On View

At the Center for Architecture

Archtober Lounge
Through 10.31.15

Un/Fair Use
Through 01.02.15

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now
Through 01.16.15

At the Center for Architecture at the Seaport

Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge” at Center for Architecture at the Seaport Cultural District
Through 12.31.15 Continue reading “On View”


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Editor’s Note

We’re halfway through Archtober 2015 but, with 15 Building of the Day tours to go and countless activities, there’s still plenty to do! Check out the calendar of events at www.archtober.org -and mark your calendars!

In addition, the Oculus 2016 editorial calendar is now out! See our New Deadlines department for details and story deadlines. Please note that the deadline looms to submit projects/topics for the Spring ’16, themed ‘Institutional Urban Campuses,” is 10.30.15.

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now

Building development and operating costs are leading obstacles to building affordable housing. In New York City, expenses such as land, materials, utilities, and labor drive the cost to an average of $350,000 per 1,000-square-foot unit built. The high price of building obstructs public and private housing development for all levels of income. Currently on view at the Center for Architecture, “Designing Affordability” presents 23 global and local case studies of housing projects – some built or in process, others speculative – that approach affordability broadly and through adaptable, resourceful, and technological means. Continue reading “Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now”

City Planning Efforts Move Forward: ZQA Enters ULURP

For the last eight months, AIANY has reviewed the NYC Department of City Planning’s Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal, and convened lively discussions about its merits. We strongly agree that a modest increase in building height limits, along with a number of other changes to create a more flexible envelope, will facilitate additional sites for development while improving the quality of buildings in every neighborhood. Continue reading “City Planning Efforts Move Forward: ZQA Enters ULURP”

Oculus Book Review: We’re Still Here Ya Bastards by Roberta Brandes Gratz

Roberta Brandes Gratz’s latest book, We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City, is a holistic urbanist triumph. A steady and clear mapping of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans and the subsequent havoc that the BP oil spill played on the region, Brandes Gratz establishes a new touchstone for the urbanist chronicler. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: We’re Still Here Ya Bastards by Roberta Brandes Gratz”

Coming Together to Bridge the Talent Gap

On Archtober Eve at the Center for Architecture, firm leaders and young talent filled Tafel Hall with exciting conversations about an architectural landscape where these two groups engage and learn from one another to shift hierarchies, people strategies, and core competencies within the profession. A collaboration between the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) and the Professional Practice Committee, FutureNow: The Talent Gap attracted an audience representing two constituencies: talented, excitingly disruptive young professionals and established practitioners and principals. The program sought to enable a desperately needed conversation between the two. Today, the industry is poised to apply lessons learned from the post-recession talent-gap years to define a new future, new expectations, and new standards for talent,  people, and policy. Continue reading “Coming Together to Bridge the Talent Gap”

Archtober Partners with Citi Bike for Exclusive Offer!

Have you heard the exciting news? Citi Bike has teamed up with Archtober to offer an exclusive discount for the month. With over 110 new bikes and stations added to the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy, it’s now even easier to get around to all the fun Archtober programming.  Whether you’re headed to a Building of the Day tour, checking out one of the many exhibitions on view, or enjoying the Seaport Culture District, hop on a Citi Bike and see your city from a different perspective. Friends of Archtober can sign up to receive a $25 discount off annual membership (regularly $149). Citi Bike will also be at Archtoberfest at the Seaport Culture District, a celebration of all things Archtober on 10.30.15 from 6-9pm. They will have Citi Bike keys available for those that sign up in person!

Sign up at citibikenyc.com/archtober before the end of Archtober (10.31.15) to take advantage and start riding for cheaper today!