Names in the News

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is creating a high-powered consulting group, Bloomberg Associates, to help reshape cities around the world. Director of City Planning Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Hon. AIANY, and NYC Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin have been recruited to join the consulting team… Margaret Newman, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation, will join the Municipal Art Society as Executive Director.

The AIA 2014 Edward C. Kemper Award was bestowed on Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director…AIA Board of Directors selected Julia Morgan, FAIA, to posthumously receive the 2014 Gold Medal…Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, received the AIA 2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award… Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

12.19.13: Call for Registration: Fentress Global Challenge 2013: Upcycled Architecture International Student Competition

12.20.13: Call for Submissions: FuturArc Prize 2014 – Imagine the Future of Water and the City

12.20.13: Call for Entries: Architizer A+ Awards

12.20.13: Call for Submissions: FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2013 – Recognizing Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town

On View

People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization
Through 01.04.14

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

Building Connections 2013
Through 03.01.14

Arch Schools 2013
Through 03.22.14


Booming Boroughs: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC
Opening 01.09.14 Continue reading “On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town”

Hail and Farewell, Commissioner: Sustainable Streets, Six Years and Counting

With a hearty salute to her staff (by name), a 200-page barrage of triumphal data assembled in one last publication, a lively conversation among current and outgoing City Council members about the momentum of her achievements, and at least some members of the audience implicitly recalling the wistful hook from an old single by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs – “Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer)” – Janette Sadik-Khan sang her final aria to a Center for Architecture crowd as Transportation Commissioner. Continue reading “Hail and Farewell, Commissioner: Sustainable Streets, Six Years and Counting”

Talking Transition Together

What do an Occupy Wall Street veteran, a kindergarten teacher, a high school student, an architect, and a business consultant have in common? If you can’t think of a witty reply, fret not. All of these individuals, and many others, participated in a panel discussion and workshop on waterfront development, one of the many events that attempted to cull information on what matters to New Yorkers during “Talking Transition.” Continue reading “Talking Transition Together”


The “FitNation” exhibition on view earlier this year at the AIA New York Chapter’s Center for Architecture can now be seen at the American Institute of Architects National Headquarters at 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, located just to the left of the White House. Projects from across the U.S. are displayed in the building’s “social gallery,” and will be seen by all those attending the upcoming AIA Board meeting in December. The National Component supported the nationwide dissemination of the exhibit, which presents more than 30 examples of how design contributes to more physical activity in daily life, with the goal of reducing the obesity rates and the corollary public health epidemics linked to a sedentary lifestyle. Continue reading “FitNation|DC”

Archinomics: Effects of Predicted Global Economic Growth on the Architecture Profession

Where is the most expensive office rent in the world in 2013? Unexpectedly, Luanda, Angola, due to extreme economic growth and lack of Class A office space to serve multinationals. Surprising facts and trends were uncovered in “Archinomics: Effects of Predicted Global Economic Growth on the Architecture Profession,” hosted by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee on 11.21.13. The program revealed several snapshots into potential opportunities for architects and related design professions based on predicted global economic growth through 2020 and beyond. Various perspectives led to understanding why opportunity exists not only in the fastest growing economies, but also in mature global capitals such as Tokyo and New York. Continue reading “Archinomics: Effects of Predicted Global Economic Growth on the Architecture Profession”

Ratensky Lecture: Carlton Brown

Carlton Brown is a man of big ideas and grand ideals. Honored last week at the Ratensky Lecture at the Center for Architecture, Brown talked about how his upbringing in the Civil Rights Era South shaped his philosophy of inclusivity and the importance of sharing resources equitably. Using four touch points, Brown harnessed a mantra that has shaped his role as a developer: “Generate more energy than we use, include more people than we exclude, use more waste than we create, and create more wealth than we consume.” Continue reading “Ratensky Lecture: Carlton Brown”

The 2013 Solar Decathlon: An International Sustainability Challenge

The Solar Decathlon, an annual design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges academic institutions to design and build cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered homes. The competition’s 2013 iteration featured 19 submissions which sought to blend marketability, affordability, and design excellence with optimal energy efficiency and production (for full competition information and design specifications and visit Continue reading “The 2013 Solar Decathlon: An International Sustainability Challenge”