Editor’s Note

The Spring season has started off with a number of openings. Last week’s Barcelona-related exhibitions “Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space [2000-2012],” and “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile” opened at the Center for Architecture and Museum of the City of New York, respectively. Join us tomorrow at the Center for Architecture for the opening of the exhibition “American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter 2014 Awards.”

In addition, don’t forget to reserve your seat for the AIA New York Chapter Honors and Awards Luncheon. The final reservation and payment deadline is next Wednesday, 04.09.14. We look forward to seeing you there!

Finally, please support FIGMENT NYC, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York’s (SEAoNY) City of Dreams pavilion competition winner for this year, CDR Studio’s “Governor’s Cup.” The pavilion will be a serpentine canopy made out of 30,000 reclaimed plastic cups. CDR Studio has initiated a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for materials, storage, transportation, the organization of workshops and work on the island, maintenance, and disassembly. Volunteers are also welcome to sign up here.

On Your Mark, Get Tech, Go! Ten Trends Reveal New Opportunities in Architecture Practice

Some came to hear about the future, some came to complain about the past, everyone was excited to listen as Campbell Hyers, CEO of Control Group, presented a range of technologies, implications, processes, and opportunities at the first of five conversations that comprise this year’s “Transforming Architectural Practice” series. Hyers’ thoughtful conversation during “Emerging Technologies, Transforming Environments,” combined facts, anecdotes, product highlights, media, and movie excerpts to tell a tale of rapidly evolving products, opportunities, and expectations. Continue reading “On Your Mark, Get Tech, Go! Ten Trends Reveal New Opportunities in Architecture Practice”

In the News

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In this issue:
– Ciao Bella Sophia
– Memorial Museum Embraces Memory, Authenticity, Scale, and Emotion
– Stadium Scores a Goal
– A Cure for Fair Fatigue
– Central Harlem’s Sweet Adeline Continue reading “In the News”

Names in the News

The finalists of the Passive House 2014 award include Artist Studio by Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects (Office and Special Use Buildings), and Tighthouse by Fabrica718 with Studio Cicetti Architecture (Retrofits)…  Autodesk has named Microsol Resources 2014 Americas Partner of the Year…NYC-based Daniel Markiewicz and Mark Talbot received second place for their design “Car and Shell: or Marinetti’s Monster” in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper competition… Continue reading “Names in the News”

New Deadlines

2014 OCULUS Editorial Calendar

The Oculus 2014 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.

Fall 2014
Culture
Submit story ideas by April 30, 2014

Winter 2014
Emerging Skyline / Evolving Street
Submit story ideas by July 14, 2014 Continue reading “New Deadlines”

Oculus Book Review: “Architecture in Uniform” by Jean-Louis Cohen

Mid-way through Jean-Louis Cohen’s lecture at the Center for Architecture regarding his most recent book Architecture in Uniform, he dropped his notes. With a gallant flourish of the hand he pronounced, “It’s okay, I know the story.” And that he does. Cohen’s text is an impressive account of the missing entry of architectural history – the Second World War. Cohen adeptly fills this gap with account after account of not so much the impressive architecture or engineering that went on during the mobilization on all fronts, but the architectural thinking that was manifested during this time. Architects were in all facets of the conflict, at the top, bottom, and in-between. After a number of dormant years for building during the Depression, the act of war seemed to unleash architects’ imagination. Continue reading “Oculus Book Review: “Architecture in Uniform” by Jean-Louis Cohen”

Oculus Quick Take: “How to Study Public Life”

On 02.05.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Jan Gehl, founder of Gehl Architects, and Birgitte Svarre, project manager at Gehl Architects, authors of How to Study Public Life, published by Island Press and reviewed by Annie Coggan in this issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.

New York City Resiliency: Explorations of an Emerging Design Paradigm

On 10.21.14, an interdisciplinary panel representing both the public and private sectors within the design community met to discuss the significance of resiliency in contemporary planning and design. Co-sponsored by the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and the AIANY Marketing and Communications Committees, “The 21st-Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design” ambitiously attempted to define an ethos which has quickly become one of New York’s central design and planning considerations. The panelists approached the concept of resiliency from a distinctly multidisciplinary focus. Focusing particularly on a New York point perspective, moderator John Fontillas, AIA, LEED AP, a partner at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, sought to explore the concept of resiliency in the context of “the art of the possible.” Continue reading “New York City Resiliency: Explorations of an Emerging Design Paradigm”

Collaborative Commissioning

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, so the old saying goes. We toil for hours designing a building’s aesthetics, function, and efficiency – often through the mechanical guts of a building. Although architects depend on environmental consultants and engineers to right-size systems, the most resounding phrase in the “Mind the Gap: Closing the Bridge between Design Intent and Performance” program was collaboration and coordination between design, construction, and operation. Without this, any intention will fail expectations. Continue reading “Collaborative Commissioning”

Suprematism Revisited

Suprematism, an art movement of the early 20th century conceptualized by Kazimir Malevich, still rankles many skeptics of modern art. But the key to appreciating these pieces is that they are theory manifested; they are born of a way of seeing that is inextricable from a social philosophy. In the case of Malevich, the famous “Black Square” rejected materialism, instead embracing a “pure feeling.” For him, the making of art was a spiritual experience, and that feeling couldn’t be contained for the cursory glances of the casual observer. Continue reading “Suprematism Revisited”