Congratulations to the winners of the AIANY 2014 Design Awards, and thank you to everyone who attended Monday night’s event! We hope you will join us at this year’s Honors and Awards Luncheon on 04.23.14 at Cipriani Wall Street.
Without a doubt, many of the locally-based 2014 AIANY Design Awards winners will be featured in Archtober 2014’s Building of the Day series. You can also participate in our month-long festival of architecture in New York City as the architect of a Building of the Day! Please submit one photo (with credit) and a brief description (225 words) of your built project to firstname.lastname@example.org. The building can be located in any of the five boroughs, and need not be recently completed. The deadline for the first round of submissions is 04.30.14.
Finally, the eOculus team would like to remind our readers to send us news about their firms for publication. We would love to hear about upcoming projects, latest events, and most recent promotions/new hires. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com and contributing editor Linda Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 03.03.14, four juries comprised of 12 renowned architects, educators, critics, and planners convened at the Center for Architecture to select the winners of the AIANY 2014 Design Awards. After hours of deliberation, 35 winners were selected – 13 in the Architecture category, 8 in Interiors, 10 in Projects, and 4 in Urban Design – which represent the diversity and strength of New York’s architectural design community. At Monday evening’s “AIANY Design Awards 2014 Juror Symposium and Winners Announcement,” moderated by Metropolis magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Szenasy, Hon. AIA, this year’s recipient of the Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award, jurors discussed the celebrated projects and spoke of the state of architecture in New York City and architectural competitions in general. Read More
“Our transition is practically done. The team is on the ground.” These were the concluding comments by newly-elected NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer as he addressed a large audience of architects, engineers, and builders at the Construction Industry Breakfast Forum organized by the New York Building Congress (NYBC) at the Hilton on Thursday, 02.27.14.
After introductory remarks by NYBC Chairman Thomas Z. Scarangello, NYBC President Richard T. Anderson, and Iris Weinshall, in her capacity as co-chair of the NYBC’s Higher Education Committee, the Stringer noted: “We have a responsibility to think beyond four-year budgeting to think of long-term economic expansion.” He added, “Now it’s our generation’s turn to make these long term decisions.” Speaking of why New York can succeed in the new post-service economy, the former Manhattan Borough President noted: “Our city is the capitol of art, media, and entertainment. New York is where companies find content to fuel their businesses.” Read More
Phil Ochs, the lyrical folk singer who shared Greenwich Village and the ‘60s with Bob Dylan, grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and sang of his youth there, with lyrics saying: “I’ve been all over the country / But I don’t believe I’ve had more fun / Than when I was a boy in Ohio.” With CoGo bike-share and car2go municipally-owned smart cars, Columbus has blazed an example of a city where fun goes to set a new standard. The 15th largest city in the country, Columbus and its mayor, Michael B. Coleman, have embraced the concept of Active Design with a system of linked parks, discrete neighborhood improvements such as those in the Short North Historic District, and riverfront changes including the Scioto Mile. This spirit was described in a recent WOSU public radio segment “All Sides with Ann Fisher” marking the opening of the Ohio version of the “FitNation” exhibition curated in New York by Emily Abruzzo, AIA, LEED AP.
FitCity Columbus, a program organized by AIA Columbus Executive Director Gwen Berklekamp, CAE, and Programming & Development Coordinator Jessie Masters, took place at the Columbus Center for Architecture and Design on 02.19.14. It addressed how architects and designers are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses by means of active design. The program announcement noted that “from the design of healthcare facilities to initiating public health policy changes, architects play a key role in encouraging people to burn calories through the creation of quality spaces and engaging environments.” The keynote speaker was Columbus-based architect Peter Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA, principal of BARDWELL+associates and co-chair of the AIA National Architecture for Health Knowledge Community. He spoke of how a broad approach is needed to achieve a greater emphasis on health as distinct from using medication to treat disease. The key word was “salutogenic” in an analysis consistent with the tenets of the Active Design Guidelines, also presented later the same evening. Read More
“What do Carnegie Hall, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Grand Central Station, Grant’s Tomb and the Bronx Zoo’s Elephant House have in common?” At first, this question, asked by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate at The Greene Space’s conversation “Guastavino in New York” may stump even the most inveterate New Yorker. The answer, however – the presence of tile vaulting by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino – is, according to Jill Lerner, principal at KPF and immediate past-president of AIANY, something that New Yorkers are always “subconsciously aware of.” Read More
Humans have been studying earthquakes scientifically for about 2,000 years, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory geophysicist Dr. Klaus Jacob says, ever since Han Dynasty-era polymath Zhang Heng invented the first seismometer so that the Emperor would know about distant earthquakes before the news reached him by messengers on horseback. Now we have multiple networks, like the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, the U.S. Geological Survey, and overseas equivalents, linked and sharing information. Knowing a quake is likely doesn’t equate to predicting its timing, but the state of knowledge about locations, depths, and magnitudes helps the design and construction professions prepare for these probabilistic events and mitigate damage. Read More
On 02.26.14, a packed Tafel Hall was the setting for “After Sandy: Recovery and Resiliency and NYC’s Hospitals,” which examined the impact of the storm on New York City’s hospitals, how its effects are still being felt 16 months later, and efforts to increase hospitals’ resilience. The storm was a devastating wake-up call for all involved in the operation and design of hospitals in the city, causing the closing of six hospitals and the emergency evacuation of 6,500 patients from hospitals and nursing homes throughout the city. The program took a detailed look at three of the hospitals most impacted by the storm, as well as the response of the city and AIANY through the formation of post-Sandy task forces that made recommendations to increase hospitals’ resiliency against future climate change-driven storms such as Sandy. Read More
Mark Gardner, AIA, LEED AP, opened the “Invisible Histories: The Social Practice of Civic Engagement” program by introducing the concept of invisibility and civic engagement: “Tonight is about making the invisibile, visible. Each of these panelists has studied and participated in a process to understand how to uncover the stories of marginalized communities.” He was referring to the buildings, vacant lots, and public spaces where these communities existed unchanged. The lecture helped shine a light on people’s numbness towards these communities, and bring the matter of civic engagement to the forefront of our attention, prompting us to pause and take notice the public housing “projects” on our way to work in the morning. Read More
The Center for Architecture Foundation hosted its first school break program of the season 02.18-20.14. The program, titled “Olympic Game Design,” coincided perfectly with the 30th Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, allowing 3rd through 7th graders to learn from the Games in real time. With a focus on garnering inspiration from an Olympic event, students learned about the design of the event’s venues – think bobsled or luge course, ski jump, ice rink or swimming pool, from either the Winter or Summer Olympics. Students then designed a model that doubled as an arcade-style game. Part of our inspiration for the program came from Caine’s Arcade, a touching short documentary about an inventive boy in Los Angeles who builds his own arcade games out of discarded boxes from his father’s auto parts dealership. Read More
In this issue:
- What Would John Jacob Astor Say?
- For Media Professionals DUMBO is the Place to Get Smart
- Condo + Hotel = Cotel
- A Settlement House Becomes a Cultural Center
- A Possible Solution for the City’s Trash Problem Read More