Chapter members lobbied on the stairs of the Rayburn House Office Building at the Grassroots Conference. Pictured (top-bottom): Charles Linn, FAIA; Margery Perlmutter, AIA; Burt Roslyn, AIA (President, AIA New York State); Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP; Tony Schirripa, AIA, IIDA; Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA; Mary Burke, AIA; Michael Cosentino, AIA (President-elect, AIA Queens); and Laura Manville.

Rick Bell

Saturday General Session at Grassroots. (L-R): Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA (2009 AIA President); Shanntina Moore, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (2009 AIANYS Associate Director); George H. Miller, FAIA (2009 AIA First Vice President); Dominque Dawes (Olympic Gold Medalist); Christine McEntee (AIA
Executive Vice President/CEO); Burton L. Roslyn, AIA (2009 AIANYS President); Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA LEED AP (2009 AIANY Assoc. Director); Daniel Edgell, AIA (2009 NY Regional Associate Director).

Marthanne G. Gershman

Presenting their designs for a new library at PS 9/MS 571, an assignment for a course taught by architectural technology professor Illya Azaroff, AIA, were City Tech students (l-r): Diego Bartolo, Carlos Honorio, Jr., Clemente Martinez-O’Neill, Natalia Vela, Randy Heeralall, Chen Wei Pua, Richar Lopez, Adia Henton, Jevon Duff and Boris Segovia.

Courtesy City Tech

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 Design Type Awards. 02.13.09: Late 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.

02.16.09 Call for Nominations: 2009 Sustainable Leadership Awards for Design and Development
These awards honor outstanding contributions to sustainable design and development leadership. Winners will be featured in global outreach. Awards are given in Interior Design, Architectural Design, and Development, and are sponsored by the International Interior Design Association, the AIA Committee on the Environment, the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, and CoreNet Global.

04.10.09 Call for Entries: 2009 Lester Dundes Interior Design Competition
The annual competition recognizes extraordinary design projects and to honor the members of the New York Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. Projects must have been completed after 01.01.08.

04.23.09 Call for Entries: The John M. Clancy Award Award for Socially Responsible Housing
The principals of the Boston architecture firm Goody Clancy established an award to honor the decades of creative commitment John Clancy, FAIA, brought nationwide to the planning, design, and construction of multifamily housing for diverse populations at all income levels. The award recognizes and encourages excellence in socially responsible urban housing by honoring an organization, group, or individual who has been a major force behind one or more built housing developments.

04.24.09 Call for Entries: Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100
The Design Trust for Public Space and The Bronx Museum of the Arts announce an ideas competition seeking bold visions from architects, planners, artists, designers, and others for how the Bronx and Grand Concourse can evolve in the coming decades and cope with pressing needs for housing, green space, and transportation. Up to seven finalists will be awarded a cash stipend to further develop their proposal for inclusion in the exhibition Intersections: Grand Concourse at 100 — Future at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, opening 11.01.09.

Call for Entries: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship
The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is accepting applications for scholarships to two design studio-based graduate degree programs: the Masters and Ph.D in Architectural Sciences with a concentration in Built Ecologies. The degree programs are designed for individuals with backgrounds in architecture, engineering, or other fields who are interested in the next generation of performance-based design strategies. Coursework for the program is taught in NYC at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE). The Research Assistantship program covers full tuition and living expenses, with scholarships available. Applications are still being accepted, but prompt online submission is preferred.

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.


January 22 — April 25, 2009

MAKE IT WORK. Engineering Possibilities

Today’s engineers are working across disciplines and driving innovation. MAKE IT WORK. Engineering Possibilities looks at how engineers are envisioning and realizing the future of our built environment by transforming structures, improving environments, enhancing materials, re-inventing building technologies, and advancing forms. This exhibition highlights how inventive strategies for building are born from multidisciplinary research and integrated practice. Small engineering firms, large engineering firms, engineering schools, university labs, materials labs, artists, inventors, and architects are all part of the exchange of ideas — plotting trajectories of innovation.

Building on observations, analysis, and mathematical principles, engineers have developed the profession from empirical analysis into a field of expertise based on predictability and synthesis. With digital simulation and processing capabilities, engineers are utilizing comprehensive models to explore different options for optimizing structures and systems.

Twenty-first century engineers are tackling some of the most challenging concerns of our day. Exceeding LEED standards for sustainable building, engineers are conceiving of new ways for buildings to harvest and manage energy — floors that create electricity and facade systems that respond to the sun. Anticipating dwindling global resources, engineers are designing structures to new standards of efficiency and economy — stadiums that use 50% less steel and towers formed for optimal wind-loading.

These solutions are the product of creative and collaborative pursuit. This exhibition highlights how inventive strategies for building are born from multidisciplinary research and integrated practice. Small engineering firms, large engineering firms, engineering schools, university labs, materials labs, artists, inventors, and architects are all part of the exchange of ideas — plotting trajectories of innovation.

Exhibition Curatorial Team:
Rosamond Fletcher
Eli Gottlieb
Zak Kostura
Erik Madsen
Jonah Stern
Beth Stryker

Exhibition Designer:
Pure + Applied

Framing Space Installation by:

Phillip Anzalone and Stephanie Bayard, aa64

The Trusset Structural System, invented by Phillip Anzalone and Cory Clarke, is a project of the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in collaboration with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Research Assistant:
Ginger Nolan, Columba GSAPP Ph.D Candidate

Research Intern:
Alicia Arroyo

Special Thanks to our Advisory Committee:
Julie Applebaum, Center for Architecture Foundation Board

Phil Bernstein, Autodesk
Vincent Chang, Grimshaw
John Hennessy, ACEC President
Marvin Mass, Cosentini
Dan Nall, Flack + Kurtz
Craig Schwitter, Buro Happold
David Scott, Arup
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis
Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti.



Lead Sponsors:

Supporters: American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, Josef Gartner USA, and Weidlinger Associates

Friend: Grimshaw Architects

Supporter: American Council of Engineering Companies of New York

The Framing Space Installation is generously provided by aa64 with additional support from:

Alusion, a product of Cymat Technologies Ltd.

Contrarian Metal Resources

General Plastics Manufacturing

Indalex Aluminum Solutions Group

Maloya Laser, Inc.


Related Events

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Multi-disciplinary Innovation

Saturday, February 21, 2009, 11:00am — 5:00pm

Symposium: Energy Engineering

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

100% BIM

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Tapered, Tilted, Twisted Towers: a lecture by David Scott, Arup

Friday, March 27, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Screening of Bird’s Nest, a film by Christoph Schaub & Michael Schindhelm

02.13.09 through 2.22.09
Valentine to Times Square

Valentine to Times Square.

Gage/Clemenceau Architects

A temporary 10-foot-tall heart-shaped sculpture of stainless steel, LED lights, and Corian will be on display at Father Duffy Square for Valentine’s Day. The Times Square Alliance commissioned Gage/Clemenceau Architects to create a new work of art that celebrates the uniqueness of the square. The production of the sculpture involved the collaboration between a hot-rod car design company, several robotic metal-cutting robots, an Ivy League University, a concert lighting expert, a graphic designer, a copywriter, a sculptor, and over 350 square feet of a material typically used for kitchen countertops.

Times Square
Father Duffy Square

Through 3.11.09

Courtesy MAS

Over 350 ideas to reinvent Coney Island have been submitted from around the world to the Municipal Art Society initiative ImagineConey. These ideas, together with results from two public workshops and a charrette, are on display.

Municipal Art Society
457 Madison Avenue