Editor’s Note

Congratulations to the newest members of College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. The 2014 Jury of Fellows elevated 139 AIA members, including 11 AIA New York Chapter members. Please join us on 03.10.14 at 6:00 PM for the 2014 New Fellows Reception.

In addition, don’t forget to submit story ideas for the 2014 Fall and Winter issues of Oculus magazine. Projects and topics related to the Fall 2014 theme, Culture, are due on 04.30.14, and the deadline for ideas for the Winter 2014 theme, Emerging Skyline / Evolving Street is 07.14.14. Please contact Oculus editor-in-chief Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA with ideas at kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

Prepare to be Both Shaken and Stirred

With apologies to the creators of a jukebox musical currently on Broadway, Carole King isn’t the only one feeling the earth move under her feet. While severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy have made flood preparations a prominent public concern, the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) has also kept an eye on other forms of catastrophe; the new installation at the Center for Architecture examines strategies for anticipating and counteracting earthquake damage. “Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge” is the first major exhibition in the presidency of Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, embodying an important facet of the 2014 theme “Civic Spirit : Civic Vision”. It combines detailed technical education with thought-provoking visual and interactive displays. Exploring the science and art of bolstering resilience under seismic stresses, the exhibition favors optimistic, can-do presentations of design and technology rather than images of destruction. Continue reading “Prepare to be Both Shaken and Stirred”

Learning in Nature: NYRP EDGEucation Pavilion

AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, rang in the opening of the New York Restoration Project’s (NYRP) EDGEucation Pavilion exhibition on 02.06.14 to a packed house at the Center for Architecture. As city leaders become more and more focused on both sustainable design and education for all, the exhibition’s goal – marrying both of these efforts – felt especially apt. Bette Midler, founder of NYRP, came to the opening and spoke with many present, including competition winning team from Bade Stageberg Cox. Continue reading “Learning in Nature: NYRP EDGEucation Pavilion”

Oculus Book Review: “How to Study Public Life” by Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre

The Center for Architecture hosted authors Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre at the 02.05.14 Oculus Book Talk, co-sponsored by the AIANY Planning & Urban Design Committee. AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, pronounced Gehl as “my hero” and a “kindred spirit” laying the ground work for a warm and delightful evening. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: “How to Study Public Life” by Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre”

Oculus Quick Take: “The Nature of Urban Design: A New York City Perspective on Resilience”

On 01.13.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Alexandros Washburn, Assoc. AIA, former Chief Urban Designer of the NYC Department of City Planning, and author of The Nature of Urban Design: A New York City Perspective on Resilience, published by Island Press and reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 01.22.14 issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.

Automatic Architecture: Oxymoron, Wave of the Future, or Both?

On 02.11.14, Zach Downey, RA, LEED AP BD+C, co-founder and partner at the NYC-based architectural technology firm Parabox, presented “Automation in Architecture, Design, and IT for Fun and Profit.” The “fun” part could be descriptive of both his sense of humor and gleeful obsession with technology for architecture. Downey focuses on exploiting new technologies for the AEC industry, representing both an emerging set of practitioners who are redefining architecture services and the kind of hybrid design and technology companies expanding in the New York area. Continue reading “Automatic Architecture: Oxymoron, Wave of the Future, or Both?”

Study Abroad

Visiting foreign countries has been an important part of education, whether study abroad means the Grand Tour, hitting the road on spring break, short-term foreign study programs, or semester-long exchanges. Universities offering organized programs provide additional enticement to potential students. Universities are capitalizing on this by sending satellite campuses into the field. Some join conglomerate organizations such as Education City in Qatar, which boasts seven institutions under its umbrella. Others, such as Yale and NYU, are establishing their own campuses abroad, while Columbia is sending students overseas on shorter, more focused excursions. Each faces its own challenges of context, program, and politics. Continue reading “Study Abroad”

CFAF Young Patrons Host Supper Club at the Center

While the weather this winter has proven bitter and frightful, the atmosphere inside the Center for Architecture was warm and cozy on 02.04.14 thanks to a little Southern hospitality as the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Young Patrons Committee hosted its first Supper Club dinner party. Entitled “Bourbons and Bowties,” the event featured Southern haute-cuisine comprised of BBQ duck leg, shrimp and grits tartlets, oysters, lobster salad, boneless short ribs, stuffed quail, and a dessert of buttermilk panna cotta. The evening’s menu was powered by kitchensurfing, with catering by Warren Schierenbeck. The Supper Club’s 40 attendees represented a wide variety of creative fields including architecture, engineering, web development, set design, and graphic design. As they sipped on sangria and the Deveraux, the night’s signature cocktail served up in Mason jars, guests mingled in the HLW and KPF galleries, where “Building Connections,” CFAF’s annual exhibition of K-12 student design work, is on view. Continue reading “CFAF Young Patrons Host Supper Club at the Center”

Names in the News

The 2014 AIA Fellows include New York-based Morris Adjmi, FAIA, of Morris Adjmi Architects; Andrew Diamond Berman, FAIA, of Andrew Berman Architect; Nestor Bottino, FAIA, of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture; Deborah Gans, FAIA, of Gans Studio; Fanny T. Gong, FAIA, of Columbia University’s Manhattanville Development; Robert Arthur King, FAIA, of Robert Arthur King, RA; Rafael Pelli, FAIA, of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Peter Pennoyer, FAIA, of Peter Pennoyer Architects; Jennifer Sage, FAIA, of Sage and Coombe Architects; Henry Smith-Miller, FAIA, of Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects; and Jonathan N. Stark, FAIA, of Perkins EastmanContinue reading “Names in the News”