2013 AIA Convention Special: Rhetorically Speaking: Please Come to Denver

The 2013 AIA Convention took place last week in Denver with almost 17,000 architects, designers, and vendors convening to elect new leadership, learn new skills, and build new bonds of fellowship. This “top twenty” pecha kucha style narrative of Convention highlights is personalized by what photos were most in focus and which memories most vivid after a few days back in New York. (The slideshow is above; click the arrows.) Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Rhetorically Speaking: Please Come to Denver”

2013 AIA Convention Special: Gold Medal Update

I wanted to be sure you all heard the good news! Because of our efforts, during the 2013 AIA Convention the AIA National Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved a change in the Rules of the Board regarding eligibility criteria for the Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest award. Please see this article by Cathleen McGuigan and Laura Raskin in Architectural Record, who broke the story. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Gold Medal Update”

2013 AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Shine as the AIA Honors Design Excellence and Public Service

At the 64th Annual Honors and Awards Celebration, the AIA bestowed honorary membership upon seven distinguished professionals and recognized the 2013 Young Architect Award and Associates Award winners. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Menil Collection was honored as the Twenty-five Year Award recipient, while Honor Awards winners in the areas of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional and Urban Design, and Collaborative and Professional Achievement were celebrated. AIANY members, of course, came up big. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Shine as the AIA Honors Design Excellence and Public Service”

2013 AIA Convention Special: Philanthropic Practices Engage Architects in Civic-Minded Optimism

Blake Mycoskie is a town crier of the 21st-century economy, broadcasting to business leaders a proclamation that is as tantalizing as it is unconventional: one can do well in business by doing good for society. Mycoskie, the TOMS shoes founder and “Chief Shoe Giver,” held an auditorium full of architects rapt at the 2013 AIA Convention. He delivered the emotionally potent story of how he started his business and how he learned that he could succeed beyond his wildest dreams by following his conscience and giving to others. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Philanthropic Practices Engage Architects in Civic-Minded Optimism”

2013 AIA Convention Special: A Clarion Call to an Overweight Nation

The United States is facing a crisis of historic proportions. Thanks to decades of dependence on the automobile for transportation, our population is overweight and physically unfit. Although this predicament has received extensive media coverage, certain facts are still staggering. For instance, according to a 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the present generation of American children can anticipate a life expectancy five years shorter than their parents. Thus, for the first time in 200 years, life expectancy in the U.S. is on the decline. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: A Clarion Call to an Overweight Nation”

2013 AIA Convention Special: Preparedness, Mitigation, Planning: Keys to Counter Staggering Statistics

The statistics on population growth when overlaid with predictions about natural disasters are haunting. Last year, 92 million people were displaced because of natural disasters. By 2050, that number is expected to increase to 200 million. By 2100, the number could reach 500 million. According to Illya Azaroff, AIA, principal of +LAB and co-chair of the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), if we are not proactive in mitigating the effects of these events, we could be paying $200 trillion due to devastation, in addition to being unable to house those who will be directly affected by natural disasters. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Preparedness, Mitigation, Planning: Keys to Counter Staggering Statistics”

2013 AIA Convention Special: Cameron Sinclair Champions the Value of Architecture

“When architects go to a disaster site they see hope and opportunity,” said Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity (AFH) and an AIA Convention keynote speaker. With 60 local chapters and more than 6,000 volunteers, Sinclair noted that AFH could be considered the world’s largest architecture firm. And, with its extensive list of projects, ranging from small installations to large-scale master planning, it is one of the most prolific firms building – and re-building – communities internationally. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Cameron Sinclair Champions the Value of Architecture”

“FitNation” Exhibition Takes a Healthy Idea to the Next Scale

The new “FitNation” exhibition at the Center for Architecture highlights 33 projects in 18 cities that exemplify the range of creativity that active design elicits. These new and adaptive structures, ranging from low-tech, open-source interventions to major public buildings and citywide networks, are organized here according to nine terms, mostly active verbs, expressing the things they make possible (climb, connect, grassroots, graze, move, network, play, re-purpose, ride). Continue reading ““FitNation” Exhibition Takes a Healthy Idea to the Next Scale”

Pondering Our Hero: A Weekend of Le Corbusier

On the weekend of 06.08-09.13, the Center for Architecture and The Museum of Modern Art orchestrated “Le Corbusier/New York,” an ambitious and exhilarating symposium centered on the great work of Le Corbusier. The symposium itself was bookended by a visit to newly-opened exhibition “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscape” at MoMA, and a visit to recently-renovated rooms at the United Nations. The symposium was embroidered with a panel of admired thinkers who study the architect. Scholarship spanned from the forensic research by Patrick Leitner on the impact Le Corbusier’s hometown La Chaux-du-Fonds had on his creative development, to gossipy, humorous tidbits about his interaction with female Vassar College undergraduates, and his rock star status with the “Amazons” (possibly having no historic truth except in Le Corbusier’s mind.) Continue reading “Pondering Our Hero: A Weekend of Le Corbusier”