11.10.08: CACE presidents, past, present, and future, met for the CACE leadership transition meeting at the Center for Architecture. (L-R): 2009 CACE President and Executive Director of AIA Wisconsin Bill Babcock; 2010 CACE President and Executive Director of AIA Honolulu; AIA National’s Component Relations Director Helene Dreiling, FAIA; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA.

Courtesy AIANY

EDAW celebrates its new office space.

(L-R): John Dionisio, M.ASCE, President and CEO of AECOM; Joe Brown, FASLA, CEO of AECOM; Adrian Smith, ASLA, Senior Associate, EDAW; Donna Walcavage, ASLA, Principal, EDAW; Jason Prior, CABE, President of EDAW

Kristen Richards

EDAW’s new offices.

Anthony Blanco (EDAW)

12.15.08 Call for Entries: ICFF Studio Bernhardt Design
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) will be held 05.16-19.09 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. ICFF Studio invites submissions of product prototypes from designers working on any and all the product categories: furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles, and kitchen and bath. Selected designers win a spot to display their prototypes on the exhibition floor.

12.15.08 Call for Entries: ICFF Design Schools
GLM, producer and manager of the ICFF, announces a call for entries from design schools for consideration for spots at the ICFF. Entries must describe a topic, a singular concept with original products and prototypes, and be designed by students. Submissions will be reviewed and judged by editors from design publications and sponsors of the ICFF: Abitare, Domus, Frame, Interni, Intramuros, Metropolis, and Wallpaper. Each school will have a 200-square-foot booth space.

01.23.09 Call for Ideas: Woburn Public Library Expansion “Ideas” Competition
This ideas competition, sponsored by the New England Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, AIANY, and Boston Society of Architects, seeks ideas for a 25,000-square-foot expansion of the H. H. Richardson-designed Woburn Library. The first-place award is $2,500, second place is $1,500, and third place is $500. The winner will not get the commission for the actual project, but will be free to submit a proposal for the forthcoming formal RFQ/P process.

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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

12.23.08 through 01.15.09
Rambusch: 110 Years of Designing and Making Objects

Condé Nast Cafeteria, designed by Gehry Partners with custom lighting.

Courtesy National Arts Club

The exhibition features never-before exhibited images selected from the Rambusch Archives at Columbia University’s Avery Art and Architecture Library. Architectural crafts and lighting will be shown with drawings from the present Rambusch design rooms, where the tradition of custom solutions and individually made objects prevails.

National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South

Through 03.08.09
Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx by Ray Mortenson

© Ray Mortenson, courtesy Janet Borden, Inc.

Untitled (1-3–9-19), 1983, by Ray Mortenson. Gelatin silver print.

Made between 1982 and 1984, this collection of photographs focuses on the burned out, abandoned, and razed structures of entire city blocks in the South Bronx in the 1970s. Putting the political, economic, and social causes aside, Mortenson considers the land and loss in human terms.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue



Now that Architecture Week is over, be sure to check out all you missed or re-visit the events you attended in this issue.

And thank you to everyone who contributed to the special Stephen Kliment tribute issue. Contributions are now being added as they are submitted. Recent additions include memorials from: Charles Linn, FAIA; Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; and Marcy Stanley. Click here to read the Special Issue.

– 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. It is an informal discussion board. Be sure to check it out regularly and contribute to the dialogue.

Some of the recent debates include:
· South Street Seaport Redevelopment. AIANY is supporting General Growth Properties with SHoP Architects to develop South Street Seaport. Click the link to read more about the testimony at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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

Gilmartin Soars through Glass Ceilings, Torques Steel Façades

Event: An Evening with MaryAnne Gilmartin
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.27.08
Speakers: MaryAnne Gilmartin — Executive Vice President, Forest City Ratner Companies & 2008 AIA NY Chapter Award Recipient
Organizer: Center for Architecture
Sponsor: Kramer Levin

The Beekman Tower by Gehry Partners.


During her 15 years at Forest City Ratner (FCR), Executive Vice President MaryAnne Gilmartin has set a new standard for female leadership in the real estate community and is the reason she is this year’s AIANY Chapter Award recipient. With the 76-story Beekman Tower designed by Gehry Partners, she is proving her perseverance with the torqued stainless steel residence scheduled to open in 2010.

“To make a great building takes a great many people,” Gilmartin stated — collaboration is a theme that resonates throughout her portfolio, which includes development of Atlantic Yards, also by Gehry Partners, and the New York Times Building by Renzo Piano Buliding Workshop with FXFOWLE Architects. The Beekman is an exercise in public/private partnership, a regular mission of FCR’s endeavors, which fuses 100,000 square feet of public school programs with 903 luxury rental units. The site, located on Beekman and William Streets, is adjacent to New York Downstate Hospital and will provide the healthcare facility with an ambulatory care facility as well. Originally slated for a mix of condos and rental units, the final design contains only leasable units — a shift many properties are adopting in response to the 70/30 split between renters and owners in Manhattan. The final program also reflects a decrease in retail and parking areas, and a significant increase in housing units.

Gilmartin describes Gehry’s tower as a “serious departure from the norm,” and championed the property as unparalleled in its grandeur and views yet equal to its peers in rent costs. Regulating the budget for a building of “starchitect” quality is challenging; Gilmartin attributes the financial success of Beekman to the demystification of the undulating façade through mockups and precise manipulation of the curves. Like any good developer, she believes, FCR “introduced a certain amount of sanity” to the design process. And like any great developer, the result will be a dynamic addition to Manhattan’s skyline.

The Green Way Lays Path for the Future

Event: An Evening with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and its Deputy Commissioner Holly Leicht
Speaker: Holly Leicht — Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development; Adam Weinstein — President, Phipps Houses (Co-developer); Paul Freitag — Development Studio Director, Jonathan Rose Companies (co-developer); William Stein, FAIA — Principal, Dattner Architects (affordable housing studio); Robert Garneau, AIA — Grimshaw Architects
Organizer: Center for Architecture
Sponsor: Kramer Levin

Via Verde.

Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw, courtesy pieaia.org

Via Verde is entering its final working drawing phase. Since the competition-winning team of Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw was announced in January 2007 by competition hosts AIANY and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) with NYSERDA and the Enterprise Foundation, zoning changes have been approved, the design has developed, and it is now going for LEED Gold certification.

With a combination of sustainable and community oriented high-, mid-, and low-rise units (to be both owned and rented), the project may not be an exact prototype for future development, but it will hopefully be a model for smaller developments, said Paul Freitag, the development studio director for Jonathan Rose Companies. Sited near the NYC Housing Authority, Melrose Commons, the commercial center known as The Hub, and other retail development, the site presents distinct opportunities and challenges. According to William Stein, FAIA, principal at Dattner Architects, Via Verde can be described in organic terms. He compared it to tendrils that spiral from a high tower to the north, to the lower gardens to the south, and continue out to the neighborhood beyond.

The triangular site provides southern exposure, ideal for solar access. Terraced green roofs provide everything from orchards, vegetable gardens, and passive recreation, to non-accessible green areas to control storm water and mitigate the heat island effect on the horizontal fields. The vertical planes accommodate photovoltaic cells on panels that will produce 2.5% of the building’s total energy, or 160,000kw per year. Every apartment has large operable windows and through-ventilation.

Various materials on the façade distinguish private and public spaces, from warmer wood composite material facing the courtyard to cooler cement board panels facing the street. The rain screen system throughout is innovative, Robert Garneau, AIA, of Grimshaw Architects explained, and the prefabrication provides both cost efficiency and construction expediency. Balconies line the private inner courtyard as well, encouraging interaction among inhabitants, while sunshades protect apartments from overheating along the public street façade.

Overall, the team aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle with the design. In addition to cross ventilation and passive and active recreation areas, a food co-op is planned in one of the street-level retail spaces, along with an onsite health and fitness center. Signage will encourage the use of the stairs over the elevators, and FSC woods and low VOC paints will prevent harmful off-gassing. The onsite Montefiore Medical Center will also provide care.

At the end of the day, fine tuning existing tried-and-true systems will save the most money and offer the easiest solutions to environmental challenges, said Garneau. By correctly sizing units and by not oversupplying spaces, the savings will produce a regressive tax on low-income housing. With requirements for fixed percentages of affordable units and environmental regulations for all new city buildings, this project has honed the skills needed for future developments, according to Adam Weinstein, president of Phipps Houses.

Studio Libeskind Designs with Global Perspective

Event: An Evening with Studio Daniel Libeskind; 2008 President’s Award Recipient
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.29.08
Speakers: James McCullar, FAIA — 2008 AIANY President; Rick Bell, FAIA — AIANY Executive Director; Nina Libeskind & Daniel Libeskind, AIA — Studio Daniel Libeskind, President’s Award Winner 2008
Organizers: Center for Architecture
Sponsors: Kramer Levin

WTC site plan as of 01.29.08.

Image by Foster + Partners, courtesy of Silverstein Properties

Studio Daniel Libeskind received this year’s AIANY President’s Award for its significant contributions to the design of major international cultural buildings and urban projects. With this year’s Architecture Week theme in mind, “Architecture and Design: How to Create Sustainable Cities,” Nina and Daniel Libeskind, AIA, shared their thoughts on the development and importance of design across the globe.

With designs intended to expand the horizons of architecture and urbanism, the Libeskinds believe buildings and urban projects are crafted with human energy to speak to the larger cultural community. The public will see the symbolism of the WTC site once it is complete, he claimed. He regards the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, and his role in it, as a grand success with its global vision.

In general, the clients the firm chooses to work with share their goals; therefore, Nina, who is chief operating officer and partner, prefers working with clients in democratic states. The office itself is “full of passionate designers and a fun place to work.” Married and working together, the Libeskinds “are like a yin and yang — we always disagree with each other, but this is essential to develop new inspirations and push boundaries,” they said.

Two visions of 21st-Century Cities

Event: Forum for Urban Design Fall Conference Presentation
Location: Century Association, 11.03.08
Speakers: Richard Burdett — Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism, London School of Economics & Director, Urban Age; Robert Bruegmann — Professor, University of Illinois
Organizers: Forum for Urban Design

Courtesy Forum for Urban Design

In back-to-back presentations, two urban planning researchers gave conflicting accounts of the future of cities, differing on the use of statistics and the desires of city dwellers. Richard Burdett, director of the Urban Age project, outlined the results of an eight-city study, recently published in the book The Endless City (Phaidon, 2008). Noting that 2007 marked the first time in history that half the world’s population lived in cities, Burdett used photos and diagrams from the book to summarize the prospects for urban design in the 21st century.

In one aerial image from São Paulo, a freeway separated orderly apartment blocks from a chaotic shantytown, or favela. Pointing to the image, Burdett said architects “mostly build ugly buildings, and only to the end of the property line, with little concern for what happens outside.” A series of maps showed the locations of the world’s fastest-growing cities in Africa and Southeast Asia. According to Burdett, São Paulo’s favela is representative of the explosive growth of the slums and shantytowns in these cities. “As urbanists, this is the problem we have to deal with… and I don’t think we have the tools to do it.”

Against this vision of endless sprawl, Burdett held up examples of highly functional urban design, including London, Berlin, and New York. Through their combination of inclusive governance structure, public transit, and high density, Burdett argued that these cities could serve as models for the developing world.

Professor Robert Bruegmann of the University of Illinois responded to Burdett’s presentation, taking issue with several of Urban Age’s statistics and methods. Bruegmann charged that Burdett and Urban Age had neglected the middle class’s desire for lower density and detached housing. The book, Bruegmann said, is concerned with not what people want but “what people should want.”

Referring to the high-density cities, Bruegmann observed, “It’s quite possible that these old European and American cities were an aberration.” He forecasted that future cities would look less like Berlin and more like Los Angeles, with sprawling suburbs and exurbs connected to a medium-density core by freeways.

Snøhetta’s Ineffable Lightness of Being

Event: Current Work: Snøhetta
Location: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 10.28.08
Speakers: Craig Dykers, AIA — Senior Partner/Director, Snøhetta; Calvin Tsao, FAIA — President, Architectural League & Partner, Tsao & McKown Architects (introduction)
Organizer: The Architectural League of New York

Snøhetta’s entry pavilion for the September 11 Memorial Hall and Memorial Museum.

Rendering by Squared Design Lab

Snøhetta is named for a craggy Norwegian mountain, but the firm’s inspiration comes as easily from water. From its Oslo office windows, ships can be seen drifting by on a fjord, said Senior Partner/Director Craig Dykers, AIA. “Three or four hundred tons of metal float effortlessly by, and there’s nothing more engaging to an architect [than] to see that much weight seemingly untouched by gravity. In a sense, that’s an important part of, I think, how we approach things — with a lightness,” he remarked.

The design for an airy glass-and-steel pavilion at the WTC tilts up toward the sky. Serving as an entry to the September 11 Memorial Hall and Memorial Museum, the pavilion has an angled roof that points down toward the underground museum and leads the eye up toward nearby buildings, reinforcing its role as a “link between the memorial and the commercial fabric of the city,” Dykers said.

The much-delayed project has, at times, been a tumultuous one. “Our building has been the only building on the memorial site, and therefore it gathers more criticism than the much larger buildings nearby,” he said. At one point, they had to redesign it and scale it down, yet in the end, Dykers thinks the change has been a good one. “In NYC, a small scale is a luxury,” he observed; the reduced size will bring a greater sense of intimacy for visitors.

The project led the firm to establish a second office in NYC in 2004, boosting its local presence. These days, it is planning to renovate a Williamsburg space for STREB, a highly athletic dance company whose gravity-defying feats match the firm’s kinetic sensibilities. “We began to review the methods of movement that occur with their dance company and integrate that into the motions of the façade,” Dykers said. Ripples in the brick will let dancers climb on the façade’s surface to perform acrobatic feats, and entire sections of the façade will be able to pivot open to the street.

Beyond presenting an array of projects, Dykers also discussed Snøhetta’s philosophies and progressive work policies, such as keeping an internal union. Principals are paid no more than twice an entry-level salary, and the firm’s experience-based salary ladder is common knowledge, taking the mystery out of the compensation process. And even in busy times, they eschew late nights at the office, proving that architects can take their work seriously without letting it weigh them down.