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Terminal Ferries Cross-Hudson Commuters | Gilded Age Returns to WV | A Cut Above | Helena Takes Gold | Step-by-Step Guide to Landmarking

NY Programs Blueprint America | NY Flair to Invade LA | Open Doors During OHNY | Kids Power Up Lighting Design | Passings





Metropolis Casting Call | Private Spots/ Public Plots | Czech Republic National Library Competition | AIA Westchester/ Mid-Hudson Awards | Plan-less House Competition | James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Grant


At the Center for Architecture
Light | Energy | Impact: The Legacy of Richard Kelly | Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation—ENYA International Ideas Competition Exhibition | Barcelona In Progress

About Town
The Last Show 1912-2006 | Zaha Hadid | Antwerp = America

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Editor's Note: Summer is here! As many of you head to LA for the AIA Convention, at least those of us left behind will enjoy some great weather.


Raze or Retrofit? Midtown Enters New Green Era
By Bill Millard

A view of One Bryant Park from the Empire State Building illuminates the challenge of greening Midtown Manhattan.
dbox for Cook + Fox Architects

Event: "Greening the Glass Box: Saving Modernism in Midtown"
Presenters: Moderator Nina Rappaport, Docomomo International; John An, Atelier Ten; Kyle Normandin, Wiss Janney Elsner; Colin Cathcart, AIA, Kiss + Cathcart Organizers: The Skyscraper Museum (Green Teams series; Carol Willis, founder/director/curator)
Where: NYPL Donnell Library Auditorium, 5.17.06

"Demolish it," a remark that Richard Rogers once made to Nina Rappaport about adapting Midtown to the green-design era, hung like a shadow over the final Green Teams talk. The glass curtain walls and aging mechanical systems of Modernist classics like Lever House and the UN headquarters were not designed for energy efficiency nor resource conservation, yet the panelists are taking on formidable challenges—upgrading the lighting at Chicago's Crown Hall, the crumbling travertine surfaces of Lincoln Center, the aging granite and corroded steel of the Whitney Museum—and gaining in modernizing the Moderns.

Tensions and connections exist between preservation and sustainability. Considering the energy-intensive process of making new bricks, restoring existing structures may well be the most resource-wise approach, but mid-20th-century standards for air circulation and solar-radiation management are far below today's expectations. At the Whitney Museum, Wiss Janney Elsner combated galvanic corrosion in steel fixtures and restored the integrity of the stone cladding system. They also replaced selected segments of Lincoln Center buildings, such as the unique thin veneer of the Juilliard School. The aging of Chicago's Crown Hall, combined with the changing expectations and uses by larger student populations, required creative solutions by Atelier Ten from internal heat loads to mechanical systems while satisfying requirements of local landmark purists. Atelier Ten investigated multiple material options for new glass and blinds, along with external landscaping strategies, radiant floors, and diffused ventilation. They achieved a 50% reduction in energy use while drastically reducing user complaints about internal environmental comfort.

Kiss + Cathcart's expertise in the rapidly changing field of photovoltaics (PV) led to the retrofitting of upper segments of the green-but-not-visibly-green Condé Nast building, a train station, and other large-scale structures with PV panels. Challenges include the ambiguity of where PV work fits into existing trades: is it a job for glaziers or electricians? The field is developing rapidly enough to be "a moving target," so that clients may need persuading to adopt today's PV technology rather than wait for tomorrow's.

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

The New and Old Clash as China Grows
By Daniel Hui

Urban expansion traps small farming villages in Shenzen.
Yushi Uehara

Event: 3x3: A Perspective on China—Formal/Informal
Speaker: Yushi Uehara, ZeroDegree, Japan; Randall Crane, director, Institute of Transportation Studies, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA; Moderator Bert De Muynck, architect, writer, researcher, Amsterdam
Organizers: AIA NY, People's Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.16.06

The speed and intensity of urbanization in China in the coming decades pose new challenges to the urban form. Both Yushi Uehara and Randall Crane warn of the impending crisis as 400 new cities of one million residents or more are planned in China over the next two decades. However, existing top-down planning, and market-driven approaches to China's urban evolution pose challenges of their own.

Uehara described an example of a market-driven urbanization process in Shenzen where the encroaching city has enveloped several farming villages. The resulting "Village in a City" will eventually be redeveloped with higher density, though often displacing the original village population. This "floating population" has few political rights and no economic power to affect urban change. Uehara proposes an urban model for densifying "Villages in a City" to enable the cohabitation of different classes.

In contrast, Crane warns of the potential effects of top-down planning in China's urbanization. As Chinese cities spread outward, and as the automobile grows in popularity, many in the nation are looking to the United States and the concept of "Smart Growth" as a solution to China's impending sprawl. Crane warns that wholesale adoption of "Smart Growth" without accommodating Chinese conditions would be a potentially dangerous quick fix.

Daniel Hui is a recent Dartmouth College graduate, and will begin work towards a MArch1 at Harvard Graduate School of Design in the fall.

NY Harbor Rhapsodizes in Blue and Green
By Bill Millard

Metropolitan Waterfront Map
Courtesy Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Event: 2006 Waterfront Conference: Economy + Environment = Community
Speakers: Carter Craft, Director, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; Emlyn Koster, Liberty Science Center; Marc Ricks, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding; several dozen others
Organizers: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Location: Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, U.S. Customs House, 05.23.06

New York City in recent decades has left its water resources and waterfronts underdeveloped, and in many places horrendously befouled. Amid a series of talks about ways New York can better protect and employ its aquatic resources, audience members like Eugenia Flatow (co-chair, Coalition for the Bight) recalled an age when the city's rivers were thick with ferries and boats. Looking forward, speakers Kate Ascher (executive vice president for infrastructure, NYC Economic Development Corporation) and Jameel Ahmad (civil engineer, Cooper Union and Verdant Power) envisioned a "blue and green" city looking to water to augment clean, low-impact transportation and energy systems. Cultivating a region-wide, multi-waterfront "Harbor District" may solve frustrations of a fossil-fuel-dependent era.

The fourth biennial Waterfront Conference brought together regional and international environmental, governmental, business, and community groups. Presentations placed NYC's challenges in a global context by focusing on comparable redevelopment efforts in Sydney, Gdansk, the Ruhr Valley, and San Francisco. For example, German landscape planner Michael Schwarze-Rodrian incorporated adaptive-reuse strategies to convert landmarks once scarred by mining and scorched by blast furnaces into a cultural and recreational center along the Emscher River.


Where Will You Be When Disaster Strikes?
By Timothy Wilson

Do you have an emergency plan for impending doom?
Jessica Sheridan

Event: Disaster Preparedness: Planning for Safe Havens
Speakers: Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning students - David Aigner, Jessica Gable, Janet Hines, Timothy Wilson; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation students - Heather Roiter, Deepa Mehta, Virginia Cava, Angie Huh, Richard Barone, Tariria Chivore, Robert Cunningham, Peri Plantanias, Matthew Leavell, William Gallin
Organizers: Hunter College, AIA NY Disaster Preparedness Task Force
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.04.06

In the event of a manmade or natural disaster, New York City needs a plan to accommodate people trying to find shelter or evacuate. Local and regional transportation linkages need to be improved and communication systems need to be established. According to Hunter College and Columbia University planning students, urban design is key to improving disaster preparedness response and quality of life issues both immediately and in the long term.

As part of an integrated emergency plan, New York City should establish a network of safe havens to accommodate a mass influx of people migrating from stricken areas. Each safe haven should contain a minimum of a hospital, large school for shelter, fire station, and transfer points among mass transit systems. Highways and arterials provide mass-evacuation or inflow routes; multilingual, easy-to-read signage at street intersections guide people to the nearest safe haven.

Buildings should be prepared for all types of disasters as well. Whether inhabitants need to move to the lowest level (in a radiological event), or ascend to the highest floors (in the event of a chemical cloud release), Hunter College students recommend that all dwellings keep a Shelter-In-Place Kit—or Sip Kit—stored for use in emergencies. These kits should include: plastic sheeting, duct tape, towels, and scissors for sealing doors and windows; light sources independent from the electrical grid; battery or crank generator-powered radio; a corded telephone; sufficient water, nonperishable food, and a can opener; medical supplies; hygiene supplies; and baby diapers.

Timothy Wilson is a Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning graduate student.

Designers Cut New Yorkers' Waistlines
By Elizabeth Case

Dr. Richard Jackson delivers the keynote address at the Fit-City symposium.
Annie Kurtin

Event: Fit-City: Promoting Physical Activity through Design
Speakers: Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, NYC DoHMH; Panelists: Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, NYC DoHMH Assistant Commissioner; Hillary Brown, AIA, principal, New Civic Works; Mindy Fullilove, MD, psychiatrist, Columbia University; Linda Pollak, AIA, ASLA, Marpillero Pollak Architects; Ronnette Riley, FAIA, Ronnette Riley Architect; Robert Lane, Director, Design Program at Regional Plan Association; Menaka Mohan, Sustainable South Bronx; Andrew Rundle, Dr PH, Epidemiologist, Columbia University; Candace Rutt, PhD, Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Matthew Urbanski, principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Keynote: Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, former Director of Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Summation: Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA NY Chapter
Organizers: AIANY; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Sponsors: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.18.06

Increasing obesity rates in America are caused by obstacles within the physical environment, according to New York City Health Department Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, contradicting the common belief that an abundance unhealthy food is the only thing to blame. "How can we build and organize the city to decrease the rate of obesity and diabetes and to facilitate physical activity?" Dr. Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DoHMH) Assistant Commissioner, posed. Public health professionals, architects, landscape architects, and urban planners conferred to address increasing physical activity at a building, site, and neighborhood scale during a public conference held at the Center for Architecture hosted by the AIA New York Chapter in partnership with the NYC DoHMH, May 18.

Charged with this question, Linda Pollak, AIA, ASLA, commented on the significance of the "intersections" among architecture, landscape, and urban design to connect the social and natural aspects of the built environment. Research conducted by Dr. Candace Rutt, Center for Disease Control (CDC), has proven that the "Stairway Initiative" at the CDC—hanging artwork and playing music in the stairways—raises stair use by almost 60%. Ronnette Riley, FAIA, presented her past interior design projects highlighting the use of indoor stairways to encourage movement within buildings. All speakers stressed the negative impact technology has on society's health, inducing laziness and, as Hillary Brown, AIA, mentioned, "an atrophy of the kinetic senses."

According to the 2003 US Surgeon General Report, more than 300,000 Americans die every year from obesity-related illness. Combining residential and commercial buildings can help lower the Body Mass Index of Americans, according to epidemiologist Dr. Andrew Rundle, echoing the late Jane Jacobs's mixed-use theory. The physical environment can facilitate a more healthy and active lifestyle at both a street and community scale.

For a full transcription from this event, click here. (260K pdf)

An Urban Studies major at Barnard College, Elizabeth Case was drawn to the Fit-City project because of her interests in both architecture and medicine. She plans to continue her studies in architecture, American history, and dance.

Public Spaces Blur Art and Architecture
By Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

The Coast Park Forum 2004 in Barcelona. Collaborating with artists, such as Albert Oehlen who designed the fish pattern on the boardwalk, Herreros and Muntadas work to rejuvenated public spaces.
Courtesy Abalos & Herreros

Event: Antoni Muntadas + Juan Herreros Collaboration: A Speculation
Speakers: Antoni Muntadas, artist, Barcelona; Juan Herreros, principal, Abalos & Herreros and Head Professor, Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid
Organizers: Center for Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.12.06

On Translation is a series of projects that create social and political awareness through collaborations between architects and artists. Inhabiting public spaces internationally, artist Muntadas and architect Herreros, among others, energize public space with multi-media installations. Tren Urbano, a station for the first subway in Puerto Rico, displayed a series of illuminated photographs on advertisement spaces. The photographs depict Puerto Rico in the 1940s and 1980s, juxtaposing the different eras and celebrating Puerto Rican culture from an historical perspective. Comemorações Urbanas distributed 11 plaques throughout the city of Sao Paolo, bringing attention to "urban disasters of planning." In specific abandoned and barren public spaces, plaques include the names of the spaces, the inauguration dates, and the mayor and governor at the time, bringing attention to those responsible for unsuccessful urban areas.

Collaborations between artists and architects have traditionally been unsuccessful, according to Muntadas and Herreros, but when open space is in question, collaboration can enable public interaction.

Lighting Illuminates Architectural Icons
By Aaron Slodounik

The new Times Tower brings light into the center of the building.
Courtesy FXFOWLE Architects

The Seagram Building projects light outward onto the street.
Ezra Stoller, Esto

Event: Towers Then and Now: Seagram vs. the new Times Tower
Speakers: Elizabeth Donoff, senior editor, Architectural Lighting; Arvid Klein, Pasanella + Klein Stolzman + Berg Architects; Daniel Kaplan, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects; Jean Sundin, principal, Office for Visual Interaction; Susan Brady, SBLD Studio; Rocco Gianetti, Gensler
Organizers: Center for Architecture; IESNY
Sponsors: exhibition underwriter: IESNY; lead sponsor: Enterprise Lighting; additional sponsors: Nulux, Edison Price Lighting, Fisher Marantz Stone; with support from: Esto, Lutron Electronics, Nihon Project Service, Parsons The New School for Design, Osram Sylvania
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.17.06

At night, light from the Seagram Building emanates from a Cartesian grid of windows; the lighting scheme was designed by Richard Kelly in collaboration with Mies van der Rohe. Kelly was a pioneer of architectural lighting design and is renowned for a new lighting vocabulary introduced in response to the challenges of modern architecture. The Seagram Building exemplifies his accomplishments as the first Post-War building in New York to have a nighttime presence. The interior light emphasizes the load bearing structure behind the tinted floor-to-ceiling windows bound by a bronze-toned, steel façade. Kelly brightly lit the walls of the elevator core, which were clad with a reflective warm white stone to emphasize height and make the lobby visible from the street.

Whereas the Seagram Building is a dark monolithic structure lit from within, the New York Times Building, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects, is a highly transparent glass tower with exposed structural steel and a "veil" of glazed ceramic tubes. When construction is complete, these tubes will reflect and absorb light during the day. Lit externally by night, the veil will function like a theatrical scrim. Natural light will dominate, controlled by motorized shades and supplemented by artificial lighting.

From showcasing a 20th century structure to efficiently illuminating a 21st century edifice, the way lighting design is integrated with architecture speaks to the era in which a building was designed. To experience the work of Richard Kelly, the exhibition "Light | Energy | Impact: The Legacy of Richard Kelly" is on view at the Center for Architecture through July 12.

Aaron Slodounik is a freelance art and architectural writer and an executive assistant at FXFOWLE Architects, PC.

Analysis and Fabrication Are New Faces of Architecture
By Pollyanna Rhee

The Living's Better, Cheaper, Faster developed a prototype for a flexible, easy-to-assemble system.
Courtesy The Living

For the Pentagon Memorial, KBAS designed 184 unique, illuminated units organized in a timeline according to victims' ages.
Courtesy KBAS

Event: Young Architects Forum: Instability
Speakers: Julie Beckman, Keith Kaseman, KBAS, Alexandria, Virginia; David Benjamin, Soo-in Yang, The Living, New York City
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York
Location: Urban Center, 05.11.06

Concepts and practicality explored through research and computer-based fabrication techniques link the work of KBAS and The Living. Instead of presenting a design for the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial in Nacogdoches, TX, KBAS provided "imagination, space, and respect." Beckman and Kaseman will design the memorial after a process of exploration and collaboration integrating advanced materials from NASA.

The Living has established a system, called Flash Research, to generate small projects. Each project develops according to three parameters: the budget must remain under $1,000, the duration of the project must be less than three months, and the initial concept must come to fruition in a full-scale, functioning prototype. Starting with the question, "What if good architecture and bottom-line development were the same thing?" Better, Cheaper, Faster is an example of this process that tries to link architects with developers through CNC milling fabrication techniques. Benjamin and Yang built a full-scale prototype system of a flexible, lightweight, collapsible framing system that can, with a few tools, be assembled in an hour.

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



Continuing Ed Debacle
Whether or not one agrees with the revised continuing education requirements or not, the fact that the AIA seems to have been caught off-guard is telling. AIA is supposed to lobby for architects, no? What happened? You would think that there would have been a considered debate ahead of the legislation. Who was asleep at the wheel?
—Michael King, RA

Note: Robert Lopez, RA, Executive Secretary to the NYS Board for Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the NYS Education Department's Office of Professions, has agreed to answer questions regarding the tough new CEU requirements that went into effect in January. E-mail with your questions.



"Sketches of Frank Gehry," directed by Sydney Pollack, hammers viewers into accepting that they will never be able to achieve the talent that naturally comes to and defines the genius that is Frank Gehry, FAIA. In a series of interviews with various celebrities and clients, Gehry is described as an artist, someone who can defy physics, and an anomaly breaking free of the conservative stereotype beholden to all other architects. Dennis Hopper speaks of Gehry living in the moment. Julian Schnabel discusses Gehry's understanding of scale—as he sips brandy seated in an oversized chair placed in the middle of a vacant room.

Gehry discusses how he is ostracized by his profession. Taking refuge with open-minded artists at the start of his career, he was freed of the chains of architecture and able to design according to his instincts, without regard to history. His work is not inspired by architecture, but related to his study of art. For example, his Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem is organized similarly to the Hieronymous Bosch painting, "Crowning with Thorns." He did not take the composition from the painting directly, but since he feels a strong connection with artist, there is a kindred interest in composition that permeates Gehry's architecture.

Other than his therapist, who refuses new architect clients for fear he cannot make talent surface from nowhere, no one close to Gehry is interviewed. His wife, ex-wife, and children are absent. Besides praise from Philip Johnson, no engineers, contractors, or other architects present themselves. Even partners and employees retreat to the background simply as facilitators who make architecture fit to Gehry, not vice versa. The only interviewee critical of Gehry is Hal Foster claiming to accept the critic role only to generate a buzz.

The movie implicates architects and reduces them to unconnected, conservative dopes while it lifts Frank Gehry and his "golden hands" (according to his childhood rabbi) to a level unobtainable by anyone leaving the minions to squint in his brilliance. What client wouldn't want to hire him?



Which Came First, the Dots or the Dance?
By Darris James, Assoc. AIA, e-O Events Correspondent

Dots and neon speckle the space in the Mink Building; installation by Freecell.
Courtesy Freecell

Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann of Freecell with Eric Bunge, AIA, of nARCHITECTS.
Darris James, Assoc. AIA

Partygoers in dot attire.
Darris James, Assoc. AIA

Event: Beaux Arts Ball, 2006, DOT DOT DOT
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York; Jessica Blaustein, Ball Coordinator
Location: The Mink Building, 05.20.06

"The dancing dots open up possibilities of spaces that respond to different energies… like sound, or heat, or drunken architects." An apt description by Eric Bunge, AIA, partner in nARCHITECTS, of this year's Beaux Arts Ball set in a cavernous space littered with glowing, orange "dots." For the installation, the Brooklyn-based design firm Freecell devised a simple system of beads suspended on string at a constant height, dividing the Mink Building's warehouse space into "rooms." The strings bounced and swayed as people moved through them; neon light caused the beads, and the myriad congregation of dot-themed outfits, to glow. When pressed about whether the "dancing" effect of the installation was intentional, designer Lauren Crahan acknowledged it was a "happy accident"; the primary goal was to fill an empty space "with a volume of bodies."

The theme for this year's Beaux Arts Ball, DOT DOT DOT, was inspired by "the schematic drawings of Freecell's design and the fact that the overarching theme of the League's programming this year is Architecture and…" The Architectural League's Special Projects Manager, Gregory Wessner, explained that the Organizing Committee wanted to relate the theme to the ellipsis: "Although the Ball was in part a celebration of the League's 125th anniversary, it really was more about recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Young Architects Forum." This year's Ball was a celebration "about the here and now."



Terminal Ferries Cross-Hudson Commuters

Port Imperial Ferry Terminal
Courtesy Gruzen Samton
Now serving the Left Coast of the Hudson River is the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal near Weehawken. The 33,000-square-foot inter-modal ferry terminal will serve as the prime hub for New York Waterway's ferry system to Manhattan, and interconnect with New Jersey Transit's Hudson-Bergen light rail line. The contemporary, streamlined building, designed by Gruzen Samton, features a grand double-height glass-enclosed waiting room overlooking the Manhattan skyline with adjacent ticketing counters, offices, information centers, café, and retail spaces. Tensile fabric canopy structures covering the waterside entries add to the nautical milieu.

Gilded Age Returns to West Virginia

West Virginia State Capitol
Courtesy Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Restoration of the historic dome atop the West Virginia State Capitol in Charlestown has been completed by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA). Designed by Cass Gilbert, the dome is patterned after the 17th century Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Originally only decorative elements of the dome were gilded, leaving the background panels' lead-coated copper exposed to accentuate the gold leaf. After five unsuccessful attempts to restore the dome by other firms, SHCA succeeded in returning the dome to its original appearance with a durable coating system. In addition, the firm made repairs to the dome's underlying architectural and structural deficiencies, including mechanical failure of sheet metal cladding and corrosion of structural steel. The cost of the restoration was $4.5 million.

A Cut Above
Richard Meier, FAIA, and chef Wolfgang Puck have collaborated on a new steakhouse and ultra-lounge, called CUT and sidebar, respectively, in the ultra-chic Regent Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, on Rodeo Drive. CUT and sidebar are linked by a custom-designed linear light canopy than runs through both spaces and across the hotel lobby. The focal point of CUT is a dramatic linear skylight at the center of the bi-level dining room, and is configured to allow views of the kitchens. Sidebar features a curvilinear-shaped white oak bar. The L.A. office of Richard Meier and Partners also designed the furniture and flatware.

Helena Takes Gold

The Helena
Courtesy FXFOWLE Architects
The Helena, the first voluntarily sustainable high-rise residential building in New York City, has been awarded a LEED Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 37-story, 580-unit rental building, designed by FXFOWLE Architects for the Durst Organization, offers residents high performance green technologies. Studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments incorporate recycled and rapidly renewable materials, water conserving fixtures, EnergyStarTM appliances, and efficient lighting sensors and controls. The building contains intensive and extensive green roofs, a blackwater treatment plant, energy production by micro-turbine co-generation, and photovoltaic panels. FXFOWLE Architects is currently working with the Durst Organization on a new green residential tower for an adjacent site.

Step-by-Step Guide to Landmarking
The Historic Districts Council (HDC) has published "Creating an Historic District: A Guide for Neighborhoods," a practical guide to the City's Landmarks Law and the process of designation. The guide contains case studies from recent successful preservation efforts, such as Tribeca and the Gansevoort Market, and advises on the realities of legal and political processes. Sample forms from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a full list of architectural and preservation resources, and the entire New York City Landmarks Law are included. The guide is $29.99 and can be purchased at the HDC website.



NY Programs Blueprint America
As part of the AIA's "Blueprint for America: A Gift to the Nation" agenda, AIA New York Chapter has received a $10,000 grant in support of New Housing New York (NHNY) Legacy Project, a program that stresses innovation, affordability, and sustainability in providing new housing prototypes for New York City. The Public Information Exchange (PIE) was also designated as an AIA150 program.

The NHNY Legacy Project is a collaboration among the NHNY Steering Committee, AIANY, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). In a two-stage design competition, the HPD has designated a vacant 40,000 square-foot site in the South Bronx as the future location for the NHNY mixed-income housing development.

Blueprint for America is the primary program of AIA150, a year-long observance in 2007 that will mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the AIA. "We applaud AIA New York Chapter for seizing this opportunity to demonstrate how good design makes a difference," said national AIA President Kate Schwennsen, FAIA. The Blueprint program was created to offer citizens in communities across America an opportunity to celebrate their heritage, address emerging architectural challenges and trends, and find their voices to help make their vision real for beautiful, safe, and livable communities.

NY Flair to Invade LA
A number of AIA New York Chapter members will bring some New York flavor to Los Angeles, acting as speakers at the AIA National Convention, June 7–10.

AIANY Chapter President Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, (FXFOWLE Architects) will moderate a New Practices Roundtable featuring Martin Finio, AIA, (Christoff:Finio Architecture) and William Menking (The Architect's Newspaper). Immediate Past President AIANY Chapter Susan Chin, FAIA, (NYC Department of Cultural Affairs) will moderate a discussion on the International Building Code and its adoption in New York City with speakers Carl Galioto, FAIA, (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, (NYC Department of Buildings), and William Stein, AIA, (Dattner Architects). Chin will also lead a panel, which will include AIANY Chapter Executive Director Ric Bell, FAIA, about cultural facilities planned for the World Trade Center site.

Other local AIA members participating as speakers and moderators at the convention include Porie Saikia-Eapen, AIA, (New York Transit Authority), Norbert W. Young Jr., FAIA, (McGraw-Hill Construction), Frances Halsband, FAIA, (R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects), L. Bradford Perkins, FAIA, (Perkins Eastman Architects), Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, Alexandros Washburn, AIA, (W Architecture), Frank J. Greene, AIA, (RicciGreene Associates), and George Miller, FAIA, (Pei Cobb Freed).

For more information about these programs and others, check out the convention schedule by clicking here. Also, check out Record Reveals: Los Angeles, a site developed by Architectural Record as an informal guide to LA architects complete with podcasts, interviews, and news about what's current in the LA architectural scene.

Help Open Doors During OHNY
openhousenewyork (OHNY) is asking New York City's architectural and design firms to help welcome over 75,000 visitors to the city's intriguing places and spaces. The 4th annual OHNY will be held this year on October 7 and 8, informing both visitors and native New Yorkers about the city's architecture, history, and cultural heritage during a weekend-long program of public access to sites of architectural interest—free of charge.

Firms interested in participating should be willing to highlight their work, using their staff as docents and lecturers. OHNY's press coverage reached an audience of more than 10 million in 2005. For more information contact Jessica Mak at or call at 917.626.6869.

Kids Power Up Lighting Design
By Bonny Ann Whitehouse

Students show off their nightlight designs.
Erin McCluskey

With a kit containing a few simple items, kids designed freestanding light screens, space-inspired lights, and sculptural lighting, which cast shadows and created shapes on the walls, in celebration of the exhibition, "Light | Energy | Impact: The Legacy of Richard Kelly" (See On View). The Illuminating Engineering Society New York Section (IESNY) and the Center for Architecture Foundation presented FamilyDay@theCenter with a program entitled "Turn on Your Nightlight: Explore Lights Inside and Out." The night light-making workshop, created by Erin McCluskey, Program Manager of the Center for Architecture Foundation, was a hands-on introduction to the world of lighting design.

Curator Elizabeth Donoff, Senior Editor of Architectural Lighting magazine, gave a tour of the exhibition, providing insight into design aspects of Kelly's work—such as the baffle and jar of "baby light bulbs" used in many of Kelly's designs. On hand to assist the future lighting designers with their night lights were designer Selina Kwan (Arquitectonica), IESNY Vice President Bonny Ann Whitehouse, Frank Conti (Enterprise Lighting Sales), Joanne Conti (Benfield Lighting), and Scott Thurm (Bartco Lighting).

Bonny Ann Whitehouse is a principal at Whitehouse Lighting Design and current IESNY Vice President.

Lewis Davis, FAIA
, co-founder of Davis Brody Bond, passed away May 21. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 20, 6:00pm in the Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library. To read the New York Times obituary, click here.

Rolf Myller, a member of the New York architecture community, died on March 23 of Parkinson's disease. Myller was a founding member of the Round Table Committee in 1996, and worked into his last years as a docent at the Museum of the City of New York and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. His wide range of creative pursuits included numerous literary accomplishments and museum publications, ranging from popular children's books to a guide to Chinese food. A memorial was held April 26 at the Museum of the City of New York.



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This year's 27th Annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park will take place June 10, 12:00-6:00pm. In an announcement sent from Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, "Following the storm, we had a number of individuals from across the country offer their support as volunteers to assist with the recovery efforts. We are truly grateful to everyone for their contributions and support during this difficult time. During the picnic I will offer a special thanks to the individuals from New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York who provided a tremendous service serving as volunteers."

RSVP to Whitney Jenkins, Mississippi Division of Tourism, 601-359-3195.



The Illuminating Engineering Society, New York Section (IESNY) announced the winners of the 2006 Lumen Awards to be celebrated at the 2006 Lumen Gala, June 14 at Chelsea Piers. Citation recipients include: SHoP (The Porter House, NY) and Sachs Morgan Studio (Dodger Stages, NY); merits with distinction for civic service have been awarded to New York firms: Arc Light Design (Center Wing—Pratt Institute, Brooklyn) and Renfro Design Group, Inc. (Robin Hood Library initiative—PS 32, The Bronx); other merits include: Brandston Partnership (Terminal 1, Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto), Cosentini Lighting Design (111 South Wacker Drive, Chicago), Tillotson Design Asssociates (Mixed Greens Gallery, NY), Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design (The National World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C.), Tanteri + Associates (Chanel Ginza, Tokyo)…

Local winners of the first Library Interior Design Competition include Robert A.M. Stern Architects (Baker Library, Harvard University) and Rockwell Group (Edward E. Hale Public School 106 Library, Brooklyn)…Two of this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Editors Awards were nabbed by New York area groups Odegard (Carpet and Flooring category) and Parsons School of Design/Konstfack /St. Etienne School of Art & Design (Design School category for the Little Houses on the Black River project)…

Salwa A. Zakhary has been appointed Vice President of Cannon Design… Michael Levine, PE, has joined New York-based MEP and technology firm Lilker Associates as Director of Institutional Projects…



First Lady, Laura Bush, pays a visit to the National Building Museum to see "The Green House: New Directions in Architecture and Design," an exhibition designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis. See About Town: Ongoing and Upcoming for dates.
Courtesy National Building Museum

ICFF Editor's Pick for Design School: Parsons the New School for Design/ Konstfack/St. Etienne School of Art & Design's Little Houses on the Black River. Parsons students (top, l-r): Carissa Lo, Veronica Choi, Tom O'Hare, Ethan Tseng; (bottom, l-r): Mauricio Gomez, Nicoloas Guzman.
Jessica Sheridan

At ICFF, students Christelle Amendola and Bridgette Gottlieb (l-r) showcase solar powered furniture from NYIT's 2005 International Solar Decathlon entry.
Jessica Sheridan



Submission: Metropolis Casting Call for Designer/TV Host
A new television series called "Metropolis" is searching for an architect, engineer, or urban planner interested in hosting a television show. Applicants must be willing to get their hands dirty and be able to make rivets, sewer systems, and electrical grids seem interesting. Contact for more information.
An open competition hosted by Global Green USA and Brad Pitt seeks to generate ideas for sustainable redevelopment in New Orleans that will place New Orleans in a position of prominence in the area of sustainable development. Submissions should discourage consumption of non-renewable resources and dependence on fossil fuels.
An international competition seeking the best designs for private open spaces and gardens, focusing on highly aesthetic design and innovative use of plants with regard to ecological principles. Projects completed after January 1, 1996, are eligible.
The National Library of the Czech Republic announces a two-stage international design competition for its new facility in Prague. Eight first-phase winners will receive 20,000EU each; 350,000EU total will be awarded at the end of phase two.
AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter is looking for projects completed in the chapter area which display design excellence. Winning projects will be recognized at the Celebration of Architecture Gala at the Bard College Fisher Center in November, 2006.
The objective of the 2006 Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition is to envision a space examining traditional wall construction. Non-electronic media—such as blueprints, pencil, ink, color, or photographs—must be submitted.
The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will award a $25,000 research grant to mid-career professionals to support projects of innovative original research or creative design advancing the practice of historic preservation in the U.S. Additional smaller grants, up to $10,000, may be made at the discretion of the Trustees.



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

Related Events

June 6, 6:00–8:00pm
The Three Principles of Light

June 26, 6:00–8:00pm
Richard Kelly and Daylighting


May 17–July 12, 2006

Light | Energy | Impact: The Legacy of Richard Kelly

Gallery: Lecture Hall

An examination of the relationship between architecture and light as exhibited in the work of architect and pioneer lighting designer Richard Kelly. Through his collaborations with Mies van der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, Kelly established a modern architectural lighting vocabulary. His approach has helped to define many of architecture's 20th-century icons including the Seagram Building in New York and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The exhibition is a site-specific presentation of a traveling exhibition originally curated by Renee Cooley and Matthew Tanteri with support from the IESNY. Much of the work in this exhibition is drawn from the Richard Kelly archive, now housed at Yale University, which survives in large part due to the research and preservation efforts of Philip Cialdella.

Curator: Elizabeth Donoff
Exhibition Design: BriggsKnowles Architecture + Design
Graphics: binocular

Exhibition Underwriter:

Lead Sponsor:
Enterprise Lighting
Enterprise Lighting Sales

Additional Sponsors:
Nulux, Edison Price Lighting, Fisher Marantz Stone
Nulux   Edison Price Lighting   Fisher Marantz Stone

With support from:
Esto, Lutron Electronics, Nihon Project Service, Parsons The New School for Design and Osram Sylvania


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

Hermann Feldhaus

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

Related Event

May 30, 6:30–8:00pm
Revealing Public Space: Process and Politics


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


About Town: Exhibition Announcements

Through 06.10.06
The Last Show 1912–2006

This exhibition revisits work completed by Cooper Union alumni including Eva Hesse, Tom Wesselmann, Milton Glaser, Julian LaVerdiere, and Mike Essl. Representing a cross-section of different generations, styles, and movements, the show celebrates the school's Hewitt building, before it is demolished to make way for a new academic structure.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; Hewitt Building, Classrooms 208 and 211

Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH, 1997–2003
Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects; photograph by Hélène Binet

Zaha Hadid

Providing an in-depth examination of the work of the first female Pritzker Prize winner, this exhibition will explore Hadid's interdisciplinary approach to architecture. A wide range of media will be on display, including paintings, drawings, large-scale urban plans, and documentation of current projects.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; 1071 Fifth Avenue

Stadt Antwerp/Eugeen Van Mieghem Foundation/South Street Seaport Museum

Through 10.31.06
Antwerp=America, Eugeen Van Mieghem and the Emigrants of the Red Star Line

Interwoven with the drawings and paintings of Antwerp artist Eugeen Van Mieghem, this exhibition is intended to evoke the atmosphere of Antwerp, one of the most important embarkation points for immigrants traveling to America between 1870 and 1935. The exhibition and musical, Portrait of a Stolen Spring, to be presented in early fall, are meant to raise awareness about the Red Star Line, three buildings currently being renovated and converted to a place for reflection and remembrance by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners.

South Street Seaport Museum Schermerhorn Row Galleries; 12 Fulton Street

About Town: Ongoing and Upcoming

Through 06.03.07
The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design/National Building Museum

Through 06.04.06
The Disappeared & The Endangered/Art 101

Through 06.10.06
CIUDAD MODERNA/Storefront for Art and Architecture

Through 06.10.06
The Last Show 1912-2006/Cooper Union Hewitt Building

Through 06.11.06
American Streamlined Design: The World of Tomorrow/Bard Graduate Center

Through 06.13.06
Learning from Disaster: New Orleans after Katrina/Museum of the City of New York

Through 06.17.06

Through 06.22.06
The Cooper Union End of the Year Show/The Cooper Union Foundation Building

Through 07.28.06
Vaults of Heaven: Sanctuaries of Byzantium/World Monuments Fund

Through 08.26.06
From Wood to Architecture: Recent Designs from Finland/Scandinavia House

Through 08.27.06
The High Style of Dorothy Draper/The Museum of the City of New York

Through 09.03.06
The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design/Museum of Arts & Design

Through 09.24.06
Solos: Matali Crasset/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Through 10.15.06
Best of Friends: R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi/Noguchi Museum

Zaha Hadid/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Through 10.31.06
Antwerp=America, Eugeen Van Mieghem and the Emigrants of the Red Star Line/South Street Seaport Museum Schermerhorn Row Galleries

Through November 2006
The Ernst Benkert Travel Desk/Proteus Gowanus


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New Architect Members: Jason D. Allen, AIA, Meltzer/Mandl Architects PC | Gary L. Brewer, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Francesco Bruni, AIA | Sean Frederick Burns, AIA, Furnstahl & Simon Architects, LLP | Choon W. Choi, AIA, Kyu Sung Woo Architects | Robert W. Chovanec, AIA, Ismael Leyva Architects, P.C. | Andres U. Cortes, AIA, Formwork | Andrew Charles Deibel, AIA, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick LLP | Timothy Dunphy, AIA | Michael Joseph Fasulo, AIA, Larson & Paul Architects | Joann Sue Gonchar, AIA, Architectural Record | Joshua R. Heitler, AIA, Lacina Heitler, Inc. | Kyungsan Kim, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects, P.C. | Erik Gerard L'Heureux, AIA, 212 Box LLC | Ivan Lacina, AIA, Lacina Heitler, Inc. | Jessica Moore Lansdale, AIA, Dattner Architects | Martin Ruof Marciano, AIA, Fiedler Marciano | Vincent Marquardt Marquardt, AIA, RSC Architectures | David Scott McCauley, AIA, BKSK Architects, LLP | Michael K. McCrum, AIA, McCrum Architects | Joel Holstein Mendelson, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Francisco Alfredo Ramirez, AIA, BKSK Architects, LLP | Kelly Xavier Solon, AIA, Kelly Solon Architects | Jessica P. Strauss, AIA, Steel Leaf | Brian T. Tolman, AIA, Studios Architecture | T. Lee Warren Trimble, AIA, Mancini Duffy | Evan Paul Weremeychik, AIA, Karlsberger Architecture P.C. | Mark M. Winkelman, AIA | Chia-Ling Yuan, AIA, Gertler Wente Kerbeykian Architects LLP

New Associate Members: James Abadie, Assoc. AIA, Bovis Lend Lease | Ash Chawla, Assoc. AIA, Ove Arup & Partners | Khyati D. Dutt, Assoc. AIA, William Nicholas Bodouva & Associates | Jose Ramon Helena, Assoc. AIA, Jose Helena Arquitectura Y Paisaje | Elizabeth Hernandez, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects, P.C. | Ian Michael Keough, Assoc. AIA, Buro Happold, Inc. | Elizabeth J. Lee, Assoc. AIA, Brennan Beer Gorman Architects | Thomas Michael McGoldrick, Assoc. AIA, John Furth Peachy Architects | Keisuke Nibe, Assoc. AIA, LOT-EK Corp. | Darren A. Nolan, Assoc. AIA, Peter Marino & Associates Architects | Jose J. Rodriguez-Espinal, Assoc. AIA, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey | Amila Salihbasic, Assoc. AIA, The 7th Art | Heather Gayle Thigpen, Assoc. AIA, IU & Associates Design, LLC | Galo E. Verdesoto, Assoc. AIA, GVD, Inc.

New Titanium Corporate Member Representatives: Unilock: Derek Pukash

New Steel Corporate Member Representatives: Glenwood Mason Supply Co., Inc.: Abe Barnett, Constance Cincotta, Guy Delia, Arnold Kravitz, Sal Morreale, Stephen Slofkiss, | JPMorgan Chase: Kimberly Cimbrello, Charles L. Swarns, Jr.

New Aluminum Corporate Member Representatives: Daktronics, Inc.: Kelly Sorenson | Delta Faucet Company: David L. Allen | IC Solutions: Tarek Salib and Danny Yousseff | Poltrona Frau, Bryan Gardner

Congratulations to these longtime members who have upgraded to Emeritus Status: John David Moser, AIA, CS Technology | Edward A. Rosen, AIA, Bovis Lend Lease

New Center for Architecture Professional Members: Emilio Krausz, Microsol Resources Corporation | Christopher R. Laul, Brennan Beer Gorman | Bill Miller, Bill Miller Photography | Anna Liza Montenegro, Microsol Resources

New Center for Architecture Public Members: Blaine M. Dunn, Goldman Sachs | Christopher Pye, Sidewalks, Inc. | Caroline Rob Zaleski, Society Preservation Long Island Antiquities

New Center for Architecture Student Members: Jeffrey Alan Atchison, Dalhouse University | Sheel Sanjay Bhatt | Johnna Cresska Brazier, Columbia University GSAPP | Jennifer L. Conway, City College of New York, CUNY | Herman John Gratz, City College of New York, CUNY | Niall Heffernan, City College of New York, CUNY | Michelle Kang | Lee Scott Kreiner | Helen Nancy Levin, City College of New York, CUNY | George Martinov Martinov, City College of New York, CUNY | Adis Savacevic, City College of New York, CUNY | Charlotte Natalie Strauss, City College of New York, CUNY | Lisa Tannenbaum, New York University

New Center for Architecture Corresponding Members: Stephen M. Dynia, Stephen Dynia Architects | Thomas Jerome McWalters, Gary Lee Partners

Reinstating Members: Brad A. Burns, Assoc. AIA, Robert Siegel Architects | Lucy Riederer, Assoc. AIA, Carlton Architecture, LLC | Scott J. Vautrin, AIA, STV Group | Fabiola Anzola, Int'l Assoc. AIA, ESE Design | Donald Lee Beeson Jr., AIA | Denise Marie Berger, AIA, The Port Authority of NY & NJ | Thomas H. Bishop, AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects PC | Larry Bogdanow, AIA, Bogdanow Partners Architects, P.C. | James F. Case, AIA, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects | Stanford KW Chan, AIA, Israel Berger & Associates, Inc. | Paul Doherty, AIA, McGraw-Hill Construction | Robert D. Ferland, AIA, Paul Segal Associates Architects, LLP | Jane Greenwood, AIA, Kostow Greenwood Architects, PC | Robert D. Jefferson, AIA, Costas Kondylis & Partners, LLP | Michael G. Kostow, AIA, Kostow Greenwood Architects, PC | Terrence M. Lallak, AIA | Thomas E. Lurcott, AIA, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects | Mark H. Maljanian, AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Catherine M.F. Martone, AIA, William A. Hall Partnership | George Layng Pew III, AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Yvonne M. Saavedra-Limb, AIA, Structure Tone | Kai Sheng, AIA, Brennan Beer Gorman Architects | Christine Eve Szentesi, AIA, BKSK Architects, LLP | Wilvan Isami Van Campen, AIA, Van Campen Architects | Wendy Wisbrun, AIA, BKSK Architects, LLP | Frank Williams, FAIA, Frank Williams & Associates | Brenda Levin

Members who transferred in to the AIA New York Chapter: Richard J. Ryan, Assoc. AIA, Giuliani Associates Architects, Inc. | Pamela O. Abalu, AIA, Vollmer Associates, LLP | Sami M. BaSuhail, AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Georg Jell, AIA, University of Texas-San Antonio | Susan R. Shay, AIA | George Targonik | Eve Tenzler, AIA, TPG Architects

Members who have transferred to another AIA Chapter: Good luck in your new locale: Noah H. Adler, Assoc. AIA, Stonehill & Taylor Architects and Planners | Steven J. Clarke, Assoc. AIA, Daniel Frankfurt, P.C. | Joseph Lee, Assoc. AIA, SMWM | Hector Ramirez-Lasso, Assoc. AIA | Christopher S. Chan, AIA | Michael E. Ebbert, AIA, Michael E. Ebbert, Architect | Eric Howeler, AIA | Gary Norman Jacquemin, AIA, Jacquemin Architects | Michael C. Laviano, AIA, Walker Group | Shih-Fu Peng, AIA, Heneghan Peng Architects | William A. Staempfli III, AIA | Na Su, AIA, BBG-BBGM Beijing | Malak Morgan, AIA, Morgan Architecture

The Chapter mourns the passing of: Paul J. Buhl, AIA | Rolf Myller, AIA




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Architectural Outreach Manager
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NY Harbor Rhapsodizes in Blue & Green, continued

In breakout sessions, panelists explored water transportation as a means of relieving traffic congestion for passengers and freight; the coordination of waterfront development's economic and ecologic aspects through the patchwork of public and private organizations; and several clusters of case studies in planning, design, sustainability, construction, operation, damage mitigation, and wake control. Queens council member John Liu moderated a discussion on Port Authority policies, security concerns, and larger issues of environmental equity. A session on water management as the common element in sustainable infrastructure efforts linked combined-sewage-outfall (CSO) management strategies, the city's revived recycling program, a pilot project generating clean energy with turbines submerged in the East River, and a vision of northern New Jersey's rooftops as a massive photovoltaic energy farm.

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

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