Do the FAR ROC-away

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” Although the quote is by Rahm Emanuel regarding the financial crisis, don’t let partisan politics cloud the message’s potency. No doubt, those directly affected by Superstorm Sandy, which brought so much devastation to New York and the region, take this to heart.

In light of the disaster, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and its partners – developers of Arverne East in the Rockaways, Queens – took this message to heart, too. They rightly stopped the project in its tracks to rethink the entire plan, venturing to do things they couldn’t do before.

To solicit the best ideas for a path to an innovative and resilient scheme, the coalition, including HPD, L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, Enterprise Community Partners, and AIANY, held an ideas competition. On 07.18.13, the four finalist teams of the FAR ROC competition’s first phase were announced at the Center for Architecture. Continue reading “Do the FAR ROC-away”

The Dream of Architectural Utopias, Reborn in South America/El Sueño de la Utopía Arquitectónica, Resucitado en América Latina

In English y en Español

On Thursday, 07.11.13, just nine days shy of Colombian Independence Day, visitors to the Center for Architecture were treated to a preview of the celebrations during the opening of the Center’s most recent exhibition, “Colombia Transformed / Architecture = Politics.” There could not have been a better way to commemorate the country’s 203rd year of independence than by spending an evening lauding the success of Colombia’s ambitious plan to improve the quality of life in its cities through social architecture and urbanism, while listening to the energetic sounds of Colombian pop-rock sensation, Jontre.

El jueves 11 de Julio del 2013, a solo nueve días del Día de Independencia de Colombia, los visitantes al Centro de Arquitectura tuvieron la oportunidad de celebrar las fiestas patrias con anticipación durante el estreno de la exhibición “Colombia Transformada / Arquitectura = Política.” No me imagino que haya una manera más adecuada para conmemorar 203 años de independencia que pasando una noche alabando el éxito del país en mejorar la cualidad de la vida a través de proyectos de arquitectura y urbanismo, y escuchando la música de la sensación del pop-rock colombiano, Jontre.  Continue reading “The Dream of Architectural Utopias, Reborn in South America/El Sueño de la Utopía Arquitectónica, Resucitado en América Latina”

Designing for a Lifetime

Includes contributions from the following members of the AIANY Design for Aging Committee: Eric Cohen, AIA; Susan Wright, AIA; Gail Ressler; Meenakshi Varandani, AIA; Rich Rosen, AIA; and Lisa Morgenroth, Assoc. AIA

On Saturday, 05.18.13, a day-long charrette, BOOMING BOROUGHS: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC, was held at the Center for Architecture, conducted by the AIANY Design for Aging Committee. Five design teams worked intensively to develop innovative ways to modify the existing housing stock of NYC to better accommodate the needs of seniors, and, by extension, better serve all population groups. One month later, the presentations on 06.20.13 focused on the five teams’ most important proposals. Continue reading “Designing for a Lifetime”

Listen and They Will Build

From the moment she took the podium, it was evident why Joy Bailey Bryant is so successful in her career as a cultural planner and outreach specialist. Bryant immediately announced that this 07.09.13 event, titled “Listen and They Will Build: Incorporating the Results of Community Engagement into Cultural Building Projects,” would be more of a conversation than a formal lecture, and that she was eager to hear thoughts and feedback from the audience. In her capacity as principal consultant with Lord Cultural Resources, she employs these tactics on a daily basis for community outreach and engagement when advising on cultural plans and institutions. In her presentation, Bryant outlined recommendations for successful engagement in cultural planning and illustrated her approach with two Lord projects: the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Continue reading “Listen and They Will Build”

Oculus Quick Take: Raymund Ryan

On 07.08.13, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Raymund Ryan about his latest book White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes, published by University of California Press (2012) and reviewed in this issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview, which took place just before the Oculus Book Talk on 07.08.13. Continue reading “Oculus Quick Take: Raymund Ryan”

Oculus Book Review: “White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes” by Raymund Ryan

Raymund Ryan sets out to illustrate the demise of the heroic museum in his recent book White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes. As he takes us through a variety of art sites that reshape the notion of art institutions, he illustrates that pristine white galleries in a Beaux-Arts envelope are passé. His research led to an exhibition, a book, and on 07.08.13 at the Center for Architecture, an illuminating interview with Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, and an elegant lecture. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: “White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes” by Raymund Ryan”

An Open Dialogue on Architectural Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is inextricable from the practice of architecture, especially in New York City’s competitive business environment. And, as generations of designers seeking their professional niche have learned, entrepreneurship takes many forms. Traditional practice as a firm principal or managing partner is but one of many routes available to those with architectural training or experience. The speakers at the ninth and final “Leading Architecture in a Changing World” lecture series presented attendees with but a fraction of the myriad options available to the passionate and driven designer. Continue reading “An Open Dialogue on Architectural Entrepreneurship”

Popping in on the Parrish

On a balmy, stormy Saturday morning, 40 Water Mill-bound pilgrims joined the ranks inching along the backed-up Montauk Highway in eastern Long Island. Only these pilgrims quickly peeled off into the easily visible, yet subtly hidden, Parrish Art Museum. And they were treated to an insightful tour of the museum, and more interestingly, to stories of the process and details behind the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building. Continue reading “Popping in on the Parrish”

On Camera!

On Monday, 07.15.13, AIANY’s Marketing & Communications Committee hosted a program called “On Camera! Marketing Your Message Using Photography, Video, and Documentary.” Conceived by committee member Debra Pickrel, Principal of Pickrel Communications, with support from myself and fellow co-chair John Fontillas, AIA, LEED AP, the program was Part 1 of a two-part series that focuses on the increasing popularity of interactive photography, videography, and documentary to convey a firm’s story and the cutting-edge trends for their use. Continue reading “On Camera!”

“How I spent my summer”: CFAF Summer@theCenter Volunteers Reflect on Their Experiences

At the Center for Architecture Foundation, we are halfway through our popular Summer@theCenter architecture-themed day camps. With topics such as “My Dream House,” “Drawing Architecture,” and “Up on a Roof,” students explore the built environment and create their own sketches and models over the course of one week.

The success of our Summer@theCenter programs is due in no small part to the incredible time, energy, and enthusiasm of our volunteers, many of whom are currently pursuing a course of study in the field of architecture. We asked two of our skilled volunteers, Holly Kang and Mark Zlotsky, architecture students at Syracuse University, to reflect on their experiences so far.

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