Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman Discuss Truth and Public Work in Architecture

On 03.24.17, two of the biggest names in architecture stopped by the Center for Architecture for a lively evening of illumination and calls to action. Once the crowd of 180 fans filed into Tafel hall and the mezzanine balcony, AIANY and Center for Architecture executive director Benjamin Prosky warmed up the crowd for the two giants who, as he noted, needed no introduction: Jeanne Gang, principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang, and Michael Kimmelman, New York Times architecture critic. Continue reading “Jeanne Gang and Michael Kimmelman Discuss Truth and Public Work in Architecture”

Happy Archtober!

Archtober 2014 is finally here! The AIA New York Chapter and 48 partner organizations have been hard at work to bring you a jam-packed month of architecture and design activities. From weekend walking tours, to summits and conferences, children’s programs, and exhibitions, there is something for everyone in Archtober.

Tonight, we kick off the festival with the opening of “New Practices New York 2014,” an exhibition that presents the work of six young NYC-based architecture and design firms. If you couldn’t make it, be sure to stop by the Center for Architecture and check out their site-specific installations in our double height storefront and learn about their unique approaches to the field. While you’re here, don’t forget to head to the Pentagram-designed Archtober lounge to pick up your favorite Building of the Day postcards.

If you don’t know where to start, follow Archtober on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about what’s coming up. We hope to see you celebrating New York City’s architecture and design!

The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture

As AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, noted in his introduction for the opening of “The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture,” at the Center for Architecture, landscape architecture “stands at the center of urban and political discourse of our time.” Paradoxically, he said, it’s still largely “unknown to the public.” That’s why we need to bring that under-appreciated practice to light; after all, it is such an integral part of the oft-used term urban fabric, but it’s “not understood in a dogmatic way” like buildings. This exploration of landscape design as part of the social/physical aptly fits into the AIANY’s year-long theme, “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision.” Continue reading “The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture”

Guess-A-Sketch 2014

The Center for Architecture Foundation hosted its Third Annual Guess-A-Sketch benefit on 05.20.14 at Scholastic’s headquarters in SoHo. The view of the city from the rooftop terrace was stupendous, but the view inside was equally wonderful as Honoree Sketchers Brian Berry, AIA; Dean Maltz, AIA; Tomas Rossant, AIA; and Paula Scher created one-of-a-kind charcoal sketches of buildings and sites from around the world in this Pictionary-style drawing competition. Continue reading “Guess-A-Sketch 2014”

Why Compete

The first P(RE)Think panel discussed competitions from the architect’s point of view: portfolio building, exploring ideas, media attention, and that pipedream of winning a commission. Version two-point-oh brought together city agencies, academia, and a cultural institution to examine why clients offer competitions. From theoretical exploration to developers’ bottom lines, competitions can bring together ideas and economy. Introducing the symposium, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, targeted the ability of competitions to identify the heart of a problem, which could be completely different than first considered, and their ability to “make things happen.” Continue reading “Why Compete”

Editor’s Note

Friday 05.09.14 marks the beginning of NYCxDESIGN 2014, a citywide event showcasing all disciplines of design, from graphics and fashion, to architecture and urban planning. It offers a platform for cultural and commercial opportunities, elevates established and emerging practices, and increases awareness of and appreciation for design. The Center for Architecture will kick off the design celebration with the opening of “ENCOUNTERS,” an exhibition featuring the work of the Spanish practice luis vidal + architects. For a full list of NYCxDESIGN events, which run through 05.20.14, click here.

Additionally, don’t miss out on your chance to participate in Archtober 2014 as the architect of a Building of the Day! The deadline for submissions has been extended to 05.08.14. Submit one photo with credit and a brief (225 word) description of your built project to archtober@aiany.org. We are looking for buildings located in all five boroughs.

Names in the News

The winners of the AIANYS Excelsior Awards for design excellence in publicly funded buildings include the East 180th Street Subway Station and Hampton Library by Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects; The Corbin Building by Page Ayres Cowley Architects; TWA Flight Center by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; the Arbor Hill Albany Public Library by Kevin Hom Architect; FDNY Marine Company 9 by Sage and Coombe Architects; New Settlement Community Campus by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood and Dattner Architects; and the Myrtle-Wyckoff Station Complex by Dattner Architects. The Henry Hobson Richardson Award was conferred on the Institute for Public Architecture founder Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA; and I. Donald Weston, FAIA, was honored with the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award…The Architectural League of New York awarded the 2014 President’s Medal, recognizing extraordinary excellence and innovation in architecture and the arts to artist Richard Serra…The winners of the Architectural League of New York’s 2014 Prize for Young Architects + Designers are Brooklyn-based Kutan Ayata and Michael Young of Young & Ayata and Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman of Norman Kelley, along with Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder of The LADG, Ada Fure of SIFT Studio, Jenny E. Sabin of Jenny Sabin Studio, and Geoffrey von Oeyen of Geoffrey von Oeyen Design…The Society for Marketing Professional Services – New York will honor Stantec, HLB, WB Engineers+Consultants, SBLM, SOM, Perkins+Will, and Mircrodesk at this year’s Marketing Communications Awards on 06.05.14…Robert A.M. Stern Architects has announced Anna Antropova, a Master’s candidate at the McGill University School of Architecture, as the winner of the 2014 RAMSA Travel Fellowship…The winner of the third annual Architectural Record “Good Design is Good Business” Lifetime Achievement Architecture Award is STUDIOS ArchitectureContinue reading “Names in the News”

Journey to Medellín: WUF7

Conversations with Dr. Joan Clos, the executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), started and ended my visit to Medellín. I was presenting at the World Urban Forum 7 (WUF) with the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU), an emerging non-governmental organization (NGO) that was formalized in 2008. CSU is co-chaired by James McCullar, FAIA, past AIANY president, and Aliye Celik; other board members include Margaret Castillo, FAIA, past AIANY president, and myself. The CSU partners with and is sponsored by the AIANY, NJIT, and CCNY/CUNY, among others. Detailed information can be found on its website at www.consortiumforsustainableurbanization.org, and information on the UN Habitat World Urban Forum can be found at wuf7.unhabitat.org.

”With sessions held every two years, the World Urban Forum examines rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, and policies. This year’s session of the Forum, with the theme ‘Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life,’ drew more than 22,000 participants from more than 140 countries representing governments, UN agencies, NGOs, urban professionals, local authorities, and academics. The WUF, convened by UN-Habitat, is a non-legislative technical forum.” So starts the UN Summary of the WUF7 event. In large part, the activities were in service of formulating the agenda for HABITAT III, to be held in 2016, when the previous agenda from the last Habitat meeting in Istanbul 20 years ago will be assessed, and new goals will be set for our common global future. Continue reading “Journey to Medellín: WUF7”

Shake, Rattle, Roll; Drop, Cover, and Hold On

The average New Yorker probably doesn’t know there’s such a thing as the 125th Street Fault – or that in an earthquake, running out of one’s building is the wrong thing to do. (Staying inside is wiser, preferably close to something load-bearing and away from anything loose.) Yet neither earthquakes nor the technologies for dealing with them are unknown to New York, noted Giovanni Gioia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, of Dattner Architects, in introducing the speakers on this panel, the latest in the series accompanying the “Considering the Quake” exhibition. The chief challenge, he continued, is applying what’s known before a quake occurs, not after, as with Superstorm Sandy. A contrasting tone appeared in remarks by curator Dr. Effie Bouras, inspired by Carl Sagan’s thoughts on scientific skepticism: “We haven’t found the truth with this exhibit. Our only humble expectancy is to raise questions.” The principles of rational inquiry (gradual, partial, aware of how marginal our knowledge inevitably is) and practical applications of that knowledge (inevitably a matter of urgency) created a useful dialectic as seismic and design specialists explored strategies for preparation and mitigation. Continue reading “Shake, Rattle, Roll; Drop, Cover, and Hold On”

In the News

In this issue:
– Library Renovation Worth the Wait
– New Life for an Old Brownstone
– Two Designs for Supportive Housing
– Healing Space for Physicians Organization
– Venerable Surf Club Gets a Renovation and New Neighbors Continue reading “In the News”