Winners of the the Chicago Athenaeum’s 2011 American Architecture Awards include the Acropolis Museum by Bernard Tschumi Architects (with Michael Photiadis and ARSY); One Shelley Street by Clive Wilkinson Architects (with Woods Bagot); Center for Global Conservation by FXFOWLE; Coffee Plaza by Richard Meier & Partners Architects (with Jörg Huhnholz Architekten Ingenieure PSP); Westchester Reform Temple and Sandridge Energy by Rogers Marvel Architects(with Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects); Seongbukdong Residences by Joel Sanders Architect (with Haeahn Architecture); APAP Open School by LOT-EK; David Yurman Townhouse by Gabelilini Sheppard Associates; Horizontal Skyscraper Vanke Center by Steven Holl Architects (with CCDI Architects); Marc Jacobs Flagship Building by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects; Watersheds by Roger Ferris + Partners; North Carolina Museum of Art West Building Expansion (with Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee); Fifth Avenue Apartment; Fishers Island House; Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion; and Upstate House by Thomas Phifer and Partners; Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (with daSILVA Architects) and Palazzo Lombardia (with Paolo Caputo Partnership) by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; Historic District of Columbia Courthouse by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; One Madison Park by CetraRuddy; and the Diana Center at Barnard College by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape Architecture/Urbanism

The Municipal Art Society’s 2011 MASterworks Award winners are the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE and Sperone Westwater Gallery by Foster + Partners, tie for Best New Building; Queens Theater in the Park by Caples Jefferson Architects for Best Restoration; Myrtle Hall at Pratt Institute by WASA/Studio A for Best Neighborhood Catalyst; honorable mention for the Whitlock Avenue Subway Station by MTA Architects; and the High Performance Landscape Guidelines by the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for Best Green Design Initiative…

The PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) presented the 2011 Seventh Annual Design Awards, including the W. L. Gore (Best Interior Design 2011) and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (President’s Choice Award) by Francis Cauffman; and Penn Lab by Perkins+Will, honorable mention for Organization of Interior Space…

Five multi-disciplinary teams have been selected to focus on public art and design in the design ideas exploration competition Portal to the Point for Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, including Marlon Blackwell Architect with Kendall Buster, Guy Nordenson & Associates, dlandstudio, and Renfro Design Group; SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE with The Living; and Weiss/Manfredi with Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Green Shield Ecology and Mark Dion

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) has been awarded a 2011 Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund grant…

Winners of the Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award include the OLPC XO-3 tablet computer by Yves Behar of Fuseproject; Green Map System by Wendy E. Brawer; and Urbaneering Brooklyn 2110: Ecological City of the Future by Mitchell Joachim of Planetary One + Terreform One

Parsons The New School for Design will present “BJDW ALT;” the exhibition is part of the new Beijing Design Week taking place 09.26-10.03.11…

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) recently adopted a resolution that encourages state public utility commissions to provide commercial building owners with access to whole-building energy consumption data to support energy-efficient building operations…

Eve Michel, AIA, has been named Chief Architect and Vice President of Development for MTA Capital Construction… CetraRuddy announced the creation of a new international division to be led by Joseph JebranMancini Duffy has acquired certain assets of the interior design firm TSC Design, and owner William Sotomayor has become a Principal and member of Mancini Duffy’s Board of Directors and Management Committee… Skanska USA’s civil business unit hired Rich Aquino as vice president of business development…

The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee’s HB:BX exhibition is now on view at the University of New Mexico.

Courtesy of the University of New Mexico

The Around Manhattan Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour (with AIANY Emerging New York Architects / ENYA), hosted by the AIANY Architectural Tourism Committee, took place on 08.21.11. ENYA members in attendance include (L-R): Jessica Gallagher; Ashley White Sadowski, Assoc. AIA; Cale Sadowski, Assoc. AIA; ENYA Co-chair Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA; Amanda Rivera; ENYA Co-chair Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP; Misael Rojas, Assoc. AIA; Kaustubh Hulyalkar; and Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP.

Ketaki Bhate

“4 Projects: 4 Scales,” an exhibition by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects, was on view at the LA Forum from 07.21-08.27.11.

Luke Gibson Photography


08.17.11: Congratulations to AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, who was presented with the 2011 Component Leadership Award by the American Institute of Architects Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE). See Around the AIA to read the award inscription.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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Brainstorming Now, In Hopes of Progress Later

Event: PlaNYC Update: Transportation Issues and Opportunities
Location: Center for Architecture, 08.12.11
Speakers: James E. Wright, AIA — Partner, Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects; Robert Eisenstat, AIA, LEED AP — Assistant Chief Architect, Engineering/Architecture Design Division, Port Authority of NY and NJ (Co-chairs, AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
Organizers: AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee; New York New Visions; AIANY; APA NY Metro Chapter; ASLA NY Chapter; Citizens Housing and Planning Council

2011 NYC Cycling Map.

Courtesy NYC Department of City Planning.

Urban transportation inevitably evokes enthusiasm, anecdotes, and strong emotions, even in professional settings. This orderly working session on the transportation component of PlaNYC 2030 thus took an unexpected turn into an animated collective brainstorm, connecting specific policy points to broad quality-of-life questions. The policy paper intended to emerge from these discussions, an AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee response to the updated plan, will reflect both technical expertise and a range of personal civic commitments.

Since PlaNYC, initially rolled out during the transient flush times of 2007, is evolving under markedly different budgetary conditions — and since the Bloomberg mayoralty will inevitably end — it is an open question whether the plan will continue to guide purposeful changes over several decades or evaporate under the political and financial pressures of a new administration. Committee Co-chair Jim Wright, AIA, guided the participants through the differences between the initial plan and its April 2011 revision, developed at another workshop on 07.08.11. Charted side by side, PlaNYC 2.0 shows more specificity than the original version in some areas — expanded Select Bus Service in the outer boroughs, East River ferries, Muni-Meters, transit-oriented up-zoning, traffic-management systems, and anti-congestion technologies — but not, overall, a corresponding increase in ambition. “The update,” noted Committee Co-chair Robert Eisenstat, AIA, LEED AP, “seems to be somewhat of a retreat; the goals are not as high or extensive.” The committee aims to lay groundwork now for better times ahead, when measures currently off the table (e.g., the Lower Manhattan Rail Link or a reconsideration of congestion pricing) may become feasible again.

Audience contributions were thorough and pointed. Roxanne Warren, AIA, cited Rutgers transportation specialist John Pucher’s observations that in intermodal bicycle-transit access, New York ranked last of 10 cities studied. Despite all the recent progress in public bike infrastructure, several commentators agreed, inadequacies in critical aspects such as NYPD cooperation and bike parking (the Center’s dog-shaped David Byrne rack excepted, of course) imply a need for multimodalists to challenge the city’s premature claims of victory. About an hour into the discussion, one unidentified audience member opened the floodgates of speculation with a critique of the conditions facing pedestrians:”primitive, like our medieval sanitation system…. Every 200 feet you can get killed by a two-ton steel object.”

Attendees proceeded to extend this commentator’s observation that “civilization has to do with fundamental interactions of human beings” to myriad approaches to the inherently adversarial human-vehicle relationship. These include simple traffic-calming measures, such as speed bumps and improved walk-light coordination, to sophisticated GIS applications that can give residents detailed interactive data on neighborhood hazards and maintenance issues (one of several suggestions by Yves Deflandre, AIA, president of the new Initiative for a Sustainable Midtown East). The conversation also considered various accountability mechanisms for cyclists, including registration, and new insurance arrangements that could address the problem of motorists causing injuries with legal impunity. Beyond the array of imaginable technical and policy fixes, the obstacles of interagency coordination, and PlaNYC’s long-range environmental goals, one statistic mentioned by Wright continues to haunt debates about transportation reform: roughly 35,000 Americans die in traffic every year, the equivalent of a Boeing 737 crashing daily, and somehow we’ve come to accept this fundamental interaction as normal.

AIANY Building Tour: The Diana Center at Barnard College

Event: AIANY Building Tour: The Diana Center at Barnard College
Location: Barnard College, 08.04.11
Tour Leader: Michael Harshman, AIA — Project Manager, Weiss/Manfredi
Organizer: AIANY Architectural Tourism Committee

In the words of tour guide Michael Harshman, AIA, project manager for the Weiss/Manfredi-designed Diana Center at Barnard College, this 98,000-square-foot, multi-use building establishes an innovative nexus for artistic, social, and intellectual life at the college, bringing together spaces for art, architecture, theater, and art history, as well as faculty offices, a dining room, and a café. In doing so, the Diana Center brings together the college’s previously dispersed programs and constituencies by setting up visual juxtapositions that invite collaboration among disciplines.

© Thomas H. Kieren

Carving a diagonal void through the building, the ascending double-height glass atria establish continuous sightlines through the gallery, reading room, dining room, and café. A 500-seat multipurpose events space and a 100-seat black-box theater that host lectures, special events, and theatrical productions anchor the lower levels.

© Thomas H. Kieren

According to Harshman, “The center translates the static opacity of masonry into a contemporary luminous and energy-efficient curtain wall.” More than 1,000 panels of varying widths calibrate gradients of color, opacity, and transparency to the Diana Center, allowing views into the building’s public functions and limiting visibility where privacy is needed.

© Thomas H. Kieren

Sustainability is integral to the design and supports the college’s effort to teach and practice environmental principles. The green roof offers a 2,800-square-foot ecological learning center for Barnard’s biology and environmental science students, as well as valuable new social space. The building also maximizes daylight and views and incorporates operable windows, radiant flooring, and recycled materials. Included are occupancy sensors, automated shading, and high-performance MEP systems.

© Thomas H. Kieren

AIANY Women in Architecture Offer Advice to Transitioning Designers

Event: Transition 101
Location: Bilotta Showroom, A&D Building, 08.03.11
Organizers: AIANY Women in Architecture Committee
Sponsor: Bilotta

This mentorship event, hosted by the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA), provided an opportunity for students, recent graduates, and current professionals to learn from practicing architects how to take active steps to better their career opportunities. Following the speed-mentoring model that WIA has come to perfect, attendees circulated throughout tutorial pods for 20-minute sessions with mentors, who reviewed resumés, work experience, and portfolios. Following are tips provided by the mentors throughout the event:

· Resumés should present facts and figures about work and experience. It was agreed that one-line objectives should be included.

· Cover letters give applicants a chance to express their personalities. It’s important to state the position for which you are applying and what you can offer the firm.

· Fonts and styles should always be consistent. Black-and-white reads best.

· Mentors recommended that you have a non-architecture professional review your resumé for feedback.

· If you have experience in fields outside of architecture, mentors agreed that any work experience will attest to dedication and work ethic, and may form a narrative that relates to architecture or design.

· On becoming licensed, mentors said that it is best to start logging IDP hours as soon as you can begin the process (see the NCARB website for more information), now that the Six-Month Rule is in effect.

In this issue:
· New Office Tower Rises at Bryant Park
· New York’s Tallest Hotel is on the Rise in Midtown
· All the News That Fits into Making a Kiosk
· TriBeCa Makes 21st-Century Transformation
· And They’re Off! Expanding the Casino at Yonkers Raceway
· “City Within a City” Is Planned for St. Petersburg, Russia

New Office Tower Rises at Bryant Park

Proposed tower at Bryant Park.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

A new glass-and-steel office tower overlooking Bryant Park will rise on Sixth Avenue. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the orientation of the 28-story, 450,000-rentable-square-foot building will capitalize on direct views over the park and past the New York Public Library. The entrance is punctuated by a concave sculptural detail, which cuts into the building in the shape of an hourglass. A floating, 48-foot diameter, stainless steel disc will be suspended over the 40th Street corner entrance, serving as both a canopy and a signature architectural gesture facing the park. The development will be built as an as-of-right project within existing zoning guidelines. Construction is slated to begin in 2012 with occupancy expected in 2014. The developer is Hines in partnership with Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, and the project is aiming for LEED certification.

New York’s Tallest Hotel is on the Rise in Midtown

Courtyard by Marriott.

Nobutaka Ashihara Architects

At 68 stories and more than 752 feet tall, the Nobutaka Ashihara Architects-designed building will be the tallest standing hotel in the city. Located at Broadway and 54th Street, the project will house two different hotels — the 378-room Courtyard by Marriott and the 261-room Residence Inn — and an all-suite accommodation for longer stays, also by Marriott. The hotels will share a main entrance and arrival lobby, which will incorporate GoBoard® technology, a 55-inch LCD interactive touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news. In addition to ground-floor retail space, there will be a leased restaurant on the second floor, a lounge on the fifth floor, a fitness facility on the 34th floor, and a terrace with outdoor seating will overlook Broadway. The hotels are scheduled to open in late 2013.

All the News That Fits into Making a Kiosk

Aesop at Grand Central.

Juliana Sohn

Aesop, an Australian skincare line known for its brown bottle packaging, has arrived at Grand Central Terminal. The company is literally making news with its temporary kiosk designed by Brooklyn-based Tacklebox Architecture (a 2008 AIANY New Practices New York winner). The kiosk, located in the Graybar Passage, is composed of more than 1,000 copies of the New York Times that were stacked, torn, and bound in a wooden frame and topped with sheets of powder-coated aluminum. The design is said to reflect the company’s respect for the written word and the history of each city that it has stores. The kiosk will be on site for six to 12 months. Two new stores, also designed by Tacklebox, are in the works. The Nolita store is under construction and a second on University Place will start construction this month. Newspapers and related materials will again be used, but executed differently.

TriBeCa Makes 21st-Century Transformation

250 West Street.

Harel Edery (exterior); Studio Aiko (interior)

Gal Nauer Architects has completed the renovation of what was a 1906 warehouse building designed by William H. Birkmire. The work included restoring historic elements on the building’s exterior, as well as designing its interior spaces. Located in TriBeCa, the 11-story, Neo-Renaissance building now contains approximately 300,000 square feet and 111 loft-style condominiums with more than 30 different layouts. The 7,000-square-foot penthouse has a private entry, lobby, and elevator. Building amenities include on-site parking; a private library lounge; a 61-foot pool; children’s playroom; and fitness center. A 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace offers a sundeck, lounge, and dining area.

And They’re Off! Expanding the Casino at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers Raceway.

STUDIO V Architecture

Construction has begun on a new casino and expansion of the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. STUDIO V Architecture designed an entrance that features a curved, four-story façade of more than 45 feet of frameless, low-iron glass in a 300-foot arc, providing a window where visitors can see directly into the casino. The sculptural entrance was inspired by the landscape of the “hilltop track” at the raceway, which can be seen from the roadway. In what appears to be growing out of the hillside, a steel lattice shell structure creates an entrance canopy. The interior design features a series of installations that evoke abstract urban landscapes sculpted from polycarbonate panels, and hundreds of thousands of copper, brass, and stainless steel pins. Laser-cut steel “clouds” covered with dichroic glass discs and illuminated by skylights and light fixtures create a chandelier to illuminate the gaming floor. The $40 million expansion includes 66,000 square feet of new space. It will provide 30,000 square feet of additional gaming space, 20,000 square feet of food and beverage facility space, 6,000 square feet for a new casino entrance, and 10,000 square feet of office and administrative space. The casino plans to open in time for New Year’s Eve 2012.

“City Within a City” Is Planned for St. Petersburg, Russia

New Holland Island, St. Petersburg.


WORKac is the winner of an invited competition organized by The Architecture Foundation to select a master-planning consultant for New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, Russia. Located in the heart of the city, the 20-acre island is bordered by two canals and a river. The island was conceived by Peter the Great in 1719, and became Russia’s first military port in 1721. The winning design envisions the island as a “city within the city,” and includes a public park with a topography that creates an outdoor amphitheater and performance space. An elevated promenade brings the park to the interior of the existing structures, connecting a series of programs — art, design, education, and commercial uses. Recognizing the potential for activity in the historic warehouses on site, the exteriors will be restored and two new structures will be built to accommodate new programs. The shortlist included David Chipperfield Architects (UK/Germany), MVRDV (Netherlands), Studio44 (Russia), and WORKac (USA). WORKac is collaborating with Arup on the engineering, infrastructure design, and phasing of the project. Asit moves from concept to planning, the architects and developers will hold a series of public discussions to ensure continued input from the public.


Spector Group has been hired to create new office space for, a social product development company in the Terminal Stores Building in West Chelsea.

Leeser Architecture is one of four firms shortlisted in the Moscow Polytechnic Museum competition to modernize the circa 1807, 430,000-square-foot cultural facility.

Boston-based Payette has been selected to perform feasibility studies on the engineering school buildings for three New York State Universities — Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn; Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; and the College of Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca.

New York State and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum are hosting exhibitions in 30 different locations throughout NY to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Artifacts from Ground Zero and expressions of grief sent after the 2001 terror attacks will be part of each exhibition. For more information, click here. Also, the Center for Architecture will be hosting an exhibition, “Seen Since 9/11: Interviews and Photographs of New Yorkers by Tibo” from 09.08-24.11. Click the link for more information.

In this issue:
· Bell is Executive of the Year
· October 2011 Is Archtober!
· e-Calendar

Bell is Executive of the Year
AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, was honored by the American Institute of Architects Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) with the 2011 Component Leadership Award at the CACE conference in Philadelphia. The award inscription read: “For his outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture as a member of CACE, Rick has demonstrated leadership abilities to build bridges, establish trust, and encourage collaboration through his tireless efforts to promote the AIA and the profession. He has served as a role model for all who have embarked on a Center for Architecture. He is a tireless promoter and articulate spokesperson for our causes, be it a local or national member-based initiative or the value of CACE. His many significant contributions and accomplishments have greatly benefited the profession, the Institute and his CACE colleagues.” The inscription was signed by Michael Waldinger, CACE President.

October 2011 Is Archtober!
On 09.01.11, AIANY and the Center for Architecture will publicly announce the countdown to Archtober, NYC’S first month-long festival of architecture and design. Kicking off at the Center on 10.01.11, keep an eye out for special announcements on exhibitions, programs, and events. Sign up now for Archtober e-mail updates at; “Like” the Archtober Facebook page; and follow @Archtober on Twitter. With more than 30 cultural institutions participating around the city, Archtober will be a time to celebrate great design and the built environment — stay tuned!

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

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New Practices São Paulo

On view 07.14-09.10.2011

Mapping the Cityscape

On view 07.06-08.27.2011

Building Burble Bup

On view 07.18-09.16.2011