New Deadlines

2015 Oculus Editorial Calendar
The Oculus 2015 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect in practice or by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! You may submit projects/topics from anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas/projects by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA:

Summer 2015: AIANY 2015 Design Awards
Submission deadline: 02.13.15

Fall 2015: “Home” (In conjunction with the Housing Exhibition + Archtober)
Housing progress report/report card: whether market rate or affordable, is it living up to our expectations for design, community integration, environmental responsiveness? For affordable and low-income housing, is innovation helping us hit the number of units New York City needs? Continuing controversy about “inclusionary” housing (80/20 and such). Off-site/modular construction. BSA Housing Awards. (To include input from social scientists, urban anthropologists, psychologists, etc.)
Deadline for story ideas, projects: 05.22.15

Winter 2015: “Makers in a Digital World” or “Architecture & the Digital World”
How we present and build what we do: 21st-century visual representation, mapping, big data. Life-cycle of a building: an idea, draw it, digitize for CNC milling machines, construct, share via Instagram, etc. Cooper-Hewitt tech “pencils”; etc.
Deadline for story ideas, projects: 08.14.15 Continue reading “New Deadlines”


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We are thrilled to welcome 2015 and “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice,” the presidential theme of 2015 AIANY President Tomas Rossant, AIA. We hope you will join us in making this year as successful as the last!

As the new year begins, our exhibition “New Practices New York 2014” comes to a close. If you haven’t had a chance to see the works of these six promising, young NYC firms, make sure you stop by the Center for Architecture before 01.17.15. Projects range from the wacky (wax piñatas and fuzzy tentacles) to the civically-minded (water-absorbing sponge parks).

Finally, don’t forget to submit your work to the AIANY 2015 Design Awards! Our annual awards program recognizes architectural design by AIANY members, NYC-based architects in any location, and work in NYC by architects from around the world. Enter your projects by the 02.06.15 deadline.

I hope you had a lovely and restful holiday season.

From the Desk of the President

While you were still sleeping on 01.01.15, the Center for Architecture was reborn as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity with aspirations to become the preeminent place for architectural education and discourse geared to improving the social, cultural, and environmental aspects of the public realm. While it remains a sister institution to AIANY, with shared staff and a governance structure intertwined with the Chapter’s, it now has its own Board of Directors and a unique mission rightly distinguished from a membership-driven organization like AIANY. One of my responsibilities as 2015 AIANY President is to partner with Center for Architecture President Joseph Tortorella, and thoughtfully design the details of a mutually-beneficial, productive, and symbiotic relationship between the two institutions. Continue reading “From the Desk of the President”

Examining the Gauntlet

AIANY past president Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, responds to Justin Shubow’s article “Architecture Continues to Implode: More Insiders Admit the Profession is Failing,” published in Forbes.

I doubt that anyone wants a world without a Fabergé egg or a Gehry fish. Nobody wants a world without the old Penn Station or the new New York Times Building. Nobody wants a world without Butterfield House or Via Verde. The complex layering of cultural artifacts, from eggs to exhibition pavilions, is evidence of our cultural richness, creating new challenges and opportunities, stimulating research, generating insights and epiphanies, and encouraging our use of new processes, new methods, new materials, and new technologies. Changing contexts, circumstances, environments, and evolving cultures are all part of the wonder we encounter as a species. Continue reading “Examining the Gauntlet”

Environmentalism at the Forefront

In 2014, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his administration’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% over 2005 levels by 2050. Almost 75% of NYC’s emissions come from buildings, so the proposed retrofits would dramatically reduce citywide emissions. To reach this goal, architects need to get on board and AIANY is preparing to help. Continue reading “Environmentalism at the Forefront”

Oculus Book Review: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side”

David Halle and Elizabeth Tiso’s newest endeavor, New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side, is a chronicle of Manhattan’s West Side development from the 1970s to the present. The authors explore the art boom in Chelsea, the birth of the High Line and the crafting of the Meatpacking District, the failed attempts at codifying urban activity around the Javits Center, and, finally, an inquiry into the art life of the Lower East Side (LES). Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side””

Oculus Quick Take: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side”

On 12.28.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso, co-authors of New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side, published by University of Chicago Press, and reviewed by Annie Coggan in this issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.