"BxW NYC" opens at the Center for Architecture on 03.02.15
Editor's Soapbox by • 02/25/15

Designed by Women: Architecture for All

At this point, it shouldn’t be news to anyone that architecture is a male-dominated industry. Unfortunately, research shows that, despite historically high numbers of women entering the profession, top positions are still mainly held by men. A growing number of organizations and individuals, however, are hard at work trying to right this wrong. Many of these efforts are also right on time for March, Women’s History Month.   Read More

Zdeněk Lukeš, curator of “Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes,” led visitors on a tour of the exhibition.
At the Center for Architecture, On View by • 02/25/15

Inside “Prague Functionalism”

Zdeněk Lukeš, curator of “Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes,” began his tour of the exhibition on 2.13.15, with a discussion of the Tugenhadt House, a famous prototype of Modernism in the present-day Czech Republic. Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1932, while he was director of the Bauhaus, the Tugenhadt House exemplified the cross-pollination of avant-garde design philosophy across Europe that buttressed the Functionalist movement in Prague. Read More

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
In Memoriam by • 02/25/15

Thoughts on an 80-Year Life – Jordan L. Gruzen, FAIA (1934-2015), IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton

To describe a life justly and clearly in a limited verbal narrative illuminates the paradox of framing time past with current memory. Behind large accomplishments one finds large personalities – generally an axiomatic truth, though highly inflected by the individual. Jordan Gruzen loved the physical realm and vigorous activity in it; the operative concept is love. This man cherished life – total immersion! He embraced it with delight, consistently demonstrating the psyche of a cheerful person – one rooted in a teleology of optimism. That optimism centered on beauty; it propelled Jordan’s actions and responses. One could see his excitement percolate when the topics of architecture, New York City, design, business, sailing, painting, sculpture, music, women, and family – especially when his adored wife, Lee, two daughters, Rachel and Georgia, and son, Alex, were broached. All were entry points to the same end – an oncoming possibility of engaging gorgeous splendor. Why wouldn’t one be optimistic if that were how one perceived life; what a blessed way to live? Read More

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.
Policy Pulse by • 02/25/15

Citizen Architect: Getting Your Voice Heard

Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a citizen architect. By participating in civic dialogues of citywide importance and engaging policy makers on issues that matter to architects and the general public alike, Goshow uses her expertise to influence positive change in the built environment. Read More

Dan Graham, Artist; Mieko Meguro, Artist; Jessica Russell, Architect; and Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY.
Book Reviews by • 02/25/15

Oculus Book Review: Architecture/Astrology

The Center for Architecture’s 02.09.15 Oculus Book Talk celebrated a small and provocative book, Architecture/Astrology. Devised by artists Dan Graham and Mieko Meguro and architect Jessica Russell, this volume compiles a column Graham put forth in Domus magazine from 2010 to 2011. The small black book contains a combination of Graham’s intense and illuminating commentary on architects’ true nature via astrology, Meguro’s absorbing and succinct sketchbook drawings, and Russell’s pointed references to the stars (real, non-architecture stars), which make for a charming bonbon. In the forum of the tOculus Book Talk this cavalcade of energy was extremely entertaining. Read More

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
At the Center for Architecture by • 02/25/15

Fulton Center…A Vision Realized

From transportation experts to engineers and architects, everyone was in attendance at this caucus held at the Center for Architecture to speak and learn about the behind-the-scenes construction of downtown’s newest transit hub, the Fulton Center. With a successful opening on 11.10.14, little did one know about the challenges the project surmounted in order to see its completion. Thankfully, Robert Eisenstat, AIA, and Vincent Chang, AIA, RIBA, of Grimshaw Architects; Sandra Bloodworth of MTA Arts & Design, Arup’s Craig Covil, and Urday Durg of the MTA were there to share the ups and downs they encountered while planning for the construction. They also offered exclusive insights about James Carpenter Design AssociatesSky Reflector-Net installation. Read More

Hive (Bleecker Street) (2012) © Leo Villareal, NYCT Bleecker Street/Lafayette Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design.
Reports from the Field by • 02/25/15

The Art Under-World: the MTA Arts for Transit Program

For me, it’s Nancy Spero’s Lincoln Center mosaics, Artemis, Acrobats, Divas and Dancers. I pass them nearly every day on the 1/2/3 line, and I always peer out the train window to look. Transit art is simultaneously hugely public and deeply intimate; the majority of the 4.3 million daily riders of the New York City rail system see the same works of art every day on their commute. “It’s a museum, with hundreds of miles of walls; it’s a museum that never closes; it’s a museum with a fairly modest entry fee,” praised Sam Roberts, New York Times Urban Affairs correspondent. The MTA’s Percent for Art Program, which dedicates 1% of the cost of city-funded construction projects to public art, has repurposed the many walls of our underground streets into a living museum. The program was instituted in 1982 by Mayor Edward Koch and pushed by Ronay Menschel, founder of MTA Arts & Design, at a time of a reinvestment in the city’s public transit. Since its inception, MTA Arts & Design has commissioned 260 works of public art. On 02.19. 15, director of MTA Arts & Design Sandra Bloodworth, artist Andrea Dezso, Sam Roberts, and Ronay Menschel, former MTA board member, gathered at the Museum of the City of New York to talk about the history and vision of MTA Arts and the Percent for Arts Program. Read More

Speakers of "Smart Cities: Delivering Sustainable Urbanism."
At the Center for Architecture by • 02/25/15

Infrastructure IQ

Each city uniquely defines what “smart” means depending on its own characteristics. David Klingberg, CEO of David Lock Associates, presented six guiding aspects: governance, economy, people, environment, living, and mobility. Klingberg and Ian Stott, principal consultant of Integrated Transportation Planning, addressed issues and challenges of planning for “better cities using a smart cities framework.” Read More

1 - A Modern Classic Makes a Good Neighbor to Adjacent Historic District
In The News by • 02/25/15

In the News

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In this issue:
- A Modern Classic Makes a Good Neighbor to Adjacent Historic District
- A Fresh Coat of Paint Completes a Painter’s New Studio

- It Takes Three Offices to Build a Village
- An Airstream Camps Out in a Building on the LES
- Gensler’s Ark Read More

Names in the News

Architect magazine’s 2015 Progressive Architecture Awards honors included West 57th and the Amager Resource Center by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; the Sylvan Theater by Weiss/Manfredi + Olin; and Reforma Towers by Richard Meier & Partners Architects with Diametro Arquitectos. Read More

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"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
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.13.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG)” through 02.21.15
On View About Town
02.09.15: Sara Valente and Marcelo Ertoteguy of Stereotank pose in front of HeartBeat, the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart competition.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
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Designing on the Edge Editor's Note
01.20.15: Governor Cuomo presents his 2015 Infrastructure and Transportation Agenda at a Breakfast Meeting of the Association for a Better New York.
2015 Opportunity Agenda: Restoring Economic Opportunity Policy Pulse
Architecture for Humanity Chapters Stand United Reports from the Field
During the first Oculus Book Talk of 2015, Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, author of Urban Alchemy, was joined by William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design.
Oculus Book Review: Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities Book Reviews
"Architecture and Theater – Redefining the Performance Experience" brought together stage director Jack O’Brien and director of space David Rockwell, AIA, in a conversation moderated by monograph editor Chee Pearlman.
Build Me a Story At the Center for Architecture
Organizers and speakers of "Inclusionary/Integrated Housing (2 of 2): Building Development" gathered at the Center for Architecture.
Mandatory Inclusionary Housing: The Developer’s Perspective At the Center for Architecture
Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP, Center for Architecture Managing Director, and Jerry Maltz, AIA, talked with UASDC senior Cynida Drepaul about her portfolio and playground design project.
Design Professionals Share Their Expertise with Aspiring High School Students at the Center Learning by Design
Gerald I. Schiff, AIA Emeritus
In Memoriam: Gerald I. Schiff, AIA Emeritus In Memoriam
1 - YO! TEL! Williamsburg
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.13.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes” opening 02.12.15
On View About Town
01.13.15: Oculus Editor-in-Chief Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, celebrated her birthday at 2015’s first Oculus meeting.
Sighted Sighted
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Classifieds Classifieds
"New Practices New York 2014" is on view at the Center for Architecture through 01.17.15
Happy New Year! Editor's Note
Tomas Rossant, AIA, and Joseph Tortorella hold the keys to the Center for Architecture.
From the Desk of the President From the Desk of the President
Via Verde
Examining the Gauntlet In Response
Constadino (Gus) Sirakis, PE, Gina L. Bocra, AIA, LEED AP BD+C/ID+C, and Emily Hoffman, PE, CEM, LEED AP, CPMP, from the NYC Department of Buildings presented on the updated energy code to a packed house on 1.12.15.
Environmentalism at the Forefront Policy Pulse
12.08.14: A panel of experts discussed issues in the Far West Side following a presentation of New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the Highline, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side at the December 2014 Oculus Book Talk.
Oculus Book Review: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side” At the Center for Architecture
"New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side"
Oculus Quick Take: “New York’s New Edge: Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side” Podcast
Villa E.1027 by Eileen Gray is one of the houses Greben will visit on her trip.
Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant Center News
1 - Local or Global? FIGMENT Chooses Both!
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