Polshek Partnership Architects has won a 2008 Honor Award for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) for the Public Broadcasting Station Headquarters for WGBH… The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Intensive Care Unit, designed daSILVA Architects, has won a 2009 ICU Design Citation Award… Winners of the Holcim Awards 2008 for region North America include NY-based Christopher J. Collins, Executive Director of Solar One Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center, who also won a Gold 2008 Holcim Award for the Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center…

Peter Claman, AIA
, of SLCE Architects, received the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award… The Historic Districts Council will present its 20th Landmarks Lion Award to preservation architect Walter B. Melvin, AIA

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) announced that the Mid-Hudson Section is merging into the NYC Section, making the IESNYC one of the largest sections of the IES…

SMWM, a women-owned architecture, urban design, and planning practice, has joined forces with Perkins+WillPerkins Eastman announced the opening of a new office in Guayaquil, Ecuador… BBG-BBGM announced that senior partner Louis R. Hedgecock, AIA, has been promoted to managing partner…

12.31.08 Call for Entries: The 2009 North American Copper in Architecture Awards
The Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) are seeking architectural building projects across North America that have earned recognition for their innovative use of copper. There are two award categories: New Construction and Restoration/Renovation. Projects must be located in the U.S. or Canada and must have been completed within the past two years. Significant application of architectural copper or copper alloys is required. Award winners will receive a custom copper etching commemorating their project. Entries also will be showcased on the CDA and CCBDA websites, and will be publicized in various industry publications.

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October 18 — December 19, 2008


ARCH SCHOOLS 2008 is the AIA New York Chapter’s fourth annual architecture schools exhibition, and will feature exemplary student work, including drawings and models, from 14 Tri-State area schools.

Participating Schools:

The City College of New York

Columbia University

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Cornell University

New Jersey Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

Parsons The New School for Design

Pratt Institute

Princeton University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Syracuse University

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

University of Pennsylvania

Yale University

Exhibition Designer: Martina Sencakova

Lead Sponsor: Bentley Systems


Carnegie Corporation of New York

Kohn Pedersen Fox

RMJM Hillier

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners

ABC Imaging
Butler Rogers Baskett
Davis Brody Bond Aedas

Tsao & McKown Architects

October 1 — January 19, 2009

2008 AIA New York Designs for Living Exhibition

In the coming decades, New York will confront the challenge of housing another million people in a built-up city with limited area for new construction. Aging infrastructure and environmental concerns pose additional impediments to growth. Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC addresses the need for housing, and targets eight other quality-of-life issues including open space, air and water quality, and contaminated sites. Public and private developers have also begun responding to, and even anticipating, these concerns with mixed-use, hybrid designs. +Housing focuses on eight current examples which illustrate this phenomenon: public uses combined with, and often financed by housing. The essential urban institutions – parks, schools, places of worship, museums, and hospitals – are being combined with residential developments, fusing diverse typologies and increasing density. This observation creates the rubric, [fill in the blank] + Housing. The phenomenon is observable at multiple scales, from infill Hybrid Buildings with condos sitting on top of a public space, to Transformed Blocks rebuilt and rearranged into places for living, performing and gathering, to New Neighborhoods that attempt to remediate and improve old sites, shaping parks, creating spaces for culture and childcare, adding new density.

+Housing helps keep the city affordable, accessible, sustainable, and architecturally ambitious. Projects that include cultural institutions, new schools, improved infrastructure, and green roofs are often built faster and more efficiently. That said, all pluses have their minuses, and this exhibition looks beyond the benefits of the +Housing formula, examining its potential impact on the look, economy and public life of New York City.

Exhibition Curator: Alexandra Lange

Exhibition Designer:Pro-Am Inc.

Champion: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Supporters: HumanScale Corporation; James McCullar & Associates; Gensler

Benjamin Moore & Company
Costas Kondylis & Partners
Forest City Ratner Companies
Frank Williams & Associates
Hugo S. Subotovsky Architects
Ingram, Yuzek, Gainen, Carroll & Bertolotti
Magnusson Architecture & Planning
Mancini Duffy
Rawlings Architects
Ricci Greene Associates
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Syska & Hennessy
Trespa North America
Universal Contracting

Anchin, Block & Anchin
Calvin Tsao
Consolidated Brick & Building Supplies
Cosentini Associates
Cross Construction Company
DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects
Domenech Hicks Krockmalnic Architects
FXFOWLE Architects
Helpern Architects
Levien & Company
Michael Zenreich, AIA Architect
Myron Henry Goldfinger, FAIA
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 Building
Strategic Development & Construction
Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Theo. David, Architects
Thornton Tomasetti
Weidlinger Associates

September 5 — January 3, 2009

New Practices New York 2008

New Practices New York 2008 is the second juried portfolio competition and exhibition in a new biennial tradition sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter. It serves as a platform for recognizing and promoting new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have undertaken unique and commendable strategies – both in projects and practice.

From the 52 portfolios submitted, the New Practices Committee – consisting of Amale Andraos (Work AC), Jennifer Carpenter (TRUCK), Peter Eisenman (Eisenman Architects), William Menking (Architect’s Newspaper) and Charles Renfro (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) – was expected to choose the six most promising firms. The competition winners, all of whom will be participating in our exhibition are:

Baumann Architecture

Common Room

David Wallance Architect

Matter Practice

Openshop | Studio

Urban A&O

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with New Practices Committee

Exhibition organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Exhibition Design: We Should Do It All

Media Partner: The Architects Newspaper

Underwriter: Häfele

Patron: ABC Imaging

Lead Sponsors: Ibex, MG & Company, Poliform, Thornton Tomasetti

Supporters: Fountainhead Construction, FXFOWLE Architects

Beverage Sponsor: SAAGA Vodka

Related Events

Each firm will have a six-week exhibition and will be delivering a Hafele NY Showroom at 25 East 26th Street. For more information, visit Hafele’s New York showroom listing at www.hafele.com/us

Through 01.07.09

Z Point, 2001. 48 plastic pixels, soundtrack by David Grubbs. Installation view, Modern Art Oxford, 2005. On permanent loan from a private collector, Städtische Galerie Im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München.

Carsten Eisfeld, © Angela Bulloch

Using the museum as a springboard for work that reaches beyond the visual arts, these artists’ practices often commingle with other disciplines such as literature, architecture, design, and theater, engaging directly with everyday life. The multimedia exhibition brings together 10 artists: Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, AIA, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, AIA, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue

Through 02.01.09
OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding

OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding.

Courtesy Parsons The New School for Design

With the U.S. presidential elections upon us, Parsons presents an exhibition investigating the potency of democracy as a brand and featuring international contemporary artists. Curated by Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, with a web component curated by Rhizome Curator-at-Large Marisa Olson, the exhibition inaugurates the first fall season at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons’ new venue for art and design exhibitions and public programming designed by Lyn Rice Architects.

Parsons The New School For Design, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery,
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue

Through 04.05.09
Solos: Tulou/Affordable Housing for China

Solos: Tulou/Affordable Housing for China.

Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

In the fifth installment of the Solos series, the museum presents Tulou, a prototype for affordable housing being built in the city of Guangzhou by the Chinese firm Urbanus. The Tulou project incorporates 245 apartment units, a dormitory, small hotel, shops, gymnasium, library, and various communal and public spaces. On view are two full-scale bedrooms with additional areas of the unit outlined on the gallery floor and walls.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
2 East 91st St

11.07.08 through 12.08
An Architect’s Dream

An Architect’s Dream.

Courtesy Animazing Gallery

On view is a collection of new paintings by watercolorist Daniel Merriam known as an “architectural illustrator” whose works frequently features architectural subjects.

Animazing Gallery
461 Broome St



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 extended, 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.
· 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.

Photo Essay: openhousenewyork 2008

Event: openhousenewyork weekend
Location: Citywide, 10.04-05.08
Organizer: openhousenewyork

In its sixth year, openhousenewyork opened doors to buildings not usually open to the public, held walking tours, dance events, lighting tours, featured green buildings, activities for children, dialogues with architects and historians, and hosted podcasts. Here is a collection of photos from the weekend.

Sites included (l-r): New York University Department of Philosophy, interiors by Steven Holl Architects; P.S. 260 by Stephen O’Dell Architect; New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library, by Carrere & Hastings with interior renovations by Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

(l-r): Lisa Delgado; Jessica Sheridan; Jessica Sheridan

Architecture firms and homeowners opened their doors to the public (l-r): Atelier Ten; FXFOWLE Architects; Fairfax & Sammons Residence, renovation by Fairfax & Sammons; Kushner Residence, by KUSHNER studios.

(l-r): Lisa Delgado; Bill Millard; David Lindsay; David Lindsay

Churches and synagogues also welcomed visitors (l-r): Grace Episcopal Church, by James Renwick, Jr.; St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, steeple by Ithiel Town, parish hall by James Renwick, Jr.; Marble Collegiate Church, by Samuel A. Warner.

Jessica Sheridan

Walking tours included (l-r): South Street Seaport, led by Sean Rasmussen of the AIANY Emerging NY Architects committee; Murray’s Cheese, led by cheese mongers working in the underground cheese caves; Chrysler Building lobby, led by architectural historian Robert Kiara.

(l-r): Jessica Sheridan; David Lindsay; Bill Millard

Cultural institutions let visitors explore free of charge (l-r): Morgan Library & Museum, by McKim, Mead, and White, expansion by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Japan Society, by Junzo Yoshimura; Harry F. Sinclair House (Ukrainian Institute of America, by C.P.H. Gilbert.

Bill Millard

Yale University’s Arts Complex Reaches Completion

Event: Yale Arts Complex tour
Location: Yale University, 09.26.08
Guides: Charles Gwathmey, FAIA — Principal, Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects; Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA — Dean, Yale School of Architecture
Organizer: Yale University

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates’ zinc-and-limestone-clad Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. Fourth-floor studio of Paul Rudolph Hall (right); Rudolph’s burnt-orange wool carpet was reproduced for the restoration. The fourth floor features a replica of the studio’s original Minerva statue.

Debra Pickrel

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects just completed work on the Yale Arts Complex, a key component of the master plan for the university’s Arts Area. Designed by Charles Gwathmey, FAIA, the complex comprises Paul Rudolph’s restored and renovated Art and Architecture (A+A) Building, renamed Paul Rudolph Hall, as well as an 87,000-square-foot addition to the north housing the Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art and Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. On a recent tour of the complex, Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, said the project restores the “community characteristic” of the arts on campus in the 1950s and ’60s, which was pulled apart by growth.

Comprising classroom, office, ceremonial, and social spaces, Gwathmey’s zinc-and limestone-clad addition proffers fresh opportunities for interaction among students of architecture and art history. Straddling the former courtyard of Rudolph Hall, which will now be solely occupied by the School of Architecture, the Haas Arts Library conjoins the Hall with the Loria Center, reflecting Rudolph’s site preference for future development. “Paul always said he’d expand in the courtyard and make this like the residential colleges,” Stern noted. The Department of the History of Art is moving to the Loria Center from nearby Street Hall, which will become an extension of Louis Kahn’s Yale Gallery of Art.

The Arts Complex project holds significant personal meaning for Gwathmey, who received his Master of Architecture at Yale in 1962. Studying under Rudolph, who was chairman of the school’s Department of Architecture from 1958-1965, he worked on the drawings for the A+A Building and was frequently on-site during its construction. “I had to… resurrect [Rudolph’s] building… his original vision,” Gwathmey said. The task of designing a 21st-century building with a different program and purpose to adjoin the “tough, concrete, unforgiving” structure presented its own issues, according to Gwathmey. “Rudolph intended great, transparent views across Yale — looking from one architecture to another and having a dialogue,” he said. Dedicated to continuing this discourse, Gwathmey’s addition establishes visual connections with Rudolph Hall, frames the Yale Gallery of Art to the east, and provides additional views to the campus.

Expressing the university’s satisfaction with the facility, Stern praised its architect as “the most talented in his class,” observing: “Charles had to be an archaeologist and an architect at the same time.”

Yale expects the project will receive a LEED Silver rating. The cost of the Yale Arts Complex project was $126 million. Funding for the Paul Rudolph Hall restoration and renovation was provided by Sid R. Bass. A rededication celebration for the building and its notable architect will take place November 7-8, including the opening of “Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven” exhibition.

Architecture Out There

Event: Out There: Architecture Beyond Building
Location: Venice, 09.14-11.23.08
Hosts: La Biennale di Venezia

Scenes from the Biennale: David Rockwell, AIA, in collaboration with Reed Kroloff, Assoc. AIA, and Casey Jones created “Hall of Fragments” a kaleidoscope of architecture in film at the entrance of the Corderie dell’Arsenale (left). Frank Gehry, FAIA, exhibited a “sketch for a museum,” a work in progress (right).

Johannes Knoops

More commonly know as the Architecture Biennale, the 11th International Architecture Exhibition “OUT THERE: Architecture Beyond Building” opened to the public 09.14.08. Densely packed with issues, this year’s director, Aaron Betsky, curated with a vision to “point out that architecture is not building.” While limiting the number of “starchitects,” Betsky relied on familiar friends to deliver his proposition. Apprehensive to let work convey the entire message, his central exhibition in the Arsenale deployed monitors with architects sermonizing their manifestos from behind walls.

Frank Gehry, FAIA, received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, while another went to the historian James S. Ackerman on the occasion of Palladio’s 500th anniversary. Additional Lions chosen by a jury led by Jeffrey Kipnis went to Poland for its pavilion called “Hotel Polonia, The afterlife of buildings”; to Greg Lynn for Best Installation; and a Silver Lion to the Chilean group “Elemental” for Promising Young Architect. Here are some highlights:

Experimental Architecture
A survey of the Masters of the Experiment fill the old Pavilion’s numerous galleries.

The National Pavilions

(l-r): Italy’s “Housing Italy,” by Francesco Garafalo; Belgium’s “After the Party;” and Poland’s “Hotel Polonia.”

Johannes Knoops

In addition to the curated installations, the 11th International Architecture Exhibition presents 65 national participants with exhibitions inside the Pavilions at Giardini and the historic center of Venice. This year’s Biennale is open until 11.23.08. For more details, visit the website.

AIANY alla Veneziana

The U.S. Pavilion in the Biennal Giardini veiled with data.

Johannes Knoops

William Menking, founder and editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, captained the 2008 United States Pavilion as its commissioner, along with co-curators Aaron Levy, executive director and senior curator at Slought Foundation, and Andrew Sturm, director of architecture for the PARC Foundation. The installation, “Into the Open: Positioning Practice,” was conceived in collaboration with architects Teddy Cruz and Deborah Gans. The pavilion pooled together initiatives from the well known to the covert, including Rural Studio, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Rebar, and The Edible Schoolyard.

“‘Into the Open’ explores how architects, urban researchers, and community activists are meeting the challenges of creating new work in response to contemporary social conditions, and addresses factors challenging traditional methods of architecture, such as shifting socio-cultural demographics, changing geo-political boundaries, uneven economic development, and the explosion of migration and urbanization,” stated Menking.

Passion Draws Architects

Event: Architects Draw — Freeing the Hand; panel discussing the publication Architects Draw, by Sue Ferguson Gussow and accompanying exhibition
Location: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 10.02.08
Speakers: Sue Ferguson Gussow — Painter & Educator; Dore Ashton — Author & Art Critic; Francois de Menil, FAIA — Principal, Francois de Menil Architect; Steven Hilyer — Director, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive; Michael Webb — Assistant Professor, The Cooper Union
Organizer: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Architects Draw — Freeing the Hand.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

When artist Sue Ferguson Gussow devised an introductory architectural drawing class for The Cooper Union, she envisioned a studio where students documented anything but architecture. “Architecture is a discipline ruled by constraints,” said Gussow. “Only on paper can it roam or take wing.” Eschewing the straight lines of buildings, her students sketched curvier organic forms like those of bell peppers and peapods, learning important lessons about scale, movement, and connection in the process. Three decades later, Gussow has published the lessons and sketches from this class in Architects Draw — Freeing the Hand.

The panel, consisting of Gussow’s former students and colleagues, discussed the mysterious and romantic side of drawing and the role that passion and emotion play. Gussow taught drawing as a process of analysis, rather than as simple documentation. Former student Francois de Menil, FAIA, talked about the intimate connection created when drawing an object. An individual is only “capable of knowing something through drawing it,” he said. The process of drawing is filled with alternating moments of elation and depression, said architect and educator Michael Webb. “Passion is a dangerous word… a very destructive emotion and thing,” he said. “Drawing is like that.”