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Editor's Note by • 01/29/15

Designing on the Edge

We hope that everyone is staying nice and warm following the great snowstorm scare of 2015. Now that things are more or less back to normal, the AIA New York Chapter would like to invite you to attend the first event of a series related to the theme of AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice.” The theme will explore how architects are boldly enlarging the purview of the practitioner, bringing their particular critical problem-solving skills and design acumen to endeavors previously considered outside the traditional scope of practice. According to Rossant, there has never been a time when the role of the architect has been more relevant as an instrument to shape culture, society, and the environment.

On 02.02.15, “Edge Construction: The Future of Modular” will focus on how architects have pushed the boundaries of the profession into the design of alternative construction means and methods. Modular, or offsite, construction has become broadly accepted but not yet employed at a large scale. What is the future of this construction method? And, considering Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, should modular construction techniques be employed to deliver more affordable housing to the city? Join us to hear answers to these questions and more!

01.20.15: Governor Cuomo presents his 2015 Infrastructure and Transportation Agenda at a Breakfast Meeting of the Association for a Better New York.
Policy Pulse by • 01/29/15

2015 Opportunity Agenda: Restoring Economic Opportunity

At the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) breakfast meeting on 01.20.15, Governor Cuomo announced part of his “2015 Opportunity Agenda” – a plan to update New York’s infrastructure. He addressed initiatives to modernize New York’s airports, expand public transportation, and invest in statewide infrastructure repairs and maintenance.

One of Cuomo’s priorities for 2015 is to address the need to overhaul New York’s regional airports. In addition to finding ways to link the area airports together, the governor launched a Master Plan Design Competition to reimagine LaGuardia and JFK airports. He compiled a seven-member committee to advise him and the Port Authority on the top airport redesigns. See the complete list of panelists and design criteria here. Read More

Architecture for Humanity Chapters Stand United

While you may have heard the unfortunate news regarding Architecture for Humanity’s San Francisco headquarters closing its doors, Architecture for Humanity New York (AFHny) has reassured its members and supporters that our city’s local chapter is here to stay. AFHny, along with 57 chapters worldwide, has vowed to continue volunteering pro-bono design services, advocacy, and training within communities. Read More

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.
Book Reviews by • 01/29/15

Oculus Book Review: Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities

Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities is fundamentally a healthy book about urbanism, written by clinical psychiatrist Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD. The book’s analysis is a practice of hands-on urbanism worked through the lens of Fullilove’s research on public health issues in distraught urban areas. Organized in nine elements meant to heal broken cities, the book is actually a collection of bright and joyous urban tales played out by Fullilove, an exuberant storyteller. The nine points are measurements prescribed by Fulliliove’s mentor and colleague, urbanist Michel Cantal-Depart. Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA, writes in the introduction of Cantal-Depart’s magpie demeanor and ability to “map” the terrain of a new project/city not just abstractly, but spiritually. Read More

"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.
At the Center for Architecture by • 01/29/15

Build Me a Story

The evening’s lecture, occasioned by the book release of What If…?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell, brought together stage director Jack O’Brien and director of space David Rockwell, AIA. Moderator and monograph editor Chee Pearlman noted that they “collaborate in theater and create worlds.”

Discussing the campfire story origins of theater, O’Brien explained the need to exceed previous versions, noting that theater “will always need a ‘where,’ and nobody gives better ‘wheres’ than David.” While Rockwell admitted that he started as a fan of “live experience in a place with a story,” one aspect keeping his interest is that theater is an early adopter of technology, from Walter Gropius and Josef Urban to Robert Lepage’s recent Ring Cycle, and lighting to lasers to overly complicated robotics. Read More

Organizers and speakers of "Inclusionary/Integrated Housing (2 of 2): Building Development" gathered at the Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 01/29/15

Mandatory Inclusionary Housing: The Developer’s Perspective

Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning is a centerpiece of the De Blasio Administration’s ambitious affordable housing plan to build 80,000 new affordable housing units and to preserve an additional 120,000 units over the next 10 years. The proposed policy mandates that developers, in exchange for receiving zoning bonuses of up to 20%, will build a proportionate number of affordable housing units. Under the plan, developers building market-rate units must also build affordable units. The endeavor to build more affordable housing dovetails with the goal of economic integration. Inclusionary affordable housing units can be built in three ways: integrated into the same building development, condensed in a building segment on the same site (two adjacent buildings with two entrances, sometimes called “poor doors”), or built on another site within a half-mile of the same community board. Often when developers opt for this third option, they will sell the land to nonprofit affordable housing developers, who then build the units. Read More

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.
Learning by Design by • 01/29/15

Design Professionals Share Their Expertise with Aspiring High School Students at the Center

On 01.15.15, the Center for Architecture hosted staff and students from our partner school, the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (UASDC), for a semi-annual presentation by students in the school’s architecture program, led by CFA Design Educator Yves Roger. Roger has been teaching at the school through our Learning By Design:NY program for eight years, introducing students to the process of architectural design. Ninth-grade students begin exploring fundamentals of scale, structure, and shaping space through 2-D and 3-D design exercises, culminating in their designs for a cube house and a bridge. Tenth-graders delve deeper, working in teams to design a high school, a museum, and living space based on the complex geometries of the ancient Chinese tangram puzzle. Eleventh- and twelfth-graders who choose to continue with architecture move into advanced classes, working independently on studio projects, and developing their portfolios for college applications. Read More

Gerald I. Schiff, AIA Emeritus
In Memoriam by • 01/29/15

In Memoriam: Gerald I. Schiff, AIA Emeritus

Gerald I. Schiff, AIA Emeritus, of Larchmont, NY passed away 11.28.14 at the age of 88. Gerry Schiff was a lead designer at Harrison and Abramovitz, and managing partner at Abramovitz, Kingsland, Schiff. Read More

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In The News by • 01/29/15

In the News

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In this issue:
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All the Kings’ Architects and All the Kings’ Construction Workers
- LGBT Center Upgrades
- A Granny Smith Apple-colored Pharmacy a Day…
- Houston Fine Arts Museum Campus Undergoing Redevelopment and Expansion Read More

Names in the News

Metropolis magazine’s Game Changers 2015, honoring the foremost forward-looking talents in the world of architecture and design, includes Brooklyn-based Water Pore PartnershipENR’s “20 Under 40” list includes Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP, and Jean Anderson of Gensler, Alexander Napoli of HNTB, and Scott Allen, Assoc. AIA, of Perkins+WillRead More

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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!
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG)” opening 01.22.15
On View About Town
01.12.15: AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, invited the audience to pick up their own copies of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities, at the Oculus Book Talk featuring author Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, and William Morrish of Parsons The New School for Design.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
Illustration by Inbal Newman
Happy Holidays! Editor's Note
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA and Rick Bell, FAIA with 2015 AIA National President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA at the inaugural in Washington, DC on 12/12/14.
Message from the President From the Desk of the President
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (right), passes the gavel to AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA.
AIANY 2015 Board Inaugural At the Center for Architecture
On 12.06.14 and 12.07.14 the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR) hosted HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities, a training course on integrating resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas, at City College.
Lobbying for Libraries Policy Pulse
Speakers and organizers of Inclusionary/Integrated Housing Part 1 of 2: Community Development
Planning with the Community in East New York At the Center for Architecture
AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA. On the screen: Program bubble diagram of a two-bed Ebola Biocontainment Unit designed by Atelier New York Architecture, typical of small BCUs being planned at state-designated institutions in anticipation of possible local pandemics.
Designing to Outsmart Ebola: Time to Think about the Unthinkable At the Center for Architecture
Speakers of "Community Schools: Process, Program, and Promise." (l-r) Mark Thaler, AIA, Gensler; Kimberly Murphya, AIA, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects; Jack Doyle, New Settlement Apartments; Jeffrey Dugan, AIA, Dattner; and Vincent Lee, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers.
Two Cools for School At the Center for Architecture
Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City
Oculus Quick Take: Paradise Planned Podcast
Learning By Design:NY residency at PS 102.
Looking Back, Looking Forward At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - The Cooper Hewitt Reopens after Three Years of Work by 13 Design Firms
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
02.06.15: Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2015
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“New Practices New York 2014” through 01.17.15
On View: At the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture
AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, and Center for Architecture 2015 President Joseph Tortorella received the keys to the Center for Architecture during the Center for Architecture Foundation / AIA New York Chapter joint board meeting. Also shown: Catherine Teegarden; Carol Loewenson, FAIA; and Lance Jay Brown, FAIA.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA, and AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA (center).
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
Paul Katz, FAIA
In Memoriam: Paul Katz In Memoriam
On 11.20.14, the NYC Department of City Planning organized a panel discussion on retrofitting urban buildings for flood risk.
Equitable Efficiency Policy Pulse
Alan Mallach, senior fellow of the National Housing Institute, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Samuel Ratensky Memorial Lecture Transcript At the Center for Architecture
13 area architecture school deans discussed leadership at the 2014 Deans' Roundtable.
2014 Deans’ Roundtable At the Center for Architecture
David Fishman, co-author of Paradise Planned, presented on the evolution of suburbs at the November 2014 Oculus Book Talk.
Oculus Book Review: Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City, by Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove At the Center for Architecture
Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY; Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Consulate General of Norway; Ingrid Moe, Consulate General of Norway; Kati Laakso, Consulate General of Finland in New York; Emmi Keskisarja, Architect; Miia-Liina Tommila, Architect; Caitlin Mehner, Performer; and David Gelles, Performer
Infinite Diversities At the Center for Architecture
Stanis Smith, FRAIC, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President for Buildings, Sector Leader, Airports, Stantec
Zip-a-ding Through the Airport: Place-Oriented Playlands At the Center for Architecture