Announcing the Recipients of the 2017 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research

The Center for Architecture is proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research: Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster from Shaker Heights, Ohio, for “Restoring the Rustbelt: Historic Preservation amid Urban Decline, Cleveland, Ohio: 1970-1985,” and Seher Erdogan Ford, AIA, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for “From Church of Studius to Mosque of Imrahor and Beyond: Architectural Heritage in VR.” Each recipient was awarded $7,500 to further their architectural investigations. Continue reading “Announcing the Recipients of the 2017 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research”

Policy Pulse: New Hyper-Efficient Building Training Launches

When New York City passed Local Laws 31 and 32 last year, the groundwork was laid to make NYC-owned buildings among the most efficient in the country. Specifically, Local Law 31 requires that new municipal buildings use 50% less energy compared to code or the median energy use for buildings of that type in New York – radically more efficient than most buildings under construction. Through these laws, most new city buildings and major retrofits must achieve LEED Gold status. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: New Hyper-Efficient Building Training Launches”

A Closer Look at 80×50 Initiative’s NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program

On 06.07.17, the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) brought the conversation around New York City’s 80×50 initiative back to the Center for Architecture. The lecture, titled “NYC Retrofit Accelerator: An 80×50 Resource”, introduced a promising feature of the ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. A key aspect of Mayor De Blasio’s endeavor to make New York City a green city, the Retrofit Accelerator program focuses on making the city’s older buildings just as sustainable as new, cutting-edge construction. Continue reading “A Closer Look at 80×50 Initiative’s NYC Retrofit Accelerator Program”

Cocktails and Conversation with Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, and Alastair Gordon

On 06.16.17, the Center for Architecture gathered two of the industry’s beloved veterans and a good-sized crowd for another installment of “Cocktails and Conversation.” The hosts were distinguished architect Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, of Voorsanger Architects and renowned journalist Alastair Gordon. The two recently collaborated on a biography of Voorsanger’s poignant and fascinating life and his artistic process. The book is titled Unfolded: How Architecture Saved My Life and is available now through Gordon’s own “Gordon de Vries Studio” imprint. Continue reading “Cocktails and Conversation with Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, and Alastair Gordon”

Featured Member: Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP

Architect Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP, believes that “architecture should be functional and unexpected, engaged and poetic, experimental and affordable,” according to his firm’s website. Originally from Turkey, Duman continued his studies in Los Angeles, where he worked for a number of years, before moving to New York, where he started Sayigh+Duman Architects (now Büro Koray Duman) in 2009. Now boasting a team of eight architects, the Manhattan-based practice has built a name for itself as a conceptually and formally inventive firm addressing a broad range of issues through built work and research. This year, Büro Koray Duman received Architizer’s Emerging Firm of the Year Award. In addition to his practice, Duman teaches at the New School and is co-chair of AIA New York’s New Practices Committee. Continue reading “Featured Member: Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP”

In Memoriam: Hilary Ballon (1956-2017)

AIA New York and the Center for Architecture mourn the loss of Hilary Ballon, Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture at NYU and Deputy Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi on 06.16.17. A celebrated architectural historian, Ballon’s work focused on cities and the intersection of architecture, politics, and social life. Her work on New York City included research on Manhattan’s 1811 street grid, the transformative projects of Robert Moses, and New York’s Pennsylvania Station. Below are words of remembrance from just a few of those who were touched by Hilary’s intellect and compassion. Please share your own reflections in our comment section below. Continue reading “In Memoriam: Hilary Ballon (1956-2017)”

In the News

In this issue:
Like an Open Book: Mecanoo & BBB lead NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library Renovation
Creating Cultural Exchange: DS+R design Juilliard School in Tianjin, China
Aging in Nature: Handel Architects-designed luxury senior living under construction
A City Within a District: AWA’s first Asia project is Uniqlo City
Sewage for Good Use: Prospect Park transforms Wellhouse into a composting comfort station
Pinwheels with a Purpose: ReddyMade Design and Area4 celebrate Prospect Park’s 150th Anniversary Continue reading “In the News”