On 06.20.13, Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, unveiled the “REBUILD BY DESIGN” multi-stage competition at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, spoke about the Foundation’s investment in the competition, and the importance of taking an interdisciplinary, interagency, multi-governmental, and “glocal” approach. She used the term to highlight the importance of collaboration between local and the global—indispensable in a time when changing climate patterns do not acknowledge political divisions. Continue reading ““REBUILD BY DESIGN” Competition”

CFAF Launches Architectural Sketching Course

Over the course of four Saturdays in June, 11 adults took part in the Center for Architecture Foundation’s “Sketching the City” workshop. Led by architect and educator Eli King, students were introduced to freehand drawing techniques in a friendly and casual atmosphere using the lively 19th-century architecture of Greenwich Village as the object of their studies. The classes began with introductory lessons on techniques at the Center, then moved outside to a shady spot to sit and sketch. Participants came from an interesting mix of backgrounds: from students to young professionals to retirees, and even included a couple of working architects looking to reconnect with and improve their hand drawing skills. Continue reading “CFAF Launches Architectural Sketching Course”

Names in the News

Finalists in the 2013 Urban Land Institute Global Awards for Excellence Competition include the New York-based firms Deborah Berke Partners (21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati), Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Hysan Place and Infinity Tower), Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG (Superkilen), Handel Architects (Territoria 3000), Dattner Architects & Grimshaw (Via Verde – The Green Way), NBBJ (Amazon.com Global Headquarters), and Samoo (D-Cube City). Continue reading “Names in the News”

On View: At the Center for Architecture and About Town

Please join us on 07.11.13 at 6:00 PM for the opening of the exhibition “Colombia Transformed / Architecture = Politics.”

The exhibition traces 11 recently built socially-conscious projects by six leading voices in contemporary Colombian architecture: Daniel Bonilla and Giancarlo Mazzanti from Bogotá, and Felipe Mesa, Juan Manuel Pelaez, Felipe Uribe, and Orlando Garcia from Medellín.

The projects are explored through photographs, slides, drawings, models, and film footage to celebrate how these buildings are appropriated by the public.

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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, Summer 2013, which is now available online!

07.19.13 Call for Submissions: REBUILD BY DESIGN: Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition

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

10.07.13 Call for Submissions: FAR ROC [For a Resilient Rockaway] Arverne East Design Competition – Phase 2 Deadline

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07.02.13: The Center for Architecture opened the exhibition “AJAP | Les Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes.” (above, l-r) AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; Gwenaëlle de Kerret; Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Farnaz Mansuri, Assoc. AIA; Chris Leong, Assoc. AIA; Vincent Lavergne; and Jérémy Nadau stand in front of the Center after the pre-exhibition opening breakfast discussion entitled “French & American Perspectives.” Continue reading “Sighted”