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High Line Breaks Ground | Mets To Batter-Up in New Ball Park | Fresh Kills Revamped | Cornell Students Study Downtown | On the Auction Block: Washington Square Park | Mayors' Institute on City Design Seeks Director

AIANYS Talks Policy & Design | IIDA Builds Leadership | Emerging Architects Inspire Future Architects | New Members Welcomed | Students Reveal Urban Design Solutions




New Practices Showcase | 2006 AIA NY Design Awards | PQ 2007 | New Silk Road Cultural Park | BSA Housing Design Awards | International Religious Art & Architecture Awards | Designing Politics | The World Habitat Awards | RDA Design Competition | BSA Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards


At the Center for Architecture
Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation—ENYA International Ideas Competition Exhibition | Barcelona In Progress | Justice Facilities Review 2005-2006

About Town
Synaptic Connections | Archicule

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Editor's Note: I know we are all breathing sighs of relief knowing that Molly the cat has been removed from the store wall in the West Village. Both the cat and the historic 157-year-old building are safe and sound.

Preregistration deadline extended to April 28th!
Design Awards 2006


Red Hook Imports Big Boxes
By Linda G. Miller

The era of the big box store is about to begin in Red Hook
John Bartelstone

Event: Opening Reception: "Big Box on the Basin: Retaining Red Hook's Last Working Shipyard"
Organizers: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, a project of the Municipal Art Society; Save the Graving Dock Committee; The Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology; PortSide
Location: Urban Center, 04.05.06

When the vessel "Empire State" departed from the Todd Shipyard in February 2005, the era of ship repairing in Red Hook, Brooklyn, came to an end paving the way for the world of big box stores. A 35,000-square-foot Ikea store, slated to open in 2007, is being developed with the promise of hundreds of jobs for residents. Plans call for paving over the 750-foot-long dock for a 1,400-car parking lot and demolishing several buildings including an 1867 pump house. A waterfront esplanade preserving the shipyard's cranes is also planned.

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) advocates that an old dry dock can coexist on the 22-acre site with a new Ikea, an idea echoed in the "Big Box on the Basin" exhibition at the Urban Center. MAS enlisted Harold Fredenburgh, AIA, to devise an alternative plan: build a parking garage beneath the store. "We hope that Ikea will recognize that they can build their store and their parking lot while saving Civil War-era buildings and a functional ship repair dry dock," said Kent Barwick, MAS President. Community members are also working with Ikea to ensure that this "eyesore" will become a place of employment while at the same time opening the waterfront for residents to enjoy.

Beauty Is the Byproduct
By Carolyn Sponza, AIA

Michael Rock aspires for a supermarket effect at the Prada store
floto + warner

Event: "F**k Content"
Speaker: Michael Rock, founding partner of 2×4, design professor at Yale School of Art
Organizer: Columbia GSAPP
Location: Columbia University, Avery Hall, 04.05.06

Michael Rock and his New York-based firm 2×4 are part graphic designers, part re-think tank, changing the way people view graphics in the built environment and treating "beauty as byproduct." With writing published in Any and Wired magazines, with built work including Chicago's McCormick Center at IIT and Prada stores worldwide, and by collaborating with OMA among others, the firm's portfolio covers the full graphic design spectrum. Rock's 500-slide lecture was prefaced with the caveat that the firm "never wanted [to be] a boutique," but aspired instead for a "supermarket" effect.

Describing his design work as a series of "ghostly meanderings," Rock is preoccupied by form. Playing with the objectified fashion world, the work either reveals the body (one graphic campaign for Prada's Soho Epicenter cut out the fashion of the previous season's prints leaving only scrambled body parts in its wake), or dislocates it (the graphic design and catalog for the "Waist Down" exhibition displays a retrospective of Prada's skirts gliding, puckering, and standing up without the benefit of limbs underneath). Supergraphics for the McCormick Center consist of a series of round activity icons, with student stick figures flattened into different poses. Even 2×4's approach to print design is physical; often books are modeled first so the concept of the publication is clear without benefit of the supporting content.

Almost entirely absent from the lecture were staple buzzwords like "branding" and "wayfinding," replaced by a critical look at popular advertising and consumption. Even the title of the lecture, "F**k Content," a possible play on Rem Koolhaas's latest book Content, shows Rock's wry commentary on today's popular culture.

Rare Cheers for the Public Sector
By Bill Millard

The Battery Park City Authority mandates that developers follow Green Guidelines
Courtesy Skyscraper Museum

Event: Battery Park City: Green Through Government
Speakers: James Cavanaugh, President & CEO, Battery Park City Authority; Rafael Pelli, AIA, Principal, Pelli Clark Pelli Architects; Russell C. Albanese, President, Albanese Organization; Bryan N. Cho, Senior Vice President, The Related Companies; Moderator Carol Willis
Organizers: Skyscraper Museum Green Teams Lecture
Location: NYPL Donnell Auditorium, 04.05.06

Billion-dollar projects often make people risk-averse, emphasized Carol Willis. Washington ideologues view public-sector action as inherently counterproductive, yet local government guidelines can prove to be the fountainhead of remarkable progress. By mandating that developers compete for sites and follow Green Guidelines written by architects, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) has raised standards for sustainability in the residential market. These achievements will last long after the "green premiums" have been amortized, Rafael Pelli, AIA, pointed out.

James Cavanaugh explained the BPCA's background, organization, spaces (strong on public amenities), and standards (e.g., 30% greater energy efficiency than state code requires). Pelli anatomized his firm's contributions and discoveries to date, from occupant-sensitive HVAC controls to high-performance curtain walls. Russell Albanese gave an optimistic business perspective on private-public partnership noting that suppliers are overcoming green-tech phobia to embrace new practices and products (and bring down their costs). Bryan Cho's firm, The Related Companies, is extending the lessons of Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed LEED gold-rated Tribeca Green to future projects in Boston and Chicago.

The BPCA's support for green technologies is discriminate. Fuel cells, for example, need to run 24 hours a day, and units large enough to be efficient (200 kW) are over-scaled for residential use. Pelli and colleagues also considered bamboo flooring, recycled durable surfaces, and elevated wind turbines, but these ideas were premature or unaffordable. Cavanaugh favors technologies that can be replicated elsewhere; much depends on timing and a technology's state of development. As construction costs drive developers toward condos rather than affordable rentals, homeowners' closer attention to building systems is likely to feed the green revolution—though the panelists lamented that this revolution is still skewed toward the upper end of the market.

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

Nouvel's Architecture Lives in the Moment
By Gregory Haley

Courtesy Columbia University GSAPP

Event: Louisiana Manifest
Speaker: Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA
Organizers: Columbia University GSAPP
Location: Wood Auditorium, Columbia University 04.10.06

Highlighting the tension between the generic placelessness of global culture and the specificity of place within contemporary architecture, Jean Nouvel, Hon. FAIA, urges architecture to live in the "here and now." In his own Louisana Manifest, Nouvel claims, "each situation requires a new architecture."

Nouvel's projects weave the specifics of architecture into the structure and history of their environment. By extending a public greenway to the harbor along a former riverbed, his master plan for Valencia's waterfront recalls the geographical past of the city and proposes a fresh identity. Likewise, for Les Halles in Paris the various garden levels intertwine with the larger urban pattern of parks and public spaces while the flora evoke the regional ecology. With his emphasis on the primacy of place, Nouvel urged his fellow architects: "If you do not like a city, if you don't respond to it: spare it, spare it—go somewhere else!"

Gregory Haley AIA, AICP is an architect and planner at Grimshaw Architects PC, New York and has taught architectural design studios at NYIT School of Architecture.

Students and Professionals Converge
By Jason Zoss

CONVERGENCE NYC informally began at the Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation exhibition opening

Speakers: Thomas Penn, AIA, NY State IDP Coordinator; Panelists: Branden Hookway, author, visiting professor, Cornell University; David Salomon, Cornell University; Steven Sanderson, SHoP Architects; Moderator Kevin Kennon, KK Architect
Organizers: AIA Student Chapter: Jason Zoss, AIANYS Student Director; Venesa Alicea, Assoc, AIA, 2005 AIANYS Student Director; AIAS Cornell; AIAS CCNY
Sponsors: AIA Student Chapter; AIANYS; Cornell University Architecture, Art, and Planning Office of the Dean; Cornell University AAP Department of Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.01.06

Many students have difficulty discovering and deciphering the process to become an architect; CONVERGENCE NYC, a full-day symposium, helped demystify this transition. Thomas Penn, AIA, NY State IDP Coordinator, introduced students to the IDP and licensure process. A panel discussion, themed "New Opportunities and Approaches in the Practice of Architecture," answered questions on varying topics including the transition from academia to professional practice, paths to leadership in architecture, the role of architects in civic leadership, and the duality of architecture as the study of form as well as a form of study.

While visiting architecture firms across the city, students gained access to the design field first-hand. Professionals presented projects and gave tours of their offices; in some cases, students were invited to submit portfolios. Firms that volunteered to host student groups included Dattner Architects, Grimshaw Architects, HOK, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, Pentagram, Polshek Partnership Architects, TEN Arquitectos, and SHoP Architects.

Approximately 60 Students from New York and New Jersey schools attended the symposium. Barnard College, CCNY, NY City College of Technology (NYCCT), Columbia University, Cornell University, NJIT, NYIT, Syracuse University, and the University of Buffalo were represented.

Jason Zoss is Student Director, AIA New York State, and is working toward an MArch I from Cornell University.

Sustainability Reaches Central Africa

Courtesy Wildlife Conservation Society

Event: "Gabon's New National Parks," part of National Landscape Architecture Month, April 2006
Speaker: John Gwynne, Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society
Organizers: ASLA NY Chapter
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.11.06

In September 2002, Gabon's President, El Hadj Omar Bongo, designated 11% of this Central African nation's land to become national parks. John Gwynne of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), local scientists, designers, architects, and in-country field staff are providing expertise to advise on plans for a sustainable tourism plan for Gabon.

The country's low population offers opportunities for nature-based economic development. Gabon is the epicenter of the largest wild forest block left in Africa—full of forest elephants, rainforest gorillas, African buffaloes, and many Central African birds, fish, and amphibian and reptile species. Many tens of kilometers of Atlantic beach remain pristine, with hippos swimming in the surf and elephants on the sand. These may become the most important refuge for Leatherback Turtles, the largest of sea turtles, now suffering global 90% population loss. Wild rivers such as the Djidji, in Ivindo National Park, offer special places for water tourism and adventure exploration with wildlife in view.

Gabon's ecotourism plan brings together conservation and adopts state-of-the-art green construction for tourist facilities crafted to protect wildlife, and respect and enhance the land, all to the long-term benefit of local people.

7 WTC Redefines NYC
By Scott Jardine

Artist Jenny Holzer provides a moving text installation dominating the glass front lobby incorporating poem fragments about New York
Scott Jardine

7WTC responds to its urban context
Scott Jardine

The lustrous façade reflects lights throughout the day
Scott Jardine

Event: "Open Dialogue: Explore the New 7 World Trade Center"
Guides: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects
Organizers: openhousenewyork
Location: 7 World Trade Center, 04.11.06

The new 1.7 million-square-foot 7 World Trade Center scheme, 741 feet tall with 42 tenant floors, is distinguished by its response to urban context, surface, sustainable design, and safety innovations. The building footprint responds to the historic Manhattan street grid by opening up the previously closed Greenwich Street corridor, allowing access, natural light, and southern views. Clear glass wraps taught around the façade divided by stainless steel spandrels colored to "match the tone of the sky." The effect is a lustrous quality that reflects light throughout the day. The glass volume sits over a Con Edison substation occupying the windowless lower levels. Consultants with James Carpenter Design Associates, known for its glass work, treated the surfaces of the unoccupied floors with a metal skin. Floor-high vertical panels create shifting patterns of shimmering color that reflect sunlight and are backlit at night with bars of pre-programmed LED lights that dance across the façade.

SOM and Silverstein Properties focused on safety aspects as well as sustainable design in 7WTC. Rainwater collected from the roof helps to cool the building and irrigate the public park designed by landscape architect Ken Smith. Other initiatives include the use and proper disposal of recycled materials, and significant energy conservation from high-tech glass maximizing natural light. The concrete core, unusual in New York City, was poured after the steel superstructure was raised. Circulation to the emergency stairs is through the core rather than around it, increasing rentable area for tenants. The core also helps 7WTC exceed the safety requirements in the NYC Building Code containing egress stairs much larger than required and incorporating an innovative fire suppression system. These efforts have earned 7WTC the first NYC LEED Gold rating for a high-rise in the Core and Shell category, as well as the distinction of having some of the safety features written into the NYC Building Code.

Scott Jardine is a writer and project architect at David Fratianne Architect in New York City.

Variety Is New York Now
By Pollyanna Rhee

Event: "People's Choice Presentations from New York NOW Exhibition"
Presenters: Rona Easton, AIA, and Lonn Combs, AIA, Easton + Combs; Frances Levine, Frances Levine Studio; Michael Abboud, Soma Designers; Susan Stando, AIA, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects; Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, Frederic Schwartz Architects; Saf Fahim, Chair of the Architectural Dialogue Committee.
Organizers: AIA NY
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.10.06

Based on voting from last year's "New York NOW" exhibition, five designers secured a chance to elaborate individual processes for their chosen works. Common themes of memory, community, and personal experience are current issues and challenges facing New York architectural practice today.

Despite Lebanon's lack in technological advancements, Michel Abboud designed a small, minimalist beachfront house inspired by the poetic nature of the site. For much needed student housing at Teachers College, Columbia University, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects created a dual tower scheme with ample public space allowing for architecture to interact with the city. Frances Levine's terrace design for an apartment in a high-rise building took into account, through the use of indigenous plant life, the geology and history of New York's landscape—despite budgetary and programmatic restrictions. The dimensions of Empty Sky, a September 11th Memorial by Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, correspond with those of Twin Towers, significantly "attaching itself to Ground Zero, while being physically distant." Lonn Combs addressed the design of Air Park IAH in Houston in terms of a personal narrative emphasizing landscape, as well as an "opportunity to extend the programmatic element of an airport."

Pollyanna Rhee has done graduate work in education and is a member of the steering committee for Architecture for Humanity New York.



After exploring the 77 entries to the Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition on display at the Center for Architecture (see On View), I discovered some interesting architectural trends. I noticed that some of the proposals referenced the community's request to keep the park wild, but none of them incorporated any aspect of Louis Kahn's FDR memorial—although one team proposed a mobile amphibious city inspired by FDR's New Deal. Many of the entrants planned the site similarly to the Mark K. Morrison Associates proposal currently being developed, incorporating aspects such as a ferry landing, providing overlooks, and placing a café and performance space inside the stabilized James Renwick Jr. Smallpox Hospital ruin. Some entrants submerged programmatic elements underground to keep the southern tip an open park. Whether entrants were listening to comments made by the community, or developing the site according to their personal instincts, the preference to preserve open, natural parks is clear.

I have spent the last two years with the Emerging NY Architects Committee (ENYA) organizing the Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition. For the competition, ENYA remained politically neutral, presenting registrants with all of the proposals for Southpoint Park as part of the historical site analysis (including the Mark K. Morrison "Wild Gardens" and the Louis Kahn FDR memorial). Although there are organizations fighting for Kahn's memorial, which proposes to pave the whole southern tip of Roosevelt Island in concrete and line the perimeter with trees, I think it says something when many of the 300+ entrants from around the world chose to propose a natural landscape. The community has voiced its opposition, and now emerging architects are showing that this site should remain a natural park.

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Metropolis Memories
By Darris W. James, Assoc. AIA, e-O Events Correspondent

Event: "The Metropolis View: 25 Years Through the Lens," Metropolis magazine's 25th Year Anniversary Party
Organizers: Metropolis
Location: Art Directors Club, 04.11.06

During Metropolis magazine's 25th year anniversary celebration, e-O asked journalists and designers about their fond memories of this perennial magazine. It became apparent that Metropolis not only reflects design in vogue, but also has shaped those who influence it. "The Metropolis View: 25 Years Through the Lens" exhibition runs through 04.28.06 at the Art Directors Club.

Andrew Blum; contributing editor, Metropolis
"When I was a senior in college, I wanted to write about architecture. Everyone told me I had to write for Metropolis!"

Lisa Chamberlain; contributing writer, NY Times Real Estate Section
"In one of the anniversary issues I read an interview with Jane Jacobs. I was not involved in urban planning at the time, but reading that article I knew I wanted to be. I am now a journalist who specializes in urban issues. My career path was influenced by Metropolis!"

Kristen Richards; editor, Oculus &
"When I began in editorial, Susan Szenasy was who I wanted to be like when I grew up!"

Frederic Schwartz, FAIA; architect, Frederic Schwartz Architects
"I was on the cover once… but I don't think it changed my life."

When speaking with the progenitors of Metropolis about its future, optimism and continuity were the prevailing themes.

Horace Havemeyer III; Publisher, Metropolis Magazine
"We will just continue what we're doing—informing people what's going on and addressing key issues such as social elements like accessibility and wayfinding."

Susan S. Szenasy; Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine
"For me, our break through issue was the "Garbage" cover where we photographed the Fresh Kills Landfill showing all the packaging that turns to waste. Metropolis in the future is like Metropolis in the past—we will always go where the culture takes us."

(l-r): Horace Havemeyer III, Metropolis Publisher; Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis Editor in Chief; Frederic Schwartz, FAIA; Lisa Chamberlain, NY Times Real Estate; Andrew Blum, Metropolis contributing editor; Kristen Richards, Oculus & Editor
Darris W. James, Assoc. AIA



High Line Breaks Ground

View from the High Line
Courtesy of Friends of the High Line
"They had a dream and pursued it," said Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff at the groundbreaking of the High Line on April 10. He was referring to Friends of the High Line (FHL) co-founders Robert Hammond and Joshua David, who have waited seven years for this day to come. The City of New York has committed $61.75 million in capital funds to the project and Senators Schumer and Clinton and Congressman Nadler have allocated an additional $18 million in the multi-year federal transportation bill passed last August. FHL has begun a private capital campaign to raise $50 million, including a $5 million contribution from Barry Diller—Diane von Furstenberg family. Designed by Field Operations and Diller Scofido + Renfro, the High Line will float 30 feet above the street and run 1.5 miles long.

Mets To Batter-Up in New Ball Park

The new Mets stadium
Courtesy of the Mets
The new Mets ballpark, which will begin construction later this year, promises to bring fans closer to the action, and improve sightlines, amenities, and comfort. The new venue, designed by HOK Sport, will recall the beloved Ebbets Field and include classic design elements such as brick and limestone arches with keystones and arched mullions in the glass. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility will seat 45,000 spectators. The Mets will construct the new ballpark at their own expense, with an estimated investment of $550 million. New York City will contribute $90 million in capital funds, and the State will contribute $75 million in addition to rent credits to fund infrastructure costs related to the project.

Fresh Kills Revamped

The boundaries of the Fresh Kills landfill
Courtesy of
The release of the 61-page blueprint to reclaim 2,200-acres at Fresh Kills in Staten Island was announced by Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, Chair of the NYC Planning Commission. The plan, produced in tandem with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, envisions the look and experience of the park identifying activities such as kayaking and mountain biking. Designed by landscape architects Field Operations, five distinct sub-areas within Fresh Kills will be defined by their physical attributes and the desires expressed by the public. The Department of Parks & Recreation will spearhead construction of the park with an initial allocation of $100 million in city capital funds for the first phase of the project.

Cornell Students Study Downtown

Cornell's new downtown location
Elizabeth Sanfelippo
The second floor of a former factory loft building in the Flatiron District is the new home of the New York City study center for the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning. The new center will afford Cornell students the opportunity to use the city as a living laboratory, giving them direct exposure to leading practitioners of architecture, urban planning, and art. Architect Steven Kratchman, AIA, realized the vision of Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the college. The 4,000-square-foot loft was gutted to create a large, open atelier with movable study tables. In addition, the center contains a separate, enclosed, and vented model building room.

On the Auction Block: Pieces of Washington Square

Washington Square Park's chess pieces and lampshades
Kristen Richards
Due to park renovations, the lampshades and chess pieces dotting Washington Square Park must be removed. Artist and producer Marjorie Kouns will auction off the pieces online through April 30. Partial proceeds will benefit The Caring Community, Little Red School House, Elisabeth Irwin High School, City Parks Foundation, and Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. The auction takes place at Benefit Events.

Mayors' Institute on City Design Seeks Director
The Mayors' Institute on City Design has announced an opening for its director position. The full-time position based in Washington, DC, is available for an individual who can plan, implement, and direct national institutes for Mayors in various locations. Degree in architecture or urban planning required, advanced degree preferred. Application deadline is May 15. Visit the American Architectural Foundation for more information.



AIANYS Talks Policy and Design

Attendees at AIANYS "One NY State Urban Policy and Regional Design" conference in Albany (l to r): Russell Davidson, AIA, President-Elect, AIANYS; Peter A. Baynes, Executive Director, New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials; Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings; Barbara Rodriguez, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice-President/CEO, AIANYS; Paula Luria Caplan, Deputy Director of Planning and Development, Office of the Bronx Borough President; Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll; Terrence E. O'Neal, AIA, President, AIANYS.
Courtesy AIANYS
The first AIANYS symposium to reach outside the architectural community and initiate dialogues with elected officials who play a role in planning New York State's built environment took place April 5. The AIANYS 75th anniversary symposium, titled "One New York State: Urban Policy and Regional Design," revolved around the organization's 2006 themes—One New York State and Livable Communities—and featured a series of interactive sessions between elected officials and AIANYS members designed to initiate future dialogues.

Former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr., delivered the keynote address on urban strategy and land use policies. Interactive sessions centered on neighborhood revitalization and home ownership, transportation initiatives and the Community Preservation Fund, downtown and waterfront development, downtown revitalization and comprehensive urban planning, major projects in the Bronx including the Bronx River Greenway and the River Plaza Mall, and the need for a unified statewide policy on economic development in urban areas.

For more information on AIANYS and the themes for 2006, click here.

IIDA Builds Leadership Over Breakfast
Richard Boyatzis, one of the world's leading experts in leadership development and emotional intelligence, will be the featured speaker at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 2006 Leader's Breakfast. Boyatzis' latest book, Resonant Leadership, written with Annie McKee, outlines how to achieve great leadership by establishing deep emotional connections with others.

Organized by the IIDA New York Chapter, the event will be held April 26 at Pier 60 Chelsea Piers. Tickets are $300. The event is co-sponsored by Herman Miller and Interior Design magazine. For registration information, contact Jocelyn Pysarchuk ( or click here.

Emerging Architects Inspire Future Architects
By Todd B. Rubin, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Emily sketches out her proposal for Southpoint Park
Todd Rubin

Introducing Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park and the island's Smallpox Hospital Ruin to a group of children, the Center for Architecture Foundation held a workshop on April 8 in conjunction with the ongoing "Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuventation" exhibition. The children formulated their own ideas for the site, which was also the location of the Emerging New York Architects' (ENYA) 2006 Biennial Design Competition.

One group used the existing Renwick Ruin as an art gallery and designed sculptures out of modeling clay. Another student worked with her father to build an aquarium complex using construction paper and fabric. Erin McCluskey, Program Manager for the Foundation, Jane Pereverzoff, a forensic architect at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, and Todd Rubin, Assoc. AIA, ENYA Competition Committee member, helped facilitate the program. The children embraced the challenges and possibilities of Southpoint. Many of the proposals enhanced the island with new spaces while remaining respectful of the ruin.

The "Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation" exhibition will be on display at the Center for Architecture through 06.17.06. Seventy-one of the over 300 entries received are on display. Exhibition sponsors include: AIA New York State, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, Gensler, Electronics Design Group, Inc., The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, The Rubin Family Foundation, Stephen Mosier, and Propylaea Architecture Atelier. For more information, see On View.

Todd B. Rubin, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP is a designer at Gensler and a member of the ENYA Competitions Committee.

New Members Welcomed With a Bang
By Angeline Huang

Since the Center for Architecture opened in 2003, membership in the AIA New York Chapter has grown steadily. In the past year alone, Chapter membership has increased over 5%, to 4,089 members. Approximately 80 of the 350 individuals who joined the Chapter in 2005 attended a New Members Reception on March 31, mixing and mingling with members of the Board of Directors, Center for Architecture staff, and committee members. After a formal greeting by Chapter President Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, AIANY Secretary Beth Greenberg, AIA, and Director of Member Services Suzanne Mecs, the new members were briefed on upcoming events and invited to join one of the Chapter's 24 different committees.

The Center for Architecture and its programs are a large draw for many new members, including non-architects. Robert McGeachy, a Public Member since August 2005 and non-architect, has already attended the Historic Buildings Committee meetings. Donna Walcavage, a Professional Affiliate, joined the Chapter to access and support its programs. The public work exhibition held at the opening of the Center for Architecture, stands out as one of programs that inspired her to join.

The Chapter offers 12 different membership levels, with architects comprising nearly 67% of total membership. For more information, click the link.

Angeline Huang is a freelance writer and architecture aficionado.

Students Reveal Urban Design Solutions
By Genna Weinstein, Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction

Students present their plans for an East River hotel
Courtesy Center for Architecture Foundation and UASDC
Concluding the Studio@The Center Program at the Center for Architecture Foundation, students from the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (UASDC) presented design ideas to transform a new market on the East River into a hotel to a team of architects and city planners. Plans ranged from a U-shaped building that provided space for a marina, to a rooftop recreation center including a memorial to the sailors and ships of South Street Seaport. Façades and materials ranged from mosaics of animals and fish to the antiquated red brick of the neighborhood. The professional team critiquing student work included Paul Wang, Anthony Vacchione, AIA, Richard Kahan, Amy Weisser, Daniella Eidelberg, and John Evans. Projects will be on display at the Center for Architecture in June.



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Casting Call
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Neighborhood catalyst Gun Hill Road subway station
Courtesy of di Domenico + Partners

The New York Building Congress will honor Daniel L. Doctoroff, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York, Salvatore Mancini, AIA, President/CEO, Skanska USA Civil, and Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, Principal, Festina Lente, at their Leadership Awards Luncheon on May 11, 2006… Costas Kondylis, AIA, senior partner of Costas Kondylis and Partners, will receive the Builder of Israel Award to honor his longtime support of the Israel Bonds program, intended to strengthen Israel's economy…

Five Manhattan projects have been honored with Municipal Art Society MASterwork Awards, recognizing excellence in urban design: 7 World Trade Center/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (best new building); an elevated plaza at 55 Water Street/Rogers Marvel Architects/Ken Smith (best privately owned public space); Historic Front Street/Cook + Fox Architects at South Street Seaport (best residential restoration); Gun Hill Road subway station/di Domenico + Partners in the Bronx (neighborhood catalyst); and Top of the Rock/Gabellini Sheppard Associates at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (outstanding commercial restoration).

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has announced three New York-based firms—Reiser+Umemoto RUR Architecture, SHoP Architects, and Studio MDA—are among the six finalists competing for the commission to design its new building at University Circle. An exhibition of the finalists' portfolios is planned at both the museum and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative… Leslie Koch has been named President of the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, the organization charged with the redevelopment of the 172-acre island… Paul Makovsky has been promoted to editorial director of Metropolis; he was formerly senior editor at the magazine…



Preregistration deadline extended: 2006 AIA New York Design Awards
The AIA New York Chapter's annual Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in architectural design by New York City architects and in New York City projects. The program's purpose is to increase awareness of outstanding architecture and to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment.
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology is sponsoring the USA Scenography Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial. Exhibiting contemporary stage designs and theater architecture, this year's theme of the US entry is "Performance Spaces for A New Generation." The exhibition will highlight the best of American theater architecture intended for education and training in the performing arts.
Nine international ideas competitions have been announced for the New Silk Road Cultural Park, the largest destination dedicated to studying Chinese and European culture. The site is located in Xi'an, China, where the Silk Road originated. Invited teams will receive a monetary prize; nine winners will receive design commissions.
The BSA is calling for entries for any built housing type anywhere in the world completed after January 1, 1997. Firms applying must currently reside in New England or New York; otherwise, the project must exist in one of the two. Recipients of the awards, co-sponsored by AIA NY Chapter, will be highlighted in ArchitectureBoston, and honored at an awards celebration on November 16.
Faith & Form Magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture invite licensed professionals to submit projects (completed since 2001) for recognition in one of nine categories including new religious construction, restoration, and sacred landscape. Winners will receive recognition and will be published in Faith & Form Magazine.
The International Design Forum (IFG) in Ulm is awarding up to 50,000EU to projects that deal critically with the political and social responsibility of design. Proposals must combine elements of research, practice, and dissemination.
Two awards of £10,000 are given annually at the United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day to projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems—one for the global north and one for the global south. Any individual, organization, or government may enter.
Red Dot Americas is accepting submissions for its first American design competition to identify "good design" in three categories: General (architecture to product), Mobility, and Public Sector. Winners will receive recognition and be exhibited, among other benefits.
The BSA announces an open call for entries for unbuilt architectural designs of any project type, including purely theoretical projects and unbuilt client-sponsored projects. Award certificates and/or cash prizes may be provided.



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




At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place:

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 9:00am–8:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Lately, the Center for Architecture has been making headlines in local newspapers and journals:

"Barcelona In Progress":
—"What Ground Zero Planners Could Learn From Barcelona (Update1)." 04.12.06

"Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation":
—Gardner, James. "The Island New York Forgot," New York Sun 04.06.06
—Langer, Sandra. "Roosevelt Island Rejuvenates" e-Oculus 04.04.06
—Senft, Bret. "Young Architects from Across the World Ponder A Question: Given Carte Blanche, What Would We Do With Southpoint Park?" The Main Street WIRE 04.08.06: Vol. 26, No. 14


March 31–June 17, 2006

Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation—ENYA International Ideas Competition Exhibition

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee presents an exhibition of the second biennial international ideas competition. The exhibit features 77 visions for a Universal Arts Center at Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island. ENYA Prize recipient, second place, third place, student prize, and historic preservation award, along with 42 selected entries are included in the accompanying catalog available for $15 at the Center for Architecture as well as online.

Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation is hosted by ENYA in cooperation with the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association and Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital.

Exhibition sponsored by: AIA New York State, The Graham Foundation, Gensler, Electronics Design Group, Inc., Stephen Mosier, Propylaea Architecture Atelier, The Rubin Family Foundation, and Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

The Universal Forum of Cultures-Barcelona 2004
Aerial View of the sector
Eva Serrats

Related Events

April 22, 1:00–5:00pm
In Process: Contemporary Architectural Practice in Spain

May 12, 6:00–8:00pm
Antonio Muntadas + Juan Herreros Collaboration: A Speculation


March 17–June 10, 2006

Barcelona in Progress

Galleries: Gerald D. Hines Gallery, Public Resource Center, Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery

An exhibition presenting Barcelona's dramatic Post-Franco transformation through the present. Architectural models, renderings and photographs outline a framework for the progressive urban trajectory this city has chartered, and a global context for evaluating developments in large scale metropolitan planning.

Organized by: Center for Architecture with the Ajuntament de Barcelona

Exhibition Underwriters:
Ajuntament de Barcelona Rockefeller Brothers Fund Hines

Exhibition Symposium Underwriter:
Institut Ramon Llull

Additional support provided by:
Barcelona Regional Col·legi d'Arquitectes, Barcelona Chapter Spanish Consulate of New York

March 6–April 25, 2006

Justice Facilities Review 2005–2006

Gallery: Common Room

Each year, the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Justice conducts Justice Facilities Review offers the profession an indicator of proven strategies and the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in the United States. The jury chooses projects for publication that demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues. Out of the 90 projects submitted, 27 are on display in this exhibition. Submissions included courthouses, law enforcement centers, correctional facilities and juvenile detention facilities. These projects present a rich array of architectural responses to these challenging, dynamic building types.


About Town: Exhibition Announcements

Through 05.01.06
Thomas Contegiacomo: Synaptic Connections

Thomas Contegiacomo, AIA, principal of New York-based architecture firm Contegiacomo and Associates (and AIA New York Chapter member), exhibits his drawings and sculptures exploring connections between the environment and our inner-selves.

Design Within Reach; 124 Hudson Street

Thomas Contegiacomo, AIA: Untitled, 2003. Graphite on Paper, 44" × 30"
Courtesy Contegiacomo and Associates

Through 05.21.06

This exhibition presents the work of artists—including James Hyde, Peter Dudek, Sara Oppenheimer, Jimbo Blachly, Robert Gero, Robert Kocik, and Mike Ballou—who have dealt with aspects of architecture through their art.

Makor Gallery; 35 West 67 Street

Courtesy of Makor Gallery

About Town: Ongoing and Upcoming

Through 04.19.06
Bad Design Darts and Other Methods for Community-Led Improvement/The Municipal Art Society

Through 04.23.06
Solos: New Design from Israel/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Through 04.24.06
CIMA Members Exhibition/Paul Rodgers/9W Gallery

Through 04.28.06
The METROPOLIS View: 25 Years Through the Lens/The Art Directors Club Phone: (212) 643-1440

Through 04.29.06
Exact Time/Janos Gat Gallery

Through May 2006
Green Towers for New York/The Skyscraper Museum

Through 05.01.06
On-Site: New Architecture in Spain/The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Through 05.01.06
Thomas Contegiacomo: Synaptic Connections/Design Within Reach

Through 05.05.05
Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower/Yale School of Architecture; 80 York Street, New Haven, CT

Through 05.07.06
Transformed by Light: The New York Night/Museum of the City of New York
Special Invitation: The MCNY invites you and a guest to a special evening to view "Transformed by Light: The New York Night" Wed, 05.03.06, 6:30–8:30pm. RSVP 212-534-1672 ext. 3318 or email by 04.28.06.

Through 05.07.06
Andrea Zittel: Wagon Stations/Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria

Through 05.07.06
Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art/Museum of Arts & Design; 40 W. 53 St.

Through 05.07.06
Why? 25 Case Studies/Museum of Arts & Design; 40 W. 53 St.

Through 05.13.06
Site_Specific/Yancey Richardson Gallery

Through 05.21.06
Archicule/Makor Gallery

Through 05.28.06
Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night/The Whitney Museum of American Art

Through November 2006
The Ernst Benkert Travel Desk/Proteus Gowanus


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.




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