Navigating the Waters of the Formless

Courtesy formlessfinder

Two views of Bag Pile. More of formlessfinder’s work is on display at the Center for Architecture as a part of the “New Practices New York 2012” exhibit.

Courtesy formlessfinder

Event: Practice Makes Imperfect: formlessfinder
Location: Axor NYC, 06.28.12
Speakers: Garrett Ricciardi, Assoc. AIA, and Julian Rose, Assoc. AIA, formlessfinder; Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Co-Chair, New Practices Committee.
Organizers: AIANY New Practices Committee
Underwriters: Axor Hansgrohe; NRI
Patrons: Sure Iron Works; Thornton Tomasetti
Supporter: Samson Rope
Media Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper

In the world of contemporary architecture, form is everything. As human culture has slowly prioritized the visual, the realm of the built environment has followed suit. Ideas about design and construction now are transmitted primarily through images. As a result, in an attempt to present evidence of uniqueness or superiority, architects are designing for the camera. Form, which was once dependent upon the unique structural properties of a material, now is manipulated and distorted by designers beyond the capacities of conventional structural systems.

In such a building culture, it takes audacious and adventurous architects to refute the supremacy of form. Garrett Ricciardi, Assoc. AIA, and Julian Rose, Assoc. AIA, of formlessfinder, one of the winners of the 2012 New Practices New York Competition, are such designers. Like explorers of old, these designers have sailed into the unknown by adopting lack of form as the raison d’être of their practice.

According to Rose and Ricciardi, their interest in the formless first emerged from failure. The architects under whom they apprenticed were frequently frustrated that designs could not be constructed as envisioned. Rose and Ricciardi wished to elude dissatisfaction by preventing form from entering into the design equation. Instead, architecture would be generated by imposing a limited number of rules on a set of messy circumstances or materials. Since the designers had no preconceived notions of specific form, the resultant “design” could be accepted wholesale without disappointment.

One of the most engaging and successful examples of formlessfinder’s theories put into practice is its competition entry for the 2011 MoMA/P.S.1 summer pavilion. Entitled Bag Pile, the design was composed of a series of geotextile bags – filled with gravel, foam, and other loose material – arrayed around the courtyard in a non-linear fashion. The bags created arches, stretched skyward up to 40 feet in height, or lay languidly on the ground. Thus, the arrangement of elements created random interstitial space in the gaps between objects.

Rose and Ricciardi admitted that, given the preeminence of the photograph or rendering as a means to express a design, they are still unresolved as how to best represent their ideas. The formless is not accustomed to posing well for the camera. Regardless, in an era when architectural form has become increasingly more elaborate and ostentatious, it is especially comforting to know that some young thinkers still question basic assumptions about the role of form in spatial design.

Reimagining the Waterfront: The Harlem Edge Winners Present their Proposals

(l-r) Gina Keatley, CEO Nourishing USA; Ryan A. Doyle, LEED AP, Harlem Harvest, 3rd Prize Winner; Eliza Higgins, The Hudson Exchange, 2nd Prize Winner; Yan Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Ting Chin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Sym’bio’pia, ENYA Prize Winner; Meta Brunzema, RA, LEED AP; Principal, Meta Brunzema Architect, PC; Juror: The Harlem Edge Competition, Contributor: The Harlem Edge Publication

Sean Rasmussen, Assoc. AIA

Meta Brunzema, RA, LEED AP; Principal of Meta Brunzema Architect, PC; Juror: The Harlem Edge Competition, Contributor: The Harlem Edge Publication

Sean Rasmussen, Assoc. AIA

Event: The Harlem Edge Symposium
Location: Center for Architecture, 07.14.12
Speakers: Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, The Harlem Edge Competition Coordinator; Javier Carcamo, Community Board 9 Co-Chair Zoning/Land Use Committee; ENYA Competition Committee Member; Gina Keatley, CEO, Nourishing USA; Wil Rosenthal: “Harlem Edge Park”; Rafael Luna, “Greenhouse Transformer” (Honorable Mention); Samir Shah, AIA, and Tao Zhang: “West Harlem Ag-Lab + Transport Hub”; Yashar Ghasemkhani: “The New Marine Transfer Station” (Honorable Mention); Ilkay Can Standard, Assoc. AIA: “Community Transfer Station”; Davide Catenazzi and Federico Faccio: “Living on the Edge”; Brandon Zwagerman, Mike Aziz, LEED AP, and Jason Cadorette, RA: “Exchange”; Jaemin Ha: “Subaqueous Promenade”; Ryan A. Doyle, LEED AP, Guido Elgueta, and Tyler Caine, LEED AP: ‘Harlem Harvest” (3rd Prize Winner); Eliza Higgins, Cyrus Patell, Chris Starkey, and Andrea Vittadini, “The Hudson Exchange“ (2nd Prize Winner); Ting Chin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Yan Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C: “Sym’bio’pia” (ENYA Prize Winner); Warren James, R.A., Principal, Warren A. James Architects + Planners; Juror, CIVITAS Reimagining the East River Esplanade Ideas Competition; Meta Brunzema, RA, LEED AP, Principal, Meta Brunzema Architect, PC; Juror: The Harlem Edge Competition, Contributor:The Harlem Edge Publication; Richard R. Gonzalez, RA, LEED AP, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Contributor: The Harlem Edge Publication; Barbara E. Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, Founding Partner and Principal, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture;
Organizer: Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee
Underwriters: King Displays; Tietz-Baccon
Benefactor: Artek
Supporters: ARC TRI-STATE; Doodlit; Franke Gottsegen Cox Architects; Gensler; The Janus Property Company

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee’s The Harlem Edge design ideas competition challenged entrants to repurpose the decommissioned West 135th Street marine transfer station as a multi-modal transit hub and urban agricultural center for a client: Nourishing USA, a non-profit nutrition advocacy organization. At the symposium, Gina Keatley of Nourishing USA likened the visionary nature of architects, whom she extolled for their ability to visualize things that do not yet exist, to her experience beginning Nourishing USA from practically nothing. Although The Harlem Edge was a design ideas competition, both Keatley and competition juror Meta Brunzema, RA, LEED AP, encouraged all entrants to channel their excitement and momentum towards actually redeveloping the marine transfer station.

The three winning entries encourage healthy living and consider waterfront development on a potentially grand scale. Ting Chin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Yan Wang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, of Linearscape diagrammed how their ENYA Prize winning proposal “Sym’bio’pia” considers the West Harlem neighborhood with the eventual goal of being replicated at other Manhattan waterfront sites. Eliza Higgins, Cyrus Patell, Chris Starkey, and Andrea Vittadini’s 2nd Prize-winning entry, “The Hudson Exchange,” addresses nutrition and health issues by linking food policy, nutrition, and health activists and experts onsite, while dealing with the Hudson River’s ecological health as a living shoreline. Ryan A. Doyle, LEED AP, Tyler Caine, LEED AP, and Guido Elgueta’s 3rd Prize-winning “Harlem Harvest” encourages sustainable and nutritional education with an onsite kindergarten, and promotes community health with floating community gardens and a year-round hydroponic vertical farm.

Richard Gonzalez, RA, LEED AP, highlighted diverse international waterfront projects, including a “lowline” in Seoul, where a highway was demolished to create a recessed waterway. Brunzema encouraged designers to better utilize waterfront sites by responding to each city’s unique DNA. Challenging young designers to think on a larger scale, Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, proposed extending the boundary of what is considered “the waterfront” to encompass blocks and whole neighborhoods. A juror for the CIVITAS Competition to reimagine Manhattan’s East River esplanade, Warren James, RA, applauded the bold interventions suggested by Joseph Wood’s wining CIVITAS competition entry, which proposed waterways connecting the East River with Manhattan’s interior.

With the imminent widening of the Panama Canal creating potentially limitless future waterfront development opportunities, it is important that design ideas competitions like The Harlem Edge pose these challenging waterfront design questions.

Opening “The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections”

Event: “The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections” Exhibition Opening
Location: Center for Architecture, 07.12.12
Organizers: AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee
Underwriters: King Displays; Tietz-Baccon
Benefactor: Artek
Supporters: ARC TRI-STATE; Doodlit; Franke Gottsegen Cox Architects; Gensler; The Janus Property Company

Marvine Pierre

Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, presented a certificate to the members of Linearscape for their ENYA-prize-winning project Sym’bio’pia. (l-r) Joseph Aliotta; Ting Chin, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C; Yan Wang, AIA, LEED BD+C; Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP, 2013 AIA National Associates Committee Executive Board, Director-at-Large; Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA, ENYA Co-chair; Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA, ENYA Co-chair.

Sam Lahoz

Venesa Alicea, Amanda Rivera, and Brynnemarie Lanciotti <3 Harlem, ENYA, and the AIA. Michael Marrella, AICP, The Harlem Edge Juror & Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department of City Planning, is a fan of the waterfront, naturally.

Sam Lahoz

On July 12th, some three hundred people gathered to celebrate the opening of “The Harlem Edge,” ENYA’s fifth biennial waterfront design ideas competition. The exhibition occupies three gallery floors, all of which were crowded with spectators on opening night. Those present included architects and agriculturalists, as well as high school students and their families. Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President, began the night with a warm welcome, appreciation for ENYA’s activism and description of the AIANY’s theme of Future Now!. Following his introduction, Harlem Edge organizers Venesa Alicea, AIA, Regional Associate Director at AIANYS, along with Amanda Rivera and Brynnemarie Lanciotti, co-chairs of ENYA, presented the prize winners with their awards. The $5000 ENYA Prize went to “Sym’bio’pia” by Linearscape, Ting Chin and Yan Wang – a New York based interdisciplinary design studio founded by graduates of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and SCI-arc.

The opening reception was a conjunction of activities. At the event, one could browse the 98 design proposals, purchase the Harlem Edge publication, or pose for photographs with colorful props representing the competition’s three themes: waterfront, agriculture, and community. It was a festive environment, making the exhibition opening a success.

“The Harlem Edge” will remain on view until 10.31.12. Be a part of the guided tours both at the Center and at the Harlem site, and then come back for the closing party. Participate in re-envisioning the future of West Harlem.

[Editor’s note: For more photos of the opening by Marvine, click here.]

Micro to the Max

City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and Housing Preservation & Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua at the adAPT NYC press conference at the Center for Architecture.

Rick Bell

From Mayor Bloomberg to children participating in the Center for Architecture Foundation’s programming, everyone at the Center for Architecture was talking about the beauty of small spaces.

Rick Bell

The City’s new micro-unit housing competition, adapt NYC was announced at the Center for Architecture on Monday, July 9, by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, accompanied by City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, and Housing Preservation & Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua. (Click here to watch the video.)

To demonstrate the potential of a change in the minimum housing unit size, a 300-square-foot apartment was delineated by bright yellow tape on the floor of the Center for Architecture’s Tafel Hall. Colorful furniture, fixtures, and fittings designed in-house by municipal architects led by Alexandros Washburn, AIA, were added in to give a sense of scale to the demonstration. Coming up on July 31, HPD will host a technical session at the Center to answer questions about the new initiative and the accompanying Request for Proposals.

The discussion to date has centered, in part, on how a smaller apartment might attract and retain recent graduates and those just entering the city’s job market. The AIANY’s Committee on Design for Aging, has also suggested the value of micro-units to an aging population for which the micro-unit may be right-sized. Whether for the young or less-young, the advantages of smaller units in a growing, high-density city were reflected in the many articles and blog entries appearing after the announcement. And students attending the Center for Architecture Foundation’s summer design camp also got into the mix, pondering design interventions while sitting at tables ringing this most adaptable apartment. Come see it at the Center, and hear or read about the city’s RFP.

John Hill’s “Oculus Quick Take”

On Monday, July 2, 2012, Miguel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed John Hill, the author of Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. Hill recently presented his book at the Center for Architecture as a part of AIANY’s Oculus Book Talk Series. Here is an excerpt of the interview, which can be heard in its entirety here.

Hello this is Miguel Angel Baltierra on Monday July 2nd, 2012. Today architect, author and critic John Hill, Joins me today to discuss his first book “Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture,” published by W.W. Norton & Company. He is presently Adjunct Professor at the New York Institute of Technology. In 1999 John began his website: “A Weekly Dose of Architecture” and then began a blog “A Daily Dose of Architecture” in 2004. John’s blog presently attracts over 32,000 visitors per week. He is also the founder of “The Archi-tourist” and is the US Representative/Editor of

“Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture” highlights more than 200 buildings completed since the year 2000, a decade when a veritable building boom gripped the city, giving rise to a host of new – and architecturally cutting-edge – residential, corporate, institutional, academic, and commercial structures.

MB: Thanks for being here John!

JH: Thanks for having me.

MB: Tomorrow I have friends coming to visit New York City for five days. I am going to hand them your guide and send them on their way. What should I tell them is the primary benefit of this guide to any other on New York and what would you wish for them to get out of it after they return it to me?

JH: New York City has enough layers – historical, physical, social, and so forth – that no single guide can provide a comprehensive overview and therefore be necessarily more valuable than another one. By focusing on recent architecture, my guide highlights changes to the city that find expression in architectural form: Be it the rise of the starchitect, the condo-ization of parts of the city, the increased awareness of green building, and so forth. I would hope that your friends understand and maybe even appreciate the new buildings they might not have otherwise paid attention to in their visit to the city. On some of the walking tours I’ve given, people have commented that they have noticed certain buildings in the past, but they never knew why there were significant or why they looked the way they do. Hopefully the book will pique their interest and give them some background on notable buildings and spaces, and get them to explore parts of the city they might not have otherwise visited.

MB: What parameters were critical for selecting the buildings in the guide?

JH: The main criteria was that the building or space be public in some way, be it a façade on a street, a publicly accessible interior, or an accessible outdoor space…

Be sure to listen to all of the Oculus Quick Takes here!

In this issue:
• “In the Spirit of Music, Architecture Can Be a Vessel of Transcendence” for Cancer Patients
• Green with Envy over a BMW Dealership
• A Pool Pops-Up in Brooklyn
• Moynihan Station Stays On Track
• Back to School Preview

“In the Spirit of Music, Architecture Can Be a Vessel of Transcendence”* for Cancer Patients

Courtesy Steven Holl Architects

Courtesy Steven Holl Architects

Courtesy Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects’ first designs for Maggie’s Centre at St. Bartholomew Hospital in London have been revealed. Located adjacent to the large courtyard of the hospital and the nearby church of St. Bartholomew the Great, both built in the 12th century, the new center replaces an existing 1960s block once used as offices. The three-story, 3,260-square-foot building is composed of a branching concrete frame that resembles a hand, an inner layer of perforated bamboo, and an outer layer of matte-white glass with colored glass fragments organized in horizontal bands resembling a musical staff. A planning application is being submitted in early 2013 with an anticipated opening sometime in 2014. The centers provide support for people affected by cancer, their families, and friends to empower people to live with, through, and beyond cancer.
* Steven Holl

Green with Envy over a BMW Dealership

Ken Chen/Courtesy BMW China

Ken Chen/Courtesy BMW China

Ken Chen/Courtesy BMW China

BMW China’s recently unveiled LEED Gold Beijing Xingdebao 5S dealership, designed by Pei Partnership Architects, with the support of Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong, consumes 30% less energy than a conventional building of its type. The close to 280,000-square-foot project has wind turbines, solar-heat and photovoltaic panels on the roof, which supply 5% of annual energy requirements, and natural light illuminates 75% of the office area via extensive glass walls and inner courtyards. In addition, 90% of the water used for washing cars is recovered, and rainwater, including runoff from the green roof, is collected and recycled, reducing the overall water consumption by 50%.Geothermal energy found in groundwater is used for heating and cooling. The project includes a showroom, service areas, VIP lounge, staff canteen, training center, and parking for 250 cars.

A Pool Pops Up in Brooklyn

Alexa Hoyer

Alexa Hoyer

Rising off the greenway on the uplands of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 is a 30’ x 50’ pop-up pool with 2,500 square feet of sandy beach stocked with lounge chairs and umbrellas, and planted with saw-grass. Designed by Spacesmith and Davis Brody Bond, co-located partner firms, the project also features an adjacent concrete plaza for picnic tables and a food and drink concession, in addition to showers, restrooms, and lockers. The architects made use of repurposed stacked, brightly painted shipping containers to act as a buffer from the noise of nearby roadways as well as for storage. Given that the pool will be in operation for just the next five years, the scope of construction is limited, and existing features were used as much as possible. Foundations and slabs from previously demolished buildings were incorporated into the design and the pool and beach area is raised, thus avoiding the need to excavate.

Moynihan Station Stays On Track

Courtesy Amtrak/SOM

Courtesy Amtrak/SOM

Courtesy Amtrak/SOM

Courtesy Amtrak/SOM

Amtrak recently published its “Vision for the Northeast Corridor 2012” update report. Within the 42-page document are renderings of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) design for the interior of Moynihan Station. Construction of new entrances to existing Amtrak tracks under the Farley Post Office Building, an underground walkway between Penn and Moynihan Stations, and new ventilation systems is expected to begin this year.

Back to School Preview

Courtesy Perkins+Will

Courtesy Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will has completed the 367,000-square-foot, two-block long Gateway Community College in downtown New Haven that consolidates the school’s existing campuses to serve more than 11,000 students. The design is planned around a multi-story atrium that connects the second through fourth levels of the building, and bridges over the street to link to other campus buildings. Configured as a series of terraces linked by stairs and stadium-style seating, the atrium is the primary gathering space for students and a link between academic spaces and faculty offices. Along the north side is a learning wall, a four-story, articulated surface that features inspirational messaging and is patterned with windows that bring natural light into interior classrooms. In addition to classrooms and administrative spaces, the program includes a community center that serves as a large public meeting space for 300 people, a cafeteria, bookstore, culinary arts program, and art exhibition space, all visible through storefront-style windows. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.


The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum selected Diller Scofidio + Renfro as designers of the gallery and visitor experience for the reopening of the museum campus in 2014. Local Projects will act as participatory media designer and develop engaging ways to access digital content at the museum and remotely. Collaboratively, design architect Gluckman Mayner Architects and executive architect Beyer Blinder Belle are in charge of the renovation and expansion of the Carnegie Mansion that houses the museum.

On view through October 28 at the Museum of the City of New York is “Reimagining the Waterfront,” an exhibition that explores potential redesigns of the East River Esplanade, and features the work of eight international architects and urban planners who participated in a design competition sponsored by CIVITAS. The design of second-place winner, New York-based Takuma Ono and Darina Zlateva of Aershop (Architecture/Environment/Research/Workshop) is included in the exhibit.

L&L Holding Company has shortlisted four firms – Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, OMA, and Zaha Hadid Architects (all led by Pritzker Prize winners) – to design a full-block, 650,000-square-foot office tower at 425 Park Avenue. The final selection is expected to be made in October, followed by a two-year design and construction permitting process commencing in 2013, with the start of construction anticipated in 2015 and completion by the end of 2017.

The protective scaffolding at the Donald Judd House, a designated landmark in SoHo, has been removed to reveal the restored façade that features 1,300 original pieces of cast iron. Project architect Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been leading a restoration team working to transform the artist’s former live/work space into a place that can be experienced by the public when it opens next year.

Grimshaw, in partnership with LA-based Gruen Associates, has been selected to design the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan, which includes the historic station and 40 surrounding acres.

New Yorkers are flocking to Flint, Michigan, to participate in the Flint Public Art Project, a series of actions featuring inflatable structures, building-scale video projections, urban research programs, and conceptual performances in the streets of the city. Attendees to the “Ground Breaking Art Party” get to sit on Srdjan Jovanovic-Weiss/Normal Architecture Office’s (NAO) modular environment of “Z”Blocks, lightweight, reconfigurable blocks that can be used in multiple ways. In October, Interboro Partners, dlandStudios, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), and others will be participating in the Congress for Urban Engagement, a project to help reimagine Flint.

A video is worth a thousand words. Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Chicago-based Spirit of Space, a company that uses video to document the architectural design process, has created two short films on the Daeyang Gallery and House in Seoul. Filmed during the project’s opening celebration in June, “A Conversation with Steven Holl” presents Steven Holl, FAIA, on site as he explains the design inspiration. The second film, “Daeyang Gallery and House,” explores the project through its use of light, material, and detail.

Designer Dror Bensherit has partnered with WeWork to open WeCross by Dror for selected creatives in disciplines such as architecture, interior design, design, graphics, and new technology. The 13,000-square-foot space, designed by Studio Dror, will open in September in Hudson Square.

Graphic Design: “Now in Production,” co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center is on view at Building 110 on Governor’s Island through September 3. By covering the existing colonnade space with series of walls, architecture firm Leong Leong and design studio Project Projects were able to conceal the existing 8,000-square-foot structure, maximize the amount display surface area, organize the exhibition around eight graphic design themes, and use the voids in the rows to create space for display fixtures and free-standing pieces.

AIA Miami will soon occupy part of a circa 1912 Neoclassical Revival building, designed by Kiehnel and Elliott and Oscar Wenderoth and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, in downtown, Miami. The chapter has been moving forward on the design for the Miami Center for Architecture and Design (M-CAD), which will include exhibit and gallery space, host lectures, and serve as the launching point for guided architecture walking tours throughout the downtown area.

In this issue:
• “Compete to Win” Kick Off with NYC Small Business Services
• New Additions to Documents on Demand™
• e-Calendar

“Compete to Win” Kick Off with NYC Small Business Services

(l-r) Yahaira Fuentes, Program Manager, SBS; Todd Lang, Director M/WBE Capacity Building Services, SBS; Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY President; Gregg Bishop, Acting Deputy Commissioner, SBS; Andrea Mak, Marketing Manager, SBS; Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIANYS; AIANY Director of Member Services; Andrew Thompson, AIA, Vice President, Northeast of NOMA; and Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director

Tonja Adair, AIA, President, NYCOBA

On 07.10.12, representatives of the AIA New York Chapter and partners from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the NY Chapter of NOMA (NYCOBA) met with personnel from the NYC Department of Small Business Services for a kick-off meeting of the AIANY’s contract to provide “Compete to Win” Technical Assistance to firms in the Architectural and Engineering Industries. Services will include workshops and one-on-one technical assistance for Minority & Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) and small businesses. Sessions will launch in late summer and aim to spark growth in the industry by helping firms build capacity to compete for and perform on New York City contracts. For more information on services to help businesses compete to win government contracts, visit NYC Business Solutions.

AIA Contract Documents

AIA National recently announced the publication of six new Construction Management documents, a project checklist, and a Construction Classification Worksheet via the Documents-on-Demand™ website. These additions complete the conversion of paper AIA Contract Documents to the web-based service, bringing the total number of documents available through Documents-on-Demand to 106.

The following documents and forms have been added to AIA Documents-on-Demand:
• A132–2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor, Construction Manager as Adviser Edition, and A132 Exhibit A, Determination of the Cost of the Work
• A133–2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager as Constructor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price, and A133 Exhibit A, Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment
• A134–2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager as Constructor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee without a Guaranteed Maximum Price
• A232–2009, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, Construction Manager as Adviser Edition
• B132–2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect, Construction Manager as Adviser Edition
• C132–2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager as Adviser
• D200–1995, Project Checklist
• G808–2001, Project Data, and G808A–2001, Construction Classification Worksheet

You can download the documents here, or as always, stop by the AIANY office at 536 LaGuardia Place to purchase paper documents from Eve Dilworth Rosen, AIANY’s Office Manager (; 212.358.6113).

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

CFAF Announces 2012 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals Recipients

From the winning student journal Fresh Meat of University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Center for Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals. This year the Center for Architecture’s Scholarship Committee awarded Fresh Meat, the official student publication of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Founded in 2008, the journal is produced entirely by undergraduate and graduate students, with support of faculty and staff. By publishing content that both reflects and challenges UIC’s pedagogical agenda, Fresh Meat acts as a vehicle to further the dialogue of the school among students and faculty, as well as between the school and other voices in the field. Read the winning issue of the winning issue here, and learn more here.

The Scholarship Committee also commended two student journals with Honorable Mentions: Columbia University’s URBAN, and University of Michigan’s Dimensions. URBAN magazine is a student-run, quarterly journal produced by Master of Science in Urban Planning candidates at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The publication seeks to investigate and critically explore the issues and challenges of today’s cities, paying particular attention to the role of planning in framing the urban experience. Learn more about URBAN here.

Dimensions is the annual graduate student-produced journal of architecture at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. The journal seeks to contribute to the critical discourse of architectural education by documenting the most compelling work produced by its students, fellows, and visiting lecturers. Learn more about Dimensions here.

The Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals was founded to encourage student journalism in architecture, planning, and related subjects, and to foster regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals. The award is named for architectural journalist and editor Douglas Haskell, who is best known for being the editor of Architectural Forum from 1949 to 1964, where he was very influential in stopping the demolition of Grand Central Station.

The next Center for Architecture scholarship deadline is for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant on 11.01.12. The Lebrun Travel Grant was established to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early- or mid-career through travel. For application details as well as information regarding other awards that the Center for Architecture offers, please visit the Center for Architecture Foundation’s website