The Next Generation of Urban Designers

Event: Studio@theCenter — City Design; 3-D Digital Design with Google Sketch-Up
Location: Center for Architecture, 2.16.10-2.18.10
Educators: Catherine Teegarden; Erik Ratkowski


Studio@theCenter takes on urban design and 3-D skyscraper design.

Inge Hoonte, Skyscraper designed by Dean Sadik

Does growing up in an urban setting give kids insights into city planning? One would think so, judging from the work of the 17 young people who took part in the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Studio@theCenter program, “City Design,” during the public school vacation week last month. Over the course of three days, these budding designers in 2nd-5th grade created their own 3-D model of an ideal city. As inspiration, the group looked at plans of cities and visited the Panorama Model of NYC at the Queens Museum of Art. Once the group had determined the features, layout, scale, and buildings to include in their city, they got to work. They created mixed-use zoning so residents wouldn’t have to go across town to get to services and places used every day, a feature they appreciated about NYC. Each student developed his or her own block and collaborated with others to create city-wide elements, like a riverside park, a beach front, sky trams, subways, and elevated trains. The developers toured their parents through CFA City at the end of the session and took their little pieces of it home to roost.

Meanwhile, students in 6th-12th grade were creating their own skyscraper designs in the IBEX Learning Center, the Center for Architecture’s computer lab, using Google Sketch-Up. They learned the basics of the program and created 3-D renderings of their skyscrapers’ exteriors, as well as close-up views of interior spaces. They made cardboard models of famous skyscrapers and structural models using toothpicks and marshmallows. Parents were treated to a PowerPoint presentation of their projects at the end of the three-day session.

The Center for Architecture Foundation is offering two more Studio@theCenter sessions this spring. During 03.23-25.10, the independent schools’ break, students can choose to design The House of the Future (2-5 grades) or to learn 3-D drafting and design in our Digital Design class (6-12 grades). Theater Design (2-5 grades) and our final Digital Design class (6-12 grades) will be offered 03.30-04.01.10, during public and private school vacations. The 3-day programs run 9 AM-4 PM at the Center for Architecture.

The Center for Architecture Foundation’s innovative programming continues over the summer with Summer@theCenter workshops for 3rd-12th graders. Programs include a two-week architectural design studio for high school students and week-long programs focusing on the design of Waterfront Parks, Bridges, Playgrounds, and A Room of One’s Own for elementary and middle school students. Details and registration forms for all programs are at

Van Alen Institute Launches Design Archive

The Van Alen Institute (VAI) has accumulated a significant archive of historical design material documenting the development and expansion of late 19th- and early 20th-century American architectural education. The archive includes 258 linear feet of institutional records, 39 linear feet of photographic materials, and 4,000+ original architectural drawings dating from 1893 to1994.

In 2007, with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, VAI began organizing, arranging, and digitizing materials from its architecture collection. Public access to digitized architecture competition drawings, programs, and jury reports will be available in March via CollectiveAccess, an open-source, web-based, collections management platform. Visit the VAI’s Facebook page for image previews.

AIANY announced the winners of the 2010 Design Awards, in the category of Architecture, Honor Award Winners: Knut Hamsun Center and Vanke Center / Horizontal Skyscraper by Steven Holl Architects; East Harlem School by Peter Gluck and Partners; Toni Stabile Student Center by Marble Fairbanks; Fishers Island House by Thomas Phifer and Partners; 41 Cooper Square by Morphosis Architects with Gruzen Samton; and The Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion by Toshiko Mori Architect; Architecture Merit Award Winners: 200 Fifth Avenue by STUDIOS Architecture; New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion by Handel Architects (Architect-of-Record) and UNStudio (Design Architect); Salim Publishing House by SAA/Stan Allen Architect; 39 East 13th Street by Phillip Wu Architect; Koby by Garrison Architects; and Carrasco International Airport New Terminal by Rafael Viñoly Architects

Interiors category, Honor Award Winners: Chanel Robertson Blvd. by Peter Marino Architect and Trinity School – Johnson Chapel by Butler Rogers Baskett; Interiors Merit Award Winners: The New School Welcome Center by Lyn Rice Architects ; Slocum Hall by Garrison Architects; Dow Jones Offices by STUDIOS Architecture and Manhattan Rooftop Duplex by Shelton, Mindel & Associates

Un-Built work, Merit Award Winners: R-House by Della Valle Bernheimer and Architecture Research Office; Open Paradox by Ginseng Chicken Architecture; Lux Nova by EASTON+COMBS; Korean Cultural Center New York and The Great Hall at Grace Farms by OBRA Architects; Transbay Transit Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Chungnam Government Complex by H Associatesand Haeahn Architecture; Urban Aeration by konyk; Tianjin Hang Lung Plaza by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; On the Water: Palisade Bay by Guy Nordenson and Associates with Catherine Seavitt Studio and Architecture Research Office and Medeu Sports Center by Audrey Matlock Architect

Urban Design, Honor Award Winner: The High Line by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Merit Award Winners: Five Principles for Greenwich South by Architecture Research Office; MTA Flood Mitigation Streetscape Design by Rogers Marvel Architects (Design Architect) and di Domenico + Partners (Architect-of-Record) and BQE Trench: Reconnection Strategies for Brooklyn by dlandstudio

The winning entry for the Newark Visitor Center International Design Contest is by Di Domenico & Partners; PLT Design placed second, Arquitectura, inc placed third and superinteresting! placed fourth…

N.E.E.D., the winner of AIANY Emerging New York Architecture Committee’s third biennial ideas competition, has been awarded the Second Place Prize in the International Urban Ideas Competition for the Sustainable Development of Gadeokdo, Busan in the Republic of Korea, with Group Han Associates

Midwest Construction Magazine’s Best of 2009 include Trump International Hotel & Tower by Skidmore Owings & Merrill with PMG Architects in the categories of Project of the Year, Overall & Project of the Year, and Multifamily Residential, and Ted Moudis Associates’ projects for Société Générale and Cottingham & Butler both won Awards of Merit… Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, a book co-authored by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, an associate professor of urban design at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York (CCNY), has received a 2009 PROSE Award for Excellence from the American Association of Publishers (AAP)…

The Illuminating Engineering Society, NYC Section (IESNYC) announced the winners of the 2010 NYC Student Lighting Competition: First Place — EDGE: PROBLEMS AND PROMISE by J. Parkman Carter, Parsons The New School for Design; Second Place — CUSP by Suerrisa Blecher, New York School of Interior Design; Third Place — LIMINALLY ENLIGHTENED by Megan Pfeffer, Parsons The New School for Design; Honorable Mention for Craftmanship — MAGIC by Brett Banakis & Bradley King, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Honorable Mention for Use of Materials – SUBLIMINATION by Gabriela Grullan, Parsons The New School for Design…

Santiago Calatrava, FAIA is a recipient of the 2010 Travel + Leisure Design Award for his Liege-Guillemins TGV Railway Station in Belgium….

Leslie E. Robertson Associates has opened a Mumbai office… Magnusson Architecture and Planning has launched MAP Green, a division specializing in green consulting services for building design, green retrofit/rehabilitation, and sustainable neighborhood planning…

Erleen Hatfield PE, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is a new partner at Buro Happold… Cannon Design announced that Antonio Borgese, AIA, LEED AP, has been named Vice President… Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA, has joined Mancini Duffy as Principal and Director of Workplace Strategy… Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects promoted Qian Li and Mathew Snethe to Senior Associates… Barbara Zieve, IIDA, and Erik Hodgetts, AIA, LEED AP, have joined IA Interior Architects as Design Director and Director of Legal Services, respectively… Janice Barnes, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, Global Discipline Leader for Planning + Strategies at Perkins+Will, is relocating to the New York Office… David Thurm, formerly with the New York Times, was appointed as the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Chief Operating Officer…

03.01.10: The AIA New York Chapter Design Awards winners were announced, followed by a moderated symposium discussion with this year’s jurors.


The Interiors Jury. (L-R): Brian MacKay Lyons, Hon. FAIA, cofounder of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd; Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA, principal at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; and Glenn Pushelberg, cofounder of Yabu Pushelberg.

Emily Nemens


The Architecture Jury. (L-R): Julie Snow, FAIA, founder of Julie Snow Architects; Gilles Saucier, principal at Saucier + Perrotte Architectes; and Stanley Saitowitz, principal of Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc.

Emily Nemens


Jurors at the Symposium. (L-R): Glenn Pushelberg, cofounder of Yabu Pushelberg (Interiors); Julie Eizenberg, AIA, founding principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture in Santa Monica (Urban Design); Teddy Cruz, professor of public culture and urbanism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego (Urban Design); Stanley Saitowitz, principal of Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc. (Architecture); Maurice Cox, urban designer, architectural educator at the University of Virginia School of Architecture (Urban Design).

Sam Lahoz

03.04.10: The AIA New York Chapter held a reception for members who were elevated to the College of Fellows this year.


(L-R): Christine J. Bodouva, FAIA, LEED AP, William Nicholas Bodouva & Associates; Michael F. Doyle, FAIA, Acheson Doyle Partners Architects; Donald Fram, FAIA, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Lia Gartner, FAIA, LEED AP, The New School University; Stephanie Gelb, FAIA, Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority.

Courtesy AIA New York Chapter


(L-R): Alexander Klatskin, FAIA, Samual A. Klatskin Architect; Joan Krevlin, FAIA, LEED AP, BKSK Architects; Sandro Marpillero, FAIA, Marpillero Pollak Architects; Bernard A. Marson, FAIA, Bernard Marson Architect.

Courtesy AIA New York Chapter


(L-R): Bodgan Z. Pestka, FAIA, NYC Department of Design + Construction; James S. Russell, FAIA, Architecture Columnist, Bloomberg News; Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, Mancini Duffy; Walter Sedovic, FAIA, LEED AP, Walter Sedovic Architects; Yvonne Szeto, FAIA, LEED AP, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects.

Courtesy AIA New York Chapter


(L-R): Dorthea Gelb; Louise Braverman, FAIA, and new fellow Stephanie Gelb, FAIA.

Kristen Richards


New fellows James S. Russell, FAIA (left), and Sandro Marpillero, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

02.26.10: The Center for Architecture hosted a series of productions on architecture, selected from the 2009 Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) as part of MUSE’s Art on Screen Film Festival.


(L-R):David Leitner, filmmaker; Nadine Covert, New York Delegate of FIFA; Mary Burke, AIA, VP for Design Excellence; and Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of AIANY.

Emily Nemens

03.03.10: AIANY organized a panel discussion in Washington, DC, on how new buildings and historic districts have learned to coexist in the country’s two most culturally and architecturally diverse cities: New York and Washington, DC.


(L-R): Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, 2010 President of AIANY; George Miller, FAIA, 2010 President of AIA; Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA, principal, PKSB architects, New York City; Robert Tierney, Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; Tersh Boasberg, Chair, Historic Preservation Review Board, Washington, DC; Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of AIANY.

Emily Nemens

2010 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, OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards:

Spring: Architect as Leader: (CLOSED).

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2010: (CLOSED).

Fall: Thinking Back / Thinking Forward and Understanding the Shift: The recession has given us the opportunity to reflect on the last decades of design and building — and what might be ahead. We will investigate trends in design, building, and marketing that are coming into play. What are the next steps in social media, BIM, sustainability, technology, competitions, stalled projects, adaptive re-use, design for flexibility, mergers and firm acquisitions?
Submit story ideas by 05.21.09

Winter: Practice without Borders: The world is growing smaller. New York is an international city, and it is easier than ever for overseas firms to work here and for New York City firms to work abroad. We will look into reciprocity, licensure, removal of boundaries to practice, and international competitions as ways to build renown.
Submit story ideas by 08.13.09

03.15.10 Call for Applications: Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

03.15.10 Call for Applications: Center for Architecture Design Scholarship

03.15.10 Call for Applications: Fontainebleau Prize

04.01.10 Call for Entries: One Good Chair 2010

04.05.10 Call for Applications: EPA National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement

04.30.10 Call for Entries: 2010 Brick in Architecture Awards

05.03.10 Call for Entries: Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals

05.05.10 Call for Entries: 2010 Lester Dundes Interior Design Competition

05.17.10 Call for Entries: 2010 National Design-Build Awards Competition

06.15.10 Call for Entries: Gustavino Biennial

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


Finnish Films on Architecture: Three Houses


On view January 30 — March 27, 2010.

03.02.10 – 03.08.10


“Black Sun” by Alexandre Arrechea. Illustration by Arrechea. Ten-minute animation of wrecking ball bouncing of the building. Video runs on NASDAQ screen at 11:50 PM.

Times Square Alliance

As part of the Public Art Program of the Times Square Alliance, several installations will grace Times Square, including: Sofia MalDonado’s “42nd Street Mural,” a 92 x 12 foot mural mounted on a construction fence (through 04.30.10); Alexandre Arrechea’s “Black Sun,” a 10-minute animation of a wrecking ball on the giant NASDAQ screen; and David Ellis and Roberto Lange’s Kinetic Sound Sculpture, a pile of real trash that moves and make sounds.

Times Square Alliance

Times Square, NYC

Through 03.20.10
Olafur Eliasson


Multiple shadow house (2010). Wood, metal, fabric, spotlights, color filter glass, halogen bulb, projection foil and transparent projection foil. Installation view Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NY, 02.11-03.20.10.

Photo by Jean Vong, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

This exhibition consists of a series of rooms, each lit with a bank of lights. The individual lights are different colors, but they create white light when blended on a single wall. As visitors walk in front and block the light sources, colored shadows are revealed.

Tonya Bonakdar Gallery
521 West 21st Street, NYC

Through 03.27.10
Konstantinos Stamatiou: Refused Reused


Konstantinos Stamatiou

An installation, collages, and light boxes made from non-traditional materials create a multilayered labyrinth of social issues and various forms of physical interaction between the art and the viewer.

Black and White Gallery
636 West 28th Street, NYC

Through 04.04.10
Design USA: Contemporary Innovation


LTL. Fluff Bakery, New York, NY, 2004.

Michael Moran

Celebrating the winners honored during the first 10 years of the National Design Awards, this exhibition features the work of the more than 75 award winners for outstanding contemporary achievements in architecture, landscape, interiors, product design, communication design, corporate design, interactive design, and fashion.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, NYC

Films Tell Tales of Mallrats and a Modernist (continued)

Despite its critical take, Malls R Us steers away from didacticism by acknowledging the positive aspects of the building type. Victor Gruen, the architect who invented the enclosed mall, saw malls as a way to simulate Europe’s cafés and street life, in America. Many mall-goers develop an attachment to malls as a center for activities and memories. However, they tend to have a short lifespan of three to five years; when they start to become dated and profits fall, they’re abandoned or replaced. (The site is a testament to that.) If malls are to truly work as a substitute for town centers, they need to be rethought. “As soon as the commercial end doesn’t work anymore, the communal spaces are gone,” filmmaker Klodawsky said in a Q&A after the film.

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner
ended the afternoon on a more uplifting note, with its portrayal of a Modernist visionary who used his talent for residential design to enhance his clients’ quality of life and create a keen sense of harmony with nature. Featuring interviews with family members, clients, architects, and others, the documentary traces the story of the late architect’s life, from his childhood in Michigan, to his Taliesin apprenticeship, to his growth to establish his own design identity, marked by a futurism combined with a flair for creating synergies with a site’s natural beauty. “I think Lautner’s the missing link between people like Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and… humanist modernism like Frank Lloyd Wright did,” director Murray Grigor remarked in a Q&A. “Frank Lloyd Wright always said that Lautner was the second best-architect in the world,” he added.

Infinite Space offers insights into Lautner’s working process, such as his long, intense study of a site’s natural features before coming up with a design. Judith Lautner, his daughter who worked in his office, recounts, “When my father would get a new client, he would get a topo of the property, of the contours, and go off to the site with it. He’d take a soft pencil with him and mark all of the aspects of the property that he could perceive while he was on the site… Then he would come back to his office, and he could sit in his chair staring at that thing… He could sit for days, actually… And then one day, he would suddenly have the idea.”

While Lautner became famous for his hillside residences such as the Chemosphere in Los Angeles and the Mar Brisas House in Acapulco, as well as his “Googie” restaurant designs, he was frustrated by the fact that his larger commissions remained un-built, a problem he blamed on politics. One of his few public buildings was the Midtown School in Los Angeles, which featured radiant heat, natural ventilation, and all natural light, revealing a sensibility attuned to nature in ways that go beyond aesthetics.