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WMF & Knoll Protect Modern Architecture | For Sale: Modern Landmarks | New Math Multiplies Upper East Side Residence | Medical Research Lab Stirs Mid-Manhattan Skyline | Bronxville Village Hall Earns Upgrade

6 Firms Showcase for New Practices Showcase





Hong Kong Design Institute | Reinvigorating Scunthorpe Central Park | Venice 2006 Competition | Brick Awards 2006 | Montage/Arclinea Contemporary Design Competition | AA/ Environments, Ecology, Sustainability Research Cluster


At the Center for Architecture
Building Connections: 10th Annual Exhibition of K-12 Design Work | NOHO: The Undesignated Area | Light | Energy | Impact: The Legacy of Richard Kelly | Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation—ENYA International Ideas Competition Exhibition

About Town
ON/OFF | Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza | Lost Waterfront & Beyond | SAUMA | Young Architects Program | BEATFUSE! | The Lost Waterfront

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Editor's Note: To all who have returned from the AIA Convention in Los Angeles, welcome home. Check out all that you may have missed in NY this issue!


Global Forces "Contaminate" Architecture
By Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

Zaha Hadid's Phaeno Science Center contaminates typology.
Photo by Werner Huthmacher; courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Event: Contamination: Impure Architecture
Speakers: Kunlé Adeyemi, associate, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam; Elizabeth Diller, principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York; Peter Eisenman, FAIA, principal, Eisenman Architects, New York; Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, principal, Zaha Hadid Architects, London; Sanford Kwinter, writer, editor, associate professor at Rice University; Greg Lynn, principal, Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles; Gabriele Mastrigli, architect, critic, Rome; Alex McDowell, production designer, Los Angeles; Farshid Moussavi, partner, Foreign Office Architects, London; Patrik Schumacher, partner, Zaha Hadid Architects, London; Moderator Cynthia Davidson, Editor, Log
Organizers: Cynthia Davidson
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 06.03.06

Many forces corrupt what some call "pure architecture"—technology, society, culture, natural and urban environments, the force of architectural tradition—all "contaminate" architecture with their unique demands, often on a global scale. With the "Zaha Hadid" exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum as a backdrop for discussion, internationally renowned architects and theoreticians debated issues of impurity in architecture.

Technology not only infiltrates but also constrains architecture, according to Farshid Moussavi. Buildings can only be as large as technology permits. Architects must learn to speak the language of machines in order to use them to their greatest capacity. With robotics, new machines, and computer technology able to perform complicated calculus-based mathematics, every aspect of a building can be unique. Greg Lynn proposes that working in sets, series, and families—instead of developing pieces that relate to one whole—is the solution to preserving a sense of unity and entirety.

"Projects are acts of will based on reactions to existing conditions." Disciplines, cultures, societies, and knowledge cross-contaminate and interfere with architecture, stated Gabriele Mastrigli. In studying other fields, architects expand their vocabulary and incorporate new ideas into traditional architecture. In an example offered by Sanford Kwinter, Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, layers urban forces, all moving at different tempos, mirroring the rhythms and cross-cutting of African music and introducing an element of jazz-like improvisation.


Katrina Exposes National Disgrace
By Bill Millard

We didn't see it coming. Hurricane Katrina, 2:45PM CDT, 08.28.05.

Event: "Is Sustainable Development Feasible?"
Speaker: John Mutter—Deputy Director, Earth Institute, professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Columbia University
Organizers: The Architectural League of New York, Architecture and Environment series
Location: Urban Center, 06.05.06

Hurricane Katrina produced demographic and geographic distinctions resembling those of today's impoverished nations. Deconstructing the media cliché that Hurricane Katrina "made the U.S. look like a Third World country," John Mutter claims that when the comparison of a rich country to developing countries is shown to be statistically accurate, it ceases to be a cliché.

Mutter lambasts officials who ignored meteorological warnings, rendered people expendable through a first-responder shortage, and circulated lies about antisocial behavior by the poor (there were no gunshot wounds or stabbings in the Superdome). Mayor Ray Nagin could have saved hundreds of lives if he were not huddled with his lawyers fretting about liability in the event an evacuation wasn't needed. The implications for architecture and planning in high-risk regions are clear: distrust flimsy designs and the weak soil of low-lying landfill areas, prepare evacuation procedures and routes (not limited to car owners) in advance, and learn from seismic experiences that buildings supported atop garages will pancake.

Trained in mathematics and physics as well as environmental science and the interface between the natural and social sciences, Mutter's discussion of the vulnerability of poor people worldwide ranged beyond truisms to include rigorous quantitative support, often using mortality data from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network. He correlated global poverty with ecological and latitudinal variables: the worst-off (as measured by a Human Development Index more reliable than income data) are clustered around the equator. They are hit far harder by disease, drought, and natural disaster than the well-off, even when circumstances are similar. Earthquakes of comparable force in Northridge, CA, and Islamabad, Pakistan, Mutter showed, yielded vastly different structural damage and death tolls, in part because of divergent building standards. Quoting ecological anthropologist Kenny Broad, Mutter offered a sobering conclusion: "What we learn from history is that we don't learn anything from history."

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

Washington Square Lampshades Intensify Park Experience
By Marjorie Kouns

"Well-Lit Chess Pieces" illuminated Washington Square Park throughout 2005.
Hubert Steed

Event: Well-Lit Chess Pieces
Organizers: Marjorie Kouns, artist; the Greenwich Village Community
Sponsors: exhibition sponsors - Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Grant Program, and KVNY Properties; special thanks - NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, U.S. Chess Federation, Abet Laminati, Community Board 2, and the artist's extended family and friends; fiscal sponsor, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Location: Washington Square Park, throughout 2005

For over a year, Village neighbors and tourists experienced the whimsical Empire-style lampshade covers and life-sized chess game pieces adorning the corner entrances to Washington Square Park. The intent was to create a best practice model for other urban parks' locally and nationwide.

The shades are made of Klearspan, a flame retardant and weather resistant vinyl-coated canvas stitched over welded iron struts, and painted with acrylic pigments. The chess pieces are constructed with wire rods encased in poultry wire and covered with thousands of Abet Laminati colored chips individually tied to each sculpture that range in size from three- to six-feet-tall. Colors contrast against the trees throughout the day, and by night the shades are luminous stained glass jewels lighting park pathways.

By attracting people to these public spaces through artwork, parks become cultural hubs for dancers, poets, and visual artists. One of the early morning "regulars" redirected her dog-walking route so she would pass through the park for the duration of the display; a father claimed his son dragged him repeatedly to the corner of the purple lamp with the eyes. Even the daily chess players became docents of art informing the curious and educating the skeptical. The goal is to expand the concept to urban planners, architects, and landscape designers throughout the country. From the pathways along Lake Michigan's Lincoln Park in Chicago to the river walkways along the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, any park can appropriate the work.

Marjorie Kouns is a voiceover artist and producer of public art. A new series of Body As Canvas-Midwest will be performed in 2008.

Governments LEED Green Efforts
By Chris Lee

Receptive to LEED guidelines, China is well on its way to building the equivalent of 21 Manhattans in the next eight years.
Photo by Robert Humphreys, courtesy Design: E2

Event: Sustainable by Design Forum and screening of the first episode of the Design: E2 (The Economics of Being Environmentally Conscious) TV series.
Speakers: Richard A. Cook, AIA, and Robert F. Fox, Jr., AIA, partners, Cook+Fox Architects; Douglas Durst, Co-president, The Durst Organization; Sadhu Johnston, Commissioner, Department of Environment, Chicago; Michael McDonough, AIA, principal, Michael McDonough Architect; Rafael Pelli, AIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Robert Watson, senior scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); moderator Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis
Organizer: Autodesk
Location: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 05.31.06

Buildings consume 40% of the energy and contribute 50% of the pollution in this country. Architects are responsible for 5% of the buildings in the U.S., of which 5% are green buildings. With so few model buildings, it can be difficult for architecture to have much environmental impact, argues Michael McDonough, AIA. Some cities are taking matters into their own hands. As part of a "green permit" initiative, a LEED-silver rating is the minimum requirement for all new buildings in Chicago. In Europe and Japan, government initiatives are making sustainable design mandatory. Rapidly developing economic powers, such as India and China, have welcomed LEED.

In New York, the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) requires all new construction to follow green guidelines. In an effort to develop an interdisciplinary and holistic approach incorporating city infrastructure, buildings become interactive systems that can be designed and fine-tuned for optimal efficiency. Affecting approximately 4.4 million square feet of design and construction, the guidelines provide opportunities for many of the city's building trades and architects to become familiar with sustainable practices. Completed projects, such as the Solaire, create a public buzz about the benefits of new high performance structures. The apartments were sold out in record time and at a premium beyond the developers' expectations.

There is no formula to sustainable design; it is a process that takes place with each new building project. Sustainable design should be considered not just as environmental design, but as a vital part of good design. Although LEED is sometimes criticized as being prescriptive and unoriginal, the program is evolving, moving toward more performance-based criteria. According to Robert Watson of the Natural Resources Defense Council, this proves that the certification program is well respected by the industry and why membership continues to grow.

Chris Lee is a registered architect practicing in New York City.

History Narrates Public Space
By Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

La Verneda Line weaves throughout the narrow site and exposes the history of Barcelona.
Courtesy Art Públic: The Barcelona of the Democracy

The present narrative evolves at the Conquistar Plaza in Madrid.

Event: Revealing Public Space: Process and Politics
Speakers: Francesc Torres, artist, Spain; John Hanhardt, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts, Guggenheim Museum, NY
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.30.06

Spanish multi-media artist Francesc Torres creates experiences that attempt to unfold time using non-traditional materials. In his recent work in the public realm, external conditions—such as people, animals, and weather—constantly affect and change the work causing the narrative to evolve.

La Verneda Line in Barcelona is a piece that exists on a 1-mile-long sliver of land covering a subway line along a highway. A steel-on-stone line extends the length of the strip, a physical representation of a timeline. The line ramps up, wrinkles, twists, and dips under the concrete. Speaking to the history of the area, dates and events from 1000-1996 are laser-engraved on the steel interspersed with quotations taken from the local archives. Collaborating with artists and architects, the Conquistar Plaza in Madrid extends 500 meters long by one block wide. Regulating lines every five meters reference the parking lot below and contrast the seemingly randomly dispersed trapezoidal tree- and grass-covered objects. Bronze blocks with fossilized objects—umbrellas, toys, clothes, shopping bags—speak to the present time, anticipating reinterpretation by future archaeologists. Most emblematic of the piece is a bronze olive tree fountain that "sweats" water. Throughout the seasons people and dogs interact with it and the color of the bronze changes.

Whether the narrative overlaps the past and present (La Verneda Line) or integrates the past, present, and future (Conquistar Plaza), each work of art tells a story, and each story speaks to the site. The narrative can be read in any direction, but history does not change, according to Torres.

Architecture Conveys Life in India
By Gregory Haley, AIA, AICP

Enigmatic spaces remind viewers of the wonder of life in the Hussain-Doshi Gufa & Chester Herwitz Art Gallery.

Event: Architecture for India
Speaker: Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, Hon. FAIA, Indian architect, planner, writer, educator
Organizers: AIA NY International and Architecture in Education Committees
Location: Center for Architecture, 06.02.06

Architecture, if conceived of as a "backdrop to human ritual and celebration," can support life's connectivity, says Balkrishna Doshi, Hon. FAIA. Still, he finds ample room for invention, insisting "all material form is alive and can be spiritualized."

While spatially driven, Doshi's architecture is open to individual interpretation. The plan of the Aranya Community Housing project in Indore, India, inspired by the form of traditional Indian villages, is designed with fixed cores and a flexible framework enclosure. Over time, renovations by the inhabitants result in a balanced expression of individual lives and communal relations. The Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India, with its systemically-classified spatial organization, is intended to be "a laboratory of architectural spaces" where students experience life as they interact with the local environment and climate filtered through the building. Similarly, the cavernous sky-lit spaces contained within the expressive concrete vaults of the Hussain-Doshi Gufa & Chester Herwitz Art Gallery in Ahmedabad "arouse a sense of wonder, and of the unforeseen."

Gregory Haley, AIA, AICP, is a project manager and urban designer at Studio V Architects PC, and has taught architectural design studios at NYIT School of Architecture.

Richard Kelly Integrated Lighting Into Design
By Anne Lefferson

The collaboration between Richard Kelly and Louis Kahn in the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, proves the capabilities of architects working with lighting designers.
Ezra Stoller/Esto

Event: Collaboration: Lighting & Architecture
Speakers: Francesca Bettridge and Michael Hennes, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design; Kenneth A. Lewis, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Ken Smith, Ken Smith Landscape Architect; James Carpenter, James Carpenter Design Associates; moderator Margaret Maile Petty
Sponsors: exhibition underwriter, IESNY; lead sponsor, Enterprise Lighting; additional sponsors—Nulux, Edison Price Lighting, Fisher Marantz Stone; support from Esto, Lutron Electronics, Nihon Project Service, Parsons The New School for Design, Osram Sylvania
Location: Center for Architecture, 05.24.06

Richard Kelly pioneered the integration of lighting design into the architectural process. This must happen at the start, he argued.

Kelly's well-known work spans from Philip Johnson's Glass House to Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building. These celebrated architects, having struggled with their own lighting designs, came to realize the importance of collaborating with lighting designers from the very beginning. Today, collaboration involves many fields and specialists outside of lighting, such as furniture design and glass experts. The goal to make 7 World Trade Center, for example, a "prism of light" is possible because of the involvement of independent designers and specialized input—from architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, lighting designers, interior architects, landscape architects, etc. The building echoes Kelly's ideology.

"Light | Energy | Impact: the Legacy of Richard Kelly" is on view at the Center for Architecture through 07.12.06.

Anne Lefferson is an associate at BBG-BBGM.

Point of No Return In Sight
By Chris Lee


Event: An Inconvenient Truth: A Wired Town Hall Discussion on the Climate Crisis
Speakers: Al Gore, Former Vice President; Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED; Lawrence Bender, producer, "An Inconvenient Truth"; Laurie David, global warming activist; James Hansen, scientist, NASA Institute for Space Studies; moderator John Hockenberry, contributing editor, WIRED
Organizer: WIRED Magazine
Location: Town Hall, 05.25.06

Global warming is a planetary emergency, contends Al Gore, whose ongoing slideshow attempts to enlighten the misinformed. The window of opportunity to correct this situation is quickly fading, stated NASA scientist James Hansen. If we do not act within the next ten years, the effects will be irreversible, and we will be at "the point of no return."

The situation is not yet hopeless. CFCs have been eliminated from manufacturing and the ozone layer is now stabilized, for example. With strong political will and proper use of technology, effects of global warming may be corrected. By becoming more aware of individual carbon footprints and demanding legislative change from the government, the general public can play a part in the solution. Simple changes, such as using compact fluorescent light bulbs and buying locally produced products, can have an impact. The U.S. is one of two major countries left in the world that has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, committed to reduce and maintain carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases. By eliminating waste and developing new technology, American companies can create new business opportunities in the world marketplace.

Chris Lee is a registered architect practicing in New York City.



Whose Health Safety Welfare?
While I fully agree with the idea of keeping current with specific sectors of our industry—like the required four-hour wind and safety course for Florida licensees—a lot of the spirit of learning is lost when one senses fellow architects are just trying to "get in some HSWs"—whether it is at the annual AIA convention or a seminar run by some facet of our industry, copper or plaster or stone.

I recommend that important issues—green architecture and materials, flood and wind, earthquake and others be mandatory on an annual basis.

Thank you for listening,
Michael Pierce, AIA

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.



Set designers often have to develop a social history beyond what is available in a script in order to create a complete, credible setting for a movie. In "Minority Report," set designer Alex McDowell developed an urban plan for a futuristic Washington, DC based a science fiction concept that the clairvoyance of beings, or "precogs," changed American governance and policing. Because the precogs only have a 50-mile radius of vision, the city grew vertically within these bounds. The city sprouted to heights that prevented sunlight from reaching the street (zoning laws were discarded), and a seedy underworld of depravity developed as a result. In 2054, technology advanced to eliminate personal anonymity; whenever someone entered a business, information about his/her last interaction is revealed and displayed to the public.

In every movie, each location filmed has a history, present, and future—from the factory in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," to the ruinous house in "Fight Club," to the urban development of DC in "Minority Report." The job of a set designer like McDowell, according to Greg Lynn, is to create a convincing idea of the future. As discussed in the "Contamination: Impure Architecture" symposium (See Global Forces "Contaminate" Architecture), architects and set designers are not that different.

Although movies deal in a predetermined narrative and often take place in fictional locations, set designers must master the society and culture so it mirrors reality for viewers makes it authentic on screen. Architects, on the other hand, interpret existing society and culture, and attempt to better the future for all (in theory at least). Ultimately, both architects and set designers have the job of persuading a public to believe in and accept their ideas of the future.



World Monuments Fund and Knoll Protect Modern Architecture
For the past decade, the preservation of modern architecture has been under the protective umbrella of the World Monuments Fund (WMF), but it was on a limited project-by-project basis. Now, with a major gift of $400,000 over a four-year period from Knoll, the organization will launch a new initiative, Modernism at Risk, to comprehensively address endangered sites. A focal point of the initiative will be the World Monuments Knoll Modernism Prize awarded biennially to a design professional whose work enhances the public's awareness of the seminal role that modernism plays in our architectural heritage—through the preservation of modern landmarks, or through the creation of modern design solutions that extend the life and viability of pre-modern landmarks.

For Sale: Modern Landmarks
As noted in the New York Times ("On the Market," Real Estate section, 06.04.06), Edward Durell Stone's 1938-39, 4- bedroom, 4- bathroom house on five acres in Old Westbury, Long Island, built for A. Conger Goodyear, the first president of MoMA, is for sale. Asking price is $2,795,000. Almost a year ago, the house was sold with a preservation easement to protect its architectural integrity in perpetuity, capping a three-year fight by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), Preservation League of New York State, and the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), among others, to save the house from demolition. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Philip Johnson's 1951 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom house on 4.8 acres in New Canaan, CT (near the Glass House) is also for sale. The house is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Asking price is $4.25 million and comes complete with a preservation easement that protects the property from demolition, subdivision, and restricts alterations.

For an overview of the current market for contemporary starchitect-designed real estate, check out "The Architect May Be A-List, But the Condos Aren't Selling," by Troy McMullen, Wall Street Journal, 06.09.06.

New Math Multiplies Upper East Side Residence

Steven Kratchman, AIA, provides his client with an "upper Madison Avenue-style, single-family townhouse mansion."
Photo by Daniel Kennedy, courtesy Steven Kratchman Architect
How do you turn three stories into six, add seven rooms and 2,270 square feet of living space into a low-rise building on a 20x100-foot footprint? Steven Kratchman Architect's solution was to "stretch" an aging Upper East Side building with a storefront and upstairs apartments into a single-family residence. The firm reworked the house inside and out, including excavating the cellar. In the new 6,670-square-foot residence, the ground floor houses the kitchen, dining, and recreation areas. A grand staircase leads to a second floor living room and library. The floors above include bedrooms, studies, a terrace, and a sundeck.

Medical Research Lab Stirs Mid-Manhattan Skyline

NYU improves School of Medicine campus with first addition in over 10 years.
Courtesy NYU Medical Center
NYU School of Medicine recently dedicated the Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center, a new state-of-the-art research facility, and the first major addition to the campus of NYU Medical Center in more than a decade. Mitchell/Giurgola Architects designed the trapezoidal 13-story glass-and-masonry tower. The building, which adds more than 230,000 square feet of laboratory space to NYU School of Medicine's research endeavors, contains open labs, a 140-seat lecture hall, numerous conference rooms, a ground floor café, and courtyard. Built on a half-acre of landfill once part of the East River, the project posed engineering challenges before the foundation could be laid—more than 60 million gallons of water had to be pumped out of the site. To keep the water out, engineers devised a system of 394 secant piles, or overlapping concrete cylinders, the first of its kind ever used in New York City.

Bronxville Village Hall Earns Upgrade
The two-story Village Hall in Bronxville, NY is currently undergoing a $5 million renovation and expansion, the first major change since it was originally built in 1942. Peter Gisolfi Associates is upgrading the 18,500-square-foot structure to support current and future uses, projected through the next 50 years, while preserving the building's historic distinction and architectural appeal. The building's tile roof will be replaced with slate to match the roof of the Bronxville Library across the street—also renovated by the Gisolfi firm in 2001. The new design for the building adds 5,000 square feet of assignable space in addition to providing code compliance and new mechanical systems, including geothermal cooling.



Six Firms Showcased for New Practices Showcase
The AIA New York Chapter and The Architects Newspaper, in association with Hafele America, have selected six architectural firms for the first New Practices Showcase. The selected firms include: Architecture In Formation, G Tects, Gage/Clemenceau Architects, Interboro Partners, WORK AC, and Zakrzewski-Hyde Architects.

The showcase recognizes new architectural practices and will highlight their respective achievements in a group exhibition to be held at the Center for Architecture in July. Following the exhibition, a quarterly exhibit and reception will be held for each of the practices at the Hafele Showroom beginning in September 2006. Two firms per quarter will be featured. Honorees will be officially announced at the AIA New York Chapter's Annual Meeting on 06.20.06. Each winner will receive an honorarium of $1,000 as compensation for exhibition expenses as well as a membership to the AIA for one year.

Mini-Portfolios were evaluated by a review committee that included William Menking (Editor, The Architect's Newspaper); Susan Chin, FAIA (Past President, AIA New York Chapter and Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs); Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-tectonics); Martin Finio, AIA (Principal, Christoff:Finio); and Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP).



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In case you haven't heard, Governor's Island has reopened for the summer. Every Friday and Saturday through 09.02.06, ferries depart every hour from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The ferry, island, and tours are all free and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on scheduled events and festivals taking place every weekend, click on the link above.



The Architecture, Construction Management and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of Greater New York has announced its 2006 scholarship recipients, all of whom are graduates from the high school mentoring program: New York Construction Scholarship/Emily McNally; Virginia Moore Scholarship/Alexandra Freiman; Hennessy Foundation Scholarship/Michael Cheng; Norman D. Kurtz/Flack + Kurtz Scholarship/Elizabeth Vilchis; New York Building Congress Scholarship/Kevin Yeung; Mel Feinstein Scholarship/Krystian Masternak; Rino "Ray" Monti Scholarship/Anh Linh Nguyen; Adelhardt Construction Scholarship/Alexis Galane; New York Building Foundation Scholarship/Nicolas Gonzalez; and the JP Morgan Chase Scholarship/Olivia Lau. Honorees at the award ceremony included: Michael J. Garner (Senior Director of Business Development, NYC School Construction Authority); Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA (Principal, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects); Robert P. Sanna (Executive Vice President and Director of Development and Design Construction, Forest City Ratner Companies); and Walter P. Saukin (Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Manhattan College). Three additional scholarships from non-ACE organizations were presented- two CAGNY scholarships went to Kevin Yeung and Nicolas Gonzalez and the Manhattan College Charles H. Thornton Scholarship for $40,000 (named in honor of ACE's founder) went to Tony Rinaldi

Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has announced that its National Design Awards have recognized New Yorkers Paola Antonelli (Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art) as the winner of the 2006 Design Mind Award; 2×4 at the top of the Communications Design category; and Michael Gabellini, FAIA (Gabellini Sheppard Associates) receiving top honors in the Interior Design category…

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) has recognized three individuals for their leadership and contribution to the consulting engineer community: David J. Burney, AIA (Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction); Paul W. Grosser, PhD, PE (President, P.W. Grosser Consulting Engineer & Hydrogeologist); and James R. Hofmann, PE (Principal, Stantec Consulting Services)… A subsidized apartment building for disabled adults in the Bronx, designed by Françoise Bollack Architects, has received a Green Building Award in a national competition co-sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection…

Don Erwin, RA, Sharon Lobo, RA, and Ron Bielinski, PE, AIA, PP, CIH, CSP, announce the formation of their architectural office practice Erwin Lobo Bielinski, which will specialize in forensic architecture and engineering… Meltzer/Mandl Architects and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K) have solidified their long-term relationship by forming a new architectural firm, EE&K Residential, which will focus on new residential developments that are large or complex enough to be beyond the scope of either of the two founding firms alone… Three Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art alumni have been awarded Presidential Citations for outstanding achievement: Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA; Wangechi Mutu; and Albert Burstein, PhDPaul Goldberger is stepping down as Dean of Parsons The New School for Design. Beginning this summer, he will take on a new university-wide role acting as the Joseph Urban Professor of Design. In addition to writing and teaching, he will serve as a special advisor to the president on design-related issues specific to the school's physical campus and academic programs…



The new faces of FAIA celebrate with AIANY President Mark Strauss, FAIA (l-r): Mario Gandelsonas, FAIA; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA; Lisa Gould, FAIA; Robin Guenther, FAIA; Emma E. Macari, FAIA; Michael A. Manfredi, FAIA; Peter Marino, FAIA; Zach McKown, FAIA; Jean Parker Phifer, FAIA; David Piscuskas, FAIA; Raymond Plumey, FAIA; Abby P. Suckle, FAIA; James von Klemperer, FAIA; Roberta D. Washington, FAIA
Kristen Richards

Emma E. Macari, FAIA, and Lisa Gould, FAIA, celebrate their new status as Fellows.
Kristen Richards

George Miller, FAIA, Partner at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Past President of AIANY, pours champagne for Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of AIANY, to celebrate new Fellows.
Kristen Richards



This two-stage competition seeks ideas for a new Hong Kong Design Institute campus, which will consolidate the previously disparate design training programs supported by the city's Vocational Training Council. Teams may be multi-disciplinary, but must be led by a registered architect.
The RIBA Competitions Office and the Landscape Institute announce a two-part design competition for the development of new public sports facilities and reinvigoration of an existing park, resulting in construction.
Registration: Venice 2006
Hosted by Arquitectum, this competition challenges architects to transform the typical symbol of a bridge into a museum that represents the existent complex tissue of Venice. The winner will receive a trip to Venice and magazine coverage of their project.
Submission: Brick Awards 2006
This competition welcomes entries that display excellence in design and construction using brick in a project constructed in the U.K. in the past three years. One international project will also be recognized.
Students at New England-based universities are asked to design a contemporary kitchen/living area within the traditional, historic architecture of Boston and its suburbs. Successful designs will incorporate the philosophy represented in the work of Italian architect Antonio Citterio.
The Architectural Association and the Environments, Ecology and Sustainability Research Cluster announce an open one-stage international competition to locate new projects that consider the larger contextual issues of environmental change while formulating critical and informed responses. Multidisciplinary teams that include specialists and cross-professional/cross-educational fields are encouraged.



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

Kate Newsom, Rockwell Group

Related Events

June 15, 5:00–8:00pm
Exhibition Opening Reception

June 17, 1:00–4:00pm
FamilyDay@theCenter - Feats of Engineering


June 15–July 15, 2006

Building Connections: 10th Annual Exhibition of K-12 Design Work

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

The Center for Architecture Foundation's annual exhibit of K-12 explorations into the built environment showcasing models and drawings from Learning By Design: NY, a school based residency program, as well as work from its youth programs at the Center for Architecture.

Exhibition Design and Graphics: Rockwell Group

Lead Sponsor:
design : Peter Lassen

Judith and Walter A. Hunt, Jr., FAIA

Additional thanks to:
OMNI Architects


June 7–June 20, 2006

NOHO: The Undesignated Area

Gallery: Common Room

NOHO stretches from Houston Street in the south to Astor Place in the north, from The Bowery to Mercer Street. In 1999 The Landmark Preservation Commission designated the first portion of the NoHo Historic District, but despite protests from NoHo residents, only included the area from Houston Street to Astor Place between Mercer and Lafayette Streets. In June 2003 the District was extended to include Bleecker Street from Lafayette Street to the Bowery.

The exhibitions shows photographs by NoHo resident Stan Reis focusing on NoHo's undesignated blocks and the remarkable richness of their architecture.

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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


About Town: Exhibition Announcements

Courtesy Build


A former warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn sets the scene for this exhibition combining large-scale printed visual design and motion graphics by London-based Build, with industrial 3-D deconstructions by Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Espeis; 90 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg
For more information call 718.388.4049

A statue of Neptune from the fountain at Grand Army Plaza.
Courtesy Municipal Art Society

Through 07.31.06
Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza

Imploring passers-by to slow down and take a closer look at its statues and monuments, artist Bridget Regan captures the original grandeur and sense of contemplation of Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. Architectural historian Francis Morrone will also lead a walking tour of the plaza on June 29 at 6:30pm.

The Municipal Art Society; 457 Madison Avenue

The Lost Waterfront and Beyond: The Photographs of Shelley Seccombe

While multiple transformations of the waterfront were underway, New Yorkers flocked to the empty spaces on the Greenwich Village docks. These impromptu performances were caught on film by artist Shelley Seccombe.

Westbeth Gallery: 55 Bethune Street, Brooklyn
For more information call 212-475-9585 x34.

SAUMA is a Finnish word, referring to a seam, borderline, or in colloquial usage, a chance.
Courtesy SAUMA


SAUMA presents innovative contemporary design from Finland, introducing experimental installations of new portable devices, an experimental kitchen, an urban sauna and a game prototype. Items are intended to study the ways in which we navigate our urban environment.

World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery; 220 Vesey Street, Lobby Level

The winning entry to MoMA's Young Architects Program: BEATFUSE!
Courtesy MoMA

Young Architects Program

This exhibition features proposals from the five finalists of the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program, which include OBRA Architects, Contemporary Architecture Practice, Gnuform, Howeler + Yoon, and Kivi Sotamaa.

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA); 11 West 53rd Street

The BEATFUSE! installation will serve as backdrop for Warm Up, the summer music series at P.S. 1.
Courtesy MoMA


OBRA, the winning finalist of the MOMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program, has realized the installation of seven curved, interconnected shells made of plywood and polypropylene mesh that ripple throughout the courtyard of P.S. 1, with added tidal pools, water misters and light strainers creating constantly changing shapes in the mist.

P.S. 1; 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Through 10.31.06
The Lost Waterfront

This exhibition consists of 24 large format black and white and color photographs by Shelley Seccombe, depicting the Hudson River piers and the people who visited them in the 1970s. The photographs presage the eventual rebirth of the West Side piers as Hudson River Park, a public park that enhances access to the waterfront.

South Street Seaport Museum Schermerhorn Row Galleries; 12 Fulton Street

About Town: Ongoing and Upcoming

ON/OFF/Commonwealth Espeis

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

The Lost Waterfront and Beyond: The Photographs of Shelley Seccombe/Westbeth Gallery (phone 212-475-9585 x34)

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

Through 07.31.06
Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza/The Municipal Art Society

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

SAUMA [DESIGN AS CULTURAL INTERFACE]/World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery

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

Young Architects Program/The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Through 10.06

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

Through 10.25.06
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 10.31.06
The Lost Waterfront/South Street Seaport Museum Schermerhorn Row Galleries

Through November 2006
The Ernst Benkert Travel Desk/Proteus Gowanus


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Global Forces "Contaminate" Architecture, continued

Purity is when architecture has full control over an environment—from weather to sound to pests—and conditions a space for the health, safety, and welfare of its inhabitants, according to Elizabeth Diller. This "sanitization" is unachievable as environments shape and contaminate architecture at all scales. Patrik Schumacher embraces the impure by examining the global forces that impact the world. Cities differentiate and urban textures form around the landscape's topography. Societal environments created by economic polarization result in a new urban condition where rich and poor are physically divided, concludes Kunlé Adeyemi, based on his studies of Lagos, Africa. Both the world and society are in constant flux; designing a conditioned space that "keeps the outside out and inside in," as stated by Diller, is unfeasible.

Hadid makes a point of blurring distinctions between landscape and architecture, architects and masterplanners, and programs and infrastructure. By overlapping forces and vectors, the figure/ground/field relationships dissolve into one hybrid logic, according to Peter Eisenman, FAIA. Hadid sees opportunity in the impure and chooses to accept contamination and integrate it into her design process. Kwinter sees the volatility and unexpected reactions of alloys and molecules as a metaphor for Hadid's work—it's about controlling potential inefficiency and channeling forces toward equilibrium.

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