Typing the Museum

Museums are an architect’s playground, both in designing and visiting. More than with other building typologies, museum patrons encourage design exploration, experimentation, and expression. In his new book The Architecture of Art Museums: A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010 (2014, Routledge), Ronnie Self, an architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, takes us on a tour of 18 museums across the United States and Europe. Self, no stranger to museum architecture, worked at Renzo Piano Building Workshop for 12 years on projects including the Atelier Brancusi, the Fondation Beyeler, and work at the Centre Georges Pompidou

As the U.S. correspondent for the French publication Archicrée, Self had been to many of the museums prior to writing his book, then visited the remaining museums and met with their directors to complete the new volume. Each chapter follows an identical template; starting with an overview, the essay moves through the design process with plans and sections, and ends with a telling detail. The consistent methodology makes it easy to compare museums and to highlight their differences. Continue reading “Typing the Museum”

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Road to Resilience

On 5.20.14 the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) hosted Samuel Carter, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Associate Director for Resilience. Carter, who is also currently co-leading the Design and Politics studio at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, presented a wealth of information regarding the Foundation’s involvement in shaping and guiding the emerging paradigm of resilient design. Since its inception the Rockefeller Foundation has played a fundamental role in funding and supporting influential urban theorists. Jane Jacobs, unquestionably one of the 20th century’s most significant urban voices, wrote the 1961 The Death and Life of Great American Cities after being awarded a grant to examine the qualities of a successful city. The Foundation’s work continues to shape the field of contemporary urban design, particularly through a variety of resilience-based initiatives. Continue reading “The Rockefeller Foundation and the Road to Resilience”

The Center for Architecture Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients

The Center for Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 CFA Design Scholarship, the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship, and the Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals. This year’s field proved extremely competitive. Ultimately the scholarship committee selected six outstanding students.

The CFA Design Scholarship is given on the basis of merit to a student currently enrolled in architecture, engineering, or related design discipline at an accredited institution within New York State. For both awards, students are nominated by the dean or department chair of their schools. Magdalena Checo, who will enter her fifth year of the B. Arch program at City College in the fall, was selected based upon her outstanding portfolio submission demonstrating a range of work from free-hand sketching to model-making. For the first time since the scholarship was created in 2009, one recipient’s course of study lies outside of architecture, in the field of civil engineering. Kyle Sullivan, who recently completed his bachelor’s degree at Columbia University, was selected for his timely project on storm surge analysis in NYC. Continue reading “The Center for Architecture Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipients”

In the News

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In this issue:
Post-Disaster Housing Solution
An Intellectual Hub for Arts and Sciences Amidst the Oak and Redwood Trees
Touchable 3-D Models Aids Visually Impaired to Imagine Upgrades
University Returns to its Downtown Roots
– Soon We’ll Get to See More of Where and How the Fricks Lived
– New York and New Jersey Rebuild By Design Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

I.M. Pei of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is the recipient of the International Union of Architects (UIA) 2014 Gold Medal…

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced six winners of the Rebuild by Design Competition: MIT CAU+ZUS+URBANISTEN, OMA, Interboro, SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, and PennDesign/Olin…U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Skidmore, Owings & Merill (SOM) with the President’s “E” Award for Exports on 05.29.14… 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

Barcelona Glòries: Dialogues & Transformation
Through 06.28.14

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
Through 09.06.14


Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats
Opening 06.24.14

QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm
Opening 07.17.14 Continue reading “On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town”