The American Institute of Architectus New York Chapter - eOculus: Eye on New York Architecture and Calendar of Events

Home Past Issues Subscribe Write the Editor







Tempo Quickens for Lincoln Center Redevelopment | New Bronx Library Center Takes the LEED | Preserving 9/11 Memories | NEH Grant Awarded for Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum Expansion | A Tower Grows in the Far West Village


Capturing the 2006 AIA Honor Awards | Getting Licensed in New York | Local AIA Chapters Spur Fieldston Historic Designation | Bridging the Divide Between NY and UK | Kids Respond to Two Columbus Circle | Tribute to Norman Kurtz | The Kindness of Strangers




Steedman Fellowship | BSA Research Grants | CSAAR Conference | 2006 Building Brooklyn Award | EPA P3 Award | AIA/LA Design Awards | NYSCA Grant | 2006 Preservation Awards | SMPS-NY Marketing Awards | EDGE as CENTER | GreenStop Competition | SMPS Marketing Communications Awards | Business Week/ Architectural Record Award | HUE Awards


At the Center for Architecture
Fashion of Architecture | 2005 NY ASLA Design Awards | ESTO NOW | Two Columbus Circle

New Design from Israel | Livable Streets | Ernst Benkert Travel Desk

Click the above link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.


Job Opportunity: AIANY Development Associate for Corporate Relations

Jessica Sheridan, Editor

Dan Hillman

Linda G. Miller


Editor's Note: So many events, so little time. New York is bursting with architecture activity! With plans for the Javits Center expansion to be released today, and with the weekend's unfortunate fire at the Prada store (engulfing the whole building interior), there's no indication action will cease. In addition to our usual smorgasbord, this e-Oculus introduces new eOn The Scene and Of Interest sections. Covering all of the exciting parties and social events is our new Events Correspondent, Darris James. As always, please write with any response, frustration, excitement, or general feelings you want to share.


Residents Must Return to New Orleans
By Jaffer Kolb

"I believe we can solve any problem," asserted Patricia Gay, Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, at a January 11 lecture at the Museum of the City of New York. "If we lose the houses, it's our fault." Gay outlined work currently underway in the ravaged city during her lecture, "Restoring New Orleans." Her approach to the daunting and emotionally charged subject was largely humanitarian and less informative as far as the mechanics of recovery and historical background were concerned.

The lecture was introduced by a cursory glance at New Orlean's tumultuous history: fires and epidemics of the 19th century to the quick recovery from the Civil War. The ultimate message is that New Orleans is resilient. "It is the people who are going to save the city, as they have done in the past."

Gay's focus was on saving the vernacular neighborhoods of the 20th century, including Creole cottages and shotgun houses, which are in danger because they are largely undervalued due to size and lack of recognizable aesthetic impact. Neighborhoods like Holy Cross, Gentilly, and Edgewood Park—all largely comprised of these houses—are now facing either demolition or restoration.

The frenetic demand to get residents back and settled while maintaining the historical architecture needs to happen immediately. Showing a picture of two awkward college-aged kids grinning with shovels held high, Gay delivered a cutting blow to organizations trying to help: "Habitat [for Humanity] is building new houses where no one lives. It's great that they want to participate… but what we really need is simply to get people back into their houses." Perhaps now is not the time to form think-tanks.

Jaffer Kolb is a freelance writer and an assistant editor at The Architect's Newspaper.

New York City Works
By Eva Hagburg

Jacket Design: Steven Puetzer/Iconica

United by a common enthusiasm for infrastructure in the city, a crowd of architects, critics, and punters gathered at the Center for Architecture on January 9. While author Kate Ascher, Executive Vice-President of the Economic Development Corporation, kept referring to herself as "really geeky" for being so inspired by things like the trajectory of a carrot as it travels across the country and where New York City garbage goes, the company hardly complained. Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning, Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, introduced Ascher's book, The Works: Anatomy of a City, as "my favorite book that I have read in decades."

Ascher discussed the very thorough process of sewage treatment. Garbage used to be dumped just 12 miles offshore and, for a brief period, sent to Siena Blanco, Texas to be spread on the ground (locals were well-compensated). She then segued to explain the origin of the city's clean water (a 24 million gallon reservoir in Murray Hill is one of the sources), and how thoroughly maintained it is (500 samples a month taken from 800 sampling stations).

Other fun facts: of the 3,200 street-crossing buttons, only a quarter actually work; the silver nitrogen tanks seen on the streets are to cool the overheating telephone wires; and our trash goes to Virginia and Pennsylvania. Between 1897 and 1953, pneumatic tubes transported mail from Herald Square to Grand Central in four minutes. The first subway was constructed for cargo only and illegally carried about 400,000 people. When subway cars die, they are delivered to the waters off of Delaware where an underwater reef complex grows. The city's power runs off a grid that is adjusted every six seconds in accord with the current state of supply and demand. All of the large freight ships that come into the harbor have to be piloted by the Sandy Hook pilots, who have monopoly on the industry.

Hardly geeky.

Eva Hagburg is a New York-based writer.

How Does Your Building Grow?
By Mark Helder, Assoc. AIA

Composition by Mark Helder

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is slowly infiltrating the U.S. construction industry and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system. LCA is a methodology for assessing the environmental performance of a product over its full life cycle, from making, transporting, using, and maintaining, to disposing. On the basis of these assessments quantified by environmental impact, early design decisions can be made to determine which configurations or assemblies in a building have the least environmental impact during the life span of a building.

High Performance Green Building Salon kicked off its first lecture of the year January 12 with speaker Wayne Trusty, President of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and Athena Institute International. Similar to a system launched in the UK, Trusty proposed an LCA rating to be ultimately integrated into the LEED rating system. Where the European system has been enforced through government initiatives, an election process would be established in America.

With the event running short on time, the ever-important economic implications were only touched upon. One way for an architect to convince a client to choose a greener alternative, is to keep separate but equal LCA and Life Cycle Costing, placing a dollar amount on the life cycle of a building.

To learn more about the Athena Institute, the software package enabling architects to assess and compare different building assemblies, click the link. Life Cycle Analysis: Applications and Implications for the Design of Green Buildings was organized by AIANY, AIANY Committee on the Environment, EBA/ NYS, and the US Green Building Council's New York Chapter. The event was sponsored by Benjamin Moore & Co., C/S Group, Forbo, Lutron Electronics, NYSERDA, The New York Real Estate Journal, Tate Access Floors, and Zumtobel Staff Lighting.

Mark Helder, Assoc. AIA, is principal of Helder Design, a studio specializing in green design, and an active member of the Emerging NY Architects committee.

It's Not Easy Teaching Green
By Paul M. Davis

By way of introducing herself to the audience gathered at the CUNY Graduate Center for the "Talking Green: Green Education" panel discussion, Jean Gardner asked audience members to introduce themselves to someone they did not know and describe to that person what they did with their hands that day.

Gardner, who teaches Architectural History at Parsons The New School for Design, believes that teaching students to design in harmony with nature should begin with such exercises. She painted a picture of inevitable human extinction from a planet in which citizens cannot determine the flow of rain from their roofs, and do little with their hands to connect them with the natural environment. Of course, teaching urban students how to understand the shape of natural topography and teaching how to reverse the course of global warming are two very different lessons.

Joining Gardner on the panel were Kathleen Bakewell, landscape architect and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Joel Towers, director of Studies in Sustainable Design & Urban Ecology at Parsons.


I Am What I Shoot: ESTO Photographers Talk With Architects
By Linda G. Miller

Whose eye counts?
(l-r): Guido Hartray, Rogers Marvel Architects; David Sundberg, photographer; Ronnette Riley, FAIA; Peter Aaron, photographer
Kristen Richards

(l-r): Erica Stoller, Director, Esto; Albert Vecerka, photographer; Clair Weisz, AIA, weisz + yoes studio
Kristen Richards

Years ago, architectural photographers shot in black and white only, the format that Architectural Record required. Architects requested that photographers shoot a project without distractions (read: people). But now, with the proliferation of media, architectural photographs have become more important than the buildings. While a building is fixed, countless more people can see the photographs on exhibit, in magazines, newspapers and on the internet. In addition, architects are finding that great photographs generate the best computer renderings.

Architects agree it is crucial to document their work—but when is the best time to photograph a project? As part of the current show sponsored by Dawson Publications and Ibex Construction, ESTO NOW: Photographers Eye New York, three of the featured architect/architectural photographer teams—Ronnette Riley, FAIA and Peter Aaron (Apple Store, Soho), Claire Weisz, AIA, of weisz + yoes studio and Albert Vecerka (Bronx Charter School for the Arts), and Guido Hartray of Rogers Marvel Architects and David Sundberg (Higgins Hall Center Section, Pratt Institute), spoke about their professional collaborations and photographic obstacles on January 19 at the Center for Architecture.

Albert Vecerka had to find a window of opportunity where he would not intrude on the Bronx Charter School. When he was able to set up, he shot eight photos in an hour and a half. He also risked attracting the police when he shot the school from the expressway near the school. David Sundberg shot Higgins Hall when it was completed and bustling with student activity. According to him, "If you're not pissing someone off—you're not doing your job." Peter Aaron likened his role to a psychiatrist for architects. The architect, lost in punch list details, can lose sight of the overall concept for a project; the architectural photographer brings it back into perspective for him or her.

Will New Urb Translate in NJ?
By Bill Millard

The meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism's budding New York/New Jersey branch on January 19 brought good news for eyesore-riddled Bergen County. An abandoned 66-acre brownfield in Wood-Ridge, NJ, formerly the Curtiss-Wright aircraft components plant, will become Wesmont Station, a mixed-use community featuring residences, offices, retail, athletic fields, a middle school, a senior center, and a public plaza.

Wesmont represents a collaboration between one national firm, Miami's Duany Plater-Zyberk, and one local firm, DMR Architects of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Site developer Ralph Zucker and DMR's Ralph Rosenberg, AIA, presented their ideas at the CNU session. Planning-board approval came in December 2005; environmental remediation is under way, with completion projected in 2012.

The site design (DPZ's second New Jersey project) features pedestrian walks, bike paths, and playing fields while excluding chain and big-box stores as well as de-emphasizing vehicular use. Critically, Zucker's team convinced New Jersey Transit to add a train stop to the Bergen Line, bringing transit-oriented development (TOD) to Wood-Ridge.

North Jersey sprawl presents unique challenges for New Urbanism, and Wesmont raises the question of just how urban, or how new, the DPZ version of New Urbanism might be. The project's renderings, iconography, and marketing campaign have a distinctly suburban tone. The projected prices (in the mid-six figures for private homes) and references to high-income area residents in Wesmont's promotional materials also don't carry implications of demographic diversity being an exceptionally strong priority for the project.


Cutting-Edge Defined
By Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

The Sydney Opera House during construction
Copyright Arup. Photographer Peter Ross.

The Sydney Opera House after construction
Copyright Arup. Photographer Peter Ross.

From the general sketches of Jorn Utzon, Hon. FAIA, to his insistence on an ideal marriage between architecture and construction, Arup developed the technology needed to realize the Sydney Opera House despite a constant state of uncertainty throughout.

Cliff McMillan, a principal at Arup's New York office, discussed Arup's role in constructing the Sydney Opera House on January 17 at the Center for Architecture, an event organized by Arup (the sponsor of the event), the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee, and SEAoNY. Innovation and flexibility were key to the design process. Construction of the podium had to be built to accommodate roof loads before the roof structure was invented. Compression loads are transferred to the ground through sin-curved columns—a triumph of ingenious cast-in-place concrete work. The roof took four years to develop through an elaborate process of scaled modeling and trial-and-error. Ultimately, Arup developed the pre-cast, post-tensioned concrete system needed to construct the spherical shell roof.

The production of one million tiles and calculations for the first 3-D space frame necessitated the use of advanced computer programs. Because the Sydney Opera House was completed in 1973, computers were far from advanced. Arup developed its own software specifically to tackle these construction challenges.

The Sydney Opera House is not just a performing arts center; it is the icon representing Sydney, Australia. It is a feat of concrete work resulting from years of research and experimentation. It is the building that defined Arup's practice.

The New Model Firm
By Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA

The lecture topic billed as "On Generative Form-Finding and Parametric Rationalization for Constructability" wasn't exactly one to tempt the customers to the Center for Architecture January 10. Believe it or not, they came in droves, most of them in their 20s and 30s, to listen to Gehry Technologies research and consulting director Cristiano Ceccato paint a picture of an entirely new kind of office—one made possible by breakthroughs in using computers to generate parametric models that deliver buildable designs bothered by far fewer disputes, delays, and cost overruns than in today's fragmented delivery process.

Ceccato painted a world of practice where the gap between form, concepts, and buildable solutions disappear as the design and construction team views a single integrated 3-D model of the project, using parametric tools (that is, tools where each design component comes with its own parameters of size, function, adjacency, and even cost), custom programming, design collaboration across all segments of the delivery team, digital project management, and computer-aided fabrication of key or tricky components. Contract documents will be replaced by a digital project 3-D master model.

In due course, in Ceccato's view, we'll see a totally new kind of office, peopled by professionals hired less for their ability to do discrete jobs such as drafting, spec writing, cost estimating, and code compliance, than for their ability to manipulate the digital model in a way that translates form into actual building. Stay tuned.

The lecture was organized by the Chapter's Technology Committee, headed by Paul Seletsky, Assoc. AIA, director of digital design in SOM's New York office ( Also visit

The Village Is an Island
By Pollyanna Rhee

Cover of "Punk," April 1976 by John Holmstrom
Courtesy Parsons The New School of Design. Lent by Carol McCranie and Xavier Magri.

Given that curator Christopher Mount was sixteen in 1979, "Anarchy to Affluence: Design in New York 1974–1984," an exhibit at Parsons The New School for Design, focuses on the burgeoning late-70s scene. Jamie Reid's Sex Pistols graphics, Stephen Sprouse's iconic printed clothes and sketches, collaged fliers, and 45s for the Ramones, Buzzcocks, and Patti Smith fully represent the messy, amateur, and exhilarating ephemera of the time. However, Massimo Vignelli's 1972 New York City anachronistic subway map illuminates the fact the show just begins to touch on the city's design output in the 70s. Domestic interiors and industrial detailing in Joan Kron and Suzanne Slesin's High Tech (1978) are touted as one of the only lasting achievements in design.

Corporate America loves few things more than youth rebellion, so unsurprisingly many of the exhibited images of anarchy are now firmly embedded within the establishment. Who else can take youthful passions so seriously? The show's attempt to substantively engage the world beyond 14th Street is almost as unconvincing as the belief that most people marry their prom date.

Pollyanna Rhee is a member of Architecture for Humanity New York. She also used to check mail for n+1 magazine, a skill arguably more relevant to her bachelor's degree in politics than whitewashing plywood.

This Is Not Your Father's Hospital…
By Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

Advancements in technology have drastically changed the world of high performance textiles since the early 1990s. Materials, cleaning agents, and testing equipment exist today enabling the development of new hybrid textiles that both feel natural and are as durable and easy to clean as vinyl.

Marty Gurian, the Director of Engineering Resources and Technical Education at Designtex, presented different types of fibers and finishes on January 18 at an event organized by Designtex and the AIA Interiors Committee. Demonstrations, samples, and a "high performance solutions calculator" demystified choosing correct textiles for a project, whether located in a severe environment, infection control area, or heavily trafficked arena. New materials, weaves, back-coatings, sustainability features, and digital printing capabilities make possible a wide variety of textures, colors, and patterns.

For more specific information, the Designtex website has a wealth of information detailing each type of textile and finish available for every high performance need.



Note: The debate surrounding Ground Zero continues. To read Michael Sorkin's Plan for Ground Zero and James Rossant's, FAIA, response, click on the links. Please email your own response to and contribute to the ongoing dialogue!

Dear Editor,
Bravo, Rossant—Sorkin's horse is dead.

The best scheme of the bunch was by Peterson/Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design. A more neo-modernist approach to the structures could have produced an enduring/ vital urban environment. Freedom Tower? A shallow parti!

—Tom Zabriskie/Architect


Dear Editor,
Both Mr. Sorkin and Mr. Rossant address the rebuilding of the WTC site with much-needed pragmatism. Mr. Sorkin's text is somewhat undone by the plan image of yet another, even if well-intentioned and simpler, grand gesture. Mr. Rossant addresses the need to recreate a neighborhood on a human and New York urban scale. Mr. Sorkin's plan has a big park and respects the footprint memorial. Mr. Rossant's plan reestablishes a more urban-scaled grid and adds back street life and connectivity.

On a temporary basis, everyone, even those of us who bridled at the un-architectural and un-developer friendly suggestion, should have listened to Rudy Giuliani not long after September 11: "Make it a park." Looking back, a temporary infill, respecting the footprints in some way, but making the at-grade site accessible, having a literal closure, may have helped in calming the churn of responses there has been. A park, even a temporary park, could have been and maybe could still be a successful simple gesture.

A coalition of Mr. Sorkin and Mr. Rossant and Mr. Giuliani isn't necessary. We have come to trust that the moguls, civic, private, celebrity champions of our success know best. Towers can wait until the economy drives the need, and maybe drives it elsewhere.

It is past time for a small—even if temporary—plan.

—Kevin O'Connor, AIA



Maybe I should have known better, but going to see Santiago Calatrava speak proved to be a frustrating experience. The Alliance for Downtown New York is presenting a lecture series called Downtown Third Thursdays 2006. "A lecture series featuring prominent architects, authors, and historians exploring themes and issues of particular relevance to Lower Manhattan," according to the postcard, I went to the lecture expecting Calatrava to discuss his downtown New York projects. What I experienced was a canned lecture and movie that surveyed his recent work around the world: buildings in their natural landscapes, buildings in motion, bridges that redefine an urban terrain, and bridges as city icons while interspersing images of nature, life drawings, and sculptures. I quickly grew disappointed when he finally got to the NYC projects and skimmed over them so quickly they were absorbed by all of the others.

The lecture took place on the 60th floor of One Chase Manhattan Plaza—a space with a spectacular 360-degree view of Manhattan. Situated between South Street and Ground Zero, it was a perfect location to view both of Calatrava's sites. Without even a question and answer session after the lecture, everyone was left viewing the sites from above with all of the same questions with which they arrived. I believe Calatrava is a great architect, but I wanted more than what I could obtain from leafing through a coffee table book.

Please respond at



Style flaunted at the Fashion of Architecture Exhibit: "Sexy Grunge," "Mixed Design," "English English-Teacher Chic," "Inspired by Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion"
Darris W. James

Architect Winka Dubbeldam and Curator Bradley Quinn
Darris W. James

(l-r): Pamela Pulchalski, Deputy Director for Programs and Development, Andy Frankl, President, IBEX Construction, Margaret Helfand, FAIA, Rick Bell, FAIA, Susan Chin, FAIA
Kristen Richards

Architects to the Catwalk Please!
by Darris W. James, e-O Events Correspondent

January 11 was a night to dress in fashionable attire if ever there was one at the Center for Architecture. With designers from both the architecture and fashion world in attendance, the Fashion of Architecture: CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion exhibit opened with style, structure, and a lot of cable!

The exhibit itself is a mix of 2-D and 3-D work from various artists, fashion designers, and architects. Threaded cables span and weave through the galleries with supporting images and garments on display. Drawings, photographs, and text are printed on fabric draped over the cables as if the work were being worn. Threads that tie the various disciplines together were spotlighted at the Curator Talk before the opening—a panel discussion among curator Bradley Quinn, exhibition designer Margaret Helfand, FAIA, architect Winka Dubbeldam, and fashion designer Pia Myrvold.

At the opening party packs of colorful young fashionistas seemed to outnumber architects donning the usual blacks and grays. When asked, the majority of partygoers had never been to an exhibit at the Center for Architecture; now they are anticipating future opportunities to "see" and "be seen" at the Center.




Tempo Quickens for Lincoln Center Redevelopment

Bravo Lincoln Center Redevelopment
Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFOWLE
Significant redevelopment progress is transforming West 65th Street into a "Street of the Arts," at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The estimated $500 million transformation, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FXFOWLE Architects, is the first in a series of independent but related projects to revitalize Lincoln Center. The new cultural corridor intends to unite the street with the surrounding cityscape and create a street-level identity for The Juilliard School, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the School of American Ballet. Construction work will begin in April 2006 and a temporary bridge spanning West 65th Street is scheduled to be erected in May, in preparation for the dismantling of Milstein Plaza this summer. Additionally, Katherine G. Farley, senior managing director, Tishman Speyer, has been nominated as chairman of the Lincoln Center Development Project (LCDP).

New Bronx Library Center Takes the LEED

Courtesy Dattner & Partners Architects
The $50 million trapezoidal library, designed by Dattner Architects, with its use of natural light, energy efficient systems, and recycled or renewable materials is the New York Public Library's first "green" facility. Key concepts of the design include a transparent, open façade; a flexible floor plan; interior and exterior public gathering spaces; minimal internal circulation with clear sightlines to reduce security requirements; and an appropriate planning module for efficient stack layout. A 150-seat auditorium, conference rooms, and computer labs are incorporated into the plan. These spaces are grouped around a large public gallery suitable for receptions and large gatherings. The reference collection and reading room are located on the top floor under a dramatically curved roof with expansive views of the Bronx and Manhattan skylines. Light shelves and electronically controlled sunshades are integrated into the high-performance curtain wall, providing comfortable natural daylight conditions for library users. The curtain wall and curved roof form create a distinctive architectural identity for the building. The library will merit LEED Silver certification—the first branch in the New York Public Library System to be LEED certified, and the first public building in New York City to achieve a LEED rating.

Preserving 9/11 Memories

Memorial Slurry Wall
Courtesy World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. Rendering by dbox.
No one will forget where they were when the Twin Towers collapsed. The WTC Memorial Foundation has launched a digital archive to record personal recollections called Story Builders. Stories submitted online can be viewed on the foundation's website and will eventually be housed at the memorial accessed through onsite computers. Construction on the Memorial and Museum is expected to start in the spring of 2006, with completion slated for 2009. To contribute your story to the permanent archive, click the link.

NEH Grant Awarded for Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum Expansion

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Coutesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, designed by I.M. Pei, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) challenge grant of $500,000 to support construction of a new study center wing and renovation of the building's vaunted fifth floor. The 62,000-square-foot museum, built in 1973, has a permanent collection of over 30,000 works of art from around the world. The 13,000 square foot study center will include a lecture and performance space, seminar and workshop rooms, additional exhibition space, library, office space and storage, and a study area available to the public. The main building's fifth-floor Asian art galleries will be renovated to create additional public space. The $12 million project is scheduled for completion by 2009 and will be designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, with John Sullivan III, AIA, Cornell University class of 1962, as architect in charge.

A Tower Grows in the Far West Village
The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) approved a variance necessary for The Related Companies to move ahead with a proposed 190 foot tall, 160,000 square foot residential tower at Bethune and West Streets, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. The Superior Inks factory site is the last working factory along the Greenwich Village waterfront. The indefatigable Andrew Berman, executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP), has pledged to continue to fight to save and landmark the factory building as well as encourage The Related Companies to eliminate the 10 story high glass curtain wall it is proposing for the new tower. In response to a landmarking plan submitted by GVSHP, the City has proposed to landmark about five blocks and 50 buildings in the Far West Village, but has not yet included this site.



Capturing the 2006 AIA Honor Awards
The American Institute of Architects announced the 2006 recipients of the AIA Institute Honor Awards, the profession's highest recognition of design excellence. Selected more than 680 total submissions, 30 awards were conferred in three categories: architecture, interior architecture, and urban design.

Among the winners recognized with Honor Awards for Architecture were: Richard Meier & Partners Architects for the Frieder Burda Collection Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany; Gluckman Mayner Architects for the Museo Picasso Malaga in Spain; and Polshek Partnership for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR.

Getting (and Staying) Licensed in New York
By Ralph Steinglass, FAIA, co-chair of AIA NY Chapter Professional Practice Committee

Although the basic principles for becoming a registered architect have not changed, there has been enough refinement to the process to warrant a serious review by those who became licensed several generations ago. Both young interns and "old timers" who have been confused by an array of conflicting requirements on state and national levels flocked to the discussion led by Robert Lopez, AIA, on January 11 at the Center for Architecture. Lopez is the new Executive Secretary for Architecture at the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions.

NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) does not always satisfy New York State requirements, Lopez cautioned. Differences include the number of units required in each category and the qualifications of mentors and supervisors. A newly adopted provision, the "five-year rolling clock," went into effect in January limiting the period of time a candidate has to take all sections of the exam. Another provision under consideration would permit recent graduates to take the exam before completing experience requirements, though licensure would not occur before all requirements were met.

Differences between New York State and the AIA's continuing education requirements have confused architects and local chapters since New York adopted its requirements in January 2000. Because the differences lie in the eligibility of course type, New York State has issued a more specific list of unacceptable topics. Also, the AIA New York Chapter has agreed to clearly identify which programs at the Center for Architecture meet New York State and/ or AIA requirements. For further information on New York State's Continuing Education requirements please visit or contact Marcus Bleyer at the AIA New York Chapter,

For more information, visit the New York State Office of the Professions website. The discussion with Robert Lopez was sponsored by the AIANY Roundtable Committee.

Local AIA Chapters Spur Fieldston Historic Designation
By Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter

After two years of acrimonious debate at community meetings in the Bronx and in the local Riverdale press, on Tuesday, January 10, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to make Fieldston the 84th historic district in New York City. Anticipating the unanimous vote in favor of designation, Landmarks Chair Robert Tierney opened the public meeting by saying, "Fieldston is one of the best-preserved early 20th century suburban neighborhoods," and that the action subsequently taken by the Commission would be "a cause for celebration, protecting the future of one of New York City's jewels and assuring that future changes will be appropriate."

The character of the Fieldston neighborhood was shaped by esteemed architect Dwight James Baum, who employed what was described at the Commission meeting as "a wonderful variety of architectural styles." Some community residents present felt that designation was not necessary, since the neighborhood is built-out and has internal design regulations. Others, including architects and preservationists such as former Landmarks Chair Jennifer Raab, herself a Fieldston resident, have stated that the long-term risks of demolition and inappropriate alteration require formal protection.

In a statement supporting designation drafted by Martin Zelnik, AIA, and issued by the AIA Bronx Chapter, it was noted that Fieldston "is one of the most unique, significant, and well-designed residential developments of its kind." The Manhattan-based AIA New York Chapter endorses the AIA Bronx call for historic district designation and was present to voice support at the January 10th meeting. Zelnik and Robert Esnard, AIA, representing AIA Bronx, also noted that a personal attack—in a letter to the Riverdale Review—on the architect Dwight James Baum, "requires a citywide response from all architects." The action by the Landmarks Preservation Commission was an overwhelming and emphatic affirmation of these sentiments.

Bridging the Divide Between NY and UK
By Tim Clark, RIBA, Past Presiding Chair RIBA-USA

US and UK Join Forces (l-r): Machlouzarides; Mark Strauss, FAIA; Rocco Leonardis, RIBA; Cleri Machlouzarides, RIBA; Derek Bradford, RIBA; Jack Pringle, RIBA; Tim Clark, RIBA; Susan Chin, FAIA; Paul Monaghan, RIBA; Jonathan Wimpenny, RIBA; Jayne Beilby; Simon Allford, RIBA; Rick Bell, FAIA; James Karl Fischer, AIA, RIBA.
Marcus Bleyer

The AIA and RIBA, two world leading professional bodies, have a duty to define global benchmarks and maintain the highest standards of professional excellence. A special roundtable discussion January 12 at the Center for Architecture, followed by an evening of lectures at the Hafele Showroom, emphasized the importance of bilateral engagement.

The roundtable, led by Mark Strauss, AICP, FAIA, and Jack Pringle, RIBA President, celebrated many areas of common engagement between the two professional bodies, particularly in the field of public projects and participation. The exchange about complimentary commitment towards urban regeneration, public health, air quality, and continuing education reinforced the value of this year's AIANY theme, Architecture as Public Policy.

The evening program addressed how cultural, international, and historic stereotypes can be broken down through effective global collaboration. Tim Macfarlane, engineer and partner at Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners, criticized certain countries' preoccupations with cost (US), time (UK), and quality (Japan). Through his firm's work, Macfarlane revealed how bridging the divide is possible.


To Preserve or Not to Preserve: Kids Respond to Two Columbus Circle
By Erin McCluskey, Center for Architecture Foundation Program Manager

Kyle Lomman of Allied Works Architecture presents plans for Two Columbus Circle in FamilyDay@theCenter.
Amy Hitchcoff

Using pictures of the original 1964 Edward Durell Stone building and various collage materials, kids created their own vision for Two Columbus Circle at FamilyDay@theCenter, presented by the Center for Architecture Foundation on January 14. A tour of the current exhibit at the Center, "Two Columbus Circle (plus): Museum of Arts & Design and Allied Works Architecture," was led by Aliza Boyer, Senior Manager for School, Youth, and Family Programs at the Museum of Arts & Design, and Kyle Lommen of Allied Works Architecture.

For their redesign challenge, children were asked to think about both the history of the building and the current design proposal. Consistent with the debate surrounding Two Columbus Circle, most of the kids found a way to include key elements of the Stone building, including "lollipop" columns and arched openings, and incorporate the Allied Works design.

Center for Architecture Hosts Tribute to Norman Kurtz
By Michelle Galindez Russo, Flack + Kurtz

Friends and family, colleagues and peers from the architecture, engineering and construction industries paid tribute on January 18 to Norman D. Kurtz, PE, co-founder of Flack + Kurtz, who passed away suddenly last May.

The Norman D. Kurtz '58 Fund for Innovation in Engineering at the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science was announced, ensuring that Kurtz's message will last granting scholarships for students to gain real-world exposure to engineering outside of the traditional classroom setting. Also announced at the tribute was The Norman D. Kurtz Lecture Series, an annual collaboration between the Center for Architecture and Princeton University.

The Tribute was held at the Center for Architecture and was organized by A. Eugene Kohn, FAIA, Mrs. Honey Kurtz, and the firm Flack + Kurtz. Speakers, including A. Eugene Kohn, Honey Kurtz, Peter Flack, Michael Celia, and David Cooper, remembered Kurtz fondly, calling him loving, brilliant, talented, dedicated, and a true mentor.

The Kindness of Strangers
By Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter

Plans for the rebuilding of New Orleans and the Gulf region have benefited from the contributions of ideas and funds from many in New York. The AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation set aside a part of the funds received from Heritage Ball; generous contributions were received or earmarked by many individuals and firms, notably Mancini-Duffy, Tishman Construction, and Deutsche Bank. In the last few weeks, these funds have been disbursed to organizations involved in rebuilding efforts as follows:

  • $10,000 to AIA New Orleans (contrary to the $5,000 previously reported) and $10,000 to AIA Louisiana to aid the re-envisioning process.
  • $10,000 to Architects for Humanity to fund architects in place.
  • $5,000 to AIA Mississippi and $ 5,000 to Mississippi State University to help with a community design center in Biloxi, Mississippi involved in rebuilding projects.
  • $5,000 to the AIA Displaced Architects Fund.

Keep tuned to e-Oculus for ongoing reports on the impact of the funds.



The Architect's Newspaper published a Favorite Sources issue on January 6. Quotations from architects across the nation spotlight their most reliable consultants and contractors that help strengthen their projects.

…thought you might be interested…

If you have come across a great article, website, blog, news item, please send it in to e-Oculus and share your findings!



Zyscovick, the Miami-based, architecture and urban planning firm, has opened a Manhattan office. David Erik Chase, AIA, is the new Managing Principal…

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, has received a merit award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT)… Interior designer Betty Sherrill will be honored with Parsons The New School for Design's second Centurion Award for Design Excellence. The award coincides with the centennial of the school's interior design program… Douglas Durst and Gail Mellow will be honored at the New York Industrial Retention Network's (NYIRN) annual networking and fundraising breakfast in May 2006…

David Scott has been named to chair the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international body and leading independent authority on planning, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and urban areas… Rebecca Robertson is leaving her position as Executive Director of the Lincoln Center Development Project (LCDP) to become President and CEO of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy… Shawn Marren, AIA, has been named Senior Associate at daSilva Architects…



"A contemporary observatory for new dialogues among humans and non-humans." The competition award is $30,000 and is open to all eligible recent graduates of professionally accredited degree programs in architecture and landscape architecture worldwide.
The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) is encouraging individuals and teams in the design and construction industries to submit applications for original research projects as part of their 2006 Research Grants in Architecture program. BSA is offering up to $75,000 in research grants, expanding the audience to include designers nationwide.
The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) announces a call for papers for its first international conference to be held in Rabat, Morocco in November 2006. Papers dealing with all areas related to design education, and particularly work addressing paradigm shifts in design education, are welcomed.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2006 Building Brooklyn Awards, an annual event recognizing recently completed construction projects that have had a positive impact on the borough's economy and quality of life. Nominations will be accepted in fifteen categories, including "green" design, a new addition this year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Center for Environmental Research announces its 3rd Annual P3 competition—highlighting people, prosperity, and the planet—the three pillars of sustainability. Grants will be given to teams of college students to research, develop, and design solutions to promote sustainability, in a multi-step competition.
The AIA Los Angeles Chapter encourages architects with projects in the Los Angeles area to enter the 2006 AIA/LA Design Awards, Decade Awards and NEXT LA Awards.
The New York State Council on the Arts announces the availability of project grants for professionals in the design, planning and historic preservation fields through its Independent Projects Category. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for professionals to realize specific projects that advance the field and contribute to the public's understanding of the designed environment. Only New York State residents are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit projects through a sponsoring nonprofit organization.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations for their 2006 National Preservation Awards. Individuals who have been involved in an outstanding preservation project completed in the past three years, or those who know of a corporation, nonprofit organization, public agency, or individual who has helped save a part of America 's local or national heritage are encouraged to submit a nomination.
The Society for Marketing Professional Services, New York Area Chapter (SMPS-NY) announces a call for nominations for their 10th Annual Marketing awards. Three awards will be given to honor marketers and their mentors in the New York area A/E/C industry. Nominees must be a member of SMPS; any SMPS member can nominate their mentor for the Marketing Mentor or Marketing Champion awards.
The City of Somerville, Massachusetts and the Boston Society of Architects invite designers to envision the future of a pivotal post-industrial area in Somerville, known as the BrickBottom District. Innovative urban visions for the area, along with more specific design interventions, will play a vital role in overcoming the complex hurdles to development in this area.
The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and The Great Valley Center, with the support of the American Institute of Architects, California Council, and private organizations, are partnering in an open one-stage international competition to select a design and design team, for a self-sustainable, "off the grid" green roadside rest stop, known as a GreenStopİ. While this competition is site specific, the goal of this competition is to serve as a pilot project that will create a new model that could be replicated elsewhere in the state. Awards include a $10,000 grand prize.
SMPS is accepting entries for its 2006 Marketing Communications Awards (MCA) competition. The MCA recognize excellence in marketing communications by professional services firms in the design and building industry.
The editors of Architectural Record and BusinessWeek announce the 9th annual BusinessWeek/Architectural Record awards program. The program's emphasis is on exceptionally designed work that makes a contribution to the business aspirations of a given company or institution. Recipients will be featured in the November 2006 issues of Architectural Record and BusinessWeek magazines.
Benjamin Moore & Co. announces a call for entries for their second annual HUE Awards, honoring architects and interior designers for exemplary use of color in both residential and contract projects. Honorees receive $5,000 and an original sculpture.



Oculus 2006 Editorial Calendar
Ideas/Submissions Deadlines (projects can be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based). Contact: Kristen Richards
March 20: Summer: Architecture as Public Policy
June 20: Fall: Infrastructure New York
September 20: Winter: The Business of Practice

AIANY Design Awards
Deadlines. Contact: Marc Bleyer
April 14: Entry forms and fees
May 5: Submission deadline
May 8: Public Symposium and Award Announcements




At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place:

Hussein Chalayan
Fin top with Matching Skirt, Before Minus Now Spring/Summer '00
Chris Moore

Related Events

01.25.06, 6:00–9:00pm
Material ConneXion Review in coordination with The Fashion of Architecture: CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion exhibition

02.04.06, 7:30–9:30pm
Family Day @the Center - From Dresses to Tents


The Fashion of Architecture
CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion


Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Architecture is making its presence felt in fashion as the pliable metals, membrane structures, lightweight glasses and flexible plastics used in building construction are creeping on to the catwalks. At the same time, architects and interior designers are borrowing the techniques of pleating and draping from traditional tailoring to design buildings that are interactive, inflatable, and even portable. Works by practitioners such as Zaha Hadid, Winka Dubbeldam, Shigeru Ban, Kivi Sotamaa, David Adjaye, Block Architecture, 6a Architects, Lars Spuybroek, Stuart Veech and Meejin Yoon are showcased alongside architectonic apparel from fashion mavericks such as Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Yeohlee, Pia Myrvold, Yohji Yamamoto, Boudicca, Eley Kishimoto, Kei Kagami, Michiko Koshino, Stéphanie Coudert, Simon Thorogood, Nicola de Main, and Arkadius. The exhibition features a special installation from Paris-based artist Lucy Orta.

Curator: Bradley Quinn, FRSA, a British author and critic based in New York

Exhibition Design: Helfand Architecture

Engineer: Hage Engineering

Lighting Design: Peiheng Tsai Lighting Design

Exhibition Underwriter: IBEX Construction

Exhibition Lead Sponsor: Herman Miller

Additional sponsorship provided by: Interface Flooring Systems

In-kind contribution for the exhibition installation provided by: Jakob Inox Line

Demchak Residence, Long Is, NY
Araiys Design, Timothy A. Rumph, ASLA Landscape Architect

2005 NY ASLA Design Awards


Gallery: Common Room

The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NY ASLA) presents its 2005 Design Awards. The selected projects exemplify many of the contributions that landscape architects are making to improve the built environment in the Northeast. This year's jury was convened through a collaboration between the New York and Colorado Chapters of the ASLA.

Peter Aaron/ESTO

Related Event

March 4, 2006, 12:00–3:00pm
New Eyes on The City Family Day @the Center


ESTO NOW: Photographers Eye New York


Gallery: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

The multi-media exhibition showcases new photography by six Esto photographers: Peter Aaron; Jeff Goldberg; Peter Mauss; David Sundberg; Jeffrey Totaro; and Albert Vecerka. Highlighted are eight public buildings (many of them award-winners) located in all five New York boroughs: Center for Architecture by Andrew Berman Architect; SoHo Apple store by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Ronnette Riley Architect; Shake Shack by James Wines/SITE and Pentagram; New York Hall of Science by Polshek Partnership Architects; Roosevelt Avenue Intermodal Station by FXFOWLE Architects; The Bronx Charter School for the Arts by Weisz + Yoes Architecture; Higgins Hall Center Section, Pratt Institute by Steven Holl Architects and Rogers Marvel Architects; and Staten Island September 11 Memorial by Masayuki Sono.

Esto is the winner of the 2005 Oculus Award.

Exhibition Design: Pentagram

Sponsored by: Dawson Publications and IBEX Construction

Two Columbus Circle (plus)  

Two Columbus Circle (plus): Museum of Arts & Design and Allied Works Architecture


Gallery: Street Gallery

The Museum of Arts & Design presents a preview of its new premises at Two Columbus Circle. Allied Works Architecture is the architect for this transformation and renewal of the long-derelict building into a state-of-the-art, light-filled museum to house MAD's expanding collections and programs.

Sponsored by: Museum of Arts & Design


Elsewhere: Exhibit Announcements

Solos: New Design from Israel
From 01.27.06 through 04.23.06

The first museum exhibition of contemporary Israeli design in the US, this exhibit will present projects by 18 Israel-based designers who are exploring the possibilities of useful objects, ranging from bookshelves to chairs to lighting fixtures. The "Solos" series was launched in 2003 to showcase innovations in the field of architecture and design, with each installation exploring a singular work or theme.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street

Bin Seat by Ami Drach and Dan Gancrhow, part of the Solos: New Design from Israel exhibit
Courtesy Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Livable Streets: A New Vision for New York City
From 02.01.06 through 03.29.06

An exhibition of images, graphics, and multimedia highlighting the concept of how city streets can be transformed into pedestrian-friendly public spaces.

The Municipal Art Society
Urban Center Galleries; 457 Madison Avenue

Courtesy Municipal Art Society

The Ernst Benkert Travel Desk
Through 11.30.06

An installation of work from the artist Ernst Benkert. An afternoon of travel-related performances are planned for January 28, to accompany this exhibit.

Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street, Brooklyn

Elsewhere: Ongoing and Upcoming

Through 01.29.06
BOOM: New Architecture in Philadelphia/PennDesign

Through 02.08.06
New New York 4: The Brooklyn Bridge Park/The Architectural League

Through 04.02.06
Anarchy to Affluence/Parsons The New School for Design

Through 05.07.06
Transformed by Light: The New York Night/Museum of the City of New York

From 01.25.06 through 04.06
Green Towers for New York/The Skyscraper Museum


eCalendar now includes the information that used to be found in eOculus' Around the Center, Around the AIA, and Around Town sections. Click the above link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.




Would you like to get your message featured in eOCULUS? Spotlight your firm, product, or event as a marquee sponsor of eOCULUS, the electronic newsletter of the AIA New York Chapter. Sponsors receive a banner ad prominently placed above the table of contents. Your message will reach over 5,000 architects and decision-makers in the building industry via e-mail every two weeks (and countless others who access the newsletter directly from the AIA New York web site). For more information about sponsorship, contact Dan Hillman: or 212.358.6114.

The AIA New York Chapter seeks a Development Associate for Corporate Relations
See for details.

Morris Architects, established in 1938 and well known for its legendary work and leadership, technical expertise and innovative design, is seeking qualified registered Architects in Orlando, FL and Houston, TX to lead teams on diverse projects in the entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, public assembly, and corporate studios. Team leadership skills & desire to join a collaborative team required. Offers include competitive compensation, excellent benefits and opportunities for professional development. Qualified candidates need a minimum of 7 years experience, degree from accredited school of architecture, record of effective project leadership and execution, and a desire to gain new skills and expertise. Licensure required.

Send resume and salary requirements to your location of interest:
Orlando, FL -
Houston, TX -

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) seeks to hire an Architect Level 2 to work within the Division of Real Estate Service's (DRES) Architectural Services Unit of the Bureau of Acquisitions and Construction Services (BACS) to function as Project Architect in a number of move, expansion and consolidation projects for various City agencies. The position requires that the candidate be responsible for programming agency needs, developing site evaluations, preparing preliminary plans and scopes of work, managing consultants in the preparation, review and approval of preliminary and final construction documents; assist lease negotiators and attorneys with the negotiation of leases and lease amendments; assisting during construction; and other related tasks. This assignment will cover a multitude of projects and will include working on one or more agency headquarters consolidation projects currently under development. Qualification requirements, a current New York State registration as an Architect must be maintained for the duration of your employment. Candidates must be able to understand and be understood in English.

Salary range: mid $60 - mid $70s

The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Michael R. Bloomberg-Mayor

Leading architectural firm specializing in galleries and high-end residential design seeks organized, articulate and design-savvy full-time Marketing Director to produce proposals, brochures, and award submissions, and maintain marketing material archive. Knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign required. Email resumes to

P/T researcher/writer
for strategic outlook report on trends in architecture and engineering, including building and engineering typologies, technology, practice management, IT, M&A, marketing, project delivery. RA or PE preferred. Duties include: develop survey, work with in-house staff analyzing data, telephone interviews with two dozen A/E principals, write 150 page (approximately) report. Begin February, complete June. Fee range to $10,000, depending on experience. Please send resume and cover letter to Perry Patterson, Publisher, Principal's Report, IOMA, at:

Progressive, 15-person, award-winning NYC firm seeks: (1-2) f/t exp'd architects for comm/res & planning projects; 5-10 yr constr detailing + (1) f/t entry level; ACAD 2000/2006 req'd. Fax or email resume and statement to 212 620 5299 or

2200 sq. ft. office spaces—1 fl available immediately; 2 others available 5/1/06; all with good light—in small building conveniently located, East 29th St. (Park/Madison). Asking rent $4600/month/floor. Call 212-889-9939 or email:

15.1 acres. 750' beachfront. Magnificent views of Stony Brook Harbor, Long Island Sound and Connecticut. For survey, map and price, fax owner: 212-755-7615

Share space at Varick and Spring
800 square foot space at Varick and Spring - with a model shop and STL/3D printer. Looking for architect/designer to share space. Room for 2 computer stations. DSL, phoneline, central air, full kitchen. Rent for half the space $1080.
Respond to

Starbucks Coffee Company has architectural needs in New York City.
Design at Starbucks is about creating a third place. Away from work and different from home, the Third Place is relaxing and exciting, new and familiar. We are currently seeking job captains.

Job captains produce construction documents, architectural drawings and material specifications for new store construction and renovations.

To see the complete job description and to apply, please visit or contact David Brown directly at

The AIA Contract Documents program
provides proven, consistent, and effective standard form contracts to the building design and construction industry. The program directs its efforts toward improving existing documents and developing new ones. In late 2005 the AIA introduced six new contract documents. These included two new agreements and four new scopes of service documents for use with owner-architect agreements.

Paper Documents
The AIA New York Chapter is a full-service distributor of AIA Contract Documents, which are the most widely used standard form contracts in the building industry. These comprehensive contracts have been prepared by the AIA with the input of contractors, attorneys, architects, and engineers. Typically, industry professionals and home/property owners use these documents to support agreements relating to design and construction services. Anyone may purchase and use the AIA Contract Documents. AIA Members receive a 10% discount. For a full list and order form, see or call 212.358.6113 with your fax number.

Electronic Format Documents
The new AIA Contract Documents software is completely redesigned, based on Microsoft Word, and is easier to use than Word itself. Enter project and document information once and reuse it automatically. E-mail documents as Word or PDF attachments. Print "clean copy" final documents with all changes captured in a special report. Go to for Contract Documents Software Training and to download the AIA Contract Documents software.

If you already the software, Version 2.0.5: Software Update is now available.

AIA New York Chapter's HOME page
If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding eOculus or would like to know about advertising in or sponsorship of eOculus, or would like to be included in our mailing list please write to us at



It's Not Easy Teaching Green, continued

Bakewell discussed the importance of grounding sustainable design in sound ecological principles, despite an often more architecturally boring result. For example, resources used to build a green roof, one of the more popular yet expensive solutions, would better serve the environment if they were spent preserving a natural ecosystem threatened by suburban sprawl.

Bakewell finds a change evolving in mainstream culture. Major corporations are drafting environmental policies. Developers are inquiring about green practices. College students have grown up in an environmentally conscious culture unimaginable a generation ago.

Towers offered a different perspective. He argued that, while students should be aware of the current technical advances in sustainable design, it is more important to instill an ability to approach problems as an "informed public." Future environmental challenges are unpredictable, and today's technical solutions will likely not solve tomorrow's problems.

All three panelists agreed that interdisciplinary teaching is essential to the success of sustainable design. Towers decried the prevalence of hero-worship in architecture schools. Gardner made a frame shape with her hands, indicating confines within which designers think. But Bakewell was optimistic saying that her students care about a sustainable future.

Paul M. Davis is a project designer at Belmont Freeman Architects.

Back to article

Will New Urb Translate in NJ?, continued

Granted, there'll also be rentals: Zucker recounted how Duany steered him toward adapting some bulky structures as lofts to attract some younger, perhaps artier residents. Whether a truly urban way of life could arise at Wesmont—not only mixed-use zoning, but mixed-income people—is an open question. A car-free person could theoretically live in Wesmont, but one wonders whether a critical mass of the car-free actually will.

Zucker and Rosenberg guardedly presented another idea that, if approved, might be among Wesmont's most forward-thinking aspects. The empty Curtiss-Wright plant will essentially be submerged, not demolished, with its interior columns helping support the plaza above. The planners contemplate using this space for subterranean parking. Planning may not quite be able to kill the car, but burying it alive has a certain appeal.

Is Wesmont "Traditional Neighborhood Development" (TND)? Neoclassicism? Transit-oriented development (or only transit-proximate)? Brownfield reclamation? Adaptive reuse? Arguably it qualifies as all of the above, and the New Urb designation provides a handy catch-all for the whole cluster of concepts. But they do not automatically imply each other nor address similar concerns. A development like Wesmont problematizes the idea that New Urbanism—at least the CNU's charter-defined brand—is ultimately about combating sprawl. Maybe it's just about prettying sprawl up a bit.

Zucker's enthusiasm for New Urbanism is infectious, and his new community will bring some badly needed qualities to Bergen County. The jury is still out on whether the CNU sees only a Rockwellish America—charming, but essentially nostalgic—or whether its principles can lead to environments that look ahead at the vital opportunities real cities provide.

Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.

Back to article

Architects to the Catwalk Please!, continued

Music filled the air courtesy of the Venezuelan DJ Picon as drinks flowed courtesy of Bacardi Big Apple. Vases of granny-smith apples adorned the tables. Frenetic imagery designed by Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics flashed above the main lecture hall evoking the feeling of a trendy European disco.

Perhaps the only thing missing from the event was summed up during the Curator Talk when Dubbeldam suggested that attendees should strip and try on all the gowns! And who would not look fabulous in Yoshiki Hishinuma's Tape Dress?!

The Fashion of Architecture: CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion is on view at the Center January 11—March 11, 2006. Accompanying the exhibit are a series of programs. Please see AIANY's exhibition listings for more information about the Material ConneXion Review and Family Day @the Center: From Dresses to Tents. Also, a conversation with Margaret Helfand was included in the last issue of e-Oculus. The exhibition is underwritten by IBEX Construction. The lead sponsor is Herman Miller, and additional sponsorship is provided by Interface Flooring Systems. In-kind contribution for the exhibition installation is provided by Jakob Inox Line.

Back to article

Bridging the Divide Between NY and UK, continued

Amplifying the need for collaboration, Lucy Bullivant introduced her book, British Built: UK Architecture's Rising Generation. Simon Allford, RIBA, and Paul Monaghan, RIBA, of AHMM, referenced their work included in Bullivant's book, and discussed how their partnership and academic principles are being transformed into meaningful public works.

AIA NY Chapter Welcomes Jack Pringle, RIBA President was sponsored by RIBA-USA NY Chapter and the AIA New York International Committee. British Built: Bridging the Divide & British Built: UK Architects' Rising Generation was sponsored by Hafele, RIBA-USA NY Chapter, and the AIA International Committee.

Back to article