Opening “The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections”

Event: “The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections” Exhibition Opening
Location: Center for Architecture, 07.12.12
Organizers: AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee
Underwriters: King Displays; Tietz-Baccon
Benefactor: Artek
Supporters: ARC TRI-STATE; Doodlit; Franke Gottsegen Cox Architects; Gensler; The Janus Property Company

Marvine Pierre

Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, presented a certificate to the members of Linearscape for their ENYA-prize-winning project Sym’bio’pia. (l-r) Joseph Aliotta; Ting Chin, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C; Yan Wang, AIA, LEED BD+C; Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP, 2013 AIA National Associates Committee Executive Board, Director-at-Large; Brynnemarie Lanciotti, Assoc. AIA, ENYA Co-chair; Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA, ENYA Co-chair.

Sam Lahoz

Venesa Alicea, Amanda Rivera, and Brynnemarie Lanciotti <3 Harlem, ENYA, and the AIA. Michael Marrella, AICP, The Harlem Edge Juror & Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department of City Planning, is a fan of the waterfront, naturally.

Sam Lahoz

On July 12th, some three hundred people gathered to celebrate the opening of “The Harlem Edge,” ENYA’s fifth biennial waterfront design ideas competition. The exhibition occupies three gallery floors, all of which were crowded with spectators on opening night. Those present included architects and agriculturalists, as well as high school students and their families. Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President, began the night with a warm welcome, appreciation for ENYA’s activism and description of the AIANY’s theme of Future Now!. Following his introduction, Harlem Edge organizers Venesa Alicea, AIA, Regional Associate Director at AIANYS, along with Amanda Rivera and Brynnemarie Lanciotti, co-chairs of ENYA, presented the prize winners with their awards. The $5000 ENYA Prize went to “Sym’bio’pia” by Linearscape, Ting Chin and Yan Wang – a New York based interdisciplinary design studio founded by graduates of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and SCI-arc.

The opening reception was a conjunction of activities. At the event, one could browse the 98 design proposals, purchase the Harlem Edge publication, or pose for photographs with colorful props representing the competition’s three themes: waterfront, agriculture, and community. It was a festive environment, making the exhibition opening a success.

“The Harlem Edge” will remain on view until 10.31.12. Be a part of the guided tours both at the Center and at the Harlem site, and then come back for the closing party. Participate in re-envisioning the future of West Harlem.

[Editor’s note: For more photos of the opening by Marvine, click here.]