Guess-A-Sketch 2014

The Center for Architecture Foundation hosted its Third Annual Guess-A-Sketch benefit on 05.20.14 at Scholastic’s headquarters in SoHo. The view of the city from the rooftop terrace was stupendous, but the view inside was equally wonderful as Honoree Sketchers Brian Berry, AIA; Dean Maltz, AIA; Tomas Rossant, AIA; and Paula Scher created one-of-a-kind charcoal sketches of buildings and sites from around the world in this Pictionary-style drawing competition. Continue reading “Guess-A-Sketch 2014”

In the News

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In this issue:
DIY Exhibit at the NYSCI
– Sophie’s Choice
– Prospect Heights Passive
– Ottawa Honors
– A Place Where Scholars Can Collaborate
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Names in the News

The winners of the design100 2014 New York Design Awards, presented at Steelcase on 05.20.14 as the closing event for NYCxDesign, include: STUDIO V Architecture for Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway; Family and PlayLab for +Pool; STUDIOS Architecture for Shuttercock Headquarters; Gwynne McCue Interiors for Transformer Tea House Dining Room; and dlandstudio architecture and landscape architecture for BQ Green; Built/NYC at the NYC Department of Design + Construction wins the Design Champion Award. AIANY executive director Rick Bell, FAIA, presented a special award to the City of New York… 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:

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

2014 Design Awards
Through 06.17.14

Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space [2000-2012]
Through 06.21.14

The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture
Through 07.19.14


Open to the Public: Civic Space Now
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Editor’s Note

It’s time to sign, seal, and deliver some letters. We are approaching the final two months of Legislative Session in New York, and passage of the Good Samaritan Act for Licensed Professionals (S. 3942-A/A.4380-B) will allow architects to help communities in the wake of a disaster without the added stress of liability concerns. Click here to send an e-mail to your state legislators asking them to pass the bill.

In addition, Massimo Vignelli, the graphic designer responsible for the groundbreaking 1972 NYC subway map, is not well and is spending his last days at home. His son, Luca, invites all of those for whom Vignelli was an influence or inspiration to write him a letter. Please send your letters to: Massimo Vignelli, 130 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Fit and Engaged

AIANY is continuing its work with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on FitCity 9 on 05.19.14. The ninth annual conference at The New School University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, will explore the alignment of Active Design with the priorities of the new mayoral administration, including the creation of affordable housing that promotes resident and community well-being and the safe and equitable access to active transportation and transit. A full program and list of speakers can be found here. FitCity 9 is free and open to the public.

FitCity 9 will continue on 05.20.14 at the Center for Architecture from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. The second day of workshops will give participants the opportunity to discuss issues raised on the first day, including how to make urban planning in New York City accessible. Please RSVP here. Continue reading “Fit and Engaged”

Constructivism Consumed by Capitalism

Recent calls to arms have raised awareness of impending doom, or at least major life transitions, for many modern landmarks, from the Orange County Government Center to a whole cadre of mid-century modern homes. Unfortunately, several have resulted in mourning the passing of Prentice Women’s Hospital, Mummers Theater, and the American Folk Art Museum. Abroad, the clock is ticking on Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, and, as the “Avant-Garde Heritage at Risk” panel discussed, Moscow’s Constructivist landmarks are under threat as well. Continue reading “Constructivism Consumed by Capitalism”

As You Readers Already Know, the Media Is Swiftly Changing

“The pressure for scoops is bigger than ever because of the linking system that has developed,” said Matt Chaban, referring to the preponderance of online publications and shared information. Chaban now writes the “Appraisals” column published every Tuesday in The New York Times, but his byline has previously appeared in the New York Observer, Crains New York Business, the New York Daily News, and The Architect’s Newspaper. He has been covering real estate for all of those publications, employing his versatile writing style to suit the voice of each publication. He had to excuse himself several times during the “Design Media Update: Insights from the Insiders” program to do some last minute fact-checking with his editor. Fact-checking, a safeguard against publishing mostly accidental errors, is somewhat of a luxury in this lightning-fast age of media, which, according to Chaban, has prompted the “update” to become the new “correction.” Continue reading “As You Readers Already Know, the Media Is Swiftly Changing”