2009 Oculus Editorial Calendar
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, note that OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. The themes:

Spring Issue: Elevating Architecture / Design Literacy for All. Closed.

Summer Issue: AIANY 2009 Design Awards and AIANY/BSA Biennial Building Type Awards
02.06.09: Registration Deadline

Fall Issue: Carbon Neutral Now. The new green frontier, carbon neutrality, researched, explored, planned, and designed at all scales by New York architects.
06.01.09: Suggestion Deadline

Winter Issue: Health & Architecture. Architecture designed to promote fitness, health, and wellness will be profiled. Projects selected from within this growing field will demonstrate sensitivity to generational and demographic issues, sustainability, and technology.
08.01.09: Suggestion Deadline

If you have suggestions, please contact OCULUS editor-in-chief Kristen Richards.

01.13.09 Call for Entries: 2009 Lumen Awards / IES Illumination Awards
The IES Illumination Awards (formerly the International Illumination Design Awards) recognize professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria.

01.30.09 Call for Entries: Richard Kelly Grant
Established by the NY Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 1980, this grant was originally conceived as a scholarship program and later opened to young persons working in lighting in North America.

02.06.09 Call for Submissions: Center for Architecture Exhibition Designers Shortlist — Open Call!
The Center for Architecture is creating a shortlist of designers for upcoming exhibitions. Center for Architecture Exhibition Designers will work with curators, graphic designers, and Center staff to create exciting, immersive, and interactive exhibitions. Submit an expression of interest, qualifications, and a pdf portfolio to Jonah Stern, Exhibitions Coordinator, jstern@aiany.org.

02.09.09 Call for Entries: 2009 New York City Cultural Innovation Fund Competition
The Rockefeller Foundation annually awards $2.7 million in grants — ranging between $50,000 and $250,000 — to spur and support cultural innovation in NYC’s creative sector. Project categories include: creative engagement with the issues shaping NYC’s future cultural and civic agenda; programming and premieres of new artistic work in the visual, performing, and media arts; new partnerships among cultural organizations, community-based institutions, universities, and the private sector; and interventions designed to confront bottlenecks and limitations to the expansion of cultural vitality.

02.15.09 Call for Proposals: Andes Sprouts Society Sustainable Studio Design Competition
ASsociety farm is looking for submissions for three resident/studio structures for its expanding artist in residency program. Freestanding structures will house resident artists as well as enhance existing farming activities. ASsociety resident artists will develop media art projects with crossover activities in organic farming. This call-out encourages collaboration between artists, architects and engineers to demonstrate and promote unique, functional, and inspiring approaches to sustainable design and post-crash housing technologies.

02.23.09 Call for Entries: 2009 NYC Student Lighting Competition
NYC design students are invited to participate in a citywide lighting design competition to explore light as an art form, demonstrate light as a stimulus, and prove light is a valuable medium.

03.06.09 Call for Applicants: Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship
The Van Institute seeks critical inquiry and experimental practices that expand conventional definitions of public architecture. Fellows receive three-month residencies where they generate projects on the significant issues shaping public life and the built environment. Five project areas include: Land Use and Development, Forms and Materials, Information and Communication in partnership with the Social Science Research Council, Systems and Ecology, and Culture and Politics. The Prize includes project support, stipend, work and gallery space, and publication in the Institute’s annual series Projects in Public Architecture.

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Join an Architalker for a Hosted Tour of Center for Architecture

Join us for free Architalker-hosted tours of the Center for Architecture exhibitions Fridays at 4:00pm. To join one of these tours, meet in the Public Resource Area on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture.


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

Opening 1.29.09, 5:30 pm
Manhattanville: On the Cusp of Change

Sixth graders interview Manhattanville residents for their exhibition.

Courtesy PS 161

On the eve of Manhattanville/West Harlem’s transformation from an industrial district into Columbia University’s 21st-century campus, 100 sixth-grade students from PS 161 are weighing in. In their exhibition, the students present photographs, interviews, and writing that document their neighborhood before it changes permanently. As part of their on-going two-and-a-half year study about architecture — sponsored by the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Learning by Design:NY program — the sixth graders spent the fall of 2008 learning about the history and architecture of Manhattanville. They researched documents, maps, and photographs; they conducted neighborhood walks and on-the-street-interviews; and they documented the area of the proposed expansion plan through photography and writing.

PS 161
499 West 133rd Street, NYC