Archtober Tweet-for-Treat!

Fall is around the corner, but Monday will be a scorcher in New York City. Luckily, Archtober can help you beat the heat with free ice cream!

Join us this Monday, 08.29.16 from 1-2pm for the Archtober summer kick-off event at Samsung 837 (at 837 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District), this year’s first Building of the Day. We’ll be bidding farewell to the summer and celebrating New York City’s month-long architecture and design festival in New York City.

Free ice cream sandwiches from COOLHAUS, architecturally inspired desserts, for the first 100 people to follow us on social media.

Aging in Place

With nearly 1.4 million adults age 60 and older living in New York City, a number projected to increase by 40% to almost 2 million by 2040, the need for age-friendly residential buildings has never been greater. Architects and the building community play an increasingly important role in ensuring that the city remains a safe place to grow old.

In collaboration with the NYC Department for the Aging, the AIANY Design for Aging Committee released the Aging in Place Guide for Building Owners this past July. A 21-member advisory panel of city agencies, design professionals, nonprofit organizations, community partners, and businesses assisted with the creation of the guide. Continue reading “Aging in Place”

Jürgen Mayer H. Speaks on Reactivating Public Space in Times Square and Beyond

As founder and principal at J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten, Jürgen Mayer H. is an expert at building provocative structures that actively engage and often inspire the public. So it’s no surprise that he gathered quite a crowd to the Center for Architecture on 08.23.16 for a lecture in partnership with Times Square Arts, which commissioned a public lounge by Mayer that opened the following day. Pinpointing the talk’s theme, Mayer said, “There is a specific articulation that comes from a location that can be reinterpreted in new ways, making it relevant design for the public.” Continue reading “Jürgen Mayer H. Speaks on Reactivating Public Space in Times Square and Beyond”

Oculus Book Review: FIGMENT: What Is This? Why Is Nothing for Sale? Why Is Everyone Smiling?

It seems to be a rite of passage for shoestring arts institutions to publish a book for a crucial anniversary. This book, compiled by FIGMENT founder David Koren and edited by Carlijn Urlings, is representative of the FIGMENT ethos, sometimes maddeningly so. The breezy narrative takes the reader through Koren’s sometimes insights, sometimes musings on the origins of FIGMENT, and the complexities of producing arts-based programing in and outside of the United States.  FIGMENT: What Is This? Why Is Nothing for Sale? Why Is Everyone Smiling? presents a challenge for a reviewer because much of the text is a disclaimer for the document before you; Koren tells us that “this is not the FIGMENT book, it is a FIGMENT book.” So, in that spirit, this review is about both books. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: FIGMENT: What Is This? Why Is Nothing for Sale? Why Is Everyone Smiling?”

Oculus Podcast: Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity

On 07.11.16, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Mario Gooden, AIA, principal at Huff + Gooden and Professor of Practice at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Gooden and Baltierra discussed Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity, published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, and reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 07.27.16 issue of our newsletter. Listen to the interview here.

Names in the News

The award recipients of ENR New York’s Best Projects 2016 include: the Number 7 Line Extension by Dattner Architects; World Trace Center Transportation Hub by Santiago Calatrava; St. Patrick’s Cathedral renovation by Murphy Burnham & Buttrick; the Public Safety Answering Center II and the Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Adler Center for Nursing Excellence and G-Wing Renovation by Mitchell | Giurgola Architects; Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge by Saratoga Associates; the East Harlem Center for Living and Learning by Perkins Eastman; West 215th Step Street renovation by WXY Architecture + Urban Design; 7 Bryant Park by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel by TPG Architecture; VIA 57 by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; and Ocean Breeze Indoor Horse Riding Area by Sage and Coombe Architects. Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

08.29.16: Call for Designers: Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) Making Policy Public

08.31.16: Call for Entries: Inhabitat Biodesign Competition

09.01.16: Call for Entries: United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) 2017 Architecture Awards

09.01.16: Call for Entries: Bespoke Access Awards 2016

09.01.16: Call for Expressions of Interest: Selection of Architectural Team for the Upper Orwell Crossings Project, Ipswich

09.02.16: Call for Applications: BSA Foundation 2016 Grants

09.02.16: Call for Entries: 2016 AIA New England Awards

09.05.16: Call for Entries: Lumion Student Competition 2016: Re-imagine an Iconic Building

09.06.16: Call for Papers: 2017 Coverings Internatoinal Tile & Stone Show, 04.04-07.17, Orlando, FL

09.07.16: Call for Nominations: Curbed Groundbreakers Award 2016

09.09.16: Call for Entries: Architectural Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest 2016

09.10.16: Call for Papers: UrbanPromo 2016 International Conference: A New Cycle of Urban Planning Between Tactics and Strategy, Milan 11.08-11.16

09.12.16: Call for Entries: AECOM, Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities Urban SOS: Fair Share

09.15.16: Call for Applications: 2017 Graham Foundation Grants to Individuals

09.15.16: Call for Papers: University of East London’s “Between Data and Senses: Architecture, Neuroscience and the Digital Worlds” International Conference, London, 03.23-24.17

09.16.16: Call for Entries: AIANY COTE Awards 2016 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

Mapping Lower Manhattan

Throughout U.S. history, countless major events of local and national significance have played out in the storied streets of Lower Manhattan. CultureNOW has captured the multiple and overlapping stories woven into New York City’s life in a single document – the two-sided Lower Manhattan Then and NOW Map. The map embraces the city’s history, highlighting many of the events and places of import for the people of NYC.

Lower Manhattan Then superimposes three different historical maps that provide a snapshot of what the city looked like around 1800, 1850, and 1900. Lower Manhattan NOW describes the city as it looks today and what it might look like in the future, with an overlay of Superstorm Sandy’s surge and the projected NOAA flood zone showing 31-inch sea level rise.

Get a copy of the map this weekend! The first 10,000 maps will be available near Federal Hall on 08.13.14 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation. Following the launch event, maps will be available for sale for $10. Contact for more information.