The AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture enthusiastically welcome David Burney, FAIA, as interim executive director. An architect, urbanist, educator, and former commissioner of the NYC Department of Design + Construction (DDC), Burney will serve in the position until the organizations hire a permanent executive director.
Burney’s vast experience and his legacy of improving the quality of public projects in New York City will be an invaluable asset to AIANY as we continue to work with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on issues including the creation of affordable housing and the reduction of carbon emissions. Burney is currently associate professor of Planning and Placemaking at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, and serves as board chair for the Center for Active Design. Formerly, as DDC commissioner, he oversaw a staff of almost 1,200 charged with managing capital projects for city agencies and cultural institutions across the five boroughs. While at DDC, he launched the Design and Construction Excellence Initiative, raising architecture standards for the city’s public projects. Prior to this, Burney was director of design at the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA), and practiced architecture with the firm Davis Brody Bond. As a member of the AIANY Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014, he shared our commitment to fostering design excellence to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers.
Welcome aboard, David!
Among Dan Kiley’s designs are some of the most celebrated landscapes of the 20th century, yet many have fallen into neglect. Following his 100th birthday, The Cultural Landscape Foundation commissioned –24 artists to photograph –27 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 designs to fortify his legacy, assembling “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley” exhibition. Opening in the Fall of 2013, the exhibition has traveled to five states across the country and is now on view at the Center for Architecture, in time for April, Landscape Architecture Month. The exhibition presents an introduction to Kiley’s oeuvre, showcasing his imaginative approaches to a variety of contexts, a diverse and thoughtful use of plants, and the geometric clarity of his designs. From private homes to public parks, the exhibition demonstrates how Kiley’s Modernist designs create a balance of order, lush nature, and open space, inspiring calm and awe. Read More
“New Modes of Profit” brought together four practitioners who have diversified their architectural business practices to reap more rewards, or was it risk?
In the third of the series “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice,” AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, provoked the speakers and audience by comparing Alberti “the delineator” (theory) to Brunelleschi “the maker” (practice). Both expanded the field of architecture, one by showing what could be done and the other by doing it. Their innovations in practice, Rossant claimed, show that “business should be seen as a design problem.” Read More
As part of an ongoing series related to Passive House design, the Urban Green Council, with the AIANY Committee on the Environment and New York Passive House, held “EnerPHit: The Passive House Standard for Energy Retrofits” at the Center for Architecture on 04.01.15. EnerPHit is the passive house energy retrofit standard created by Passive House Institute Founder Dr. Wolfgang Feist. Read More
A developer, an architect, an urban planner, and a professor of urban planning were rounded up by architect Diane Lewis on 03.18.15 for a mash-up of diverse takes on what the city ought to look like.
Lewis began with discomfort over the term “master plan” as it connotes Modernist carte blanche planning, which nevertheless constituted many of the master plans in Lewis’s survey of 20th-century plans. Her taxonomy included nine discreet types. Read More
The Center for Architecture has partnered for the past five years with a local group of home-school families to provide them with a location for hands-on, project-based learning while building a small community of learners. Thirty-two students were divided between 3rd- through 5th-grade students and the older 6th- through 8th-grade to focus on Greek and Roman architecture. Both groups explored the origins and history of classical buildings to create age-appropriate final projects. Read More
On 12.09.15, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed artist Dan Graham and architect Jessica Russell, authors of Architecture/Astrology, published by Koenig Book sand reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 02.25.15 issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.
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In this issue:
- German Cultural Center’s New Permanent Home
- War and Peace Place
- Excelling on the Parallel Bars
- Kitchen Aid
- While in DC
- Rags to Riches Read More
The AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture have named David Burney, FAIA, Interim Executive Director.
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) 2015 MASterworks Honorees include: Fulton Center by Grimshaw Architects (Best New Building); 1000 Dean Street and Berg’n by Selldorf Architects (Best Neighborhood Catalyst); NYC Emergency Housing Prototype by Garrison Architects (Best New Infrastructure); Hudson Square Standard by Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects (Best New Urban Amenity); Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in collaboration with Gluckman Mayner Architects (Best Restoration); and the Engineering Quadrangle by Bruce Newman & the Pratt Design Team (Best Urban Landscape). Read More
2015 Oculus Editorial Calendar
The Oculus 2015 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect in practice or by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! You may submit projects/topics from anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas/projects by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.
Fall 2015: “Home” (In conjunction with the Housing Exhibition + Archtober)
Housing progress report/report card: whether market rate or affordable, is it living up to our expectations for design, community integration, environmental responsiveness? For affordable and low-income housing, is innovation helping us hit the number of units New York City needs? Continuing controversy about “inclusionary” housing (80/20 and such). Off-site/modular construction. BSA Housing Awards. (To include input from social scientists, urban anthropologists, psychologists, etc.)
Deadline for story ideas, projects: 05.08.15
Winter 2015: “Makers in a Digital World” or “Architecture & the Digital World”
How we present and build what we do: 21st-century visual representation, mapping, big data. Life-cycle of a building: an idea, draw it, digitize for CNC milling machines, construct, share via Instagram, etc. Cooper-Hewitt tech “pencils”; etc.
Deadline story for ideas, projects: 08.07.15 Read More