Future Now Summit Gives Young Architects a Seat at the Table

A lively networking breakfast kicked off the Future Now Summit.

Austin Reed

Keynote speaker futurist David Zach engages the audience in lively debate: how do we reinvent tomorrow when technology is allowing everything – from phones to toilets – to “talk?”

Austin Reed

2012 AIANY Chapter President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, welcomes emerging professionals to what he hopes will be the first of many Future Now Summits.

Austin Reed

During the Fellows networking luncheon, Jonathan Marvel, FAIA, engages young architects in conversation.

Austin Reed

Guided by, among others, Illya Azaroff, AIA, Susan Chin, FAIA, David Fano, Nathan Miller, and Burt Roslyn, FAIA, young architects envision the “future” of architectural practice during the Future Now charrette.

Austin Reed

Marc Kushner, AIA, encourages attendees to learn from the tech industry by identifying and utilizing “disruptive” opportunities. (l-r) Yen Ha; Illya Azaroff, AIA; Marc Kushner, AIA; Molly Heintz; David Fano; Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA; Nathan Miller; Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA. Not pictured: Chris Leong, Assoc. AIA, Principal, Leong Leong

Ehsanul Haque

Event: The Future Now Summit
Location: The Center for Architecture, 09.22.12
Opening Remarks: Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP BD+ C, 2012 AIA New York Chapter President; Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Keynote Presentation:
David Zach, futurist, AIA Public Director
Panel Moderators:
Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Manifold Architecture Studio, Co-Chair, New Practices Committee; Chris Leong, Assoc. AIA, Principal, Leong Leong
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Principal, Selldorf Architects; Marc Kushner, AIA, Principal, HWKN, Architizer.com; Illya Azaroff, AIA, Director, +LAB architects; Molly Heintz, Contributing Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper; David Fano, Partner, CASE Inc.; Nathan Miller, Director, CASE Inc.; Yen Ha, Founder, Front Studio
Participants in the AIA Fellows Mentoring Luncheon:
Sylvia Smith, FAIA; Nathan Hoyt, FAIA; Burton Roslyn, FAIA; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA; Louise Braverman, FAIA; Stanley Stark, FAIA; Jill Lerner, FAIA; Joanna Pestka, FAIA; Carol Kurth, FAIA; Jonathan Marvel, FAIA
Participants in the Future Now Charrette:
Frank Mruk, AIA, RIBA, Associate Dean, NYIT; Dale Cohen, Assoc. AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Interiors Committee; David Fano, Partner, CASE Inc.; Nathan Miller, Director, CASE Inc.; Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; David Zach, Futurist, AIA Public Director; Charles McKinney, Assoc. AIA
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and presented as part of Future Now, the AIA New York 2012 Presidential Theme.
ENYA Future Now Summit Committee: ENYA Co-chairs Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA, and Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA; Alex Alaimo; Courtney Ferguson, Assoc. AIA; James Yankopoulos, Assoc. AIA; David Flecha, Assoc. AIA; Kunal Ghevaria, LEED AP BD+C; and Ehsanul Haque.
Special thanks to the Sponsors of The Future Now Summit:
Patron: New York Regional Representatives for the College of Fellows
Media Sponsor: Archinect | Bustler
Supporter: Roslyn Consultants, LLC

The Future Now Summit brought together more than 120 emerging and established practitioners at the Center for Architecture to consider the future of the architecture profession. Presented as the signature program event of Future Now, 2012 AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta’s, AIA, LEED AP, presidential theme, the Summit considered the evolving roles of marketing/branding, social technologies, diverse business models, and civic leadership within the architectural industry. Considering the Summit’s success, Aliotta hopes “this summit will become an annual program at the Center for Architecture to continue this vital dialogue.”

Architects are futurists, keynote speaker futurist David Zach asserted, as we “deal with products and services that live beyond us and our time on this earth.” We must, however, not neglect the present, but instead “always show up being prepared to be no place else.” As boundaries and technological barriers shift and fall, we must consider what architects provide that cannot be automated lest “there’s an app for that” turn into “there’s an app for you.” Our most valuable resource, Zach declared, is our attention; we must therefore be cautious that multitasking not erode our ability to focus and accomplish quality work. Architects can and should be designing beautiful and useful things. Great architecture can inspire awe, as only a magical thing can. We must not apologize for being architects, but instead engage in the conversation and battle over the question: “what is architecture?”

As the panelists and presenters debated about the architectural industry and an architect’s value, it became clear, as Susan Chin, FAIA, succinctly stated, “There is no one way to practice architecture.” Nathan Miller and David Fano of CASE Inc. showcased how architects can harness automation as a tool to work through design criteria and streamline the movement of information. To keep pace with these technological and industry developments, educational and professional organizations need to adapt faster, Yen Ha of Front Studio asserted. Mark Kushner, AIA, of HWKN and Architizer.com, roundly challenged architects to find new ways of communicating to the greater public the value of what they do. Architecture reflects the culture of our time, Illya Azaroff, AIA, believes, and it is the responsibility of architects to create culture where it does not already exist. The process, he acknowledged, can be difficult: at his office the trashcan is routinely considered the most important item.

A mentoring luncheon, sponsored by the New York Regional Representatives of the AIA College of Fellows, paired 10 of these established leaders with emerging professionals. The informal networking session segued into a rousing afternoon charrette where participants designed an ideal “new” architecture practice. Whether it was Pop Up Pods’ proposed 12-by-12-foot flexible, modular, mobile pod, Regen City’s proposal to revitalize aging industrial landscapes by targeting urban blight, Temp Relief’s customizable, region-specific temporary disaster relief structures, or Jump Start’s proposal to provide design services to local communities in a mobile truck, these young professionals proved there are new and exciting frontiers for architectural practice.

Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, explained that we never have – and never should have – a completely unified architecture profession. By lobbying for and representing all the profession‘s disparate voices, however, the American Institute of Architects seeks to give architects “a seat at the table.” As the AIA repositions itself and the architectural industry within the public realm, we must ask our community how we as thought leaders will contribute not only to the profession, but to the greater good.

To accomplish this, we must, Mark Kushner, AIA, exuberantly declared, “shamelessly self-promote” and “get work!” Find what excites you as a professional and pursue it as much as you can, urged David Fano: “Don’t wait. Do it.”

Read and see more on the Summit’s Tumblr.

Freedom of Assembly and Public Space Today

A lively panel with audience participation made for a thoughtful Sunday morning discussion on the relationship between architecture, urban design, and the use of public space.

Laura Trimble

Event: Freedom Of Assembly, Public Space Today, Part 3
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.16.12
Organizers: The Center for Architecture, City College of New York School of Architecture, and Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.
Welcome: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter; Lynne Elizabeth, Director, New Village Press
Moderator: David Burney, FAIA, Commissioner, New York City Department of Design + Construction
Speakers: Roland Anglin, Faculty Fellow, Director and Associate Research Professor, The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University; Joan Byron, Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development; Daniel Latorre, VP, Digital Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces; Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects; Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Principal, Pyatok Architects; Quilian Riano, Founder, DSGN AGNC
Closing Remarks: Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Professor, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA, Distinguished Professor, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York

Last year the Center for Architecture initiated a series of discussions titled Freedom of Assembly, the first of which, in December 2011, was a swift reflection upon the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Last Sunday was the third panel of the series that accompanied an exhibition entitled “Beyond Zuccotti Park.” The exhibition, in turn, is derived from a book by the same name. In all, the Center has become a forum for one of the most relevant intersections of occupy-thinking and standard architecture and planning practices.

Engaging us this time were activists, designers, and city planners. Rick Bell and Lynne Elizabeth, director of the New Village Press, opened the event with a discussion about what should be done now, a year after the occupation. New Village Press is a subsidiary of ADPSR (Architects Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility).

Joan Byron argued that European city master plans be used as a model – and that New York should have one (this city’s most recent comprehensive master plan dates to 1969). She suggested that the Bloomberg Administration’s recent plaNYC 2030, technically not a master plan, favors established interests. NYC Department of Design + Construction Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, who moderated the event, described the capacity of the city government to transform public space. He cited recent and future developments in Times Square and the Department of Transportation’s creation of bike lanes.

Michael Pyatok, FAIA, of Oakland-based Pyatok Architects, showed his firm’s design of the plaza in front of Oakland, California’s City Hall; New Yorkers in the room noted the lack of an open and accessible public square outside of our own city hall. Signe Nielsen, FASLA, while initially supporting the open expression at Zuccotti Park, described her sense that the proliferation of tents represented a misuse of public space, Pyatok said the Oakland Occupation suited the space. He designed the amphitheater-like steps as “the living room” and the adjoining lawn as “the people’s mattress” – useable metaphors for a livable city.

Quilian Riano spoke about “politics as design and design as politics,” describing his efforts to analyze spaces of conflict in whOWNSpace, a project documenting “work-shopping” public spaces (especially privately owned public spaces, or POPS) in New York. whOWNSpace identifies potential sites for public space within cities.

Daniel Latorre, a software designer who works at Project for Public Space, was perhaps the panelist closest to the Occupy movements. He is part of Occupy Town Square, self-described on its Facebook page as “Mobile, daytime outreach occupations, held in parks and other public spaces around NYC, building the movement for economic, social, and environmental justice.”

Ideas presented and debated at the three-hour long session described the potential role of municipal government in commissioning public spaces that could be designed to encourage open dialogue and participatory democracy. There was no consensus, however, that a design solution could be created, despite Pyatok’s example, in response to social movements. The ability of architects, landscape architects and urban designers to plan spaces is limited by the terms of engagement. Closing remarks by Ron Shiffman, Hon. AIANY and Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, also among the editors of the book, were more upbeat, noting the value of the dialogue about the design of public space in advancing issues of social justice.

Oculus Book Review: “Beyond Zuccotti Park”

Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space
Edited by Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, ACSA, Rick Bell, FAIA, and Lynne Elizabeth
With Anastassia Fisyak and Anusha Venkataraman
Foreword by Michael Kimmelman
New Village Press, 2012

Contributors: Roland V. Anglin, Caron Atlas, Thomas Balsley, Terri Baltimore, Shirin Barghi, Rick Bell, Marshall Berman, Julian Brash, Wendy E. Brawer, Paul Broches, Carlton Brown, Lance Jay Brown, David Burney, Brennan S. Cavanaugh, Susan Chin, Alexander Cooper, Arthur Eisenberg, Lynne Elizabeth, Anastassia Fisyak, Karen A. Franck, Michael Freedman-Schnapp, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Gan Golan, Jeffrey Hou, Te-Sheng Huang, Lisa Keller, Brad Lander, Peter Marcuse, Jonathan Marvel, Signe Nielsen, Michael Pyatok, Michael Rios, Jonathan Rose, Janette Sadik-Khan, Saskia Sassen, Paula Z. Segal, Sadra Shahab, Benjamin Shepard, Ron Shiffman, Gregory Smithsimon, Michael Sorkin, Nikki Stern, and Maya Wiley

Panelists at the 09.10.12 Oculus Book Talk: (l-r) Peter Marcuse; Nikki Stern; Sadra Shahab; Ron Shiffman, FAICP.

Daniel Fox

The aftermath of 9/11 brought into the consciousness of the public the critical importance of architectural design and public space within New York City’s built environment. People gathered in silence or to engage in dialogue within public, open spaces to find solidarity and attempt to make sense of the unimaginable. Voices of citizens in Town Hall scenarios impacted the direction and decisions made about the future of Ground Zero. People began to experience themselves in relationship to architecture and our shared public realm in a new and meaningful way. As time progressed, we all adjusted to the security measures of post-9/11, and the restriction of movement in places where none had previously existed. The Occupy Wall Street’s occupation of Zuccotti Park brought the nature of community and the power of physical space back into the headlines, this time with a focus on the right to freedom of assembly.

The Center for Architecture began a series of panels and discussions on how Occupy Wall Street was impacting the dialogue on public space. As was astutely observed, the conversation that had once been so critical post-9/11 was moving toward a different kind of societal discourse – democracy, social equity, and public place.

The Beyond Zuccotti Park book launch was held at the Center 09.10.12, followed by the third in the Freedom of Assembly series on 09.16.12 (see report above). The essays are as eclectic as the writers’ viewpoints, making them rich and provocative. The common thread, which is so clearly stated in the book’s acknowledgements, is their “commitment to the important role that public space, universal access, equity, and design can play to enhance democracy and promote freedom of expression.” The concepts of public commons and the agora became part of the conversation not only within the context of cultural citizenship, but also in the vital role design plays in forming the public sector.

In his essay “Emplacing Democratic Design,” Michael Rios tackles a very challenging issue: “…how the field of urbanism – as practiced by architects, planners, and urban designers – maintains the illusion of public space while making invisible certain segments of the public.” This is in contrast to, Rios writes, what “Henri Lefebvre (1991) called ‘the illusion of transparency,’ which masks the reality that spaces of the city are socially produced to serve power interests. “ If you contrast this to “Life and Death in Public Space,” the poignantly written essay by Nikki Stern who, from the perspective of having lost her husband on 9/11, describes her walk from the 9/11 Memorial to Zuccotti Park, you have a clear sense of the richness of the arc of this body of work.

Beyond Zuccotti Park is not written as, nor is it meant to be, a political manifesto. It is a compendium of ideas, challenges, reflections, observations, and thought-provoking questions that members of the design and planning community are grappling with as citizens and professionals committed to enhancing the public realm. Sitting in the audience at both the book launch and this most recent dialogue series, the Center of Architecture felt very much like an agora.

Vive la Différence

Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, directs the discussion after the individual presentations, with HWKN’s “Wendy” as a backdrop.

Daniel Fox

(top) Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier, and Yves Pasquet of Freaks – Freearchitects, France, present a video chronicling their “Sur Mesure” sticker installation, as (l-r) Thomas Delamarre of French Cultural Services and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, look on. (bottom) The audience was treated to a lively transnational exchange of ideas and anecdotes.

Daniel Fox

Event: France – New York: Young Architects Dialogue
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.24.12
Organizers: The Center for Architecture and the Visual Arts, Architecture, Design-Arts Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Welcome: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
Moderator: Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, Gage-Clemenceau Architects; Co-Chair, AIANY New Practices Committee
Speakers: Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier, and Yves Pasquet, Freaks – Freearchitects, France; Remi Salles, A+R Salles Paysagisme, France; Jing Liu, Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL), New York; Marc Kushner, AIA, HWKN, New York

This Monday, the Center for Architecture hosted an evening of vivid cultural exchange and comparison, which brought two emerging French firms and young architect laureates of the Album des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes (AJAP) 2011, together for conversation with two award-winning emerging New York firms, both recent winners of the MoMA Young Architects Program. After brief shout-outs for some of the distinguished guests in the audience, including Thomas Delamarre of French Cultural Services and Chrissa Laporte of the French-American Foundation, the program and panelists were introduced by moderator, Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA. Marc, a partner at Gage-Clemenceau Architects (gageclemenceau.com/home/), is a recent New Practices winner and co-chair, and after his enthusiastic stage-setting, the invited firms started the evening with presentations of their work.

FREAKS, also known as FREEARCHITECTS, (www.archdaily.com/tag/freaks-freearchitects) is a Paris-based design firm with three partners, Guillaume Aubry, Cyril Gauthier, and Yves Pasquet, all graduates of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-La Villette. After having worked several years for larger architecture firms, they founded “Freaks – Freearchitects” in 2007. The three principals distinguish themselves by an uninhibited approach to architecture and urbanism, demonstrated by their ebullient presentation of a video chronicling their “Sur Mesure” sticker installation of red dimension lines on the landmark façade of Oscar Niemeyer’s Building for the French Communist Party in Paris. Their projects, in general, tackle domestic issues and favor a hands-on methodology.

A+R SALLES PAYSAGISME was represented on the panel by Rémi Salles, one of two partners, with his wife, Amélie. The couple met while studying landscape architecture at the Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture des Jardins et du Paysage. In 2003, they moved to Dublin, where they lived and worked for six years. During Ireland’s economic boom they won commissions including two city parks on the outskirts of Dublin. In 2006 they decided to join forces to create A+R Salles Paysagisme, a landscape firm based in Guitres. The Dublin work was presented in Rémi’s talk, and was characterized by what he described as a “generous” vision of the landscape – and one that was necessarily green.

Jing Liu of SO – IL was up next. She and Florian Idenburg are founders of Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu, hence “SO – IL” (www.so-il.org/) an idea-based design office. With a global reach, it brings together extensive experience from the fields of architecture, academia, and the arts. Idenburg and Liu envisioned their New York studio in 2008 as a creative catalyst involved in all scales and stages of the architectural process. With roots in Europe, China, and Japan, they endeavor to realize their ideas globally. SO-IL is a recent winner of the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program, AIANY New Practices Award, and an AIA Design Award. Jing started her presentation with the MoMA/PS1 installation.

Lastly, HWKN (www.hwkn.com/) was represented by Marc Kushner, AIA, who had also been a speaker at Saturday’s Future Now Summit (see article by Julie Engh, Assoc. AIA, above). Marc is a partner – along with Matthias Hollwich – in the New York-based architecture firm HWKN and is a co-founder of Architizer, which he founded in 2009 with his partners. Architizer is a revolution in the way architects communicate their work and is the first crowd-sourced database for architecture online. Since its inception, Architizer has started a fundamental re-evaluation within the profession of how architecture is consumed, and remains the fastest growing platform for architecture online. HWKN’s “Wendy” at MoMA/PS1 was this year’s summer installation.

Bringing together architects and landscape architects from different cultural and political contexts has become a hallmark of the Center for Architecture and its well-attended seminars and symposia crafted by Laura Trimble Elbogen, the Center’s Partnership Programs Manager. With deft moderating by Marc Bailly, the dialogue with our colleagues and copains proved most fruitful. If there were difference in dialect or client-base, the similarity between the firms and their intent was, if anything, more vivid.

In this issue:
• Modern Modular Marvels
• The Future of Pharma
• Meier Island
• Hava Nagila Habitat

Modern Modular Marvels

Aerial view.

Courtesy Garrison Architects

Exploded axonometric view.

Courtesy Garrison Architects

Lobby view.

Courtesy Garrison Architects

CUNY’s Lehman College, in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx, is currently undergoing a multi-day installation of its new 12,000-square-foot modular child care center. The units were pre-fabricated over the course of six months in a factory in Pennsylvania and shipped to the job site where set-up takes less than a week. Designed by Garrison Architects, the building utilizes a combination of natural and mechanical devices to maintain comfort, integrate nature, and conserve energy. For example, in spring and fall its mechanical systems can be turned off and the building can rely solely on its passive solar ventilation system. The natural ventilation system is an integral part of the design and expression of the building, and works in conjunction with the façade and garden trellises.

Classrooms are designed with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panels that open onto balconies with integrated planting beds and trellises. These create vertical gardens for each classroom to cultivate. The openings provide natural ventilation, and the stainless-steel mesh trellises double as window guards. The large artificial surface platform outside the lobby includes “imagination playground” blocks and surface fountains to create multisensory, creative play experiences and cooling play in the summer. An embankment slide integrates with the topography to meet fall protection criteria; musical pipes promote multisensory play and understanding of acoustical properties of materials interacting with the environment; and planted “tepees” engender environmental stewardship through fruit and vegetable cultivation. Hauppauge-based Axis Construction is part of the project team.

The Future of Pharma

Courtesy Maya Lin Studio

Courtesy Toshiko Mori Architect

The pharmaceutical company Novartis is building a new worldwide operations complex located across from existing company facilities in Cambridge, MA. The new $600 million, 550,000-square-foot complex, will provide workspace for more than 1,000 employees currently spread across several buildings. Toshiko Mori Architect and Maya Lin Studio are each designing one of two new buildings, and landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is designing the surrounding landscape and 1.35-acre courtyard. Cannon Design’s Boston office of is architect-of-record and design engineer, and will employ the firm’s “New Scientific Workplace,” a design strategy focused on creating new opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication. The complex will achieve this by pairing highly-flexible laboratory spaces that can accommodate multiple sciences now and in the future, along with conference and informal meeting spaces. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

Meier Island

Courtesy Roland Halbe

Courtesy Roland Halbe

Courtesy Roland Halbe

Richard Meier & Partners has completed the OCT (Overseas Chinese Town) Shenzhen Clubhouse, sited on an island in the middle of a lake within the 13 million-square-foot Harbour District. White metal panels and the firm’s mastery of natural light define the building. Shifting natural light throughout the day animates the interior, revealing different spaces and primarily white surfaces. The clubhouse’s geometry follows a precise focal point from which layers of distinct spaces radiate and terminate in a white glazed curve. Other features include a restaurant, private dining suites, a multi-purpose area, recreational facilities, and a small exhibition gallery. It is linked via an outdoor pathway and gardens to an indoor pool and fitness center. Various vistas, textures, plantings, and settings offer an opportunity for solitude, as well as platforms to admire the surrounding views of the water and the harbor entertainment complexes beyond.

Hava Nagila Habitat

Courtesy Situ Fabrication

Courtesy Situ Fabrication

Situ Studio designed “Hava Nagila: A Song for the People,” an exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which is on view through 05.13. The goal of the exhibit is to communicate the diversity of the song’s infinite embodiments; cultural complexity was accomplished by exploring how geometries and materials can focus, reflect, and absorb sound, and features giant parabolic reflectors that form isolated cones of sound that define space. Carpet tiles serve triple duty on floors, walls, and ceilings as containers for content that also absorb reverberations. Techniques were developed specifically for this show; these include text and signature images laser-engraved directly into the carpet piling. Similarly, the geometric properties of parabolic reflectors were studied in relation to acoustics and light. Graphic design firm MTWTF collaborated on the project.

This Just In

The ribbon’s been cut and Barclay’s Center officially opens on 09.28.12. The 675,000-square-foot area, designed by SHoP Architects and AECOM (Ellerbe Becket) contains 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 for concerts. Curbed has a selection of 43 photos of the new center.

A ceremonial groundbreaking (actually a “seed-throwing”) was recently held to mark the start of High Line at the Rail Yards, the project’s third and final section, designed by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. Though closed to visitors, as part of the 10th Annual OHNY the High Line is offering walking tours of the section while it’s still in its natural state.

Start counting…The Museum of Mathmatics (MoMath), designed by BKSK Architects, is scheduled to open 12.15.12 in the Flatiron District.

10.04-10.06.12, the Yale School of Architecture presents “The Sound of Architecture,” an interdisciplinary symposium that explores the audio dimension of architecture, and draws on experts from the fields of archaeology, media studies, musicology, philosophy, and the history of technology, as well as architects, acoustical engineers, composers, and artists. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule and pre-registration information, visit www.architecture.yale.edu/symposia.

The fifth and final installment of the Guggenheim Museum’s “Stillspotting nyc” takes place in the South Bronx during the weekend of 10.13.-10.14.12 as a part of Archtober.

The 3rd annual Control This! Conference and Expo, organized by the IESNYC, explores innovations and product development in the rapidly growing fields of lighting controls and energy management systems; 11.07.12 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

As part of its Six to Celebrate program, the Historic Districts Council (HDC), has created walking tour brochures for neighborhoods in Manhattan (the Bowery, Inwood, Mount Morris Park), Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Gowanus), and Queens (Jackson Heights). They are available for online viewing and purchase.

The inaugural edition of Frieze Masters, showing art from ancient to modern, 10.11-14.12 in Gloucester Green, Regent’s Park, London, is designed by Selldorf Architects.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture has been selected to design the new $60 million Performing Art Center in downtown Greensboro, NC.

The schematic design for the $30 billion Yongsan International Business District (Yongsan IBD) in Seoul, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind, was recently completed. The master plan for the over 5 million-square-foot, mixed-use development incorporates 66 buildings designed by 18 international firms, and includes office and commercial space, retail, residential, and hospitality. The US contingent includes Asymptote Architecture, 5+ Design, Gensler, Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), Murphy Jahn, REX Architecture, Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), and Studio Daniel Libeskind. Construction is expected to begin during the first half of 2013 and completed by 2016.

Recently posted on TED Talks, Julian Treasure, chair of the Sound Agency in London, asks architects to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. Want to listen? http://www.ted.com/speakers/julian_treasure.html

In this issue:
• Archtober, Fall Exhibition Openings & Heritage Ball
• e-Calendar

Archtober, Fall Exhibition Openings & Heritage Ball
October is Archtober (ärk’tōbər) – Architecture and Design Month in New York City! October 2012 marks the second annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions. Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in every-day life. The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design in our city, and to build lasting civic and international recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment. View the Archtober calendar and participants here, and visit the Archtober Lounge, which opens Archtober 1 at the Center for Architecture. Digital Media Sponsors Archinect | Bustler and World Architecture News’ World Architecture Day, along with Presenting Media Sponsors Dwell and New York Magazine, are supporting the effort.

Three exhibitions are also opening this October. “The Edgeless School: Design for Education”, the Center for Architecture’s fall exhibition, is on view 10.01.12-01.19.13. “The Edgeless School” is presented in conjunction with the opening of “The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century.

Opening on Archtober 10 is AIANY’s annual “Subway Show 2012: Design by New York.” “Station domination” is this show’s thrust: for almost a month, AIANY members’ work will cover the passageways at the West 4th Street subway station at West 3rd Street and 6th Avenue. This highly visible exhibition will offer a snapshot of current practice and celebrate the diversity of the Chapter’s membership.

Finally, on 10.25.12, the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation will honor Cesar Pelli, FAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Robert E. Selsam, Boston Properties, Iris Weinshall, City University of New York, and Joshua David and Robert Hammond, Friends of the High Line, at this year’s Heritage Ball. Individual tickets are now available. Please contact Emma Haberman, Development Manager, at ehaberman@aiany.org or (212) 358-6108 for more information.

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

CFAF Goes Backstage at the Signature Theatre

Tour guides Geoff Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, Don Guyton, and James Houghton, explain the many challenges of designing a theater complex within a residential tower.

Center for Architecture Foundation

Group observing the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre and the set for Athol Fugard’s “The Train Driver.”

Center for Architecture Foundation

Tour leaders explain the decision to fade the wood from its natural color to draw the audience into the performance in the Irene Diamond Stage.

Center for Architecture Foundation

Attendees taking in the design of the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

Center for Architecture Foundation

Lively lobby atmosphere just before all Signature Theatre shows begin at 7:30pm.

Center for Architecture Foundation

Backstage in one of several rehearsal spaces.

Center for Architecture Foundation

On 9.18.12, Center for Architecture Foundation New Buildings New York tour participants were treated to an insider’s look at the Signature Theatre, the newest addition to New York City’s Theater District. Tour guides James Houghton, founding artistic director of the Signature Theatre, Geoff Lynch, AIA, LEED AP, a partner at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, and Don Guyton, senior associate at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, discussed the design, construction, and use of the multi-theater complex. The tour highlighted the ways the programming and mission of the company informed the design of the facility and theater system, and how each of the public places within the building are sites for the spontaneous interaction of artists, audiences, community members, and staff.

The Foundation’s next series of tours for the general public will focus on the Center for Architecture’s October exhibitions: “The Edgeless School” and “The Best School in the World” on 10.4.12 from 6:00 – 7:30pm. On 11.16.12 and 01.07.13, CFAF will reprise a tour of the tour, and include a look at “Building Connections 2012,” CFAF’s annual exhibition of K-12 student design work. For more information and to register, please visit www.cfafoundation.org.

The Chicago Athenaeum’s 2012 American Architecture Award winners include the Village Health Works Staff Residence by Louise Braverman, Architect; Nascar Hall of Fame by Yvonne Szeta/Pei Cobb Freed & Partners with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting; Cité de l’Océan et du Surf by Steven Holl Architects with Solange Fabião and Leibar & Seigneurin; East Hampton Town Hall by Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library District/Columbia Public Library by Davis Brody Bond; W24LOFT by Desai/Chia Architecture; Hunters Point South Waterfront Park by Weiss/Manfredi with Thomas Balsley Associates; Clyfford Still Museum by Allied Works Architecture; Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems by Toshiko Mori Architect with Ashley McGraw Architects; Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University by Diller Scofidio + Renfro; High Line (Phase II) by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with James Corner Field Operations; Natural History Museum of Utah by Ennead Architects with GSBS Architects; Millenium Science Complex, Pennsylvania State University by Rafael Viñoly Architects with Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel; Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building/UCSF by Rafael Viñoly Architects with SmithGroup; Sagaponack Barns by Christoff: Finio Architecture; National September 11 Memorial by Handel Architects, PWP Landscape Architecture and Davis Brody Bond; The Gateway Center, Westchester Community College by Ennead Architects; HL23 by Neil M. Denari Architects; BOK Center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects with Matrix Odell; New York City Center by Ennead Architects; and William H. Neukom Building, Stanford Law School by Ennead Architects with MKThink

Winners of Parks for the People, a student competition presented by Van Alen Institute in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service to reimagine America’s greatest natural and cultural treasures—its national parks, include City College of New York Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture and finalist Pratt Institute School of Art and Design

The Decoration and Design Building (DDB)’s jury has selected this year’s Stars of Design Honorees, including Richard Meier, FAIA (Lifetime Achievement); Allan Greenberg (Architecture); Juan Montoya (Interior Design); Laura Starr, Stephen Whitehouse, and Jeffrey Poor of Starr Whitehouse (Landscape Architecture); and Durston Saylor (Architectural Photography); winners of a new award category called “Stars on the Rise” include Rafael De Cardenas, Kelly Behun, Brad Ford, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier & Company, and Jayne Michaels and Joan Michaels of 2 Michaels

Nicholas Quennell was honored with the DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence presented by The Green-Wood Historic Fund at its fifth annual benefit…

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has shortlisted six architectural teams for the design of its Inuit Art and Learning Centre, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a selection review team for the new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee, including Jeffrey Koons, Richard Meier, FAIA, Thomas P. Campbell and Keith Brownlie

Pratt Institute is celebrating its 125th anniversary this October…

Seri Worden has been selected as the Executive Director of The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation…Perkins+Will announced that Richard Marshall, Intl. Assoc. AIA, has joined the company as International Strategy Director…

Wendy J. Hall has joined The Switzer Group as Principal – Client Development…Ted Moudis Associates (TMA) welcomes Rachel Robinson as Design Manager and Crissy Hathaway as Business Development Coordinator…

2013 OCULUS Editorial Calendar will be announced shortly!
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, note that OCULUS editors want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Deadlines for submissions will be included. For further information, contact Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

10.14.12 Call for Entries: Enlightening Libraries: Student Design Competition—AIAS/Kawneer

10.15.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 Chicago Prize Competition: FUTURE PRENTICE

10.15.12 Call for Entries/Expression of Interest/EOI: West Kowloon Cultural District Museum

10.19.12 Call for Nominations: AIA Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship

10.19.12 Call for Nominations: AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education

10.19.12 Call for Entries: Gowanus by Design WATER_WORKS

10.26.12 Call for Entries: 60th Annual P/A Awards—Architect Magazine

10.31.12 Call for Entries: The Battery Conservancy: Draw up a Chair Americas Design Competition – Portable Outdoor Seating for the Battery

10.31.12 Call for Entries: Architectural Record One Millionth CEU Test-Taker Sweepstakes

10.31.12 Call for Entries: Generation Kingspan Student Architectural Design Competition

11.01.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rome Prize Fellowships—American Academy in Rome

11.01.12 Call for Entries: Building Trust International Open Photography Competition: “Developing World – Digital World”

11.01.12 Call for Papers: 50th IMCL Conference on Reshaping Suburbia into Complete Healthy Communities, Portland, OR, 06.23.13 – 06.27.13

11.01.12 Call for Submissions: 2013 World Habitat Awards

11.05.12 Call for Submissions: RIBA Open Ideas Competition: Re-imagining York’s Guildhall Complex

11.16.12 Request for Applications: 2013 Sustainable Design
Assessment Team Program (SDAT)

11.16.12 Call for Submissions: NYCEDC “Change the Course” – The NYC Waterfront Construction Competition

11.20.12 Call for Entries: Street Seats Design Challenge: Design Furniture for Boston’s Fort Point Channel

11.23.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Palladio Awards Honoring Excellence in Traditional Design

11.30.12 Call for Entries: Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint Design Contest

11.30.12 Call for Submissions: Detroit by Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Competition

12.01.12 Call for Entries: 2013 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition – The Architect and the Accessible City

12.07.12 Call for Entries: USITT 2013 “Ideal Theatre” Student Design Competition for Architecture and Theatre Students

12.10.12 Call for Applications: 2013 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

12.15.12 Call for Entries: 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards

[Ongoing] Call for Applications: TH!NK:Art+Architecture Design-build Camp, Abetenim Arts Village, Ghana