2014 OCULUS Editorial Calendar!
The Oculus 2014 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.
Submit story ideas by April 30, 2014
Emerging Skyline / Evolving Street
Submit story ideas by July 14, 2014 Continue reading “New Deadlines”
02.10.14: “Match-Maker” by Young Projects, the winner of the 2014 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition organized by Times Square Arts and Van Alen Institute, will be on view through 03.10.14. Continue reading “Sighted”
Please join us next week on 02.13.14 at 6:00 PM for the opening of “Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on Edge.” Curated by Professor Ghyslaine McClure and Dr. Effie Bouras of the McGill University Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, the exhibition explores the elegant, and oftentimes elusive, intersection between architectural design and the technicality of structural engineering. Envisioned as a “science center” for design, “Considering the Quake” will feature full-sized seismic technology, architectural and structural models, seismic testing videos, and even a shake table.
The exhibition will also be complimented by a series of programs organized by the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee and the AIANY. Check our online calendar for upcoming quake events!
In addition, don’t forget to submit your recommendations for the AIANY College of Fellows (deadline February 20, 5:00 PM) and the AIANY Nominating Committee (deadline February 28, 5:00 PM).
On Monday, 01.27.14, the winners of the New Practices New York competition were announced at the Center for Architecture. Held since 2006, the biennial competition serves as a platform to recognize and promote the city’s new and innovative architecture and design firms that employ unique and innovative strategies, both for the projects they undertake and for the practices they have established. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the AIANY New Practices Committee, which focuses on exploring new models of architecture and design practices. Continue reading “New Practices New Visions”
As a complement to the Center for Architecture’s “Booming Boroughs: Redesigning Aging-in-Place in NYC” exhibition, several experts presented ideas about designing for and living with people with dementia. While the exhibition explored fresh ways to design for SMLXL situations in NYC, the Living with Dementia – At Home and in Urban Communities: Opportunities and Challenges program on 01.28.14 focused on the science and the social issues that surround a particularly challenging nuance of “aging-in-place.” (Read a re-cap of the exhibition here.) Continue reading “Design for Dementia”
Among many stories told at this lively celebration of the later work of Edgar Tafel, FAIA – a natural and engaging raconteur, he was also the subject of quite a few tales over the years – his frequent collaborator Robert Silman related one about the decision to study under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. Young Tafel had been unimpressed with what he heard as a student in NYU’s architecture program (now defunct) during the 1930s: “These professors don’t know what they’re talking about,” he groused to relatives. Then his aunt saw a newspaper article on the Taliesin Fellowship. What it didn’t say, Silman added, was that “they paid Wright to work for him.” The financial obstacle was considerable, but Wright’s reply to Tafel’s application was something anyone young, talented, ambitious, and shallow-pocketed would want to hear: “Pay what you can, but come.” Continue reading “The New Yorker Who Carried Taliesin Back Home”
Second-graders at PS 199 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side had an opportunity to teach their parents about the city’s history at the culminating celebration of their Learning By Design:NY program on New York City’s residential architecture. More than 130 students proudly presented their models of residential buildings, documenting 400 years of city history as told through changes in our residential architecture. Students toured admiring parents and siblings through this architectural timeline, which began with Native American longhouses and ended with today’s high-rise apartments. Other key stops along the way included Dutch farm houses, British colonial houses, country estates, row houses, tenement apartments, suburban-style houses that define many neighborhoods in the city’s outer boroughs, and turn-of-the-century apartment houses. Students pointed out how changes in building materials, size, and architectural details showed which buildings came later in the city’s history. Continue reading “Young New Yorkers Learn About City History Through its Architecture”
In this issue:
– Translating the Needs of Healthcare
– A Luxury Residence Where Busy Bees Can Relax
– Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden
– The Bronx’s Largest New Housing Development in Decades is Underway
– Meier’s Mexican Mixed-Use
Continue reading “In the News”