Editor-in-chief, Jessica Sheridan
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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.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
Raze or Retrofit? Midtown Enters New Green Era
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"
"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
Urban expansion traps small farming villages in Shenzen.
Event: 3x3: A Perspective on China—Formal/Informal
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
Metropolitan Waterfront Map
Courtesy Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Event: 2006 Waterfront Conference: Economy + Environment = Community
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?
Do you have an emergency plan for impending doom?
Event: Disaster Preparedness: Planning for Safe Havens
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
Dr. Richard Jackson delivers the keynote address at the Fit-City symposium.
Event: Fit-City: Promoting Physical Activity through Design
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Event: Young Architects Forum: Instability
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
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 email@example.com 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?
eON THE SCENE
Which Came First, the Dots or the Dance?
Dots and neon speckle the space in the Mink Building; installation by 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
"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."
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AROUND THE AIA + THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
NY Programs Blueprint America
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 917.626.6869.
Kids Power Up Lighting Design
Students show off their nightlight designs.
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.
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.
NAMES IN THE NEWS
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.
At ICFF, students Christelle Amendola and Bridgette Gottlieb (l-r) showcase solar powered furniture from NYIT's 2005 International Solar Decathlon entry.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Registration: Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans
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.
Submission: Private Spots/Public Plots
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.
Registration: Czech Republic National Library Design Competition
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.
Registration: AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter Awards Program
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.
Submission: The Plan-less House Design Competition
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.
Submission: The James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Grant
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.
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About Town: Exhibition Announcements
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
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
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 November 2006
AIANY MEMBERSHIP REPORT—04.06-05.06
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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