Honors and Awards Luncheon 2015: Design for All

The AIA New York Chapter welcomed nearly 800 guests to Cipriani Wall Street’s grand Beaux Arts Hall to celebrate design excellence in New York City. The AIANY Honors and Awards Luncheon raised $366,450 to support the Chapter and the Center for Architecture, enabling both to provide programs and exhibitions on issues of substance to New Yorkers in the design community and beyond. Continue reading “Honors and Awards Luncheon 2015: Design for All”

Can the Nation’s Leader in Supportive Housing Do More?

New York has more supportive housing than any other American city, but no one pretends the available stock of these residences – affordable housing with on-site supportive services – is adequate to the need. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to expand the city’s affordable housing puts a special spotlight on this sector. Thoughtful design makes the difference between dreary institutional stereotypes and dignified, even desirable, residences, noted panelists assessing the history and prospects of New York’s supportive-housing endeavors. Serving both as a snapshot of current municipal policy and a profile of innovative projects by specialist Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA, and by the award-winning organization Common Ground, the event offered pointers for architects working in this area, and broader observations about the powerful changes that purposefully crafted buildings can make in people’s lives. Witty, enthusiastic, and practical comments by a current resident capped off the presentations, providing a firsthand perspective that too many professional gatherings take for granted. Continue reading “Can the Nation’s Leader in Supportive Housing Do More?”

Zoning for All

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan, released in May 2014, lays out a set of strategies to preserve and create 200,000 units of affordable housing. To achieve that goal, the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) has proposed a series of zoning changes that will remove barriers that constrain housing production and increase costs, encourage better quality buildings, promote senior housing, and reduce unnecessary parking requirements by updating the current zoning regulations. On 04.17.15, NYC’s architectural community filled Tafel Hall to hear directly from DCP. Continue reading “Zoning for All”

Conversing About Kiley

There’s an old joke among architects (based on a Frank Lloyd Wright quip) that if a client doesn’t like the building, they can plant ivy. This may, in part, explain architects’ apparent hesitancy to work with landscape architects until relatively recently. However, M. Paul Friedberg, FASLA, explained that Dan Kiley’s relationships with architects showed that landscaping could enhance a building’s setting and extend its presence. Continue reading “Conversing About Kiley”

Feminism is Social Justice for All: On Feminist Design Practices

Carol Shapiro, director of the Beverley Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), opened the “Feminist Design Practices” panel at the Center for Architecture on 04.07.15, dedicating the event to the unsung women who have influenced the built environment. “Women in design are often invisible,” Shapiro lamented. The were anything but invisible that evening: six women spoke openly and honestly about their experiences as female professionals in architecture, engineering, construction, and academia on a panel organized by the BWAF and the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee in conjunction with the “Built x Women NYC” exhibition. Continue reading “Feminism is Social Justice for All: On Feminist Design Practices”

Be Different: Attract Better Clients and Get Better Prices

On 04.13.15, the Transforming Architectural Practice program hosted Christine Filip, president of Business Development Partners, to discuss how to attract and sustain top clients through strategic differentiation. Structured as a master class, she encouraged the audience to rethink how they and their firms stand apart from competitors. Filip defines strategic differentiation as the process of personalizing business development, giving you better business ears, eyes, and financial results. More importantly, when your words and actions portray the unique benefits you deliver to clients, they have a reason to listen, engage more intimately, deepen the working relationship, and pay premium prices. Continue reading “Be Different: Attract Better Clients and Get Better Prices”

Names in the News

The Architizer A+Awards honored 10 New York City-based projects, including Stella 34 Restaurant by Studio V Architecture (Restaurant); 185 Plymouth Street by Alloy (Multi-Unit Housing – Mid Rise); 837 Washington by Morris Adjmi Architects (Office – Mid Rise); One World Trade Center by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Office – High Rise); Hunter’s Point South Park by Thomas Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI (Public Park); the High Line by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf (Public Park); The Stack by GLUCK+ (Multi-Unit Housing – Mid Rise); Riverpark Farm by ORE design + technology (Private Garden); The Dryline by Big – Bjarke Ingels Group (Masterplan); ReThinkNYC by ReThink Studio (Masterplan). Continue reading “Names in the News”

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: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

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”