AIANY and Center for Architecture Launch Search for New Executive Director

“AIANY and the Center for Architecture are looking for a leader with a strategic vision for deepening our positive impact on New York City’s built environment by demonstrating the transformative power of architecture,” said AIANY President Tomas Rossant, AIA. “The two institutions have accomplished much for the City and lead a global network of architecture centers focused on educating the general public about the value of design thinking. We seek an Executive Director that will enhance this work and usher in our organizations’ further growth.” Continue reading “AIANY and Center for Architecture Launch Search for New Executive Director”

Micro Units Reflect Cultural Shifts While Confronting the Housing Shortage

New York City’s housing stock has failed to reflect not only the demand for housing, but also the city’s changing demographics. While nuclear families comprise 18% of New York City’s population, multi-unit apartments make up 60% of the housing stock, said Eric Bunge, AIA, principal of nARCHITECTS. Micro-unit housing, a form of high-density dwelling with units for one to two people, has emerged as a means to mitigate sprawl, displacement, high rent, and other consequences of the housing crisis, while reflecting the lifestyle and culture of contemporary city residents, particularly that of the young and the elderly. In 2012, following in the footsteps of cities in Europe and East Asia that have embraced micro typologies, the city launched adAPT NYC, a competition to build a micro-unit apartment building on an empty lot at 335 East 27th Street. nARCHITECTS submitted the winning design. Bunge joined Michael Kim, AIA, partner at ARExA, Miriam Peterson, partner at Peterson Rich Office, and Beth Broome, managing editor of Architectural Record, at the Center for Architecture on 04.27.2015 for “Edge Living: Micro-Units, Live/Work Environments, and the Future of Urban Dwellings,” the fourth in the series of programs based on the presidential theme of Tomas Rossant, AIA, “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice.” Continue reading “Micro Units Reflect Cultural Shifts While Confronting the Housing Shortage”

Advocacy in Albany: AIANY Takes on the New York State Legislature

On 04.28.15, representatives from AIANY headed up to Albany for the annual AIA New York State Architects in Albany Lobby Day. Joined by architects from throughout the state, AIANY advocated for a number of bills currently making their way through the legislature. AIANY supports the Emergency Responder Act and Due Process for Design Professionals, two of the most important items that were on the table.

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Oculus Book Review: Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk

British author and critic Justin McGuirk’s talk about his recent book, Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture, on 04.6.15 at the Center for Architecture, was a thorough account of his preoccupation with improvisational/informal housing in ultra-urban Latin American cities, and the role of the activist architect in these extreme conditions. The event brought together McGuirk with Miguel Robles-Durán, professor of Urbanism at Parsons The New School. The slide presentation elegantly highlighted the photographs, in particular those by Cristobal Patima, and established the scale of engagement that McGuirk is so expert at discussing. Robles-Durán reminded us that the book illustrates a very particular time in the history of Latin American housing development, and put forward a theoretical conversation of the neoliberal forces reckoning with social urbanism. The power of McGuirk’s book is that he strays away from theoretical constructs; his search for radical solutions is pure. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk”

Architecture and Art Intersect for Better Outcomes

New York City pioneered the integration of architecture and art. For some 30 years, the Percent for Art program, managed by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, has allocated one percent of the budget for City-funded construction projects to public art. Diverse artworks range from painting to lighting to sculpture, and new technologies that are integrated into infrastructure and architecture projects around New York. Continue reading “Architecture and Art Intersect for Better Outcomes”

An Inter-European, Interwar Modernity

Professor Vladimír Šlapeta’s brilliant 45-minute survey was a crash course in Czechoslovakian Modernism. More than an introduction, but admittedly not an in-depth analysis. Šlapeta took the audience on a whirlwind architectural tour from the 1920s until 1938. This fecund interwar period resulted from a heightened national spirit and cross-fertilization with French Cubists and the Amsterdam School. Additionally, in 1923, Le Corbusier’s L’Esprit Nouveau was introduced to Czechoslovakia with “enormous impact.” This combination of influences led the way from form-follows-function to a more Cubist architecture. According to Šlapeta, when Le Corbusier visited Prague he was shocked that these Modernist ideas were implemented at such a large scale, though he simultaneously criticized the work for falling short of “architecture” by not including ramps. Continue reading “An Inter-European, Interwar Modernity”

2015 Center for Architecture Design and Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Recipients

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 scholarship program. The Eleanor Allwork Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for students seeking their first degree in architecture, while the Center for Architecture Design Scholarship also includes students studying design, engineering, planning, and related disciplines. The jury looks at students’ academic performance, aesthetic ability, skill, and financial need. This year, the Scholarship Committee awarded the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship to the following:

Indre Barsauskaite, City College of New York
Alice Felicity Colverd, Cooper Union
Aelitta Gore, Cooper Union
Joey Parrella, Cooper Union
Evgeniya Uzhegova, Parsons The New School Continue reading “2015 Center for Architecture Design and Eleanor Allwork Scholarship Recipients”