As we continue to grow into New York City’s premier cultural venue for architecture and the built environment, this summer we are embarking on an ambitious renovation project. We will be completing phase two of our audio/visual upgrade, reconfiguring the Common Room and optimizing the space for new A/V capabilities, and replacing the Center’s floors with terrazzo.
The Center for Architecture will be renovating from July 1 through September 1. During this time, no exhibitions will be on view, but the space will mainly remain open for programing and events. We expect to close the Center completely for one week while we replace the floors. Our first exhibition following the renovations will be Un/fair Use, opening September 10, which will explore issues of copying and copyright in architecture.
In the meantime, stay tuned for exciting Center activities around the city during the summer!
The AIANY Annual Meeting is a chance for members to come together and take care of business, voting on proposed bylaw amendments and confirming the following year’s leadership. This year, the Chapter voted in favor of creating a new board position, Director for Sustainability, which will be held by Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, of the Urban Green Council. The meeting is also an opportunity to celebrate the progress and direction of the Chapter. AIANY President Tomas Rossant, AIA, also took advantage of this year’s meeting on 06.16.15 to speak truthfully to the audience about the future of the AIANY and the Center for Architecture. Read More
The Public Design Commission of the City of New York (PDC) and the AIANY Public Architecture Committee hosted Design and Equity: The Community Parks Initiative, the first in a series of programs about the role of design equity in the public realm, on 06.17.15. According to the panelists, parks are not just playgrounds. They should be dynamic outdoor community centers. Under the Community Parks Initiative (CPI), the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) is actively investing in underserved public parks in neighborhoods in all five boroughs desperately in need of public space. Read More
Nestled under the ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion at Houston and 2nd Avenue, two panels of architects, artists, engineers, and scientists met to discuss art and design, ethical practice, and the future city. The pavilion was a temporary structure made from a variety of waste-sourced materials, from plastic-bottle blocks to tiles made from coffee grinds. The panels, organized by AIANY and ETH Zurich in partnership with the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival, explored the festival’s theme “Invisible Cities,” which considered, in particular, the invisible systems, energy, and economies at work in the modern city. Looking at waste as a culturally invisible and forgotten urban product, the first panel discussed alternative building materials derived from waste as a way to build in harmony with the earth’s available resources. The second panel turned to broader ideas of how invisible spaces and systems can be made visible through art, design, and technology. Read More
The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals. This year the Scholarship Committee granted the award to ISSUES, the undergraduate journal of Washington University in St. Louis. Read More
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In this issue:
- It Makes a Vertical Village
- California Dreaming
- Tennis Everyone
- Prescription for Healthy Growth
- New York’s Tech Island Breaks Ground Read More
AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) Co-chair Pat Sapinsley, AIA, LEED AP, has been named Managing Director of Cleanteach Initiatives at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering… The National Academy Museum has appointed Maura Reilly as Chief Curator. Read More
2015 Oculus Editorial Calendar
The Oculus 2015 Editorial Calendar has been set. If you are an architect in practice or by training, or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, Oculus wants to hear from you! You may submit projects/topics from anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Please submit story ideas/projects by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.
Winter 2015: “Makers in a Digital World” or “Architecture & the Digital World”
How we present and build what we do: 21st-century visual representation, mapping, big data. Life-cycle of a building: an idea, draw it, digitize for CNC milling machines, construct, share via Instagram, etc. Cooper-Hewitt tech “pencils”; etc.
Deadline story for ideas, projects: 08.07.15 Read More
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. Read More