05.16.13: Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, 2013 AIANY President, spoke at ENR’s “Groundbreaking Women in Construction.” A part of the “Leading Women of Design and Architecture” panel moderated by Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record, Lerner discussed women’s changing role in design, as well as their engagement with engineering and construction, from her vantage point as a partner in a large firm. Others on the panel were Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Founder and Principal, Audrey Matlock Architect, and Marion Weiss, FAIA, Partner, Weiss/Manfredi. Continue reading “Sighted”

Hudson Yards: Writing the West Side’s Next Story

It’s unlikely to be an accident that the first photo in the AIANY’s new A Platform for the Future of the City shows the planned Hudson Yards district – not, say, another roughly comparable and better-known multi-tower development, the World Trade Center complex. The ambitious 26-acre project to revitalize the West 30s with mixed-use buildings, parks, public space, and cultural facilities has been gathering momentum for much of the past decade; construction began last fall. If completed as planned on the projected timetable, with the eastern Yards opening in 2019, it will link the High Line and Hudson River Park with Times Square, unite the West Side as a work/live/play district, and convert eight currently undeveloped railyard blocks into a skyline-defining, game-changing, creative-class magnet. Skeptics will inevitably emphasize the “if” in these projections, as the panelists in the first Hudson Yards Speaker Series were aware. Related Companies’ L. Jay Cross observed as a general principle: “Everything works until you draw it to scale.” Continue reading “Hudson Yards: Writing the West Side’s Next Story”

A Seat at the Table: Architecture, Design, and the Future of New York

Cross-disciplinary. Streamlined. Flexible. These are the principles New York architects hope to see in the city’s future, as evidenced by the major themes presented at The Future of the City Symposium on 05.11.13. Taking lessons from their own experiences, four present and former AIANY presidents, along with leaders from AIANY’s Post-Sandy Initiative, spent the afternoon discussing the issues related to architecture, planning, and design that will be facing the New York’s next mayor and the city as a whole. Continue reading “A Seat at the Table: Architecture, Design, and the Future of New York”

Road Map for the Future of the City: Jill Lerner and Lance Jay Brown in Conversation

Each chair at the 05.03.13 “Future of the City” exhibition preview at the Center for Architecture – presented as a part of the IDEAS CITY Festival – was loaded with publications. A jam-packed schedule for the festival lay in between copies of AIANY’s Post-Sandy Initiative Report, along with its A Platform for the Future of the City. Continue reading “Road Map for the Future of the City: Jill Lerner and Lance Jay Brown in Conversation”

Is Social Media the MOOC (Massive Online Open Courseware) of Our Profession?

On 05.02.13, the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee hosted “Viral Voices: Global Discussions,” organized by Jeff Kenoff, AIA, and Bruce Fisher, AIA – the committee’s co-chairs – along with its dedicated members. This was the second of what may become an annual conversation around the combination of new media, rapid global communications, and emergent social needs. In both its topic and delivery – by a young and diverse panel – the evening was a perfect hybrid of Jill Lerner’s 2013 presidential theme, Global City/Global Practice, and AIA National’s Repositioning effort now underway. Continue reading “Is Social Media the MOOC (Massive Online Open Courseware) of Our Profession?”

Diller and Scofidio in conversation with Lincoln Center of the Past, Present and Future

Elizabeth Diller explained, “We had to make a book about this project – there are a million stories – some of them unutterable.” It was a journey she said was filled with discoveries. The book, Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account (Daimani, 2013), tells this story through full-bleed photos, every other spread opening to reveal a four-pane image of various aspects of the design process, from exploration and analysis to iterations and delivery. During the talk, which was organized by the AIANY Interiors Committee, Diller explained that they “designed, commissioned photographers, re-did lots of things” in order to create the story in images. “It really was a spatial and architectural challenge to create this book.” As in architecture, it took a bit of experimentation to get it right. Continue reading “Diller and Scofidio in conversation with Lincoln Center of the Past, Present and Future”

Oculus Quick Take: “The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities”

On 04.08.13, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Alex Garvin, Hon. AIANY, about his latest book “The Planning Game: Lessons from Great Cities,” published by W.W. Norton & Company. Listen to the interview on Soundcloud, which took place just after the Oculus Book Talk on 04.08.13. And read Maxinne Leighton’s, Assoc. AIA, book review in e-Oculus here.

Design Expo Returns to the Center

Each May, 7th-grade students from IS 220 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, make their way to the Center for Architecture to present models and drawings they’ve created in a three-month school design program conducted in partnership with the Center for Architecture Foundation. For most students, these are the first architectural drawings and models they have ever made, and for all of them, their first visit to the Center. Having the opportunity to present their designs to a jury of professional architects in this setting elevates an ordinary school project into something with an extra sense of excitement and importance. Continue reading “Design Expo Returns to the Center”