PlaNYC Sticks to the Plan

During this year’s Earth Day, PlaNYC issued a Progress Report with an update on how the city has fared since the initiative’s launch in 2007. In general, NYC is doing pretty well at achieving, or staying on track, with the 127 proposals. The city has planted almost 200,000 trees, increased the number of hybrid vehicles on the streets, issued a Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan, and opened the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, among other programs.

Each of the nine sections of PlaNYC — housing, open spaces, brownfields, water quality, water network, transportation, energy, air quality, climate change — is showing that 2009 milestones have been met on time, completed, or are in progress. Relatively few initiatives have been delayed, except for transportation. Yes, new bicycle lanes have been constructed, regulation of parking placards has been instituted, and a pilot Bus Rapid Transit route was piloted. However, as we all recall, the failed congestion pricing plan did damage to the transportation goals. As I wrote in my last Editor’s Soapbox (See NYC Transportation Funding Doesn’t Add Up, 04.07.09), the stimulus plan is not doing much to help our mass transportation issues.

As someone who was skeptical about the survival of green initiatives as soon as the economy took a turn for the worse, the overall progress of PlaNYC is encouraging. Hopefully the payback will soon be more evident, and we will have more substantial numbers backing the proposals.

In this issue:
· New Museum for African American History and Culture Announced
· Public Radio Takes to the Street
· New York State Theater Adjusts Its Sounds
· A Shop Pops Up in Brooklyn
· An Elevated Park Runs Through It
· Putting the Parking in Ballpark
· NYIT Heads Upstate to the Estates

New Museum for African American History and Culture Announced

National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond Aedas

The team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup has been selected by The Smithsonian to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture to be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The core design team consists of three firms — The Freelon Group will ensure that the design reflects the values and priorities of the museum and the Smithsonian; Adjaye Associates will focus on the formal development and refinement of the building design; and Davis Brody Bond Aedas will assure adherence of the design to the program and vision. The building design will take up to three years, with construction to begin in 2012. Set to open in 2015, the museum’s total cost is estimated to be $500 million. Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup was one of 22 teams that responded to the Request for Qualifications in the summer 2008, and six firms selected to participate in the design competition in January 2009.

Public Radio Takes to the Street

Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

Courtesy WNYC

WNYC radio is on the air, online, and now on it’s on the street! The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, designed by Kostow Greenwood Architects, is a state-of-the-art, multimedia performance space and broadcast studio on the ground floor of WNYC’s new home at Charlton and Varick in Hudson Square. The Greene Space was created for live performances, WNYC radio shows and video webcasts with concerts, theater, political and cultural discussions, film, and visual arts. A news ticker carves through space and out the windows, making breaking news available to passersby. The venue can seat 125, and millions more will be able to stream live audio and video events and download podcasts created in the studio. The space was registered as a relocation project with the USGBC and expects to achieve a LEED Silver rating. The use of recycled paper for printed materials, low-wattage LED theatrical lighting, a stage made of renewable bamboo, and interactive programs on environmental issues that the station broadcasts are just some of the ways Greene Space will promote being green.

New York State Theater Adjusts Its Sounds

David H. Koch Theatre.

David H. Koch Theatre

An interior renovation of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center by JCJ Architecture will update the venue, providing an enriched experience for devotees of both the New York City Opera and New York City Ballet. Phase one of the improvements includes enlarging the orchestra pit and providing operable platforms replacing the stage lighting system, building a media center to allow hi-definition recording and broadcasting of performances, and installing 2,550 custom-designed seats. In addition, the lobbies will be refinished with new carpeting and wall covering. This will be the first major facelift for the 45-year-old, Philip Johnson-designed theater, which, until recently, was known as the New York State Theater.

A Shop Pops Up in Brooklyn

Rocawear shop.

D-ASH Design

D-ASH Design has created a mobile lounge to showcase hip-hop music mogul Jay-Z’s line of apparel for Rocawear. The first location for the temporary space will be in Brooklyn, near the Atlantic Terminal. Mohair sofas, suede walls, custom zebra wood cabinetry, a 46-inch flat-screen TV, stereo system, and a custom gaming zone, transport the customer into the Jay-Z and Rocawear lifestyle. Fully stocked with merchandise, the 50-foot luxury liner will travel around the country to Jay-Z concerts and other events.

An Elevated Park Runs Through It

The High Line Building.

Morris Adjmi Architects

Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, The High Line Building on West 14th Street in the Meatpacking District has topped out. The building, which was designed to LEED Gold standards, features 100,000 square feet of office space and 11 floors of retail space at the base of the park’s main entrance. The building has a dramatic steel-framed glass tower atop an existing five-story Art Deco masonry building that was a former meat processing facility. The offices on the upper floors have panoramic views of the Hudson River and the historic neighborhood through its floor-to-ceiling windows, while its lower floors offer direct views of the park, which also runs 103 feet through the building. The building is expected to be completed Fall 2009.

Putting the Parking in Ballpark

Ruppert Plaza Garage.

Clarke Caton Hintz

Trenton-based Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), unveiled several parking garage facilities at the new Yankee Stadium that will provide recreational and park facilities for the surrounding community — which lost valuable park space when the new stadium was erected. The more than one-million-square-foot Ruppert Plaza Garage will accommodate 1,500 public parking spaces and features an expansive roof-deck to support the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s rooftop park. When completed in April 2010, it will include basketball and handball courts, a 400-meter athletic track, adult fitness equipment, an artificial turf soccer/football field, a 600-seat grandstand, site furnishings, and a comfort station that will house restrooms and changing areas.

The approximately 250,000-square-foot 164th Street Garage, a five-story garage with rooftop parking adjacent to the new stadium, will provide approximately 630 spaces. The garage’s façade, highlighted with blue lighting and stainless-steel mesh, matches the new stadium’s stone. Construction on the four-story, approximately 970-space 161st Street Garage will begin this summer. CCH and its design-build partners continue to be responsible for overseeing financing, design, building, operation, and maintenance of the garages. All aspects of the project now run through a newly created entity called Bronx Parking Development Corporation.

NYIT Heads Upstate to the Estates

Dean’s Office at NYIT.

Courtesy DIA/WRKS

DIA/WRKS has been selected to design the administrative offices for New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design in Old Westbury, NY. With more than 100 wooded and landscaped acres, NYIT’s Long Island campus comprises several former North Shore estates, including the former C.V. Whitney estate buildings that were reconstructed for educational use. The design of the new building takes its cues from the architectural details of the estates’ former polo stables while contrasting them with clean, understated surfaces and angles. Among the distinctive elements in the design of the 2,500-square-foot space are original furniture pieces by Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer, a rustic brick fireplace, and white marble mantles. The project is slated to begin in May and be completed by the fall.

In this issue:
· AIANY Convention Preview
· New Benefits for AIANY Members
· Attend the AIA Convention — Virtually
· WIA Work/Life Balance Survey
· New Bike Parking Regulations and Waterfront Design Standards for NYC

AIANY Convention Preview
Looking toward the 2009 AIA Convention in San Francisco, 04.29-05.02, here is a list of events that may be of interest to AIANY members:

Wednesday, 04.29
W03 Project Finance for Principals and Project Managers: Project Management in an Increasingly Diverse Environment
Speaker: Jim Sawyer, AIA

W06 The Human Connection: Bring Your Presentations to Life!
Speakers: Carol Doscher and Geoff Webb

W32 Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment, The Essentials: Diversify Your Practice to Include Selection, Specification and Procurement of FF&E
Speakers: Diana M.H. Brenner, FAIA, IIDA, IFMA; Julia Monk, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; and Tricia Moore, LEED AP

W33 Architecture’s New Rainbow Coalition: Or What Happens When You Design with Diverse Materials, Urban Sites, and Multiple Cultures?
Speakers: Carlton Brown, NOMA, CSI; Frederic Schwartz, FAIA; Wendy Talarico; and Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMA

W46 Designing with Your Whole Brain
Speakers: Carol Doscher and Geoff Webb

FOUR X FOUR: 4 Architects/4 Regions/4 Visions/4 the Future
Hafele San Francisco Showroom
151 Vermont St. #9

Thursday, 04.30
T20 Design as a Business Strategy
Speakers: Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA; John Grant Jessen, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; and Richard Logan, AIA, LEED AP

Plenary Presentations

Candidate Speeches and Regional Caucuses

New Practices New York Exhibition Opening
AIA San Francisco’s Center for Architecture + Design
130 Sutter Street, 6th Floor

T34 Navigating Life and the Workplace: How Leading Women in Architecture and Other Professions Balance Their Careers and Other Goals
Speakers: Nancy A. Goshow, AIA; Geri A. Gregor; Barbara Kasoff; Lina G. Telese, Esq.; and Diane T. Tien, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

T68 Queer Space: Designing for the GLBT Community
Speakers: S. Jane Cee, AIA; Belmont Freeman, FAIA; Robert J. Hotes, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB; and Grant C. Uhlir, AIA, NCARB

T72 Building a Sustainable Future: How Architects and Designers Connect with Politics, Practice, and Action
Speakers: Bob Adams; Richard Burdett; Daniel M. Kammen, PhD; Vivian E. Loftness, FAIA; Christopher K. Ratcliff, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP; and Susan S. Szenasy

E25 Honors & Awards

T83 High Performance Schools: Design Strategies, Tools and Resources
Speakers: Charles Eley, FAIA; and Deane M. Evans Jr., FAIA

T85 New Active Living Design Guidelines for Healthier Environments
Speakers: David J. Burney, FAIA; Karen Lee; and Gayle Nicoll, PhD

City Club
155 Sansone Street

E40 AIAS Nightcap Reception

Friday, 05.01
F18 The Urbanization of Urban Design: The Evolution of the RUDC Honor Awards Recipients Over the Past Decade
Speaker: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and David Dixon, FAIA

F31 The Invisible Shield: Designing High-Risk Structures
Speakers: Matt Kmetz, PE, and Tod Rittenhouse, PE

F40 Manufacturing for Sustainability: Diverse Approaches to Green
Speakers: Hillary Brown, FAIA, LEED AP; Gail Whitney Karn, AIA; Annette Schaich Maharam, IIDA, ASID; and Melissa Vernon, IIDA

GS02 Focus on Design and Global Practice
Speakers: Moderated by John Hockenberry; Amale Andraos; Minsuk Cho, AIA; Craig Dykers, AIA; Julien De Smedt

F25 Design Innovation: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Speakers: Phillip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP; Robert Ivy, FAIA (moderator); Lisa Iwamoto; Paul Lewis, AIA; and Kulapat Yantrasast, Assoc. AIA

F51 2007 Latrobe Prize Presentation
Speakers: Guy Nordenson, PE, SE; Catherine Seavitt, AIA; and Adam Yarinsky, FAIA

F89 Diversity of Ideas and Concepts: How Design Competitions Enrich the Fabric of San Francisco and Provide Opportunities for Architects
Speaker: G. Stanley Collyer, Ph.D., Hon. AIA; Craig E. Dykers, AIA; William Liskamm, FAIA; Craig Scott; and Allison G. Williams, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB

F90 What’s Wrong with How Design Firms Are Set Up?
Speakers: Joan L. Capelin, Hon. AIA, FSMPS; James E. Frankel, Esq.; and Hugh M. Hochberg, Assoc. AIA

Investiture at Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill

F107 Designing the New China: A Conversation With Architects Changing the Face of China
Speakers: Yung Ho Chang; Qingyun Ma, AIA; and Clifford Pearson

E48 Friday Night Live!
Asian Art Museum (extra cost)

Saturday, 05.02
S29 Designing the Emergent Firm
Speakers: Frank J. Greene, FAIA; Giles A. Jacknain; and Patricia Saldaña Natke, AIA

S51 New Technological Tools-Can They Replace Intuition?: Practice Management Knowledge Community Luncheon

Speaker: Mahadev Raman

GS03 Focus on Contemporary Architecture: Critical and New Opinions
Speakers: Randy Brown, AIA; Teddy Cruz; Jeanne Gang; Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP; Sheila Kennedy, AIA; Tom Kundig, FAIA; Lisa Iwamoto; Paul M. Lewis, AIA; Qingyun Ma, AIA; Sebastian Schmaling, AIA; Cameron Sinclair; Nader Tehrani; Kulapat Yantrasast, Assoc. AIA

Architecture for Humanity10th Year Anniversary Celebration
The Autodesk Gallery
One Market Street

New Benefits for AIANY Members
AIANY announced new benefits for members, including: discounted membership to Mint Cars; discount for study materials from PPI Educational Partner Program; and discounts at Office Depot. Go to the AIANY website for more information.

Attend the AIA Convention — Virtually
The AIA National Convention begins in San Francisco this week. Since this is a critical time in the profession, the AIA is making a select number of convention education events available online through live video streaming. Fourteen presentations, including the three keynote sessions, will be available to AIA members live and at no cost. Participating members also qualify for continuing education learning units. The presentations will also be available for a limited time online and on demand. Advance registration is required for each session. For more information or to register, click here.

In addition, up to 50 exhibitors at the Expo will be participating online in virtual booths. To gain entry to the Virtual Convention, you must register for it separately from the live video streaming sessions. To do so, click here.

WIA Work/Life Balance Survey
How are architects in NYC balancing work and life? As our lives become more complex and demanding, we struggle to manage the boundaries between work and personal life. The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) seeks to understand the associated challenges and issues via an online survey. To participate, click here.

New Bike Parking Regulations and Waterfront Design Standards for NYC
The City Council has adopted new bicycle parking regulations that will require enclosed and secure bike parking in all new buildings. For more information, click here.

Additionally, the City Council has adopted new waterfront design requirements to underscore the city’s commitment to creating inviting and publicly accessible waterfront spaces throughout the city. For more information, click here.

Architectural Record Highlights Host City

Architectural Record has dedicated a portion of its website to explore San Francisco, host city of the 2009 AIA Convention. RECORD REVEALS: San Francisco includes recommendations from Bay Area architects; video tours of the city through the eyes of luminaries; photos; a portfolio of San Francisco-based projects; a blog; and other relevant links of interest.

The AIA selected 17 Recipients for the 2009 Housing Awards including the House at Sagaponac by Tsao & McKown Architects…The 2008-2009 IDP Firm Awards recipients include Mancini Duffy; Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences elected the following new Fellows for architecture: Guy Nordenson, Ricardo Scofidio, AIA, and Michael Sorkin… The Lower East Side Tenement Museum hosted a fundraiser honoring Brad Perkins, FAIA, Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, and Gary Handel, AIA

Ohio State has announced the short list for its new $43 million emergency hospital’s chiller plant, including Polshek Partnership Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

The Preservation League of New York State has named properties in South Street Seaport to the group’s annual list of the Empire State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save

Thomas Grooms is retiring as the Director of Design Excellence and the Arts in the Office of the Chief Architect this summer, beginning a nation-wide search for his successor; applications are due 04.30.09. Click here for more information…

The American Council on Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York announced the 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards, including the following projects which won Diamond Awards: The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, Empire Award for the Best Project in New York State, by Cook + Fox Architects; The Standard Hotel, Polshek Partnership; North River Pollution Control Plant, DMJM Harris/AECOM; New York City Transit Grand Avenue Bus Depot and Central Maintenance Facility, Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects; Intrepid Pier 86, Dattner Architects; The High Line Project, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro; Pier 17 Redevelopment, SHoP Architects; Foundations for the New York Law School Expansion, SmithGroup; African Burial Ground National Monument, AARIS Architects; Shanghai World Financial Center, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Park Center for Business & Sustainable Enterprise, Robert A. M. Stern Architects; The New York City Waterfalls, Olafur Eliasson; and Citi Field, HOK Sport (now Populous)…

CetraRuddy has created a new division, the CetraRuddy Hospitality Group

Hausman LLC, a public relations firm, has been launched to serve as an advisor to firms in the design and construction industry…

Nicholas S. Fusco has joined Gertler & Wente Architects as its healthcare facility planner… Laura Gralnick has been named senior designer at Poulin + Morris…

John Sadlon, Assoc. AIA, a principal at Mancini Duffy, was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Real Estate New York…

The IIDA New York Chapter awarded five $5,000 scholarships in interior design plus 10 one-year IIDA student memberships to winners and honorable mention recipients, including Peerapong Sornnuwat and Anna Pilarska, Pratt Institute; Larissa Raywood, School of Visual Arts; Sang-Pyo Hong and Horacio Hernandez, Fashion Institute of Technology… Honorable Mentions were awarded to Daniel Park, New York School of Interior Design; Ambar Margarida and Mohamed Ame, School of Visual Arts; Anupriya Subbian, Pratt Institute; and Gal Vaknin, Fashion Institute of Technology…

04.16.09: The Paley Center for Media unveiled The Kissinger Global Conference Room. Designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, it is a high-tech, media-based room for teleconferencing meetings, presentations, and discussions. (L-R): Henry Kissinger, Lee Skolnick, FAIA, and Pat Mitchell, CEO of the Paley Center./p>

Courtesy Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

04.16.09: Spacebuster, an inflatable, portable pavilion designed by Raumlabor Berlin, spent its first of 10 evenings in NYC, sponsored by Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Goethe-Institut New York, under the High Line.

Kristen Richards

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:

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.

05.07.09 Call for Entries: R + D Awards

05.08.09 Call for Proposals: Willets Point Development Project

05.08.09 Call for Entries: AIAS/AIA COTE 2009 Research Scholarship

05.29.09 Call for Nominations: Yolanda Garcia Community-Planner Award

05.29.09 Call for Submissions: onedotzero_adventures in motion

05.29.09 Call for Entries: One Good Chair 2009

06.01.09 Call for Entries: World Habitat Awards 2009

06.04.09 Call for Entries: Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards

06.19.09 Call for Entries: Design the 4th Bin

06.26.09 Call for Entries: Faith and Form Awards

06.29.09 Call for Entries: Rising Tides: Sea level Rise in San Francisco Bay and Beyond

06.30.09 Call for Entries: Energy Value Housing Award

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.


Helfand Spotlight Series
Public Art + Architecture New York

April 17 — May 9, 2009

The images in this exhibit, taken by photographer Francis Dzikowski for the book Public Art New York, represent the wide variety of works of public art in the five boroughs of New York City. Illustrating that public art consists not only of monumental sculpture in outdoor plazas but also decorative sidewalks, sculpted facades, and evocative lighting, Public Art New York broadens the dialogue on how art can complement and enrich architecture and public space. From the Coney Island’s Parachute Jump, to Dubuffet’s Groupe des Quatre Arbres in Chase Manhattan Plaza, to James Carpenter’s “Ice Falls” in the lobby of the Hearst Building, these photos reveal the magnificent range and richness of the works that enliven New York’s urban landscape and are accessible for all to enjoy. As Kent L. Barwick noted in his introduction to the book, “these striking photographs of both the new and what we thought familiar remind us of the ever-changing and compelling landscape we are so lucky to inhabit and so rarely take the time to see.”

Public Art New York by Jean Parker Phifer FAIA was published by W.W. Norton in March 2009. Francis Dzikowski is represented by Esto.

Public Art + Architecture New York is presented as part of the Helfand Spotlight Series.
The 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.

This spotlight will be on view through May 9, 2009.

Organized by AIA New York

Related Events

Friday, April 17, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Exhibition Opening Reception

Monday, April 20, 2009, 5:30 — 8:00pm
Panel: Public Art + Architecture New York

2009 Design Awards and Building Type Awards

April 23 — June 13, 2009

AIA New York’s Annual Design Awards Program is the largest competition held to recognize excellence in architectural design for projects in New York City and by New York City architects worldwide. The 2009 Design Awards Program also includes the Building Type Awards in collaboration with the Boston Society of Architects to honor excellence in architectural design in Housing and Health Facilities.

The thirty-two winners of these awards will be on display at the Center for Architecture beginning April 23 and through June 13.
For the full list of winners, please visit the AIANY Awards Web site.

Exhibition organized by: AIA New York

Exhibition design by: Remake with Corey Yurkovich



Lead Sponsor:


Dagher Engineering
The Durst Organization
Mancini Duffy
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

AKF Group
Building Contractors Association

FXFOWLE Architects
Hopkins Foodservice Specialists
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
JFK&M Consulting Group
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
Mechoshade Systems

New York University
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
Rogers Marvel Architects
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Tishman Construction Corporation
VJ Associates
Weidlinger Associates

Zumtobel Lighting/International Lights


Associated Fabrication

Related Events

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Exhibition Opening

May 6, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Architecture Winners’ Panel Discussion

May 18, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Interiors Winners’ Panel Discussion

May 28, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Housing Winners’ Panel Discussion

June 3, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Project Winners’ Panel Discussion

June 10, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Health Facilities Winners’ Panel Discussion

Through 05.08.09
The Geography of Buzz: Visualizing Cultural Space in New York and Los

The Geography of Buzz.

Courtesy Study-X

Elizabeth Currid and Sarah Williams transformed the Getty Image Database to explain spatial patterns of cultural industries. By geo-referencing, coding, and performing statistical analysis on 6,000 events and 300,000 photographs taken in New York and Los Angeles, the team shows how cultural industry events cluster.

180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, NYC

HomeBase IV New York

HomeBase IV New York.

Courtesy Home Base IV

Fifteen international artists interpret their concept of home within exam rooms of a vacant, former medical clinic on the Lower East Side.

HomeBase IV
232 East Broadway at Clinton Street, NYC

05.09, various dates
Parsons Presents 2009 Thesis Exhibitions

Throughout May, a series of exhibitions in venues across Manhattan represent the final works of the Parsons The New School for Design undergraduate and graduate students.

Parsons The New School for Design
Various venues

Through 07.12.09
Landmarks of New York and Harlem, 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara

Landmarks of New York and Harlem.

Camilo José Vergara, courtesy New York Historical Society

Photographs taken by Camilo José Vergara show streetscapes that the photographer visited repeatedly over the course of 38 years, creating a time-lapse portrait of the neighborhood.

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, NYC



Because of the 2009 AIA Convention, the schedule for e-Oculus is shifting. The next issue will be published 04.28.09, in three weeks instead of two, and it will include a full listing of all NY-based speakers at the convention. Following that, issues will resume a bi-weekly schedule.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

CLICK ON BLOG CENTRAL: AIANY BLOG: The AIANY Chapter’s 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. To become a regular contributor to Blog Central, please e-mail e-Oculus. Pen names are welcome.