Names In The News

The 2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture include The Barnes Foundation by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Boat Pavilion for Long Dock Park by Architecture Research Office (ARO); Central Metropark by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF); Clemson University, Lee Hall College of Architecture by Thomas Phifer and Partners; Milstein Hall, Cornell University by OMA; and The New York Public Library, Exterior Restoration by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; 2013 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design include the National September 11 Memorial by Handel Architects,andSuperkilen by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; the Associates Award goes to Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP (former editor of e-Oculus!); and the Young Architects Award will be presented to Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA (to view the complete list of winners, click here. Continue reading “Names In The News”

On View: At the Center for Architecture & About Town

At the Center for Architecture

Via Verde
Opens 01.31

Arch Schools 2012
Through 03.23.13

Hong Kong at 15: Redefining the Public Realm
Through 01.23.13

Urban SOS: Frontiers
Through 02.11.13

Building Connections 2012
Through 06.15.13

The Edgeless School: Design for Learning
Extended to 05.25.13

About Town
FXFOWLE Gallery presents Archi | Texture: New Work, an exhibition of the work of artists Anne Finkelstein and Cora Jane Glasser
Through 04.12.13

New Deadlines

The Oculus 2013 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated in the calendar to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

Also, the latest issue of Oculus, Winter 2012, is now available online.

And finally, 2013 marks the 75th Anniversary of Oculus (launched 1938!), and 10th Anniversary of the magazine’s current iteration.

The AIANY 2013 Design Awards submission deadline 02.01.13.
The Arnold W. Brunner Grant application deadline is 02.01.13.
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Editor’s Note

Welcome to the new e-Oculus! After many months of development, we’re unveiling a new design: larger pictures, a clearer interface, and a more user-friendly website. While the email format is similar to the previous design’s structure (used since 2007), sections have been shortened with links to improve readability and increase the information available in a more compact space. I also invite you to take a look at the e-Oculus archive, including its first issue: 05.17.02. We’ve all certainly come a long way!

I want to first acknowledge 2013 AIANY President Jill Lerner. Her theme “Global City/Global Practice” was kicked off in 2013 by over 250 people at Copenhagen Says: Green-up Your City! A Talk with Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen. Look for a full write-up in the next issue of e-O and in the meantime, watch a video of the program here.

I would also like to thank the Oculus Committee for its vision and commitment to this project, preceding editors Benedict Clouette and Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, for their input and guidance, and our two long-time contributing editors Linda G. Miller and Murrye Bernard, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP. And a very special thank you to original e-Oculus editor and current Oculus editor Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA. Check out our web designers, CHIPS-NY, too (they also developed our Archtober website, and they’re great to work with).

We will continue to make updates to e-Oculus throughout the year and would appreciate your input. Happy reading — and here’s to a prosperous 2013!

– Daniel Fox

Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013)

Tributes to Ada Louise Huxtable, Hon. AIA, have been written by those who knew her far better than I, and by those – critics and practitioners – who know best how to express their individual and our collective sense of loss. That she created a way of looking at architecture, preservation, and urbanism is clear. And we know she got people to think hard about our cities, our structures, and our design mistakes. Her words struck home, and hit hard those most needing corrective action.
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Principals and Architects Collaborate on School Design

Rescheduled due to Superstorm Sandy, a diverse audience of educators, city officials, and architects convened at the Center for Architecture on 01.07.13 to listen to three pairings of school principals and architects discuss the collaborative design process. These recently constructed New York City schools – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Stephen Gaynor School, and The School of Civic Leadership – all featured in the Center’s current exhibition, “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning,” are regarded as local examples of this concept.
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Crossing the Red Tape: New York Architects Complete Rapid Evaluation Training

When disaster strikes, red tape can prevent progress. Sometimes professionals who would also like to volunteer are discouraged from helping when they are needed most, either because of the lack of a state-level Good Samaritan law or comprehensive post-disaster training. This, however, is changing. The AIA Disaster Assistance Program is helping to revise policy, and in turn has created a more efficient and effective recovery system. The mission: to enable architects to volunteer alongside management officials and provide opportunities to help in disaster-stricken areas.
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Meet Joseph Tortorella, CFAF Board President

Incoming Center for Architecture Foundation Board President Joseph Tortorella shares his goals for his term, how he first got involved with CFAF, and why he is so passionate about CFAF’s mission.

How did you first get involved with the foundation?
I was first involved around 15 years ago at the outset of Learning by Design:NY [LBD:NY] as a “volunteer instructor.” A colleague in the industry had recommended me to the organization. I taught for three or four years at this level. Eventually, LBD:NY brought in paid professional staff to replace the volunteers. This move really catapulted the programs to a new level. Around eight years ago, I was asked to serve on the Board and have been involved ever since.
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