A reminder to our members, visitors, and friends that the Center for Architecture will be undergoing an ambitious renovation project this summer, starting today through 09.01.15. During this time, no exhibitions will be on view, but the space will mainly remain open for programing and events. The Center will be completely closed for the week of 07.13.15-07.19.15 while we replace the floors.
The Center will also be closed for the Fourth of July weekend, Friday, 07.03.15 through Sunday 07.05.15. We hope everyone has a happy Independence Day!
Our first exhibition following the renovations will be Un/fair Use, opening 09.10.15, which will explore issues of copying and copyright in architecture.
“Edge Criticism: The Impact of Criticism on Practice,” the fifth in the presidential theme series of Tomas Rossant, AIA, asked what impact architects should have on criticism and, conversely, how critics would like to influence architecture. In framing an evolution of architectural criticism, Rossant displayed a cover of Oppositions, that early academic journal produced by the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, alongside a screen shot of Dezeen, a curated blend of project portfolios and, more recently, interviews and opinion pieces. The former was slow enough that one could digest ideas before the next issue arrived; the latter proliferates multiple posts daily. Read More
Since first releasing the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) proposal in February, the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) has received input from community organizations, elected officials, architects, developers, and other crucial stakeholders. After collecting comments, DCP rereleased the proposal in May, and began meeting with all of NYC’s Community Boards. Now, DCP is gearing up for the public review process this fall. AIANY supports the proposal, and is at work educating the design community and general public about how the changes will lead to better buildings and more affordable housing. We are collaborating with architects in all five boroughs to advocate for the proposal. Read More
Newark Planning Office Director Damon Rich and Jae Shin, principals of Hector, Rafi Segal, principal of A+U, Quilian Riano, founder and principal of DSGN AGNC, and Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, program coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory at Columbia GSAPP, gathered at the Center for Architecture on 06.17.15 to exchange ideas about how architects can create both buildings and images that tell a full narrative, while simultaneously reflecting an urban context and communicating that context to policy makers and the public. Rich pointed out that controversies such as “poor doors” have become the site of public moral outrage, yet reflect an already existing economic disparity. Rather than answer to current social and economic inequity, how can architecture serve as a platform for resistance? Read More
“The whole world is looking at Medellin,” according to NJIT College of Architecture and Design Dean Urs Gauchat. Given the laudatory articles hyping the “Medellin Miracle,” the numerous awards given to many of its public buildings, and the city’s hosting of last year’s World Urban Forum, his bold statement is pretty spot on. At the 06.08.15 event organized by the AIANY Housing Committee, Medellin Mayor Anibal Gaviria and Planning Commissioner Jorge Perez discussed how the city has used architecture and design as a tool for social inclusion. Read More
Making culture accessible has become the mission of arts organizations in the 21st century. Two luminaries of the New York City museum scene discussed progress, positions, and pitfalls in making the arts more diverse and open. Read More
On 06.15.15, the AIANY Professional Practice Committee concluded its Spring 2015 Transforming Architectural Practice (TAP) series with a “People’s Choice” session. Months of crowdsourcing ideas, analyzing feedback forms, and polling audiences revealed a key theme of interest: architects work with data every day, but how can data be used to design, measure, and learn from buildings and occupants to improve architectural products? Read More
Spanish architecture has been increasingly on the radar, with a growing number of competition winners and an increased presence in social media and portfolio websites. This year, Spanish architects touched down on Governors Island with one of two winning City of Dreams Pavilions designed by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects of Madrid and London. However, more traditional routes for foreign architects in the U.S. remain arduous or emerge from academic studies. One of the evening’s sponsors, Architect-US, collaborates with the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce to help international A/E/C/ professionals work in the U.S. by covering visa costs and facilitating a speedy bureaucratic process. The panelists, mainly foreigners, are based in New York City and represent firms with global reaches of eight to 1,800 employees. They all praised the value of such a program. Read More
The start of summer marks the completion of the school year and the culmination of the Center for Architecture’s in-school Learning By Design: NY (LBD: NY) program for 2014-15. June was filled with student presentations from the LBD: NY program, both at the Center and in schools throughout the metropolitan area. This year’s program served nearly 2,000 students and teachers through in-school residencies and teacher training workshops in twenty schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester. Read More
In this issue:
- Park Perk
- Transforming a Former Con Ed Transformer for Art’s Sake
- LG’s Win-Win Situation (That’s Also One for the Birds)
- Townhome, Sweet Townhome
- New Eatery Under the FDR Read More