New Deadlines

2016 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:

Spring: Institutional Urban Campuses / New York – Science + Research City
How educational, health-care and other institutions fit into the city’s urban fabric; how they are evolving; what are the challenges they face. How can architecture make these large campuses good neighbors? What amenities can they share?
Deadline for story ideas: 10.30.15

Summer: 2016 AIANY Design Awards

Fall: Tech in the City
Why cutting-edge industry loves older buildings. How technology businesses transform neighborhoods and the city at large. Adaptive Reuse & Interiors.
Deadline for story ideas: 05.16.16

Winter: Preservation & Reinvention / Rethinking Preservation / Preservation & Urbanism / Preservation Today
Projects with a unique take on history and how to reconcile it with contemporary needs. Focus on daylight and natural ventilation as city becomes more dense; historic preservation as zoning tool; quality vs. scale. Is city preserving too much in historic districts?
Deadline for story ideas: 08.19.16 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

On View

At the Center for Architecture

Un/Fair Use
Through 01.02.15

Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now
Through 01.16.16

Building Connections 2015
Through 01.21.16

Arch Schools 2015
Through 03.19.15

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”

Spotlight on Education

Join us this week as the AIANY Chapter and Center for Architecture explore architectural education! The Center’s annual showcase of K-12 student design work, “Building Connections,” will open on 11.13.15. Come back on 11.14.15 for the opening of “Arch Schools 2015,” an exhibition of exemplary student work from area schools, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The opening will be followed by the Deans’ Roundtable, where deans from schools of architecture will discuss current directions in architectural education. Moderated by Tim De Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design at Kansas State University, the program will examine ways that schools are innovating to expand the periphery of architecture, and prepare their graduates to extend the realm and reach of design leadership.

Announcing New AIA Contract Docs!

After collaborating with industry stakeholders and practitioners to identify growing needs, AIA National has expanded its portfolio with the launch of nine new AIA contract documents. These include a new owner/consultant agreement with two accompanying scope-of-service exhibits for land surveying and geotechnical engineering, as well as six new administrative forms for use on design-build projects. Continue reading “Announcing New AIA Contract Docs!”

FitCity 10 Report: A Look at the Past and Future of the Active Design Movement

Now available online and at the Center for Architecture, the FitCity 10 Report celebrates 10 years of FitCity! In addition to a summary of the conference in May, the publication includes a synopsis of past Active Design milestones and speaks to the future. Active Design initiatives have created healthier spaces and communities; the report highlights those achievements, and emphasizes the importance of public and private involvement in the movement. Continue reading “FitCity 10 Report: A Look at the Past and Future of the Active Design Movement”

Oculus Book Review: Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities

October’s Oculus Book Talk on 10.29.15 was introduced by the Center for Architecture’s Managing Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP, who acted as a lovely town crier for the lively programming at the Center and its brand new South Street Seaport location. She was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Design Trust Executive Director Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, with the most recent Design Trust Fellows: Douglas Woodward, Policy Fellow; Susannah Drake, AIA, FASLA, Urban Design Fellow; Neil Donnelly, Graphic Design Fellow; Chat Travieso, Participatory Design Fellow; and Neil Gagliardi, Director of Urban Design at the NYC Department of Transportation. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities”

Converging Perspectives: Design at the Heart of Coworking

On 10.07.15, the AIANY Professional Practice Committee’s Transforming Architectural Practice series brought together five thought leaders whose converging perspectives define what is at the crux of coworking: a successful coworking environment must consider many occupant, business, and spatial drivers. Speakers represented different coworking scales. Researcher and Strategist Melissa Marsh, articulated the occupant and business drivers of coworking. Pay Wu, a real estate leader at American Express, considered the applications of coworking in corporate environments. Rosemarie Ryan, who is developing the future of coworking through Co:collective and Grind. Bill Dowzer, a leader at Australia’s BVN Architects, has designed spaces informed by human, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Moderator Greg Lindsay, a fellow of the New Cities Foundation, investigated new modalities of interaction and connection in the urban context and beyond. Continue reading “Converging Perspectives: Design at the Heart of Coworking”