Suprematism Revisited

Suprematism, an art movement of the early 20th century conceptualized by Kazimir Malevich, still rankles many skeptics of modern art. But the key to appreciating these pieces is that they are theory manifested; they are born of a way of seeing that is inextricable from a social philosophy. In the case of Malevich, the famous “Black Square” rejected materialism, instead embracing a “pure feeling.” For him, the making of art was a spiritual experience, and that feeling couldn’t be contained for the cursory glances of the casual observer. Continue reading “Suprematism Revisited”

Design Education: Essential or Optional?

The Center for Architecture Foundation recently hosted Chris Whitwood, a British graduate student from York St. John’s University, for a two-week international placement as part of his program in primary school education. This cross-cultural experience provided both CFAF and the student with an opportunity to compare notes on teaching and to take a fresh look at our own practices. Whitwood’s undergraduate degree in product design made him a good match for CFAF’s design-based programs, and he participated in several, including Student Day workshops for school groups visiting the Center, Learning By Design:NY in-school residency programs, and a teacher training session. Continue reading “Design Education: Essential or Optional?”

In the News

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In this issue:
– Saving Sullivan Street’s Vaux and Radford
– Meier Model Museum Makes a Move
– It Takes a School to Make a Village
Comhghairdeas (Congratulations)! to the Irish Arts Center
– It’s Going to Be Hip to Live in This Square Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

Robert B. Tierney, Hon. AIA, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, is one of 10 recipients of 2014 AIA Honorary Membership…The Municipal Art Society will present The New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman with the 2014 Brendan Gill Prize at the organization’s Annual Meeting on 03.25.14…The New York School of Interior Design will honor interior designer Mariette Himes Gomez with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, and landscape architect and co-founder of Maggie’s Centres Charles Jencks with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design.. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

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:

Fall 2014
Submit story ideas by April 30, 2014

Winter 2014
Emerging Skyline / Evolving Street
Submit story ideas by July 14, 2014 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town

On View

Arch Schools 2013
Through 03.22.14

Copenhagen Solutions
Through 04.16.14

Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge
Through 05.26.14


Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space [2000-2012]
Opening 03.27.14

2014 Design Awards
Opening 04.24.14 Continue reading “On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town”

Editor’s Note

Congratulations to the winners of the AIANY 2014 Design Awards, and thank you to everyone who attended Monday night’s event! We hope you will join us at this year’s Honors and Awards Luncheon on 04.23.14 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Without a doubt, many of the locally-based 2014 AIANY Design Awards winners will be featured in Archtober 2014’s Building of the Day series. You can also participate in our month-long festival of architecture in New York City as the architect of a Building of the Day! Please submit one photo (with credit) and a brief description (225 words) of your built project to The building can be located in any of the five boroughs, and need not be recently completed. The deadline for the first round of submissions is 04.30.14.

Finally, the eOculus team would like to remind our readers to send us news about their firms for publication. We would love to hear about upcoming projects, latest events, and most recent promotions/new hires. Feel free to contact me at and contributing editor Linda Miller at

AIANY 2014 Design Awards

On 03.03.14, four juries comprised of 12 renowned architects, educators, critics, and planners convened at the Center for Architecture to select the winners of the AIANY 2014 Design Awards. After hours of deliberation, 35 winners were selected – 13 in the Architecture category, 8 in Interiors, 10 in Projects, and 4 in Urban Design – which represent the diversity and strength of New York’s architectural design community. At Monday evening’s “AIANY Design Awards 2014 Juror Symposium and Winners Announcement,” moderated by Metropolis magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy, Hon. AIA, this year’s recipient of the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award, jurors discussed the celebrated projects and spoke of the state of architecture in New York City and architectural competitions in general. Continue reading “AIANY 2014 Design Awards”

Great Scott

“Our transition is practically done. The team is on the ground.” These were the concluding comments by newly-elected NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer as he addressed a large audience of architects, engineers, and builders at the Construction Industry Breakfast Forum organized by the New York Building Congress (NYBC) at the Hilton on Thursday, 02.27.14.

After introductory remarks by NYBC Chairman Thomas Z. Scarangello, NYBC President Richard T. Anderson, and Iris Weinshall, in her capacity as co-chair of the NYBC’s Higher Education Committee, the Stringer noted: “We have a responsibility to think beyond four-year budgeting to think of long-term economic expansion.” He added, “Now it’s our generation’s turn to make these long term decisions.” Speaking of why New York can succeed in the new post-service economy, the former Manhattan Borough President noted: “Our city is the capitol of art, media, and entertainment. New York is where companies find content to fuel their businesses.” Continue reading “Great Scott”