Convenient, first floor TriBeCa office space, 450 sq. ft. private bay with built-in desks seating 4 to 5.  Very pleasant, design-oriented atmosphere, perfect for architects, designers, planners.  Available 10/1.

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Un/Fair Use: Copying and Copyright in Architecture

Join us for the opening of “Un/Fair Use” on 09.18.15 at the Center for Architecture.

Copying is as much part of architecture as the expectation of novelty. Architecture advances via comment, criticism, parody, and innovation, forms of appropriation that fall under the umbrella of fair use, a loophole in copyright law to safeguard culture from monopoly. But what happens when appropriation is deemed unfair? Where and how are the lines drawn around permissible use? Un/Fair Use probes that legal boundary, illuminating the strange constellation of protections provided by the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990 (AWCPA).

Un/Fair Use presents models of common, and therefore uncopyrightable, architectural tropes and formal themes next to those protected under the AWCPA. Video interviews with key players in the development of the 1990 architectural copyright language – Bill Patry, Michael Graves, Karen Nichols, David Daileda, and Jane C. Ginsburg – provide a first-hand account of the legal and legislative questions answered en route to resolution.

While here, you can also take a look to admire our recently-renovated spaces!

Time and Perspective at the Water’s Edge

At the intersection of history, art, and literature, Elizabeth Felicella and Robert Sullivan’s “Sea Level: Five Boroughs from Water’s Edge” presents the complexity of the East River waterfront through an ostensibly simple form: two enormous panoramic composite photographs mounted in parallel and accompanied by interpretive prose. Capturing time through this linear assembly of water-level images, the exhibition shows how New York has developed over the decades while retaining components of its maritime and industrial past. It is a must-see show for anyone interested in the city’s evolution and the myriad stories its built environment contains. Continue reading “Time and Perspective at the Water’s Edge”

Equity and Urban Development

AIANY collaborated with the Public Design Commission of the City of New York on the second event in a series of panels discussing the role of design in bringing equity to the public realm. On 09.16.15, “Equity and Urban Development” brought together architects, developers, and representatives of city government and non-profit organizations who share a common vision. Continue reading “Equity and Urban Development”

It’s Occupied, Now What?

On 09.18.15, the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered together architects Julie Hiromoto, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Z Smith, principal and director of Sustainability and Building Performance, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Chris Garvin, AIA, LEED AP, managing partner, Terrapin Bright Green; and developer Michael Gubbins, LEED AP, senior vice president, Albanese Organization, to discuss their experiences with post-occupancy evaluation (POE). Continue reading “It’s Occupied, Now What?”

Don’t Be a Hack: Avoiding Cyberattacks

On 09.10.15, the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee organized a panel on cybersecurity, providing guidelines for how to continually protect firms of all sizes from digital risk. Essential to resiliency and business continuity, cybersecurity includes practices such as securing financial accounts and critical data from hackers, and protecting a company’s reputation and brand on the Internet. Continue reading “Don’t Be a Hack: Avoiding Cyberattacks”

New Educational Programs at Center for Architecture at the Seaport

With the opening of Center for Architecture at the Seaport, our new exhibition and event space at 181 Front Street in the Seaport Culture District, the Center has launched several new educational programs that will introduce families, school groups, and the general public to the area’s unique built environment. This Saturday, 09.19.15 is our first FamilyDay@theSeaport, focusing on the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. In this two-hour, hands-on program, families will learn about the exciting story of its design and construction, and create their own model suspension bridges to take home. Continue reading “New Educational Programs at Center for Architecture at the Seaport”