On View at the Center for Architecture and About Town

At the Center for Architecture

Opens June 13, 2013

The Edgeless School: Design for Learning
Last Chance – Through 05.25.13

Building Connections 2012
Through 06.15.13

2013 Design Awards
Through 05.31.13

Low Rise High Density
Through 06.29.13

Future of the City
Through June 29, 2013

Design(in) The New Heart of New York
Through June 30, 2013
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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!

05.20.13 Call for Applications: 2013 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

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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Editor’s Note

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture are engaged in many different activities including exhibitions, city-wide programs, and policy advocacy. This morning, we opened in our Breakthrough Space “Design(in) The Heart of New York,” a two-month exhibition that showcases the 26-acre Hudson Yards development. It is presented in collaboration with Related Companies and Oxford Properties.

We are also participating in the IDEAS CITY festival this weekend. Held from Wednesday, May 1, through Saturday, May 4, IDEAS CITY – founded by the New Museum in 2011 – is a major collaboration between hundreds of arts, education, and community organizations. The Future of the City exhibition preview and discussion this Friday, 05.03.13, is the Center’s contribution to IDEAS CITY.

The conversation will serve as an introduction to the Future of the City exhibition. Presented as part of NYCxDESIGN – New York City’s design week – Future of the City showcases our policy platform along with our Post-Sandy Initiative. You can read more about this important initiative and download a copy of the just-published Post-Sandy Initiative Report: Building Better, Building Smarter – Opportunities for Design and Development here. Our “Future of the City Symposium” on 05.11.13 will explore these concepts further.

Also, as announced in the last issue of e-Oculus, AIANY is co-sponsoring the FAR ROC design competition. We invite you to participate in the competition, which is re-imagining Arverne East – an 80+ acre site on the Rockaway Peninsula – in light of Sandy and climate change.

Please visit the Center for Architecture and check out all of the exhibitions on view or attend a program. And while you’re here, pick up a copy of our Post-Sandy Initiative Report. There’s so much happening in the City and around the world, and we’re working hard to keep architects at the forefront of these important events.

What Built Forms are Global Universities Taking?

New York University’s expansion on a global scale, with major portal sites NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai as well as here (officially “NYU in New York”), plus 10 other centers worldwide, has been a source of campus one-liners about “the real estate developer that offers classes on the side,” or the chance to study at NYU Moon in 2031.

But for all its high-visibility internationalism, NYU isn’t alone in this endeavor. Major universities have been forming increasing numbers of partnerships with overseas academic institutions in recent years. The concept of the geographically unified academic campus is evolving into new forms, including networks of far-flung campuses, campuses that host multiple institutions, and even universities that have no physical campus at all.

At a three-way videoconference hosted locally at Kohn Pedersen Fox’s midtown headquarters, speakers situated physically in Seoul, Singapore, and New York – but located conceptually in a future that’s achievable and tangible, not science fiction – discussed a range of these projects, concentrated in East Asia. Continue reading “What Built Forms are Global Universities Taking?”

Back to the Future with Low-Rise, High-Density Housing

“I hope this exhibition gets people talking more about a housing type that’s built a lot but not discussed very much, so we can have better housing in the United States,” says Karen Kubey, executive director of the Institute for Public Architecture and curator of  “Low Rise High Density,” currently on view at the Center for Architecture.

The exhibition, which opened 04.25.13, spotlights its namesake housing model, which is defined as low enough to not require an elevator (about 4 stories) and dense enough to support public transportation (at least 20 units an acre). Continue reading “Back to the Future with Low-Rise, High-Density Housing”

Project Management New York Style: It is about how, not what, you buy

The relationship between architect and project manager can be fraught with complexity; many anecdotes suggest that projects run smoothly when both are in place, while almost everyone also has a war-story or two about the time that the two were at odds and disaster ensued. While project managers may argue that costs increase due to “design creep,” architects are fending off a wide variety of other client service providers. In other words, one might argue that costs are rising instead from “consultant creep.”

Lorenzo Vascotto, a founding partner currently serving as managing director at VVA Project Managers & Consultants, was game to take on this topic and many others during the Professional Practice Committee’s fourth program of the “Leading Architecture in a Changing World” series, which culminates on 06.17.13 with “Entrepreneurship in Architecture and Beyond.” Continue reading “Project Management New York Style: It is about how, not what, you buy”

The House that Dimes Built Turns 100

Presented as part of “Woolworth Week,” a celebration of the Woolworth Building’s centennial, on 04.22.13 author Gail Fenske examined how architect Cass Gilbert and owner Frank W. Woolworth created the landmark masterpiece with a talk at the Center for Architecture. Fenske, a well-known Gilbert scholar and author of the book The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York, described how New York City established itself by 1900 as the nation’s center of commerce with its subway systems, tunnels, great train stations, bridges, and other engineering feats built at unprecedented speed. Rapid technological modernization and the advent of cheaper, colorful newspaper printing contributed to a new urban experience, that of a commercial culture in perpetual change. Continue reading “The House that Dimes Built Turns 100”

Cocktails & Conversations: “The Ones that Got Away” with Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Jason Sheftell, and Toby Cecchini

Toby Cecchini continued his investigation of the relationship between alcohol and architecture at the fourth Cocktails and Conversation event with a trick of the senses. “One of my duties as a bartender is to open up people’s eyes, he said, and when he found out that architect Audrey Matlock, FAIA, had a distaste for Scotch, he decided to dedicate a drink to her with a particularly peaty variety. Because Matlock prefers more dainty beverages, Cecchini mixed a dark and stormy with a twist classic lime cordial (which, he said, can only be made from scratch) with Plantation Barbados Rum, Smith and Cross Jamaican Rum, fresh ginger, limes, simple syrup, and a touch of soda. The trick he played was in aromatics: he added a few drops of Laphroaig Scotch, a heavy island malt that smells more than any other Scotch I’ve tried, much like delicious rotting earth. The result was quite a ruse: a cocktail that smelled like a Scotch and tasted like a lime cordial. Continue reading “Cocktails & Conversations: “The Ones that Got Away” with Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Jason Sheftell, and Toby Cecchini”

Landscape Design 101

A diverse group gathered at the Center for Architecture on Wednesday 4.24.13 for a crash course on landscape architecture, culminating in their own designs for a new Memorial Park for Fiorella LaGuardia across the street from the Center. The program, Urban Parks & Plazas, was the first in a series of new public programs offered by the Center for Architecture Foundation. Called Design Insider, the series aims to nurture public understanding and appreciation of architecture and design in the city. Continue reading “Landscape Design 101”