With a hearty salute to her staff (by name), a 200-page barrage of triumphal data assembled in one last publication, a lively conversation among current and outgoing City Council members about the momentum of her achievements, and at least some members of the audience implicitly recalling the wistful hook from an old single by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs – “Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer)” – Janette Sadik-Khan sang her final aria to a Center for Architecture crowd as Transportation Commissioner. Read More
What do an Occupy Wall Street veteran, a kindergarten teacher, a high school student, an architect, and a business consultant have in common? If you can’t think of a witty reply, fret not. All of these individuals, and many others, participated in a panel discussion and workshop on waterfront development, one of the many events that attempted to cull information on what matters to New Yorkers during “Talking Transition.” Read More
The “FitNation” exhibition on view earlier this year at the AIA New York Chapter’s Center for Architecture can now be seen at the American Institute of Architects National Headquarters at 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, located just to the left of the White House. Projects from across the U.S. are displayed in the building’s “social gallery,” and will be seen by all those attending the upcoming AIA Board meeting in December. The National Component supported the nationwide dissemination of the exhibit, which presents more than 30 examples of how design contributes to more physical activity in daily life, with the goal of reducing the obesity rates and the corollary public health epidemics linked to a sedentary lifestyle. Read More
Where is the most expensive office rent in the world in 2013? Unexpectedly, Luanda, Angola, due to extreme economic growth and lack of Class A office space to serve multinationals. Surprising facts and trends were uncovered in “Archinomics: Effects of Predicted Global Economic Growth on the Architecture Profession,” hosted by the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee on 11.21.13. The program revealed several snapshots into potential opportunities for architects and related design professions based on predicted global economic growth through 2020 and beyond. Various perspectives led to understanding why opportunity exists not only in the fastest growing economies, but also in mature global capitals such as Tokyo and New York. Read More
Carlton Brown is a man of big ideas and grand ideals. Honored last week at the Ratensky Lecture at the Center for Architecture, Brown talked about how his upbringing in the Civil Rights Era South shaped his philosophy of inclusivity and the importance of sharing resources equitably. Using four touch points, Brown harnessed a mantra that has shaped his role as a developer: “Generate more energy than we use, include more people than we exclude, use more waste than we create, and create more wealth than we consume.” Read More
The Solar Decathlon, an annual design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges academic institutions to design and build cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered homes. The competition’s 2013 iteration featured 19 submissions which sought to blend marketability, affordability, and design excellence with optimal energy efficiency and production (for full competition information and design specifications and visit www.solardecathlon.gov). Read More
“A Tale of Two Futures: The Living Building Challenge” was explored through the Willow School in Bedminster, NJ, designed by Michael Farewell, FAIA, LEED AP, principal, Farewell Architects, and Viridian Future, an Upper West Side townhouse renovation by design and building contracting collaborators Abel B’Hahn, the owner, and Robert Politzer, LEED AP, president and founder of GreenStreet, Inc. Read More
The controversy over the fate of Istanbul’s Gezi Park provided the backdrop for protests that took everybody by surprise in late spring.
At home, the unrest and the government’s response have increased polarization; abroad, they have caused many to question what really lies below the surface of economic expansion and rapid urban development in Turkey, and to wonder about the political and social consequences.
On 11.14.13, a panel discussion held in New York at the Center for Architecture, titled “Gezi Park, Istanbul: Reconsiderations,” focused primarily on the context: the city itself, the Taksim area and the political and economic environment fuelling the rapid changes in the city. The spark for the protests was provided by attempts — currently shelved — to redesign Taksim and rebuild the Ottoman Artillery Barracks, remodeled as a shopping mall and luxury residence complex, on the current location of Gezi Park. Read More
On 10.28.13, Michel Angel Baltierra, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, interviewed Phyllis Lambert, Hon, FAIA, founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and author of Building Seagram, published by Yale University Press and reviewed by Annie Coggan in the 11.06.13 issue of e-Oculus. Listen to the interview here.
If you are not currently an AIA member there are many great reasons to join, and particularly to be part of the AIA New York Chapter. With a growing number of programs and exhibitions at the Center for Architecture and partnerships with cultural institutions throughout the city, members have access to a rich discussion of the built environment, and the opportunity to build a professional network from almost 5,000 AIANY members and firm representatives. Read More