Names in the News

Winners of the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards include:  the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center  by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism (Architecture); King Street Station by ZGF Architects (Architecture); the Knoll Flagship Showroom, Offices, and Shop by Architecture Research Office/ARO (Interior Architecture); the Marc by Marc Jacobs Showroom by Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects and HLW International (Interior Architecture); a SoHo loft by Gabellini Sheppard Associates (Interior Architecture); and The East River Blueway Plan by WXY architecture + urban design (Regional & Urban Design)… Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

01.24.14: Call for Entries: AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects

01.24.31: Call for Registration: Save a Sample! 2014 School Sign-Up

01.24.13: Call for Presentations: The Center for Health Design’s 2014 Healthcare Design Conference, November 15-18, San Diego, CA

01.24.14: Call for Entries: AIA Los Angeles Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles Logo Design Competition Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town

On View

Booming Boroughs: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC
Through 02.01.14

Building Connections 2013
Through 03.01.14

Arch Schools 2013
Through 03.22.14


NYRP EDGEucation Pavilion
Opening 02.06.14

 “Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge
Opening 02.13.14 Continue reading “On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town”

Editor’s Note

Happy New Year! We are thrilled to welcome 2014 and “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision,” and the presidential theme of 2014 AIANY President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA. We hope you will join us in making this year as successful as the last!

Note: The digital edition of the Winter 2013 issue of Oculus magazine, “The Fun Factor: Visitors + Vistas,” is online now! Click here to read.

Finally, a final call to all new practices and emerging architects! The deadline for the New Practices New York Competition has been extended to 01.20.14, and the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee’s Queensway Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Competition has been extended to 01.12.14. Don’t forget to submit your work!

I hope you had a lovely holiday season.

Inaugurale Auguri

“The way we do things is to begin” is a quote attributed to “Go West” Horace Greeley, the 19th-century publisher of the New York Tribune whose statue by John Quincy Adams Ward adorns City Hall Park, across the street from where the Tribune was published. The base of the statue is by AIA co-founder Richard Morris Hunt. Until 1941, another City Hall Park statue called “Civic Virtue,” by Frederick William MacMonnies, attracted more attention and controversy; it was sent to Queens by Mayor LaGuardia and now finds its home in Green-Wood Cemetery, where Greeley is also buried. Horace Greeley was a phrasemaker, social activist, vegetarian, anti-slavery progressive Republican, and, amazingly, the Democratic Party’s candidate for president in 1872. His frozen gaze was directed toward the steps of City Hall on New Year’s Day for the first inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Continue reading “Inaugurale Auguri”

Oculus Book Review: “Makers of Modern Architecture (Volume II)” by Martin Filler

Martin Filler is the architecture critic for The New York Review of Books (NYRB) and the author of Makers of Modern Architecture (2007) and, most recently, Makers of Modern Architecture (Volume II). This new book is comprised of 19 essays that were originally published in the NYRB between 2008 and 2013. The volume is a lovely size, convenient to carry, elegantly typeset, and convivial to absorb. Each essay is a small jewel meticulously crafted and filled with a dense personality. The tone and physical attributes of the book illustrate an old-school reverence for and the craft of writing about architecture. This stance is the tome’s greatest asset and Filler is a fine architect of writing. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: “Makers of Modern Architecture (Volume II)” by Martin Filler”

Trudging through the Muck of Engaged Practice

On 12.11.13, following on the heels of the AIANY 2014 Board Inaugural, the Center for Architecture hosted “The Role of Engaged Learning in Building Better Cities,” the second part of a symposium related to the exhibition “People Building Better Cities.” With its focus on increasing participation, the program also functioned as the informal launch of “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision,” the presidential theme of 2014 AIANY President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA. Noting this fortuitous scheduling of events, Brown also took advantage of his introduction to share his own experiences with participatory design, including his work on a1968 research project at Princeton University for a planning and design workbook for community participation. Continue reading “Trudging through the Muck of Engaged Practice”