Center at Work!

As we continue to grow into New York City’s premier cultural venue for architecture and the built environment, this summer we are embarking on an ambitious renovation project. We will be completing phase two of our audio/visual upgrade, reconfiguring the Common Room and optimizing the space for new A/V capabilities, and replacing the Center’s floors with terrazzo.

The Center for Architecture will be renovating from July 1 through September 1. During this time, no exhibitions will be on view, but the space will mainly remain open for programing and events. We expect to close the Center completely for one week while we replace the floors. Our first exhibition following the renovations will be Un/fair Use, opening September 10, which will explore issues of copying and copyright in architecture.

In the meantime, stay tuned for exciting Center activities around the city during the summer!

Annual Meeting 2015: A Presidential Outlook

The AIANY Annual Meeting is a chance for members to come together and take care of business, voting on proposed bylaw amendments and confirming the following year’s leadership. This year, the Chapter voted in favor of creating a new board position, Director for Sustainability, which will be held by Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, of the Urban Green Council. The meeting is also an opportunity to celebrate the progress and direction of the Chapter. AIANY President Tomas Rossant, AIA, also took advantage of this year’s meeting on 06.16.15 to speak truthfully to the audience about the future of the AIANY and the Center for Architecture. Continue reading “Annual Meeting 2015: A Presidential Outlook”

Equity in Process and Design: The Community Parks Initiative

The Public Design Commission of the City of New York (PDC) and the AIANY Public Architecture Committee hosted Design and Equity: The Community Parks Initiative, the first in a series of programs about the role of design equity in the public realm, on 06.17.15. According to the panelists, parks are not just playgrounds. They should be dynamic outdoor community centers. Under the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) is actively investing in underserved public parks in neighborhoods in all five boroughs desperately in need of public space. Continue reading “Equity in Process and Design: The Community Parks Initiative”

Building from Waste, Materializing the Invisible

Nestled under the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion at Houston and 2nd Avenue, two panels of architects, artists, engineers, and scientists met to discuss art and design, ethical practice, and the future city.  The pavilion was a temporary structure made from a variety of waste-sourced materials, from plastic-bottle blocks to tiles made from coffee grinds.  The panels, organized by AIANY and ETH Zurich in partnership with the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival, explored the festival’s theme “Invisible Cities,” which considered, in particular, the invisible systems, energy, and economies at work in the modern city.  Looking at waste as a culturally invisible and forgotten urban product, the first panel discussed alternative building materials derived from waste as a way to build in harmony with the earth’s available resources.  The second panel turned to broader ideas of how invisible spaces and systems can be made visible through art, design, and technology.   Continue reading “Building from Waste, Materializing the Invisible”

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:

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: About Town

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

Modeling the Synagogue – from Dura to Touro” at Yeshiva University Museum
Through 07.05.15

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980” at the Museum of Modern Art
Through 07.19.15

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa” at the Storefront for Art and Architecture
Through 08.01.15

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today” at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through 09.27.15