06.26.12: AIANY President-elect Jill Lerner, FAIA makes a point with Governor Andrew Cuomo as AIANYS Board Member Mary Burke, FAIA concurs. Also representing the AIA at dinner with the Governor were AIANYS Past-presidents Terrence O’Neal, AIA and David Businelli, AIA, along with AIANYS Executive Director Ed Farrell and AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond.

Rick Bell, FAIA

06.23.12: Members of the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee, along with young landscape architects from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), installed a beautiful and useful garden in the backyard patio of the Center for Architecture’s new Breakthrough space. Plants were generously donated by Town and Gardens, Ltd.

Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Denisha Williams, ASLA, Rick Bell, FAIA, and Nathaniel Harris, ASLA, along with Liz Pulver, ASLA, RLA, Ivan Dejesus, Brian Dejesus, and Laval Eidston of Town and Gardens, assisted with the installation.

Center for Architecture

06.07.12: The Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction hosted the Iron Designer Challenge on their roof deck. Based on the TV show “The Iron Chef,” the design/build competition consisted of teams of professionals partnered with students who built structures from simple materials in only three hours. Teams included professionals from Cerami & Associates, Ennead Architects, Gensler, Omni Architects, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Robert Silman Associates, Sam Schwartz Engineering, SOM, Thornton Tomasetti and Turner Construction.

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145th Annual Meeting Report: Excerpted Remarks by AIANY President Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP

Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, speaks to a full house about the state of the Chapter.

Sam Lahoz

Event: AIA New York Chapter 145th Annual Meeting
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.13.12
Organizer: AIANY

It has been almost nine years since we opened the Center of Architecture. In that time, the Center has become an internationally-recognized resource for architecture and design. This year we expanded, “breaking through” into 532 LaGuardia Place. The Chapter has also grown, more than physically, to be a respected voice in the local, national, and international discourse on design.

President’s Theme
Each year, the AIA New York president identifies a theme that expands the goals of the Chapter and the Center for Architecture.

The 2012 theme – Future Now! – focuses on the concerns for the future that we all share: that the profession, the city, and the world be transformed for the better by our members’ activities, advocacy, and projects. As part of my theme, the Center is highlighting the competition and exhibition, “New Practices New York 2012” by the New Practices Committee (currently on view), and the Biennial Ideas Competition and exhibition, “The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections” by the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA).

ENYA’s The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections competition gave emerging professionals the opportunity to consider the possibilities for a multi-modal transit hub and a food and nutrition educational facility at the waterfront. The competition will be exhibited beginning 07.12.12.

In addition, ENYA, in partnership with several other Chapter committees, is organizing a Future Now Summit on 09.22.12. The goal of this conference is to empower young professionals to better the future of the profession and the city.

Professional Development
The Chapter is committed to promoting professional development and mentorship, which has been the focus of this year’s presidential theme. We have already made a big impact on the architectural community through ongoing programs such as the Architects’ Fast Track Leadership series (AFTL) providing professional practice education to young professionals and mid-career architects. ENYA continues the highly successful Speed Mentoring program, which is drawing together young practitioners with Fellows and senior members of the profession. REVIT training, LEED Exam Preparation, and ARE prep courses are offered regularly. This year, we hosted a Practice in the Middle East Breakfast inspired by our current exhibit, “Change,” and coordinated jointly by our Global Dialogues and Professional Practice Committees.

The Chapter continues to actively engage government leaders while also providing expert testimony on issues of importance to the profession at the New York City Council, City Planning Commission, Department of Buildings, the Lobbying Commission, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as at state agencies, public authorities, and directly to elected officials. Recent topics include:

• NYU Core Project
• Zone Green Text Amendment
• Sustainable design policies for federal buildings
• Federal Transportation Reauthorization legislation
• Protecting the profession from rules designed to require architects to register as lobbyists
• Recommendations on how the city can meet the housing needs of older New Yorkers
• Working with the Department of Buildings to improve rules for minimum drawing standards

We are also committed to advocating for the future of the built environment and enabling the unique vision of the architect to shape the city at all levels of the process.


145th Annual Meeting Report: Chapter Business and Awards

The “Vision 2020” team was given a Special Citation. “Vision 2020: The New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan,” imagines a place where we can enjoy the waterfront as never before, bringing new importance to what has been called the “sixth borough.” (l-r) Katie Axt, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Michael Marrella, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President; Seth Pinsky, President, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director

Sam Lahoz

Event: AIA New York Chapter 145th Annual Meeting
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.13.12
Organizer: AIANY

The AIA New York Chapter membership gathers each June to elect the Board of Directors and members to selected committees as well as to conduct chapter business and honor those who contribute to the built environment of New York. In a time when organizations are fleeting, it’s incredible to know that this was our Chapter’s 145th Annual Meeting.

In the business portion of the meeting, AIANY membership elected the 2013 Board of Directors and members to selected committees. Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KFP), was elected 2013 president. With more than 30 years of design and management experience, Lerner has led the design of numerous award-winning academic and institutional research facilities projects for public and private clients throughout the United States. Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Principal of Lance Jay Brown, Architecture + Urban Design, was elected first vice president (2014 President). Brown is also a Distinguished Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York (CCNY).

The awards and citations conferred are below:
MEDAL OF HONOR – Ennead Architects
AWARD OF MERIT – Alexander Garvin, Hon. AIANY
ANDREW J. THOMAS AWARD – The Via Verde Design and Development Team
GEORGE S. LEWIS AWARD – The Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning (for PlaNYC)

Special Citations:
Vision 2020
The Storefront for Art and Architecture
The 2011 Participants in the Solar Decathlon (Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology; Team New Jersey: Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and New Jersey Institute of Technology; Team New York: The City College of New York)

Vice Presidents’ Certificates of Excellence:
Design Excellence: Architecture for Justice Committee and Health Facilities Committee
Professional Development: Marketing and Public Relations Committee
Public Outreach: Architectural Tourism Committee

A New Generation of Designers Steps into the Limelight

NPNY 2012 (l-r): Garrett Riccardi, Assoc. AIA (formlessfinder); Christian Wassmann, Int’l Assoc. AIA (Christian Wassmann); Amanda Schachter, AIA (SLO Architecture); Tobias Holler, AIA, LEED AP (HOLLER architecture); Alexander Levi, AIA (SLO Architecture); Emily Abruzzo, AIA, LEED AP & Gerald Bodziak, AIA, LEED AP (ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS) (not pictured: David Benjamin, Assoc. AIA (The Living); Julian Rose, Assoc. AIA (formlessfinder)

Sam Lahoz

Event: New Practices New York 2012 Exhibition Opening
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.14.12
Speakers: Joe Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY Chapter President; Michael Reiman, International Projects Consultant, Hansgrohe; Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, and Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Co-chairs, AIANY New Practices Committee.
Exhibiting Firms: ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS; Christian Wassmann; formlessfinder; HOLLER architecture; The Living; and SLO Architecture.
Organizers: AIANY New Practices Committee
Underwriters: Axor Hansgrohe; NRI
Patrons: Sure Iron Works; Thornton Tomasetti
Supporter: Samson Rope
Media Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper

Taking its cue from “Future Now!” – 2012 AIANY President Joe Aliotta’s presidential theme – the “New Practices New York 2012” exhibition offers glimpses into the many possible fates of the architectural profession. Some of the winning firms, for instance, include architects licensed in the United States, while others do not. In addition, many offices elect to integrate other design disciplines into their practice, possibly as a means to diversify their skills and guarantee alternate streams of income during difficult economic times. Notable is how few of the 2012 winners seem to be pursuing a conventional path to professional success.

The exhibition itself displays the full range of fine-grained and often transitory project types typically associated with young practices: apartment renovations, pavilions, installations, design speculations, research, and competitions. A number of the firms, however, are working on sophisticated community-based initiatives focusing on specific problems. HOLLER architecture tackle the urban sprawl inherent in suburbia in its planning solution for Long Island, cheekily titled LIRR (Long Island Radically Rezoned). SLO Architecture attempts to raise awareness of some of New York City’s lesser-loved waterways, such as the Bronx River, by floating temporary structures made of recycled materials downstream.

The works chosen for inclusion also represent the plurality of interests engaging a younger generation of practitioners: environmental sustainability, materials research, parametric modeling, modular or prefabricated systems, biomimetic design, and, quite significantly, teaching. As a result of their experiences in academia, many of the winners have already decisively impacted the youth of the industry. Indeed, there were many students and young professionals in the crowd at the opening, and the mood at the Center for Architecture was aspirational and ebullient.

One hopes that the profession can embrace the institutional change represented by the New Practices New York winners. As Aliotta related in a brief interview, “Design is design,” and the ChapterAIANY Chapter has certainly done its part to nurture and develop the next generation of architectural designers while harnessing their passion, energy, and commitment.

Susan Chin Leads the Way

Daniel Fox

Event: Breakfast Leadership with Susan Chin, FAIA
Speaker: Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; AIA National 2013-2014 Vice President
: Center for Architecture, 06.08.12
: AIANY Women in Architecture Committee

Susan Chin, FAIA, has been a leader in the architectural profession as well as the American Institute for Architects for more than 30 years. She recently spoke at the Women in Architecture (WIA) June Breakfast Leadership session to share lessons learned and advice for women in all career stages.

Though women comprise over 40% of graduating architecture students, they make up less than 20% of architects attaining licensure, Chin noted. She questioned why we are still grappling with the glass ceiling, and credits a number of mentors, both men and women, who helped her avoid such obstacles early in her career. The late Jan Pokorny, FAIA, suggested Chin gain hands-on experience on job sites, so she built up her physical strength and climbed scaffolding to inspect masonry work. In the 1980s, she met the late Margaret Helfand, FAIA, through the WIA committee, who encouraged her to apply as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, a position that Chin held for more than 20 years – until last year, when she became the Executive Director of the non-profit Design Trust for Public Space.

Chin is a former president of the AIA New York Chapter, current AIA National Board member and a New York Regional Director, and she was recently elected as the 2013-14 AIA Vice President. It’s no surprise that she encourages women to participate in the AIA to build leadership and organizational skills, and also to learn to recognize skill sets and passions within others. “It is important to look beyond oneself,” she believes. “People always ask, ‘what does the AIA do for me?’ But it’s not about you; it’s about driving business to architects.”

An ongoing issue for the profession, according to Chin, is communicating its value to the public. She urged attendees to refine their “elevator speech” for friends, family, and non-architect acquaintances. Leaving attendees with another point to ponder, she asked: “Do you have a five-year plan?” Chin hopes to see more architects serving in capacities beyond traditional practice, such as holding political office.

“Don't Call It Congestion Pricing”: Sam Schwartz's Transportation Strategy

A slide from Schwartz’ presentation.

Event: “Don’t Call It Congestion Pricing”: Sam Schwartz’s Transportation Strategy
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.05.12
Speaker: Sam Schwartz, P.E., Founder, President, CEO, Sam Schwartz Engineering
Respondents: Buzz Paaswell, Director, University Transportation Research Center, City College of New York; Jeff Zupan, Senior Fellow for Transportation, Regional Plan Association; Jim Wright, AIA, HDR Inc., former Co-chair AIANY Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; David Fields, AICP, Nelson/Nygaard, Co-chair APA Transportation Committee
Moderator: Ernie Hutton, Assoc. AIA, FAICP, Hutton Associates, co-chair, AIANY Planning & Urban Design Committee
Organizers: AIANY Planning & Urban Design Committee, AIANY Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and NY APA

If you know, as so many do, Sam Schwartz, P.E., a leading traffic engineer and a former traffic commissioner during the Koch administration, by his alias “Gridlock Sam,” you are aware of his preoccupation with traffic, and just how much he detests the delays it causes. When Schwartz started working at the New York City Traffic Department in 1971, he created a congestion pricing plan that involved tolling the city’s four free East River bridges. It was approved by the city and state, but was ultimately was blocked by an act of Congress.

Even though congestion pricing plans also failed in 1980 and 2008, Schwartz is a stalwart. He is currently making the stakeholder rounds with his latest “equitable pricing plan” for the Metro New York area, and this time he has enlisted numbers-crunchers to quantify its feasibility.

According to Ernie Hutton, Assoc. AIA, FAICP, co-chair of the AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee, “AIANY was supportive (with some caveats) of Mayor Bloomberg’s 2008 ‘congestion pricing’ attempt to provide funding for MTA. Schwartz’s proposals are an attempt to learn from that experience and to give some real benefits to some of the opponents, rationalizing bridge and tunnel tolling and achieving many of the same objectives for MTA. With our partners – the APA Metro Chapter and others – we hope to put such considerations on the table in the year.”

As a non-driver, it never occurred to me that people “bridge shop.” All highways lead to the three tolled East River crossings. To avoid paying the Queens Midtown Tunnel toll, vehicles can clog Long Island City streets to take the free Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan’s central business district. Conversely, we toll everyone driving to Staten Island as if the borough were one huge business district. And if you’re a trucker going from Brooklyn to New Jersey, it is quite a savings to skip the Verrazano Bridge and the Staten Island Expressway, and using, instead, the Goethals Bridge to New Jersey, or crossing the aging Manhattan Bridge to local Manhattan streets to take one of the Hudson River tunnels.

Fair pricing is also about capital improvements to our transit systems, roads, and bridges, in addition to the jobs created as a result. It’s about implementing ideas such as widening the Belt Parkway to allow trucks, or having a rapid-transit lane down the median of the Belt, the Bruckner Expressway, or the Long Island Expressway, all in an effort to keep our infrastructure in a “state of good repair.”

Perhaps the most visionary components of this plan are three new pedestrian/bike bridges. Two would cross the East River from Brooklyn and Queens, one culminating in the financial district after stopping off on Governors Island, the second ending in midtown. The third bridge would span the Hudson between New Jersey and Chelsea. These toll bridges would appeal to and serve the area’s growing young population that walks, bikes, and uses mass transit.

According to panelist Buzz Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center: “We need officials with vision and we need a champion to see it or else we’ll have the same lecture from Sam every year.”

Oculus Book Talk Series

Book Review – Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture by Diana Balmori and Joel Sanders

The Monacelli Press, 2011

Daniel Fox

Event: Oculus Book Talk: Diana Balmori and Joel Sanders, Groundwork
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.11.12
Speakers: Diana Balmori, FASLA, Founding Principal, Balmori Associates; Joel Sanders, AIA, Principal, Joel Sanders Architect
Organizers: AIANY Oculus Committee

Speaking to a full house of interdisciplinary professionals in landscape and architecture, Diana Balmori, FASLA, and Joel Sanders, AIA, made a passionate appeal to designers to “overcome the false dichotomy between architecture and landscape.” Whether reading their book, Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, or listening to them speak, Balmori and Sanders have clearly developed a solid foundation from which to explore these different and sometimes conflicting creative trajectories. The Lerner and Loewe “I Remember it Well” moment during their talk, when first beginning their association, added to the charm that resonates throughout the book’s pages. By exploring different and sometimes conflicting trajectories in search of a robust and integrated creative approach, the result is a forceful one – “linking interactive systems that heal the environment.”

Both Sanders and Balmori talked at length about the “interface” between landscape and architecture, and challenged the audience to shift their own perceptions of the built environment and our professional imprint upon the natural world. To support their perspective they present projects that challenge the preconceptions about the points of separation between the two. Many of the projects are game changers in the realm of human interaction with the natural world. DUNE: Arenaceous Anti-Desertification Architecture in the Sahara desert (Magnus Larsson, 2008) is certainly one of these.

AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, opened the evening with the only way I can imagine closing this review: “This is a groundbreaking book. No one has done this before and it will have an impact on generations to come.” All one had to do was sit in the audience and hear how ignited people were with the concepts being discussed. That is also the experience for the reader moving through and reflecting upon this highly creative and provocative work.

[Editor’s note: For information on a Balmori/Sanders collaboration in NYC, see “Breaking Barriers” by Lisa Delgado, Oculus Spring 2012, pg. 32.]

Viva Verde!

Rick Bell, FAIA, gives closing remarks.

Daniel Fox

Event: Via Verde Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Location: Via Verde, 700 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY, 06.18.12
Speakers: Shaun Donovan, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York; Jonathan F.P. Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies; Adam Weinstein, President, Phipps Houses; Frank Bisignano, Chief Administrative Officer and Mortgage Banking CEO, JPMorgan Chase; Congressman Jose E. Serrano; Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner and CEO, NYS Homes and Community Renewal; Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz, Jr.; Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo; Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York

These remarks were delivered at the closing of Via Verde’s Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, 06.18.12.

New housing that New Yorkers can afford has often seemed to be an unrealizable dream. Today marks the opening of Via Verde, a truly remarkable and innovative mixed-income development.

The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter is happy to have had a role in initiating the project, along with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New Housing New York Steering Committee – led by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, with Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, both here today – which challenged the design team to create an exemplary model that would create new and replicable standards for green affordable housing design.

Two extraordinary firms, Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects, represented today by Richard Dattner, FAIA, Bill Stein, FAIA, Adam Watson, AIA, and Venesa Alicea, AIA, along with Vincent Chang, AIA, Andrew Whalley, AIA, and Robert Garneau, AIA, combined to win the contest. They joined with Jonathan Rose Companies and Phipps Houses to get it built. It was important to all that the new housing create opportunities for a healthier way of life.

The complex, one of the first to follow the recently published NYC Active Design Guidelines, allows for more physical mobility. Stair use is encouraged by making the stairways attractive and easy to find. Windows in the interior stairways help, as do the bright paint colors. Stairs also head up from the courtyard to the lush terraced vegetable gardens, planted by GROW NYC – with special thanks to Gerard Lordahl. These culminate in the health club level where another design might have put a penthouse apartment. Solar panels and other common-sense environmental features, such as ceiling fans, also lower energy use and carbon footprint. Apartments benefit from cross-ventilation, so that air conditioning use will be less necessary.

For those who have seen the cycle of disinvestment and destruction in the South Bronx, the building of housing on what had been an overgrown, polluted, and seemingly unbuildable site seems almost miraculous. Turning the rubble-strewn lot into the Via Verde, shows that a “green way” exists not only when market forces align, but when there is a spirit of design creativity joined to community demand.

Today we come together to celebrate Via Verde’s opening. Let us all agree, going forward, that the creation of beautiful, healthy, and affordable housing is an absolute priority. Viva verde!

In this issue:
• New Extension Showcases the Magic of Glass
• Personalizing the Pound
• Education and Retail Mix to Enliven an Already Vibrant Area
• A New Performance Venue Grows in Brooklyn
• Shipping Containers Come Home for Good

New Extension Showcases the Magic of Glass

Courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

Courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

Courtesy Thomas Phifer and Partners

The Corning Museum of Glass (CoMG), founded in 1951, in Corning, NY, unveiled preliminary designs for a 100,000-square-foot expansion designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Natural light-filled sculpted spaces with 20-foot ceilings in the new north wing will showcase the museum’s collection of contemporary works in glass. In addition, a glassmaking space, forged from the existing ventilator building, will accommodate 500 people through retractable banked seating, as well as a gallery-level balcony running around the perimeter of the venue. The gallery’s façade is composed of white aluminum, with perpendicular blades of ultra-thin specialty glass. A 150-foot-long window wall on the façade provides views out to the campus green, designed by landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates, and into the galleries, unifying the indoor and outdoor experience. The campus currently features a collection of buildings designed by Harrison & Abramowitz, Gunnar Birkerts, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson, and Bohlin Cywinski. The $64 million project is slated to open in 2014.

Personalizing the Pound

(c) Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA

(c) Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA

Spacesmith has completed the New York City Police Department’s Auto Pound, located within a fenced area at JFK Airport, to store up to 4,000 cars. The design of the 10,000-square-foot facility is an exercise in reductive geometry. Administrative functions, such as a public redemption area, open plan workstations and enclosed offices, locker rooms, archive storage room, and a stress reduction room, are housed within a simple rectangular volume clad in aluminum composite panels, ribbon windows with low-e glazing, and a PVC roof membrane. This volume is juxtaposed by an overlapping canopy structure that shields inspection stations from inclement weather, producing counter-rotated rectangular shapes. The project, developed by the NYC Economic Development Corporation for the NYPD, is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating.

Education and Retail Mix to Enliven an Already Vibrant Area

Courtesy Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta

Courtesy Zeidler Partnership Architects and Snøhetta

Ground was recently broken on the Snøhetta-designed Student Learning Centre at Ryerson University in Toronto. Located on a main cultural and commercial street, the 155,000-square-foot, eight-story building is designed to blend into the streetscape by having retail establishments at and below grade. The building, with its distinctive glass façade, features an elevated plaza, a bridge to the school’s existing library, the Digital Media Zone, which is the school’s entrepreneurial incubator, a café, and a range of academic, study, and collaborative spaces for students, faculty, and staff. Each of the center’s levels will have its own character; some will be open and interpretive with flexible furniture, while others will have enclosed study rooms dividing the floors into various configurations. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2014, is targeting LEED Silver certification. Toronto-based Zeidler Partnership Architects is the architect-of-record.

A New Performance Venue Grows in Brooklyn

(c) Julieta Cervantes

Courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Richard B. Fisher Building, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, has been completed. It is the first new performance venue added to the BAM campus since 1987, and it offers an intimate, flexible, non-proscenium performance option for both emerging and established artists. The space is actually an addition to the existing two-story structure used by the Salvation Army’s former Brooklyn Citadel Corps, which has been transformed into the new theater’s front lobby. The $50 million, 40,000-square-foot, seven-story venue contains a flexible 250-seat theater designed to accommodate a range of performance and art forms and audience configurations, and a 1,600-square-foot rehearsal studio that can also be used as a second performance space, as well as a workshop space for the development of new work, a lobby which can serve as an exhibition space for local visual artists, and a roof garden designed by Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. For its debut season in September, BAM Fisher will host the 30th “Next Wave Festival.”

Shipping Containers Come Home for Good

Courtesy LOT-EK

Courtesy LOT-EK

LOT-EK, a design firm known for up-cycling shipping containers into cultural centers, artist’s studios, retail complexes with restaurants, and offices, is branching out into the pre-fab sustainable residential market. The new line, called “c-Home,” has four different models composed of Cor-Ten steel, containers that range from 320 to over 1,300 square feet. The introductory model is billed as a permanent or vacation single-family home with a 40’x16′ footprint that provides 1,280 square feet of living space on two levels. The structure features an easily-configured open living area, and two separate stairways, each leading to one of two bedroom suites. Green-building aspects, such as solar hot water heating and green roof technology, are available as add-on options. The project is developed in partnership with FreshPods, a Long Island-based home builder.


Keenen/Riley (K/R) has been selected by a jury to design 58,000 square feet of exhibition space for the new Museum of Contemporary Architecture in Hangzhou, China. K/R’s proposal includes 15,000 square feet of space for temporary exhibitions and collections in addition to 43,000 square feet for large scale interactive installations on architecture in various contexts. Santa Monica-based engineering firm Sensing Places will collaborate on intuitive interfaces that are fully integrated with the physical design of the exhibits.

A selection of watercolors painted in the 1950s to the present by A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, RIBA, JIA, chairman and founder of Kohn Pedersen Fox, will be on view July 2 through the end of August at The Galleries at 153 East 52 Street.

The Noguchi Museum’s “First Fridays: Summer in the Garden” program of free admission and screenings of architecture and design-centric films kicks off July 6 with free admission and screenings of architecture and design-centric films, and continues August 3 and September 7. The series is presented in collaboration with the Architecture & Design Film Festival.

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling in Harlem is the top-ranked recipient of ArtPlace awards for 2012-13. In the category of Using Art to Spark Redevelopment, the museum, a project of Broadway Housing Communities, will receive a $350,000 grant for Local Projects to design and prototype exhibits for the future museum. The project offers a new model for a children’s museum based on inter-generational storytelling while integrating affordable housing and early education in a mixed-use development designed by David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, RIBA, with SLCE as the architect-of-record. ArtPlace is a collaboration of 11 of the nation’s top foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest banks to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

Sixteen additional historic sites in New York City have been awarded funding from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation with the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn receiving the top award of $ 200,000 to complete the restoration of Transept’s Roberts Memorial Tiffany Pilgram window frame and glass.

In this issue:
• Design Professional Corporation Bill Passed Last Session
• aecKnowledge & AIANY Offer Online Continuing Education
• e-Calendar

Design Professional Corporation Bill Passed Last Session
On June 11, 2012, the New York State Senate passed a bill that will ease the way for firms to offer part ownership (up to 25%) to non-licensed professionals. As you will recall, last year we were successful in passing a law authorizing this option, but implementation became difficult, as it was determined that an existing corporation would have to dissolve first. Under this new bill, an existing firm could simply transition to a design professional service corporation (authorizing the up to 25% ownership) without the need to dissolve. This bill is a direct result of AIANY and AIANYS’ efforts during Architects in Albany Lobby Day. The bill was drafted and introduced the next day, and has now passed both houses of the legislature. We fully anticipate that the Governor will sign the bill into law. This bill is an example of why lobby day is important, and that good things can result from our efforts.

aecKnowledge & AIANY Offer Online Continuing Education
As part of an ongoing partnership with aecKnowledge, AIANY is pleased to offer 25% off online continuing education, which ends June 30. aecKnowledge delivers distilled, relevant, and practical knowledge that is peer-reviewed and 100% free of commercial content. Available online 24/7; more than 25 HSW units across seven knowledge areas are available.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the web.