Why Compete

The first P(RE)Think panel discussed competitions from the architect’s point of view: portfolio building, exploring ideas, media attention, and that pipedream of winning a commission. Version two-point-oh brought together city agencies, academia, and a cultural institution to examine why clients offer competitions. From theoretical exploration to developers’ bottom lines, competitions can bring together ideas and economy. Introducing the symposium, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, targeted the ability of competitions to identify the heart of a problem, which could be completely different than first considered, and their ability to “make things happen.” Continue reading “Why Compete”

Engineering the 1964 World’s Fair

Four of the key engineers who worked on 1964 World’s Fair in NYC gathered on 05.07.14 to reflect on the burst of creativity and daring of that time, and how the industry has changed in the past 50 years. Vincent DeSimone, PE, FACI, FASCE, chairman of DeSimone Consulting Engineers; Ken Hiller, PhD, PE, FASCE, former vice president and chief engineer at Bovis; Frank Marino, director of operations at Seismic Structural Design Associates; Alan Ritchie, AIA, principal at Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects; and Charles Thornton; PhD, Hon. AIA, PE, Hon. ASCE, chairman of Charles H. Thorton & Company, were all very young when they worked under lead architect Lev Zetlin; they had all gone to Manhattan College, where Zetlin taught, and bonded over working for a “brilliant but difficult” man. There was clearly a “seat-of-the pants feeling” as the young, ambitious men dove headfirst into this huge project that has become a New York icon. “If you would have told me that Men in Black would have been at the Fair…,”  DeSimmone chuckled. Continue reading “Engineering the 1964 World’s Fair”

Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results

It is hard to believe that better business could be as simple as asking better questions. In her presentation featured as the third of five lectures in the AIANY Professional Practice Committee’s Transforming Architectural Practice series, Marilee Adams, PhD, blended psychology, business practice, and personal history into a simple approach. She provided both the logic and motivation to rethink the way that we use questions in our business and personal lives. Continue reading “Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results”

Center for Architecture Foundation and Mueser Rutledge Collaborate to Bring Hands-On Exhibition Workshops to the General Public

The Center for Architecture’s exhibition, “Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge,” brings to life the architectural and structural challenges of building in earthquakes-prone areas. The Center for Architecture Foundation hosted two hands-on public programs in April for adults and families to explore how earthquakes affect our built environment. Experts from Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE), a leading firm concerned with the engineering of building foundations, provided the latest fundamentals in structural design as it relates to seismic events that was quite captivating and understandable to the respective audiences. Continue reading “Center for Architecture Foundation and Mueser Rutledge Collaborate to Bring Hands-On Exhibition Workshops to the General Public”

In the News

– The National September 11 Memorial Museum and Pavilion at the World Trade Center Site
– Can We Torque?
– Makes Music to Their Eyes and Ears
– Students Lend a Hand in the Design and Construction of City Parks
– Emergency Department to Better Serve the Public 24/7/365
– Denver Demonstrates How to Do Multi-Modal Transportation Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

Architizer will recognize honorees including AIANY Medal of Honor honorees Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, and Robert Venturi, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, for Lifetime Achievement, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group for Firm of the Year, and David Benjamin of The Living for Technology at the second annual Architizer A+ Awards Gala… The recipients of Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum’s 15th annual National Design Awards include Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar for Lifetime Achievement, Witold Rybczynski, Hon. FAIA, for Design Mind, and Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors for Interior 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: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

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

Through 05.20.14

Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge
Through 05.26.14

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
Opening 06.12.14 Continue reading “On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town”