"Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations" by Christopher Janney opens at LaGuardia Park on 09.05.14
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“Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations”

If you have yet to see our summer exhibition, “Open to the Public: Civic Space Now,” the culmination of this year’s presidential theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision,” established by AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, you should stop by the Center for Architecture soon! The exhibition will close on 09.08.14. Before this happens, however, we will be celebrating the opening of Christopher Janney’s public art installation, “Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations” on 09.05.14 at 5:00 PM. As the name suggests, this program is an important initiative of President Brown’s theme.

“Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations” is an “urban musical instrument that will further activate the Center for Architecture’s neighboring public space, LaGuardia Park. A site-specific pattern of 16 eight-foot-tall “trees” will join the statue of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia by Neil Estern. Each “tree” houses interactive photo-electric sensors, computer-controlled LED lights, and an audio speaker. Visitors will trigger the sensors by touch or movement, producing an ever-changing score of melodic tunes and environmental sounds enhanced by light effects.

The opening reception will precede the final program for “Open to the Public: Civic Space Now,” a panel discussion titled “The Future of Public Space.” Suzanne Fraiser, AIA, associate professor at Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning, Guido Hartray, AIA, founding partner at Marvel Architects, and Susan Silberberg, AIA, founder of CivicMoxie and lecturer in urban design and planning at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, will discuss the critical role played by our shared urban realm in the face of increasing population density in a conversation moderated by Richard Sennett, founder of Theatrum Mundi and professor of Sociology at NYU and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

After the panel discussion, the celebration will continue at Favela Cubana (543 LaGuardia Place) across the street from the Center for Architecture!

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise speaking with the Commissioner’s family at the conclusion of the award ceremony.
Rhetorically Speaking by • 09/03/14

Sapolin Awards

Signed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has fostered independence, empowerment, and inclusion for millions of Americans. On 08.19.14, Anthony Marx, the president of the New York Public Library, welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Commissioner Victor Calise , a few hundred friends and well-wishers, and the winners of the 2014 ADA Sapolin Awards. The awards, presented each year by the mayor and MOPD, recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to increasing accessibility for people with disabilities, and an Advocacy Award to an individual or entity that has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities. The ADA Sapolin Awards are named for the late MOPD Commissioner Matthew Sapolin, who passed away in 2011, and the Advocacy Award is named in honor of the late Frieda Zames, a disability activist and mathematics professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

Marx started the evening by reminiscing about his mother’s role in working with people with challenging medical conditions. He stated: “New York is the capital of the diversity of experience of the world,” and added, “I could not be more proud to host this event here at this library, bringing this diversity of experience and insight – making sure that everyone has the opportunities they deserve.”

Mayor de Blasio noted that the library “is a place of inclusion, a place where inequality is addressed and equality fostered. I am so proud to join everyone tonight celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a victory we should respect and celebrate over and over again.” He kicked off the festivities by thanking Commissioner Calise, saying, “Victor has done extraordinary things for this city.” He also noted, “Somehow he finds time for his athletic life as well,” and complemented the commissioner on his prowess as “an Olympic athlete who competed in 1998 at the Nagano Olympics on the Paralympics Sled Hockey Team.” Read More

The 2014 NYC Construction Codes are now available.
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Communities as Critical Systems: Building Resiliently

On 08.20.14, Enterprise Community Partners held a resilience roundtable on ways to incorporate resilience measures into its Green Communities Criteria. Enterprise Green Communities aligns affordable housing investment strategies with environmentally responsible building practices, and the Green Communities Criteria were developed to provide a framework for building green, affordable housing developments. Developments must fulfill an adequate number of the criteria in order to receive Green Communities certification. After 10 years of successful implementation, Enterprise is updating the list of criteria with resilient building methods. For the New York region, the focus is on flooding issues.

Enterprise brought together a group of experts to suggest standards for the updated criteria. After opening remarks by Enterprise VP & Market Leader Judith Kende and a thorough introduction to the Green Communities Criteria by Enterprise Program Officer Michelle Mulcahy, there were keynote introductory remakrs by Alex Wilson of Resilient Design and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA. An overview of the resilience work of Enterprise Community Partners was followed by participants breaking into four work groups. These were based on the criteria’s four existing categories: Location and Neighborhood Fabric + Site Improvements, Materials Beneficial to the Environment and Healthy Living Environment, Integrative Design and Operations & Maintenance, and Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency. Each group was encouraged to consider their assigned area in context and to think holistically about approaches to resiliently. Read More

Cathedral/Catedral by Scherezade García, made up of stacked inner tubes/life savers ‘dipped’ in gold paint “so as to resemble a temporary altar or monument to immigrants and their aspirations”
Rhetorically Speaking by • 09/03/14

No Empty Smile

Ten days before it closed in Sugar Hill on August 10th, I was able to visit the “If You Build It” temporary art exhibition, organized by No Longer Empty (NLE) and presented in collaboration with the Broadway Housing Communities. The work of 22 contemporary artists was situated throughout the extraordinary building designed for Broadway Housing Communities by David Adjaye, Hon. AIA. The artwork, on view since June 25th, occupied third-floor apartments and the ninth-floor sales office, along with roof terraces and the entrance forecourt. The exhibition anticipates how the new housing will form links between its architecture and the art, and activism and community spirit of the Sugar Hill neighborhood, described as the historic epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance.

The exhibition marks NLE’s fifth anniversary, which has presented site-specific artwork at locations as diverse as Tapestry on East 124th Street in East Harlem (Weaving In & Out, 2010), to the Andrew Freedman House on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx (This Side of Paradise, 2012). The stated goal of NLE is “to broaden the audience for contemporary art, to promote socially conscious artists, and to build resilience in communities through art.” This is achieved, citywide, with flair and flamboyance, by presenting professionally-curated, site-responsive art exhibitions where a community of artists, educators, scholars, and the public come together to create and experience art, free of market imperatives and institutional constraints. Read More

“DESIGN! Life Depends on Us” on 09.24.14 at the Center for Architecture
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Architects Worldwide to Phase Out Carbon by 2050

At the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in Durban, South Africa, last month, member organizations representing more than 1.3 million architects in 124 countries unanimously supported the 2050 Imperative to eliminate CO2 emissions in the built environment by the year 2050. This is the first time in the UIA’s 65-year history that all the regional Architect Councils of Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa signed onto the declaration.

The 2050 Imperative was drafted by Architecture 2030, a non-profit research organization founded by Ed Mazria, AIA, dedicated to the reduction of carbon emissions of the built environment by changing the ways that cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings are planned, designed, and constructed. The declaration was delivered to the UIA World Congress.

By adopting the Imperative, UIA member organizations are charged with promoting the planning and design of carbon-neutral cities, towns, and buildings. Its action items are partly based on the recent “Roadmap to Zero Emissions” that Architecture 2030 presented at the UN Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany, on 07.10.14.

To learn more about Architecture 2030 join us for a breakfast and call to action with Mazria on 09.24.14 at the Center for Architecture. At “DESIGN! Life Depends on Us,” he will lay out the blueprint for a just and carbon-free built environment, and review the progress made in the building sector since issuing the 2030 Challenge in 2006.

Des Baker competition participants transporting their trade table designs to Warwick on day one of the competition.
Reports from the Field by • 09/03/14

Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Competition – UIA 2014 Durban

The annual Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Competition took place this year concurrently with the UIA Durban 2014 Congress. In keeping with the Congress theme of ”Architecture Otherwhere,” which explored other ways of knowing and doing, the theme of this year’s Des Baker Competition comprised three components of PLAY + PURPOSE.

Competition Theme
The notion of PLAY alludes to the idea of engagement as the process of interaction between people and products with reference to the passing of time and the experience of place. The idea of PURPOSE is concerned with adding economic, social, and environmental value to a particular place, which emphasises a holistic view of sustainability. Lastly, the ”+” speaks to the all-important conversation that is embedded in the in-between of play and purpose, which is of vital significance in the process of well-considered architecture. Read More

John Massengale, AIA, co-author, "Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns"
At the Center for Architecture, Book Reviews by • 09/03/14

Oculus Book Review: “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns”

Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns is a fine text for professionals and student of urban design. This book can live on one’s desk and be a constant reminder of the New Urbanist standards that can craft urban environments. The textbook-like graphic interruptions and the uneven quality of images makes it feel more guidebook than linear narrative, but it is a thorough compendium of urbanist information. Authors Victor Dover and John Massengale, AIA, specify a series of typologies in the first chapter, “Historic Streets,” which is a tremendous argument in itself for how to read various cities. Massengale has an affable tone and gentle manner. This is exhibited in his prose as well as at his presentation for the AIANY Oculus Book Talk given at the Center for Architecture on 08.11.14. Time spent with the book and Massengale himself renders decades of street observation and interrogation. We all yearn for his vision of a Good Street. Read More

CFAF Young Patrons enjoyed breathtaking views of the New  York waterfront at sunset.
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CFAF Young Patrons Set Sail for a Fun Evening Tour of New York Harbor

On 08.19.14, the Center for Architecture Foundation Young Patrons sailed the Hudson and the East Rivers on their first boat tour, highlighting new developments and projects that are dramatically changing Manhattan’s iconic skyline. This Classic Harbor Line tour was led by Arthur Platt, AIA, co-chair of the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and partner at Fink & Platt Architects, who provided a dynamic and informative narrative about some of New York’s most historic landmarks as well as newer developments like Hudson Yards and the Brooklyn waterfront. Fifty young design professionals from a variety of creative fields embarked on The Manhattan, a luxurious 1920s-style modern yacht designed by Rick Scarano. To view more beautiful photos of the night, visit the Center for Architecture Foundation Young Patron’s Facebook Page. Our sincere thanks to Platt, our Young Patrons Committee members, and friends of the Foundation for making this event such a memorable one. Read More

1 - Abstract Painter Gets a Tangible Exhibition Space Dedicated to His Life and Work
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In the News

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- Abstract Painter Gets a Tangible Exhibition Space Dedicated to His Life and Work
- What’s Normal in Chelsea?
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Major Changes Coming for GWB Bus Station Commuters and the Community
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Old School Transforms into a New Dorm
- Animating the History of a Place through Still Photos Read More

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Victor Calise of the of the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) honored JetBlue, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, Handi-Lift, New York Relay, and Christina Curry at the 2014 Sapolin Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to increasing accessibility for people with disabilities…The winners of Architectural Lighting magazine’s 2014 AL Light & Architecture Design Awards are Studio V Architecture/Tillotson Design Associates, Horton Lees Brodgen Lighting Design/AECOM, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, John Pawson/Mindseye Lighting, and Renfro Design GroupRead More

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"Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations" by Christopher Janney opens at LaGuardia Park on 09.05.14
“Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations” Editor's Note
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise speaking with the Commissioner’s family at the conclusion of the award ceremony.
Sapolin Awards Rhetorically Speaking
The 2014 NYC Construction Codes are now available.
Communities as Critical Systems: Building Resiliently Policy Pulse
Cathedral/Catedral by Scherezade García, made up of stacked inner tubes/life savers ‘dipped’ in gold paint “so as to resemble a temporary altar or monument to immigrants and their aspirations”
No Empty Smile Rhetorically Speaking
“DESIGN! Life Depends on Us” on 09.24.14 at the Center for Architecture
Architects Worldwide to Phase Out Carbon by 2050 AIA News You Can Use
Des Baker competition participants transporting their trade table designs to Warwick on day one of the competition.
Murray & Roberts Des Baker Student Competition – UIA 2014 Durban Reports from the Field
John Massengale, AIA, co-author, "Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns"
Oculus Book Review: “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns” At the Center for Architecture
CFAF Young Patrons enjoyed breathtaking views of the New  York waterfront at sunset.
CFAF Young Patrons Set Sail for a Fun Evening Tour of New York Harbor At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Abstract Painter Gets a Tangible Exhibition Space Dedicated to His Life and Work
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
11.10.14: Call for Entries: 2014 AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) Awards
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“Open to the Public: Civic Space Now” through 09.06.14
On View: At the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture
08.25.14: The AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) celebrated their 10-year anniversary while cruising around Lower Manhattan aboard Classic Harbor Line’s yacht. (l-r) Amanda Rivera; Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Harry Gaveras; Venesa Alicea, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Omar Mitchell; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY 2014 President; Brynnmarie Lanciotti, AIA; Emily Kotsaftis, AIA; Joanne  Fernando, AIA; Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director; Alex Alaimo, Assoc. AIA.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
New York Architects' Regatta
Editor’s Note Editor's Note
Insight for Architects AIA News You Can Use
The city of Durban, with the Moses Mabhida Stadium by GMP Architekten in the background.
Urban in Durban Shared Voice
Daniel Zarrilli, recently appointed to the FEMA National Advisory Council, at the Center for Architecture.
Counsel for City Council Policy Pulse
AIANY Public Programs Coordinator and Archtober Deputy Director looking forward to her frozen treat.
#TweetforTreat: Archtober Kick-Off Cools Off New Yorkers Reports from the Field
First Prize winners of the QueensWay Connection competition Carrie Wilbert and Eleonore Levieux of Paris, France, were congratulated by Susannah Drake, AIA, ASLA, Principal, dlandstudio, at the exhibition opening.
The Queensway – A Bright Path to New York’s Future At the Center for Architecture
Craig Buckley, adjunct assistant professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia GSAPP; Billie Faircloth, research director at KieranTimberlake; George Middleton, AIA, CSI, president of George Middleton & Associates; Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., vice president of Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation; and Michael Bell, professor of architecture at Columbia University, talked about the architectural promise of practice and polymers in relation to Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering.
Oculus Book Review: “Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering” At the Center for Architecture
"Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering"
Oculus Quick Take: “Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering” Podcast
Over 10 days, the Lieb House traveled 95 miles by truck and barge from Barnegat Light, NJ, to Glen Cove, NY.
Modern Architecture Still Moving At the Center for Architecture
The NYC Office of Emergency Management's Post-Disaster Housing Prototype by Garrison Architects.
Brownstones, Industrialized: Tour of the OEM Post-Disaster Housing Prototype Reports from the Field
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIANY; Rosa Maria Falvo, International Commissions Editor, SKIRA; Rafiq Azam, Principal, SHATOTTO architecture for green living; and Umberto Dindo, FAIA, Co-chair, AIANY Architecture for Education Committee
Rafiq Azam: The Poetry of Architecture and Watercolors of Bangladesh At the Center for Architecture
The house of Lee Mindel, FAIA, in Southampton, NY
Mindel House: Eccentric Balance At the Center for Architecture
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development staff experiment with different bridge structures during a professional development workshop at the Center.
What I Did Over Summer Vacation… At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Pacific Park Progresses
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
Sophie Troskolanski, an organizer of the Healthcare Otherwhere International Student Competition; Mila Bolt, competition winner and a student at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT); Cameron Sinclair, Founder, Architecture for Humanity, Director, Jolie-Pitt Foundation, competition juror, and UIA keynote speaker; and Madeleine Swete Kelly, a Durban-based architect, were joined by AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, at Archiball, the closing UIA party celebrating the student-run competition.
Sighted: Durban Edition Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
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