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:

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: 05.08.15

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 story for ideas, projects: 08.07.15 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View

At the Center for Architecture

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
Opening 03.26.15

ASLA-NY 2015 Design Awards
Opening 04.02.15

Opening 04.02.15

Through 04.11.15

Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes
Through 05.23.15

About Town

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980” at the Museum of Modern Art
Opening 03.29.15

Wolfgang Tillman’s “Book for Architects” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through 07.05.15


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Call for Entries: Archtober 2015 Building of the Day

While everyone else is looking forward to springtime, we at the Center for Architecture are already looking to the fall and gearing up for Archtober 2015. This will be the fifth year of New York City’s month-long architecture and design festival, and we hope to make it the best yet.

As in past years, we’re sure that many of the recently-announced 2015 AIANY Design Awards Winners will be featured in Archtober 2015’s Building of the Day series, but we’d like to invite you to submit your NYC-based projects as well! Each year, Archtober features 31 buildings, parks, and structures, old and new and in all five boroughs, that demonstrate the city’s architectural richness. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to lead tours of your recent projects! The deadline for submissions is 04.10.15. Submit one photo with credits and a brief (225 word) description of your built project(s) to

Zeitgeist Microclimate: 2015 AIANY Design Awards Jury Symposium

The diversity among the winning projects of the 2015 AIANY Design Awards, announced Monday 03.09.15, represent what AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, aptly described as a “zeitgeist microclimate.” From a courthouse in Salt Lake City and housing for health care workers in Burundi, to The QueensWay proposal, cultural centers, schools, housing, and urban interventions, the projects highlighted current conversations within the design community, and spoke to how the design profession is engaging with the world at large. Jurors Teddy Cruz; Stan Field, Int’l Assoc. AIA; Simon Frommenwiler; Johanna Hurme; Richard Maimon, FAIA; Hadrian Predock; and Nick Winton sifted through 391 submissions to bestow awards in four categories: Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. After two days of deliberation, the seven jurors gathered for a panel on Monday night, moderated by Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design for the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to discuss how each of the 35 winning entries uniquely contribute to the design conversation. Continue reading “Zeitgeist Microclimate: 2015 AIANY Design Awards Jury Symposium”

AIA on the Hill: Grassroots 2015

At the 2015 AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, 03.04.15-03.06.15, participants were empowered to become messengers. During this “year of the advocate,” AIA National continues its repositioning campaign in an effort to better serve AIA members and the general public. This period of self-improvement involves refocusing advocacy efforts on issues that matter most to the membership, including assisting communities through design, advancing the 2030 sustainability goals, and increasing diversity. Through these initiatives, the AIA is working to raise the organization’s profile throughout the U.S. and internationally. A new board structure has also allowed the organization the ability to make smarter and swifter decisions. Keynote speakers Jonah Berger and Liz Ogbu and seminar panelists highlighted the often overlooked importance of effective communication when designing. Continue reading “AIA on the Hill: Grassroots 2015”

Safe Streets, Great Streets

Under its Vision Zero plan, New York City aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities using urban design tactics to improve pedestrian safety. On 03.02.15, the Center was fortunate to host NYC Department of Transportation’s (DOT) leaders Wendy Feuer, Ann Marie Doherty, Josh Benson, Juan Martinez, and Neil Gagliardi, who were on hand to discuss their approach to safety and design on the city’s streets.  Continue reading “Safe Streets, Great Streets”

(Very) New Practices

Vacation is a time to play and explore new ideas and places. Thirty-five students enrolled in the Center’s Studio@theCenter vacation programs did just that, investigating what it might be like to be an architect and create new living spaces for imaginary clients. Three different apartment design programs were offered for elementary (3rd – 5th grades), middle (6th – 8th grades) and high school students over their February school break. High school and middle school students tackled the contemporary challenge of designing a micro-unit apartment in New York City. They learned how to communicate their design ideas through architectural scale drawings and models. Middle school students created their designs in the Center’s computer lab using SketchUp, a free 3-D rendering program. Thanks to the ease of digital duplication, students were able to create apartment buildings based on their unit design, adding in communal spaces and amenities. Both groups looked at other architects’ micro-unit designs proposed for NYC, as well as the minimal dwelling unit currently on display in the “Prague Functionalism” exhibition at the Center. Continue reading “(Very) New Practices”