Belly of the Beast is Cool Relief from Summer Heat


P.S. 1.

Jessica Sheridan

There is no denying that a woolly mammoth appears to have landed in the P.S. 1 courtyard — especially with “Ice Age 3” topping box offices. This year’s Young Architects Program celebrates its 10th anniversary with afterparty, designed by New Haven- and Cambridge-based MOS. The installation is comprised of a series of “hut-like chimneys” covered on one side with a layer of “furry” palm-fiber thatching intended to reference Bedouin tents, according to the P.S. 1 press release.

While the structure from the outside appears hot in the midday sun, the chimneys provide passive cooling by siphoning air and creating a light breeze inside. This is the most successful attempt of the YAP projects that I’ve experienced to produce refreshing relief from the summer heat. The thatching also creates a sound barrier, something that is most important during the jam-packed Saturday Warm Up parties that feature DJs and live music.

The best part of the installation, in my opinion, is the small side room in the courtyard that is enclosed by concrete walls with one of the chimneys forming the ceiling. The coolest, shadiest part of the project, the oculus atop the conic shape focuses visitors’ attention to the sky and shadows cast by the sun. Fans of James Turrell will see the connection to Meeting, a “skyspace” on the roof of P.S. 1 where visitors can view the sky through an opening in the installation’s ceiling.

Unfortunately, there is no water feature this year. Perhaps with the torrential downpours we experienced in June there is no need, but for me it is always an exciting aspect of the YAP installations. That, along with the poor quality of the benches (I wonder if the soft construction will survive the summer), are my only criticisms. Overall, I highly recommend taking a trip to P.S. 1, both during Warm Up and the summer’s quieter times.

In this issue:
· Live/Work Townhouse Designed for Artists
· Tommy Hilfiger Global Flagship Parks at Fifth Avenue
· Mediameshing Times Square
· Harvard Divinity School
· Light, Sculpture Featured at Hyatt Regency Montreal
· Steven Holl Architects HEARTs Herning

Live/Work Townhouse Designed for Artists


Residence for two visual artists.

Nicole Migeon Architect

Nicole Migeon Architects has converted a multi-family residential building into a single-family live and work space for two visual artists in the East Village. The 2,000-square-foot, four-story building features flexible spaces and an open staircase that incorporates rows of wide, operable windows giving the space access to air and sunlight. A private painting studio with climate-controlled storage on the first floor, and a film studio on the second floor cater to the users’ crafts. The top floor is a new addition containing the master bedroom and a terrace. Adjacent to a community garden, the firm integrated the building with the landscape by creating a green roof with slate stepping stones. The skylight above the master bed allows for views of the roof’s vine-covered patterned steel trellis as well as of the Empire State Building beyond.

Tommy Hilfiger Global Flagship Parks at Fifth Avenue


Tommy Hilfiger global flagship store.


This September, the Tommy Hilfiger Group will open its global flagship store in the Fifth Avenue shopping district (between East 53rd and 54th Streets). Designed by the company’s creative team in collaboration with Callison Architects, the four-story, 22,000-square-foot store will be the largest Tommy Hilfiger retail store in the world and carry all of the brand’s product lines. The façade will be restored to its original Indiana limestone, while the interior will feature a modern centralized staircase that doubles as a viewing platform for revolving art installations. Each floor will have its own personality. The first floor, offering men’s sportswear, will be reminiscent of a men’s club; Hilfiger Denim will feature a bar-inspired wrap desk with a lounge area; women’s sportswear will be characterized by the company’s trademark 1960s Venini chandeliers and a Brazilian cherry herringbone floor; the runway collection will have glass doors that open onto a balcony overlooking Fifth Avenue.

Mediameshing Times Square


LEDs that comprise Mediamesh.

Hoffman Architects.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel Times Square now sports a 30-foot-wide by 36-foot-high Mediamesh® façade, designed by Gensler with Hoffman Architects as the structural engineer. Mediamesh® , designed by Cologne-based ag4/GKD, is a stainless steel mesh fabric with interwoven LEDs and connected media controls. The LEDs render images onto the façade, providing the ability to display a wide spectrum of graphics, animated text, and video. When the screen is off, the glass curtain wall entry is visible, and when illuminated, guests inside the lobby can view Times Square through the back side of the mesh.

Kliment Halsband Plans for Ivy Leagues


Harvard Divinity School Andover Hall.

Kliment Halsband Architects

Harvard Divinity School has selected Kliment Halsband Architects to develop a comprehensive master plan for its campus. The study will provide a long-range framework for current and future facility needs, with the goal of creating a distinct community and campus identity for the school. Also nearing completion are numerous planning studies at Yale University that encompass expansion strategies for several academic departments. The firm has also begun work on an area study within the Jewelry District in Providence, Rhode Island, where Brown University has plans to expand its urban campus and develop a shared vision of the revitalization for the entire area.

Light, Sculpture Featured at Hyatt Regency Montreal


Hyatt Regency Montreal.

Therese Virserius Design

NYC-based hospitality firm Therese Virserius Design recently unveiled its design for the first phase of the renovation of two ballrooms and pre-function areas for the Hyatt Regency Montreal. The pre-function area for the main ballroom will be transformed into an art gallery featuring an interactive wall with “fireflies” that congregate into pre-programmed shapes before dispersing again. Featured on the opposite wall are metallic gold interiors with egg-shaped sculptures and inset niches. The ballroom features sculptured silver disks that resemble water ripples. Instead of traditional chandeliers, designers employed clusters of peanut-shaped, indigo pendants. Additional elements include black lacquered beams and a wall that can change hues based on the event. This project is the first to include the firm’s new exclusive line of furniture — Therese Virserius Design by AOM. This phase of the renovation is expected to be completed in Fall 2009.

Steven Holl Architects HEARTs Herning


Herning Museum of Contemporary Art.

©Steen Gyldendal

The HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Steven Holl Architects, is scheduled to open on September 9. The new center combineds both visual arts and music, uniting three distinct cultural institutions — the Herning Center of the Arts, the MidWest Ensemble, and the Socle du Monde. A fusion of landscape and architecture, grass mounds and reflecting pools align with curved roof sections in a new building that houses permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium, music rehearsal rooms, a restaurant, a media library, and administrative offices. Herning’s longstanding relationship with the textile industry, as well as the museum’s large collection of original works by Piero Manzoni, inspired the building’s design concept. The museum is sited near Herning’s original Angli shirt factory, and the shirt collar-shaped plan of the 1960s building influenced the shape of the new museum building. Viewed from above, HEART’s roof geometry resembles a collection of shirt sleeves laid over the gallery spaces. The galleries are orthogonal in plan, while overhead curved roof sections bring natural light into the spaces.

In this issue:
· AIANY Policy Round up
· NBAU Report

AIANY Policy Round up
It’s been a busy summer for the City Council as it looks for ways to improve the city’s built environment. In initiatives spearheaded by AIANY’s new Director of Policy Marian Imperatore, AIA, the Chapter gave testimony at three council hearings. At the Bicycle Storage hearing on June 15, AIANY and Marian Imperatore spoke in support of a rule that would require commercial and residential building owners to provide bike storage to their residents. On June 26, AIANY Vice President of Public Outreach Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, spoke in support of the initiatives of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, which proposes energy audits for existing buildings, and would hold all of New York’s buildings — not just new construction — to higher energy standards. On June 29, Imperatore weighed in on the debate over Coney Island’s redevelopment. Stay tuned to e-Oculus for more news once the Council votes on all three initiatives.

NBAU Report
AIANY President Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, spoke to a lunchtime crowd on June 24 about how architects can make the stimulus package work for them at a Not Business As Usual (NBAU) discussion called “Stimulus Project Opportunities.” She discussed national resources (see AIA National’s resources for small firms), NY State guidelines (visit NY State’s Economic Recovery page), and grassroots efforts ranging from designing street furniture and entering design competitions, to helping local restaurants obtain outdoor and expansion permits.

AIANY Managing Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, shared her suggestions for finding work as a small firm. Often, big government jobs have set aside an allocation of work for small firms. A few minutes on the Federal Business Opportunities site can reveal opportunities, even during the economic slowdown.

This was the latest in a series of Wednesday afternoon discussions to help out-of-work architects. On June 3, “Focus on Students/New Graduates” divided the group of emerging architects into focus areas, ranging from portfolio and resumé reviews, to IDP and ARE advice, to information about volunteer opportunities. “Powerful Communication” offered a primer on body language and public speaking on May 20. “Design Awards and Your Practice,” on May 6, focused on the importance that competitions and awards can play in marketing efforts and how awards, whether won by a firm or an individual, speak to the caliber of work that can be expected by a client. Also, with the economic slowdown, competitions allow designers time to think through ideas — an opportunity not always available when trying to meet tight deadlines.

The next NBAU event will take place July 8 and feature a panel on alternative careers. Click here to rsvp.

Mini Golf in Bushwick


A vacant lot transformed for mini-golf.


THE PUTTING LOT is a nine-hole miniature golf course designed by artists and architects around themes of urban sustainability. Located in a previously vacant lot in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the lot includes the course, a snack-shack serving local products, a public seating area, an event space, and a place for displaying print material.

After an open call for submissions, THE PUTTING LOT selected nine designs. Artists constructed their designs using a small material stipend. The use of reclaimed materials was encouraged; artists have incorporated materials including wooden shipping pallets from a local factory, trash-bound sails for awnings, and reclaimed wood from Build it Green for furniture.

The Lot is open through 09.06.09; admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For more info, click the link.

The 2009 SARA Design Awards winners include, in the following categories: Medallion of Honor, Friends of the High Line; Visionary Architecture Award, The Cooper Union Academic Building (Morphosis); and Project of the Year, One Bryant Park (Cook + Fox and Gensler). Awards of Excellence were given in the following categories: Housing — 40 Bond Street (Herzog & de Meuron, Design Architect & Handel Architects, Architect-of-Record); Commercial — The Standard, New York (Polshek Partnership Architects); Interior Design — St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Science Department Renovation and Addition (Murphy, Burnham & Buttrick), and Enterprise Community Partners (Stephen Yablon Architect); Educational — Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse III School of Public Communications (Polshek Partnership Architects); Rehabilitation/Remodeling — Apartment & Garden (A+I Architecture) and Yale University Art Gallery Kahn Building Renovation (Polshek Partnership Architects); The Arts — Birdhaus (The Office of Carol JW Kurth, AIA Architect); Student — Brooklyn Waterfront Museum by Yeinny Daza

SARA Awards of Honor were given in the following categories: Housing — The Satori (Scarano Architects); Educational/Institutional — Weill/Cornell Medical College Weill Greenberg Center (Polshek Partnership Architects); Interior Design — Toku (Bentel & Bentel Architects), North Sea Pool House and Central Park West Residence (Shelton, Mindel & Associates) and NY Mets Exec/Admin Offices (Mancini Duffy); Rehabilitation/Remodeling — Spector Group LI Offices (Spector Group) and Artist’s Studio (Vaidya Stoltz Architects)…

The NYC Public Design Commission (formerly the NYC Art Commission) announced the winners of its Annual Awards for Excellence in Design including: Bronx River Greenway by the New York State Department of Transportation and WSP Sells; EMS Station 3 by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects; Croton Water Treatment Plant by Grimshaw; Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center by Weiss/Manfredi; Bushwick Inlet Park District Headquarters and Community Facility by Kiss + Cathcart; Inside Out by Richard Artschwager with 1100: Architect; The Opposite of a Duck by Janet Zweig with Marble Fairbanks Architects; Shapes by Allan McCollum with Marpillero Pollak Architects; Mariners Harbor Branch of the New York Public Library by Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani; and a Special Recognition Award for the Staten Island Court Complex by Polshek Partnership Architects

The recipients of the Rockefeller Foundation 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal are Richard Kahan, founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly, and Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)… Ted Moudis, AIA, was honored with the Architecture & Design Award at The Mann Foundation’s Fourth Annual Mann of the Year Awards…

The New York Area Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS-NY) has elected Patricia Neumann, CPSM, president; Michelle Galindez-Russo, LEED AP, vice president/president-elect; Michael McCann, CPSM, treasurer; Julie Pampuch, secretary…

Caroline Baumann has been named acting director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum… Jerome Chou is the new Director of Programs at The Design Trust for Public Space…

06.25.09: A Space Within: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum exhibition opening at the Center for Architecture. Six hundred visitors attended the exhibition’s first night. The show was curated by Thomas Mellins and designed by Incorporated Architecture & Design.


Michael Arad, AIA, (right) partner at Handel Architects and the designer of the memorial, spoke with John Whitehead, founding chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Sam Lahoz


AIANY President Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, with Curator Thomas Mellins.

Kristen Richards

06.27.09: openhousenewyork and The Architect’s Newspaper sponsored a Saturday afternoon “salon” to celebrate John M. Johansen’s, FAIA, 93rd birthday at the architect’s most unusual 1975 summer house — a multi-level, translucent fiberglass pyramid in Dutchess County.


Kristen Richards

06.10.09: The Association of Real Estate Women (AREW), Twenty9th Park Madison condominium, and fashion designer Jes Wade hosted a Fashion Charity Event that included penthouse and rooftop tours, a silent auction, and a showing of Wade’s newest couture line inspired by draping fabric. All proceeds went to the AREW Charitable Fund to benefit Women In Need (WIN). WIN provides housing, help, and hope to NYC women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged.


(L-R):Rebecca Mason (AREW President), Andres Hogg (Espais), Jes Wade, Madelyne Kerch (Sun & Moon Marketing & AREW charitable fund co-chair), Stephanie Butler (Horizon Land Services & AREW charitable fund co-chair).

Howard Wechsler


(L-R): Lucy Carter, Assoc. AIA (Ted Moudis Associates), Debra Cole (Perkins + Will), Guest, Jennifer Carey (JLC Environmental Consultants), Rebecca Mason (AREW President), and Guest.

Howard Wechsler

06.17.09: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation benefit dinner was held at the Guggenheim Museum, raising more than $500,000 for the Foundation’s School of Architecture, Archives, and K-12 educational programs.


Howard Weiner (left) and Paul Goldberger.

Courtesy Great Ink Communications

06.18.09: Deutsche Bank erected a seven-story Carbon Clock outside Madison Square Garden that calculates the tons of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere.


REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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.

07.15.09 Call for Entries: IDP Outstanding Firm Awards

07.27.09 Call for Entries: AIA Design for Aging Review

08.31.09 Call for Entries: Newark Visitors Center Design Competition

11.13.09 Request for Proposals: 2010 Sustainable Design Assessment Team Program (.pdf)

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


A Space Within: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

June 25 – September 14, 2009

On September 11th, 2001, what had been one of the world’s most densely developed business districts became, for many, hallowed ground. Soon after, questions emerged. What comes next? How could one site serve the needs of victims’ families, survivors of the attacks, members of the surrounding communities, business interests, and visitors?

The answer required a clear separation of the sacred and the secular; a defined, eight-acre space, serving as a tribute, would be created within the larger development. A Space Within is a public showcase of the memorial and museum that are now taking shape at the heart of the World Trade Center site.

Memorial design by Michael Arad and Peter Walker
Museum design by Davis Brody Bond Aedas
Museum pavilion design by Snøhetta

Exhibition curator:
Thomas Mellins
Exhibition design: Incorporated Architecture & Design

Exhibition and related programs are organized by the AIA New York Chapter in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:

National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Leading Sponsor: Digital Plus
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Associated Fabrication
Supporter: Adamson Associates
Fisher Marantz Stone
Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers
Horizon Engineering Associates
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
WSP Cantor Seinuk

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


Lead Sponsor:

Consulate General of The Netherlands

Times Square Alliance

Through 07.31.09
Aesthetics of Crossing: Land Ports of Entry / Citizenship by Design


Courtesy Van Alen Institute

Two projects that examine border crossing points and the individuals who pass through them are on view. Land Ports of Entry by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects highlights the architecture of surveillance and openness in two recently built U.S. border stations. Citizenship by Design by Kadambari Baxi and Irene Cheng re-imagines the design of passports, international regulations, and other artifacts.

Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor, NYC

Through 07.31.09
Jiri Makovec: Tales from the Island


“1 Madison Park” is taken from the penthouse under construction.

Jiri Makovec, courtesy Fragmental Museum

Makovec continues his personal exploration of his urban experience of NYC in his fifth installation at the Chelsea Market. Within the city’s grid, moments of mystery and terror are captured as a series of encounters and events.

Chelsea Market c/o Fragmental Museum
75 9th Avenue, NYC

Through 09.28.09
2009 MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program: MOS afterparty


Model of afterparty, the winning project of the 2009 MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program by MOS. The designers are Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample.

©2009 MOS

For the 10th anniversary of the YAP program, and with a budget of $70,000, MOS’s winning landscape serves as an immersive environment for the 2009 Warm Up summer music series. A series of tall hut-like “chimneys” with dark thatched skins form an “urban shelter,” providing a cooling escape from the summer heat, similar to a Bedouin tent.
P.S.1 Courtyard
22-25 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, NYC