11.15.14: "Arch Schools 2014" and Deans' Roundtable
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Editor’s Note

Join us on Saturday, 11.15.14, for the opening of the Arch Schools 2014 exhibition and our annual “Deans’ Roundtable.” Deans from 13 area schools of architecture, including City College of New York, Columbia University, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Cornell University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Buffalo (SUNY), University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University, will discuss current directions in architectural education, with a special focus on the role of leadership.

If you can’t make it on Saturday, the Deans’ Roundtable will also be available via livestream.

AIA Europe founder Alan Schwartzman, FAIA, shown here with AIA National Vice President Susan Chin, FAIA, received a prolonged standing ovation while receiving two AIA Europe awards.
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Musings on AIA in Europe

Architects from many European countries came together in Paris during the last week of October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of AIA Continental Europe, and to take a look at the changes that have given new vitality and architectural identity to the City of Light. The conference featured discussions about recently-opened buildings such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry and STUDIOS Architecture, and at La Défense, the Carpe Diem Tower by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), and Tour First by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).

For many present, the highlight of the Paris convocation was a visit to the much-publicized cultural “vessel” in the Bois de Boulogne created by Gehry and team for the cultural foundation created by Bernard Arnault and LVMH. An intersection of sail-like shed roofs and prismatic icebergs, the endearing “nauffrage” is animated by an exhilarating series of interconnected exterior stairs and terraces. The latter offer panoramic views of the perimeter park and the not-too-distant city, and complement a well-lit collection of artwork, including newly-commissioned work by Ellsworth Kelly.

But it was also good to break away in the City of Vélib to see the new, intensely active installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, called “Musing on the Glass Box,” at Jean Nouvel’s Fondation Cartier, also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The temporary show, done in collaboration with David Lang and Jody Elff, whimsically reflects on the original architecture, and remains open until 02.22.15. You can scoot under a low, luminous ceiling on a chaise longue roulante. Read More

Roland Lewis, Roland Lewis, President & CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, introduces the South Street Seaport Public Forum on 10.10.14.
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Planning the ‘Port: A Public Conversation on Development at the South Street Seaport

Hundreds of passionate community members gathered at the Spruce Street School on 11.10.14 for a public forum on the future of the South Street Seaport. Co-sponsored by Save Our Seaport, the City Club of New York, and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, the event was an opportunity for the public to hear from the Seaport Working Group (SWG), a committee of elected officials, nonprofits, local residents, and representatives of the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) tasked with creating a series of development guidelines and principles for the South Street Seaport Historic District. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and comment, view the short film South Street Seaport: Voices for a New Future, and hear a panel of distinguished experts and stakeholders discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with developing the Seaport.

The South Street Seaport Historic District has been an active marketplace and harbor since 1642. The Save Our Seaport Coalition formed out of fear that recent development proposals by HHC for Pier 17 threaten the civic and historic qualities of the area. After months of dialogue, public comment, and compromise, the SWG members largely feel that given the rapid and constant change in surrounding neighborhoods, the area is ripe for development. However, the development must be appropriate and contextual, and the planning process must include community participation. Read More

Alexander Garvin, president and CEO of Alex Garvin & Associates and professor at Yale School of Architecture presented on the creation of a light rail line to connect Queens to Brooklyn.
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Millenials Bring Back the Trolley?

Where could we use better public transportation? Swaths of the Bronx and Queens are underserved, particularly in Hunts Point, Soundview, Spuyten-Duyvil, and all of Southwest and Northern Queens. There’s also Red Hook, Greenpoint, and South Brooklyn neighborhoods like Mill Basin, Marine Park, Seagate, and Bergen Beach. Lines like the 5/6, A/C/E, D/B, F, and 2 (the worst line according to Straphangers) are at capacity or repeatedly delayed. Not to mention getting to the airport. As Alexander Garvin, president and CEO of Alex Garvin & Associates, professor at Yale School of Architecture, and former NYC Department of Design + Construction commissioner, said at “Light Rail for the Brooklyn & Queens Waterfront” at the Center for Architecture on 10.30.2014: “When you look at the transportation system, it’s one story; when you ride it, it’s another.”

The MTA is in the middle of major infrastructure projects: the extension of the 7 line to Hudson Yards, the Second Avenue Subway, and East Side Access. Where should we build next? And what if we look not only at demand, but also at potential demand. Where can we build that will promote development? Where can we build that has enough developable space that the potential tax revenue increases over the course of 25 years will cover the cost of a major transportation infrastructure project? Read More

William Menking, Architect’s Newspaper; Sara Reisman, Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Situ Studio; Susan Chin, FAIA, Design Trust for Public Space; James Carpenter, James Carpenter Design Associates; Sandra Bloodworth, Arts and Urban Design, MTA; and Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw.
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Publicly Available

In an interesting collaboration between two committees at opposite ends of the spectrum, the AIANY Interiors and Planning & Urban Design Committees, came a panel on public art, which Hayes Slade, AIA, one of the organizers, claims “crystallizes the relationship of the public and architecture.” The following three presentations reaffirmed that; how they do varies greatly.

Fulton Center, the new transit station designed by Grimshaw, which opened to the public this week, led the presentations. Sandra Bloodworth leads the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts and Urban Design Program, which brings site-specific artworks to subway stations to give them a unique identity. She presented with Grimshaw’s Andrew Whalley, AIA, RIBA, and James Carpenter, president and founder of James Carpenter Design Associates, the core team that designed the centerpiece of the station, the oculus. With the intent to span the east side of the island to the west while connecting 11 train lines, Fulton Center, and the oculus particularly, anchor the station complex with a gathering space and orients one within the sprawl. “The art results from the collaboration,” Bloodworth said. Read More

Debra Pickrel, AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee; Gonzalo V. Cruz, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Studio NYC, AECOM; Gretchen Bank, AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee; AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; William Menking, The Architect's Newspaper; Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Architecture Research Office; and Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture
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Landing Space

The panel of practicing architects and landscape architects discussed the transition from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s current administration and their projects for the city and its various agencies. dlandstudio’s Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, of dlandstudio, made the point that “work does not stop from one administration to another,” and gave an overview of city and state agency projects she has been designing, including for the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and Department of Design + Construction (DDC), as well as Design Trust for Public Space.

Listing a number of projects, including a portion of the East River Esplanade, AECOM’s Gonzalo Cruz, ASLA, resounded that designers of public space have to engage the agencies and, more importantly, the public for whom they are designing. “Agencies want nothing more [than the RFP scope] and have nothing more to give,” he said, “but through design and efficiencies you can get away with a lot” – such as the street furniture and fencing his studio designed for Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO. Read More

Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization, published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Park Books.
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Oculus Quick Take: Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization

On 10.06.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Martistella Casciato and Tom Avermaete, co-authors of Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization, published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Park Books, and reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 10.15.14 issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.

A Learning By Design:NY residency with a 6th grade class at PS 102 in Queens integrated a social studies unit on the Middle Ages and math skills of scale measurement into their art class by designing and building scale models of typical medieval townhouses.
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Center for Architecture Foundation Awarded $50,000 Grant from Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

The Center for Architecture Foundation’s K-12 educational programs Learning By Design:NY and StudentDay@theCenter reach more than 4,000 students each year, and have a devoted following of schools and teachers who have made these programs an integral part of their curriculum. The Deutsch Bank Americas Foundation has recognized these unique programs by selecting CFAF to participate in its current Arts & Enterprise grant program, which will provide $50,000 to help CFAF integrate the K-12 Common Core Learning Standards into our educational programs, and expand these programs to more low-income, underserved schools. CFAF is one of about 20 cultural organizations in New York City that were selected for this program based on “a strong vision of supporting underserved communities and a history of educational commitment through both intensive and broad-reaching programs alike.” The grant program includes training for staff and educators on Common Core integration, and a series of working sessions for educational leaders from the cohort to develop a set of best practices for arts and cultural organizations that can be disseminated to the field. Read More

1 - Take the A (or the 2, 3, 4, 5, C, J, Z, and and R lines) to the Fulton Center
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In the News

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In this issue:
- Take the A (or the 2, 3, 4, 5, C, J, Z, and R lines) to the Fulton Center
- Interlocking Strands Paint a Picture for a Building for Art Students
- New Structure Rises to the Occasion
- And a Structure that Doesn’t
- Dynastic Displays of Affection for Chinese Artifacts Read More

Names in the News

First Lady Michelle Obama presented Publicolor with the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award…

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation has appointed Troy Conrad Therrien as Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives…

Geoffrey Doban, AIA, has joined Doban Architecture as Vice President…Barbara Oulds has been appointed Deputy Operations Manager for AFG Group’s New York City office…Montroy Andersen DeMarco (MADGI) has promoted Ajay Waghmare to Project Manager…Sergio Valero, AIA, LEED Green Associate, has joined Goldstein, Hill & West Architects (GHWA) as a Senior Architect in the firm’s zoning department…Joseph Di Giorgio has been promoted to Studio Manager at Ware Malcomb’s New York office…Steven Borelli, Adam Mercier, AIA, LEED AP, and Aileen Muñoz, LEED AP, have been promoted to Associates at di Domenico + Partners

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11.15.14: "Arch Schools 2014" and Deans' Roundtable
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
AIA Europe founder Alan Schwartzman, FAIA, shown here with AIA National Vice President Susan Chin, FAIA, received a prolonged standing ovation while receiving two AIA Europe awards.
Musings on AIA in Europe Rhetorically Speaking
Roland Lewis, Roland Lewis, President & CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, introduces the South Street Seaport Public Forum on 10.10.14.
Planning the ‘Port: A Public Conversation on Development at the South Street Seaport Policy Pulse
Alexander Garvin, president and CEO of Alex Garvin & Associates and professor at Yale School of Architecture presented on the creation of a light rail line to connect Queens to Brooklyn.
Millenials Bring Back the Trolley? At the Center for Architecture
William Menking, Architect’s Newspaper; Sara Reisman, Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Situ Studio; Susan Chin, FAIA, Design Trust for Public Space; James Carpenter, James Carpenter Design Associates; Sandra Bloodworth, Arts and Urban Design, MTA; and Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw.
Publicly Available At the Center for Architecture
Debra Pickrel, AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee; Gonzalo V. Cruz, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Studio NYC, AECOM; Gretchen Bank, AIANY Marketing & Communications Committee; AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; William Menking, The Architect's Newspaper; Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, Architecture Research Office; and Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA, dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture
Landing Space At the Center for Architecture
Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization, published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Park Books.
Oculus Quick Take: Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization Podcast
A Learning By Design:NY residency with a 6th grade class at PS 102 in Queens integrated a social studies unit on the Middle Ages and math skills of scale measurement into their art class by designing and building scale models of typical medieval townhouses.
Center for Architecture Foundation Awarded $50,000 Grant from Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Take the A (or the 2, 3, 4, 5, C, J, Z, and and R lines) to the Fulton Center
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space” through 01.03.15
On View: At the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture
10.27.14: Organizers and speakers at the annual J. Max Bond Jr. Memorial Lecture, “Conversations | Equity Agendas,” discussed how the agendas of affordability, housing, and community fit into the de Blasio administration: (l-r) Karen Kubey, Institute for Public Architecture (IPA); Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich, Peterson Rich Office; Sagi Golan,  NYC Department of Planning; Mark Gardner, AIA, AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee; Nadine Maleh, Inspiring Places for Community Solutions; Quilian Riano, DSGNAGNC and  NYDesigns; Marc Norman, 2014-15 Loeb Fellow, Harvard GSD; Kaja Kühl, Columbia University GSAPP 5 Borough Studio; Mindy Fullilove, AIA, Columbia University; and Venesa Alicea, AIA, AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
Archtober 2014
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
“Architecture comes from the Greek word arkitekton, meaning we’re going to be about 120% over budget.” Robert De Niro’s engaging speech mixed humor with a vast understanding of the standards of architecture, quoting the three Vitruvian qualities of “solidity, usefulness, and beauty.”
Heritage Ball 2014: Talkin’ to the Architects Reports from the Field
Friends of LaGuardia President Lawrence Goldberg served as master of ceremonies at the neighborhood association's annual dinner.
Hawkish about LaGuardia Rhetorically Speaking
Speakers at "Issues in Civic Visioning: A Town + Gown Event" at the Center for Architecture.
New York City: Open for Building Policy Pulse
NOMA Design Excellence award winner and AIA New York Chapter member Pascale Sablan, AIA, (center) pictured with (l-r) Venesa Alicea, AIA; Jack Travis, FAIA; 2016 AIA President-elect Russell Davidson, FAIA; and nycobaNOMA Past-president Tonja Adair, AIA.
NOMA: For the LOVE of it Reports from the Field
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture; Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects; Cara Cragan, Director of Architecture, Helsinki and Abu Dhabi, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; and Joel Sanders, Professor Adjunct, Yale School of Architecture
To the Finland Website: To Get an Icon, Don’t Strive for One At the Center for Architecture
Brad Cloepfil, AIA, founder of Allied Works Architecture, delivered this year's annual Arthur M. Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture organized by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee.
Allied in Architecture and Arts At the Center for Architecture
SculptureCenter Executive Director Mary Ceruti and Andrew Berman, FAIA, guided architecture enthusiasts through a tour of the recently-opened SculptureCenter in Long Island City.
Sculpting the Center Reports from the Field
Architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner was joined by former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
Sustainable Innovation in Urban Planning: Jaime Lerner’s Visionary Success Reports from the Field
One mile of rock, thousands of feet deep, is being excavated out of Manhattan, carted through Queens to Pennsylvania, to make way for MTA’s East Side Access.
Assessing MTA’s East Side Access Reports from the Field
Szenasy, Design Advocate
Oculus Quick Take: Szenasy, Design Advocate Podcast
One group of UASDC students presents their garden design featuring a series of outdoor rooms accommodating different activities along an axis.
High School Students Plant the Seeds for Change in a Local Playground and Garden At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Not Just Another Pretty Façade
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
11.10.14: Call for Entries: 2014 AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“New Practices New York 2014” through 01.17.15
On View: At the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture
10.15.14: Introduced by AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Jeffrey Inaba, Assoc. AIA, led Archtober enthusiasts on a Building of the Day tour of Red Bull Studios, a slick 38,000-square-foot music studio/gallery/corporate office.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
NYC Department of Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora spoke about the search for a new Chief Architect at the Center for Architecture.
Calling all Architects: The NYC Department of Design + Construction Searches for a Chief Architect Editor's Note
Joseph Bresnan, FAIA, and Adrienne Bresnan, FAIA, received the AIANYS Fellows Award from AIANYS Immediate Past-President Ray Beeler, AIA, and AIANYS Executive Director Georgi Ann Bailey, CAE, Hon. AIANYS
Saratoga Sings Rhetorically Speaking
Each winner of the "New Practices New York 2014" competition designed a site-specific installation for the Center for Architecture's double-height storefront.
New York Reinvests in the New: New Practices New York 2014 At the Center for Architecture
Architects and representatives from the city’s library systems and city agencies discussed innovative ways of overcoming the design and financial challenges associated with holding UPK in branch libraries.
Branching Out: Next Steps for Universal Pre-Kindergarten Expansion in NYC Libraries Policy Pulse
Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate; Alexander Cooper, FAIA, Founding Partner and CEO of Cooper, Robertson & Partners; Carl Weisbrod, Chairman, NYC Planning Commission; Herbert Sturz, former Chairman, NYC Planning Commission; and Carol Willis, Founding Director, The Skyscraper Museum
Naughty, Gaudy, Bawdy, Sporty, and Gone: Times Squares Old and New At the Center for Architecture
Tango Housing in Sweden by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planers with FFNS Architects
Aging in Housing At the Center for Architecture
Martistella Casciato and Tom Avermaete presented on "Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization" at the October 2014 Oculus Book Talk.
Oculus Book Review: Casablanca Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization At the Center for Architecture
On 09.18.14, the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and Classic Harbor Line organized a Featured Boat Guide tour down the Hudson River and Arthur Kill into Freshkills Creek
Ride Down Freshkills Kill Reports from the Field
Stephen Cassell, AIA, LEED AP, and Kim Yao, AIA, partners at Architecture Research Office (ARO) were this year's Oberfield Lecture speakers.
Above All, Research At the Center for Architecture
Teresa Harris, Ph.D., Project Coordinator, Marcel Breuer Digital Archive, Syracuse University; John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA, Co-chair, AIANY Historic Buildings Committee; Mary Beth Betts, Ph.D., Director of Research, Landmarks Preservation Commission; Donald Friedman, P.E., President, Old Structures Engineering; Nancy A. Rankin, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, John G. Waite Associates; and and Nathan Hoyt, FAIA, Architect
History is in the Details At the Center for Architecture
Families re-imaging a “family-friendly” NYC through play at James Rojas’s planning activity using maps of the five boroughs.
Family Festival Brings Hundreds to the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - A Teardrop-shaped Building Designed to Fit a Triangle
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
11.10.14: Call for Entries: 2014 AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“New Practices New York 2014” through 01.17.15
On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town About Town
10.01.14: Ennead Architects kicked off Archtober’s Building of the Day series with a tour of the Public Theater, exploring the history of the building from its origins as an institution for learning, to its period as the home of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and its final chapter as a hub of theaters.
Sighted: Archtober Edition Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
Stop by the Center for Architecture and fill your October calendar with architecture and design-related events.
Happy Archtober! Editor's Note