Dispatch from the 2016 AIA National Convention: Phil-AIA-delphia

Scores of AIA New York Chapter members joined me at my first AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. We were well represented by our speakers, board members, committee chairs, and many other members who participated in networking, information exchange, high-level workshops, and upwards of 35 daily tours. AIANY was especially proud to see 18 members inducted to the AIA College of Fellows at the annual Investiture Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium. Continue reading “Dispatch from the 2016 AIA National Convention: Phil-AIA-delphia”

Policy Pulse: FitCity 2016

FitCity 2016 is on 06.08.16 at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn, NY. Hosted by AIANY and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, FitCity is an annual conference that convenes stakeholders across diverse disciplines such as architecture, public health, urban planning, academia, and community development, to champion the role of design in creating healthy neighborhoods. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: FitCity 2016”

Guess-A-Sketch Raises over $100K for NYC Schoolchildren

The Center for Architecture and AIANY welcomed architects, young professionals, and architecture enthusiasts to a fun-filled night of friendly banter and competition at this year’s Guess-A-Sketch, held on 05.13.16. Dozens of iconic buildings were sketched, and after three battling rounds, first time competitors from Robert A.M. Stern (RAMSA) won the Guess-A-Sketch trophy. Continue reading “Guess-A-Sketch Raises over $100K for NYC Schoolchildren”

Convention Special: Hudson Yards – New York’s First Post-Digital Neighborhood

A filled-to-capacity session about Hudson Yards, New York City’s newest neighborhood, was informative for both New Yorkers and architects from around the country who attended the 2016 AIA Convention. Built over the active tracks of the Long Island Railroad, Hudson Yards is a feat of architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering. Upon completion, it is expected that 125,000 people with live, work, or visit – as many people that live in Burbank, CA! Continue reading “Convention Special: Hudson Yards – New York’s First Post-Digital Neighborhood”

Social Science Challenging and Reinforcing Spatial Design: From Çatalhöyük to Networked Innovation Communities

On 4.20.16, the AIANY Social Science & Architecture Committee hosted a multidisciplinary event entitled “Exploring the Past, Defining the Future: The History of Social Science and Architecture.” The program kicked off with opening remarks by the moderator and co-founder of the committee, Evie Klein, Assoc. AIA, followed by presentations by each of the four speakers that collectively aimed to narrate the intersection of social science and architecture and design in very broad strokes. The sentiment that resonated throughout the presentations and the discussion that followed is that there is a profound need for social scientists to participate in a more dynamic design process. This is the first event in a three-part series that emphasizes the capacity for social science research to shape the way that we build livable, equitable, and resilient cities for rapidly growing urban populations globally. Continue reading “Social Science Challenging and Reinforcing Spatial Design: From Çatalhöyük to Networked Innovation Communities”

Learning By Design:NY Wrap-up

As the school year draws to a close, students around the city are busily charretting to complete the structures they are designing in the Center for Architecture’s Learning By Design:NY program. Others are proudly displaying their completed work and sharing their design ideas with peers, parents, and teachers. Active in 26 schools this school year, the Center’s signature K-12 education program pairs a design educator with one or more classes at schools throughout the city. The courses provide weekly lessons on the structure, design, and history of the built environment, and develop students’ design skills through hands-on architecture projects. Teachers use this partnership to enrich and expand their curriculum, and to challenge students to think creatively and collaboratively. As a result of teachers’ involvement in the planning of each Learning By Design:NY program, topics and projects vary widely, tapping into school needs, teacher and student interest, and differing curricula. Continue reading “Learning By Design:NY Wrap-up”

In Memoriam: Two Tributes to Aldo Giurgola (1920 – 2016)

When Aldo passed away on 05.15.16, he left an unforgettable legacy. He was a great architect and teacher who moved through his life of remarkable achievement with a humility rare among his peers. It is heartwarming to know that he touched many people in our field. My partners and I have received many condolence notes that bear this out. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Two Tributes to Aldo Giurgola (1920 – 2016)”

Names in the News

The NYCxDESIGN Awards were conferred to Rottet Studio for Target Corporation Studio; LTL Architects for NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Rockwell Group for She Loves Me; AvroKO for 1 Hotel Central Park; Stephen Yablon Architecture for the Diane L. Max Health Center for Planned Parenthood of New York City; Yabu Pushelberg for Park Hyatt New York; Raad Studio for Lowline Lab; Desai/Chia Architecture for Photographer’s Loft; Workstead for Boerum Hill House and Arcade Bakery; Gensler for Capital One Pavilion, Conde Nast Headquarters, and Samsung New York Marketing Center of Excellence; Environetics for Year Up; S9 Architecture and Engineering for Dock 72; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates for Brooklyn Bridge Park; WXY architecture + urban design for Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction; Clodagh for Abington House; Adjaye Associates for Sugar Hill Housing; Steven Harris Architects for 7 Harrison Penthouse; Messana O’Rorke for Majestic Apartment; Meyer Davis Studio for Vaucluse; Gabellini Sheppard Associates for Rainbow Room and the Surrounding 65th Floor; Clive Wilkinson Architects for Barbarian Group; Shelton, Mindel & Associates for New York Family Office; and Perkins+Will for the New York City Police Academy. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

2016 Oculus Editorial Calendar
The Oculus 2016 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: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com

Fall: Accidental Preservation
Why cutting-edge businesses love older buildings, and how they are transforming older buildings, neighborhoods, and the city at large. Adaptive reuse and interiors.
Deadline for story ideas: 05.16.16 Continue reading “New Deadlines”