Through 12.19.09
The New Acropolis Museum


Competition Image, 2003.

Courtesy Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery

An array of full-scale casts of the sculpture that the new Acropolis Museum was built to house, together with casts of pottery that was unearthed during excavations for its foundation. The casts, on loan from the museum in Athens, are complemented by color photographs of the building, which opened in June. Also on view are planning documents from Bernard Tschumi Architects, including sketches, working drawings, and models.

Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University
8th floor, Schermerhorn Hall, 116th Street and Broadway, NYC

Through 01.03.10
The Island at the Center of the World


Petrus Plancius and Jan Baptist Vrients, “Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descripto Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaeographorum operibus desunta,” 1596.

Courtesy South Street Seaport Museum

Rare maps and documents of 17th-century New Amsterdam are on view. Eight interactive Portrait Stations allow visitors to learn about early Dutch immigrants and their backgrounds while viewing portraits of contemporary Dutch New Yorkers. Urban A&O created 34 transparent acrylic tables, which define the circulation of the space.

South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street, NYC

Through 01.04.10
Design for a Living World


Installation view of “Design for a Living World,” featuring Maya Lin’s bench made of FSC certified wood.

©Paul Warchol

Ten designers were commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. On view are prototypes, drawings, and finished products created by the designers.

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128


Event: Discussion of urbanSHED jury selections, 10.07.09
Location: NYCTV studios, 10.13.09
Speakers: Robert D. LiMandri — Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings; Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIA — Chair, NYC Department of City Planning; Janette Sadik-Khan, Hon. AIANY — Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation; moderated by Susanna Sirefman — Competition Advisor
Producer: New York City Department of Buildings
Organizers: New York City Buildings Department; American Institute of Architects New York Chapter; with Alliance for Downtown New York; New York Building Congress; Illuminating Engineering Society New York Chapter; Association for a Better New York Foundation. Additional support from the Structural Engineers Association of New York; the Municipal Art Society; NYC Department of Planning; NYC Department of Transportation.



Jurors/ New York City commissioners Robert LImandri, Amanda Burden, and Janette Sadik-Kahn discuss the three finalist designs — Urban Cloud, Urban Umbrella, and Tripod(MOD)ule.

Related Links:
Around the AIA,” by Emily Nemens, e-Oculus, 12.08.09.