Names in the News

The National Academy announced its newly-elected members, including architects Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA; Moshe Safdie, FAIA; and David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA

Via Verde – The Green Way by Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Lubetkin Prize for the best international building, along with Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects and Cooled Conservatories by Wilkinson EyreContinue reading “Names in the News”

On View: At the Center for Architecture & About Town

Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
Opening 10.01.13

AJAP | Les Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes
Through 08.28.13

Design(in) The New Heart of New York
Through 09.02.13

Through 09.07.13

Colombia Transformed / Architecture = Politics
Through 10.26.13

Future of the City
Through 11.05.13 Continue reading “On View: At the Center for Architecture & About Town”

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 below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: Read the latest issue of Oculus, Summer 2013 Design Awards Issue, now available online.

08.16.13 Call for Entries: Center for Architecture’s 2013 Subway Show: New York New World

08.23.13 Call for Story Ideas: Oculus Winter 2013 – Hospitality & Tourism Continue reading “New Deadlines”


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07.11.13: AIANY held its 2013 Heritage Ball kick-off reception at The Caledonia, a residential building developed by the Related Companies. Related Chairman and Founder Stephen M. Ross is being honored at this year’s Heritage Ball. The other honorees are Patricia E. Harris, First Deputy Mayor, City of New York; Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA, Co-Founders, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; and Richard Kahan, Founder and CEO, The Urban Assembly. Continue reading “Sighted”

Fit City 8: Purposeful Ovations, Urgency, and Poetry

Observers looking into the Center for Architecture from the sidewalk on 06.24.13 may have inferred either that every talk given at Fit City 8 was deeply inspiring or that the audience was unusually excitable. From Mayor Bloomberg’s video introduction, to remarks by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and the first keynote speaker – the World Health Organization’s Alex Ross – through the final summation by NYC Department of Design + Construction Commissioner David Burney, FAIA, each presentation ended in a standing ovation.

This wasn’t quite the case: the attendees were following Dr. Karen K. Lee’s recommendation of “active applause,” standing up for each applaudable moment: along with exercises led by the Department of Health’s Sarah Wolf, MPH, RD, and group yoga maneuvers led by Robyne Kassen, Assoc. AIA, and Sarah Gluck of Urban Movement Design, one of several strategies for keeping the blood circulating and staving off the languor that all-day meetings often produce. But Fit City is that kind of event: it translates ideas directly into practice. Continue reading “Fit City 8: Purposeful Ovations, Urgency, and Poetry”


Candidates for the office of Manhattan Borough President exchanged ideas with Crain’s Columnist Greg David today at the Yale Club in a program sponsored by Crain’s New York Business. An audience of architects and activists, political junkies, and the journalistically curious joined together to hear the four competing Democratic candidates offer their suggestions for the future of the Borough and the City. Any set of excerpted comments necessarily diminish the cogent and comprehensive view of the role of the BP’s office post-Scott Stringer, who all praised as a tough act to follow. But among the thoughts which made this highly subjective tweet-length top-ten list are the following: Continue reading “BEEP BEEP”

Hyping Up Density

Standing on a hot, crowded subway platform during the New York City summer can make the notion of increasing the city’s density a scary prospect in the minds of its inhabitants and architects. In fact, Mimi Hoang, AIA, co-founder and principal of nARCHITECTS, the firm responsible for the winning design for New York City’s adAPT NYC micro-unit competition, admitted to being “terrified” at the concept of designing microhousing when it was first proposed to her.

Density is sometimes a contentious term – easily conflated with congestion and discomfort. However, to Vishaan Charkararti, AIA, a principal at SHoP Architects and director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, a smart approach to increased urban density is the only solution to the issues faced by our growing cities. This made Chakrabarti the ideal moderator for “Densify,” which was organized by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee. Speakers discussed global trends in high-density development and how these can be applied to New York City. Continue reading “Hyping Up Density”

Low Rise High Density Now

Low-rise, high-density housing – a topic much explored recently at the Center for Architecture through the just-closed exhibition “Low Rise High Density” – is characterized by being dense enough to support mass public transportation, yet squat enough to eschew elevators. The type seeks to combine the benefits of urban and suburban living by providing tenants with more privacy and ownership of their space with fewer floors per building. As the last program in a series of three public discussions on the exhibition’s rich content, “Low Rise High Density Now” garnered a full house of passionate professors, students, and practicing architects committed to solving the challenges of housing in the greater New York area. Continue reading “Low Rise High Density Now”

Triple Bottom Line Design

On 06.06.14, the AIANY Professional Practice Committee convened the penultimate session of the “Leading Architecture in a Changing World” series. A nascent theme of this session was that although architects focus on the sustainability – primarily energy consumption – of the buildings we design, we may not be as attentive to sustainable business practices for ourselves and our clients. To focus our attention on this matter, each panelist brought a fresh perspective to the topics at the intersection of sustainable buildings and sustainable business practice. An expert from the building industry was joined by an expert from the emerging “digital” building world and a leader in sustainable business evaluation. Continue reading “Triple Bottom Line Design”