"QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm"
Editor's Note by • 07/16/14

Editor’s Note

Please join us Thursday, 07.16.14, for the opening of “QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm,” an exhibition featuring the winners of the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee’s 6th biennial ideas competition. ENYA challenged entrants to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railway. The reception is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Rita’s Water Ice.

(l-r) Ray Beeler, AIA, President of AIA New York State; Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, President of AIA New Jersey; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President of AIANY; and Justin Mihalik, AIA, past President of AIA Newark & Suburban, presented at the Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop. In the foreground: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee co-chair Illya Azaroff, AIA.
Rhetorically Speaking by • 07/16/14

Rhetorically Speaking: Regional Resilience

EB White, who was born on the 07.11.1899, said: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” On o7.11.14, the Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop gathered at the Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University to discuss the related trans-sectorial issues of infrastructure, transportation, and critical facilities. The enjoyment of this very special place made it even more interesting to hear speakers who, individually and collaboratively, are doing much to deal with the changes to the built environment necessitated by climate change and sea level rise. The workshop was put together by an engaged organizing committee led by Justin Mihalik, AIA, past president of AIA Newark & Suburban and principal of his own firm in Essex Falls, NJ, and Illya Azaroff, AIA, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee co-chair and founder of +LAB architects in Brooklyn.

The venue for the conference was the bucolic 178-acre campus, the remnant of an 800-acre New Jersey estate dating back to the marriage in 1877 of Florence Adele Vanderbilt and Hamilton McKown Twombly. The name of their country place, Florham, was formed from the first letters of their names. Its landscape architecture was by Frederick Law Olmsted; the buildings were by McKim Mead & White.

But the conference was not about the history or context of the place, but designed to cut new ground in our understanding of the regional implications of infrastructure preparedness. As 2014 AIA New York Chapter President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, said in opening the conference, issues of sea level change and storm surge are not limited to one municipality or one state – they are regional in nature and must be addressed and confronted together: “nature does not respect political boundaries.”

The conference welcome also included the two AIA State component leaders, Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, President, AIA New Jersey, and Ray Beeler, AIA, President, AIA New York State. Kalafsky noted that “sustainability has been the mainstay of our practices, and I equate resiliency to that effort.” Beeler said that “coastal communities are on the front lines, but inland areas are just as susceptible to damage.” He added: “Working together as a region we can be more effective than any of us can be individually.”

The conference overview was given by Azaroff, who noted that the purpose of the convocation which drew approximately 120 people, was “to galvanize architects and design professionals across the region to discuss the rules and circumstances that will define our future.” To set the framework he pointed out that “over 2.5 million people have lost their lives and some $4 trillion dollars of property has been lost in the last 30 years to natural disasters.” He thanked BASF for hosting the conference.

The conference conclusion ended with a quote from sportswriter Roger Angell, the stepson of Elwyn Brooks “Andy” White, who said at the funeral of the famously shy essayist: “If EB White could be here today, he wouldn’t be here.” Those who were not at the Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop missed something useful and important.

What follows below are abbreviated remarks of the conference speakers. Read More

Jessica Yager, Policy Director, NYU Furman Center; Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects; Howard Slatkin, Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning; and Laurie J. Schoeman, Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. discussed recent research and policy that will change the way New York City apartment buildings prepare for disaster at Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats Panel on 07.15.14. Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, moderated the conversation.
Policy Pulse by • 07/16/14

Policy Pulse: Design Excellent

On 07.02.14 a small group of architects, landscape architects, and engineers met with NYC Department of Design + Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora at the DDC offices in Long Island City. It was the second such roundtable discussion organized by AIANY, and part of the new commissioner’s “listening tour.” Also present were additional upper-level DDC staff members who have previously worked with many of the design professionals in attendance.

Commissioner Peña-Mora assured the group that Mayor de Blasio wants to make sure that DDC continues its Design and Construction Excellence program. The Design Excellence program has been around for 10 years, and there is a substantial body of work as a result. The commissioner, however, would like to improve upon it in a number of ways, and is enthusiastic about hearing from participants and prospective participants on how it can continue to grow. Read More

Three pods of dangling cups act as drapes, enveloping visitors.
Reports from the Field by • 07/16/14

The Power of Collaboration: The Governor’s Cup

In an ever-evolving landscape of global design competitions, how does one begin to separate oneself from the pack? When organizations come together, such as the participatory arts organization FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) for the City of Dreams Pavilion design competition, we found that collaboration set the tone from the start. As a result, the winning entry by NYC-based CDR Studio Architects, “The Governor’s Cup,” brought together a robust design team, a troop of 100+ volunteers, and numerous other supporters to make the vision a reality. Ultimately, the one-year process, from submission to realization, allowed an established firm to gain entry into the world of emerging professionals. Now the pavilion is open to the public on the southwest corner of the Parade Grounds on Governors Island throughout the summer. Read More

Life-size active figures hold the exhibition panels, meaning that the space is populated with active individuals leading by example.
Reports from the Field by • 07/16/14

FitLondon – London Festival of Architecture 2014

Inspired by the “FitNation” exhibition in the U.S., New London Architecture (NLA), London’s Centre for the Built Environment, worked to bring it to London in June 2014 as part of London Festival of Architecture 2014, and introduced London examples that demonstrate how we are actively encouraging health and wellbeing in the city. “FitLondon” is currently on view outdoors in the cobbled crescent just outside of The Building Centre in central London (NLA and The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London), and will be on view until Friday, 07.25.14. We have activated the crescent with installations, working with the local community and professional networks to create an engaging environment, one which invites people to use the space in a variety of ways – illustrating the crescent’s potential as a new public realm in Fitzrovia. Read More

Friends and family of Fred Schwartz, FAIA, joined at the Center for Architecture on 06.30.14 to celebrate the citizen architect's life.
At the Center for Architecture, In Memoriam by • 07/16/14

THINKing Fred Schwartz

Even though Fred Schwartz, FAIA, passed away on 04.28.14, the loss was still fresh to many, speakers and audience alike, at the Center for Architecture on 06.30.14, when family, friends, colleagues, and collaborators gathered to share memories and anecdotes. AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, introduced the evening program with an invocation from New York poet Delmore Schwartz. Quoting from “At this Moment in Time,” Bell said: “Disturb me, compel me…You are exact. You tug my sleeve/Before I speak, with a shadow’s friendship, / And I remember that we who move/ Are moved by clouds that darken midnight.” Read More

(l-r) Joseph Giovannini, New York Architectural Critic and founder of Giovannini Associates; Thomas de Zengotita,  Professor, Draper Graduate Program, NYU, and the Dalton School; Albert Vecerka, Photographer, ESTO group; Kurt Kohlstedt, Founder, WebUrbanist; and Matthias Hollwich, SBA, Principal, HWKN, co-founder, Architizer
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/16/14

Postcard Identity: Architecture in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Social media is the root of much conversation, worry, speculation, and excitement across many fields and seems to pervade our everyday lives – so how is it affecting architecture, planning, and design? On 06.19.14, “Postcard Identities | Esoteric Landmarks” gathered speakers to discuss how these evolving technologies and methods of connecting people to one another – and to spaces – are changing how projects are conceived, and how people create and interact with iconic images and landmarks. If the proliferation of instantly shareable moments, photographs, and feedback is fundamentally changing how we, as users and creators, relate to space, what does this mean for the future of the profession? Read More

(l-r) Matthias Hollwich, AIA, principal, Hollwich Kushner, and co-founder, Architizer; Francesca Birks, AIA, Americas lead, Arup Foresight + Research + Innovation Team; Eric Cohen, AIA, senior associate principal, Ethelind Coblin Architect; Jayne Merkel, architectural historian, critic, and author; Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning; Lisa Morgenroth,  Assoc. AIA, co-chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee; Helen Castle, Editor, Architectural Design; and Jerry Maltz, AIA, co-chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/16/14

Age of Housing

Death and taxes, as the old saying goes, are the only sure things in life. Hopefully the former comes after a long and rewarding life. But are we prepared for old age? We pad ourselves with a 401k, investments, paying off the mortgage – provided we’re not still living with roommates into our 50s, though we may be again by our 70s. The panel for “Designing for a Lifetime” considered the predicament of aging and housing at fundamental levels: community and dignity. Read More

(l-r) Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU, and Anthropologist-in-Residence, NYC Department of Sanitation; Nick Dawber, Managing Director, Energos;  Juliette Spertus, co-founder, Closed Loops; and  Antonio Reynoso, NYC Council Member, District 34, and Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
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Getting Wasted: AIANY Talks Trash

The Center for Architecture hosted an event that tackled an un-sexy but pressing issue in NYC: garbage. As the host Antonio Reynoso, a NYC council member, said, dealing with garbage is “not too glamorous and you’re not going to cut the ribbon.” The councilman made light of an issue that’s often forced into the dark, joking with the audience that he was “gonna talk trash with you – because that’s what we do in Brooklyn.” Over-concentration of garbage and a high rate of asthma and traffic in his district spurred him to take the position of chair of the NYC Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. “Sanitation,” he said, “is our first line of defense in making sure our environment is more sustainable.” Read More

(l-r) Craig Copeland, AIA, Senior Associate Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects & Sculptor; Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram & Painter; and Charles Platt, FAIA, Partner, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects & Painter
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/16/14

Culture Mapping: Space and Practice

On 06.24.14, Beatrice Galilee, the newly-appointed associate curator of architecture and design in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, moderated a discussion about the relationship between the production of architecture and art. The three invited speakers included two architects and one graphic designer; these three are also two painters and one sculptor. Read More

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"QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm"
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
(l-r) Ray Beeler, AIA, President of AIA New York State; Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, President of AIA New Jersey; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President of AIANY; and Justin Mihalik, AIA, past President of AIA Newark & Suburban, presented at the Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop. In the foreground: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee co-chair Illya Azaroff, AIA.
Rhetorically Speaking: Regional Resilience Rhetorically Speaking
Jessica Yager, Policy Director, NYU Furman Center; Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects; Howard Slatkin, Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning; and Laurie J. Schoeman, Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. discussed recent research and policy that will change the way New York City apartment buildings prepare for disaster at Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats Panel on 07.15.14. Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, moderated the conversation.
Policy Pulse: Design Excellent Policy Pulse
Three pods of dangling cups act as drapes, enveloping visitors.
The Power of Collaboration: The Governor’s Cup Reports from the Field
Life-size active figures hold the exhibition panels, meaning that the space is populated with active individuals leading by example.
FitLondon – London Festival of Architecture 2014 Reports from the Field
Friends and family of Fred Schwartz, FAIA, joined at the Center for Architecture on 06.30.14 to celebrate the citizen architect's life.
THINKing Fred Schwartz At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Joseph Giovannini, New York Architectural Critic and founder of Giovannini Associates; Thomas de Zengotita,  Professor, Draper Graduate Program, NYU, and the Dalton School; Albert Vecerka, Photographer, ESTO group; Kurt Kohlstedt, Founder, WebUrbanist; and Matthias Hollwich, SBA, Principal, HWKN, co-founder, Architizer
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(l-r) Matthias Hollwich, AIA, principal, Hollwich Kushner, and co-founder, Architizer; Francesca Birks, AIA, Americas lead, Arup Foresight + Research + Innovation Team; Eric Cohen, AIA, senior associate principal, Ethelind Coblin Architect; Jayne Merkel, architectural historian, critic, and author; Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning; Lisa Morgenroth,  Assoc. AIA, co-chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee; Helen Castle, Editor, Architectural Design; and Jerry Maltz, AIA, co-chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee
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(l-r) Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU, and Anthropologist-in-Residence, NYC Department of Sanitation; Nick Dawber, Managing Director, Energos;  Juliette Spertus, co-founder, Closed Loops; and  Antonio Reynoso, NYC Council Member, District 34, and Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Getting Wasted: AIANY Talks Trash Uncategorized
(l-r) Craig Copeland, AIA, Senior Associate Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects & Sculptor; Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram & Painter; and Charles Platt, FAIA, Partner, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects & Painter
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(l-r) Geoff Lewis, VP of Marketplace Liquidity, Honest Buildings; Brian Newman, Director of Investments, Prodigy Network; Amanda Schachter, AIA, Principal, SLO Architecture; and Matthew Shoor, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Macrae-Gibson Architects, PC
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(l-r) John Boulé, PE, Senior Manager for Priority Project Delivery, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Illya Azaroff, AIA, Founding Co-chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIANY; and Daniel Zarrilli, PE, Director , NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Acting Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
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AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, received the Edward C. Kemper Award at the AIA Convention.
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(l-r) Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU, and Anthropologist-in-Residence, DSNY; Nick Dawber, Managing Director, Energos; Juliette Spertus, co-founder, Closed Loops; Antonio Reynoso, NYC Council Member, District 34 and Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Talking Candidly with the City Council: Senior Housing and Waste Management Policy Pulse
AIA President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, presented the AIANY Post-Sandy Initiative with the 2014 Institute’s Honors for Collaborative Achievement. (l-r) Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, President, AIA; AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee Co-chairs Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY 2014 President, and Illya Azaroff, AIA; Ernest Hutton, AICP, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Co-chair; Bonnie Harken, AIA, APA, Post-Sandy Waterfront Working Group;  AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; and Robert Ivy, AIA CEO, AIA.
2014 AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Acclaimed for Designing with Purpose Reports from the Field
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
2014 AIA Convention Special: 11 AIANY Members Inducted into the AIA College of Fellows Reports from the Field
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA.
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Russel A. Davidson, FAIA, AIA 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-Elect
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K-1 students learned about local landmarks and even created their own blueprints in this 6-week residency.
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“QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm” opening 07.17.14
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06.25.14: At the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago, the AIA Foundation and Architecture for Humanity, in partnership with NJIT, announced a new regional recovery studio in in Newark, NJ, to aid in regional reconstruction. Many worked hard to make the studio a reality. (l-r) Justin Mihalik, AIA, NCARB, AIA New Jersey; Illya Azaroff, AIA, AIA New York Chapter; John Peterson, AIA, Public Architecture; Eric Cesal, Architecture for Humanity; Sherry-Lea Botop Bloodworth, CFRE, AIA Foundation; Urs Gauchat, Hon. AIA, NJIT; and Thom Delessio, NJIT.
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(clockwise from left) William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver; Washington Square Park Conservancy Executive Director Sarah Neilson; and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin.
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Faith Rose, AIA, Senior Design Liaison, NYC Department of Design + Construction, assists the group working on the Flatlands Library.
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AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA.
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Antoni Vives i Tomàs, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, and AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA.
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Speakers of the "Open to the Public" symposium and AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (center).
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Hillary Brown, FAIA, Principal, New Civic Works, and Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York; and respondent Byron Stigge, Founding Director, Level Agency for Infrastructure
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AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction co-chair Joan Capelin, Hon. AIANY; Samuel Carter, Associate Director, Resilience, The Rockefeller Foundation; and AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee co-chair Illya Azaroff, AIA.
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“Open to the Public: Civic Space Now” through 09.06.14
On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town About Town