2011 Summer@theCenter Begins

Rachel Miller with the Mobile Architecture class (left); Mobile Architecture visits Governors Island.

Catherine Teegarden

Summer@theCenter has finally arrived! The Center for Architecture Foundation’s summer studios offer NYC youth in 3rd-12th grades the opportunity to learn about architecture and design and explore some of the city’s best kept secrets.

The 2011 series began on 06.20.11 with Design Educator Rachel Miller’s Mobile Architecture class, a course designed for students in grades 6-12. Students explored the possibilities for “architecture on the move”: how mobile structures can be multifunctional, convertible, and adapted to various types of habitats. Ben Manley, a trailer hobbyist currently building a sustainable trailer of his own, stopped by to give a special lecture about sustainable structures and hosted a trailer demonstration. The class also took a field trip to Governors Island, where there are a number of temporary public exhibitions on display, including sculptures by Mark di Suvero, the FIGMENT 2011 mini-golf course inspired by “bugs and features,” and the Burble Bup Pavilion, designed by Bittertang, the winner of the second annual City of Dreams pavilion competition sponsored by FIGMENT, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).

After learning about the sustainable uses of mobile dwellings and working together as a group to build a geodesic dome, the class spent a couple days building their own mobile structures. Students worked from small to large scales, constructing life-size tents, including one that rolled on wheels and another that could be transformed into a walking stick.

The Foundation extends a special thanks to Miller and Manley for hosting the course. There are a few spaces left in the Summer Studio programs for middle school students (07.18-22.11) Store Design and Sustainable Cities (07.25-29.11) as well as in Water Citiesfor elementary school students (08.15-19.11). For more information visit the Foundation’s website: www.cfafoundation.org. To join the mailing list for updates on future programs, send an e-mail to info@cfafoundation.org.

Interboro Integrates PS 1 with Community

Holding Pattern, by Interboro, at PS1.

Jessica Sheridan

MoMA’s recent trend toward more socially aware design continues. “Holding Pattern,” the winner of this year’s MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program designed by Interboro, takes the connection to the local community a step further than WORKac’s Public Farm 1 did in 2008. By asking the museum’s neighbors, “Is there something you need that we could design, use in the courtyard during the summer, and then donate to you when Holding Pattern is deinstalled in the fall?”

The canopy of “sails” engages well with the perimeter walls — a shortcoming of many previous designs — as the strips of fabric sway in the wind and cast shadows across the walls and ground. A quiet grove of trees in the smaller courtyard provides an aromatic refuge from the activity in the main space. Ping Pong and Foosball will offer lighthearted fun throughout the summer. Flexible furniture, including benches and stools, allow visitors to reconfigure the space as needed.

The main shortcoming of the design is in the space planning. There is no clear path from which one is supposed to experience the courtyard. I found that when I entered into the space I saw wading pools, a misting platform, and a lifeguard chair in front of me; some rows of trees to the right; and picnic and game tables to the left. Every piece of furniture was given the same amount of importance in my vision with no central focal point, and nothing drew me into the space further. As I moved through the courtyard, I felt that the space was very static, despite the number of pieces and variation in size and use. Also, as the staff geared up for the Summer WarmUp series — Saturday afternoon music, sound, and DJ performances — I saw them busy removing handfuls of gravel from the wading pools and sweeping the misting platform clean of debris. If maintenance is this difficult on a weekly basis, how will the pieces hold up in the future, permanent locations?

Ultimately, the best aspect of Holding Pattern is the concept behind it. Interboro’s signature cartoons show how the pieces will be used in the future. Each piece has a tag marking which organization is slated to receive it. A small publication maps out the various locations and organizations to which the various items will be distributed. A series of programs hosted by local organizations will bring the community into the courtyard. And, hopefully, at the end of summer, the installation will live on in its many iterations.

AIANYS announced the 2011 Design Award recipients, including projects in the following categories: Adaptive Reuse; Awards of Merit, El Museo Del Barrio by Gruzen Samton Architects; Orchestra of St. Luke’s DiMenna Center by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; and Wyckoff Exchange by Andre Kikoski Architect; Citation for Design, East Hampton Town Hall by Robert A.M. Stern ArchitectsCommercial/Industrial — Large Projects; Awards of Merit, Comcast Center by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. ; and Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant by Ennead Architects

Commercial/Industrial — Small Projects; Award of Excellence, Marc Jacobs Flagship Building by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects with Creative Designers International and D. Brain Co., LTDHistoric Preservation; Award of Excellence, Thomas Edison National Historical Park by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Citations for Design, 648 Broadway by Scott Henson Architect; and New York Public Library, Exterior Restoration by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, IncInstitutional Awards of Merit, New York City Fire Department by Ennead Architects; and The Stephen Sondheim Theatre by Cook+Fox Architects with Adamson Associates Architects; Citations for Design, Union County Juvenile Detention Center by Ricci Greene Associates; and United States Land Port of Entry by Robert Siegel Architects

Interiors; Award of Excellence, Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse by Dean/Wolf Architects; Award of Merit, Grey Group by STUDIOS Architecture; Citation for Design, Infinity Chapel by hanrahanMeyers ArchitectsInternational; Award of Excellence, Taichung InfoBox by Stan Allen Architect with W.B. Huang Architects & PlannersResidential — Large Projects; Award of Merit, The Schermerhorn, Common Ground Community by Ennead Architects; Citation for Design, William Beaver House by Tsao & McKown Architects with SLCE ArchitectsResidential — Small Projects; Award of Merit, House for “Locavore” Farmers by Cooper Joseph Studio with Richardson ArchitectsUnbuilt; Citations for Design, Bike Hanger by Jeeyong An, AIA, MANIFESTO Architecture; and St. Ann’s Warehouse by Geoff Lynch, AIA, H3 Hardy Collaboration ArchitectureUrban Planning Design; Award of Excellence, SandRidge Commons by Rogers Marvel Architects; Award of Merit, Zipper Park Bench System by WXY architecture + urban design; Citation for Design, MTA Flood Mitigation by Rogers Marvel Architects with di Domenico + Partners

George H. Miller, FAIA, 2010 AIA President, was awarded the NCARB President’s Medal…

Michael Kimmelman has been named the new New York Times architecture critic…

Winners of the Public Design Commission’s 29th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design are: the Construction of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Rooftop Pavilion by Toshiko Mori Architect; Construction of a Salt Shed by Dattner Architects with WXY Architecture + Urban Design; Reconstruction of Harper Street Yard, including the Construction of a Diesel Monitoring Booth by nARCHITECTS; Renovation of and Addition to the 122 Community Center, including the Installation of Inhale/Exhale and Independent Lines by Monika Goetz by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; Installation of a Commemorative Program at the Original Yankee Stadium Site by Doyle Partners with Cozzolino Studio; Rehabilitation of the Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects; Construction of the Hunter’s Point Community Library by Steven Holl Architects with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Reconstruction of the Staten Island Animal Care Facility by Garrison Architects; Rehabilitation of the Sands Street Gatehouses by Beyer Blinder Belle ; Renovation and Expansion of the Museum of the Moving Image by Leeser Architecture with Karlssonwilker; and a Special Recognition Award for the Renovation of and Addition to the Office of Emergency Management Headquarters by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects

Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture announces the winning entries for Life at the Speed of Rail, including The Beacon by MANIFESTO Architecture and parallelogrammic HOU(S)TATION by SEUNGTEAK + MIJUNG; Honorable Mentions went to Dazzle Trains by Abby Richardson and Henry Grosman; The Image of the Continent by Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis; NON-STOP by Peter Dorsey with Freecell; and Territory for Infrastructure Re-Purposing by Jordan Carver

The National Capitol Planning Commission has selected five finalists for designs aimed at improving and enhancing the visitor experience of President’s Park South near the White House, including proposals by NYC-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Rogers Marvel Architects; the NCPC invites public comment on the designs online through 07.08.11…

The AIANYS Student Awards recepients include Benjamin Johnson and Harry Murzyn, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union…

The Historic Districts Council will present its Annual Landmarks Lion Award to Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Hon. AIA; the Council also elected Françoise Bollack, AIA, as its eighth president…

Charles Cameron, principal and chief lighting officer of Studio C Squared, has been elected for a two-year term as president of the Illuminating Engineering Society, New York Section (IESNYC)…

2011 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. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

2011 Themes:
Spring (President’s Theme): Design for a Change: Buildings, People, Energy

Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2011

Fall: Interior Activity

Winter: Up, Down, and Sideways: Density and Transportation
Density enabled by transportation: mass transit, cycling; Moynihan Station; Regional connections; Housing Authority: former purposeful disconnect, now reintegrating back into neighborhoods; How a century of New York skyscrapers has/is/will affect the architecture, planning, and culture of the city and the world.
Submit story ideas by 08.19.11

For further information, contact OCULUS Editor Kristen Richards: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

07.15.11 Call for Entries: 2011 Cleveland Design Competition — A New School Vision

07.15.11 Call for Participation: Revel

07.22.11 Call for Entries: AIG (Re)design Awards

08.05.11 Call for Entries: New York New Work 2011 Subway Exhibition

08.28.11 Call for Entries: Log Postcard Competition

09.23.11 Call for Entries: Contract Magazine 33rd Annual Interiors Awards

09.26.11 Call for Ideas: The Greatest Grid

10.21.11 Call for Submissions: 2012 AIA Fellowship

11.15.11 Call for Ideas: 2011-12 William Turnbull Competition — Drylands Design

07.04.11: The Amsterdam Center for Architecture, ARCAM, hosted a panel on the future of the profession. The discussion centered on professional organizations, including the BNA (the Dutch Association of Architects) and the AIA, and architecture policy in the Netherlands.

2011 AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, introduced the program.

Laura Trimble

(L-R): Marlies Buurman, ARCAM; Luc Vroligjks, Urban Progress; Tracy Metz, Moderator and Journalist; Margaret Castillo; David Bragdon, Director, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, NYC; and Zef Hemel, Deputy Director of Spatial Planning for the City of Amsterdam.

Laura Trimble

06.21.11: The AIA New York Chapter held its 144th Annual Meeting at the Center for Architecture.

Daniel Libeskind, AIA, who was awarded the 2011 Medal of Honor, with AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA.

Sam Lahoz, Courtesy the Center for Architecture

David Burney, FAIA, Vice President for Design Excellence, 2012 AIANY Board, with Carmi Bee, FAIA.

Kristen Richards

Susan Chin, FAIA, with Charles McKinney, Assoc. AIA, ASLA, who received honorary AIANY membership.

Kristen Richards

John Morris Dixon, FAIA, who received the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award, with (l-r): wife Carol Dixon, Peter Dixon of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, with past-President Theodore Leibman, and his wife, Nina.

Kristen Richards

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Director for Programs & Strategic Planning, 2012 AIANY Board, with Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Editor-in-Chief of e-Oculus, and Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, AIANY Director of Publications, who received an AIANY Special Citation.

Kristen Richards

06.22.11: As part of the Oculus Book Talk series, author Michael J. Crosbie, AIA, Ph.D., presented New York Dozen: Gen X Architects, which profiles the work of 12 new firms in New York City.

Along with Crosbie, the speakers included Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, who wrote the forward for the book, and Andre Kikoski, AIA, Andre Kikoski Architect; Eric Bunge, AIA, nARCHITECTS; Dan Wood, WORKac; Matthew Bremer, AIA, Architecture in Formation; Martin Finio, AIA, Christoff:Finio Architecture; Yolande Daniels, Studio SUMO; Sean Watts, Leroy Street Studio; Andy Bernheimer, Della Valle + Bernheimer Design; Claire Weisz, AIA, WXY architecture + urban design; and Mark Latham, Arts Corporation.

Christopher M. Crosbie

Richards interviews Crosbie for an AIANY podcast. Stay tuned for the announcement when it is posted online.

Christopher M. Crosbie

06.27.11: Michael Plottel, AIA, and Anna Torriani, AIA, co-chairs of the Public Architecture Committee organized a presentation and tour of the progress of the Second Avenue Subway. The tour was lead by Alaeden Jlelaty, Project Manager of Skanska USA Civil, and Judith Kunoff, AIA, Chief Architect of the MTA NYC Transit.

The tour group, which included Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director and Jay Bond, AIANY Policy Director, posed in the future Second Avenue Subway tunnel.

Alaeden Jlelaty

The AIANY Design for Aging Committee hosted a discussion about making living environments more age-friendly at the Center for Architecture. (L-R): Elizabeth Murray, interior designer and aging-in-place consultant; Eric Cohen, AIA, NCIDQ, Senior Associate Principal at Ethelind Coblin Architect; Rosemary Bakker, MA, ASID, Research Associate in Gerontologic Design in Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Ellen Fisher, PhD, ASID, Interim Dean, New York School of Interior Design; Jerry Maltz, AIA, Co-chair of the AIANY Design for Aging Committee. See “Aging Professionals Avoid ‘It Won’t Happen to Us’ Syndrome,” by Jerry Maltz, AIA, in this issue of e-Oculus to read more about the program.

Yutaka Takiura, AIA