Archtober 2014
Editor's Note by • 07/30/14

Editor’s Note

Archtober is coming!

Join us this Friday, August 1 at 12:00 PM to kick off Archtober 2014 at The Public Theater. The historic building, recently renovated by Ennead Architects, will be the site of the first Building of the Day tour on Archtober 1st! The first 100 Tweeters to tweet @Archtober get a free Coolhaus ice cream treat during the launch.

The kick-off will also serve as the unveiling of the first 2014 Building of the Day. We will announce subsequent Buildings of the Day through our social media channels through the rest of the month of August.

In addition, don’t miss AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, preaching public space on today’s Commercial Observer.

AIANY President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, appeared on the cover of the 07.30.14 Commercial Observer.
Policy Pulse by • 07/30/14

Three-Part Harmony

On 07.22.14, AIANY President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, testified before the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) about One Vanderbilt Avenue. The proposed project, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and developed by SL Green, would sit just west of Grand Central Terminal. It necessitated review by LPC because of its retrieval of air rights from The Bowery Savings Bank building down the street and its close proximity to the 100-year-old landmark terminal. Although the design does not demonstrate what LPC customarily considers “harmonious” to its neighboring building, the group was largely in favor of the project and its relationship to Grand Central Terminal.

The conversation and testimonies at the hearing focused mostly on the glass-enclosed base of the building – a void-like contrast to the solid Grand Central Terminal. The dynamic façade also brought up discussion about whether tall buildings are meant to be in the background or the foreground of the city as it grows. One goal of the proposed building is to reveal new views of the southwest corner of Grand Central, currently hidden by the existing building. The new design steps back from the street while also gesturing towards the terminal. Read More

(l-r) Jessica Yager, Policy Director, NYU Furman Center Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects Howard Slatkin, Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning Laurie J. Schoeman, Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
At the Center for Architecture, At the Center for Architecture, On View by • 07/30/14

The Next Big Storm as Hegelian Tragedy: Resilience vs. Affordability

As New York’s built environment evolves, resilience against climate-related challenges is a critical priority. Affordable housing is another. With much of the city’s housing stock standing in need of costly retrofitting against climatic threats, these values could be headed for a collision. If one important definition of tragedy (G.W.F. Hegel’s) is a clash between two legitimate and urgent but incompatible values, older multifamily buildings (particularly those located in the city’s 100-year floodplains) could be the site of an impending tragedy assuming several foreseeable forms, including loss of affordable units, inadequate stormproofing – and perhaps, for some of the city’s most vulnerable populations, accelerated displacement or worse.

NYU’s Furman Center, an urban-policy think tank jointly operated by the university’s law school and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, has published The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt? – a report that examines the regulatory, financial, and social aspects of these converging challenges. On the eve of releasing the report, as an initiative of the 2014 AIANY Presidential Theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision” and coordinated with the “Affording Resilience” exhibition on view at the Center for Architecture until 08.07.14, representatives of the Furman Center discussed the report’s findings with two architects and two planners. There is no simple answer to the question its subtitle poses, beyond an unsettling “possibly not,” The current regulatory framework is unprepared for the problem, and private owners are caught between disincentives to upgrade their buildings and the likelihood of soaring flood-insurance costs if they do not. Recognizing the impending problem is a necessary first step toward heading it off, even if financially and politically feasible solutions are not in sight. Read More

(l-r) Greg Lindsay, Fast Company; Rafi Segal, MIT Architecture; Mark Collins, Cloud Lab | Morpholio Project; Kyle May, Clog;  David Assael, ArchDaily; and David Basulto, ArchDaily (via Skype Jaime Derringer, Design Milk; and Diana Jou, Wall Street Journal).
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/30/14

The Viral Spread of Social Media

What is a global conversation, and how does technology and social media impact it? That question, asked of panelists at the “Viral Voices III: Globalization” program, launched author and Fast Company journalist Greg Lindsay into his observations during his travels from the Venice Biennale to NeoCon. Lindsay sees architecture and urbanism being rethought during a time when there isn’t a lot of building going on. Developers of a 500-hectare site in Manila refused architectural candidates, demanding instead a master planner – a program rather than a rendering. At the other end of the spectrum, office designers are examining the role of furniture, especially hot-desking, but nobody is asking how we work and what unassigned workspaces mean. He predicts that “in the future everything will be a coffee shop.” These types of spaces have comfort, the cloud, and interesting activity.

Technology has been redefining our conception of space. It has made meetings asynchronous and erased the need for constant face-to-face time. Transportation routes are mapping urban space where no formal system exists, as in Nairobi’s bus lines. And, portable apps create social space. Lindsay noted that Tinder finds a date, Uber gets a ride, and Airbnb locates a room: “We no longer build; we simply carve out space.” Mark Collins of Cloud Lab reinforced this relation to portable technology as a “new experience based on location – biofeedback.” Read More

Maarten Gielen, co-founder of Rotor, and co-author of Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects; Hilary Sample, AIA, Founding Partner, MOS Architects; and Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/30/14

Through the Green Door

The central exhibition of the Oslo Architecture Triennale, “Behind the Green Door,” is now accompanied by a book that catalogues the ideas in the show – and then some.Focusing on architecture, the thesis of the Triennale asks: “What does sustainability mean in urban transformation?” Subtitled “A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects,” the curators, from Rotor, a Brussels-based architecture and design collective, collected objects dating from the late 1960s through the current decade. Objects from 120 sources were specifically identified by their authors as ‘sustainable. AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, visited the exhibition as a guest of the Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York, and called it “mind boggling, like walking through a history of psychology.”

The resulting publication takes the exhibition another step forward with 100 experts, including Bell, commenting on the items on display. Rather than pay lip service to the architects, Rotor “wanted to open the door to the backstage” to create a dialogue, according to Maarten Gielen, a partner in the collective. The comments range from supportive to scathing. Read More

07.08.14: Beth Heyde, senior events manager at Bike New York; Hayes A. Lord, director of the bicycle program at the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT); AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Robert Eisenstat, AIA; Stacey Hodge, director of the DOT Office of Freight Mobility; Alison Conway, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, City College of New York; Wenzday Jane, owner, Metro Pedal Power; Gregg Zusman, owner, Revolution Rickshaws; and Bob Nesson, filmmaker and adjunct professor, Emerson College, gathered at the Center for Architecture to discuss sustainable transportation at “Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change.”
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/30/14

Pedaling the Last Mile

It’s no fluke that bike shares and bike lanes are popping up everywhere. They provide easy transportation, require no fossil fuels, have no emissions, occupy little space, and are basic mechanical machines. Power to the Pedals, a 30-minute documentary, shows that bicycles provide opportunity for economics, the environment, and urbanism.

Focusing on the plight of one woman, Power to the Pedals follows Wenzday Jane in establishing a cycle-based business to deliver goods and haul recycling, all at a livable pace and scale. Jane found that learning cycle mechanics and associated skills also fosters self-reliance. From building her own bikes and trailers, Jane built a fleet and a business in Cambridge, MA – a worthy model for other cities. Read More

Dream Big honorees Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora and actor and author Sonia Manzano pose with students from the Catholic Charities’ MOSAIC Beacon program and their model of the High Bridge created in a Center for Architecture Foundation workshop at the event.
At the Center for Architecture Foundation by • 07/30/14

Center for Architecture Foundation Dreams Big in the Bronx with Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The Center for Architecture Foundation joined forces with an impressive list of dignitaries to support the Bronx Children’s Museum’s 5th Annual Dream Big Day at Lehman College on 07.25.14. The event was the culmination of the museum’s summer arts enrichment program for low-income Bronx youth. The nearby High Bridge, New York City’s oldest standing bridge, was the theme of this year’s Dream Big event, which encourages kids to “dream, work hard, follow their passions, and become caretakers of their world.” CFAF Director Catherine Teegarden led a bridge-building workshop at the event where 1st-through 3rd-grade students learned about the structure of the High Bridge and built a 15-foot model, which they presented to event honorees Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actor and author Sonia Manzano (“Maria” from Sesame Street, whose children’s book on the High Bridge will be published in the fall), and NYC Department of Design + Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. Commissioner Peña-Mora, a structural engineer, was delighted to discuss structural concepts of tension and compression with the workshop participants, and fielded questions prompted by the children’s model about how the larger steel arch can span a greater distance than the stone arches, rendered in the model with Chinese take-out containers. The renovation of the High Bridge is due to be completed later this year, and will provide pedestrians and bicyclists with a new quarter-mile of parkland, reconnecting the Highbridge neighborhoods of the Bronx and Manhattan. Read More

1 - Sense and Sensibility
In The News by • 07/30/14

In the News

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In this issue:
- Sense and Sensibility
- A Modern Freestanding Emergency Care in a Historic Building
- Two New Additions to the Novartis North American Headquarters’ Campus
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SoHo Styling
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The Clark (Continued) Read More

Names in the News

The National Academy elected Peter Bohlin, FAIA, Principal, Bohlin Cywinski, Jackson; Preston Scott Cohen; Michael Manfredi, FAIA, and Marion Weiss, FAIA, Principle Partners, WEISS/MANFREDI; Eric Owen Moss; Antoine Predock, FAIA, Principal, Antoine Predock Architect; and Charles Renfro, AIA, Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as National Academicians…Architect’s 2014 R+D Awards honored New York City-based architects FXFOWLE (NYC Loop); Thomas Phifer and Partners, Office for Visual Interaction, and Werner Sobek (New York City Streetlight); and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Timber Tower Research Project)…The recipients of the AIA Annual Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship include David Flecha, Assoc. AIA, and Daniel Horn, Assoc. AIA, both from the New York Institute of Technology…The Olana Partnership’s 2014 Frederic E. Church Award Gala honored Peter Pennoyer, FAIA,[new Fellow this year] Founder of Peter Pennoyer ArchitectsTod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien, AIA, of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects were presented with the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2013 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama on 07.28.14… Read More

New Deadlines

07.31.14: Call for Submissions: ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory’s Smart Tourism: Paradise Lost – Paradise Found program

07.31.14: Call for Submissions: Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design’s Metro Competition for two Moscow Metro Stations

08.01.14: Call for Submissions: Princeton Architectural Press Pamphlet Architecture 35 Read More

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Archtober 2014
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
AIANY President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, appeared on the cover of the 07.30.14 Commercial Observer.
Three-Part Harmony Policy Pulse
(l-r) Jessica Yager, Policy Director, NYU Furman Center Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects Howard Slatkin, Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning Laurie J. Schoeman, Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
The Next Big Storm as Hegelian Tragedy: Resilience vs. Affordability At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Greg Lindsay, Fast Company; Rafi Segal, MIT Architecture; Mark Collins, Cloud Lab | Morpholio Project; Kyle May, Clog;  David Assael, ArchDaily; and David Basulto, ArchDaily (via Skype Jaime Derringer, Design Milk; and Diana Jou, Wall Street Journal).
The Viral Spread of Social Media At the Center for Architecture
Maarten Gielen, co-founder of Rotor, and co-author of Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects; Hilary Sample, AIA, Founding Partner, MOS Architects; and Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY
Through the Green Door At the Center for Architecture
07.08.14: Beth Heyde, senior events manager at Bike New York; Hayes A. Lord, director of the bicycle program at the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT); AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Robert Eisenstat, AIA; Stacey Hodge, director of the DOT Office of Freight Mobility; Alison Conway, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, City College of New York; Wenzday Jane, owner, Metro Pedal Power; Gregg Zusman, owner, Revolution Rickshaws; and Bob Nesson, filmmaker and adjunct professor, Emerson College, gathered at the Center for Architecture to discuss sustainable transportation at “Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change.”
Pedaling the Last Mile At the Center for Architecture
Dream Big honorees Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, NYC Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora and actor and author Sonia Manzano pose with students from the Catholic Charities’ MOSAIC Beacon program and their model of the High Bridge created in a Center for Architecture Foundation workshop at the event.
Center for Architecture Foundation Dreams Big in the Bronx with Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Sense and Sensibility
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Open to the Public: Civic Space Now” through 09.06.14
On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town About Town
07.15.14: A public conversation about public spaces between NYC Department of Design + Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora; Joe Michael, AIA, Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Maria Sisternas, Project Director at Urban Habitat Barcelona; and Antoni Vives i Tomàs, Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, closed the exhibition “Barcelona Glòries: Dialogue & Transformation.”
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
"QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm"
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
(l-r) Ray Beeler, AIA, President of AIA New York State; Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, President of AIA New Jersey; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President of AIANY; and Justin Mihalik, AIA, past President of AIA Newark & Suburban, presented at the Regional Recovery Working Group Workshop. In the foreground: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee co-chair Illya Azaroff, AIA.
Rhetorically Speaking: Regional Resilience Rhetorically Speaking
Jessica Yager, Policy Director, NYU Furman Center; Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects; Howard Slatkin, Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning; and Laurie J. Schoeman, Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. discussed recent research and policy that will change the way New York City apartment buildings prepare for disaster at Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats Panel on 07.15.14. Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, moderated the conversation.
Policy Pulse: Design Excellent Policy Pulse
Three pods of dangling cups act as drapes, enveloping visitors.
The Power of Collaboration: The Governor’s Cup Reports from the Field
Life-size active figures hold the exhibition panels, meaning that the space is populated with active individuals leading by example.
FitLondon – London Festival of Architecture 2014 Reports from the Field
Friends and family of Fred Schwartz, FAIA, joined at the Center for Architecture on 06.30.14 to celebrate the citizen architect's life.
THINKing Fred Schwartz At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Joseph Giovannini, New York Architectural Critic and founder of Giovannini Associates; Thomas de Zengotita,  Professor, Draper Graduate Program, NYU, and the Dalton School; Albert Vecerka, Photographer, ESTO group; Kurt Kohlstedt, Founder, WebUrbanist; and Matthias Hollwich, SBA, Principal, HWKN, co-founder, Architizer
Postcard Identity: Architecture in the Age of Digital Reproduction At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Matthias Hollwich, AIA, principal, Hollwich Kushner, and co-founder, Architizer; Francesca Birks, AIA, Americas lead, Arup Foresight + Research + Innovation Team; Eric Cohen, AIA, senior associate principal, Ethelind Coblin Architect; Jayne Merkel, architectural historian, critic, and author; Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Magnusson Architecture & Planning; Lisa Morgenroth,  Assoc. AIA, co-chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee; Helen Castle, Editor, Architectural Design; and Jerry Maltz, AIA, co-chair, AIANY Design for Aging Committee
Age of Housing At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU, and Anthropologist-in-Residence, NYC Department of Sanitation; Nick Dawber, Managing Director, Energos;  Juliette Spertus, co-founder, Closed Loops; and  Antonio Reynoso, NYC Council Member, District 34, and Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Getting Wasted: AIANY Talks Trash Uncategorized
(l-r) Craig Copeland, AIA, Senior Associate Principal, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects & Sculptor; Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram & Painter; and Charles Platt, FAIA, Partner, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects & Painter
Culture Mapping: Space and Practice At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Geoff Lewis, VP of Marketplace Liquidity, Honest Buildings; Brian Newman, Director of Investments, Prodigy Network; Amanda Schachter, AIA, Principal, SLO Architecture; and Matthew Shoor, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Macrae-Gibson Architects, PC
Financial Wizardry in a Digital Age At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) John Boulé, PE, Senior Manager for Priority Project Delivery, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Illya Azaroff, AIA, Founding Co-chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIANY; and Daniel Zarrilli, PE, Director , NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Acting Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.
Extreme Weather, Recovery and New York’s Future At the Center for Architecture
Gilles Marie-Paul Laheurte (1946-2014)
In Memoriam: Gilles Marie-Paul Laheurte (1946-2014) In Memoriam
A sample of Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship recipient Farzana Anika's portfolio.
Center for Architecture Foundation Announces First Recipient of the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - BRAC Brightens The Bronx
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
07.23.14: Call for Entries: AIANY | Center for Architecture’s New York New Design 2014 Subway Show
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Open to the Public: Civic Space Now” through 09.06.14
On View At the Center for Architecture
06.24.14: AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA; Jessica Yager, policy director at NYU Furman Center; NYC Department of Housing and Preservation Commissioner Vicki Been; and Gary Hattem, president of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, spoke at the opening of “Affording Resilience: Housing Retrofits for Climate Threats.”
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, received the Edward C. Kemper Award at the AIA Convention.
2014 AIA Convention Special: From Ed Kemper to Ed Mazria, Rick Bell Recognizes Colleagues, Past and Present Reports from the Field
(l-r) Robin Nagle, Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU, and Anthropologist-in-Residence, DSNY; Nick Dawber, Managing Director, Energos; Juliette Spertus, co-founder, Closed Loops; Antonio Reynoso, NYC Council Member, District 34 and Chair, Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management
Talking Candidly with the City Council: Senior Housing and Waste Management Policy Pulse
AIA President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, presented the AIANY Post-Sandy Initiative with the 2014 Institute’s Honors for Collaborative Achievement. (l-r) Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, President, AIA; AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee Co-chairs Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY 2014 President, and Illya Azaroff, AIA; Ernest Hutton, AICP, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Co-chair; Bonnie Harken, AIA, APA, Post-Sandy Waterfront Working Group;  AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA; and Robert Ivy, AIA CEO, AIA.
2014 AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Acclaimed for Designing with Purpose Reports from the Field
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.
2014 AIA Convention Special: 11 AIANY Members Inducted into the AIA College of Fellows Reports from the Field
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA.
2014 AIA Convention Special: Learning from Sandy with Lance Jay Brown, FAIA Reports from the Field
Russel A. Davidson, FAIA, AIA 2015 First Vice President/2016 President-Elect
2014 AIA Convention Special: AIA Elects 2015-2016 Leadership Reports from the Field
K-1 students learned about local landmarks and even created their own blueprints in this 6-week residency.
Looking Back on Another Successful Year for Learning by Design: NY At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - A Condo Grows in a Park in Brooklyn
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
07.16.14: Call for Entries: AIANY | Center for Architecture’s New York New Design 2014 Subway Show
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm” opening 07.17.14
On View: At the Center for Architecture + About Town Uncategorized
06.25.14: At the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago, the AIA Foundation and Architecture for Humanity, in partnership with NJIT, announced a new regional recovery studio in in Newark, NJ, to aid in regional reconstruction. Many worked hard to make the studio a reality. (l-r) Justin Mihalik, AIA, NCARB, AIA New Jersey; Illya Azaroff, AIA, AIA New York Chapter; John Peterson, AIA, Public Architecture; Eric Cesal, Architecture for Humanity; Sherry-Lea Botop Bloodworth, CFRE, AIA Foundation; Urs Gauchat, Hon. AIA, NJIT; and Thom Delessio, NJIT.
Sighted: At the 2014 Chicago Convention At the Center for Architecture
Classifieds Classifieds
"New York New Design" Subway Show
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
(clockwise from left) William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver; Washington Square Park Conservancy Executive Director Sarah Neilson; and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin.
Washington Squared Rhetorically Speaking
Faith Rose, AIA, Senior Design Liaison, NYC Department of Design + Construction, assists the group working on the Flatlands Library.
Unlocking Potential: Libraries as Hosts for Universal Pre-Kindergarten Policy Pulse
AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA.
Behold City Hall Station Reports from the Field