In this issue:
· AIANY is in the “News”
· Coming in May: The Bilbao Effect

AIANY is in the “News”
On 04.15.10, NY1 reporter Jeanine Ramirez paid a visit to “The New Domino” exhibition at the Center for Architecture. The project for the historic Domino Sugar refinery site on the Brooklyn waterfront, which is currently being reviewed by the City Planning Commission as part of the ULURP process, will be presented by the lead architect, Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, at the Center for Architecture on 04.22.10 , less than a week before the City Planning public hearing on 04.28.10. See the NY1 coverage here, on the AIANY’s new news page! Visit “News” to stay up-to-date with Chapter and Center headlines, and read the latest press releases from the Center for Architecture!

Coming in May: The Bilbao Effect
It’s been six years since Oren Safdie debuted his architecture-themed play, “Private Jokes, Public Places,” at the Center for Architecture. The playwright is back in NYC, and has begun rehearsing for “The Bilbao Effect,” the next installment in his architecture trilogy. In this fast, funny play, architect Erhardt Shlaminger is under fire for his mega-development on Staten Island. (More than a few parallels can be drawn to Brooklyn’s controversial Atlantic Yards development.) Could irresponsible architecture have driven a resident to suicide? What is the role of design in our 21st-century cities? It is up to the AIA to decide, as designers, critics, and residents hash out the role and responsibility of new buildings in NYC.

The showcase play will convert the Center for Architecture into a 99-seat theater, with showings Wednesday-Saturday, 05.12-06.05.10. Tickets are $18, and can be purchased in advance at Theatermania. Stay tuned for a podcast interview with the playwright in an upcoming of e-Oculus, and get your tickets for “The Bilbao Effect” today!