Correction: The 2011 World Architecture Festival shortlist includes Theo. David Architects’ GLADSTONOS 22 in the Housing category…

The 2012 AIANYS elected officers are Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, President-Elect; Timothy Boyland, AIA, Vice President of Government Advocacy; Raymond Beeler, AIA, Vice President of Public Advocacy; Randy Collins, Secretary; Jeffrey Smith, Treasurer; Anthony Schirippa, FAIA, IIDA, New York Regional Director; Nicolette Feldser, Assoc. AIA, Associate Director; and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, will serve as President in 2012…

The Tri-State Design Awards were presented at the Tri-State Convention, from 09.21-09.23 at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ (See “AC Dispatch,” by Rick Bell, FAIA, for more about the convention). Winners included: the Tobacco Warehouse Adaptive Reuse (Merit Award, Architectural Unbuilt) and DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Merit Award, Interior Architecture) by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; 648 Broadway and NY Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Exterior Renovation (Merit Awards, Historic Preservation) by Scott Henson Architect; SandRidge Commons (Merit Award, Regional and Urban Design) and MTA Flood Mitigation Street Furniture (Honor Award, Special Initiatives) by Rogers Marvel Architects; Marc Jacobs Building Tokyo (Merit Award, Architecture – Non-Residential) by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects; New York City Fire Department, Rescue Company 3 (Merit Award, Architectural — Non Residential), The Schermerhorn Common Ground Community (Honor Award, Architectural — Residential) and Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (Honor Award, Special Initiatives) by Ennead Architects; Centra at Metropark (Merit Award, Architectural — Non Residential) by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; House for “Locavore” Farmers (Merit Award, Architectural – Residential) by Cooper Joseph Studio; Inverted Warehouse/Townhouse (Honor Award, Architecural — Residential) by Dean/Wolf Architects; and Taichung InfoBox (Merit Award, Special Initiatives) by SAA/Stan Allen Architect

The winning teams in the New York Architects Regatta Challenge are Dan Allen / AKA Allen + Killcoyne (First Place); Daniel Frisch / Daniel Frisch Architecture (Second Place); and Simon Bober / William Bodouva + Associates (Third Place). The AIANY Flying Eagles placed fourth…

The winner of the National Design Award for Architectural Design, presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, is Architecture Research Office/ARO; finalists are Dan Rockhill and Weiss/Manfredi

The Municipal Art Society congratulates the recipients of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, film producers and founders of the Tribeca Film Festival; New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; and Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives…

Winners of the Brick NY Awards include honors for individuals and organizations: Trump Organization (Developer/Private Sector); William C. Thompson, Jr., Chairman, Battery Park City Authority (Brick NY Award for Government/Public Sector); Jeremiah Sullivan, Jr., President, Bricklayers Local Union #1 (Brick NY Award for Dedication to the Industry); and Saverio Morelli, President, Morelli Masons, Inc. (Brick NY Lifetime Achievement Award); honored projects are A Condominiums by AECOM; Beach Channel High School by Ammann & Whitney; Citi Field by Populous; Public School 184 by Narendra Patel, PE, A&E, In-House Design Studio, NY City School Construction Authority; St. John’s University D’Angelo Center by Gensler; Staten Island Private Residence by Rampulla Associates Architects; and Winthrop-University Hospital by Perkins Eastman

Jeanne Gang, FAIA, principal and founder of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, has been named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and is the first architect to gain this distinction in more than a decade…

The Design Trust for Public Space has named Susan Chin, FAIA, as its new Executive Director, effective October 2011…

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced that it has made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most successful innovators of business technology…

Morris Adjmi Architects announced the appointment of John Henderson, AIA, to the newly created position of Managing Director…Callison announced that Leigh Dennis, managing director for Callison’s European practice, will manage the firm’s New York and London offices… Frank J. Prial, Jr., AIA, has been named an associate partner of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners…

Architecture for Humanity announced the acquisition of Worldchanging, which will merge its assets with the Open Architecture Network…

09.30.11: Deadline Extension: Contract Magazine 33rd Annual Interiors Awards

10.01.11 Call for Entries: Kingspan Legacy Papercraft Competition

10.04.11 Call for Entries: Think Space — Moral Borders

10.20.11 Call for Entries: 2011 Green Dot Awards

10.25.11 Call for Submissions: Architectural Lighting Magazine’s Pecha Kucha Night — The Future of Lighting

10.31.11 Call for Entries: [re]stitch TAMPA International Ideas Competition

11.01.11 Call for Submissions: Berkeley Prize Essay Competition 2012

11.01.11 Call for Submissions: CLOG — Apple

11.13.11 Call for Entries: Paris Market Lab Student Competition

11.15.11 Call for Entries: SBIC 2011 Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards

11.15.11 Letters of Inquiry: ArtPlace Grants

11.23.11 Call for Entries: 2012 Palladio Awards

01.16.11 Call for Entries: AIANY ENYA The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections

09.25.11: UIA2011 Tokyo, the 24th World Congress of Architecture, is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan. The theme for the event is “Design 2050: Beyond Disasters, through Solidarity, towards Sustainability.”

2011 AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, at the UIA poster session.

Rick Bell, FAIA

A collection of photos of the East Japan earthquake were shown at the opening ceremony.

Rick Bell, FAIA

The AIA delegation to UIA2011 is led by AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA, flanked by two former Institute presidents, Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, and Doug Steidl, FAIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA

09.21-23.11: AIANYS joined with AIA New Jersey and AIA Pennsylvania for the first-ever Tri-State Convention at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ.

Keynote speaker Richard Meier, AIA, and AIANYS President David Businelli, AIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA

(L-R): Thomas Barton, AIA, Barton Partners, Norristown, PA; Erick Ascensio, Danois Architects, New York, NY; Edward Martoglio, RPM Development, Montclair, NJ; and Terrence O’Neal, AIA, LEED AP, Terrence O’Neal Architect, New York, NY, at the “Sustainable Affordable Housing” seminar.

Rick Bell, FAIA

(L-R): Paul Freitag, LEED AP, Jonathan Rose Companies; Jane Kolleeny, GreenSource Magazine (moderator); Bill Stein, FAIA, Dattner Architects and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Curtis & Ginsberg at the program “Sustainable High Density Affordable Housing — The New York Story.”

Rick Bell, FAIA

Peter Arsenault, FAIA, and Dennis Andrejko, FAIA, at their program, “The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) — Our next step toward a sustainable future.”

Rick Bell, FAIA

Joseph Fleischer, FAIA, receiving one of several Tri-State Awards on behalf of Ennead Architects. The awards are being conferred by the presidents of the three State Components, including the AIANYS President David Businelli, AIA.

Rick Bell, FAIA

Atlantic City wasn’t all seminars and awards. Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP, Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA (AIANYS President-elect), and Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, on the beach.

Rick Bell, FAIA

09.15.11: The inaugural ride on Jane’s Carousel, now stabled within a pavilion designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Jane & David Walentas cut the ribbon along with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Spencer T. Tucker

The pavilion.

Barkow Photo/

The inaugural ride.

Murrye Bernard

09.13.11: Captains and crews of the 2011 Architects Regatta, including the AIANY Team, gathered at the New York Yacht Club to get their sailing orders for the race two days later.

Team AIANY (l-r): Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP, Handel Architects; Architects Regatta founder (and Admiral in our eyes) Gerry Dolezar; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects.

Kristen Richards

09.15.11: The New York Architects’ Regatta Competition was held on the Hudson River by Battery Park City.

Team AIANY Flying Eagles before the start of the race (L-R): Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP; Simon Ginsberg; Juan Sorbet; Kaya Middleton; Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP; and Natalia Soubrier. The team came in fourth place overall.

Rick Bell, FAIA


09.14.11: Although e-Oculus began in May of 2002, it was 9/11 that confirmed a need to bring timely news to AIANY Chapter members more frequently than the then monthly print edition of OCULUS. As a result, this e-zine has continued to deliver information about NYC-based events and projects to members on a bi-weekly basis. I am honored to be a part of it and hope it continues to be a valuable asset to the NY design community and beyond.

– Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

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Lower Manhattan Rises

Event: Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2021
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.08.11
Keynote: Robert Ivy, FAIA — EVP/Chief Executive Officer, AIA
Speakers: The New 24-Hour Community: Residential/Culture/Retail: Julie Menin — Chair, Community Board 1, Lower Manhattan; Morgan von Prelle Pecelli — Director of Development, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Robin Abrams, AIA — Executive VP, The Lansco Corporation; John Bayles — Editor, Downtown Express (moderator)
Lower Manhattan Real Estate: Downtown Economy 2021: Bob Burchell — Director, Center For Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University; John E. Zuccotti, Hon. AIANY — Co-Chairman of the Board, Brookfield Properties Corporation; Timur Galen — Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Elizabeth Berger — President, Alliance for Downtown New York; Rick Bell, FAIA — Executive Director, AIANY (moderator)
Architectural Excellence: Building Design for a New Future: Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP — Senior Partner, FXFOWLE; Daniel Libeskind, AIA — Principal, Studio Daniel Libeskind; Michael Arad, AIA — Partner, Handel Architects; Craig Dykers, AIA, MNAL — Snøhetta; Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA — Architecture Critic, The New Yorker (moderator)
Urban Design: Transportation, Security and the Public Realm: Alex Garvin, Hon. AIANY — President/CEO, AGA Public Realm Strategists; Donna Walcavage, FASLA, LEED AP — Principal, AECOM Design + Planning; Sam Schwartz, PE — Principal, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Robert Ducibella — Principal, Ducibella Venter & Santore; Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record (moderator)
Summary/Conclusions: Looking to 2021: Ernest W. Hutton, Jr., Assoc. AIA, FAICP — Hutton Associates/Planning Interaction; Alex Garvin, Hon. AIANY — President/CEO, AGA Public Realm Strategists; Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA — Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Organizers: AIANY; Baruch College; NY Chapter of ASLA; New York New Visions; NY Metro Chapter of the APA

World Trade Center.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

In a recent conference on Lower Manhattan’s past and future, Daniel Libeskind, AIA, recalled the high expectations he faced when he first set out to design the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. In a sense, his job wasn’t just to craft the vision for one 16-acre site. Many hoped that the rebuilding would serve as a reaffirmation of life and hope, helping Lower Manhattan and the whole city recover from the wider economic and emotional impact of the terrorist attacks. His design sought to address the question, “How do you take the memory [of 9/11] and create a foundation for a resurgence of the city?” he said. How can the memory of “devastation, of the perishing of so many lives” become “a foundation for something for the future?”

The rebuilding of the WTC is still a work in progress, but with the recent 10th anniversary of the attacks and the opening of the 9/11 Memorial, the eyes of the city and the wider world have once again fallen on Lower Manhattan. In the conference, a multidisciplinary group of experts shared their perspectives on the area’s progress over the past decade and their — mostly rosy — predictions for how its built environment and culture will evolve over the next 10 years.

Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, who helped found New York New Visions (NYNV) after 9/11 to promote rebuilding and revitalization in Lower Manhattan, recalled that NYNV initially thought the rebuilding of the WTC would need to serve as the catalyst for the rejuvenation of the surrounding area. In reality, despite the slow progress on WTC construction, Lower Manhattan has made huge steps in its recovery over the past decade, in part thanks to the efforts of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, he said.

Jack Nyman, executive director of Baruch College’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, observed that the area is still “an epicenter of the financial world, but Lower Manhattan’s rebirth is taking us so much further. We’re [transforming] into a 24/7 mixed-use environment.” Julie Menin, chair of Community Board 1, emphasized the district’s skyrocketing residential population and accompanying proliferation of new schools, community centers, playgrounds, and parks. The local population has nearly doubled in the past decade, and she believes it may well double again in the next 10 years. Other speakers commented on the increasing diversity of the area’s businesses; the influx of hotels, shops, and restaurants; and the rise in arts programming.

The already bustling tourist industry is getting a big boost from the opening of the 9/11 Memorial. Five to seven million people will come to visit the memorial each year, according to Menin. Some welcomed the news: the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council sees the area’s new visitors as an opportunity for boosting its arts offerings, said Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, the organization’s director of development. However, some speakers worried about the congestion the tourists will bring and wondered if the transportation system is ready for it. “If we’re going to have millions of tourists… wouldn’t it be good if, at least from one airport, we could have a direct train ride into the city?” said John E. Zuccotti, Hon. AIANY, co-chairman of the board of Brookfield Properties.

Michael Arad, AIA, who designed the memorial with landscape architects Peter Walker and Partners, said that over time he expects the memorial plaza to become a center of activity for locals, too, not just visitors from afar. Though his initial design for the pools and plaza was stark, at the urging of the design jury, rows of trees have been added to make the space greener and more welcoming. The goal was to create a place equally well suited for visitors looking for solace and remembrance, and local workers and families looking for relaxation and recreation. “I always wanted to think about life coming back to the site,” he said. “Public spaces are resilient and powerful.”

Steady Progress in an Undersung Transit Mode

Event: Bus Rapid Transit in New York City
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.09.11
Speakers: Eric Beaton — Director of Transit Development, NYC Department of Transportation; Ted Orosz — Director of Long Range Bus Planning, NYC Transit
Moderator: Robert Eisenstat, AIA — Assistant Chief Architect, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Engineering Department, & co-chair, AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Organizers: AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Red, curb-aligned bus lane: East Fordham Road, The Bronx.

Courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation’s Street Design Manual

New York buses sometimes get Rodney Dangerfieldish levels of respect, but performance data on the new Select Bus Service (SBS) indicate they are improving sharply. Though SBS has been called, among other things, a quick-fix stopgap, it’s grounded in transit-engineering studies dating to 2004 (three years before Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan’s appointment). By the time the Second Avenue Subway is complete, according to a tag team of officials, the costs of this system redesign will be fully amortized, offering riders sufficient benefits to earn SBS a permanent role in all five boroughs.

Improving NYC’s bus service involves a rare interagency collaboration. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), noting the gains achieved elsewhere with bus rapid transit (BRT) as an affordable, rapidly deployable alternative to light rail or subsurface systems, have collaborated to develop the local version of BRT: the SBS lines operating along Fordham Road in the Bronx and First and Second Avenues in Manhattan.

DOT’s Eric Beaton and MTA’s Ted Orosz gave detailed assessments of both the core problem and the results from interventions to date. Buses move only 54% of the time, spending the remainder of their routes stationary at pickup/discharge points or stoplights. Average bus speeds have long been getting slower — only 9.1 miles per hour in 1996, dropping to 8.1 mph in 2006 — and ridership plateaued in the 2000s, even as subway ridership increased. SBS addresses this situation by using fewer stops, spaced more like subway stations than conventional local bus stops, and through redesign of infrastructure and procedures.

Performance-enhancing features include fare prepayment via curbside machines; honor-system ticketing with spot inspections; multi-door, grade-level entry to reduce queueing and bottlenecks; dedicated painted lanes, with lane-blocking laws enforced by automatic cameras and $115-$150 fines; special station-design features and visual branding; and, in new upgrades, information systems providing real-time arrival data (to be piloted on 34th Street, after several false starts with proprietary systems) and Transit Signal Priority (TSP), coordinating stoplights to speed approaching buses through key locations (already in effect on the Fordham Road Bx12, after piloting on Staten Island’s Victory Boulevard). Running time for the Bx12 has dropped 20%, reports Orosz, with a 7% rise in ridership and an eye-opening 98% “satisfied” or “very satisfied” rating in rider surveys. Contrary to expectations about freeloaders exploiting the honor system, fare-evasion rates have actually dropped.

SBS meshes with the city’s Complete Streets efforts, along with bicycling facilities, street trees, water-retention infrastructure, sidewalk bus bulbs to ease pedestrian access, and other components of DoT’s Street Design Manual. Running times have dropped by 12 minutes since M15 SBS service appeared in October 2010 and should shorten further with the implementation of TSP. In the coming years, the complete SBS Phase I will reach 34th St. over 2011-12, Brooklyn’s Nostrand and Rogers Avenues in 2012, and Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island by 2013, with 18 more corridors planned for Phase II (chiefly in the outer boroughs) and service to LaGuardia Airport under study. Look for the special 60-foot articulated buses with blinking blue lights to join yellow taxis, food vendors, and phalanxes of tourists among familiar icons of NYC’s streetscape.

What Have Architects Learned in 10 Years?

Ten years ago the Yankees and Red Sox were battling for first place in the American League East, and Philadelphia and Atlanta were doing likewise in the National League. New York architects were designing buildings for cities in China and the Middle East, and issues of taxation and spending loomed large on the national stage. The summer was hot, and the first Harry Potter film was about to be released. Then the airplanes hit New York, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and the world changed.

Photographs of people in the streets of Lower Manhattan show a combination of dust, anxiety, confusion, terror, and resilience. For those of us there, then, it seemed as if time stood still. And then the buildings fell. Inexplicably. Quickly. Impossibly. Rescue workers rushed to the site. Many others, as well, labored to save lives.

In the days and weeks following September 11, architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, graphic artists — the entire NYC design community –came together to offer help, ideas, and expertise. New York New Visions, a group of 20 professional societies, including AIANY, produced a document with fundamental concepts for rebuilding. In the intervening years, three trends have taken root, changing the way buildings in NYC are built. While this had been initiated in the last years of the 20th century, it took the events of 9/11 to create a sense of urgency about their importance.

The first principle is safety. The NYC Building Code initially came about, just over a century ago, in response to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, where young seamstresses died because of locked and inadequate building exits. Insufficient exit capacity after the attack on the Twin Towers caused a major change in the city’s construction codes. First by Local Law, then by the acceptance of the International Building Code, exit standards were brought on par with other major cities around the world.

The second idea is sustainable design. Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans called into question our reliance on overseas sources of energy. Today, buildings across the country are increasingly energy efficient as we look more closely at ways of reducing the carbon emissions caused by the construction and use of our structures. In NYC, the Mayor’s Office for Long Term Planning & Sustainability has spelled out clear carbon reduction plans, and the Bloomberg Administration, in partnership with the City Council, is pushing for energy upgrades in existing buildings. Building owners and tenants now demand energy efficiency. Architects are responding by designing buildings that are much more energy efficient, trying to realize goals for 2030 that would have been unimaginable at the dawn of the millennium.

The third change is that we are now an integral part of a global design community. Increased global consciousness since 9/11 has changed the way buildings are designed and constructed. The world has gotten smaller through changes in technology. Architectural firms in NY, large and small, have found projects overseas in both good times and bad. NY architects have transformed the skylines of cites including Dubai, Shanghai, and Singapore. Just as important are the smaller-scale changes made by NY-based firms in cities throughout the world, from Helsinki to Seoul. New Yorkers also responded with designs for housing and social service facilities after the natural disasters in New Orleans, Thailand, and Haiti. And, in turn, NY has benefited, since 2001, from an influx of overseas design talent, with new world-class buildings, such as the Hearst Tower by London-based Foster + Partners, and The New York Times Building by Genoa-based Renzo Piano Building Workshop with FXFOWLE.

Heightened attention to building safety, sustainable design, and to the global marketplace shows that architectural practice has changed since 9/11. As creators and stewards of the built environment, architects have enlivened NYC, delivering buildings that were not feasible or constructible a decade ago. NY is a different place than it was then. When the Yankees play again, this year, in the World Series, they will win the last game.

In this issue:
· Empty Sky, Empty Sky… I Woke Up This Morning to an Empty Sky*
· Candy Factory Has Sweet Second Life
· News to China Broadcast from the Crossroads of the World
· Green Bamboo Vault Technique Introduced in Taiwan
· First Look at firstsite

Empty Sky, Empty Sky… I Woke Up This Morning to an Empty Sky*

Empty Sky.

© David Sundberg/Esto

The day preceding the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Empty Sky, a memorial designed by Frederic Schwartz Architects (FSA), was dedicated in a ceremony at Liberty State Park in NJ. Located along the Hudson River, the memorial is designed with two 30-foot-tall, 210-foot-long, brushed stainless steel walls — equaling the width of one side of the WTC — that face each other. At the eastern end, views are directed across the river towards the site where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of the 746 people from NJ who perished are engraved in letters close to four inches in height, said to be the tallest of any memorial. Of special note, the memorial’s façade reflects the ever-changing light throughout the day, reminiscent of the towers. In 2004, the firm unanimously won the design competition for the memorial.

*© BruceSpringsteen (ASCAP)

Candy Factory Has Sweet Second Life

Wythe Confectionary Apartments.

© Sarah Mechling — Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman has completed the Wythe Confectionary Apartments in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Originally built to house the Matchett Candy factory at the turn of the 19th century, the building now contains 69 studio, one-, and two-bedroom loft residences. During the renovation, the team retained architectural features such as brick barrel-hinged corners, a corbelled brick cornice, arched windows, large ground-floor openings, and decorative brickwork punctuated with iron ties across the façade. Brick-and-timber columns were exposed along with cast iron column straps and capitals, and the original heavy-timbered plank flooring was restored and retained as ceilings. Other native materials, including extra timbers and slate flooring that were not used during the restoration, were reclaimed for reuse in the public and shared spaces, which were designed by Visconti Architecture.

News to China Broadcast from the Crossroads of the World

Xinhua North American Headquarters.

Courtesy Shea Communications

Xinhua, the official government news agency of China, moved its North American headquarters from Woodside, Queens, to Manhattan’s Times Square. Designed by Applied Design Initiative with Jay A. Lubow acting as the architect-of-record, the agency occupies the 18,500-square-foot 44th floor at 1540 Broadway, a building designed by SOM and completed in 1990. The space blends traditional Chinese cultural elements into a contemporary office plan, including private offices, open workstations, conference rooms, a pantry, broadcasting infrastructure, and a double-height, multipurpose atrium and reception area that can be converted to a broadcasting studio. The atrium displays Xinhua News Agency’s history and function through an interactive video wall and video band. Jones Lang LaSalle served as project manager for the interior build-out.

Green Bamboo Vault Technique Introduced in Taiwan

Forest Pavilion.

Photos Courtesy Iwan Baan

nARCHITECTS has completed the 22-foot-tall bamboo Forest Pavilion in the Da Nong Da Fu Forest Park in Taiwan. The pavilion was conceived within the context of an art festival organized by Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau as a way to raise public awareness of a new growth forest that is threatened by development. Serving as a shaded meeting and performance space, the pavilion emerges from the ground in a series of 11 green bamboo shading vaults, organized in two rings around a void, like the rings of a tree. The arrangement of vault shapes uses a single geometry, the parabolic arch, in a way that could generate a multitude of configurations. A circular ring of decking serves as either seating for the audience, or as a circular stage. The indigenous Amis tribe learned how to fabricate the bamboo for the pavilion. As new masters of bamboo construction, they are now incorporating the green bamboo vault technique as part of their local construction methods.

First Look at firstsite


Hayes Davidson CGI 2006

firstsite, a new center for the visual arts, located in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, will open later this month. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA), the almost 35,000-square-foot, crescent- shaped building, clad in copper and aluminum alloy panels, is bounded by an original Roman wall. The building’s roof, which slopes slightly upward in line with the site’s topography, culminates in a monumental portico that frames the lobby with full-height glazing. To the south, the outside arc of the crescent faces a small Victorian garden. A concrete raft foundation allows the structure to rest on the ground and leave buried archaeological remains undisturbed. The program also includes a 200-seat auditorium for film screenings, lectures, and conferences; a café/restaurant with a terrace; and artists’ spaces and artists-in-residences. At the center’s heart is its only permanent exhibition — a newly restored Roman mosaic that dates from approximately 200 AD and was unearthed at the site.

In this issue:
· AIA Releases Statement on President Obama’s Infrastructure Initiative
· AIANY, Center for Architecture Inaugurates ARCHTOBER
· “Buildings=Energy” Exhibition Will Inspire Members
· AIANY, Urban Green Council Help Architects Crack the ECCCNYS-2010
· e-Calendar

AIA Releases Statement on President Obama’s Infrastructure Initiative
In anticipation of the President’s Infrastructure Initiative, the AIA is highlighting six policy measures to help generate jobs and move the American economy further along to recovery. The AIA released a statement on 09.02.11 called, “The Built Environment’s Role in the Recovery.” Click the link to read the full document, and click here to read the press release.

AIANY, Center for Architecture Inaugurates ARCHTOBER
AIANY and the Center for Architecture are launching the inaugural year of Archtober, the first-ever month-long celebration of architecture and design in NYC. This October, a festival of activities, programs, and exhibitions will take place every day throughout the month.

Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design. The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design, as well as build lasting civic and international recognition of the city’s built environment and the New Yorkers who create it. Special programming, access to sites, and their architects will bring new audiences to the participating organizations — all of whom are committed to promoting design excellence in NYC.

The Archtober calendar features more than 100 architecture- and design-oriented programs. Additionally, the “Building of the Day,” each of which recently received an AIANY Design Award, celebrates contemporary architecture in NYC with noontime building tours. The culmination of Archtober will be the Chapter’s annual gala fundraiser Heritage Ball at Chelsea Piers on 10.27.11, followed by the Party@theCenter.

“Buildings=Energy” Exhibition Will Inspire Members
Kicking off Archtober, the Center for Architecture will open the “Buildings=Energy” exhibition on 10.01.11. Using full-scale installations, models, and interactive diagrams, the exhibition will educate visitors about measures undertaken by architects, engineers, elected officials, and civic activists that aim to improve building performance and the environment. Strategies include: energy code compliance, embodied energy analysis in resource selection, the benchmarking of buildings, use of renewable energy systems, methods of energy harvesting, and lifecycle cost and operations management. The critical choices made during the building process will be on view with the aim to motivate design for a change.

AIANY, Urban Green Council Help Architects Crack the ECCCNYS-2010
AIANY and the Urban Green Council/USGBC have developed a four-hour course to familiarize architects and engineers with the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS-2010), now mandatory throughout New York State. The course will address commercial buildings, including residential buildings more than three stories high. It will also address the Energy Conservation Code of NYC (Local Law 1-2011), which is more stringent than the state code. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, an alternative pathway for meeting ECCNYS-2010 requirements, will be referenced but not covered in detail. Click here to register.

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