What does the city look like from sea level?
The Center for Architecture’s Seaport Culture District exhibition, “Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge,” answers this question by presenting a waterfront panorama of New York City documented by photographer Elizabeth Felicella. It spans 25 miles from Fort Wadsworth, which guards the city and the Upper Bay of New York from the easternmost tip of Staten Island, to Fort Totten, another ancient strategic post that stands at the place where the East River ends and Long Island Harbor begins. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the shores of all five boroughs, along with the raw geography and built development that mark and characterize them. Sites along the panorama are annotated with essays by celebrated author Robert Sullivan that explore the deep history of NYC’s waterfront.
Join us for the opening of “Sea Level” on 09.10.15 at the Center for Architecture’s temporary space at 181 Front Street, part of the Seaport Culture District. A reception at 5:00 pm will be followed by a “Conversation at Sea Level” between Felicella and Sullivan. A free, limited edition book of Sullivan’s delightful texts on New York City’s waterfront will be available for signing.
We invite all AIA New York Chapter architect, international associate, emeritus, and associate members to the Center for Architecture on 09.15.15 at 6:00 PM to have a say in who picks the next members of the AIANY Board and select Committees. This is a chance to take part in AIANY’s democratic process and future leadership and to network with fellow architects.
At the meeting, AIANY members will have a chance to submit who they’d like to see in the 2016 Nominating Committee. The four candidates with the most votes will be on the 2016 Committee, chaired by Tomas Rossant, AIA, 2015 AIANY President.
The AIANY Nominating Committee selects candidates for the AIA New York Chapter Board and the Fellows, Finance, Honors, Oculus, and Design Awards Committees. Committee members serve from January 2016 until September 2016, when AIANY and Center for Architecture nominations are complete.
In preparation for the 09.09.15 hearing on Intro. 775, AIANY and the four other AIA chapters in NYC distributed a response memo to City Council members last week. Intro. 775 would establish a maximum period of time for the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to take action on any item calendared for consideration of landmark status. The bill was created to address the issues of transparency and consistency at LPC, but it also establishes a moratorium on designations for projects that fail to meet the tight deadlines, which could threaten the effectiveness of LPC. Read More
The Architectural League’s new compilation, 30 Years of Emerging Voices, is a strong cultural artifact for the North American experimental architectural community. I was bemused that each page brought forth a colleague, neighbor, collaborator, teacher, or dear friend. The book serves as a celebration of Anne Rieselbach and Rosalie Genevro’s commitment to the inquiry of architectural practice and the community the Architectural League has nurtured throughout the past 30 years. Read More
We would like to take this opportunity to express our immense gratitude to all who made our Summer@theCenter programs a resounding success. The Center for Architecture hosted 15 individually themed summer camp programs. Each year, we reach out to professionals from all corners of the design world and request your precious time for our students to interface with you in the atelier, studio, job site, or place of business. There is nothing more valuable than showing young people how dynamic the design workplace is. Many of the 3rd-12th-grade students are self-selecting – they are very curious about the built environment. Opening your doors to the next generation of designers is something that we are very serious about, and this can only happen by bringing our students to see what professionals like yourselves are up to. Beyond those open doors, we found the principals of firms enthusiastically discussing their projects, sharing what they loved about being an architect or designer, and demonstrating the diverse and wonderful skills required to keep an office running and the creative juices flowing. These open doors are not only a gift to our school-aged students – our volunteers and design educators have also learned so much and been inspired by hearing from you directly and experiencing the culture of your studio. Read More
In this issue:
- Rooftop Meadow in the Sky
- Correcting the Campus
- A New Music Venue Takes a Bow in Brooklyn
- X-Bracing Marks the Stadium Addition
- For the Love of Art
- Pop-Up Lighting Science Read More
Pratt Institute’s Legends 2015 scholarship benefit honoring icons of art and design will celebrate Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA, founders of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and Nina Campbell, founder of Nina Campbell Interiors.
NYC-based Hilary Sample, AIA, and Michael Meredith, AIA, of MOS Architects, and Stan Allen, FAIA, of Stan Allen Architect (SAA) are among the 12 teams participating in the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Read More
08.31.2015: Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, Center for Architecture, Managing Director, snapped a picture of celebratory staff members James Fallarino, Events Manager, and Camila Schaulsohn, Communications Director, at the Archtober kick-off, Tweet-for-Treat. Participants received free architecturally-inspired Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches and could peer into the Center’s new space on 181 Front Street, opening officially on 09.10.15 for the exhibition opening of “Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge.” Read More