"New Practices New York 2014" is on view at the Center for Architecture through 01.17.15
Editor's Note by • 01/14/15

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We are thrilled to welcome 2015 and “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice,” the presidential theme of 2015 AIANY President Tomas Rossant, AIA. We hope you will join us in making this year as successful as the last!

As the new year begins, our exhibition “New Practices New York 2014” comes to a close. If you haven’t had a chance to see the works of these six promising, young NYC firms, make sure you stop by the Center for Architecture before 01.17.15. Projects range from the wacky (wax piñatas and fuzzy tentacles) to the civically-minded (water-absorbing sponge parks).

Finally, don’t forget to submit your work to the AIANY 2015 Design Awards! Our annual awards program recognizes architectural design by AIANY members, NYC-based architects in any location, and work in NYC by architects from around the world. Enter your projects by the 02.06.15 deadline.

I hope you had a lovely and restful holiday season.

Tomas Rossant, AIA, and Joseph Tortorella hold the keys to the Center for Architecture.
From the Desk of the President by • 01/14/15

From the Desk of the President

While you were still sleeping on 01.01.15, the Center for Architecture was reborn as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit entity with aspirations to become the preeminent place for architectural education and discourse geared to improving the social, cultural, and environmental aspects of the public realm. While it remains a sister institution to AIANY, with shared staff and a governance structure intertwined with the Chapter’s, it now has its own Board of Directors and a unique mission rightly distinguished from a membership-driven organization like AIANY. One of my responsibilities as 2015 AIANY President is to partner with Center for Architecture President Joseph Tortorella, and thoughtfully design the details of a mutually-beneficial, productive, and symbiotic relationship between the two institutions. Read More

Via Verde
In Response by • 01/14/15

Examining the Gauntlet

AIANY past president Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, responds to Justin Shubow’s article “Architecture Continues to Implode: More Insiders Admit the Profession is Failing,” published in Forbes.

I doubt that anyone wants a world without a Fabergé egg or a Gehry fish. Nobody wants a world without the old Penn Station or the new New York Times Building. Nobody wants a world without Butterfield House or Via Verde. The complex layering of cultural artifacts, from eggs to exhibition pavilions, is evidence of our cultural richness, creating new challenges and opportunities, stimulating research, generating insights and epiphanies, and encouraging our use of new processes, new methods, new materials, and new technologies. Changing contexts, circumstances, environments, and evolving cultures are all part of the wonder we encounter as a species. Read More

Constadino (Gus) Sirakis, PE, Gina L. Bocra, AIA, LEED AP BD+C/ID+C, and Emily Hoffman, PE, CEM, LEED AP, CPMP, from the NYC Department of Buildings presented on the updated energy code to a packed house on 1.12.15.
Policy Pulse by • 01/14/15

Environmentalism at the Forefront

In 2014, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his administration’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% over 2005 levels by 2050. Almost 75% of NYC’s emissions come from buildings, so the proposed retrofits would dramatically reduce citywide emissions. To reach this goal, architects need to get on board and AIANY is preparing to help. Read More

12.08.14: A panel of experts discussed issues in the Far West Side following a presentation of New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the Highline, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side at the December 2014 Oculus Book Talk.
At the Center for Architecture, Book Reviews by • 01/14/15

Oculus Book Review: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side”

David Halle and Elizabeth Tiso’s newest endeavor, New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side, is a chronicle of Manhattan’s West Side development from the 1970s to the present. The authors explore the art boom in Chelsea, the birth of the High Line and the crafting of the Meatpacking District, the failed attempts at codifying urban activity around the Javits Center, and, finally, an inquiry into the art life of the Lower East Side (LES). Read More

"New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side"
Podcast by • 01/14/15

Oculus Quick Take: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side”

On 12.28.14, Miguel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso, co-authors of New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side, published by University of Chicago Press, and reviewed by Annie Coggan in this issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.

Villa E.1027 by Eileen Gray is one of the houses Greben will visit on her trip.
Center News by • 01/14/15

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant

The Center for Architecture and AIANY are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. The purpose of the grant is to further the personal and professional development of an early or mid-career architect through travel.

The Scholarship Committee selected three winners for 2014: Jan Greben, William Smith, and the team of Lauren Connell and Baris Yüksel. Greben will travel to France, England, and Ireland for her research on “Collaboration to Independence in the Work of Eileen Gray.” The intention of her travel is to visit houses designed by Gray and to access the designer’s archives. Smith’s project, “Architecture and Radical Hydrology: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Subcontinent,” will explore architecture and climate change, focusing on “low-capital, small-scale interventions.” Connell and Yüksel plan to document patterns in Central Asian architecture and tile work in their project “De-Coding the Roads: Computational Tessellation of Central Asian Architecture.” Read More

1 - Local or Global? FIGMENT Chooses Both!
In The News by • 01/14/15

In the News

(Slideshow Above)

In this issue:
- Local or Global? FIGMENT Chooses Both!
- Art as Prescription for Community Medicine
- Unveiling the Veil
- Ohio Honors Its Vets
- Innovation Station
- New Convention Center Ups City’s Business Tourism Ante Read More

Names in the News

Winners of the 2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture include: the Danish Maritime Museum by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, John Jay College of Criminal Justice by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology by WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City by Thomas Phifer and Partners …Arent Fox by STUDIOS Architecture, The Barbarian Group by Clive Wilkinson Architects and Design Republic Partners Architects, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum by Davis Brody Bond were winners of the 2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture…Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), The BIG U by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, and Target Field Station by Perkins Eastman were winners of the 2015 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design… Read More

02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines by • 01/14/15

New Deadlines

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.

Summer 2015: AIANY 2015 Design Awards
Submission deadline: 02.06.15

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: 05.22.15

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 for story ideas, projects: 08.14.15 Read More

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"New Practices New York 2014" is on view at the Center for Architecture through 01.17.15
Happy New Year! Editor's Note
Tomas Rossant, AIA, and Joseph Tortorella hold the keys to the Center for Architecture.
From the Desk of the President From the Desk of the President
Via Verde
Examining the Gauntlet In Response
Constadino (Gus) Sirakis, PE, Gina L. Bocra, AIA, LEED AP BD+C/ID+C, and Emily Hoffman, PE, CEM, LEED AP, CPMP, from the NYC Department of Buildings presented on the updated energy code to a packed house on 1.12.15.
Environmentalism at the Forefront Policy Pulse
12.08.14: A panel of experts discussed issues in the Far West Side following a presentation of New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the Highline, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side at the December 2014 Oculus Book Talk.
Oculus Book Review: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side” At the Center for Architecture
"New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side"
Oculus Quick Take: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side” Podcast
Villa E.1027 by Eileen Gray is one of the houses Greben will visit on her trip.
Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Center News
1 - Local or Global? FIGMENT Chooses Both!
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG)” opening 01.22.15
On View About Town
01.12.15: AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, invited the audience to pick up their own copies of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, at the Oculus Book Talk featuring author Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, and William Morrish of Parsons The New School for Design.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
Illustration by Inbal Newman
Happy Holidays! Editor's Note
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA and Rick Bell, FAIA with 2015 AIA National President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA at the inaugural in Washington, DC on 12/12/14.
Message from the President From the Desk of the President
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (right), passes the gavel to AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA.
AIANY 2015 Board Inaugural At the Center for Architecture
On 12.06.14 and 12.07.14 the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) hosted HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities, a training course on integrating resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas, at City College.
Lobbying for Libraries Policy Pulse
Speakers and organizers of Inclusionary/Integrated Housing Part 1 of 2: Community Development
Planning with the Community in East New York At the Center for Architecture
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA. On the screen: Program bubble diagram of a two-bed Ebola Biocontainment Unit designed by Atelier New York Architecture, typical of small BCUs being planned at state-designated institutions in anticipation of possible local pandemics.
Designing to Outsmart Ebola: Time to Think about the Unthinkable At the Center for Architecture
Speakers of "Community Schools: Process, Program, and Promise." (l-r) Mark Thaler, AIA, Gensler; Kimberly Murphya, AIA, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects; Jack Doyle, New Settlement Apartments; Jeffrey Dugan, AIA, Dattner; and Vincent Lee, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers.
Two Cools for School At the Center for Architecture
Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City
Oculus Quick Take: Paradise Planned Podcast
Learning By Design:NY residency at PS 102.
Looking Back, Looking Forward At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - The Cooper Hewitt Reopens after Three Years of Work by 13 Design Firms
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
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
AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, and Center for Architecture 2015 President Joseph Tortorella received the keys to the Center for Architecture during the Center for Architecture Foundation / AIA New York Chapter joint board meeting. Also shown: Catherine Teegarden; Carol Loewenson, FAIA; and Lance Jay Brown, FAIA.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, and AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (center).
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
Paul Katz, FAIA
In Memoriam: Paul Katz In Memoriam
On 11.20.14, the NYC Department of City Planning organized a panel discussion on retrofitting urban buildings for flood risk.
Equitable Efficiency Policy Pulse
Alan Mallach, senior fellow of the National Housing Institute, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Samuel Ratensky Memorial Lecture Transcript At the Center for Architecture
13 area architecture school deans discussed leadership at the 2014 Deans' Roundtable.
2014 Deans’ Roundtable At the Center for Architecture
David Fishman, co-author of Paradise Planned, presented on the evolution of suburbs at the November 2014 Oculus Book Talk.
Oculus Book Review: Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City, by Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove At the Center for Architecture
Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY; Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Consulate General of Norway; Ingrid Moe, Consulate General of Norway; Kati Laakso, Consulate General of Finland in New York; Emmi Keskisarja, Architect; Miia-Liina Tommila, Architect; Caitlin Mehner, Performer; and David Gelles, Performer
Infinite Diversities At the Center for Architecture
Stanis Smith, FRAIC, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President for Buildings, Sector Leader, Airports, Stantec
Zip-a-ding Through the Airport: Place-Oriented Playlands At the Center for Architecture
Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY; Gabriel Smith, AIA, Thomas Phifer and Partners; Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership; Scott Briggs, AIA, AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee; Audrey Matlock, FAIA, Audrey Matlock Architect; and Katie Gerfen, Architect magazine
American Architects Working in Post-Soviet Culture Sectors At the Center for Architecture
Hana Kassem, AIA, LEED AP, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY; Alejandro Zaera-Polo, AZPML; Florian Idenburg, Intl. Assoc. AIA, SO-IL; Dan Gallagher, NADAAA; Nader Tehrani, NADAAA; and Hashim Sarkis, MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Melting Pot At the Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) hosted the annual Architecture and Design College Fair on 11.21.14
CFAF Hosts Architecture and Design College Fair At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Fantasy Island
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space” through 01.03.15
On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town About Town
11.13.14: At the “Geometry and Structure in Architecture” event, organized by the Center for Architecture and the Museum of the City of New York, speakers discussed the interactions between mathematics and geometry in architecture. (l-r) SawTeen See, Managing Partner, and Leslie E. Robertson, Founder, Leslie E. Robertson Associates; William F. Baker, Structural Engineering Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Erleen Hatfield, AIA, LEED AP, PE, Principal, Buro Happold; and Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director, Museum of the City of New York.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
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