06.22.11 This is AIANY Communications Director Emily Nemens’ last issue of e-Oculus. Emily’s behind-the-scenes hard work and dedication has helped e-Oculus run smoothly and seamlessly. We wish her well in her new endeavors. Also, we would like to welcome Nicole Friedman, who will be taking over for Emily moving forward. With every issue of e-Oculus, podcast, and webinar, Nicole will continue to be the support so important to keep news coming to Chapter members.

Also, the digital edition of OCULUS magazine is online now! Click here to read.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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144th Annual Meeting: Excerpted Remarks by AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP

Castillo at the Annual Meeting.

Sam Lahoz

It has been almost eight years since we opened the Center of Architecture. In that time, the Center has become an internationally-recognized resource for architecture and design. The Chapter has also grown to be a respected voice in local, national, and international conversations on design.

The growth of the Center, and with that the AIA New York Chapter, would not have been possible without the efforts of many dedicated leaders. Tonight, we are starting a new tradition: the Past Presidents Medal. As this is the first year, we have some catching up to do. [Medals have been made for all living past presidents of the AIA New York Chapter, Castillo gave medals to those in attendance. See full list here [pdf]] Thank you to each one of you for all that you’ve done for the Chapter. Giving you this medal is but a small token of our appreciation.

I also want to thank the Chapter and Center for Architecture Foundation staff for their dedication and hard work in making the Center so successful this year, especially AIANY Managing Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP, and the Foundation’s Executive Director Jaime Endreny.

President’s Theme: Design for a Change
Each year the Chapter’s president identifies a theme that expands the goals of the Chapter and the Center. The 2011 theme — Design for A Change — focuses on how architects can lead the way into a more sustainable and responsible urban future. It is our responsibility to design with social, environmental, and economic impacts in mind. During my presidency the Chapter is presenting a number of programs that address this initiative. Teddy Cruz was here in May to discuss innovative housing models. We also co-organized the South-North Conference, part of our ongoing sustainable urbanization collaboration with the United Nations.

In addition, we are developing an exhibition entitled “Buildings=Energy,” which will educate the public and design professionals about measures that improve building performance and the environment. It will open this fall, during our new month-long design celebration, Archtober.

The Chapter continues to provide expert testimony and position statements on issues of importance to the profession at the New York City Council, City Planning Commission, Department of Buildings, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as at state agencies, public authorities, and elected officials. Recent topics have included the New York University Core Project, Moynihan Station Development, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Interior Landmarking, the city-wide Car Share and Key Terms Clarification Zoning Text Amendments, Riverside Center, and the Department of Buildings rules on the benchmarking of energy and water use of buildings and compliance with the New York City Energy Conservation Code.


144th Annual Meeting: Excerpted Remarks by AIANY President-elect Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP

Aliotta at the Annual Meeting.

Sam Lahoz

Professional Development
The Chapter is committed to promoting professional development. In fact, it will be a focus of next year’s presidential theme. Our programs already make a big impact on our architectural community. We have continued our successful “Not Business as Usual” lunch series, which seeks to guide architects through this troubled economy. We have also expanded our LEED Exam prep courses and ARE study sessions, which brought new Associate members to the Chapter. In the past nine months we’ve presented the “Architects’ Fast Track Leadership” series for professional practice to young professionals and mid-career architects.

Committee Programs
Committee programs continue to be the lifeblood of the Chapter. These programs bring a wide range of expertise and intellectual content to the Center. The Committee on the Environment’s Integration Series has been an indispensable resource. The ENYA and New Practices Committees both mounted successful exhibitions. We are thrilled to add two new committees this year –Architectural Tourism, and Design for Risk and Reconstruction. We thank all our active committee members for their incredible hard work and devotion to the Chapter’s programming!

144th Annual Meeting: Chapter Business and Awards

In addition to the President and President-elect’s State of the Chapter speeches, the 2012 slate was approved. Click here to see the 2012 Board and new members of AIANY’s Elective Committees. A number of awards were conferred, including the Medal of Honor to Daniel Libeskind, AIA.

The complete list of awards is below:
Medal of Honor: Daniel Libeskind, AIA
Award of Merit: Frank J. Sciame, Jr., Hon. AIANY
Honorary Membership: Charles McKinney, Hon. AIANY, ASLA
Andrew J. Thomas Award: Carol Lamberg
Harry B. Rutkins Award: Frederic Schwartz, FAIA
Public Architect Award: Laurie D. Kerr, AIA
George S. Lewis Award: WNYC
Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award: John Morris Dixon, FAIA

Special Citations
· Lisa Phillips and the New Museum
· Battery Park City Authority, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Albanese Organization, Inc.
· Solar One Green Energy, Arts, and Education Center
· Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Vice Presidential Citations
· Mark Behm, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, for Professional Development
· Committee on Architecture for Education for Design Excellence
· Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Design for Aging Committee for Public Outreach

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Imminent, Imaginative Futures for Old and New Amsterdams

Events: Rising Water and the City: A New Design Challenge; New York / Amsterdam 2040: Breathing, Eating, Making, Moving, Dwelling
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.10.11; 06.11.11
Speakers: Rising Water and the City: Paul Roncken — Bachelor Coördinator & Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University; Chris van Langen — Head of School, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture; Brian McGrath — Professor & Research Chair in Urban Design, Parsons The New School; Kevin Joh Benham — Head of the School of Landscape Architecture, Boston Architectural College; Rogier van de Berg — Head of Urbanism, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture; Sandro Marpillero, FAIA — Associate Professor in Architecture and Urban Design, Columbia University; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA — Distinguished Professor, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York (moderator); Aart Oxenaar — Director, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (moderator); New York/Amsterdam 2040: Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP — VP for Public Outreach, AIANY & President, cultureNOW (welcome); David Bragdon — Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability (introduction); Barbara Wilks, FAIA, ASLA — W Architecture; Steven Delva — DELVA Landscape Architects; Dingeman Deijs — Dingeman Deijs Architect; Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA — President, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc. & Co-chair, Waterfront Committee, APA New York Metro Chapter (respondent); Sam Dufaux — WORKac; Jago van Bergen — Van Bergen Kolpa; Howard Slatkin — Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning (respondent); Susannah Drake, ASLA, AIA — dlandstudio; Olv Klijn — .FABRIC; Margaret Newman, AIA — Chief of Staff, NYC Department of Transportation (respondent); Jing Liu & Florian Idenburg, Int’l Assoc. AIA — Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu (SO-IL); Caro van der Venne — Barcode Architects; Hillary Brown, FAIA — Professor of Architecture, CUNY & Principal, New Civic Works (respondent); Daniel D’Oca — Interboro; Sascha Glasl — Space & Matter; Chris Beardsley — Executive Director, Forum for Urban Design & Principal, RUX Design (respondent); Luc Vrolijks — Urban Progress (moderator, summary discussion)
Organizers: Rising Water and the City: Center for Architecture; ARCAM; Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Urban Progress; AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; New York/Amsterdam 2040: Center for Architecture; ARCAM; in collaboration with Urban Progress
Sponsors: Underwriters: Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur; Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Sponsors: Priva; Proper Stok

The Red Point Park: Aquapuncture on the Waterfront (Project team: Jacques Abelman, Txell Blanco Diaz, Marit Janse, Simone Serafino, Egle Suminskaite)

Courtesy Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

In these two panels related to the “Glimpses 2040” exhibition, the affinities between Amsterdam and New Amsterdam appeared stronger than differences in geography and national cultures. Some of the shared qualities noted by David Bragdon, director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability — a strong trading history, an openness to outsiders, and an innovative spirit (occasionally hazardous in the financial sphere, he noted, drawing parallels between 17th-century tulips and 21st-century mortgages) — make both cities suitable for creative leadership in an era that will challenge architects and planners’ improvisational skills.

The mission for the new AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, announced by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, at the “Rising Water” panel, applies logically to what the Dutch have been doing for centuries: designing public spaces and infrastructure to keep natural hazards at bay. “One of the problems of being Dutch,” quipped Head of Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture Rogier van den Berg, “is everybody says you know a lot about water.” Dutch technical expertise, most visible in dikes and polders, extends to other realms such as wind power and housing; van den Berg’s catchphrase “fluid attitude” is more than a pun. Paul Roncken of Wageningen University and Rotterdam Academy of Architecture’s Chris van Langen’s accounts of evolving hydrologic strategies suggested historical movement from “technocratic” strategies (moving water out as fast as possible) to an acceptance of water as a functioning component of urban structures. Using “sand engines,” “aquapuncture,” and other soft-edge approaches helps infrastructure employ natural forces rather than resist them.

Local responses to climate change, Parsons The New School’s Brian McGrath suggested, will require understanding the ecologies of the whole New York Bight (Cape May to Montauk); similar broad views apply to New Orleans and other flood-prone areas. Much discussion at this event stressed the urgency of interdisciplinary work: research on, by, and for design, as Roncken proposed, driven not by clients’ commercial incentives, but by global collegiality, perhaps with institutional innovations such as a civic foundation holding patents on new technologies.

Saturday’s all-day event, an exercise in rethinking broad quality-of-life topics at sites in both cities, yielded ideas about how future Amsterdammers and New Yorkers might adapt to new flows of resources, people, and knowledge. As Margaret Newman, AIA, of the NYC Department of Transportation, observed, public health varies with means of movement; all schemes anticipated multimodal, resource-sharing, non-car-oriented cities, with waterfront reclamation and water transport as recurrent themes (dlandstudio’s Hybrid Urban Base, a Long Island City mode-switch nexus, being perhaps the most concrete of the proposals). WORKac’s “Infoodstructure” sketched the reconfiguration of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant from a food desert to a more self-sustaining nutritional environment, converting key streets to orchards, urban farms, and “aquaponic” underground fisheries. Jago van Bergen, of Van Bergen Kolpa, accordingly restructured Amsterdam’s outlying land wedges for discrete food sectors, restoring the balance of production and consumption. Space & Matter’s Sascha Glasl realigned Amsterdam’s neighborhoods to admit themed residential blocks, hinting at negotiations between choice and diversity while striving to avoid the sterility of gated districts. Interboro’s Daniel d’Oco offered sobering reminders of misbegotten past visions, turning Newark’s Broad Street into an archipelago of past urban-renewal projects as “weapons of inclusion or exclusion.”

Luc Vrolijks, of Urban Progress, observed a general tendency for the American projects to aim at restoring lost natural states, contrasting with Dutch approaches to managing the built/natural interface. Still, transatlantic commonalities were at least as strong, linked to the perception, as Director of Sustainability for the NYC Department of City Planning Howard Slatkin noted, that meaningful solutions to site problems begin with recognition of each site’s location within multiple social systems.

Dutch Firms Embrace Sustainable Attitude

Events: Crossing Sustainability and Mobility, Lecture by Ton Venhoeven; Real Sustainability: New Buildings by SeARCH, Lecture by Bjarne Mastenbroek; Glimpses of Practice: New York/Amsterdam
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.07.11; 06.08.11; 06.09.11
Speakers: Crossing Sustainability: Ton Venhoeven — Founder, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism & Chief Government Advisor on Infrastructure, Kingdom of the Netherlands; Real Sustainability: Bjarne Mastenbroek — Director & Founder, SeARCH & Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Architecture League; Glimpses of Practice: Lex Van de Beld — Architect & Director, ONIX; Bjarne Mastenbroek — Director & Founder, SeARCH & Former Chairman, Royal Dutch Architecture League; Sam Dufaux — WORKac; Tobias Armborst — Interboro; Renee Schoonbeek — Director of Planning, Hudson Square Connection BID (moderator)
Organizers: ARCAM; in collaboration with the Center for Architecture, and Urban Progress
Sponsors: Underwriters: Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur, the Architecture Fund, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Sponsors: Priva; Proper Stok

(L-R): Amsterdam West by SeARCH; Jan Schaefer Bridge by VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism; and bridge in the Netherlands designed by OAK.

(L-R): SeARCH; Venhoeven CS architecture+urbanism; OAK

“Sustainability is not a technique – it’s an attitude,” said architect Bjarne Mastenbroek, director and founder of Amsterdam-based SeARCH (Stedenbouw en ARCHitectuur). He conceives of projects as landscapes that connect architecture with the urban, interior with the exterior. Being Dutch usually implies an awareness of the scarcity of land, and a number of Dutch firms are addressing the issues in new, innovative ways.

Sustainability is about limiting oneself in terms of eating, housing, and traveling. At one end of the spectrum, Mastenbroek explained, is a 400,000-square-foot residence in Mumbai that has 27 floors, six floors of parking, three helipads, and a 50-seat cinema, all for a family of six. This is an example of opportunity, not of necessity. An example at the other end is a project his firm completed in the garden city of Amsterdam West. In spite of initial protests by locals, they decided to re-use and convert three concrete drums of a sewage treatment facility into a six-apartment dwelling with a penthouse; a water collection system; and storage space.

Currently on the boards, SeARCH has a project that is aiming to give a new definition to chalet topology. Atypical of hotels in St. Moritz, Switzerland, it is both integrated into the mountainside and faces the sun. The chalet will be geared to all types of guests, from five star hotel seekers to lodging for backpackers. There is even space for bovine guests (often cows are brought inside for the winter). Approximately 50 cows may reside there, providing heat, as well as supplying milk and cheese to the hotel.

In addition to heading up his Amsterdam-based firm, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, Ton Venhoeven works as the chief government advisor on infrastructure for the Dutch government. He professes that one has to address demographic and sustainability issues when talking about infrastructure. One can live in the most sustainable house, but if he or she must drive a distance to get from place to place, it defeats the purpose. The paradox is that peripheral towns and cities are cheaper to live in. If we can improve connections to the city center, through various forms of infrastructure, people will be able to find work there and continue to live where they prefer.

As an outcome of the 400th anniversary of the Dutch discovering the Hudson River, Alex van de Beld, architect and director of ONIX, was invited by the City of Poughkeepsie to explore the possibility of designing a wood bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists on one bank of the river. As part of OAK (Onix Achterbosch Cooperation, a collaboration between ONIX and Achterbosch Architecture), the bridge is composed of sustainable Accoya wood, processed to make it almost imperishable — and a realization of the inter-connectivity of two cities and regions.

International Students Envision Future of NYC

Event: Archiprix International — The Capital of Your World
Location: Center for Architecture 06.10.11
Panelists: Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP — VP for Public Outreach, AIANY & President, cultureNOW; Andy Wiley-Schwartz — Assistant Commissioner, Division of Planning & Sustainability/Public Space, NYC Department of Transportation; Robert Yaro — President, Regional Plan Association; Roland Lewis — President, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Moderator: Olimpia Kazi — Executive Director, Van Alen Institute
Introduction & Overview: Alexander D’Hooghe — Director, Archiprix & Associate Professor in Architectural Urbanism, MIT
Curators of Selected Workshops: Daniel Adams & Marie Adams, AIA — Empire Port; Neeraj Bhatia — In Grid We Trust; Brandon Clifford — Malleable Manhattan; Talia Dorsey — New New Amsterdam
Organizers: ARCAM; in collaboration with the Center for Architecture, Urban Progress, and Archiprix International
Sponsors: Underwriters: Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur, the Architecture Fund, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Sponsors: Priva; Proper Stok

Archiprix 2011

This year’s Archiprix 2011 brought NYC into the limelight, assembling international architecture students to challenge the current urban blanket and create a new New York. As an iconic hub of cultural diversity and a canvas for new thought, it suited the theme of unconventional — the “punk” of architecture, as Archiprix Director Alexander D’Hooghe put it. Three elemental truths predominated: the waterfront; building typologies; and transportation and access, primarily via the automobile. Within six days of preparation, students expanded parameters of this vertical city. Many solutions were radical. One, called “New New Amsterdam,” flooded the entire city to void its grandiosity by creating pods of compartmentalized neighborhoods. In “Malleable Manhattan,” energy was harvested in oversized floating bubbles, dividing the city in two. Many of the proposals attempted to form completely new structures, rather than work within the city’s existing infrastructure.

Panelists commended the schemes, yet stressed the importance of real and possible solutions. Although graphically the student work looked more advanced than ever, panelists felt that it distracted from practicality and well-thought-out strategies. Ultimately, panelists agreed that schools must emphasize the role of architects as master builders, designing pragmatically for societal change.

Communication Is Key to Professional Growth

Event: AFTL Series Wrap Up, Next Steps and Celebration
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.06.11
Speakers: Gretchen Bank — Principal, Bank on Bank Consulting & co-chair, AIANY Marketing and PR Committee; Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP — Principal, FXFOWLE; Tom Hernandez, Assoc. AIA — DBC Technologies; Robert F. Herrmann, Esq. — Attorney, Menaker & Herrmann, LLP; Christine Hunter, AIA — Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning; Greg D. Kumm — President, Prosurance Redeker Group, Ltd.; Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA — Principal, Mancini Duffy & 2010 AIANY President; Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA — Chief Marketing Officer, Dattner Architects; Ralph Steinglass, FAIA — Organizational Consultant, Teambuilders, Inc.
Moderator: Stephen J. Hegeman, AIA — Principal, Francis Cauffman Architects
Organizer: AIANY Professional Practice Committee
Sponsor: Newforma, Inc.

There are specific skills that are essential to architectural practice and they must be learned at a firm, said Ralph Steinglass, FAIA, an organizational consultant to architecture firms. The AFTL Series Wrap Up was the culmination of an eight-part program on practice management issues designed to help young and experienced professionals prepare for more leadership roles. This panel consisted of the series’ presenters reflecting on firm management. Firms are diverse — in size, structure, responsibilities, values, and promises — and each employee can shape its personality and its possibilities for growth.

“Communication is the key to success” may be an over-used phrase, but the consensus among the panelists was that it is a crucial component of a firm’s structure, especially regarding growth. In a firm, upper management tends to move staff around according to a project’s direct need. In certain instances, project managers may give only the pertinent information required to accomplish a task. Inexperienced employees may not ask the right questions to fully understand the project. It is the individual’s responsibility to seek out the most appropriate information regarding the project to complete the task to its full potential, and it is the entire team’s responsibility to communicate the full scope of work.

No matter the size of the firm, more responsibility yields ownership, which in turn yields more individual responsibility. Panelists agreed that this is the best way for firms to succeed.

Note: On-Demand Webinars of all of the discussions that were part of the AFTL series are available on the AIANY website here.

Next Generation of NY Architects is a Mixed Dozen

Event: Oculus Book Talk: Michael Crosbie, New York Dozen
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.22.11
Speaker: Michael J. Crosbie, AIA, Ph.D. — Author, New York Dozen: Gen X Architects (Images Publishing Group, 2011)
Moderator: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA — Editor-in-Chief, OCULUS and ArchNewsNow.com
Organizer: AIANY Oculus Committee
Sponsor: Bernsohn & Fetner, LLC

The foreshadowing of New York Dozen, by Michael J. Crosbie, AIA, Ph.D., began 40 years ago in another groundbreaking book, Five Architects. Focused on the New York Five (Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, FAIA, Charles Gwathmey, John Heiduk, and Richard Meier, FAIA, FRIBA), the book marked a lot of firsts; perhaps most importantly it provided a more expansive public platform for architectural discourse. Not long after the book’s publication, in an issue of Architectural Forum, architects Romaldo Giurgola, FAIA, Allan Greenberg, Charles Moore, Jaquelin T. Robertson, FAIA, and Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, wrote “Five on Five,” essays that pointedly indicted the pure Modernist aesthetic, resulting in unworkable buildings that were indifferent to site, indifferent to users, and divorced from daily life.

Crosbie’s introduction is not a history lesson. It is a beautifully crafted conversation about how our profession is best served when architects see themselves not just as designers but as artists, thinkers, and agents of change. Part of the gusto and soul of this architect’s journey, as Crosbie unfolds throughout this book, is that it does not end with a generation that has reached a level of prominence that others then try to emulate. Rather, ideas are passed on and with the creative mind can evolve into something that was unimaginable in previous decades. This book in the hands of a less scholarly, creative, and insightful editor, would have probably ended up being a marketing piece for a dozen up-and-coming firms. New York Dozen is a prism that looks carefully into an uncertain future through the lens of another time in our history that, while unpredictable, yielded surprisingly radical and transformative results.

In the energetic foreword to New York Dozen, Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, writes a balanced refection on the past that moves insightfully toward a future filled with some unprecedented challenges/opportunities facing Gen X. “The city is in a very particular place and time. Government agencies, developers, and the citizenry have never been more actively involved (most times collaboratively) in city building that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. I believe 9/11, and the growing awareness of what climate change could do to our streets and shorelines have had much to do with it.” The architecture of the New York Dozen — Andre Kikoski Architect, Architecture in Formation, Arts Corporation, Christoff/Finio Architecture, Della Valle Bernheimer, Leroy Street Studio, Levenbetts, MOS, nARCHITECTS, Studio Sumo, Work Architecture Company (WORKac), and WXY Architecture — is very diverse. Each practice is unique in their vision and in execution. Threads of commonality are found philosophically in a “we” not the “me” style of collaboration.

Five Architects sparked controversial debates. It is my hope that New York Dozen will inspire and provoke a level of discourse about architecture, inspiration, individuation, and collaboration in era of globalization that is truly unprecedented.

Note about Oculus Book Talks: Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee hosts a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for purchase and signing. The next talk will take place on 07.11.11, featuring The Vertical Farm, by Dickson Despommier. Click here to RSVP.

Moving Images of Design Excellence in Astoria

(L-R): James P. Stuckey, President, Public Design Commission; Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; and Ed Burke, Staten Island Deputy Borough President at the Public Design Commission Awards.

Rick Bell, FAIA

At the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, the Public Design Commission of the City of New York conferred the 29th annual Awards for Excellence in Design on 06.20.11. The architects, landscape architects, and public artists winning awards were in attendance, along with their public agency clients from, among others, the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC), Department of Transportation (DOT), Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), and Department of Parks & Recreation. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unfortunately was not present, his mother having succumbed on Sunday at the age of 102. His place at the lectern was taken by First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris, who cut her teeth at the Art Commission under Mayor Ed Koch. She recalled those days saying, “I was at the first Art Commission awards, 29 years ago; I was there, and we’ve come a long way.” Setting up the presentation of the awards by Public Design Commission President James P. Stuckey, the Deputy Mayor stated that “we remain a city that encourages excellence in design,” and that “we will leave a city even more dazzling than it is today — it is a great legacy for our children, too.” She called out a special appreciation for the staff of the Public Design Commission, headed by Executive Director Jackie Snyder.

Design awards were presented to the following projects and design teams:

· Construction of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Rooftop Pavilion, by Toshiko Mori Architect with Ove Arup & Partners (DDC, DCA, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum).
· Construction of a Salt Shed, by Dattner Architects with WXY Architecture + Urban Design, Klein and Hoffman, Greeley and Hansen, and Reginald D. Hough Architect (Department of Sanitation).
· Reconstruction of Harper Street Yard, including the Construction of a Diesel Monitoring Booth by nARCHITECTS with Robert Silman Associates, URS Corporation, and Langan Engineering (DDC, and DOT).
· Renovation and Addition to the 122 Community Center, including the installation of Inhale/Exhale and Independent Lines, by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects with Monika Goetz, Buro Happold, and Serett (DDC, DDC, and The 122 Community Center).
· Installation of a Commemorative Program at the Original Yankee Stadium Site, by Doyle Partners and Cozzolino Studio with Stantec, Thomas Balsley Associates, and van Geldern Machine Company (EDC, and Department of Parks & Recreation).
· Rehabilitation of the Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage, by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects with Engineering Group Associates, Tillotson Design Associations, and M-E Engineers (DDC and DOT).
· Construction of the Hunter’s Point Community Library, by Steven Holl Architects with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Robert Silman & Associates, and Icor Associates (DDC, Queens Library, and Queens West Development Corporation).
· Reconstruction of the Staten Island Animal Care Facility, by Garrison Architects with Anastos Engineering, Plus Group Consulting Engineering, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture, and Wohl & O’Mara (DDC, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and Animal Care & Control of NYC).
· Rehabilitation of the Sands Street Gatehouses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Industrial Park, by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners with Robert Silman Associates, and JFK&M Consulting Group (Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation).
· Renovation and Expansion of the Museum of the Moving Image, by Leeser Architecture with Karlssonwilker, Anastos Engineering Associates, ADS Engineers, R.A. Heintges & Associates, L’Observatoire International, Stantec, and Atelier Ten (EDC, DCA, and Museum of the Moving Image).

A Special Recognition Award was conferred for:

· Renovation and Addition to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Headquarters, by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects with Weidlinger Associates, Philip Habib and Associates, Jaros Baum and Bolles Engineers, Steven Winter Associates, Hillman DiBernardo & Associates, and Design 360 (DDC, and OEM).

Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, principal-in-charge at Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and AIANY president-elect, accepted the award for the OEM project. At the reception, which followed in the garden of the Museum of the Moving Image, project stories were traded by agency folks and the black-clad designers who were appreciative not only of the public sector commissions, but the recognition of their efforts by an administration that cares passionately about design.