Reconsidering the Commercial Office Building

William Pedersen, FAIA, FAAR, has always been interested in the tall office building. For the second presentation in the lecture series related to “Design(in) the Heart of New York,” the founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates even included images of high-rise design projects from his architecture school days, before discussing his more recent commercial ventures. Pedersen’s experiments with the skyscraper form have culminated in the north and south Towers of the Hudson Yards complex. In conversation with architect and critic Joseph Giovannini, Pedersen referred to this unique opportunity to re-imagine the new West Side as “The Final Exam.” Continue reading “Reconsidering the Commercial Office Building”

Business Stability in Volatile Times: Good Design is Not Good Enough

Steve Whitehorn loves architects. He said as much to the audience during his presentation “Business Performance: Building Stability in the New Norm,” the fifth event in the Leading Architecture in a Changing World lecture series. As the managing principal of Whitehorn Financial, however, he does not love the recent concessions that the architectural profession has made to clients, contractors, and other members of the building industry. According to Whitehorn, the degradation of smart business practices impacts the ability of architects to produce good work. It also destabilizes the profession, now and in the future. Continue reading “Business Stability in Volatile Times: Good Design is Not Good Enough”

80 is the New 50: AIANY Design for Aging Committee Takes on Housing for the Senior Set

For more than a year, the AIANY Design for Aging Committee has been exploring how to design suitable housing that will allow our aging population to continue to live independently. The initiative – BOOMING BOROUGHS: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC – was created to increase awareness of the design needs of seniors living in urban areas. The committee produced an all-day charrette followed by a panel discussion where participants addressed this overarching question: How do we create more age-friendly places to live? Continue reading “80 is the New 50: AIANY Design for Aging Committee Takes on Housing for the Senior Set”

Speed Marketing: Ask the Experts! Redux

“It’s about chemistry,” said Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, principal and chief marketing officer at Dattner Architects, at the second annual “Speed Marketing: Ask the Experts!” program. This would have been an obvious statement if this was a Speed Dating event, but “chemistry” also happens to be one of the most important elements of a good business relationship. Continue reading “Speed Marketing: Ask the Experts! Redux”

Acts of Refuge

This month’s Cocktails and Conversations at the Center for Architecture was a tête-à-tête between Brad Cloepfil, AIA, principal of Allied Works Architecture, and David van der Leer, executive director of the Van Alen Institute. The conversation, accompanied by Toby Cecchini’s superb rhubarb-infused Plymouth dry gin cocktail designed especially for Cloepfil, revolved around places and spaces of introspection. “We don’t have them in our culture,” Cloepfil said. Continue reading “Acts of Refuge”

Center for Architecture Foundation Hosts Second Annual Guess-A-Sketch Benefit

On 05.21.13, the Center for Architecture Foundation held its annual Guess-A-Sketch drawing competition and benefit. This non-traditional cocktail party featured an architecture-themed, Pictionary-style game as its centerpiece. Continue reading “Center for Architecture Foundation Hosts Second Annual Guess-A-Sketch Benefit”

On View at the Center for Architecture and About Town

At the Center for Architecture

FitNation
Opens 06.13.13

Building Connections 2012
Through 06.15.13

2013 Design Awards
Through 06.22.13

Low Rise High Density
Through 06.29.13

Future of the City
Through 06.29.13

Design(in) The New Heart of New York
Through 06.30.13
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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: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com. Read the latest issue of Oculus, Spring 2013, which is now available online!

06.01.13 Call for Proposals: 2013-14 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition

06.14.13 Call for Submissions: FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] Arverne East Design Competition – Phase 1 Deadline

10.07.13 Call for Submissions: FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] Arverne East Design Competition – Phase 2 Deadline

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