In this issue:
· Preview: Architecture Week

Every year, the Center for Architecture hosts a week-long celebration of the best in architecture and design. This year’s programs include two exhibition openings, an international design competition jury, and presentations by Heritage Ball honorees Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Robert Silman, Adrian Benepe, and the Make it Right Foundation. The week culminates in the Heritage Ball, a black-tie event on 10.08.09 to support the many initiatives of AIANY, the Center for Architecture, and the Center for Architecture Foundation.

All programs take place at the Center for Architecture, are open to the public; admission is free unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit the Architecture Week website.

Monday, 10.05.09, 9-11AM
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Recipient of the AIA New York President’s Award
Design, the Arts and Everything Else

Join the principals of Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a conversation about the High Line, Alice Tully Hall, and other notable projects.

Monday, 10.05.09, 6-8PM
Robert Silman, PE, Hon. AIA
Recipient of the AIA New York Chapter Award
Technology and Values in Architectural Form

Structural Engineer Robert Silman will converse with historian and architecture critic Kenneth Frampton of Columbia University to explore the relationship between technology and architecture and the effect this relationship has on the development of architectural form.

Tuesday, 10.06.09, 9-11AM
Commissioner Adrian Benepe
Recipient of the Center for Architecture Award
Parks, Play and People

Custodian of 2.5 million trees, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe has emerged as a design catalyst in the Bloomberg Administration. Hear him speak about parks for people.

Tuesday, 10.06.09, 6-8PM
Exhibition Opening: Context/Contrast: New Architecture in Historic Districts

“Context/Contrast” asks how the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s charge of ensuring “appropriate” new architecture in historic districts has allowed neighborhoods to evolve without endangering the essential character that contributes to their public value and makes them worth protecting.

Wednesday, 10.07.09, 6-7PM
Exhibition Opening: New York Now

AIANY and the Center for Architecture take over the West 4th Street subway station with an exhibition that presents the scope and quality of work being done by Chapter members in NYC today. (Exhibition may be viewed 10.01-31.09 in W. 4th St. Subway Station’s South End, Reception at the Village Trattoria, 135 West 3rd St)

Thursday, 10.08.09, 9-11AM
Make It Right Foundation
Recipient of the Center for Architecture Foundation Award
Make It Right: From Concept to Community

A talk and presentation by Make It Right Executive Director Tom Darden will trace the genesis and evolution of Make It Right’s work to provide green, affordable, storm-resistant family homes for residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. Special emphasis will be placed upon the involved architects and their groundbreaking designs.

Thursday, 10.08.09, 6-9PM
Heritage Ball

Architects, designers, friends, and industry professionals join together for the annual AIANY and Center for Architecture Foundation black-tie event, which celebrates the tradition of design excellence. This year, with Dinner Chair Laurie Beckelman, Hon. AIA, we honor Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Robert Silman, PE, Hon. AIA, Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and the Make It Right Foundation. Tickets start at $750, with half tables from $5,000, and can be purchased at

Thursday, 10.08.09, Evening
Announcement: Stage I Jury of urbanSHED International Design Competition

urbanSHED, a competition sponsored by the NYC Department of Buildings and AIANY, challenges the global design community to rethink New York’s sidewalk shed with a mind for safety, sustainability, and pedestrian experience. The three finalist teams, who will continue on to the second phase of the competition, and several honorable mention awards, will be announced at the Heritage Ball.

Thursday, 10.08.09, 9PM-2AM

This Heritage Ball after-party, which features music, drinks, and dancing, packs the Center for Architecture late into the night. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets are $25 in advance, $40 at the door, and can be purchased at

Saturday, 10.10.09 & Sunday, 10.11.09, 11AM-3PM
7th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend & Family Festival

The Center for Architecture will serve as headquarters for openhousenewyork. Families are invited to drop in and enjoy family-friendly activities offered by the Center for Architecture Foundation, openhousenewyork, and other participating OHNY sites. On Sunday, the AIANY Emerging NY Architects Committee (ENYA) will also be hosting tours of their international design ideas competition site, Highbridge, Bronx. View the full openhousenewyork schedule at