“Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats”
“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture”
“Open to the Public: Civic Space Now”
“Designing for Free Speech: A Call to Design New York City Public Spaces for First Amendment Rights”
“QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm”
Through 08.30.14: The ISE Cultural Foundation’s “ISE NY Art Search 2013 Art Winners Exhibition” features the work of Isa Ho, Yutaka Kamiyama, Tomoo Nitta, Shu Ohno, Manju Shandler, and Mayu Shiomi, the selected artists of the Foundation’s 2013 Art Search, a program that looks for artists who are willing to show new and innovative work in New York City. The ISE Cultural Art Foundation is located on 555 Broadway.
07.15.14: A public conversation about public spaces between NYC Department of Design + Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora; Joe Michael, AIA, Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Maria Sisternas, Project Director at Urban Habitat Barcelona; and Antoni Vives i Tomàs, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, closed the exhibition “Barcelona Glòries: Dialogue & Transformation.” Continue reading “Sighted”
Please join us Thursday, 07.16.14, for the opening of “QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm,” an exhibition featuring the winners of the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee’s 6th biennial ideas competition. ENYA challenged entrants to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway. The reception is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Rita’s Water Ice.
On 07.02.14 a small group of architects, landscape architects, and engineers met with NYC Department of Design + Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora at the DDC offices in Long Island City. It was the second such roundtable discussion organized by AIANY, and part of the new commissioner’s “listening tour.” Also present were additional upper-level DDC staff members who have previously worked with many of the design professionals in attendance.
Commissioner Peña-Mora assured the group that Mayor de Blasio wants to make sure that DDC continues its Design and Construction Excellence program. The Design Excellence program has been around for 10 years, and there is a substantial body of work as a result. The commissioner, however, would like to improve upon it in a number of ways, and is enthusiastic about hearing from participants and prospective participants on how it can continue to grow. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: Design Excellent”
In an ever-evolving landscape of global design competitions, how does one begin to separate oneself from the pack? When organizations come together, such as the participatory arts organization FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) for the City of Dreams Pavilion design competition, we found that collaboration set the tone from the start. As a result, the winning entry by NYC-based CDR Studio Architects, “The Governor’s Cup,” brought together a robust design team, a troop of 100+ volunteers, and numerous other supporters to make the vision a reality. Ultimately, the one-year process, from submission to realization, allowed an established firm to gain entry into the world of emerging professionals. Now the pavilion is open to the public on the southwest corner of the Parade Grounds on Governors Island throughout the summer. Continue reading “The Power of Collaboration: The Governor’s Cup”
Inspired by the “FitNation” exhibition in the U.S., New London Architecture (NLA), London’s Centre for the Built Environment, worked to bring it to London in June 2014 as part of London Festival of Architecture 2014, and introduced London examples that demonstrate how we are actively encouraging health and wellbeing in the city. “FitLondon” is currently on view outdoors in the cobbled crescent just outside of The Building Centre in central London (NLA and The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London), and will be on view until Friday, 07.25.14. We have activated the crescent with installations, working with the local community and professional networks to create an engaging environment, one which invites people to use the space in a variety of ways – illustrating the crescent’s potential as a new public realm in Fitzrovia. Continue reading “FitLondon – London Festival of Architecture 2014”
Even though Fred Schwartz, FAIA, passed away on 04.28.14, the loss was still fresh to many, speakers and audience alike, at the Center for Architecture on 06.30.14, when family, friends, colleagues, and collaborators gathered to share memories and anecdotes. AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, introduced the evening program with an invocation from New York poet Delmore Schwartz. Quoting from “At this Moment in Time,” Bell said: “Disturb me, compel me…You are exact. You tug my sleeve/Before I speak, with a shadow’s friendship, / And I remember that we who move/ Are moved by clouds that darken midnight.” Continue reading “THINKing Fred Schwartz”
Social media is the root of much conversation, worry, speculation, and excitement across many fields and seems to pervade our everyday lives – so how is it affecting architecture, planning, and design? On 06.19.14, “Postcard Identities | Esoteric Landmarks” gathered speakers to discuss how these evolving technologies and methods of connecting people to one another – and to spaces – are changing how projects are conceived, and how people create and interact with iconic images and landmarks. If the proliferation of instantly shareable moments, photographs, and feedback is fundamentally changing how we, as users and creators, relate to space, what does this mean for the future of the profession? Continue reading “Postcard Identity: Architecture in the Age of Digital Reproduction”
Death and taxes, as the old saying goes, are the only sure things in life. Hopefully the former comes after a long and rewarding life. But are we prepared for old age? We pad ourselves with a 401k, investments, paying off the mortgage – provided we’re not still living with roommates into our 50s, though we may be again by our 70s. The panel for “Designing for a Lifetime” considered the predicament of aging and housing at fundamental levels: community and dignity. Continue reading “Age of Housing”