Benjamin Kracauer, Michael Graves with Emily Kracauer, and Cynthia Phifer Kracauer at the Warehouse, 1982 (photographer unknown).
In Memoriam by • 03/25/15

Michael Graves, FAIA, a Memory

A few days have gone by since I heard of Michael Graves’s death. There has been wide coverage in the general media – spots on TV shows and a front-page obit in the New York Times. I posted my own photographic tribute on my maiden-name Facebook page: a picture I took last year of the wheelchair-bound architect, with my also-architect husband Benjamin Kracauer, AIA, at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT.

As a Princeton architecture student in the 1970s (almost the entire decade – 1971-1979), I was Graves’s student in design studio, repeatedly took his Visual Studies class, and had him on reviews. Five Architects was well thumbed, Peter Eisenman, FAIA, showed up for Michael’s juries. The Institute – not the American Institute of Architects, but rather the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies – was a mecca for internships with Peter, Rem Koolhaas, and a host of others making their own mayhem in New York. Oppositions came out regularly: a platform for an academic discourse on architecture and planning that may have singlehandedly invented its own private language through appropriation of critical thought from the other more verbal disciplines of literature, philosophy, and history. And I was a Navy-brat-public-school kid from Los Angeles, transplanted by ambition to the recently co-educated ivy halls. Read More

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, Urban Green Council; John H. Lee, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; David Bomke, The Fulcrum Group; William Braham, FAIA, University of Pennsylvania; and Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED AP, RTKL
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/25/15

Sustainability Experts: It’s Time for Radical Response

Howard Roark died. A long time ago, some would add, perhaps even at birth; as professional icons go, the architect-as-solitary-aesthetic-hero character strikes many real-world architects as intellectually stillborn. Yet the “Edge Sustainability” panel’s most daring provocateur, RTKL Chief Sustainability Officer Lance Hosey, FAIA, finds the Roarkian image perversely staggering on, a zombielike presence obstructing efforts to apply architects’ expertise to the planet’s most pressing problem. Read More

Save the Date! FitCity 10 - 05.11.15
Policy Pulse by • 03/25/15

Save the Date – FitCity 10

FitCity 10: Promoting Physical Activity through Design, organized by AIANY and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will take place on 05.11.15 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Avenue. The 10th annual conference will bring together architects, planners, designers, developers, government officials, community advocates, and public health professionals to discuss how design, policy, and practice decisions can create opportunities to increase physical activity, access to healthier food and beverages, and overall well-being in NYC’s low-income communities. Read More

women. wikipedia. design. #wikiD
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women. wikipedia. design. #wikiD: ArchiteXX’s Ongoing Campaign to Write Women Architects into One of the Internet’s Most Widely Consulted Databases

In her essay for Places, “Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia,” Despina Stratigakos discusses the lack of women architects in our history books, current publications, and in our public consciousness. Unfortunately, some of those who are written into the historical record on Wikipedia are just as quickly being edited out. ArchiteXX felt that we had to take action. Global action. We organized the first-ever international #wikiD event on International Women’s Day, 03.08.15, to write more women architects, designers, and all those involved in the creation of our built environment, into Wikipedia. ArchiteXX teamed up with the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the AIA New York Chapter for a #wikiD party at the Center for Architecture in New York; it took place concurrently with editing parties internationally on the same day. All told, the #wikiD campaign was a needed shot in the arm that brought widespread awareness to the issue, but now we’re tasked with leveraging that momentum to solve the Wikipedia gender gap in the long run. Read More

Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY and Center for Architecture; Hana Kassem, AIA, LEED AP, KPF; Renatto Anelli, Instituto Lina Bo Bardi; Marcelo Ferraz, brasil arquitetura; Anne Marie Baranowski, AIA, LEED AP, AMBA; Heidi Kippenham, AIA, PBDW Architects; Denise Hochbaum, AIA; Giancarlo Latorraca, Museu de Casa Brasileira; and Yehuda E. Safran, Columbia GSAPP
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/25/15

Lina Bo Bardi’s Popular Rise

It was a coincidental night – the first day of spring, five inches of snow, the 100th anniversary of Lina Bo Bardi’s birth, and, to the day, the 23rd anniversary of her death – that brought together some who knew her well to share tales of Bo Bardi’s life and legacy.

To supplement his own education, Dr. Zeuler Lima began investigating Bo Bardi to uncover how one could design as she did. The results show in numerous exhibitions, a film, and a biography that he has produced. Because her interests were so eclectic, Lima devised a timeline that charted her polymath activities; what he found supports Bo Bardi’s conviction of “life as a work of art.” Zeuler showed his documentary film, which focuses on Bo Bardi’s exhibition and curatorial activities and reveals her democratic views on art, artifact, and craft. Read More

Keller Easterling, Professor at Yale School of Architecture, was the speaker at the March Oculus Book Talk.
Book Reviews by • 03/25/15

Oculus Book Review: Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, by Keller Easterling

On 03.16.15 the Center for Architecture hosted Keller Easterling, a professor at the Yale School of Architecture, to discuss her latest book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space. As attendees walked into the Center’s lecture hall, Easterling projected a dramatic flyover of a glittering city of fiber-optic optimization with diamond- and dolphin-shaped buildings. In a continuous loop, the animation showed urban space and order, form and function – but it was scary. Was the audience to think it was so bad it was cool? Is Easterling intimating that there was an aesthetic to embrace? Was it offered up as something to correct or something to embrace? Is she a pro-Matrix (as in the movie franchise) Denise Scott Brown? Easterling’s delivery is journalistic in tone but disconcertingly optimistic. Her balletic cadence was compelling, and drifted in and out of preacher-like caution against neoliberalism and a gamer’s excitement of this new realm of nongovernmental parameters and freedoms. Read More

Tomas Hernandez, Jr., DBC Technologies; Warren Redeker, Prosurance Redeker Group; James F. Brown, BFF Consulting; Melinda Mathews, Assoc. AIA, Agility Recovery; and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Curtis + Ginsberg
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/25/15

25 Great Ideas if Your Design Practice is Knocked Out by a Disaster – or to Avoid One Altogether

With disasters increasingly probable, would your office be in a position to work? What problems would you and your people – as a business and as individuals – encounter?

The 03.10.15 program, “Business Continuity: Resilience is Not an Expense,” had as its mission to make people aware of the threats facing their business operations, and show them how to meet disasters head-on.

People active in helping businesses through disasters, and some who have taken their firms through disasters, formed the panel that brought a combination of design professionals, design-firm business leaders, and administrators.   Read More

Leonardo Bonanni, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Sourcemap
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/25/15

Designing Sustainable Supply Chains

If you own a MacBook (or even if you don’t), perhaps you recall Apple’s campaign claiming it was the “world’s greenest notebook.” Beyond the exciting tagline, there was no real way for consumers to know whether this was an accurate statement. Dr. Leo Bonanni noticed the disconnect – the huge gap between sustainability claims and consumer information was the beginning of Sourcemap. Read More

Weintraub’s study focuses on Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti, and the effects of hands-on learning experiences.
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/25/15

2015 Arnold W. Brunner Grant Winners Announced

The Center for Architecture and AIA New York Chapter are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Arnold W. Brunner Grant. The Brunner Grant is awarded annually to an advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture.

The Scholarship Committee selected three recipients for 2015: Peggy Deamer, Ph.D., Mary McLeod, Ph.D., and Ruth-Claire Weintraub. Deamer’s project, “Architecture and the Sherman Antitrust Act,” investigates the history of the Sherman Antitrust Act and how it is deployed to advocate for the profession of architecture. McLeod will explore Le Corbusier’s response to World War II by focusing on his little-known proposal for refugee housing in her project, “Le Corbusier’s Response to World War II: His Proposals for Refugee Housing.” Weintraub has developed a pilot study, “Exposure, Explanation, Evolution: the Professional and the Personal in Architectural Education,” which examines builders’ experiences at Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti. Read More

1 - The Strand Links Downtown Brooklyn
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Benjamin Kracauer, Michael Graves with Emily Kracauer, and Cynthia Phifer Kracauer at the Warehouse, 1982 (photographer unknown).
Michael Graves, FAIA, a Memory In Memoriam
Laurie Kerr, FAIA, Urban Green Council; John H. Lee, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; David Bomke, The Fulcrum Group; William Braham, FAIA, University of Pennsylvania; and Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED AP, RTKL
Sustainability Experts: It’s Time for Radical Response At the Center for Architecture
Save the Date! FitCity 10 - 05.11.15
Save the Date – FitCity 10 Policy Pulse
women. wikipedia. design. #wikiD
women. wikipedia. design. #wikiD: ArchiteXX’s Ongoing Campaign to Write Women Architects into One of the Internet’s Most Widely Consulted Databases At the Center for Architecture
Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY and Center for Architecture; Hana Kassem, AIA, LEED AP, KPF; Renatto Anelli, Instituto Lina Bo Bardi; Marcelo Ferraz, brasil arquitetura; Anne Marie Baranowski, AIA, LEED AP, AMBA; Heidi Kippenham, AIA, PBDW Architects; Denise Hochbaum, AIA; Giancarlo Latorraca, Museu de Casa Brasileira; and Yehuda E. Safran, Columbia GSAPP
Lina Bo Bardi’s Popular Rise At the Center for Architecture
Keller Easterling, Professor at Yale School of Architecture, was the speaker at the March Oculus Book Talk.
Oculus Book Review: Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, by Keller Easterling Book Reviews
Tomas Hernandez, Jr., DBC Technologies; Warren Redeker, Prosurance Redeker Group; James F. Brown, BFF Consulting; Melinda Mathews, Assoc. AIA, Agility Recovery; and Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Curtis + Ginsberg
25 Great Ideas if Your Design Practice is Knocked Out by a Disaster – or to Avoid One Altogether At the Center for Architecture
Leonardo Bonanni, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Sourcemap
Designing Sustainable Supply Chains At the Center for Architecture
Weintraub’s study focuses on Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti, and the effects of hands-on learning experiences.
2015 Arnold W. Brunner Grant Winners Announced At the Center for Architecture
1 - The Strand Links Downtown Brooklyn
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
04.17.15: Call for Entries: AIANY 2015 Housing Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley” opening 03.26.15
On View About Town
03.12.15: Long-time partner Peter Samton, FAIA, and Mrs. Lee Gruzen celebrated the life of Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, of Gruzen Samton, at a tribute hosted at the Center for Architecture.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
Archtoberites touring 4 World Trade Center during Archtober 2014.
Call for Entries: Archtober 2015 Building of the Day Editor's Note
The seven celebrated jurors awarded the Best in Competition award to Songpa Micro Housing by SsD. (l-r) Nick Winton, Anmahian Winton Architects; Richard Maimon, FAIA, Kieran Timberlake; Stan Field, SAIA, RIBA, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Field Architecture; Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz; Simon Frommenwiler, HHF Architects; Johanna Hurme, 5468796 architecture; Hadrian Predock, predock frane architects; and Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Zeitgeist Microclimate: 2015 AIANY Design Awards Jury Symposium At the Center for Architecture
Representatives from AIA New York State, AIA New Jersey, and AIA New York Chapter accepted the a Component Excellence Award for Knowledge Sharing Initiatives. The group was awarded for its work on the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, which has expanded and shared knowledge.
AIA on the Hill: Grassroots 2015 Policy Pulse
Wendy Feuer, Assistant Commissioner of Urban Design + Art + Wayfind at the NYC Department of Transportation.
Safe Streets, Great Streets At the Center for Architecture
High school students designed their own micro-unit apartments in the Center’s three-day vacation studio program.
(Very) New Practices Learning by Design
Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities
Oculus Quick Take: Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities Podcast
1 - The Palazzo of Pierrepont Street
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
04.17.15: Call for Entries: AIANY 2015 Housing Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“BxW NYC” opening 03.02.15
On View About Town
02.25.15: AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, welcomed attendees to “netWORKing" event at GD Cucine, and invited members to learn more about the Chapter’s advocacy initiatives.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
"BxW NYC" opens at the Center for Architecture on 03.02.15
Designed by Women: Architecture for All Editor's Soapbox
Zdeněk Lukeš, curator of “Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes,” led visitors on a tour of the exhibition.
Inside “Prague Functionalism” At the Center for Architecture
Jordan L. Gruzen, FAIA; Julian Zugazagoitia, former Director, El Museo Del Barrio; William M. Singer, AIA, Ronnette Riley Architect; David Burney, FAIA, former Commissioner NYC Department of Design + Construction at the groundbreaking ceremony for El Museo del Barrio
Thoughts on an 80-Year Life – Jordan L. Gruzen, FAIA (1934-2015), IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton In Memoriam
The NYC Department of City Planning released a series of proposed changes to the Zoning Resolution that would remove barriers that constrain housing production, encourage better quality buildings, promote senior housing, and reduce unnecessary parking requirements.
Citizen Architect: Getting Your Voice Heard Policy Pulse
Dan Graham, Artist; Mieko Meguro, Artist; Jessica Russell, Architect; and Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY.
Oculus Book Review: Architecture/Astrology Book Reviews
William Wheeler, Director of Planning, MTA; Vincent Chang, MA DipArch (Cantab) RIBA, AIA, Partner, Grimshaw Architects; Eve Michel, AIA, Vice President of Development & Chief Architect, MTA Capital Construction Company; Sandra Bloodworth, Director, MTA Arts & Design; Uday Durg, Fulton Project Executive, MTA Capital Construction Company; Robert Eisenstat, AIA, Chief Architect, Design Division, Engineering Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and Craig Covil, Principal and Infrastructure Leader, ARUP
Fulton Center…A Vision Realized At the Center for Architecture
Hive (Bleecker Street) (2012) © Leo Villareal, NYCT Bleecker Street/Lafayette Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design.
The Art Under-World: the MTA Arts for Transit Program Reports from the Field
Speakers of "Smart Cities: Delivering Sustainable Urbanism."
Infrastructure IQ At the Center for Architecture
1 - A Modern Classic Makes a Good Neighbor to Adjacent Historic District
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
04.17.15: Call for Entries: AIANY 2015 Housing Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes” through 05.23.15
On View About Town
02.05.15: Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, and and Alfreda Radzicki, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, FXFOWLE, celebrated the launch of the firm’s new monograph, Reveal Filter Revolve Effect, and the opening of “REVEALing Architecture” at the National Academy Museum & School.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
"Prague Functionalism" opens on 02.12.15 at the Center for Architecture.
New York Meets Prague Functionalism Editor's Note
02.03.15: Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his State of the City Address in Baruch College's Mason Hall.
Statement of the City Rhetorically Speaking
Jeffrey Brown, Jeffrey M. Brown Associates; James Garrison, AIA, RA, NCARB, Garrison Architects; David Wallance, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects; Stephen Kieran, FAIA, KieranTimberlake; Chris Sharples, AIA, SHoP
The Mod Moment: Nearly Ready to Rock the Construction Industry? At the Center for Architecture
KPF's One Vanderbilt and Grand Central Station.
Overheard at Hearings Policy Pulse
AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, and Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance CEO Roland Lewis gave remarks at the opening of the WEDG exhibition at the Center for Architecture.
Embracing the Waterfront, from New York to Copenhagen At the Center for Architecture
Dr. Alan Blumberg,  Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Maritime Systems; Jonie Fu, AIA, Fu Wilmers Design|Architecture + Urbanism; Anthony Ciorra, Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sandy Recovery Program for the New York District; Joan Capelin, Hon. AIA, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Tomas Rossant, AIA, AIANY; Donna Walcavage, FASLA, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Walter Meyer, ASLA, Local Office Landscape Architecture; Jennifer Nitzky, ASLA NY; Alexandros Washburn,  Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Coastal Resiliency and Urban eXcellence (CRUX)
Thwarting the Perfect Storm At the Center for Architecture
Campbell Hyers, CEO and Co-founder, Control Group
Tap into Digital Space At the Center for Architecture
AIANY Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Board and Elective Positions AIA News You Can Use
1 - Derelict Public School Has New Life as a Live/Work Space for Artists
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