In this issue:
· AIANY, MoMA Tour New York Harbor
· AIA Formally Announces Switch to Architect
· Ayers Appointed Architect of the Capitol
· Candidates for AIA National Offices Answer Questions
AIANY, MoMA Tour New York Harbor
Guy Nordensen’s “On the Water” project keeps coming back to the AIA. First, it won the Latrobe Prize in 2007, giving Nordenson, Catherine Seavitt Studio, and Architecture Research Office $100,000 to research their ideas about how to mitigate sea level rise in NYC. Their final project “On the Water: Palisade Bay” won a 2010 AIANY Design Award in the Unbuilt category. Meanwhile, their research spawned another major initiative with the Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1: Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront. Last winter, five design teams were tasked to further investigate the effects of rising sea levels on New York Harbor, and offer potential solutions.
While being selected for the P.S.1 residency was a competitive process, once the teams were selected, each worked on a project in one of five zones. Zone 0, Lower Manhattan, was led by Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio. Zone 1, around Liberty State Park in New Jersey, was led by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects. Zone 2 looked at Kill Van Kull and Bayonne, and was led by Matthew Baird Architects. nARCHITECTS explored Zone 3, which ran from Sunset Park through Bay Ridge to Staten Island. Finally, Zone 4, looking at Gowanus Canal and Buttermilk Channel, was led by Kate Orff, ASLA, of SCAPE.
This Friday, 05.21.10, the teams will set sail on a boat chartered by the Center for Architecture and MoMA. While the group cruises from zone to zone, team leaders will talk about their projects in the context of the water itself. Tickets for this one-night-only event are available online through 05. 20.10. Visit AIANY’s calendar for more information.
The results of their residency are on view at the Museum of Modern Art through 10.11.10.
AIA Formally Announces Switch to Architect
On 05.11.10, the American Institute of Architects formally announced its new partnership with Hanley Wood. The five-year agreement will make Hanley Wood’s Architect magazine the official magazine of AIA National, replacing Architectural Record. In the contract, effective 01.01.11, Hanley Wood will be responsible for not only a magazine, but for leveraging print, online, the AIA convention, and digital platforms to better serve AIA membership. In addition to a print version of Architect, AIA members will receive online versions of residential architect, EcoHome, and Eco-Structure. Read more about the agreement here.
Ayers Appointed Architect of the Capitol
After serving as interim architect of the capitol for three years, on 05.12.10, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Stephen Ayers, AIA, to be Architect of the Capitol. Since 1876, the Architect of the Capitol has been responsible for maintaining and improving the U.S. Capitol and its grounds, including Congressional office buildings, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. In his tenure, Ayers opened the new Capitol Visitor Center, and doubled the output of its recycling program. Read more about the appointment here, and see Ayers speak about his job at the AIA National Convention in Miami. He will be the keynote speaker on the pre-conference evening event, the 06.09.10 Citizen Architect Exchange.
Candidates for AIA National Offices Answer Questions
In preparation for AIA’s National Convention in Miami, 06.10-06.12.2010, where the AIA will hold its 2010 elections, AIA National Office candidates recently answered questions from emerging architects. What do they do to support young people entering the field? What advice can they give to interns starting down the road to licensure? The candidates also answered more general questions about their contributions to the organization and their opinions on the Institute’s Strategic Plan. Read their responses here.