Bronx Museum Hosts 3 Public Schools for Final Presentation of ENYA Challenge

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Jaime Endreny, executive director of the Center for Architecture Foundation critiques high school students’ work (left); student shows portfolio to Yvonne Chang, AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee member and one of the HB:BX competition organizers.

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On June 10, The Bronx Museum of the Arts hosted students from P.S. 73, the High School of Art and Design, and the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College to share their ideas for the future of Highbridge Park in the Bronx. As described previously (see “Youngsters Strengthen Bronx Pride with ENYA Challenge,” by Glenda Reed, e-Oculus, 05.18.10), 5th graders from P.S. 73 participated in a Learning By Design:NY (LBD:NY) after-school program studying their Highbridge neighborhood in preparation for tackling the AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee’s 2010 design challenge — re-envisioning an arts center on the historic High Bridge, based on the HB:BX Building Cultural Infrastructure competition. Simultaneously, LBD:NY invited students from the High School of Art and Design and the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College to address ENYA’s design challenge with their classroom teachers. The result was an evening of sharing ideas among the students as well as to a jury of design and education professionals. Yvonne Chang, juror and ENYA member, commented that the student designs were as successful as those of the professionals who submitted to the actual competition. The group presentations and projects not only demonstrated students’ design skills, but also expressed the deep understanding they developed for this neighborhood and its surroundings.

Bringing together three schools to celebrate and share design ideas was a great moment for LBD:NY and one that exemplifies our educational goals. The collaborative event showcased the power design has to bring people of all ages together to appreciate and improve our built environment and our communities.

To download the High Bridge Neighborhood Guide By Cell Audio Tour created by the 5th graders at P.S. 73 through LBD:NY, visit www.cfafoundation.org.

Read the article written about the event in The Bronx Free Press here.

The P.S. 73 after school program was supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with special thanks to Councilmember Helen Foster for her generosity.

Summer Camp Explores Secret Places

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Students in the Center for Architecture Foundation summer camp visit the High Bridge Tower.

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During the Center for Architecture Foundation’s first week of “Secret Places” summer camp, students became acquainted with unique, beautiful, and typically unexplored places in NYC. Educator Jane Cowan led seventh-to-ninth-grade students on multiple site visits around the city to explore its hidden gems. Students created handmade journals, which they filled with sketches and photographs throughout the week. Highlights of the camp included a trip to the landmarked High Bridge Tower in Washington Heights, an important piece of the Croton Aqueduct system that first brought fresh water into the city in the 19th century. Students noted the intricate, perforated details on the steps as they cautiously climbed to the top of the tower. Then they constructed models of the water tower in a workshop. Later in the week, students rode the tramway to explore Roosevelt Island and took the ferry to Governor’s Island, investigating the island on bikes. The weeklong camp provided an opportunity to shift the attention away from the well-known buildings of NYC to other exciting spaces and places.

New Buildings New York Tours The Standard

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The Standard, New York.

Courtesy of The Standard, New York

On June 24, the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) launched New Buildings New York, a series of new building tours led by their architects and designers. The series began with a tour of The Standard New York, led by Todd Schliemann, FAIA, and Tara Leibenhaut-Tyre from Polshek Partnership Architects. Tours began in the outdoor courtyard under the High Line and continued throughout the hotel to both public spaces and private guest rooms. Guests took in the views of the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan from the roof and the 18th floor lounge that is not yet open to the public. After the tour, cocktails were served in the hotel’s Wine Room. Approximately $4,000 was raised to help support CFAF’s Programs@theCenter — interactive gallery tours and hands-on workshops designed to engage youth and families in contemporary topics about the built environment.

The CFAF would like to extend a huge thank you to Polshek Partnership Architects for volunteering their time to lead the tours, as well as to staff at The Standard New York, and Andre Balazs Properties, who were exceptionally generous in hosting this event on behalf of the CFAF.

More New Buildings New York tours are planned for 2009 and 2010. Visit the CFAF’s website for information, or e-mail info@cfafoundation.org and request to be added to our tours mailing list.