Center for Architecture Summer Schedule

A reminder to our members, visitors, and friends that the Center for Architecture will be undergoing an ambitious renovation project this summer, starting today through 09.01.15. During this time, no exhibitions will be on view, but the space will mainly remain open for programing and events. The Center will be completely closed for the week of 07.13.15-07.19.15 while we replace the floors.

The Center will also be closed for the Fourth of July weekend, Friday, 07.03.15 through Sunday 07.05.15. We hope everyone has a happy Independence Day!

Our first exhibition following the renovations will be Un/fair Use, opening 09.10.15, which will explore issues of copying and copyright in architecture.

Thomas de Monchaux, Architect and Critic; Philip Nobel, SHoP Architects; Julia van den Hout, CLOG; and Nikolai Fedak, New York YIMBY
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/01/15

Regaining a Capitulated Criticism

“Edge Criticism: The Impact of Criticism on Practice,” the fifth in the presidential theme series of Tomas Rossant, AIA, asked what impact architects should have on criticism and, conversely, how critics would like to influence architecture. In framing an evolution of architectural criticism, Rossant displayed a cover of Oppositions, that early academic journal produced by the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, alongside a screen shot of Dezeen, a curated blend of project portfolios and, more recently, interviews and opinion pieces. The former was slow enough that one could digest ideas before the next issue arrived; the latter proliferates multiple posts daily. Read More

AIANY and DCP organized a panel discussion in April on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal, which has since been updated.
Policy Pulse by • 07/01/15

Zoning Proposal Progresses

Since first releasing the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) proposal in February, the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) has received input from community organizations, elected officials, architects, developers, and other crucial stakeholders. After collecting comments, DCP rereleased the proposal in May, and began meeting with all of NYC’s Community Boards. Now, DCP is gearing up for the public review process this fall. AIANY supports the proposal, and is at work educating the design community and general public about how the changes will lead to better buildings and more affordable housing. We are collaborating with architects in all five boroughs to advocate for the proposal. Read More

Damon Rich, Principal, Hector, and Director, Newark Planning Office discusses popular education and its application in architecture and planning.
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/01/15

Representing Context as Political Strategy in Architecture

Newark Planning Office Director Damon Rich and Jae Shin, principals of Hector, Rafi Segal, principal of A+U, Quilian Riano, founder and principal of DSGN AGNC, and Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, program coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory at Columbia GSAPP, gathered at the Center for Architecture on 06.17.15 to exchange ideas about how architects can create both buildings and images that tell a full narrative, while simultaneously reflecting an urban context and communicating that context to policy makers and the public. Rich pointed out that controversies such as “poor doors” have become the site of public moral outrage, yet reflect an already existing economic disparity. Rather than answer to current social and economic inequity, how can architecture serve as a platform for resistance? Read More

Anibal Gavira, Mayor, City of Medellín, Colombia
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/01/15

All Eyes on Medellin

“The whole world is looking at Medellin,” according to NJIT College of Architecture and Design Dean Urs Gauchat. Given the laudatory articles hyping the “Medellin Miracle,” the numerous awards given to many of its public buildings, and the city’s hosting of last year’s World Urban Forum, his bold statement is pretty spot on. At the 06.08.15 event organized by the AIANY Housing Committee, Medellin Mayor Anibal Gaviria and Planning Commissioner Jorge Perez discussed how the city has used architecture and design as a tool for social inclusion. Read More

Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/01/15

Accessible Culture

Making culture accessible has become the mission of arts organizations in the 21st century. Two luminaries of the New York City museum scene discussed progress, positions, and pitfalls in making the arts more diverse and open. Read More

Tomas Rossant, AIA, AIANY; Phil Kirschner, JLL; Sara Williams, MIT; Jeff Ferzoco, LinePointPath; Darrick Borowski, ARExA; and Melissa Marsh, PLASTARC
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/01/15

Data in the Built Environment: New Sources, New Strategies

On 06.15.15, the AIANY Professional Practice Committee concluded its Spring 2015 Transforming Architectural Practice (TAP) series with a “People’s Choice” session. Months of crowdsourcing ideas, analyzing feedback forms, and polling audiences revealed a key theme of interest: architects work with data every day, but how can data be used to design, measure, and learn from buildings and occupants to improve architectural products? Read More

Alex Alaimo, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Emerging New York Architects; Patricia Garcia Chimeno, Assoc. AIA, Architect-US; Gustavo Rodriguez, CODIA, LEED AP, FXFOWLE; Gemma Cortijo, Spain-US Chamber of Commerce; Carol Shapiro, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation;Claire Weisz, FAIA, WXY; Alberto Merlo, Consulate General of Spain in New York; Jorge Mastropietro, JMAPC
At the Center for Architecture by • 07/01/15

Architect Interchange

Spanish architecture has been increasingly on the radar, with a growing number of competition winners and an increased presence in social media and portfolio websites. This year, Spanish architects touched down on Governors Island with one of two winning City of Dreams Pavilions designed by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects of Madrid and London. However, more traditional routes for foreign architects in the U.S. remain arduous or emerge from academic studies. One of the evening’s sponsors, Architect-US, collaborates with the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce to help international A/E/C/ professionals work in the U.S. by covering visa costs and facilitating a speedy bureaucratic process. The panelists, mainly foreigners, are based in New York City and represent firms with global reaches of eight to 1,800 employees. They all praised the value of such a program. Read More

7th graders at IS 102Q at the final presentation of their model of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, completed with Design Educator Jessica Castillo (far left) and PS 102Q art teacher Mary O’Donnell (far right). All students at the school study Italian as a foreign language. The project helped students learn about Venice through its architecture.
Learning by Design by • 07/01/15

Learning By Design: NY Wraps Up a Successful Year

The start of summer marks the completion of the school year and the culmination of the Center for Architecture’s in-school Learning By Design: NY (LBD: NY) program for 2014-15. June was filled with student presentations from the LBD: NY program, both at the Center and in schools throughout the metropolitan area. This year’s program served nearly 2,000 students and teachers through in-school residencies and teacher training workshops in twenty schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Westchester.   Read More

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In The News by • 07/01/15

In the News

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LG’s Win-Win Situation (That’s Also One for the Birds)
Townhome, Sweet Townhome
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Center for Architecture Summer Schedule Editor's Note
Thomas de Monchaux, Architect and Critic; Philip Nobel, SHoP Architects; Julia van den Hout, CLOG; and Nikolai Fedak, New York YIMBY
Regaining a Capitulated Criticism At the Center for Architecture
AIANY and DCP organized a panel discussion in April on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal, which has since been updated.
Zoning Proposal Progresses Policy Pulse
Damon Rich, Principal, Hector, and Director, Newark Planning Office discusses popular education and its application in architecture and planning.
Representing Context as Political Strategy in Architecture At the Center for Architecture
Anibal Gavira, Mayor, City of Medellín, Colombia
All Eyes on Medellin At the Center for Architecture
Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Accessible Culture At the Center for Architecture
Tomas Rossant, AIA, AIANY; Phil Kirschner, JLL; Sara Williams, MIT; Jeff Ferzoco, LinePointPath; Darrick Borowski, ARExA; and Melissa Marsh, PLASTARC
Data in the Built Environment: New Sources, New Strategies At the Center for Architecture
Alex Alaimo, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Emerging New York Architects; Patricia Garcia Chimeno, Assoc. AIA, Architect-US; Gustavo Rodriguez, CODIA, LEED AP, FXFOWLE; Gemma Cortijo, Spain-US Chamber of Commerce; Carol Shapiro, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation;Claire Weisz, FAIA, WXY; Alberto Merlo, Consulate General of Spain in New York; Jorge Mastropietro, JMAPC
Architect Interchange At the Center for Architecture
7th graders at IS 102Q at the final presentation of their model of the Piazza San Marco in Venice, completed with Design Educator Jessica Castillo (far left) and PS 102Q art teacher Mary O’Donnell (far right). All students at the school study Italian as a foreign language. The project helped students learn about Venice through its architecture.
Learning By Design: NY Wraps Up a Successful Year Learning by Design
1 - Park Perk
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
New Deadlines New Deadlines
On View: About Town About Town
06.26.15: Anne Priol and Mica Smadja brought to life the letters between architect-designer Eileen Gray and architect-critic Mica Smadja in the performance E1027: Design for Living, directed by artist Elizabeth Lennard and organized by the Center for Architecture with support from the Graham Foundation, Trustees Brooks Adams and Lisa Liebmann of the Herman Liebmann Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communications.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
Center at Work! Editor's Note
AIANY 2015 President Tomas Rossant, AIA.
Annual Meeting 2015: A Presidential Outlook At the Center for Architecture
Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, FAICP, opened the program and presented the city's plan to address greater accessibility, sustainability, and equity in parks.
Equity in Process and Design: The Community Parks Initiative Policy Pulse
Architects, artists, engineers, and scientists met under the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion to discuss ethical practice and the future of the city during IDEAS CITY.
Building from Waste, Materializing the Invisible Reports from the Field
The cover of ISSUES, the winning student journal of Washington University in St. Louis.
2015 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals Recipient At the Center for Architecture
1 - It Makes a Vertical Village
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
New Deadlines New Deadlines
On View: About Town About Town
06.04.15: The SMPS-NY Awards Gala (l-r): Martha Huguet, Director of Marketing, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Maxinne Leighton, Assoc. AIA, NE Region/Business Development/Marketing, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Principal of the Year winner Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Dattner Architects; and Sarah Hoff, Principal, Cerami Associates.
Sighted Sighted
2nd Architecture Forum Perspective USA
Classifieds Classifieds
New York Architecture Diary
Announcing the New York Architecture Diary! Editor's Note
Eric Bunge, AIA, Principal, nARCHITECTS, speaking about the firm’s micro-unit modular development at a 04.27.15 program. Carmel Place began assembly on 05.20.15.
A New Age for DOB: Architects to Benefit Policy Pulse
Keynote speaker Mindy Thompson Fullilove and AIANY Interim Executive Director David Burney, FAIA.
FitCity 10: Lecture Lineup Reports from the Field
Participants at "Using an Innovative Visioning Method to Activate Change: Learning from Staten Island"
FitCity 10: Breaking it Down Reports from the Field
Mike Lydon, Principal, The Street Plans Collaborative; and Gordon Douglas, Ph.D., Rebuild by Design Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Institute for Public Knowledge
Oculus Book Review: Tactical Urbanism by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia Book Reviews
Tactical Urbanism
Oculus Quick Take: Tactical Urbanism Podcast
Joel Sanders, AIA, Principal, JSA
2015 Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Sanders Blurs the Virtual, Actually At the Center for Architecture
Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research/Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Staying Realistic but Optimistic about Climate Change: A Conversation with Dr. Cynthia E. Rosenzweig At the Center for Architecture
Illya Azaroff, AIA, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee; Cecilia Kushner, AICP NYC Department of City Planning; Megan Jadrosich, PMP, CFM, FEMA Region 2; Cory Scott Herrala NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; and Caterina Roiatti, AIA, and John Arbuckle, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Historic Buildings Committee
Historic Buildings and Districts at Risk At the Center for Architecture
Matthew Bannister, DBOX; Joshua Sessler, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard; LeAnn Shelton, AIA, Esq., Rockwell Group; and Nancy Wolff, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Intellectual Property in a Digital World At the Center for Architecture
Volunteer architect and design professionals offered students feedback on their designs for a new high school being built by the High Line.
High School Architecture Students Present at the Center Learning by Design
1 - A Library That's More than Book Smart
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
New Deadlines At the Center for Architecture
“AIANY 2015 Design Awards” through 06.20.15
On View About Town
05.14.14: The 2015 AIA convention in Atlanta opened with a keynote speech by former President Bill Clinton. “There is no question in ways large and small, those of you who are designing the built environment are going to have a big impact,” he said, and called on architects to take advantage of “low-lying fruit” – such as former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s Cool Roof initiative.
Sighted: 2015 AIA Convention Special Sighted
Architecture Forum Perspective USA 2015
Classifieds Classifieds
AIANY and Center for Architecture Launch Search for New Executive Director Editor's Note
Eric Bunge, AIA, nARCHITECTS; Michael Kim, AIA, ARExA; Miriam Peterson, Peterson Rich Office; and Beth Broome, Architectural Record
Micro Units Reflect Cultural Shifts While Confronting the Housing Shortage At the Center for Architecture
Representatives from AIANY met with Assemblymember Deborah Glick.
Advocacy in Albany: AIANY Takes on the New York State Legislature Policy Pulse
04.06.15: The AIANY Oculus Committee hosted London-based Justin McGuirk, author of Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture, in conversation with Miguel Robles-Durán, Co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies and Assistant Professor of Urbanism at Parsons The New School for Design.
Oculus Book Review: Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk Book Reviews
Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk
Oculus Quick Take: Radical Cities Podcast
Wendy Feuer, NYC Department of Transportation; Dror Benshetrit, Studio Dror; Archie Lee Coates IV, Playlab; Allen Sayegh, INVIVIA; Louis Becker, Henning Larsen Architects; and Seher Shah, Artist (via Skype)
Architecture and Art Intersect for Better Outcomes At the Center for Architecture
Ken Smith, Founder and Principal, WORKSHOP: Ken Smith Landscape Architect; and Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, FAAR, Partner, Reed Hilderbrand
Revisiting Landscapes At the Center for Architecture