenda
The AIA Call for Issues is an effort to get member feedback about key issues the AIA should take to Capitol Hill in the next calendar year. All comments may be submitted via The Angle or by e-mail to the AIA government relations team no later than 10.17.08. The Board of Directors will then review the suggestions and contribute to the final 2009 advocacy agenda.
For more information on the current AIA Congressional Issues Agenda, or how to submit a response to the Call for Issues, click here.


Youth Take on GreeNYC Community Service Initiative
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently announced a new partnership between NYC’s environmental education campaign, GreeNYC, and the non-profit organizations Children for Children and RelightNY, designed to encourage young people to use compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. With private donations, RelightNY has already purchased 30,000 CFLs and distributed them to subsidized and public housing developments. On 09.27.08 — the “ServiceNation Day of Action” — young people in NYC distributed another 30,000 CFLs in their communities. The goal of this partnership is for the organizations to work together with more than 500 schools, after-school programs, and community groups to encourage tens of thousands more young people to keep relighting the city.


Fifth Edition AIA Guide to NYC is Slated for 2010
The fifth edition of the AIA Guide to NYC will be published by the Oxford University Press in 2010. Originally published for the AIANY’s 100th Anniversary and the concurrent 1967 AIA National convention in NY, it was written and photographed by Norval White, FAIA, and the late Elliot Willensky. The fifth edition will be revised, rewritten, and extended by White and Fran Leadon, AIA, with the assistance of a team of students from the City College School of Architecture (where Leadon serves as an assistant professor). All new maps, photographs, buildings, and special in-depth coverage of 9/11 and the memorial and reconstruction in and around the WTC area will be included.

Nominations are sought for inclusion (particularly in the outer boroughs), and comments on any inaccuracies in the fourth edition are welcome. E-mail information and digital photos to norval@me.com or norvalwhite@mac.com. Mail submissions to: Fran Leadon, AIA, 245 Warren Street #4L, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


Register for Build Boston
Build Boston, taking place 11.18-20.08, is a regional tradeshow and convention for the design and construction industry. It includes 350 exhibits and more than 240 workshops, tours, and other professional development opportunities. All building industry segments are represented, and building owner/managers, architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, and landscape architects are encouraged to attend. Free admission to the exhibition hall and workshop discounts are available if you register by 10.24.08.

Click here to visit the Build Boston website. If you have any questions about registration, contact info@buildboston.com.

Cooper Union Raises Platform to Voice Green Issues

The Cooper Union Student Eco Initiative is looking for designers who have an opinion on the current trend of green design. The school is collecting responses from professionals, students, and the population at large to incorporate into its first public work: square vinyl stickers, each sporting a quotation about green building, that will be applied this October by students and community members on the construction fence surrounding Cooper Union’s new Morphosis-designed academic building. They will use the building as a vehicle to stimulate public conversation about sustainable construction and green design in the context of NYC and beyond.

Cut and paste the questions below into an e-mail with responses:

The U.S. Green Building Council defines “green buildings” as structures that work “to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and on the building occupants, green building design and construction practices address: sustainable site planning, safeguarding water and water efficiency, energy efficiency, conservation of materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.”

1. Please describe your initial reaction to the term “Green Design.”
2. What are your personal ideas of “green” or ecologically minded design?
3. Are you at all skeptical about the aims of “green development” or the designation “green?”
4. Do you think there are ways in which ecologically minded design can impact fields other than construction? If so, how?
5. Do you think there should be a set of binding rules for new developments (regarding their environmental impact)? If so, what should they be?
6. Will green practices in the United States be enough to solve ecological problems, or is the help of other nations also required?

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) selected 13 individuals for honorary membership for their work in education, government, and environmental activism, including Kristen Richards, editor-in-chief of OCULUS and ArchNewsNow, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president, American Academy in Rome…

Winners of the Educational Interiors Showcase competition sponsored by American School & University magazine include Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Crow Island School Citation for The Bronx Early Learning Center; Macrae-Gibson Architects, Bronze Citation for the P.S. 70 X Pool; as well as Outstanding Projects in the categories of Interior Renovation: Gensler, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology; and Vocational/Industrial Arts: Susan Doban Architect, Monroe College, Culinary Arts Center…

HD Awards winners and finalists include NY-based architecture firms in the categories of Hotel Mid-range or Economy Finalist, Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners for Hyatt New Brunswick; Restaurant Fine Dining Winner, Rockwell Group for Nobu Intercontinental Hong Kong, and Finalist for Belvedere Hotel Restaurant & Bar and Matsuhisa; Restaurant Fine Dining Finalist, AvroKO for Bourbon Steak, and ICRAVE Design for STK; Casual Restaurant Finalist, Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners for South Gate; and Green Design Finalist, S. Russell Groves for The Lucinda Sales + Design Center…

The shortlist for the Emirates Glass LEAF Awards 2008 include NY-based firms Steven Holl Architects, International Interior Design Award for the NYU Department of Philosophy; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, New Innovation of the Year for MAS — Modernisation of Acute Services; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Best Sustainable Development for the United States Census Bureau Headquarters, and International Interior Design Award for GSC Offices; Bernard Tschumi Architects, Residential Building of the Year (Multiple Level Building) for BLUE Residential Tower, and Best Sustainable Development for Limoges Concert Hall…(The winners will be announced in London on 10.23.08)…

The curators of the Fourth International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam selected six international teams to participate including Brooklyn-based Interboro Partners

Edith Hsu-Chen has been appointed as Director of City Planning’s Manhattan Office… Kirsten Sibilia Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, has joined JCJ Architecture as Chief Marketing Officer… Bruce Nussbaum has been appointed Visiting Professor of Innovation and Design at Parsons The New School for Design… Marc Hochlerin joins BBG-BBGM as Principal of Strategic Planning… Kevin Klasic is a new principal at Shen Milsom & Wilke… Perkins Eastman announced that Thomas K. Fridstein, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as principal… Dana Byrne joins RMJM Hillier as senior human resources manager in charge of Talent Acquisition and Development… Bruce D. Eisenberg has joined STV Incorporated as an associate and director of the Buildings and Facilities’ New York Architecture Studio…