09.01.11: It’s been a couple of weeks-worth of natural events in our area that perhaps brought to light some of the serious issues the city faces if those events were to escalate and become more frequent. In this issue Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Illya Azaroff, AIA, discuss the new AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (“New Committee Promotes Design for Risk and Reconstruction“), which they co-chair, and Contributing Editor Murrye Bernard, LEED AP, gives us a round-up of upcoming events commemorating 9/11 (“NYC Commemorates 9/11 Attacks“).

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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New Committee Promotes Design for Risk and Reconstruction

Event: Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) Inaugural Meeting
Location: Center for Architecture, 08.24.11
Organizers: AIANY DfRR Committee

Map of NYC hurricane evacuation zones.

Courtesy www.nyc.gov

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Mudslides. Meltdowns. Floods. Earthquakes! Oil Spills. Blackouts. Conflicts. Revolutions. War. Greensburg, Sri Lanka, New Orleans, Tokyo, Gibbelina, Baghdad, Beirut, Haiti, the list is too long.

We are all too aware of the occurrence of disasters, some fast, some slow, some natural, and some manmade. We can no longer afford to ignore these events. It is time to become more engaged in dealing with this aspect of our changing world. What role does design play in a world ever more aware of risks to its inhabitants and environment? How can we acknowledge risk so that we can live with fewer crises? The most recent disasters are perhaps a prelude to what is to come and may not be the most severe. There is much to learn from these past events. And there is much to be done based on what we are learning now.

New words and phrases have been coined that characterize our developing awareness of the roles and responsibilities we, as design professionals, have in this arena. Standard parlance Disaster Preparedness is extended to design for Resilience, Disaster Mitigation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Anticipatory Design (an oxymoron but useful),

The new AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) identifies and clarifies a new mission for the design community. The committee was established to evaluate, communicate, and expand the role of the design profession in this time of dramatic climate, energy, economic, and social changes. With its inaugural meeting on 08.24.11, the committee will be convening every third Wednesday of each month at the Center for Architecture.

While New York has had its fair share of disasters before the tragic attack on the World Trade Center, that terrorist attack was a clear wake up call. 9/11 was not only a loss of innocence, but has illuminated our need to recognize the potential for disasters. It prompts us to ask how design can do its part in mitigating, anticipating, and, in general, accepting the challenge of risk as positive opportunities for designing a better, richer, more meaningful, and certainly safer world.

In fulfilling its mission, the DfRR will foster awareness within the profession and the public of the necessity to anticipate risk to the built environment and integrate risk management and post-disaster strategies from the scale of a building to comprehensive regional planning.

NYC College Students Invest in Affordable Housing

Event: Check out a Solar Decathlon Team! Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology
Location: Center for Architecture, 08.22.11
Speakers: The solar Decathlon Team of Parsons The New School for Design, Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy; Stevens Institute of Technology
Organizers: AIANY Building Enclosures Council

Empowerhouse depicted in Deanwood.

Courtesy Parsons The New School for Design

Two NYC-based college teams are competing against 18 other student-led teams from around the world in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. The challenge for the collegiate teams: to design and build a house that best combines the elements of “affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.”

Three “Empowerhouse” team leaders — Chelsea Crisafulli, MArch candidate from Parsons The New School for Design, Travis Heithoff, Masters candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and Heather Zanoni, Masters candidate in Environmental Policy at the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School — presented the design and technical aspects of their project, and discussed the intense collaboration necessary to get to this point in the process.

The Empowerhouse team consists of 200 students from 50 different classes that have been working together since the fall of 2009. Adhering to Passive House principles, they have designed a compact, 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom house with a second-story light loft and a green roof. The house is currently under construction at the Stevens campus on the Hoboken waterfront. The house will be split in two and transported to the National Mall West Potomac Park, where it will be exhibited from 09.23-10.02.11.

Following the competition, the structure will be moved to the Deanwood section. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC and the Department of Housing and Community Development, the house will be expanded into a 2,700-square-foot, two-family home. The idea behind partnering with Habitat is to give the organization a new model it can employ on a national level. In addition to being affordable, this design can produce its own energy, reduce water usage, and grow food. These benefits will not only save homeowners money, but they will “empower” them to create a more sustainable lifestyle.

“We wanted people to see what younger people are doing,” said Chris Benedict, RA, chair of the AIANY Building Enclosures Council, “and we have a lot to learn from these students.”

Team New York, an interdisciplinary team from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, is also competing. Their project, entitled “Solar Roof Pod,” makes use of the sun and the most underutilized urban space — rooftops. For information about the competition visit the Solar Decathlon homepage.

NYC Commemorates 9/11 Attacks

Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2011.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, here is a compilation of upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events that might be of interest.

09.08.11, 9am-5pm
Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2011

A daylong panel of professionals who helped plan, design, advise, and develop the new World Trade Center site and its surrounding context will look to the future of the emerging Lower Manhattan community, and the economic, development, and cultural implications of its continued growth. Discussions will center on the last 18-24 months, including key design decisions, major infrastructure, foundation and below-grade work, Memorial Plaza and Museum and Building 1 and 4 construction, and the final shape of the WTC complex. This open presentation is a culmination of a series of New York New Visions-sponsored events focused on Lower Manhattan.

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

Seen Since 9/11: Interviews and Photographs of New Yorkers by Tibo

A series of photographs by Tibo, along with a piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center site, will be on view at the Center for Architecture. The WTC steel is on loan to the Center courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and will ultimately become part of the University of Southern Mississippi Center’s 9/11 Memorial.

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

09.01.11 (repeated 09.02.11)
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero

From executive producer Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television, Discovery Channel, and Science Channel comes three (of six) episodes profiling 9/11 survivors who remained in Manhattan to rebuild and repair their community; the Michael Arad, AIA/Peter Walker, FASLA-designed 9/11 Memorial; Santiago Calatrava, FAIA’s cathedral-like train station that will be a new gateway to Manhattan; and the men and women constructing the 104-story 1WTC.

Discovery Channel

Tragedy and Healing: WTC — a look back from where we came

Architectural/interior photographer Frank Ritter has been photographing the anniversaries of 9/11 for the last nine years (including contributing an annual photo essay to e-Oculus. See “9/11, Nine Years Later” for last year’s coverage). This collection of photographs centers on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center from the beginning eight years ago. A reception with the photographer is planned for 09.07.11, from 4:00-8:00pm.

New York Design Center
200 Lexington Avenue
* Attendance through RSVP only. Click the link to make your reservation.

09.09.11, 09.12.11, 09.13.11 @11am
Ten Years of Terror

This film examines the theoretical, empirical, and aesthetic dimensions of violence and the ensuing state of terror it produces. The series of reflections by Saskia Sassen, Michael Hardt, Noam Chomsky, Zygmunt Bauman, and others closely examines the enactment and ramifications of violence. Film directors Brad Evans and Simon Critchley will be available for questions following each screening.

Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue

Free Admission to The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with free admission to its gallery from noon to 6pm. On view is the museum’s permanent exhibition of the history of the design and construction of the Twin Towers in the 1960s-70s, as well as “SUPERTALL!,” which examines 21st-century towers around the world that are taller than 380 meters, including 1WTC.

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place

Thursdays in September
PortSide NewYork Multimedia Exhibition

This exhibition will showcase mariners’ roles in responding to 9/11, from evacuation to rubble removal, aboard the ship LILAC in Manhattan. It will include photography and oral history by photojournalist Carolina Salguero, who also founded the sustainable waterfront advocacy organization PortSide NewYork, plus contributions from vessel and rubble removal crews, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the Center for National Policy.

Historic Ship LILAC
Hudson River Park Pier 25 @ North Moore Street, Tribeca

Through 01.22.12
The 9/11 Peace Quilt Story

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt, designed by artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with NYC students ages 8-19, will be exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. On Sunday, 09.11.11, special programming will be offered at the museum, including a talk by Ringgold, readings by New York University students involved in the project, and an afternoon concert at The Temple of Dendur.

Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue

Memorial Guide App
Explore the arrangement of names on the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. Listen to remembrances of those who were lost, told by family and friends. Locate sponsored cobblestones on the Memorial plaza. This is an official app of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Apple iTunes Store

Boat Tour Exposes Changing NYC Waterfront

Event: Around Manhattan Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour (With AIANY Emerging New York Architects / ENYA)
Location: Chelsea Piers, 08.21.11
Tour Guides: Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA — AIANY Architectural Tourism Committee; Arthur Platt, AIA — Principal, Fink and Platt Architects & Co-chair, AIANY Architectural Tourism Committee
Organizers: AIANY Architectural Tourism Committee; AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee
Sponsor: Classic Harbor Lines

(L-R): From the Standard Hotel by Ennead Architects, to Richard Meier & Partners Architects’ Perry Street Towers and the World Trade Center site, the Around Manhattan NYC Architectural Boat Tour focused on new developments along the waterfront.

Jessica Sheridan

(L-R): The Statue of Liberty is gearing up for a modern update, including the installation of “code-compliant” stairways (visit now before it closes on 10.28.11 for one year); Brooklyn’s waterfront is much greener thanks to to Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates’ Brooklyn Bridge Park; and Lower Manhattan’s skyline glimmers with Gehry Partners’ 8 Spruce Street.

(L-R): Jessica Sheridan; Jessica Sheridan; Ketaki Bhate

(L-R): The New Domino, by Rafael Viñoly Architects with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners and Quennell Rothschild and Partners, is cleared for construction to begin in late 2012; construction is underway on Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island; and the United Nations glass façade makeover is almost complete.

(L-R): Jessica Sheridan; Jessica Sheridan; Ketaki Bhate

(L-R): Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse, by Robert A.M. Stern with Armand LeGardeur Architect, sits nestled in Swindler Cove Park on the Harlem River; Selldorf Architects’ 200 Eleventh Avenue condo tower (with its interior car elevator) resides in close proximity to Starrett-Lehigh Building (with its historic 30-foot freight car elevators); and FXFOWLE’s Northside Piers defines the Williamsburg edge.

(L-R): Ketaki Bhate; Jessica Sheridan; Jessica Sheridan

In this issue:
· SoHo Streetscape Sweetens
· Prime Corner Gets a Glass Box
· Syracuse Recording Studio Is Seen but Noise Not Heard
· Oxford Adds a New Building for its Mathematical Institute

SoHo Streetscape Sweetens



Xocolatti, a new premium chocolate brand, will be opening its first flagship location in SoHo later this month. Designed by De-Spec, which also served as the general contractor, the concept for the 150-square foot space was to create a vitrine-like space that seamlessly integrates with the streetscape. The walls are lined with a custom-designed, floor-to-ceiling bronze shelving system for display and storage that is based on the different sizes of the shop’s green and brown chocolate boxes. In addition, De-Spec invited branding firm Exit Creative Company to collaborate on the identity of the company, which has plans to grow locations nationally and internationally.

Prime Corner Gets a Glass Box

Manufacturers & Builders Building.

TPG Architecture

One-and-a-half years after razing a 136-year-old building on the northeast corner of 57th Street and Third Avenue, ground was recently broken on the 30,800-square-foot, four-story Manufacturers & Builders (M&B) Building, designed by TPG Architecture. The ground-floor retail storefronts will have floor-to-ceiling, mullion-free glass and a continuous stainless-steel signage band wrapping the façade. The marble lobby has blue glass walls and a black slate floor. Open floor plates and 17-foot ceilings will allow flexibility for fit-outs for furniture showrooms, which are the intended tenants due to the proximity to the Architects & Designers Building (A&D Building) and the Decoration & Design Building (D&D Building). The penthouse floor features two pairs of folding glass walls to transition between the interior and an outdoor terrace. The project is being developed by Marx Realty & Improvement, which has owned the site since the 1920s.

Syracuse Recording Studio Is Seen but Noise Not Heard

219 West.

Photo by Chris Cooper

NYC-based Fiedler Marciano Architecture has completed the revitalization 219 West, a 19,200-square-foot former industrial building located between the historic Armory Square and the SALT (Syracuse Art Life Technology) District in downtown Syracuse. A glazed extension was added to the ground floor, which serves as the main entry. The masonry façade is now opened up by large storefront windows. In a departure from traditional recording facilities, which are sealed acoustic boxes, passersby can watch live recording sessions. The existing wood floor framing was replaced with a long-span concrete deck, which supports a series of secondary “floating” slabs that in turn support isolated wall and ceiling construction. This “room-within-a-room” approach prevents sound and vibration transmission from both adjacent rooms and outside sources, including passing freight trains and heavy vehicular traffic. The remainder of the first floor houses a lobby, lounge, and café. The second floor houses music instruction and rehearsal areas, a dance studio, and office spaces. Three residential suites on the top floor provide accommodations for visiting performing artists and artists-in-residence. The building is adjacent to the Red House Arts Center, and together, they create a new cultural complex.

Oxford Adds a New Building for its Mathematical Institute

Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.

Rafael Viñoly Architects

Construction has started on the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford in the England, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects. The institute will move from three separate locations into a single dedicated facility that will provide workspace for a community of more than 500 mathematical researchers and support staff, including faculty, research fellows, and postgraduate students. The new building is designed to balance a need for privacy and silence with interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty offices are marked by the cellular stone grid on the façade. Individually operated solar screens further express the use of the interior space and animate the exterior. The building will provide more than 300 offices, three theaters (the largest of which will be 366 seats), meeting rooms, and an extensive suite of teaching and seminar spaces. The project, which will open in Summer 2013, is aiming for BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent certification, and will employ energy-efficient and lowered carbon dioxide emissions, including a sedum green roof and parking spaces for 500 bicycles.


Pace Gallery announced it is expanding into the empty lot adjacent to its current space at 510 West 25th Street, under the High Line. Designer Bill Katz has been selected to create the new gallery space.

A Western Beef store in the South Bronx is the first supermarket to open under NYC’s Food Retail Expansion Support Health (FRESH) program. The initiative is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Five-Borough Economic Opportunity Plan, which promotes the establishment and retention of neighborhood grocery stores in underserved communities through zoning and financial incentives. The store received a New Markets Tax Credit loan to purchase and renovate its 65,000-square-foot facility.

Volunteers will paint more than 35,000 square feet of rooftop space with reflective white paint on 20 buildings between East Fourth and Third Streets, between Second Avenue and the Bowery. This is the first phase of the Model Block Project, a program led by Go Green Lower East Side (GGLES) that aims to lead by example by improving one block at a time with sustainable practices.

In this issue:
· AIANY Call for Instructors: ECCNYS-2010 Training Course
· AIANYS Tri-State Convention Early Bird Deadline Extended
· Passing: Robert Djerejian
· e-Calendar

AIANY Call for Instructors: ECCNYS-2010 Training Course
AIANY is partnering with NYSERDA and Urban Green Council/USGBC to offer four-hour course trainings to familiarize architects and engineers with the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of NY State (ECCCNYS-2010), the fundamentals of low energy design, and the processes available to demonstrate compliance. Instructors are being sought to deliver this course from the pre-prepared PowerPoint. All building types, with the exception of low-rise residential, will be addressed. The course will not follow the ECCCNYS-2010 step-by-step, but will give participants familiarity with the code and the tools needed to demonstrate compliance. The main focus of the curriculum will cover Building Envelope, HVAC, Service Water Heating, Electric Power and Lighting, and Total Building Performance. Instructors must be familiar with all aspects of building systems and with the ECCCNYS-2010. Instructors will be paid at the rate of $750 per session. Reimbursements for out-of-town travel and lodging will be available as needed. Contact Jay Bond, AIANY Policy Director, at jbond@aiany.org for more information on becoming an instructor.

AIANYS Tri-State Convention Early Bird Deadline Extended
Registration is still open for the AIANYS Tri-State Convention, to take place 09.21-21.11 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. The early bird rate deadline has been extended to 09.09.11, after which the registration will increase by $50. This design conference features continuing education classes; two keynote sessions; an ice-breaker reception; the AIANYS Design Awards Dinner; a one-day Product Showcase with more than 95 booths; and a Tri-State Design Awards Gala. To register, go to www.myprereg.com/events/AIA11 or call (609) 393-5690.

Passing: Robert Djerejian
AIANY mourns the passing of Robert Djerejian, AIA, a recipient of the AIANY Design Excellence Award. He was a senior consultant for Haines, Lundberg & Waehler International, (HLW International), helping bring the firm to international prominence with offices in London, Shanghai, and Saudi Arabia. Djerejian had been an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Pratt Institute since 1992, where he chaired the Nominations Committee and was the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee. To read more about Djerejian, click here.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to eCalendar on the Web.

Aspiring Museum Educator Talks About Her Internship at CFAF

Kristi Tremblay with the Jugaad Urbanism Student Day Group (left), and with the Girl Scouts Amazing Race (right).

Catherine Teegarden

Rebecca Parelman, Program Coordinator at the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF), spoke with Kristi Tremblay about her experience interning at CFAF.

Rebecca Parelman (RP): What made you want to intern at CFAF?
Kristi Tremblay (KT): I was looking for an opportunity to gain relevant experience in a non-profit setting and also expand my knowledge into new areas. Having met with CFAF staff and witnessing first-hand the robustness of the programming here, I became convinced that CFAF was the right place for me.

RP: What are some of the rewarding aspects of your internship?
KT: Not only was I encouraged to teach, but also to explore avenues not frequently available in a museum internship. For example, I had the opportunity to design, market, and implement my own lesson plan. To be able to observe and react in real-time within the process was highly beneficial. I gained insight into understanding the precise roles of schools and museums and how to blend the two together in a manner that is advantageous for both.

RP: What are some of the challenging aspects of your internship?
KT: The wealth of architectural knowledge expressed at Center for Architecture was rather intimidating. However, I was able to relate to the inquisitive focus on details, which is shared by both architects and art historians, which is my background. Also, I have further discovered a commitment to promoting human potential through design and education.

RP: Where do you find yourself after your graduation from Bank Street College of Education?
KT: I have been motivated through my experience at CFAF to continue in the field of museum education.

There are many ways to get involved with CFAF including volunteering and interning. For more information about opportunities visit www.cfafoundation.org/volunteer and www.cfafoundation.org/careers.

Hurricane Irene, NYC's Dry Run

There may have been a lot of pomp and circumstance from our local politicians as we began our weekends in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. Whether or not it was necessary for so many city dwellers to evacuate their homes and hospital beds, board up storefronts, and shut down mass transit, I think this past weekend proved to be a successful “dry run” of what might happen if there were to be a larger event in the city.

In general, people listened to the issued warnings. Most New Yorkers learned about the NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone map. I’m sure downloads about Go Bags and advice about what to do in the event of a catastrophe increased exponentially (at least I did my part in helping the statistics). Although the city itself was left relatively unscathed, save for flooded basements and water and power outages in some areas, I think people became much more aware of the precarious nature of New York Harbor and low-lying areas in the five boroughs.

Last week I attended the inaugural AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction meeting at the Center for Architecture (See “New Committee Promotes Design for Risk and Reconstruction,” by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Illya Azaroff, AIA in this issue). The discussion centered on how the design community can better serve as a vehicle for information- and knowledge-sharing to promote resilience in the face of natural and manmade disasters. This meeting couldn’t have come at a better time. Now that the earthquake has subsided and the tides have receded, and as these next couple of weeks bring focus on the anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, this committee is poised to help identify and clarify how design professionals can positively affect preparation, mitigation, response, and rebuilding.