Building a Just City

Then the hand seeks other hands to help,
A community of hands to help-
Thus the dream becomes not one man’s dream alone,
But a community dream.
Not my dream alone, but our dream.
Not my world alone,
But your world and my world,
Belonging to all the hands who build.
Langston Hughes, “Freedom’s Plow” (1943)

An excerpt from “Freedom’s Plow” is inscribed on the Langston Hughes Community Library in Flushing. On 10.04.13, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, opened the J. Max Bond Lecture by reading from the poem, saying that it exemplified Bond’s belief in the need for social justice in the building, design, and workings of the city – and the Hughes Library was one of the last projects Bond worked on. Bell named Bond not only as a former teacher, but a mentor and major influence on Bell’s career. The lecture was a collaboration between the newly reinstated AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NYCBOA/NOMA), and the J. Max Bond Center for the Just City (JMBC), carrying on Bond’s commitment to inclusion and justice in the built environment. Continue reading “Building a Just City”

Donald Judd’s Time Capsule

In Donald Judd’s 1994 New York Times obituary, Roberta Smith wrote: “By the late ‘60s, his sleek cubic and rectilinear works had helped redefine the direction of postwar sculpture…” It was also during this era that Judd had achieved enough success – including a major exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum – to purchase 101 Spring Street, a five-story 1870 cast-iron building in SoHo, in 1968 for $68,000. The sum was a “real pinch” recalls his daughter, Ranier, one of several speakers gathered at the Center for Architecture on 9.26.13 to discuss the restoration of her father’s New York City home and studio. Continue reading “Donald Judd’s Time Capsule”

2013 Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Marion Weiss – Inside Nature

For the 13th annual Oberfield Memorial Lecture, Marion Weiss, FAIA, of Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, spoke before an overflowing, rapt audience at the Center for Architecture on Monday, 09.23.13. Weiss eloquently laid out a series of projects rooted in the experience and memory of her native Northern California. Drawing on topography, these projects create a series of interior and exterior landscapes which have managed, through the evolution of their practice, to effortlessly bridge natural and urban settings. Continue reading “2013 Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Marion Weiss – Inside Nature”

Report from the Field: Association of Architectural Organizations 2013 Conference

For those who missed this year’s Association of Architecture Organizations’ annual conference in Boston, 09.26.13–09.28.13, here is an armchair tour of a few of the highlights. The theme of the conference, “Making and Measuring Impact,” focused on the importance of telling a clear, coherent, and engaging story about what we do and why we do it. “We” were a loose grouping of staff and volunteers from architecture centers throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as students, architecture professors, designers, staff from art museums, tour companies, and other organizations interested in making architecture part of the public discourse. Continue reading “Report from the Field: Association of Architectural Organizations 2013 Conference”

Names in the News

AIA New York State’s 2013 award winners include: Ayres Cowley Architects (Corbin Building Restoration); Cooper, Robertson & Partners (Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, Master Plan for the Central Delaware); Ennead Architects (Yale University Art Gallery, Bing Concert Hall); nARCHITECTS (ABC Department Store); SHoP Architects (Barclays Center); Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects (The Cubes); WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism (Brooklyn Botanical Garden); Mitchell/Giurgola Architects (Collaborative Research Center); Frederic Schwartz Architects (Empty Sky: New Jersey September 11th Memorial); CDR Studio Architects (FDNY Marine Company 1); Rafael Viñoly Architects (Firstsite); Pei Cobb Freed & Architects (Jacobi Medical Center Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Torre Espaci, Palazzo Lombardia); daSilva Architects (Jacobi Medical Center Ambulatory Care Pavilion); Andrew Berman Architect (Stapleton Library, The National Opera Center); Sage and Coombe Architects (FDNY Marine Company 9); H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (Lincoln Center Theater LCT3); WXY Architecture + Urban Design (The Drawing Center, East River Blueway Plan); Perkins+Will (Hanwha 63 Convention Center); Cooper Joseph Studio (Stephen Burrows); Hirsch|Corti Architecture (West Village Townhouse); PellOverton (Blue School); Grimshaw Architects and Dattner Architects (Via Verde – The Green Way); Matthew Baird Architects (Dutchess County Art Barn); Christoff:Finio Architecture (East End House); TEN Arquitectos (New York Public Library); MOS Architects (Lali Gurans Orphanage); and Davis Brody Bond (The National Union Square). Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

10.09.13: Call for Submissions: Spirited Artist Show in Beacon, New York – Mediums accepted include sculpture, architectural models and designs, photography and other art work

10.17.13: Call for Submissions: ARCHITECT’s 61st Annual P/A Awards – Recognizing unbuilt projects demonstrating design excellence

10.18.13: Call for Submissions: AIANY 4th Annual Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Merit Award Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View

Colombia Transformed / Architecture = Politics
Through 10.26.13

Archtober Lounge
Through 10.31.13

Surface Innovation: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces
Through 10.31.13

New York New World – 2013 Subway Show
Through 11.03.13

Future of the City
Through 11.05.13

Dorothy Heller Paintings from the 1950s and 1960s
Opening 11.07.13

Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo
Through 01.18.14