Art Park is FIGMENT of Future Artistic Talent


(L-R): Chalk drawings on the “Temple of Truth,” by Jennifer Upchurch, Chris Niederer, and Douglas Hart; “Agony of Man,” by Steel Neal made from scrap metal found at construction sites around the city; father and daughter wait for their golf ball at “(Hole) Zero,” by Betsy Alwin and Marget Long.

Jessica Sheridan

This year, Governors Island is thriving with creativity. In addition to an artist- and architect-designed 18-hole mini golf course, 16 large-scale interactive sculptures grace the field south of the McKim, Mead & White-designed Liggett Hall. Called City of Dreams, this small art park is the result of a call for designs and sculptures by the arts organization FIGMENT. While it may not be the Storm King Art Center, FIGMENT has tapped into this rare swath of open space in NYC, providing visitors with the chance to play with the product of some of the city’s emerging young talents.

The most successful aspect of the City of Dreams is its accessibility to the public, young and old. The mini golf course is everything but traditional, from a CNC-milled hole that resembles a guitar, to a replica of a rooftop, to a pigeon coop. Figuring out what the hole does is half the battle. Large-scale sculptures provide lounge space, a platform for a DJ, and large mirrors that one can manipulate to reflect the sun off of the adjacent building. One of the most poetic pieces called the “Temple of Truth,” by Jennifer Upchurch, Chris Niederer, and Douglas Hart, is a three-dimensional wooden eye. Made from prefabricated wood columns and chalkboard, the spiraling enclosure offers visitors a place to sit and scribble what’s on their minds. The structure becomes the backdrop for a communal art piece that washes away and is renewed with each rainfall.

The city is the stage for many events, but there are few outdoor arenas for emerging visual artists, and fewer still that provide space for artwork to remain installed for almost half the year. I hope FIGMENT continues to grow, expanding the program to take over more of the island’s open space. Governors Island could be a leading host to the latest in cutting-edge art, giving exposure to unknown artists and breathing new and refreshing life into public spaces.

In this issue:
· Bowling Green in Brooklyn
· Pier 57 Gets New Life as a Cultural Hub
· Green Rooftop Oasis Expands on Randall’s Island
· Prototype Museum for Aging Visitors
· Cleveland Art Museum Addition Reaches Halfway Point
· Turkish Luxury Goes Green

Bowling Green in Brooklyn


Brooklyn Bowl.

Adam Macchia

A sign on the Williamsburg exit ramp says, “Welcome to Brooklyn: Name It…We Got It.” Brooklyn can now claim the world’s first bowling alley registered to be LEED-certifiied. Brooklyn Bowl recently opened in the renovated 23,000-square-foot former Hecla Iron Works building (circa 1882) a block from the Williamsburg waterfront. The 600-person capacity performance venue with 16 bowling lanes is the brainchild of Peter Shapiro and Charley Ryan, former owner and operator, respectively, of Wetlands Preserve. Designed by New York Design Associates (NYDA), interior designer Tristam Steinberg, and sustainability and energy innovation consultant GreenOrder, green features include: 100% wind-powered electricity; HVAC with carbon dioxide sensors, variable frequency drive motors, and air-side economizers; Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood; and reclaimed glass from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The stage floor is composed of 100% recycled truck tires, the floors in the lounge are 100% reclaimed cork, and reclaimed 200-year-old floor boards face both bars. Promoting a no bottles/no cans rule, all soft drinks and locally brewed beers are on tap.

Pier 57 Gets New Life as a Cultural Hub


Courtesy LOT-EK

The Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) has selected Youngwoo & Associates (YMA) to redevelop Pier 57 at the end of West 15th Street. The firm will transform a National Historic Registry structure containing approximately 375,000 square feet of buildable waterfront space into a hub of cultural, recreational, and public market activities. A 170,000-square-foot covered, open-air public market — to be housed in part by LOT-EK’s recycled and refitted shipping containers — will become NYC’s first large-scale concentration of year-round work/sell space for artisans and other small businesses. The Tribeca Film Festival will establish a permanent outdoor venue on the pier’s roof. A new 90,000-square-foot home for the Phillips de Pury & Co. auction house is envisioned as a mix of auction, exhibition, gallery, and entertainment spaces featuring contemporary art. Seasonal docks will be provided for kayaks, canoes, and other small crafts. Other features include a two-acre rooftop park, restaurants, and an “Underwater Discovery Center” in one of the pier’s caissons. The estimated total cost for the project is $210 million.

Green Rooftop Oasis Expands on Randall’s Island


Green roof on the 5-Boro Administrative Building.

Photo by John Robilotti

As part of PlaNYC, the green roofs at the Park Department’s 5-Boro Administrative Building on Randall’s Island are continually being transformed into a green oasis. Recently, two new green roof systems and one green wall system have been installed. With these new additions, the building now has a total of 16 different green roof systems that can be viewed side-by-side. The smallest features a wildflower seed mix native to the northeast. GreenGrid™, a pre-grown system cultivated in a nursery before it is shipped in modular containers to the roof site was also installed. Each container is a self-sufficient green roof with plants, growing medium, drainage system, and a root barrier. The green wall is also modular, planted with three varieties of sedum at the Van Cortland Park Green House over the winter before being installed on an exterior rooftop stairwell wall this June. Although only 33 square feet, it is the first green wall system undertaken by the NYC Parks Department.

Prototype Museum for Aging Visitors


Derfner Judaica Museum.

Michael Moran

The Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, the Bronx, possesses a world-class collection of 5,000 art works. The 5,000-square-foot Derfner Judaica Museum, within the home’s Reingold Pavilion, hosts educational and exhibition programming for residents and visitors. Louise Braverman Architect’s new design for the museum establishes a prototype for other cultural institutions gearing up for an urbane, aging population (spaces are more-than-ADA-compliant), yet one that can be enjoyed by everyone. Architectural moves such as a prominent entry ramp and spare cantilevered display cases, along with a hands-free radio frequency audio system help visitors engage with art. Large display walls and art environments are placed perpendicular to the windows facing the Hudson River creating view corridors throughout the museum. Where it was impossible to create clear sightlines, the firm designed translucent channel glass display walls that are spatially layered and light-filled. There are approximately 250 objects on view in the inaugural exhibition, “Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum,” which explores the intersections of Jewish history and memory.

Cleveland Art Museum Addition Reaches Halfway Point


Cleveland Art Museum at night.

Brad Feinknopf

The new East Wing at the Cleveland Art Museum, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA), recently opened to the public, marking the halfway point in an eight-year expansion and renovation. The 132,000-square-foot wing unites the museum’s original 1916 Beaux-Arts building by Cleveland architects Hubbell & Benes, and the 1971 Marcel Breuer-designed Education Wing. Double-height special exhibitions galleries and an entrance lobby located on the lower level serve as the centerpiece of the two-story wing. New galleries for the museum’s collection of 19th- and 20th-century European, Modern, and Contemporary art, as well as an extensive photography collection, are located on the upper level. RVA intended to restore focus to the original building, conceiving it as a jewel set within a continuous ring of expansion space that includes the renovated Breuer building. Other earlier additions are being demolished to make way for an indoor piazza topped with a curving glass-and-steel canopy around which the entire museum will be organized. The naturally lit piazza, a central meeting place and a large event space, aims to draw visitors to the center of the museum complex.

Turkish Luxury Goes Green


J.W. Marriott Hotel, Ankara , Turkey.


The NY office of RMJM has designed a luxury 24-story J.W. Marriott Hotel on a 14,000-square-meter site in Ankara, Turkey. The hotel will bring sustainable design to Ankara, including vertical stone fins that will act as solar shading devices on the east and west façades. The glass curtain wall uses high-performance, low-e coating and tinting. Bamboo trees and vegetation will be included in the landscape to offer additional shading. The first four floors are dedicated to ballrooms, meeting facilities, restaurants, and shops in a sky-lit galleria, while 400 guest rooms begin on the fifth floor. Other hotel features include an upscale bistro and three specialty restaurants, an executive lounge at the top of the hotel tower, a health center and spa, and an outdoor wedding venue. The hotel project is slated for completion in October 2010, by which time the firm’s recently-opened Istanbul office should be well established.

In this issue:
· AIA Launches New Resource on Changing Codes
· Call for Submissions: Opportunity for AIANY Members to Display Work in Subway Station Exhibition
· AIANY, ENYA Host ARE Boot Camp & Graphic Workshops
· Legislative Wrap Up — New York State

AIA Launches New Resource on Changing Codes

AIA has updated its Codes and Standards Resource Center, with information on the work AIA has been doing with the International Code Council (ICC). The site includes current advocacy campaigns, progress on adopting international codes throughout state and local chapters, and a thorough explanation of how the newly drafted Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) is different from the current guidelines. The website also offers an update on the International Green Construction Code, another initiative that the AIA and the ICC co-sponsor.

Call for Submissions: Opportunity for AIANY Members to Display Work in Subway Station Exhibition

AIANY announces a call for submissions for the 2009 New York Now exhibition. The member showcase usually takes place at the Center for Architecture, but this year the show will be in the West 4th Street subway station. The Center has rented the subway station’s poster vitrines, and hopes to fill the station with great architecture.

New York Now (10.01-31.09) will include projects of all scales and types presenting the scope and quality of work being done by Chapter members in NYC today. AIANY members are invited to participate by submitting a recent project for display in the subway station. All entrants will also be included in an online exhibition, and will have the opportunity to include their full portfolio in the Center for Architecture library for the duration of the exhibition. There is limited space available and submissions will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Registration closes and submissions are due 08.26.09 by 5:00 pm. Read more here, and register here.

AIANY, ENYA Host ARE Boot Camp & Graphic Workshops

Beginning February 2009, AIANY and its Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) committee launched a pilot Boot Camp Review program to get intern architects in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This summer, ARE Graphic Workshops (based on the ARE 4.0 graphic vignettes) were added to its class offerings. The sessions, led by recent testers and licensed Chapter members, consist of a brief overview of vignettes, strategies, tips and tricks, and sample vignette reviews. There are still some openings for the remaining sessions, which take place Mondays through 08.31.09. Click here to register for the next available session. Also visit the Chapter’s new Licensing website by clicking here.

Legislative Wrap Up — New York State

As the legislative session comes to a close in New York, a few votes were of particular note to the state’s architecture community. Of the legislation supported by AIANYS, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, which provides a financial incentive for rehabilitation projects, was signed into law earlier this month. SED (Office of Professions) Licensure made it through both houses, but has not been signed by Governor Paterson. QBS (Qualifications-Based Selection of Professional Design Services), which would have required public authorities to begin commission negotiations with the most qualified architectural and engineering professionals before turning to other firms, was approved in the Assembly, but died in the Senate. The Alternative Project Delivery, Good Samaritan Act, Green Schools, Non-Design Professional Ownership, Smart Growth, and Statute of Repose did not make it out of committee. The AIANYS’s legislative agenda also included some opposition positions. In part through AIANYS’s lobbying efforts, Construction Threshold, Damages for Delay, and Professional Certification, Prohibition were all killed. Read more on AIANYS’s government affairs website.

Summer Camp Explores Secret Places


Students in the Center for Architecture Foundation summer camp visit the High Bridge Tower.

Courtesy CFAF

During the Center for Architecture Foundation’s first week of “Secret Places” summer camp, students became acquainted with unique, beautiful, and typically unexplored places in NYC. Educator Jane Cowan led seventh-to-ninth-grade students on multiple site visits around the city to explore its hidden gems. Students created handmade journals, which they filled with sketches and photographs throughout the week. Highlights of the camp included a trip to the landmarked High Bridge Tower in Washington Heights, an important piece of the Croton Aqueduct system that first brought fresh water into the city in the 19th century. Students noted the intricate, perforated details on the steps as they cautiously climbed to the top of the tower. Then they constructed models of the water tower in a workshop. Later in the week, students rode the tramway to explore Roosevelt Island and took the ferry to Governor’s Island, investigating the island on bikes. The weeklong camp provided an opportunity to shift the attention away from the well-known buildings of NYC to other exciting spaces and places.

101 Cool Buildings



NY-based architect Richard McMillan has captured 101 recently constructed buildings in NYC in this comprehensive guide. Buildings are listed by location, with descriptions and photographs, as well as directions. The listing demonstrates the range of firms creating contemporary architecture in the city: Gehry Partners, Richard Meier & Partners, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Michael Graves & Associates, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Steven Holl Architects, Polshek Partnership Architects, Bernard Tschumi Architects, Rafael Viñoly Architects, Aldo Rossi, Cesar Pelli & Associates, and Atelier Christian de Portzamparc are included. The guide is essential for both residents and visitors who wish to explore recent NYC architecture. To learn more or purchase the guide, click here.

AIANYS announced the 2009 Design Award recipients including, in the category of Adaptive Reuse, Awards of Excellence: Museo Del Acero Horno3 by Grimshaw with Associate Architect Miguel Nieto and St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen by Rogers Marvel Architects; Awards of Merit: 401 West 14th Street by Cook + Fox Architects and The Lion House Reconstruction at the Bronx Zoo by FXFOWLE Architects

In the category of Commercial/Industrial, Large Projects, Award of Excellence: 39 East 13th Street by Philip Wu Architect, and Anthropologie Burlingame by EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect; Awards of Merit: Chanel Robertson Boulevard by Peter Marino Architect, and Marianne Boesky Gallery by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects

In the category of Commercial/Industrial, Small Projects, Awards of Excellence: Newspaper Café by Toshiko Mori Architect and TKTS Booth and Revitalization of Father Duffy Square by Perkins Eastman (Architect); Choi-Ropiha Architects (Concept Architect); PKSB Architects (Plaza Architect) and Bresnan Architects (preservation); Citation for Design: Irwin Union Bank, Creekview Branch by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects with Architect-of-Record Todd Williams & Associates

In the category of Historic Preservation, Awards of Excellence: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by WASA/Studio A and Yale Arts Complex — Paul Rudolph Hall, Jeffrey H. Loria Center for the History of Art, and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects; Award of Merit: The Restoration of the William C. Gatewood House by G. P. Schafer Architect

In the Institutional category, Awards of Excellence: Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center by Grimshaw with Associate Architect Davis Brody Bond Aedas, and Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Newhouse III by Polshek Partnership Architects; Awards of Merit: Alice Tully Hall by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects, and Stephen Gaynor School & Ballet Hispanico by Rogers Marvel Architects; Citations for Design: Public Farm 1 by WORK Architecture Company, and Staten Island Ferry Terminal by Frederic Schwartz Architects with Associated Architect TAMS/Earthtech

In the Interiors category, Awards of Excellence: Broadway Penthouse by Architect-of-Record Andrea Steele Architect in collaboration with Design Architect Joel Sanders Architect and New York Public Library, Fort Washington Branch Children’s Room by Sage and Coombe Architects; Awards of Merit: Moscot by Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, and The Town School Theater Renovation by Yoshihara McKee Architect; Citations for Design: DE Shaw 32nd Floor Supercomputer Lobby by Steven Holl Architects, and Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum by Polshek Partnership Architects

In the International category, Awards of Excellence: Center for Friends Without a Border by Cook + Fox Architects, and The New Acropolis Museum by Bernard Tschumi Architects with Associate Architect Michael Photiadis, ARSY Ltd.; Award of Merit: Shanghai World Financial Center by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with Irie Miyake Architects & Engineers and Shanghai Modern Architecture Design Group

In the category of Residential, Large Projects, Award of Excellence: 101 Warren Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with Ismael Levya Architects; Awards of Merit: 11 Christopher Street by Cook + Fox Architects, and Apartment Building on G. Calinescu Street by Westfourth Architecture; Citation for Design: NIR Braufman Residence by Alexander Gorlin Architect

In the category of Residential, Small Projects, Award of Excellence: Grafted House by Stageberg Architecture; Award of Merit: Carriage House by Christoff:Finio Architecture; Citation for Design: Montauk House by Pentagram Architects

In the Unbuilt category, Award of Merit: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park by dlandstudio… In the Urban Planning/Design category, Awards of Excellence: The Battery Bosque: Kiosk, Fountain, Bench System & SeaGlass by WXY architecture + urban design, and Wandering Ecologies: Toronto Lower Don Lands Park by Weiss/Manfredi; Citation for Design: Historic Erie Canal & Broad Street Corridor Master Plan by Cooper Carry with Chait Studios

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced the selection of 33 members for induction into its distinguished Council of Fellows, including New Yorkers Edmund D. Hollander, ASLA; Rick A. Parisi, ASLA; and Christian Zimmerman, FASLA

Eight teams were recognized as finalists in the Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom including the NYC office of Gensler… Pratt Institute will present Legends 2009 on 10.29.09, a scholarship benefit honoring, among others, David Rockwell, AIA… The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarships to Yasmina Khan and Sebastian Sztukowski, who are studying engineering and architecture at New York University…

The premier issue of eVolo, an architecture and design journal initially conceived in 2004 by a group of graduate students at Columbia University, launched in July… Katie Weeks is leaving her position as senior editor of Contract magazine and relocating to Washington, DC, to take the helm of Eco-structure Magazine as editor, effective 08.10.09…

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has named Boston civic leader Tom Keane as executive director… The Historic Districts Council has elected Leo Blackman, AIA, as the organization’s seventh president…

07.29.09: The Municipal Art Society hosted its 18th Annual Boat Tour along the Hudson River. See “MAS Boat Tour Sails Down the Hudson,” by Linda G. Miller in this issue.


Historian and tour leader Francis Morrone with Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY Vice President of Public Outreach.

Courtesy AIANY

07.29.09: AIANY staff visited the Queens Botanical Garden, the LEED-Platinum building by Joan Krevlin, AIA, of BKSK for their staff retreat.

Staff Retreat 017-alt

(L-R): Cynthia Kracauer, AIA; Sophie Deprez; Rick Bell, FAIA; Nancy Olewine; Jesse Lazar; Sara Romanoski; Jonah Stern; Emily Diehl; Rosamond Fletcher; Suzanne Mecs; Emily Nemens; Rebecca Magee; Tara Pyle; and Marian Imperatore, AIA.

Courtesy AIANY

05.02.09: Ted Moudis Associates participated in the annual 5K Revlon Run/Walk which has, over the past 16 years, distributed almost $55 million for cancer research, treatment, counseling, and outreach programs.


(L-R): Midori Takada, Assoc. AIA; Maria Antonova; Alice Antonova; Erica Goodier; Adriana Ulloa; and Dean Ulloa.

Ted Moudis Associates

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.

If you have suggestions, please contact OCULUS editor-in-chief Kristen Richards.

08.13.09 Call for Entries: Emerging Professional Component Grants – pdf

08.14.09 Call for Submissions: Public Architecture Pro Bono Design Book

08.20.09 Call for Designers: Making Public Policy

08.26.09 Call for Entries: New York Now

09.01.09 Call for Entries: 1000 Product Designs

09.01.09 Call for Submissions: POP.Park Competition

09.04.09 Call for Nominations: Mid-Atlantic Precast Association Design 09

09.15.09 Call for Submissions: Spark Awards

09.24.09 Call for Entries: IIDA / Metropolis Smart Environments Awards

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC


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

08.06.09, ongoing
First Thursday Gallery Walk in DUMBO


DUMBO gallery walk.

©Jianai Jenny Chen

Enjoy exhibitions, performances, discussions, food, and wine as DUMBO’s galleries stay open into the evening on Thursday, 08.08.09 from 5:30-8:30 pm, and continues on the first Thursday of each month. Participating businesses vary by month, and a list of participating locations for the next event is available online.

Various galleries, DUMBO, NYC

Through 08.21.09
Annual Design Review 2009


Courtesy I.D. Magazine

Since 1954, I.D. magazine’s Annual Design Review has recognized product, packaging, furniture, graphic, and environmental design, from the iconic to the obscure. This year’s winning entries are on view.

Material ConneXion
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC

Through 08.21.09



Urban Green Initiative

Part of an ongoing series of art exhibitions, concerts, and dance performances to encourage an artistic approach to environmental awareness, this exhibition features graffiti-inspired art, chemical paintings, clothing made of trash bags and Metro Cards created by Miz Metro, and furniture made of neckties, paint samples, and glitter by Kristy Leibowitz.

Gallery 151
350 Bowery, NYC