Join the AIANY for 09.21.14 for the People's Climate March!
Editor's Soapbox by • 09/17/14

March for Climate Change Awareness with AIANY

Join AIANY members and staff for the largest rally in history demanding action on climate change. The People’s Climate March on Sunday, 09.21.14 will take place just before a landmark UN Climate Summit on 09.23.14, where world leaders, including President Obama, will be discussing the climate crisis. At the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will urge governments to support ambitious proposals and actions to reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. The AIANY and thousands of other organizations will take to the streets at this critical moment to voice our support of a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world that works for both our people and our planet.

The AIANY will march as part of a green building contingent: New York Passive House, GreenHomeNYC, Regional Plan Association, Solar One, Urban Green Council, and AIANY. We will be part of the “We Have Solutions” group, which can approach the lineup on Central Park West from 72nd Street. Please meet our group in front of the Starbucks at 267-275 Columbus Ave (at the corner of Columbus Ave. and W. 73rd Street) at 10:00 AM.

March route: (March officially begins at 11:30 AM)
-       leave Columbus Circle and go east on 59th Street
-       turn onto 6th Ave. and go south to 42nd Street
-       turn right onto 42nd Street and go west to 11th Ave.
-       turn left on 11th Ave. and go south to 34th Street
-       End location: 11th Ave. in the streets between 34th and 38th Streets

To march with AIANY, email Emma Pattiz, AIANY Policy Coordinator, at epattiz@aiany.org.

In related matters, don’t forget to submit your firm’s projects to the AIANY COTE Awards 2014: Proof + Beauty. The AIANY Committee on the Environment’s first annual awards show will further sustainable design that meets the standards of both beauty and performance. Submissions are due 11.10.14.

Be sure to check out New Deadlines! We’ve posted the 2015 Editorial Calendar for Oculus magazine, including deadlines to submit story ideas and projects for each. Don’t be shy!

Archtober Festival Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, kicked off the Archtober press preview.
At the Center for Architecture by • 09/17/14

Countdown to Archtober 2014

Four years ago, the idea of having an Architecture and Design Month in New York City was conceived to raise awareness of the value and abundance of talent that exists here in the architecture and design community. Every fall since, Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, AIANY managing director, dons her second hat as the festival director of Archtober. At a press preview held on 09.09.14, she, along with AIANY 2014 President Lance Brown, FAIA, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, announced this year’s festival – a jam-packed month of 120-plus events, including exhibitions, films, tours, and symposia with more than 30 organizations in and outside of the Center for Architecture. Read More

A view of the AIANY's Winged Racer (in red) and Manhattan's skyline, including 1 WTC.
Rhetorically Speaking by • 09/17/14

Regatta Revolution

With worldwide attention focused anew on Lower Manhattan, the annual New York Architects Regatta Challenge took place last week, with boats departing from the North Cove of Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center). The race is a charity fund-raiser that brings out both competitive and altruistic spirits, not to mention copious amounts of Mount Gay rum on the dock afterward. Architectural firms in New York City put crews on boats belonging to the Manhattan Sailing Club, and contribute $1,500, and sometimes more, to good causes.

The AIA New York Chapter has, for the last six years, put together a “pick-up” boat to allow sailors from firms not organizing their own team to get out on the water. The Chapter’s “Flying Eagles” this year included skipper Wids DeLaCour, AIA (DeLaCour & Ferrara), Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP (FXFOWLE), Blake Middleton, FAIA, LEED AP (Handel Architects), and Xenia Vytuleva (CGSAPP). AIA New York Chapter President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, wished the team well, and well it did, finishing a respectable 10th out of 21 boats sailing. Read More

Chris Goeken, New York League of Conservation Voters; Cecil Corbin-Mark, WE ACT; Raya Salter, NRDC; Abigail Dillen, Earthjustice; Lemuel Srolovic, NYS Attorney General's Office; Karl Rábago, Energy and Climate Center at Pace Law School
Policy Pulse by • 09/17/14

Attorney General and Gridlock: Addressing Climate Change in New York State

On 09.03.14, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman addressed a crowd at Pace Law School at the “Beyond Gridlock: State Leadership on Energy and Environmental Issues” presentation. The event announced the release of a new report Current and Future Trends in Extreme Rainfall Across New York State by the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office. Schneiderman spoke about how the effects of climate change are already impacting our lives, and the case studies of extreme rainfall in the report personalize the challenges. The federal government is unable to take the action required to combat it. State governments and non-profit organizations must fill the voids. New York State was unprepared for Superstorm Sandy, but Schneiderman’s office wants the state to become the model of preparedness and resiliency for the country in the face of natural disasters. By working with utility companies and fellow policy makers, Schneiderman hopes to do some transformation politics and get people to see things differently. Read More

"Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations" at LaGuardia Park.
At the Center for Architecture by • 09/17/14

What Does the Forest Say?

On 09.05.14, attendees of all ages joined the Center for Architecture, Friends of LaGuardia Place, Manhattan Community Board 2, and the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to celebrate the theme of AIANY 2014 President Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision” with Christopher Janney’s public art installation “Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations.” On view at LaGuardia Park only through 09.11.14, it functioned as an “urban musical instrument.” Park-goers could trigger photo-electric sensors in one of 16 electronic “trees,” producing a score of melodic tones and environmental sounds.

The sounds of the “forest” always changed, depending on the number of participants interacting with the trees. The score was also altered according to the time of day: croaking frogs and crickets in the morning, and marimbas, percussion, and swarms of fireflies at night, when the installation sparkeld with twinkling LED lights. “Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations” never played the exact same composition twice.

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(l-r) Lance Jay Brown,  FAIA, AIA New York Chapter; Guido Hartray, AIA, Marvel Architects; Susan Silberberg, AIA, CivicMoxie and Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; Suzanne Frasier, AIA, Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning; Richard Sennett, New York University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Theatrum Mundi
At the Center for Architecture by • 09/17/14

How Truly Public Are Our Public Spaces?

As a composer understands how to deploy rests, moments of silence, as a backdrop that makes each instrument’s contributions meaningful, urban designers and planners recognize that spaces between buildings are key determinants of behavior, indispensable in bringing life to the entire civic organism. Urban space is never entirely blank, neutral, or empty; it has forms and functions, intentions and unintended consequences, narrative arcs and evolutionary stages, just as buildings do. This gathering of practitioners, scholars, and citizens explored various existing and hypothetical expressions of this aspect of the 2014 Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, presidential theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision,” speculating about how conscious placemaking can align underlying principles with practical effects. Read More

Tribute in Light from West Street.
Uncategorized by • 09/17/14

The World Trade Center, 13 Years After

Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, architectural photographer Frank Ritter, www.RitterPhoto.com, contributes a photo essay tracking the progress of the World Trade Center site. This year’s series also includes photos of the recently-opened 9/11 Memorial Museum. Read More

"Future Now Symposium" attendees created crowdsourcing videos during the day's final workshop.
At the Center for Architecture by • 09/17/14

Future Now Summit 2014

The “Future Now Summit” that was held on 09.13.14 at the Center for Architecture was a complete success. It had an ordinance of young and enthusiastic professionals from New York City and Long Island. The selection of speakers provided a platform of amazing young professionals who appear to already feel that the FUTURE for them is NOW, as they are already finding solutions to expand the practice of architecture and the building industry. They all told how they already have grown through this thinking.

The Summit was moderated by an expert in workplace strategy, Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA, founder of Plastarc, a leader in change management services. Marsh proved to be a valued part of the Summit, keeping all participants speaking to realistic opportunities for the future of the profession, and the communities that will .

All present were amazed to hear what keynote speaker, Kai-Uwe Bergman, AIA, RIBA, partner at BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, had to say about his experiences working around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Bergman showed slides of BIG’s projects under construction, and spoke in detail about business development methods used and the young staff of architects now working on 17 projects in different countries. Read More

Al Huang, NRDC Urban Program in New York; Dr. Maida Galvez, Preventative Medicine, Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
At the Center for Architecture by • 09/17/14

Just Breathe: Environmental Justice and the Problem of Air Quality – Indoors and Out

On 09.10.14, the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE) organized a lecture and panel on environmental justice and the particular issue of air quality and toxic conditions in buildings. The interdisciplinary panel for “Can I Breathe at Your Place Tonight? – Environmental Justice and Buildings” brought together three veterans from diverse sectors in the environmental justice field: Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Al Huang, a senior attorney at the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Urban Program in New York, and Dr. Maida Galvez, associate professor of Preventative Medicine in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Read More

A Sunshine State of Mind for Ever-Evolving NCARB

On 07.31.14, Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinators nationwide assembled in Miami, FL, to take part in the annual IDP Coordinators Conference hosted by NCARB. AIANY was represented by newly-appointed Chapter Coordinator Michael Archer, Assoc. AIA. The conference provides a platform for NCARB to effectively communicate with its coordinators as they assist at the state, chapter, school, and firm level in guiding those in pursuit of licensure. It was an opportunity to hear directly from NCARB about the sweeping changes to the ARE, proposed streamlining and overhauling of the current IDP, and the ever-expanding library of tools and information available. Change is in the air, and in this time of rapid evolution to the requirements for licensure it is important to convey what the pursuit of licensure will look like as it unfolds. Read More

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Join the AIANY for 09.21.14 for the People's Climate March!
March for Climate Change Awareness with AIANY Editor's Soapbox
Archtober Festival Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, kicked off the Archtober press preview.
Countdown to Archtober 2014 At the Center for Architecture
A view of the AIANY's Winged Racer (in red) and Manhattan's skyline, including 1 WTC.
Regatta Revolution Rhetorically Speaking
Chris Goeken, New York League of Conservation Voters; Cecil Corbin-Mark, WE ACT; Raya Salter, NRDC; Abigail Dillen, Earthjustice; Lemuel Srolovic, NYS Attorney General's Office; Karl Rábago, Energy and Climate Center at Pace Law School
Attorney General and Gridlock: Addressing Climate Change in New York State Policy Pulse
"Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations" at LaGuardia Park.
What Does the Forest Say? At the Center for Architecture
(l-r) Lance Jay Brown,  FAIA, AIA New York Chapter; Guido Hartray, AIA, Marvel Architects; Susan Silberberg, AIA, CivicMoxie and Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; Suzanne Frasier, AIA, Morgan State University’s School of Architecture and Planning; Richard Sennett, New York University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Theatrum Mundi
How Truly Public Are Our Public Spaces? At the Center for Architecture
Tribute in Light from West Street.
The World Trade Center, 13 Years After Uncategorized
"Future Now Symposium" attendees created crowdsourcing videos during the day's final workshop.
Future Now Summit 2014 At the Center for Architecture
Al Huang, NRDC Urban Program in New York; Dr. Maida Galvez, Preventative Medicine, Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and Peggy Shepard, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Just Breathe: Environmental Justice and the Problem of Air Quality – Indoors and Out At the Center for Architecture
A Sunshine State of Mind for Ever-Evolving NCARB Reports from the Field
Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns by John Massengale
Oculus Quick Take: “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns” Podcast
Eric Ferrara of the Lower East Side History Project points out historical evidence to students learning about the neighborhood surrounding the Lowline project.
Another Summer of Discovery at the Center, with Special Thanks… At the Center for Architecture Foundation
1 - Plaza Sweetened
In the News In The News
Names in the News Names in the News
New Deadlines New Deadlines
“New Practices New York 2014” opening 10.01.14
On View: At the Center for Architecture At the Center for Architecture
09.12.14: Scott Duncan, AIA, LEED AP, design director at Skidmore Owens & Merrill; Urs Gauchat dean of the College of Architecture & Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and CSU board member; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY 2014 President and CSU board member; James McCullar, FAIA, principal of James McCullar Architecture CSU co-chair; James Rausse, AICP, president of APA New York Metro Chapter and director of Capital Programs and the Office of the Bronx Borough President; and Dr. Joan Clos, executive director of UN-Habitat and secretary general of HABITAT III discussed the role of design professionals in developing sustainable and equitable solutions for the rapidly urbanizing world at a program designed to help set the agenda for the HABITAT III Conference in 2016.
Sighted Sighted
Classifieds Classifieds
"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