The Clean, Green Path to Urban Recovery

Awaken a New Yorker in the middle of the night and ask what the name Copenhagen brings to mind: the answer will probably be bikes. Yet its enthusiastic embrace of cycling is just one of many ways the Danish capital is a model for other cities’ efforts to increase sustainability and resilience. Continue reading “The Clean, Green Path to Urban Recovery”

“Hong Kong at 15”: Jonathan Solomon and Chan Yiu Hung in Discussion

As the second program in this year’s 2013 presidential theme “Global City/Global Practice,” this discussion at the Center for Architecture focused its attention on Hong Kong, one of the world’s densest cities. The dialogue also continued to explore New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF) Hysan Place and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architect’s International Financial Centre (IFC), as they influence and are influenced by Hong Kong’s culture and urban context. Continue reading ““Hong Kong at 15”: Jonathan Solomon and Chan Yiu Hung in Discussion”

Rhetorically Speaking: Microcosm

The results of the adAPT NYC competition for innovative small-scale housing were announced at the Museum of the City of New York yesterday by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, accompanied by NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and MCNY President Susan Henshaw Jones. Continue reading “Rhetorically Speaking: Microcosm”

Rhetorically Speaking: The West and the Brightest

“We are literally, today, building a bridge,” said John Zuccotti, chairman of Brookfield Properties Corporation, at the start of a groundbreaking ceremony on 01.15.13 for the Manhattan West Development at Hudson Yards. The platform upon which the $4.5 billion multi-use project will take shape represents the kick-off of an important part of the Bloomberg Administration’s vision for growth. Continue reading “Rhetorically Speaking: The West and the Brightest”

AIANY Interiors’ Day at Yale: George Nelson, Louis Kahn, and Ennead Architects

Fifty members of the AIANY Interiors Committee immersed themselves in a Mid-century Modern ethos at Yale University’s cultural meccas on Sunday, 01.13.13. A serious weekend double-header, the day was divided into two major events, either of which would have been a fulfilling day by itself. Continue reading “AIANY Interiors’ Day at Yale: George Nelson, Louis Kahn, and Ennead Architects”

Oculus Book Review: “FIT: An Architect’s Manifesto”

FIT: An Architect’s Manifesto
Robert Geddes, FAIA
Princeton University Press, 2013

As 2012 drew to a close, conversations at the Center for Architecture were ever more focused two topics. One was the impact of design within the context of public space. The other was how rising sea levels and climate change would impact how we design and protect our vulnerable coastal communities. With this in mind, I cannot imagine a more perfect way to begin the 2013 Oculus Book Talk series than with FIT: An Architect’s Manifesto by the esteemed urbanist, architect, and professor Robert Geddes, FAIA. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: “FIT: An Architect’s Manifesto””

Students Propose Solutions to Rapid Urbanization

AECOM hosts an annual international competition called Urban SOS and invites teams of students from a variety of disciplines to tackle the topic of urban sites in distress. This year’s theme “Frontier Cities” called for solutions for cities in a border or edge condition, whether in the physical, political, cultural, ecological, or economic sense. “At AECOM, we’re obsessed with cites,” explained Bill Hanway, AIA, Executive Vice President, Buildings + Places, and this competition seeks to solve the greatest challenges of rapid urbanization from the lack of housing to infrastructure. Continue reading “Students Propose Solutions to Rapid Urbanization”

Architectural Niceties: Cocktails & Conversations with Craig Dykers, William Menking, and Toby Cecchini

How do you design a cocktail based on architecture? For cultureNOW and AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee’s second session of Cocktails & Conversations, Toby Cecchini attempted just that, using the work of the Snøhetta as inspiration. Cecchini juxtaposed the architecture firm’s Norwegian origins with love of beer (its Lower Manhattan office has a permanent beer tap). The Norwegian element was also represented by a classic aquavit sour (the traditional Scandinavian spirit made by Portland-based House Spirits, along with lemon juice, Golden Harvest honey syrup, and fresh ginger juice). The addition of beer created a piquant, complex taste, rimmed with salt, spice, and orange zest. Continue reading “Architectural Niceties: Cocktails & Conversations with Craig Dykers, William Menking, and Toby Cecchini”

CFAF Announces Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Recipient

The Center for Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. Margaret Arbanas is a New York-based designer specializing in developing innovative concepts in architecture, urbanism, and culture. She started her own practice after working for Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture for more than six years. Continue reading “CFAF Announces Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Recipient”