Students Build Connections at Center for Architecture


The “Building Connections” exhibition is now on view at the Center for Architecture.

Center for Architecture Foundation

The Center for Architecture Foundation celebrated a year in built environment education at the opening of the 13th annual “Building Connections” exhibition on 09.17.09. The exhibit showcases K-12 explorations of architecture and design, with student models and drawings from the Foundation’s 2008-2009 Learning By Design:NY in-school residencies and Programs@theCenter workshops. While highlighting the students’ hard work and talent, the 2009 “Building Connections” also elaborates on the Foundation’s teaching methodology and provides a valuable resource for educators everywhere who are interested in bringing design education into their classrooms.

At the opening, children and adults alike marveled at a four-foot-square model of a Lower East Side tenement block circa 1900 (pictured), created in a 4th grade Learning By Design:NY residency at P.S. 150, which integrated architecture into the class’s Social Studies immigration unit. Students took care with every detail, from cornice to street vendor cart. Another focal point is a series of Frank Gehry-esque cardboard chairs made by teenagers in one of Programs@theCenter’s summer studios. (Although the chairs are functional, visitors are asked to appreciate their designs while refraining from testing their structural integrity.)

“Building Connections” is on view through 01.09.10, and will be accompanied by a number of public programs. On 10.28.09, educators and those interested in built environment education are invited to drop in for an Open House to learn more about how the Foundation can bring its special type of education to local communities. A professional development workshop for educators on 11.03.09 will guide participants through hands-on activities about architecture and design. Educators will walk away from the workshop with a classroom-ready resource and activity packet. For more information about these programs and the Center for Architecture Foundation, visit

Bauhaus Off-Broadway


Karen Grenke as Walter Gropius, surrounded by a team of researchers: (R-L) Sandie Luna, Robin Kurtz, Anna Konkle, James “Face” Yu, V. Orion Delwaterman.

Photo by Jonathan Slaff

The Bauhaus movement turned 90-years-old this year. What better way to commemorate its Utopian ideals than to attend a theatrical performance in a 100-year-old former municipal bath house? The Nerve Tank will perform “bauhaus the bauhaus” at The Brooklyn Lyceum on various dates between 10.09.09 and 11.22.09. The performance piece seeks to apply the Bauhaus School’s ideals to contemporary society. Characters include Walter Gropius, Andy Warhol, Henry Ford, and Tom Wolfe. This multi-sensory performance will include direct audience address and video components.

At the MAINSTREETS Convention in Rochester, NY, AIANYS elected Susan Chin, FAIA, as the incoming Regional Director.

The 2009 AIANYS Honor Award Recipients were honored at the MAINSTREETS Convention, 09.25.09, in Rochester, NY. Abby Suckle, FAIA, received the Fellow’s Award; Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, received an Intern/Associate Award; Pei Cobb Freed + Partners received the Firm Award; Leevi Kiil, FAIA, received the President’s Award; Dr. Anthony Vidler received the Educator Award; and Jackie Delsandro, a student at Parsons, The New School of Design, School of Constructed Environments, received a 2009 AIANY Student Award.

The 2009 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards winners include Puma City by LOT-EK, Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso by Louise Braverman Architect, and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center by Lyn Rice Architects

New York Construction Best of ’09 award winners include many NYC-based firms. Click here to download a PDF of the complete list. The Brick Industry Association’s New York/New Jersey Brick Distributor Council and the Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York will honor the following projects: Sky House by FXFOWLE Architects, I.S. 227 Restoration by Omni Architects, PS-1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center Restoration by Wank Adams Slavin Associates with Ohlhausen DuBois Architects, Riverhouse at Battery Park City by Polshek Partnership Architects, and The Solaire 20 River Terrace by Pelli Clarke Pelli
FreeGreen invites the public to vote until 09.30.09 for the best design submitted to the Chain of Eco-Homes Project, which will determine the form and function of Greensburg, KS, as it is being rebuilt after a tornado leveled the town in 2007… The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) announced that Michael Graves, FAIA, is the first architect to be nominated for its Class of 2010, in the “Enterprise” category… The Thornton Tomasetti Foundation has become a sponsor for Penn State University’s Department of Architectural Engineering capstone senior thesis program utilizing Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling (IPD/BIM)…

U.K.-based Balfour Beatty has agreed to buy Parsons Brinckerhoff for $626 million… Carl Galioto, FAIA, joins HOK from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill as a senior principal and member of the HOK New York Management Committee… Elizabeth Battista has been named Director of Communications and Institutional Development for the Institute of Design and Construction (IDC)…

09.24-26.09: The MAINSTREETS Convention took place in the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY. Hosted by AIA New York State, AIA Rochester, AGC of New York State, ACEC New York, NYS Society of Professional Engineers, NYS Association of Professional Land Surveyors, and the American Society of Landscape Architects-New York Chapters, the event was the first-ever joint convention for the organizations.


AIA New York State President Burton Roslyn, AIA (left), and Design Awards Jury Chair Charles Matta, FAIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA


Rick Cook, AIA, with one of three awards for Cook+Fox, which won design awards for 401 West 14th Street, 11 Christopher Street, and the Center for Friends Without a Border in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Rick Bell, FAIA


Sylvia Smith, FAIA, of FXFOWLE Architects (left), with Susan Chin, the director of planning and design at the Bronx Zoo. FXFOWLE received design awards for the Lion House Reconstruction at the Bronx Zoo and Alice Tully Hall, achieved in concert with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Rick Bell, FAIA


Abby Suckle, FAIA, received the Fellow’s Award, presented by AIANYS Immediate Past-President Orlando Maione, AIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA


(L-R): Intern/Associate Award winners Shanntina Moore, Assoc. AIA, and Venesa Alicea, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, with Student Award-winner Jackie Delsandro from Parsons, The New School of Design, School of Constructed Environments.

Courtesy Venesa Alicea


Group shot of the TKTS Booth and Revitalization of Father Duffy Square Award conferral. The project won the “Best in New York State Award” as well as an Award of Excellence in the Commercial/Industrial, Small Projects category. (L-R): AIANYS President Burton Roslyn, AIA; Charles Williams, Perkins Eastman; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, PKSB; Design Awards Jury Chair Charles Matta, FAIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA


(L-R): Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Sherida Paulsen, FAIA, 2009 AIANY President; Tony Shirripa, AIA, IIDA, 2009 First Vice President/ President-Elect.

Courtesy Rick Bell, FAIA


Double Chins: Susan Chin, FAIA, incoming AIANYS Regional Director (left) with Susan Chin, director of planning and design at the Bronx Zoo.

Rick Bell, FAIA

09.23.09: More than 1,500 people attended the unveiling of the redevelopment plans for the former Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey, designed by Eero Saarinen. It will become the centerpiece of a mixed-use town center.


Somerset Development

2010 Oculus Editorial Calendar
Coming soon!

10.02.09 Submission Deadline: urbanSHED International Design Competition

10.05.09 Call for Entries: P/A Awards *Extended

10.30.09 Call for Entries: 2009 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards

11.01.09 Call for Entries: Peace Pentagon International Competition

11.02.09 Call for Applications: Reiger Graham Prize

11.15.09 Early Registration Deadline: HB:BX Building Cultural Infrastructure International Ideas Competition

11.20.09 Call for Entries: 2010 Palladio Awards

12.01.09 Call for Entires: 2010 I.D. Annual Design Review

01.29.10 Call for Entries: 2010 Metropolis Next Generation Design Competition

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, 212-683-0023


Building Connections 2009


On view September 17, 2009 — January 9, 2010.

Arch Schools: Visions of the Future


On view September 17 — December 12, 2009.


ContextContrast: New Architecture in Historic Districts, 1967-2009


On view October 6, 2009 — January 23, 2010.

New York Now


On view October 1-31, 2009.

Through 10.18.09
Life and Works of J. Max Bond, Jr.: Practice, Education, and Activism

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) presents an exhibition in memory of J. Max Bond Jr., FAIA. As an alumnus of both Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa, BArch ’55) and the GSD (MArch ’58), he is fondly remembered for his personal encouragement and mentorship of students from the GSD.

Gund Hall Gallery
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Boston, MA

Through 10.24.09
Noguchi ReINstalled


Gallery view of the Noguchi Museum, Small Torso, 1958-1962; Core Piece #1, 1974; Core Piece #2, 1974.

Photograph by Sarah Wells, Courtesy The Noguchi Museum, New York

This installation commemorates Isamu Noguchi’s original vision in celebration of the museum’s recent renovation completion. The collection occupies the entire Museum, as it did upon its opening in 1985.

The Noguchi Museum
33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY

Through 10.24.09
Downtown Alliance Vision for Future of Greenwich South


Vision for Future of Greenwich South.

Courtesy Alliance for Downtown New York

The Alliance for Downtown New York displays its vision for the future of Greenwich South, the 41 acres south of the World Trade Center, as a set of scalable principles, illustrated by architects, designers, and artists.

Zuccotti Park
Broadway and Liberty Street, NYC

10.01.09 through 10.30.09
Forms+Surfaces® Beyond the Surface


MicroPerf (detail) shown in Stainless Steel Savannah.

Material ConneXion

On view is Forms+Surfaces’ Screens, a new building system for façades, outdoor fencing, as well as interior applications such as privacy screens or wall panels. Also on display is the new high-performance material, Bonded Quartz, a composite of quartz and FRP-reinforced resin matrix.

Material ConneXion
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC

Sustainable Mobility Rolls On, Dutch Style (continued)

Most of all, we’ll need widespread acculturation. Implanting a cycling culture that’s essentially absent, historian Ruth Oldenziel noted, is harder than reviving one that just slipped for a few decades. And as Walter Hook, Ph.D., pointed out, the challenge of helping populations discover the advantages and joys of sustainable transportation is not a matter of leisure but a matter of global urgency. He predicts climate-change negotiations are likely to break down as developing countries resent developed countries’ expectations of sacrifices that the developed countries never had to make, but cycling and other low-impact transport options are among the most useful strategies the First World can learn from the Third. Some ideas moving in the opposite direction are counterproductive: China once built the world’s best bike facilities, then tore them down in the 1980s. Dutch planners like Hans Monderman (inventor of the signless, informally negotiated “living street” or woonerf) are joining colleagues elsewhere, particularly Copenhagen’s Jan Gehl and the New Yorkers who draw on his ideas, in building industrial-world cities that will be more constructive examples to nations that are now on the brink of industrializing — and, if they repeat our carbon-spewing habits, of rendering all our green commitments moot.

Ultimately, a sustainable mobility culture will have to arise from individual perceptions as well as collective decisions. AIANY’s Rick Bell, FAIA, observed that cycling is “also a way of looking at how things happen in the world,” connecting the rider with principles regarding urban space and time such as eurhythmy, symmetry, and symbiosis. That last concept — stressing one’s embeddedness in the wider urban organism, not isolation from it — seems well worth keeping in mind as cities and their residents consider ways to disengage from the 20th century’s technologies and move purposefully into the 21st.

HYBRID: Architecture and Planning Strategies for Renewable Cities

Event: HYBRID: Architecture and Planning Strategies for Renewable Cities
Location: Center for Architecture, 08.27.09
Speakers: Duzan Doepel — Principal of Doepel Strijkers Architects (DSA)
Organizers: AIANY Global Dialogues Committee



Courtesy Google Earth

Part 1 (Time 16:30):

Part 2 (Time 26:38):

Part 3 (Time 18:02):

Duzan Doepel, principal of Doepel Strijkers Architects (DSA), addresses the challenges of sustainable urban and architectural development in Holland. He believes that renewable cities and regions should be able to generate more energy than they consume and be self sufficient in food production. He illustrates how contemporary Dutch designers are thinking about these issues using examples from DSA, West 8, deUrbanisten, VenhoevenCS, and MVRDV.

Related Links:
The Dutch Plan Cities for Climate Change,” by Jacqueline Pezzillo, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, e-Oculus, 09.01.09.