AIANY Celebrates Design Excellence at the 2013 Honors and Awards Luncheon

Yesterday, on 04.17.13, a record 900 members of New York’s architecture and related professional communities gathered in one of New York’s most distinguished spaces for its annual Honors and Awards Luncheon. In addition to celebrating the winners of the 2013 AIANY Design Awards, AIANY’s three most prestigious awards were presented by Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIA New York President.

The Medal of Honor was given to William Pedersen, FAIA, FAAR, Founding Design Partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; the Award of Merit went to Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; and the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award was given to Suzanne Stephens, Deputy Editor of Architectural Record. Continue reading “AIANY Celebrates Design Excellence at the 2013 Honors and Awards Luncheon”

Announcing FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway]: A Design Competition to Explore Resilient and Sustainable Development in Waterfront Areas

Before there were “the Hamptons,” there was “the Rockaways.” Positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay, people flocked to the Rockaways to escape the city streets in the summer. They enjoyed it so much that they planted roots, and today the peninsula contains many diverse ethnic neighborhoods. Living in Rockaway can be heavenly, but after Superstorm Sandy, we now know it can also be a deadly struggle between man and nature.

“Each time a disaster strikes, we bounce back and do better,” says AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA. “And there are lessons to be learned from Sandy.”

With this in mind, the FAR ROC competition, jointly sponsored by NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the team of L+M Development Partners, Bluestone Group, and Triangle Properties, along with Enterprise Community Partners and the AIA New York Chapter and its Committee on the Environment (COTE), was announced at the Center for Architecture on 04.16.13. Continue reading “Announcing FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway]: A Design Competition to Explore Resilient and Sustainable Development in Waterfront Areas”

If Not Now, When? Well, How About Here?

Interdisciplinary exchange is a natural way of working among architects and allied design professionals, but in many realms it represents more of an ideal than a reality. Addressing the broad question of how artists and scientists can join forces to enhance public awareness of environmental imperatives, a panel representing the visual and performing arts, climate science, and interactive media design drew attention to the practical challenges as well as the possibilities. The exhibition “Broadway: 1000 Steps” by Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory, which was recently on view in the Center for Architecture’s Margaret Helfand Gallery, offered credible visions of how art and design can transform Manhattan’s most fabled avenue into a “green corridor” of informative, colorful street-level projects organized in up to 20 hubs along its 14 miles. This and related efforts, both realized and hypothetical, allowed the panelists to anchor their discussions in specific test cases. Continue reading “If Not Now, When? Well, How About Here?”

NEW Visions of AGING

Aging is not a mysterious process. We have been familiar with it for thousands of years, yet we tend to avoid thinking about how we can accommodate to it. This frequently, and unfortunately, results in people living the last several years of their lives in situations and places in which they do not want to be, such as nursing homes.

Matthias Hollwich, co-principal of Hollwich Kushner (HWKN), wants to stimulate a revolution in attitudes toward aging: start young and be prepared; declare yourself old at 40 and think through your wants and needs as you contemplate your future; increase your awareness of how architecture and the design of the total physical environment have a significant effect on your ability to remain independent; realize that many of our homes tend to trap us, preventing independence rather than enabling it. And many of our difficulties are due to social deficits, which can be prevented. People are encouraged to talk to bankers about financial preparedness, but they do not think about talking to architects about environmental preparedness. Continue reading “NEW Visions of AGING”

When Creating Company Culture, Teamwork Trumps Talent

In our 21st-century corporate climate, the concept of a distinct and palpable office culture has practically become a maxim of good business. A company’s culture is typically based upon specific goals or principles laid out by founders or management, and it is anticipated that exemplary employees will absorb, demonstrate, and perpetuate this ethos. To paraphrase Eric Bacolas, chief talent officer of 360i, a digital marketing agency, “culture is everything.” Continue reading “When Creating Company Culture, Teamwork Trumps Talent”

Let’s Make Some Money: Rethinking the Architect as Entrepreneur

Dedicated to exposing new and evolving forms of architecture, the AIANY New Practices Committee organized the panel discussion “RE:THINK Profit” to do just that. Speakers’ firm sizes ranged from a two-person practice to a 600-person global architecture firm. Chris Leong, director of the firm Leong Leong and New Practices co-chair introduced the event and posed the question “How can young architects approach the market?” to a panel made up of both architects and non-architects, all of whom were self-described entrepreneurs. The responses, though various, all touched on the issue of branding. Continue reading “Let’s Make Some Money: Rethinking the Architect as Entrepreneur”

Oculus Book Review: Alexander Garvin’s “The Planning Game”

The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities
Alexander Garvin
W.W. Norton & Company (2013)

I first met Alex Garvin, Hon. AIANY, during the post-September 11th planning charrettes. He was clearly a person – a force – who understood the planning and visioning process and knew how to play the game, moving it along within a highly-charged environment. While this is not the focus of Garvin’s masterly work, it is indicative of the author’s depth of lived experience into how public planning works. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Alexander Garvin’s “The Planning Game””

Bridges and Treehouses

The Center for Architecture Foundation conducted a series of vacation camps this spring, providing elementary and middle school students with a chance to explore how bridges and treehouses are designed and built. The season started off in February with a one day Bridges program. Students explored a variety of bridge types, drew up their own designs, and made their own bridge models. Continue reading “Bridges and Treehouses”

In the News

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In this issue:

– New Boutique Hotel for the BAM Cultural District – Rockwell Place Hotel
– RX for a Sustainable, Collaborative Corporate Building – GlaxoSmithKline Corporate Facility
– Another Night at the Roxy – Hauser & Wirth Gallery
– The Civil Rights Movement Remembered and Relived – National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Living Lab Practices What it Teaches – Golisano Institute for Sustainability
– Beauty’s More Than Skin Deep – Avon Headquarters

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