The magazine The Plan is organizing the 2nd Architecture Forum Perspective USA, again in New York at the Waldorf Astoria, on June 24-25. This event follows the 6thedition of Perspective Europe, just occurred in Milan.

Attended by premier architecture firms, engineering and business operators, the Forum will be a great opportunity to get insightful information on the architecture and construction scene, hearing about architecture and design trends likely to impact the market.

The Forum gives the chance to earn 4 AIA LUs every half a day of participation, earning up to 16 AIA LUs, if attending both days (4 sessions). The Forum holds 4 Keynote Speeches and ongoing talks of 30 minutes each, divided in thematic sessions:

  • Architecture and Quality: Envisioning a Better World
  • Architecture and Research: Challenging Design and Construction Boundaries
  • Architecture and Sustainability: Towards a more Conscious Design Approach
  • Architecture and Society: Creating a more Friendly Environment

Please see following link for further information and free registration:


PROJECT ARCHITECT: Loci Architecture is seeking highly organized and self-motivated NYC-based architects with 7+ years experience who can join our team that is currently managing over $100 million in construction. Our work includes multi-family housing, residences, charter schools, university projects, and building restorations. You will join a collaborative team dedicated to executing projects with rigorous attention to design and detail. Strong communication skills are essential. Please send your resume, portfolio and a cover letter in PDF format to:


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Announcing the New York Architecture Diary!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the New York Architecture Diary, a go-to resource for all things architecture taking place in New York City! The Diary is meant to make visible the vibrant programming found across the five boroughs on a comprehensive and independent platform. It lists information for talks, conferences, walks, exhibitions, tours, film screenings, and other activities related to architecture and its allied disciplines. Explore the site today!

The New York Architecture Diary is a sister site to the London Architecture Diary, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and is managed by a consortium of institutions and schools of architecture. The creation of the New York Architecture Diary was made possible by a grant from the New York State Department of Economic Development’s (NYSDED) Division of Tourism and with institutional support from The Architectural League of New York. Continue reading “Announcing the New York Architecture Diary!”

A New Age for DOB: Architects to Benefit

On 05.14.15, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) announced plans to embark on a comprehensive reform to the agency’s systems and staff. The updates, which will impact the lives of all New Yorkers, include public safety enhancements, streamlined processes, efficient oversight, and better customer service. A reformed DOB aligns with Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC sustainable development plans, and will assist in meeting the administration’s affordable housing goals. Continue reading “A New Age for DOB: Architects to Benefit”

FitCity 10: Lecture Lineup

Health Keynote: Unhealthy Spaces, How they Got that Way, and Who Gains When They Improve
By Bill Millard

A moment of silence for victims of police shootings (including onetime Parks Department employee Eric Garner) set a tone of solemnity to launch the Health Keynote by Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy (2013), Root Shock (2004), and other books chronicling the development of America’s urban environment. Upgrading parks and streets without recognizing their history, including the unsavory dialectic of gentrification and racism, would be a hollow sense of active design, Fullilove contends. The problems of poor health in urban spaces are inextricable from residential segregation, economic disenfranchisement, and planned urban shrinkage. Continue reading “FitCity 10: Lecture Lineup”

FitCity 10: Breaking it Down

Panel: Designing for Health in Affordable Housing
By Bill Millard

Some observations at this session (links between subpar housing and poor health, risks affecting the rent-burdened), familiar to veterans of FitCity 1-9, were important enough to repeat as the series’ scope and audience expand. Moderator Yianice Hernandez and the Center for Active Design’s (CAD) Joanna Frank traced a century of shifting economic and epidemiologic patterns, with chronic diseases replacing infectious diseases as chief causes of death; conditions such as obesity and diabetes now account for over 83% of the nation’s $1.4 trillion health expenses. The U.S. is on track to have an 86% obese or overweight populace by 2030; “sitting,” Frank noted, is “the new smoking.” Rent burdens nationwide are also already severe: one in four tenants spends half their income on housing. Such data accumulate to make designing healthier, affordable environments an urgent mandate. Continue reading “FitCity 10: Breaking it Down”

Oculus Book Review: Tactical Urbanism by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia

On 05.04.15, Mike Lydon, principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, spoke about Tactical Urbanism: Short Term Action for Long Term Change, co-authored with his partner Anthony Garcia. Lydon and Garcia head a research advocacy firm that has crafted an ideology around placemaking and small-scale urban activism. Lydon’s talk at the Center for Architecture was entrepreneurial in tone and presented a clear and exciting set of new methods to think about and navigate citizen-led urbanism. He put forward case studies and examples that illustrate his belief that the tools designers are equipped with in school might not be the most useful in many urban applications. He contends that the evocative rendering may have to be rethought as a communication tool for designers. His work in “tactical urbanism” holds the key. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Tactical Urbanism by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia”

2015 Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Sanders Blurs the Virtual, Actually

For the 2015 Oberfield Memorial Lecture, Joel Sanders, AIA, presented works exhibiting two overlapping themes: 1) the impact of audio-vision and digital technology on everyday lives; and 2) championing cross-disciplinary collaborations, especially landscape. His designs show architecture and landscape blurring the divisions between the outside and inside, and interior design as the hinge between actual and virtual spaces. The former is the physical world, and the latter is the space of the Internet and projected spaces. Continue reading “2015 Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Sanders Blurs the Virtual, Actually”

Staying Realistic but Optimistic about Climate Change: A Conversation with Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig

A group of resilient design advocates gathered on 05.18.15 for a rare opportunity to dive into the research of Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig, a leader in the field of climate change for more than 20 years. Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She also serves as co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), an independent body that advises the city on climate risks and resiliency. In his introduction to this special guest, AIANY Interim Executive Director David Burney, FAIA, noted that Rosenzweig truly is “a champion, a wise scholar, and a brilliant woman.” Continue reading “Staying Realistic but Optimistic about Climate Change: A Conversation with Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig”

Historic Buildings and Districts at Risk

On Earth Day 2015 (04.22.15), the AIANY Historic Buildings and Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) Committees co-hosted “Historic Buildings and Districts at Risk,” focused on landmarks and districts within designated zones of risk in New York City. The event, moderated by DfRR Co-chair Illya Azaroff, AIA, was a panel presentation and discussion about newly-introduced regulations and policies that influence city’s extensive assortment of historic structures. As a coastal city, New York is increasingly susceptible to a range of water-based extreme weather events, epitomized by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. New York’s landmark districts, and landmarks in particular, embody the city’s unique architectural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage. As humanity continues to alter the Earth’s natural balances, many of these unique historical and cultural neighborhoods and structures are at increased risk of extreme weather events. The threat of intensified coastal weather creates a new set of challenges for New York’s landmarks, and requires a delicate balance between contemporary resilient design strategies and traditional preservation methodologies. As the panel revealed, New York is employing a cooperative interagency strategy to both preserve its landmarks and adapt to the challenges of our changing climate. Continue reading “Historic Buildings and Districts at Risk”