Family Day Builds Stories

Students build stories with new building designs.

Max Wolf

Families gathered at the Center for Architecture on 09.10.11 to explore the stories every building has to tell. Children and their parents learned how to “read” buildings from architectural clues about their history and use. Decoding architectural features from a façade, such as entrances, windows, and roofs, participants were asked to identify notable characteristics on both familiar buildings, such as firehouses, as well as famous landmarks, such as the White House. These clues helped families understand the exterior and interior functions of the building.

Isabel Hill, architectural historian and children’s author, was on hand to read from her newest book, Building Stories, which features many NYC buildings and archival photographs, highlighting the original purpose of many historical structures. Hill showcased a variety of buildings, including factories, banks, gyms, and bakeries, where the ornamentation and architectural form reflects their function and the people who live or work inside.

Families were then invited to create their own “building stories” by designing a building in book form, showing both exterior and interior features. Children and their parents worked together to create a collaged building façade, which then opened to reveal an interior scene. They created castles, hotels, and even subway stations.

The Center for Architecture Foundation offers FamilyDays once a month on Saturday at the Center for Architecture. Our next program will celebrate the beginning of Archtober on 10.01.11. The Foundation also offers afterschool, vacation, and summer programs for students in grades 3-12. For more information about the Programs@theCenter or ways to get involved, visit or contact Catherine Teegarden at

A New WTC Emerges from Ground Zero

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 now past, I keep returning to the question about whether or not it was too soon to develop Ground Zero. Ten years ago, I wanted the city to wait longer before a decision was made about what was best for the site. While I thought it was important to rebuild, I also thought that the city was jumping too fast into putting a Band-Aid over the hole in the ground. Now, after a decade of reflection, I am not so sure. With the opening of the 9/11 Memorial, I have a sense of relief that there is something tangible at the site that people can visit.

Year after year when I have found myself in Lower Manhattan I have strained to peek through the fences and mesh screens to watch the new World Trade Center emerge. I have followed friends on Facebook who have posted views of the site from their apartments, and I have taken advantage of any chance that came my way to visit surrounding buildings with a view, each time trying to render the pools and towers in my mind. At first, this was enough for me. Now, I am excited and anxious for more.

On each anniversary the Tribute in Light has illuminated the sky, temporarily re-unifying the city. While I hope that this was not the memorial’s last year (click here to contribute to the Municipal Art Society’s fundraiser), even if it is, I am looking forward to each subsequent anniversary, as the site will continue to open more and more to the public as construction continues, and the bandages are removed. I haven’t seen the pools in person yet (I have my appointment scheduled for 10.01.11. Click here to make yours ), but the fact that they are now open gives me a sense of optimism about the beginning of the end of an era, signaling a time to really look to the future, rather than dwelling on the past.

The shortlist for the 2011 World Architecture Festival includes, in the category of Completed Buildings, the Sperone Westwater Gallery by Foster + Partners (Culture); the Clarendon by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (Housing, including Mixed Use); and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems by Toshiko Mori Architect (Learning); in the category of Future Projects, the Hunters Point South Waterfront Park by Thomas Balsley Associates and Weiss/Manfredi (Landscape); and in the category of Structural Design, 8 Spruce Street — Beekman Tower by Gehry Partners

The American School and Univeristy Magazine’s 2011 Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Projects winners include the Mandell School by JRS Architect (Common Areas); Monroe College Academic Center by Doban Architecture with Think Fabricate, Hofstra University North Shore LIJ School of Medicine by HLW International and New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business Tisch Hall by Perkins Eastman (Interior Renovation); and Mary McDowell Friends School Upper School by Marner Architecture (Interior Work in Progress)…

The winners of Retail Traffic’s 22nd Annual Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging Awards include an Honorable Mention for Whole Foods Market by BL Companies in the category of New or Renovated Supermarket…

The 2011 Architectural Lighting magazine Light & Architecture Design Award winners include Outstanding Achievement awards for the Art Collector’s Loft by Renfro Design Group (Residential); The Dee and Charles Wyly Theater by Tillotson Design Associates (Whole Building); The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design and Lincoln Center Plaza by Tillotson Design Associates (Exterior Lighting); Commendable Achievements for The Morgan Library and Museum, McKim Building Restoration by Renfro Design Group and 155 North Wacker Drive by One Lux Studio (Interior Lighting); Best Use of Color for Queens Theatre in the Park Addition and Renovation by Caples Jefferson Architects; and a Special Citation for Design Commitment to Underserved Communities, Anacostia Neighborhood Public Lighting by Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

In an effort to make the city’s construction-approval process easier to navigate, the NYC Department of Buildings has appointed Fred Mosher, AIA, formerly of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, to a newly-created position of Deputy Commissioner of Building Development…

STV Group appointed Dominick M. Servedio, PE, as executive chairman, and Milo E. Riverso, Ph.D., PE, as president and chief executive officer… City Without Walls (cWOW) Executive Director Dr. Ben Goldman has left the organization, and the Board of Directors will appoint an interim director until a full search can be conducted for a successor…

10.01.11 Call for Submissions: World’s Coolest Offices 2011

10.03.11 Call for Submissions: Ceramics of Italy Exhibition Design Challenge

10.08.11 Call for Entries: National Mall Design Competition

10.12.11 Call for Applications: IDP Firm Award and IDP Outstanding Firm Award

10.14.11 Call for Volunteers: AIA Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee

10.17.11 Call for Ideas: The Core Project — International Design Competition, Sebastapol, California

09.08.11: The Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2021 conference took place at the Center for Architecture, featuring panels of professionals who helped plan. Design, advise and develop the new World Trade Center site and its surrounding context. See “Lower Manhattan Rises,” by Lisa Delgado in this issue to read more about the day’s events and discussions.

Panelists for the discussion, “Architectural Excellence: Building Design for a New Future” (L-R): Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA, Architecture Critic, The New Yorker (moderator); Michael Arad, AIA, Partner, Handel Architects; Daniel Libeskind, AIA, Principal, Studio Daniel LIbeskind; Craig Dykers, AIA, MNAL, Principal, Snøhetta; and Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE.

Nicole Friedman

09.08.11: “Seen Since 9/11: Interviews and Photographs of New Yorkers by Tibo” opened to the public at the Center for Architecture. The exhibition presents photographs and narratives about 9/11, as well as a piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center site, on loan to the Center courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The steel will ultimately become part of the University of Southern Mississippi Ingersoll Rand and The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety’s 9/11 Memorial. Click here for more information about the exhibition.

Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President; Tibo, Photographer.

Sam Lahoz

(L-R): Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President-Elect; Mark Moran, with steel donated to the University of Southern Mississippi National Center for Spectator Sports Saftey; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director.

Sam Lahoz

Alex Garvin, Hon. AIANY, President/CEO, AGA Public Realm Strategists, and Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record.

Kristen Richards

Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, Principal, Gruzen Samton (left), and Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE.

Kristen Richards

Members of AIANY and AIA visited the World Trade Center site to preview the 9/11 Memorial in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

(L-R): Ernest Hutton, Assoc. AIA, FAICP, Co-chair of New York New Visions; Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer, AIA; Michael Arad, AIA, Partner, Handel Architects; and Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President.

Rick Bell, FAIA

(L-R): Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP; Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA; Jen Apple; Nicole Friedman; Rosamond Fletcher; Laura Trimble.

Bob Wallace, Courtesy Ingersoll Rand

09.10.11: Empty Sky, a memorial designed by Frederic Schwartz Architects, was dedicated in a ceremony at Liberty State Park, NJ.

Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, at the east end of the memorial.

Rick Bell, FAIA

09.11.11: Tribute in Light was first presented on 03.11.02 and the Municipal Art Society (MAS) has recreated it annually since. Echoing the form of the Twin Towers, the installation is comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares.

David M. Childs, FAIA, partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and MAS Board Chairman.

Giles Ashford

Vin Cipolla, MAS President.

Giles Ashford

08.31.11: Two views of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s One World Trade Center, rising from Fulton Street.

Kristen Richards

Views of Snøhetta’s 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, with a sneak-peek of the two 70-foot-tall, 90-ton steel “trident” columns from the original WTC standing side-by-side in the glass atrium.

Kristen Richards

Kristen Richards

Kristen Richards

08.31.11: The Windmill Factory’s Reflecting the Stars, which recreates the night sky in the Hudson River, launched at sunset. It is on view through 10.25.11 at Pier 49 in Hudson River Park (at West 11th Street).

The installation at low tide.

Alyssa Laurel Ringler

(L-R): Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, Charles Renfro, AIA, and Jon Morris, founder/creative director of the Windmill Factory and designer of the installation.

Alyssa Laurel Ringler