In this issue:
· Water Filtration Plant Is Hole In One for NYC
· Fortune Shines on West Harlem Affordable Housing
· Get Taken to the Couture Cleaners
· Luxury Hilton Rises in Liberty City North
· The Sun Never Sets on New Marc Jacobs Store
· Welcome Center Tells a Story
· Shade Machines, Social Brackets Inspire 4 Tower in 1


Water Filtration Plant Is Hole In One for NYC

Water filtration facility at Moshulu Golf Course.

Grimshaw

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Parks and Recreation have partnered to build the city’s first water filtration facility, currently under construction on 35.6 acres in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, beneath the Mosholu Golf Course driving range. The filtration system will become an integral part of the city’s infrastructure and deliver 290 million gallons of water per day, or 30% of the city’s water supply.

The plant itself has been designed by engineering firms Hazen and Sawyer and Metcalf & Eddy in a joint venture. Grimshaw and Ken Smith Landscape Architect are creating the site and above-ground structures, which, when completed, will be a sustainable and low-impact example of storm water management and gray water systems. According to the design team, the concept for the project was influenced by the water lily, which catches rainwater as it falls, filters it for its own use, and returns the excess into the pond below. Recreational facilities include a clubhouse and driving range, tee boxes that are discreet structures fully integrated into the landscape; atop the treatment plant’s green roof is a nine-acre driving range. The project is budgeted at $95 million and is expected to open in 2012.


Fortune Shines on West Harlem Affordable Housing

Fortune Society.

Jonathan Rose Companies

The Fortune Society, whose motto is “building people, not prisons,” and Jonathan Rose Companies recently broke ground on a $42 million, 110,000-square-foot project that will bring affordable housing to the West Harlem community. It will provide supportive permanent housing and service space for formerly incarcerated homeless men and women, and generate ongoing revenue to support the services the Fortune Society offers its clients. The new complex is adjacent to the Fortune Academy, familiarly called “The Castle,” which includes transitional housing for homeless men and women just released from prison.

Designed by Curtis+Ginsberg Architects, the 114-unit development aims to complement the historic character of the Fortune Academy, and will be environmentally responsible and efficient to operate. The project is seeking LEED-NC Gold certification, and is participating in programs from Enterprise Green Communities and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). A roof garden will feature a rainwater harvesting system and offer views of the Hudson River. Aluminum solar shades on the south faç ade are among other green features.


Get Taken to the Couture Cleaners

Madame Paulette’s flagship store.

DIA/WRKS

DIA/WRKS has put the finishing touches to the flagship store of Madame Paulette’s, a custom cleaner to the “who’s who” of fashion. The 2,000-square-foot space, located in Manhattan House, the modernist Upper East Side landmark designed by SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft in 1950, contains a 22-foot-long concierge counter, custom-made bronze tiles, Venini chandeliers, baroque furniture, and one-of-a-kind images of fashion icons. With the grand interiors nearly complete, DIA/WRKS will begin to revamp of the store’s faç ade, which may include displays of such world-renowned designers as Roberto Cavalli and Vera Wang.


Luxury Hilton Rises in Liberty City North

Conrad Hotel.

GRAD Associates

Newark-based GRAD Associates’ design for Hilton’s luxury brand Conrad Hotel in Liberty Harbor North in Jersey City, received the green light from the city’s planning board. The project will occupy a full block of this major redevelopment area, fronting a marina, with views of Lower Manhattan. The complex will contain a 300-room hotel, conference facilities, 470 luxury condominium units, fully mechanized parking for 738 cars, and two rooftop gardens (one for the hotel and one for the nine-story condominium development). Site preparation (Phase I) is scheduled to begin in April for the hotel, and the condominiums (Phase II) are anticipated to start soon after the hotel is completed early in 2011. The project is aiming to achieve LEED Platinum status.


The Sun Never Sets on New Marc Jacobs Store

Marc Jacobs store in Sao Paulo.

Stephan Jaklitsch Architects

Stephan Jaklitsch Architects has designed seven stores for Marc Jacobs that are scheduled to open in 2009 — five Marc Jacobs Collection and two Marc by Marc Jacobs stores. Since 2000, the firm has designed all the Marc Jacobs’ stores worldwide and continues to design site-specific boutiques, such as the recently completed first store in South America in the upscale Jardins neighborhood of Sao Paulo with a Collection shop on its first level and a Marc by Marc Jacobs on the second. Also recently completed are two stores in Bahrain.

In the works are a Collection shop in the ground floor of a 19th-century residential building near Grosvenor Square in London; a Collection store on the ground level of the new 60-story Elysian building in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast district; a Hong Kong flagship Marc Jacobs Collection store on the grounds of what once was the Marine Police headquarters and is now a new luxury shopping destination; and finally, a new free-standing Marc Jacobs Collection flagship store in Seoul.


Welcome Center Tells a Story

Rutgers University’s welcome center.

Murphy Burnham & Buttrick

Rutgers University has commissioned architects Murphy Burnham & Buttrick, in collaboration with exhibition designers Ralph Appelbaum Associates, to design a visitor center for its New Brunswick campus geared towards communicating the institution’s global reach and telling the Rutgers story. The new 12,000-square-foot building is strategically sited to serve as a gateway to the university, and will be used as a springboard for the 40,000 students, parents, and alumni who are anticipated to visit the campus each year. In addition to a series of exhibition spaces, the building, known as the Welcome Center, will house admissions staff and contain multipurpose spaces to accommodate large tour groups and university-wide events. The team began to imagine the center as a dynamic, people-filled “billboard” that would grab visitors as they turned off the highway and in to the campus. In addition, the building is designed to be completely “off-the-grid,” employing an array of electricity-generating solar reflectors as well as geothermal technology to heat and cool the facility. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2009.


Shade Machines, Social Brackets Inspire 4 Tower in 1

4 Tower in 1.

Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has been selected as the winning firm to design the master plan of the “4 Tower in 1,” an office tower complex around the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters in Shenzhen’s Futian commercial business district. The design is based on the concept of tropical skyscrapers as “shade machines,” with a “social bracket” connecting the towers and the street level. The design for the four towers utilizes circular building footprints to maximize the interior space and open views while minimizing the exterior envelope. The optimized office floors are connected via double- and triple-height social spaces on alternating sides of the towers. Automatic solar tracking screens made of perforated PV cells make one full rotation per day around the circumference of each building, collecting enough PV energy to cool the towers completely while allowing them to act as an urban clock.

Supporting programs for the towers, such as cafeterias and gyms, are combined with cultural programs such as art galleries, auditoriums, and a cinema. Its sculpted form allows it to negotiate between environmental restrictions and the requirements of the public programs. A continuous roof garden park collects storm water and recycles all the gray water from the four skyscrapers.

In this issue:
· AIA, I2SL Sign MOU

AIA, I2SL Sign MOU
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing both organizations to leverage their resources and expertise toward the creation of a comprehensive laboratory facilities guideline for planning and design. These new guidelines will build on the 1999 AIA Guidelines for Planning and Design of Biomedical Research Laboratories.

This initiative is consistent with the mission and strategic goals of each organization. The AIA has a history of providing guidelines for designers, some utilized by owners and government officials as a center for facility knowledge. I2SL is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable design and engineering practices for laboratories and other high-technology facilities.

The guidelines will define integrated building strategies that will offer a sustainable approach to global building challenges. As the AIA and I2SL begin to develop the guidelines, they will seek subject experts and leaders having the passion and willingness to substantially contribute to the scope and content of the guide. The organizations will begin soliciting financial support to assure the development of the guide and will seek organizations that can endorse its mission.

Lieb House Sets Sail for New Horizons

Anchors Away! Operation Lieb House Sunrise Sail.

Akira Sawa

What better way to end the week than by watching Robert Venturi, FAIA’s 1969 Lieb House sail (by barge) under the Brooklyn Bridge and up the East River at sunrise — on its way to its new home on Long Island. The pier party will begin to gather at Pier 17 (South Street Seaport) at 7:00am on Friday, March 13 (but bundle up — temps predicted to be in the 30s — not counting wind chill factor).

It is the culmination of a three-day event, sponsored by the Storefront for Art and Architecture, celebrating the rescue of the New Jersey beach house from imminent demolition. Things kick off on Wednesday, 03.11.09 at Storefront with the opening of a “micro-exposition” of the house’s history, and a presentation by the indefatigable Fred Schwartz, FAIA, and filmmaker Jim Venturi, who both championed and organized the relocation. Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, FAIA, will be on hand on Thursday evening. (See also The Architect’s Newspaper: “Liebing for New Shores.”)

The 112 members recently elevated to the AIA College of Fellows include New Yorkers Kenneth Drucker, FAIA; Belmont Freeman, FAIA; Christopher Grabé, FAIA; John Grady, FAIA; Robert Heintges, FAIA; Frank Lupo, FAIA; Joanna Pestka, FAIA; Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA; and Sylvia Smith, FAIA. There will be a Fellows Reception held at the Center for Architecture 03.12 to celebrate… Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, has received the AIA Associates Award…

The eight recipients of the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards include C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California Berkeley, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Chongqing Library, Perkins Eastman; Biblioteca Central Estatal Wigberto Jiménez Moreno, Pei Partnership Architects; NYPL Francis Martin Library, 1100 Architect; and Minneapolis Central Library, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects… The Travel + Leisure Design 2009 Awards winners include, in the category of Best Restaurant, Delicatessan by Nema Workshop and Mark Thomas Amadeii; Best Public Space, TKTS Booth, designed by Perkins Eastman, concept by Choi Ropiha; and Best Retail Space, Puma City, by LOT-EK

Jaros Baum & Bolles is a finalist in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 43rd annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition for designing the mechanical and electrical systems for the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park in New York City… The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced a new initiative, the New York Energy $mart Focus on Colleges and Universities, and EYP was selected to assist in developing programmatic outreach strategies…

Lower East Side Tenement Museum will host a fundraiser honoring three individuals whose work has had a remarkable impact on the organization: Gary Handel, AIA, Bradford Perkins, FAIA, and Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA

The Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) has awarded its 2008 MPA Digital Award for “Website of the Year: Enthusiast” to McGraw-Hill Construction’s ArchRecord.comDavid M. Childs, FAIA, has been named Chairman of the Municipal Art Society of New York…

Lenore Janis, president of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), has announced the establishment of the Gwendolyn Colbert Kushner Memorial Scholarship in memory of Kushner… Rafael Viñoly Architects has awarded four independent Research Fellowships for 2009: The Transformation of Squatter Settlements Into Urban Neighborhoods; Investigation of Relief Efforts After the 2004 Tsunami in the Worst Hit Region of Aceh, Indonesia, and Propose Guidelines for Future Efforts; The Performance of Large-Scale Urban Projects in Bogotá , Colombia; and Housing in China, Exploring Steps Toward a Solution…

Jay Berman, AIA, Michael Bischoff, AIA, and Jose Bruguera, AIA, were promoted as Partners within Pei Cobb Freed…CetraRuddy announced that Emmanuelle Chammah-Slossberg is the new Director of Strategic Development… Joseph Montalbano, AIA, LEED AP, has joined Mancini Duffy as a Senior Associate… The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Executive Vice President Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, announced a planned transition of leadership effective 07.01.11…

AIA Presidents from the five boroughs gather for a monthly leadership meeting. Seated (l-r): AIA Queens President Laura Heim, AIA; AIA New York President Sherida Paulsen, FAIA; AIA Staten Island President Marcus Marino, AIA. Standing (l-r): AIA Queens Vice President Michael Cosentino, AIA; AIA Bronx Vice President Giuliano Penna; AIA New York Past President James McCullar, FAIA; AIA Queens Past President Alan Weinstein, AIA; AIA New York President Elect Tony Schirripa, AIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA

03.06.09: The Center for Architecture premiered its “Helfand Spotlight Series” in the newly renovated Margaret Helfand Gallery. Highlighting competitions, projects under construction, and projects recently completed that will have a far-reaching impact on New York City’s built environment, the first project in the series is 23 E 22nd Street, designed by OMA.

Visitors and passersby inside and out can view the exhibition.

Melina Gills

Exhibited projects are meant to generate public interest and present in-depth information to the Center’s professional audience.

Melina Gills

02.25.09: Many gathered at the Center for Architecture for its first Opportunities Fair, where organizations presented volunteer opportunities for those looking for work.

Jessica Sheridan

02.26.09: AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA (standing left) welcomed ACE Mentor Program students from Staten Island to the Center for Architecture, along with Annika Smith, assistant executive director, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, and group leader Michael Cetera, AIA.

Kristen Richards

The Governors Island Alliance call for support for “Keeping Governors Island Afloat.” On the steps of City Hall: Standing in the front row (l-r): Rob Pirani, Governors Island Alliance; Murray Fisher, New York Harbor School; Councilmember Alan Gerson; Rep. Jerry Nadler; Ken Fisher, Governors Island Alliance.

Rick Bell, FAIA

03.04.09: Opening reception for “Into the Open: Positioning Practice,” a new installation of the 11th Venice Biennale’s U.S. Pavilion last fall, now on view at the at Parson’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Just as intriguing as the exhibits are the chalkboard-painted walls and surfaces being filled with visitors’ illustrations and comments.

Curator William Menking, editor-in-chief, The Architect’s Newspaper, and the International Center for Urban Ecology’s Kyong Park, designer of “The New Silk Road” installation.

Kristen Richards

Menking with Thomas Hanrahan, hanrahanMeyers architects.

Kristen Richards

Edible Schoolyard: Bright Lights Swish Chard: We are but dust and shadow.

Kristen Richards

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. Closed.

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.

03.18.09 Call for Entries: Project Earth Day Student Competition
The third annual Project Earth Day Student Competition will explore where fashion collides with architecture. Students are challenged to suspend their disbelief, play with scale and proportion, and design a garment inspired by a reevaluation of anything in their environment. On 04.23.09, the chosen looks will make their debut on the Project Earth Day runway and be judged by a panel of celebrities and top professionals in the design industry.

03.20.09 Call for Entries: Form Shift Vancouver
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver are jointly-sponsoring an open ideas competition. The City of Vancouver has developed Climate Change Action Plans as well as the EcoDensity Charter. Vancouver was the first city in Canada to adopt The 2030 Challenge for green house gas reduction as part of their effort to become “the greenest city in the world”. FormShift Vancouver challenges entrants to give shape to these goals through ideas and design solutions that will help shape the future of the city.

03.31.09 Call for Submissions: FIGMENT City of Dreams Mini Golf Submissions
FIGMENT is looking for artists, architects, and sculptors to create one-of-a-kind mini-golf holes on Governors Island. This is not your typical golf course, but rather the City of Dreams Mini-Golf Course, designed to free mini-golf from the windmill and dinosaur set and allow artists to release their creativity in a forum usually more associated with tourist traps.

04.06.09 Call for Nominations: New York Designs 2009: Public
This juried lecture series provides a forum for the presentation of innovative and accomplished work built in New York City. This year’s theme, Public, asks how designers think about and define “public” today; and how designers imagine buildings, landscapes, and urban places that aspire to be for the public.

04.23.09 Call for Entries: National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications from
public-sector or private sector applicants that have used the principles of smart growth to create better places. This year, applications will be accepted in five categories: Built Projects, Policies and Regulations, Smart Growth and Green Building, Smart Growth Streets, and Overall Excellence in Smart Growth. The public sector winners will receive support for further implementing smart growth strategies in their communities. In addition, public sector winners will receive one complementary registration to the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in 2010.

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
Exhibitions

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.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

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.

Underwriter:

Patron:

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.

Panelite

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


February 26 — March 18, 2009

Helfand Spotlight Series: OMA NY’s 23 East 22nd Street Tower

The Center for Architecture is premiering its Helfand Spotlight Series in the newly renovated storefront Margaret Helfand Gallery. The first project selected for this honor is OMA’s tower at 23 East 22nd Street. The 22nd Street tower is significant both because it is OMA’s first large-scale building in New York City and because of its unique profile. Intended to literally turn the tradition of the stepped tower on its head, the 22nd Street tower will cant dramatically over its neighbors. The 23E22 exhibition includes an illuminated building model, a site model, 100 process models, details, and a comprehensive project description.

The Helfand Spotlight Series highlights competitions, projects under construction, and projects recently completed that will have a far-reaching impact on New York City’s built environment. Projects are exhibited as a means of generating public interest as well as presenting in-depth information to the Center’s professional audience.

Exhibition and related programs are made possible through the generous support of Slazer Enterprises.

Related Events

Friday, March 6, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Project presentation by Shohei Shigematsu (Partner and Director, OMA NY)

Through 03.28.09
Dan Graham

Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

Dan Graham is an artist who describes his work as a hybrid of sculpture and architecture. This exhibition will include six of Graham’s most recent pavilions including the latest Crazy Spheroid: Two Entrances 2009, as well as the stage set created for Japanther at Performa ’07.

Marian Goodman Gallery
24 West 57th Street, NYC


Through 04.25.09
A View from the Inside: NYSID Alumni Exhibition

Carol Tobin, R.Sole Sneaker Boutique, St. Louis, MO.

Photography by Ruggero Vanni, Vanni Archive

This exhibition brings together the designs of 20 alumni, hailing from China, Israel, Peru, South Africa, and the U.S., and represents longtime and recent graduates. Their designs — represented by photographs, renderings, digital displays, and free-standing prototypes — are for a range of residential and commercial projects, including private residences, offices, hotels, restaurants, and retail centers. Select projects include designs for the new headquarters of Moody’s Corporation by Becky Button (BFA 2001) of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Robert Kaner’s (AAS, 2002) designs for a 1930s art deco weekend and vacation home located just outside of South Beach, Miami; a six-level retail center in Shanghai, China, designed by Xi Ren (MFA 2006); and a sneaker boutique designed as a gallery space for R.sole in St. Louis, Missouri by Carol Tobin (BFA 1979) of Tobin + Parnes.

The Gallery of the New York School of Interior Design
170 East 70th Street, NYC


Through 05.01.09
Into the Opening: Positioning Space

Estudio Teddy Cruz, La Biennale di Venezia, 2008.

Ryan Reitbauer/Duggal Visual Solutions

This exhibition focuses on the increasing interest in civic engagement in American architectural practice, and examines the means by which a new generation of architects is reclaiming a role in shaping community and the built environment. It features 16 architectural groups who actively engage communities, responding to social and environmental issues, including shifting demographics, changing geo-political boundaries, uneven economic development, and the explosion of urban migration.

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue, NYC


Through 1.04.10, Three Exhibitions
Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100

Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100.

Photo credit goes here.

A visionary feat of 19th century city planning, the Grand Concourse flows through the Bronx from Van Cortland Park at the top to East 138th Street at the south. Inspired by the Champs Élysées in Paris and designed by Alsatian-born engineer Louis Risse, the famous thoroughfare was originally conceived in 1870 as a means of connecting the working class of Manhattan to the green parks of the north Bronx. One hundred years after its opening, The Bronx Museum of the Arts examines the past, present, and future of the Grand Concourse in a year-long, three-part centennial celebration. The three exhibitions comprising Intersections are: Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 (03.05.9 – 07.20.09); Intersections: The Grand Concourse Commissions (08.02.09 – 01.04.10); and Intersections: The Grand Concourse Beyond 100 (10.1.09 – 01.04.10).

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx