Founder/co-curator, Dr. Effie Bouras and co-curator Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University
Founder/co-curator, Dr. Effie Bouras and co-curator Professor Ghyslaine McClure of McGill University
Event: Trade Press: An Evolving Role (Architecture and the Media #3)
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.06.12
Moderator: Alan Brake, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper
Panelists: Katie Weeks, Editor, Eco-Structure; Linda O’Flanagan, Editor, Real Estate Weekly; Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Executive Editor, Hospitality Design; and Diana Moser, Editorial Director, Multi-Housing News
Organizer: Center for Architecture; AIANY Oculus Committee; Marketing & PR Committee; co-organized by The Architect’s Newspaper
Though they don’t line shelves on newsstands or in major bookstores, trade publications occupy prominent spaces on architects’ desks, and increasingly their inboxes. These magazines and their digital counterparts keep members of the profession apprised of the latest news, trends, and developments in product and material technologies, and provide venues for getting projects published. For the third event in the “Architecture and the Media” series, editors from several trade publications discussed the future of the media, from the ongoing digital-versus-print debate to how they identify trends and determine which projects to feature.
While many architects still prefer to receive print versions of their favorite trade magazines, digital issues are gaining popularity. “Print is becoming almost a secondary component to web content,” commented Katie Weeks, editor of Eco-Structure. Echoing that sentiment, Diana Moser, editorial director of Multi-Housing News. shared that her publication recently ceased its print version and went completely digital. Though establishing a web presence allows editors to reach a broader audience and create more content, “it can be hard to get designers excited about being published online instead of in the print version,” admits Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, executive editor of Hospitality Design.
Trade publication editors are always on the lookout for new projects to feature, but long gone are the days of pursuing portfolios sent by snail mail. Weeks scans lists of speakers for conferences to identify emerging leaders, and she often turns to Twitter to source ideas. Linda O’Flanagan, editor of Real Estate Weekly, takes an inclusive approach, viewing her publication as a community paper in which “we try to make room for everybody.” Rauen appreciates the opportunity to meet readers at the annual trade shows hosted by her publication. Ultimately, that’s how she sees the role of trade publications: “We’re champions of the industry rather than critics.”
The fourth event in the “Architecture and the Media” series will be held 11.08.12 on the topic of “Evolving Media Platforms.”
Courtesy Naoya Hatakeyama
Event: 13th International Architecture Exhibition, directed by David Chipperfield, on view through 11.25.12
Location: Venice, Italy
The eyes of the architecture world have turned to Venice with the commencement of the 13th Biennale of Architecture. Directed by British architect David Chipperfield, the Biennale has become the largest and most significant international event on the architecture calendar with more than 34 countries and numerous practices and individuals exhibiting, collaborating, and participating. Through the theme “Common Ground,” the role of architecture and its relationship with society is examined, signifying an increased focus on dialogue between architects, designers, and the public.
The United States pavilion explores the growing global movement of “urban interventions” – actions undertaken by individuals in collaboration with communities that result in positive change. Entitled “Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good,” the pavilion features 124 completed urban interventions initiated by architects, designers, planners, artists, and everyday people. Cathy Lang Ho in collaboration with Ned Cramer and David van der Leer, for the Institute for Urban Design, organized the exhibit, along with Anne Guiney, the Institute’s executive director, and Michael Sorkin, its chairman. The pavilion won a Special Mention award – the first award for any U.S. pavilion exhibition since the Architectural Biennale was first launched in 1980.
Showcased through a series of interactive banners, interventions featured in the pavilion included outdoor living rooms, “parklets,” portable playgrounds, and guerrilla bike lanes. These actions collectively demonstrate a move away from traditional top-down urban improvement, toward individuals taking control to improve their own common ground.
The pavilion also features a timeline that maps out other significant urban intervention projects in U.S. history, along with a video installation showing a selection of urban-interventionists presenting the case for their actions as if they were running for office, referencing the political atmosphere of the current election year.
The Japanese pavilion exhibit, “Possible here? – Home-for-all,” also focuses on community, drawing inspiration from last year’s tragic tsunami and earthquake. Architect and pavilion commissioner Toyo Ito worked with Atsuko Sato and Tae Mori to explore architecture in its most primeval form – why buildings are really made and how they relate to the people who occupy them.
To create the exhibit, Ito conducted extensive interviews with people affected by the disaster and accommodated by the temporary housing projects that ensued. The past and future of the city of Rikuzentakata is studied through a series of small-interconnected building models, against a photographic backdrop shot by Naoya Hatakeyama – a local who lost his mother in the disaster. Exploring future directions architecture in the region may take, while offering insight into the psyche of the Japanese people and the process of engagement with the community during the rebuilding process, the pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.
Russia further explores the notion of community with its pavilion, curated by Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov. Inside the striking two-level space, visitors become both scientist and explorer to uncover the communities of Russia’s past and future in a highly interactive, two-part experience entitled “i-city” and “i-land.” On the lower level, visitors are enticed to spy through peek holes at secret cities developed by the Soviet Union for scientific research. On the upper level, an optimistic vision for a new Russian city dedicated to science is offered via a mosaic of interactive QR codes, decoded and viewed via hand held tablets. This futuristic environment invites users to interact with and dissect information, while showcasing Russia’s technological and architectural advancements in urban design. The Russian pavilion was also given a Special Mention in the Golden Lion awards; a full list of winners is here.
Event: Transition 101
Location: Sun Decor Fabrics | NY Design Center, 08.15.12
Organizer: AIANY Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee
Mentors: Dana Bryne Klein, Meri Tepper, Marta Karamuz, Mary Deitz, Dolores Spivack, Siena Shaw, Marvine Pierre, Jessica Sheridan, & Carolyn Morin
Sponsor: Sun Decor Fabrics
The Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) recently hosted Transition 101, a team speed-mentoring event offering female architecture students and intern architects an opportunity to discuss career options and professional development with experienced architectural designers. Structured similarly to speed dating, participants were asked to join a table of mentors and were given 25 minutes to converse about one of four discussion topics: pursuing licensure, selecting alternate/non-traditional career paths in design, reviewing portfolios, and reviewing résumés and cover letters. When their “time was up,” the mentees rotated to another table.
Sun Decor Fabrics’ representatives welcomed Transition 101 to their space at its NY Design Center showroom, and opened the event with a slideshow presentation of their window treatment and fabric designs. Afterwards, WIA organizers started the clock and the speed mentoring began. Conversations at each table swelled with growing queries from the attendees. At the “alternate careers” table, for example, the young designers expressed concern about not being able to earn Intern Development Program (IDP) hours outside of typical architecture settings. Mentor Siena Shaw dispelled these fears, responding: “As long as one is working under a licensed architect, he/she can earn up to 465 IDP hours working for developers, engineering firms, interior design firms, or planning firms.” Shaw herself was a full-time carpenter constructing homes before working for an architecture office.
Young women at pivotal points in their design careers had the opportunity to speak with seasoned female designers and architects about finding their own design niche, pursuing licensure, and refining their CVs and portfolios. The event was successful in encouraging these young women to continue practicing architecture specifically after college, providing them with female exemplars who they can contact as future mentors as their careers progress.
Rick Bell, FAIA
Event: Young Architects of Spain Exhibition Opening – Instituto Cervantes New York
Location: Instituto Cervantes New York, 211 East 49 Street, 09.05.12
Introduction: Javier Rioyo, Director, Instituto Cervantes
Welcome Remarks: Juan Ramón Martínez Salazar, Consul General of Spain
Opening: Alberto Campo Baeza
Participants: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York; Eva Franch, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Exhibition Curator: Jesús Aparicio
Exhibition Associate Curator and Designer: Jesús Donaire
The “YAS: Young Architects of Spain” exhibition, on view at the Cervantes Institute through September 18, was inaugurated by the General Consul of Spain, Juan Ramón Martínez Salazar, who emphasized the talent of the young professionals in Spain and the consistent quality of their work.
Curators Jesus Aparicio and Jesus Donaire explained that the 63 projects being showcased were chosen from more than 700 entries. Those who submitted projects had to be Spaniards or have completed projects in the country, and had to be under 40 years of age.
The final selection was made by two international juries, one American and the other Spanish. The first included Columbia University President Kenneth Frampton and the second was led by the renowned Spanish architect Alberto Campos Baeza. Aparicio noted with amusement that the juries concurred on 95% of their choices, further proof of the quality of the showcased works.
Rick Bell, FAIA, executive director of the AIA New York Chapter, took part in the panel discussion. His presence marked the enthusiastic support of AIANY for the exhibition, and he conveyed the Chapter’s admiration for the architecture emerging from the younger practitioners in Spain. He borrowed a verse from the anti-poet Nicanor Parra, recent winner of the Cervantes Prize, in a nod to the poet’s 98th birthday as well as to the Institute.
Eva Franch, director of New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, also took part in the panel discussion. Franch, an excellent example of the international salience of young Spanish architects, reflected on her cohort and the future of their architecture in a country where economic problems seem to have no easy solutions. It was a sober reminder of the uncertainty facing young professionals in the field.
The evening’s highlight was the warm speech by Baeza. He mused about Thomas Jefferson’s internationalization of Don Quixote, the recent international interest in Spanish architecture, and New York City as the cultural center of the world. He was optimistic about the future being forged by young Spanish architects, who continue to work with the talent and integrity so evident in the exhibition.
Event: Archtober Press Preview
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.10.12
The Center for Architecture and AIA New York Chapter have a lot to wave their flags about. Now in its second year, Archtober (pronounced ARK-tober), is the month-long, city-wide festival involving more than 45 collaborating organizations (up from 33 last year), and an expanded menu of programming.
“This year Archtober is Architecture 101 – a 31-day course of architecture every day meant to illuminate the general public on the value of design, the values of our professionals, and the great wealth of design in New York City,” said AIANY Managing Director and Festival Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP, at a press conference held at the Center on September 10.
Throughout the month of October, the Center for Architecture will turn into Archtober “central.” The Archtober Lounge will transform the Helfand Gallery with a giant calendar marking all of the more than 220 events taking place in and outside of the Center, such as the Architecture and Design Film Festival, Designers & Books Fair, the special opening of Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park, the Bits and Mortar Conference with Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Nicholas Negroponte, among other leading technologists, and exhibition openings. On October 6, the Center is the place to celebrate Le Corbusier’s 124th birthday with a special one-day-only installation of his classic furniture.
The popular “Building of the Day,” a series of lunchtime tours of recent design award-winning projects led by architects and design professionals, is being reprised – starting on October 1, with a visit to Spruce Street School PS397, led by Joe Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, Swanke Hayden Connell’s partner-in-charge and the Chapter’s 2012 president. All of these can be taken virtually, complete with podcasts delivered by architects, via CultureNow’s “Museum Without Walls” app at culturenow.org.
“New York City is home to nearly 40,000 architects and design professionals, which is the largest pool of design talent in the country,” says Aliotta. “Archtober continues to demonstrate this sector’s powerful impact, and draws global attend to one of New York’s leading exports.”
For more information about Archtober, visit www.archtober.com, or pick up an Archtober Guide inserted in Dwell’s October issue and New York Magazine’s September 26th issue…and, of course, at the Archtober Lounge.
In this issue:
• Back to School in Lower Manhattan
• Making Room for the Exhibition of Glassmaking
• It’s Raining Men’s Product
• Meds + Eds = 2 Programs, 1 Building
Back to School in Lower Manhattan
Courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Irreparably damaged by the collapse of 7 WTC on 9/11, Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall, the southernmost component of the CUNY’s BMCC campus, recently opened for the Fall semester. After undergoing environmental remediation and deconstruction of the damaged structure, a new 14-story building, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, houses 80 smart classrooms and computer labs, faculty and administrative offices, student lounges and study areas, a conference center on the top two floors, and a café and art gallery on the ground floor. An open space was created in the center of the plan, with escalators and open stairs connecting the basement through Level 4, serving the general education program. The mid-rise and high-rise portions of the building are served by two banks of elevators, which operate in express mode during change-of-class periods. The north and south facades of the building each have a stack of two-story atrium spaces with interconnecting open spiral stairs and student lounge areas. These stairs allow students to travel up or down one flight from the express elevator stops.
Making Room for the Exhibition of Glassmaking
Le Stanze del Vetro (Room for Glass), a new museum dedicated to the study and display of modern and contemporary glassmaking, recently opened on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. Designed by Selldorf Architects, the 7,400-square-foot exhibition space is housed on the ground floor of a 19th-century warehouse which was converted into a boarding school in the 1950s. Remnants of the school are preserved including its interior configuration defined by a long corridor with classrooms on either side. The design transforms existing classrooms into nine intimately-scaled galleries for temporary exhibitions, and connects them with a new enfilade passageway that functions as the museum’s new main circulation route. Along the original corridor, custom steel shelving serves as further flexible exhibition space, while vitrines mounted inside the original classroom doorways create a visually permeable separation between the corridor and individual galleries. The project also features a new accessible entryway, reception area, bookstore, video room, restrooms, and storage. The firm worked with local artisans on the design of the museum’s custom-made Italian walnut and steel vitrines, steel shelving, and hand-blown glass lighting. Venice-based F.Cattaruzza e F.Millosevich Architetti Associati served as architect-of-record.
It’s Raining Men’s Product
MenScience’s new stand-alone, 750-square-foot flagship store recently opened in NoHo. Designed by HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), the design scheme treats the floor, walls, and ceiling with similar materials including blackened steel and locally-sourced, recycled wood plank. All combine to create a tunnel of product that spans the establishment’s east- and west-facing storefronts, inviting customers to explore and test the line of men’s grooming, skincare, and nutritional supplements.
Meds + Eds = 2 Programs, 1 Building
Courtesy Ennead Architects / Perkins Eastman
Courtesy Ennead Architects / Perkins Eastman
Mayor Bloomberg, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center, and the City University of New York (CUNY) and Hunter College recently announced plans to build a million-square-foot building on the Upper East Side that will contain a new science and medical facility. Ennead Architects and Perkins Eastman are collaborating on the project and Ennead Architects is responsible for the exterior envelope of the project as well as for leading the planning and design of Hunter College’s new Science and Health Professions building, which will upgrade the college’s science and nursing facilities and will enable its faculty, researchers and students to work in a location close to its main campus on the Upper East Side. Perkins Eastman is leading the planning and design of MSK’s 750,000-square-foot cancer treatment facility. (A previous version of this article misstated the nature of the collaboration and responsibilities among the participating firms. The above version is correct.)
This Just In
The Golden State Warriors has selected Snøhetta and San Francisco office of AECOM to design the team’s new sports and entertainment complex with a new arena as the centerpiece, on the San Francisco Bay waterfront south of the Bay Bridge. Snøhetta’s SFMoMA is currently in design phase.
Studio Daniel Libeskind and Belfast-based McAdam Design have been appointed to design a conflict resolution center on the grounds of Northern Island’s infamous Maze Prison.
Leong Leong has designed Storefront for Art + Architecture’s upcoming “Past Futures, Present, Futures” exhibition that presents 101 unrealized proposals for New York City. Reenactments by 101 invited artists, architects, writers, and policy-makers will offer alternative visions for the present and future of the city. The exhibit, which opens 10.06.12, includes such visionary proposals as Buckminster Fuller’s Dome Over Manhattan, and Hans Hollein’s Rolls Royce Grille on Wall Street.
Pratt Institute presents its inaugural Alumni Art and Design Fair on Saturday, 09.29.12, at its Brooklyn Campus. The art and design work for sale includes apparel, ceramics, greeting cards, jewelry, paintings, photography, and sculpture created by nearly 40 talented alumni – including seven architects.
The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA, recently broke ground. The 521,000-square-foot expansion, designed by Perkins+Will, with Hammel Green & Abramson (HGA) as executive architect, will offer 150 new patient beds, extensive surgical and diagnostic services with associated imaging, surgery, recovery and support functions, and outdoor garden spaces.
Architectural Record’s Innovation 2012 Conference celebrates its 10th anniversary on 10.04.12, and will highlight the profession’s top innovators, new products, and achievements in super-tall, super-efficient, and super-smart buildings. It also includes sessions with architects featured in the publication’s annual Design Vanguard issue.
Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA) has been selected by Pace University to design new student housing for its campus in Lower Manhattan.
Friends of Benchmarking (FOB) has released the First Year White Paper, which provides insights into issues key to public awareness, private decision-making, and sustained public-private efforts to understand and improve energy use in the city’s large buildings. The paper is sponsored by the Sallan Foundaton and the Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, and prepared by Michael Bobker, director of the Building Performance Lab at CUNY.
Situated on a rooftop in DUMBO is Watertower, a colorful salvaged Plexiglas and steel sculptural work by artist Tom Fruin. The sculpture is illuminated from 7:30pm every evening until 5:00am. Best places to view it are Brooklyn Bridge Park at Washington Street, the Manhattan Bridge bike path, the FDR, or on the studio’s website.
This year’s Hearst Magazines Designer Visions features three apartments designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth for ELLE Décor, David Rockwell, AIA, for House Beautiful, Antony Todd for VERANDA, and will be presented 10.30.12 at the Gal Nauer Architects-designed 250 West Street in Tribeca.
Rizzoli is publishing two new monographs – Bernard Tschumi: Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color by Bernard Tschumi, and Kohn Pedersen Fox: Architecture and Urbanism, 2003-2012, with interviews conducted by British architect and journalist Peter Murray.
In this issue:
• 2012 AIANYS Convention in Saratoga Springs
2012 AIANYS Convention in Saratoga Springs
Registration is now open for the 2012 AIANYS Convention to be held 09.27-09.29.12 in historic Saratoga Springs. The event features many opportunities for continuing education seminars, a one-day product expo, keynote sessions by Peter Marino, FAIA, and Billy Procida, president of Procida Advisors LLC, tours of historic sites throughout Saratoga, and the conferral of the AIANYS Design Awards. Check out the Convention’s website for more information and to register today!
eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.
The Center for Architecture Foundation’s summer series of Guided Exhibition Tours showcased two AIA New York Chapter Committee-based exhibitions, “New Practices New York 2012” and “The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections.” Both the New Practices and Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committees focused their attention on work by young architects in these two biennial competitions.
“New Practices New York 2012” began with 51 submissions by practices in all five NYC boroughs founded after 2006; thus the exhibition is a dynamic cross-section of firms. Some of the work featured was born out of university studies and theses, while others rose out of designers’ collaborations outside of the realm of architecture. Tour participants experienced an array of thought-provoking ideas that challenged traditional practice or redefined architecture by crossing geographic and ecological boundaries, even proposing building materials derived from bacteria fueled by renewable glucose.
Javier Caracamo and ENYA Co-Chair Amanda Rivera were on hand to walk attendees through “The Harlem Edge,” which focuses on the redevelopment of the West 135 Street marine transfer station. Both Caracamo and Rivera were deeply involved with the competition: from choosing the site, to soliciting Nourishing USA as the programmatic sponsor, to participating in the jury process, and planning the exhibition and affiliated events. Tour participants were surprised to learn that most of the competition came together through ENYA Committee members volunteering their time and energy. Unlike the heterogeneous collection of “New Practices New York 2012” entries that were juried, selected, and exhibited, “The Harlem Edge” entries were limited by a site, client, and program. Despite these constraints, 98 entrants from around the world submitted work that may help the West Harlem community to envision its own future.
The next Guided Exhibition Tour@theCenter will focus on “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning” and “The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century” on 10.04.12 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. On 11.16.12 and 1.7.03, CFAF will reprise a tour of “The Edgeless School” 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.