Young Designers Flourish at Summer@theCenter

Summer@theCenter 2008.

Photos by Center for Architecture Foundation staff

Remember the excitement you felt when you first started noticing design in the world around you? At the Center for Architecture this summer, young people have a chance to discover this at an early age through the Center for Architecture Foundation’s summer studios. Offered as one-week sessions for 3rd-12th graders, Summer@theCenter studios immerse young people in hands-on architecture projects that introduce them to the process of design and help them see the important role architecture plays in shaping our environment.

Programs take place at the Center and throughout the city on site visits, museum trips, and walking tours. These trips provide inspiration and information for students’ own art and design projects during the week. Each studio investigates a different topic in architecture and targets a particular age group. This summer, elementary and middle school students will explore NYC’s “Secret Places” and create their own guide to these hidden treasures, incorporating photography, drawing, pop-up techniques, and writing. Middle school students can also develop a cell phone walking tour guide to SoHo, to be enjoyed by others throughout the year, and will be included in the Center’s Context/Contrast: New Buildings in Historic Districts 1965-2009 exhibition this fall. Elementary students will also have the opportunity to create Pop Art-influenced buildings in a range of media as they consider the work of Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and others on trips to MoMA and the Whitney Museum. High school students can create a piece for their portfolios in our “Design/Build: Chairs” studio, in which students will construct a piece of functional furniture from corrugated cardboard.

Learning shouldn’t come to a stop in the summer, but it needs to include fun, friends, fresh air, and lots of creative exploration. Help your child discover their own design sensibilities in a Summer@theCenter studio. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Full program descriptions, registration and tuition information are at

Taxis of the Future Takes Hold

Design Trust’s 2007 publication Taxi 07: Roads Forward includes several recommendations that have now been adopted by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission: additional service training for drivers, rideshare fares, and group-ride locations. The TLC will also pilot a roof light that displays destinations; the roof light was first exhibited at the Design Trust’s Taxi 07 Exhibit at the 2007 NY International Auto Show.

The AIA National Associates Committee (NAC) selected four recipients to receive the 2009 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship, including Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

The 2009 winners of the Municipal Art Society’s MASterworks Awards are, in the following categories: Best New Building, The Standard Hotel by Polshek Partnership; Best Restoration, The Lion House at The Bronx Zoo by FXFOWLE Architects; Best Renovation/Adaptive Re-use, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, The New School for Design by Lyn Rice Architects; Best Neighborhood Catalyst, TKTS Booth by Perkins Eastman (based on a design by Choi Ropiha); Best Neighborhood Catalyst: Honorable Mention, Melrose Commons by Magnusson Architecture and Planning

Illustrations from McGraw-Hill Construction’s Architectural Record were recently honored in the American Illustration competition…

The Visionaire by Pelli Clarke Pelli (design architect) and SLCE (project architect), has received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), marking it as the greenest residential condominium in the U.S. and the only LEED Platinum condominium on the east coast…

Finalists in the America’s Best Restroom VIII contest include Radio City Music Hall; through 07.31.09 the public can vote for the winner at

Adi Shamir will step down from her position as Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute in June 2009…

Callison acquired RYA Design Consultancy, a Dallas-based architecture and design firm with an office in NYC…

06.02.09: AIANY Chapter’s Annual Meeting was held at the Center for Architecture.

AIANY President Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA, confirms the 2009 Medal of Honor on Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Sam Lahoz

(L-R): Illya Azaroff, AIA, Vice President for Design Excellence; Anthony P. Schirripa, AIA, IIDA, AIANY First Vice President/President Elect; Jim McCullar, FAIA, AIANY Past President; Louise Braverman, FAIA, Louise Braverman Architect.

Kristen Richards

(L-R): Ricardo Scofidio, AIA, Principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Ernie Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA, Alternate Director for Public Outreach.

Kristen Richards

06.04.09: The New Practices San Francisco exhibition opened at the Center for Architecture.

The New Practices San Francisco installation from above.

Kristen Richards

Matt Bremer, AIA, AIANY New Practices Committee Co-chair (left) with Anthony P. Schirripa, AIA, IIDA, AIANY First Vice President/President Elect (right).

Kristen Richards

05.28.09: Commissioner Adrian Benepe cuts the ribbon re-dedicating the renewed Washington Square Park.

Rick Bell, FAIA

05.28.09: At its annual luncheon benefiting the Scholarship Fund, the ACE (architects, constructors, engineers) Mentor Program of Greater New York announced 66 college scholarship awards, totaling $271,500.

Scholarship winner Emily Portanova from Maria Regine High School receives $48,000 Manhattan College Scholarship from Tim J. Ward, Dean, School of Engineering Manhattan College.

Courtesy ACE Mentor Program

06.02.09: Skanska USA Building opened its new offices on the 32nd floor of the Empire State Building, designed by Cook + Fox.

(L-R) Bob Fox, AIA, and Rick Cook, AIA (Cook + Fox); Phil Pitruzello (Columbia University); Serge Appel, AIA (Cook + Fox); and Steve Pressler (Skanska).

Capelin Communications

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:

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.

06.25.09 Request for Proposals: Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility

07.01.09 Call for Presentations: AIA 2010 Convention

07.15.09 Call for Entries: The Chain of Eco-Homes

07.31.09 Call for Entries: 2009 AIANYS Honor Awards – pdf

08.01.09 Call for Papers: Nexus 2010: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics Conference

09.01.09 Call for Submissions: 2009 Upjohn Research Initiative

09.15.09 Call for Entries: Brickstainable: Re-thinking Brick

09.28.09 Call for Entries: The Self Sufficient City: Envisioning the Habitat of the Future

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.


New Practices San Francisco

June 04 – September 19, 2009

New Practices San Francisco is the 2009, West Coast premiere of AIA New York’s annual portfolio competition and exhibition. New Practices San Francisco is a platform for recognizing and promoting new and emerging architecture firms within San Francisco that have undertaken innovative strategies — both in projects and practice. The New Practices program was launched in 2005 by AIA New York to showcase promising new architectural firms.

New Practices San Francisco will be on view at the Center for Architecture from June 4, 2009 through September 19, 2009. It will then be on view at the Center for Architecture & Design, San Francisco, from November 12, 2009 through January 29, 2010. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the New Practices Committee and AIA San Francisco.

Congratulations to our 2009 New Practices San Francisco Winners:

* CMG Landscape Architecture
* Edmonds + Lee Architects
* Faulders Studio
* Kennerly Architecture & Planning
* Min|Day
* Public Architecture

Exhibition Design:

Matter Practice, 2008 New Practices New York winning firm.

Graphic Design:
Anyspace Studio

Organized By:
AIA New York/ Center for Architecture, AIA San Francisco/ Center for Architecture + Design, and the New Practices Committee

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

Lead Sponsor:

Presenting Sponsor: Hafele
Sponsor: MG & Company
Supporter: Hawa
Friends: diamondLife, Specialty Finishes, Trespa and Yarde Metals – Hauppauge, NY, and Hotel Carlton San Francisco
Media Partner: The Architect’s Newspaper

The Global Polis: Interactive Infrastructures

May 15 – August 29, 2009

What is infrastructure? For much of the twentieth century, the answer to this question was guided by the ideology of functionalist urbanism, a school of thought that said that all healthy cities served four major needs – work, housing, recreation, and transportation. Today, we no longer take this view for granted, for it is a perspective that makes no provisions for community, identity, or history. At the same time, we still lack an alternative model for visualizing the city that can deal adequately with the public health and quality-of-life issues that the early functionalists sought to address. Our capacity to balance urban development with the demands of ecological imperatives and social needs has only worsened in recent decades, and this exhibition asks whether the trend can be reversed.

Global Polis: Interactive Infrastructures documents a series of contemporary experiments in planning, architecture, and design that treat cities and their environments in holistic terms, as a complex social, political, and ecological matrix – not just as an assembly of buildings, roadways, bridges, pipes, and tunnels (although each of these is important). Infrastructure cannot be divorced from the structure of democracy, from the environment at large, and the contributions to this exhibition highlight the important role that community, communication, participation, and the sharing of knowledge can play in informing understanding of the urban fabric.

This spring and summer, a series of workshops and public programs will be held to generate discussion and debate about civic participation, urbanism, and design. Drawings and diagrams produced in the workshops will be incorporated into the exhibition as an evolving presentation of ideas.

Exhibition and related programs organized by AIA New York in partnership with Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHny) , The Austrian Cultural Forum, and the American Institute for Graphic Arts New York (AIGA NY).

Curator: Nader Vossoughian
Exhibition Design: Project Projects



Center for Architecture Foundation

Lead Sponsor:


Consulate General of The Netherlands


Times Square Alliance

Helfand Spotlight Series:
Max Bond 1935 – 2009

May 12 – June 11, 2009

Max Bond: 1935 – 2009 was organized by AIA New York with Davis Brody Bond Aedas to commemorate the life and work of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of ABC Printing and Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

Max Bond: 1935 – 2009 is presented as part of the Margaret Helfand Spotlight Series.


ABC Imaging
Davis Brody Bond Aedas

IBEX Construction
The Margaret Helfand Fund

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

Spencer Finch: The River that Flows Both Ways

Rendering for Spencer Finch’s The River That Flows Both Ways, 2008.

Courtesy Friends of the High Line

This inaugural art commission for the opening of the first section of the High Line was inspired by the light and the water of the Hudson River. An installation of windows with 700 individually crafted panes of glass represents the river over a period of 700 minutes on a single day.

The High Line
Section between 15th and 16th Streets

Through 08.16.09
Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theater and Opera

Juozas Jankus. Set Design for Porgy and Bess, 1967.

Photography by Schecter Lee, 2009

This exhibition features over 50 drawings principally from the collection formed by American set designer Donald Oenslager (1902–1975). Also on view are related material including musical scores, rare books, and autograph manuscripts.

The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

Through 08.31.09
Santiago Calatrava: World Trade Center Transportation Hub

World Trade Center Transportation Hub, NYC, Santiago Calatrava.

Courtesy of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Since 2004 when he unveiled his plans for the World Trade Center transportation hub, Santiago Calatrava has adjusted the design to save time and money while preserving the overall integrity of the original design. On view are architectural models along with a multimedia presentation that reinforces the evocative image of “a bird being released from a child’s hand.”

Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
684 Park Avenue, NYC