A Tale of Two Futures

“A Tale of Two Futures: The Living Building Challenge” was explored through the Willow School in Bedminster, NJ, designed by Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP, principal, Farewell Architects, and Viridian Future, an Upper West Side townhouse renovation by design and building contracting collaborators Abel B’Hahn, the owner, and Robert Politzer, LEED AP, president and founder of GreenStreet, Inc. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Futures”

Political Urbanism

The controversy over the fate of Istanbul’s Gezi Park provided the backdrop for protests that took everybody by surprise in late spring.

At home, the unrest and the government’s response have increased polarization; abroad, they have caused many to question what really lies below the surface of economic expansion and rapid urban development in Turkey, and to wonder about the political and social consequences.

On 11.14.13, a panel discussion held in New York at the Center for Architecture, titled “Gezi Park, Istanbul: Reconsiderations,” focused primarily on the context: the city itself, the Taksim area and the political and economic environment fuelling the rapid changes in the city. The spark for the protests was provided by attempts — currently shelved — to redesign Taksim and rebuild the Ottoman Artillery Barracks, remodeled as a shopping mall and luxury residence complex, on the current location of Gezi Park. Continue reading “Political Urbanism”

Join AIANY now for special 2014 benefits!

If you are not currently an AIA member there are many great reasons to join, and particularly to be part of the AIA New York Chapter. With a growing number of programs and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture and partnerships with cultural institutions throughout the city, members have access to a rich discussion of the built environment, and the opportunity to build a professional network from almost 5,000 AIANY members and firm representatives. Continue reading “Join AIANY now for special 2014 benefits!”

Architecture College Fair Connects Prospective Students with 12 Universities

On 11.22.13, the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) hosted an Architecture College Fair. More than 100 high school students and families from New York City, Connecticut, and Northern New Jersey attended the event held at the Center for Architecture. Faculty, admissions officers, and alumni from 12 schools offering degrees and/or majors in architecture at the undergraduate level participated, including Boston Architecture College, University at Buffalo, City College, Cooper Union, Cornell University, Drexel University, NYIT, NJIT, Parsons The New School, RPI, Roger Williams, and Tulane. This year marks the first time CFAF has hosted the event, taking over from the AIA New York Chapter and the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA). The transition coincides with the announcement of a new scholarship to be awarded in 2014. The Walter A. Hunt Jr. Scholarship fund was established to honor the retirement of Walter A. Hunt Jr., FAIA, Vice Chairman Emeritus of Gensler. The scholarship will assist New York City public high school students pursuing a degree in architecture at an NAAB-accredited school of architecture in New York State. Continue reading “Architecture College Fair Connects Prospective Students with 12 Universities”

In the News

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In this issue:
– Creating an Architectural Language of Their Own
– A New Gallery to House 121 Works by 86 Artists is Rising on the Stanford Campus
– They Didn’t Save Parking Lots to Put Up Affordable Housing
– New Plans for Waterfront Project Designed to Increase Resiliency
– Hap 4 + Hap 6 = 2 for Karim Rashid

– The Flea Alights in a New Home in Tribeca Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

The NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan: Take the H.E.L.M. competition awarded a grant of $50,000 to Hollwich Kushner/Architizer …The five finalists of MoMA P.S.1’s 2014 Young Architects Program include: Collective-LOK (Jon Lott of PARA-Project, William O’Brien Jr. of WOJR, and Michael Kubo of over,under); Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau); and The Living (David Benjamin)…Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) received citations for 22 Tarrytown Road workforce housing and Spring Valley Senior Housing and Family Apartments at the 2013 AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley Awards. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

12.10.13: Call for Submissions: IE University’s Houses for Change: Architecture for Social Responsibility 

12.10.13: Call for Entries: IE School of Architecture and Design’s Houses for Change – Architecture for Social Responsibility student and recent graduate competition (no fee)

12.11.13: Call for Submissions: AIA Diversity Recognition Program seeks exemplary efforts to diversity the architecture profession

12.16.13: Call for Entries: AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards

12.17.13: Call for Speakers and Case Studies: The Canadian Centre for Architecture”s “Unsitely! Leveraging Design to Improve Urban Construction Sites” colloquium

12.19.13: Call for Registration: Fentress Global Challenge 2013: Upcycled Architecture International Student Competition Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View: At the Center for Architecture

At the Center for Architecture

Dorothy Heller Paintings from the 1950s and 1960s
Through 12.14.13

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