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EDITOR'S SOAPBOX: Astoria Chitchat

eON THE SCENE: Going, Going, GONE!

Fuzzy Edges in Iowa | The Architecture of Science | ONYX—Semiprecious in Chelsea | Art & Finance Merge in Bronxville | Get Your CultureNOW! | Museum Blends Building & Garden

It's Architecture Week! | 18 & Life






2006 AIANJ Design Awards | Record Houses 2007 | Scion Floorplan | IDENTISTAT 07 | 2007 AIA Housing Awards | Building a Sustainable World | Metropolis 2007 Next Generation | Living Steel International Architecture Competition


At the Center for Architecture
Project Showcase: The New York Times Building | 5 Years Later… | arch schools-public view(ing)

About Town
A Vision for the College Avenue Campus | Making the Connection: Moving Forward with Regional Rail | simply droog | Urban Eyes | Land-markings: 12 Journeys through 9/11 Living Memorials | Library

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Editor's Note: Architecture Week gets under way the end of this week. Check out the many events on hand at the Center for Architecture (see Around the AIA + Center for Architecture). Also, participate in openhousenewyork, allowing free access to buildings citywide.


New York New Visions: Checking the Mirror
By Bill Millard

(top l-r): Robert Campbell, FAIA, Boston Globe; Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League of New York, and Margaret Helfand, FAIA, Helfand Architecture. (middle l-r): Marcie Kesner, AICP, APA New York Metro Chapter; Mark Strauss, AICP, FAIA, AIANY 2006 President; and Mark Ginsburg, FAIA, Curtis + Ginsberg. (bottom l-r): Ernest Hutton, Assoc. AIA, AICP, Co-Chair NYNV; Petra Todorovich, Regional Plan Association; and Alex Garvin, Yale University.
Kristen Richards

Event: Take Five: New York New Visions—Success or Failure?
Speakers: Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, FX Fowle; Margaret Helfand, FAIA, Helfand Architecture; Marcie Kesner, AICP, American Planning Association, NY Metro Chapter; Ernest Hutton, Assoc. AIA, AICP, Co-Chair NYNV, Hutton & Associates; Rosalie Genevro, The Architectural League of New York; moderator Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, Curtis + Ginsberg; respondents: Robert Campbell, FAIA, Boston Globe; Alex Garvin, Yale University; Petra Todorovich, Regional Plan Association; Ethel Sheffer, APA NY Chapter, NY Metro Chapter
Organizers: New York New Visions
Sponsors: New York New Visions; AIANY; additional support provided by the George S. Lewis Fund
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.13.06

After the five years of wrangling among the many stakeholders in Lower Manhattan, few people are happy, and fewer agree about why. Has the New York New Visions (NYNV) coalition made a difference? If Ground Zero remains a civic disappointment, NYNV's experience at least gives useful pointers on how to respond to future disasters (natural and manmade).

NYNV was "a self-invited guest at the table," advising the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) and other decision makers without wielding any tangible power, argued moderator Mark Ginsberg, FAIA. Ernest Hutton, Assoc. AIA, AICP, believes, "we ultimately failed, but not because we compromised our principles... We slowly evolved into an underused resource." Original NYNV co-chair Margaret Helfand, FAIA, identified an "effort to influence the media," a critical and risky part of the process. Critic Robert Campbell, FAIA, bringing an out-of-town perspective, noted, "what you want to do is get into the kind of interactive conversation with the media in which you're learning from them as much as they're learning from you." A clear and bold public position, panelists agreed, is essential.

"The very fact of NYNV is a triumph," according to Alex Garvin, the only participant from "the other side of the table" (as LMDC's Vice President for Planning, Design and Development). Neighborhood groups had superseded designers and planners as active players in land-use decisions since before World War II, and the NYNV organizers successfully reversed that trend. Unfortunately, Garvin claimed, the very persuasiveness of NYNV's case came to be a problem as it helped raise standards and expectations. But without its influence, these conditions might have been far worse.


Architecture—Not What it "Seams" to UNStudio
By Gregory Haley, AIA, AICP

The transformational spatial sequence in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Event: UNStudio Presents Design Models Book Talk
Speakers: Ben Van Berkel
Organizers: UNStudio; Rizzoli
Sponsors: UNStudio
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.21.06

The development of architectural form centers on the relation of part to whole, both within buildings themselves and within their contexts. UNStudio addresses these relational issues by creating a "seamless organization of disconnected parts without a trace of the boundary between," according to Van Berkel, the firm's co-founder.

The recently completed Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany exemplifies UNStudio's approach to form. Organized around a central void, two opposing spiral ramps link, separate, and reconnect the exhibition levels generating a transformational spatial sequence. As floors become walls and then ceilings, the boundaries among the spaces blur. Likewise, the siting of the museum on a hill adjacent to a highway blurs the distinction between building and site—linking the building's form, material, and program to the surrounding infrastructure.

The search for "seamlessness" is not only a formal interest to Van Berkel, but an appropriate approach to the exigencies of contemporary building. The complexity of current building programs and client-consultant relations necessitates a networked approach to design. UNStudio utilizes 3-D CAD models to coordinate multiple consultants and building systems, and to discover unexpected organizational effects. Ultimately, Van Berkel hopes to leave the public with an "afterimage"—a lingering trace of form and experience.

Gregory Haley AIA, AICP, is a project architect and urban designer at Studio V Architecture and has taught architectural design studios at Boston Architectural Center and NYIT School of Architecture.

Cornell's Milstein Hall: OMA's "miracle box"
By Bill Millard

Milstein Hall takes advantage of an impressive site without overwhelming adjacent buildings.

Event: Reception presenting plans for Milstein Hall
Presenters: Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), Cornell University; Rem Koolhaas, Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Organizers: Cornell University AAP
Location: Manhattan office of Cornell AAP, 50 West 17th Street

Those who expect visually jarring acute angles from every OMA project will be surprised here by the Miesian orthogonals. A gentle mound rising from the ground floor, organizing the auditorium and other public areas, provides contrast and echoes the landscape within the box. Milstein does not overwhelm its neighbors; perching above Fall Creek (Koolhaas terms it a belvedere or veranda), the views it creates are striking enough. It's a problem-solving building, much like OMA's well-received McCormick Tribune Campus Center at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Academic commissions can pose special challenges: meeting the needs of complex programs (pedagogy, research, social life, security, transportation, conservation) while stretching strained budgets, satisfying alumni and faculty, and striving to add recruitment-boosting icons. It's not surprising when new campus buildings either fall into well-worn neoclassicist patterns or develop awkward innovative gestures. Fortunately, OMA's new design for an expansion of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, makes an inviting, practical contribution to the storied campus. Rem Koolhaas and AAP dean Mohsen Mostafavi unveiled Milstein, the building Koolhaas calls a "miracle box."

Cornell's position above the gorges of Fall Creek and Cascadilla Creek affords spectacular views, yet some segments of the campus create barriers turning the University's back to its landscape. In response, two of OMA's primary decisions were to extend the campus northward, drawing pedestrian circulation toward the water, and to counteract all forms of isolation, individual and disciplinary, maximizing circulation within and between buildings.

Further priorities include preserving AAP's existing facilities (Sibley and Rand Halls, which create a gateway to the campus from a bridge leading to a residential area, and the Foundry, a sculpture studio/workshop for art students) while creating new gathering spaces and transforming the Arts Quad's northern area into a campus focal point. The solution was a simple two-plate horizontal box that connects Sibley and Rand, places essential academic program elements in a single transparent space visible from multiple angles on campus, and adding a 282-seat auditorium, sunken plaza, and roof terrace.

Sheltered and enclosable areas maximize open-air exposure while respecting Ithaca's formidable winters. Skylights of different sizes ensure that the center of the building receives evenly distributed natural light, give a signature overhead view (the optical illusion of a spherical volume) to passing aircraft, and double as ventilators.

"One of the exciting things about IIT for us," Koolhaas says, "was that it actually behaved in the way it was supposed to behave, and it worked in the way it was supposed to work. That is why we expect the same fit in this case—we hope." Groundbreaking begins in early 2007, and Milstein is scheduled to open in 2009.

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

Deans School Each Other
By Carolyn Sponza, AIA

Event: The Dean's Roundtable and arch schools-public view(ing) Exhibition Opening
Speakers: Alan Balfour, Assoc. AIA, Dean, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Judith DiMaio, AIA, Dean, The School of Architecture and Design at New York Institute of Technology; Urs P. Gauchat, Dean, New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture; Thomas Hanrahan, AIA, Dean, Pratt Institute: School of Architecture; Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University; George Ranalli, AIA, Dean, The City College of New York School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture; Mark Robbins, Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, Dean, Yale School of Architecture; Anthony Vidler, Dean, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art School of Architecture; Michael Bell, Associate Professor and Director of Core Studies, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; Sarah Whiting, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Princeton University School of Architecture; Moderator Ray Gastil, NYC Planning Commission
Organizers: Center for Architecture; special thanks to Heather Philip-O'Neal, AIA, Director, Educational Affairs; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, former Director, Educational Affairs; Peter Schubert, AIA, Director, Programs and Strategic Planning
Exhibition Design: Gia Mainiero/Edwin Rodriguez
Graphic Design: Gia Mainiero
Lead Sponsors: Peter Schubert/Hillier; KPF; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Location: Center for Architecture, 09.20.06

This year's Dean's Roundtable reinforced that the educational philosophies of New York area architecture schools varies widely, but a shared set of goals can produce more well-rounded architects prepared to face authentic challenges. Eleven local deans debated on the disconnect between education and the profession, and on the value of integrating non-traditional studies into architecture studios.

Community involvement is helping architecture schools influence the profession on new levels. There are ways to "involve architects as citizens in a community" instead of solely using the profession as a medium for change, noted Syracuse University Dean Mark Robbins discussing the school's architecture facility relocation to downtown. NJIT Dean Urs Gauchat stated that design interventions (such as the work NJIT had recently undertaken in Patterson, NJ) are perhaps a more potent solution for schools to consider. "On a local level, there is more institutional memory" and innate expertise offered by architects.

It was agreed that architecture curricula can benefit from a broader base of study, and schools are beginning to integrate science and humanities into architecture studios. Disputing the 40-year paradigm that planted architecture in the realm of art, City College Dean George Ranalli, AIA, said that he believed architecture to be a "hybrid discipline," combining technology and science.

Despite the diversity among the schools' philosophies, Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, introduced the idea that if the deans could unify their goals, students could improve New York regional issues that local and state government can not.

The exhibition, "arch schools-public view(ing)," will be on view at the Center for Architecture through 11.10.06. See the On View section for details.

Suburban Dreamin'
By Aaron Slodounik


Event: Waking Up From the American Dream: New Ideas about House and Home
Speakers: Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis; Karrie Jacobs, critic, journalist, author The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home; Jen Renzi, senior editor, House & Garden; Winifred Gallagher, author, House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live; moderator Abby Hamlin, president, Hamlin Ventures; moderator Jonathan Marvel, AIA, principal, Rogers Marvel Architects
Organizers: Block Party Brooklyn
Location: Block Party, 14 Townhouses, 267A State Street, Brooklyn, NY, 09.12.06.

Current conversations about design aspirations do not address the middle-class, agreed four critics discussing ideas about house and home in the living room of a newly constructed four-story $2.7 million Boerum Hill townhouse (one of the 14 Townhouses designed and master planned by Rogers Marvel Architects as part of the mixed-use Hoyt Schermerhorn Urban Renewal Site). The public's poor visual skills and limited design vocabulary pose a challenge for writers trying to address a broad audience.

The suburbanization of America beginning with the post-WWII housing boom has left us with a powerful and prevalent building typology. There is little demand for alternatives to faux-farmhouses, such as the well-designed homes chronicled by Karrie Jacobs in her new book The Perfect $100,000 House. Americans are often turned off by modern architecture, according to author Winifred Gallagher, because of limited and often poor associations with modern design. Architects who eschew the vernacular in pursuit of the avant-garde lose the emotional value the public associates with traditional building styles.

Susan Szenasy, Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis, lamented the limited reach of the design press There is hope, however, in New Urbanism, noted Gallager; the Liberty Harbor development in Jersey City is a place where traditionalists are embracing modernism as an historic style.

Aaron Slodounik is a freelance art and architecture writer.



Families gather at Ground Zero on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.
Kass Negash

2:30pm, 09.11.06. After a day of remembrance, families leave Ground Zero.
Kass Negash

Dear eOculus,

Thank you for the "A Day of Remembrance" pictures. I was one of the honor guards for the fifth anniversary, and I want to share with you some of the pictures I took at Ground Zero.

Kass Negash

Dear eOculus,

The clearest lesson came from Reed Kroloff, Dean of Tulane University School of Architecture, who stated in a symposium, "It was not Katrina that caused the devastation; it wasn't the rains; it wasn't the winds that destroyed New Orleans; but it was the failure of the levies, a failure of the Army Corps of Engineers, and a Federal Government failure." [See "Venice Biennale: Five Impressions," eOculus, 09.19.06]

Yet again, Reed Kroloff gets it wrong. The devastation was the result of the failure of the New Orleans government, or lack thereof, to allocate and mobilize the resources, which it continuously voted down, required to protect the citizens of New Orleans. A more corrupt government you will not find in these United States. This failure is not a mystery, nor has New Orleans' failure to defend itself against the catastrophe that was known to be inevitable has gone unreported except, of course, in the pages of the New York Times, which has its own agenda.

I remain disgusted, and you should be too.

Richard Nash Gould
Richard Nash Gould Architects
New York, NY


EDITOR'S SOAPBOX: Astoria Chitchat

Maybe it was the poor sound system at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria—many of the presentations were inaudible—but I left the first Pecha Kucha NY Night feeling confused. The idea was that presentations will be quick and concise keeping interest level up and allowing more speakers to talk in an evening. The idea sounded great to me, but in practice it left room for improvement.

New York is now one of 29 international cities (from Tokyo to Amsterdam to Sydney) chosen to participate in an event conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work. Pecha Kucha (Japanese for the sound of conversation according to the website) consists of a selected group of presenters who are limited to 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide.

A wide range of fields and experience levels included: Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Eric Bunge, AIA, and Mimi Hoang of nARCHITECTS; Valeria Mogilevich and Damon Rich from the Center for Urban Pedagogy; and Cynthia Leung and Beverly Liang of forthcoming Dear Reader fashion magazine. When I could hear the speakers, I found myself questioning why they were showing the projects that they chose to present. The speakers seemed randomly selected and, instead of piquing my curiosity about their firms, I lost interest in the presentations. If there had been a common theme providing a reference point for the firms, I would have felt more interested and want to further research the work less familiar to me.

Ultimately, the presentations became background noise to the socializing and networking. Over 500 people showed up—amazing for a Wednesday evening rife with mass transit problems and the remote location. With the outdoor venue and picnic tables encouraging conversation (not to mention the kielbasa and selection of European beer), I met a variety of design enthusiasts, many whom do not normally attend architecture events in the city. Pecha Kucha organizers claim to have tapped into a global demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown. Being that this was the first gathering in New York, I'm looking forward to the second (to be held in January); one hopes some of the kinks will be worked out and this will become a new New York tradition for emerging designers.



Going, Going, GONE!
By Darris James, Assoc. AIA, e-O Events Correspondent

John Bricker smiles with satisfaction as the bidding war brings his total selling price to $6,500
Darris James, Assoc. AIA

Cindy Allen, editor-in-chief, Interior Design, with Calvin Tsao, AIA, TsAO & McKown Architects. Allen was one of the most energetic bidders, purchasing over 4 designers during the auction. Tsao was the night's most animated designer on the block, selling for $3,500.
Darris James, Assoc. AIA

Event: IDLNY Designers on the Block Benefit Auction
Organizers: ASID New York Metropolitan Chapter: Doyle New York; Gensler; IFMA/GNY Chapter; Knoll Textiles; The Mohawk Group; Steelcase
Location: The Mohawk Group Showroom, 09.14.06

Bidding wars abounded and numbered paddles brandished during the first Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY) "Designers on the Block" benefit auction at The Mohawk Group showroom. Twelve noteworthy architects and designers donated two hours of their time to be used as agreed upon by the winning bidder and designer. With talents including Bill Bouchey, Design Principal at Mancini·Duffy, and Jamie Drake, principal of Drake Design Associates, there is little surprise that the event raised $42,850 to support the IDLNY organization.

As the crowd—mostly designers and vendors—mingled, there were enthusiastic discussions as to whose time would be worth top dollar. When asked who is worth the most, Anthony Lee, of Gary Lee Partners, confidently responded "Gary Lee of course. He is an amazing talent… not to mention my boss!" Kristen Richards, editor-in-chief of Oculus and ArchNewsNow, could not decide between Barbara Zieve, IIDA, associate partner at Butler Rogers Baskett Architects, and Shashi Caan, of Shashi Caan Collective.

The average bid for the designers was $3,500 with the lowest bid going to Adam Tihany, of Tihany Design, who brought in a respectable $1,100 despite being conspicuously absent. The superstar of the night was John Bricker, Creative Director and principal at Gensler. After a fierce bidding war, Terry Mowers, Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Tandus, won Bricker with a whopping bid of $6,500! When Mowers was asked about his plans for this prominent designer, he said, "We wanted him for grooming and styling consultancy!"



Fuzzy Edges in Iowa
The new 70,000-square-foot University of Iowa School of Art & Art History building designed by New York-based Steven Holl Architects is a hybrid instrument for the practice and analysis of art. Based on the idea of "open edges and center," partially straddling a pond and an adjacent limestone bluff, the building's assemblage of glass and Cor-ten steel planes is woven into the site. The building, said to be based upon Picasso's sculpture "Guitar," contains an auditorium, classrooms, studios, offices, meeting rooms, café, and art library suspended over a pond. The exterior follows the contour edge of the pond and extends vertically into the building's central atrium by a suspended stair of red folded steel plates. The building's interior passages reveal works-in-progress within studios.

The Architecture of Science

Howard Hughes Medical Institute seeks to inspire scientists.
Courtesy Rafael Viñoly Architects
"Architecture does not make great science," said Robert H. McGee, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) architect and senior facilities officer, "but great scientists may be inspired by great architecture."

Hopes are high as the first HHMI research campus opens this week at the Janelia Farm, a 281-acre land parcel along the Potomac River near Leesburg, VA. Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the 740,411-square-foot complex is said to transform accepted patterns of scientific research and typical designs for lab buildings. Consisting of a laboratory building, conference guest rooms, and apartments for visiting scientists, the institute blends into the natural surroundings of the site and features highly flexible laboratory space that can be adapted easily to meet changing research needs. The centerpiece, a 1,000-foot-long laboratory building, called the "landscape building," conforms to the site's existing topography, instead of overwhelming it.

ONYX—Semiprecious in Chelsea

ONYX will add to the lively atmosphere of Chelsea.
Courtesy FXFowle Architects
Evoking its namesake gemstone, ONYX will have vertical bands of light running up the 11-story façade of this residential condominium. Designed by FXFowle Architects and developed by Bronfman Haymes Real Estate Partners, the building will also have layered glass, granite, and floating metallic panels facing Eighth Avenue in Chelsea. With 52 condos, 21 floor plans will consist of one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences ranging in size from 683 to 1,812 square feet. Prices range from $700,000 to $2,500,000.

Art and Finance Merge in Bronxville

Art and finance enhance the Krenz Academic Center.
Courtesy Peter Gisolfi Associates
In time for the college's 125th anniversary celebration, the new Donald A. Krenz Academic Center at Concordia College in Bronxville opened giving the school a new facility on the second floor of Scheele Memorial Library. The 12,000-square-foot center, designed by Peter Gisolfi Associates, provides a public setting for the OSilas Art Gallery and the Yeager Collection Room, which functions as a conference and seminar space and houses a collection of original autographs of American financial leaders. Other features include an 82-seat terraced auditorium, Wi-Fi classrooms, and a student/faculty lounge.

Get Your CultureNOW!

Courtesy CultureNOW
Since 9/11, CultureNOW maps designed by Abby Suckle, FAIA, have been chronicling the growth of Lower Manhattan. The fifth edition of the map is now available free throughout the five boroughs including the Center for Architecture. The maps serve as guides to discover and appreciate art, architecture, and cultural organizations located south of Houston Street, and includes over 1,000 entries within its expanded boundary. In addition to listing such obvious cultural venues as historic buildings and districts, contemporary works of architecture (interiors, planning, and sustainability), artworks, art collections, performance spaces, film, and schools, it also features hotels, free Wi-Fi locations, greenmarkets, bike paths, and information kiosks. Funding for the map was provided by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, with additional funding by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and AIA NY Chapter.

Museum Blends Building and Garden

Peter Walker, FASLA, Thomas Phifer, AIA, and Robert Ivy, FAIA
Kristen Richards
The Thomas Phifer and Partners office on Varick Street was packed to the rafters for the unveiling of the Phifer-designed $138 million expansion on the 164-acre campus of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh. The project includes a 127,000-square-foot single-story "pavilion," and gardens and outdoor galleries designed by Berkeley, CA-based Peter Walker and Partners. NCMA's existing 1983 Edward Durell Stone building will become a center for temporary exhibitions, education programs and public events, and administration. A garden entry plaza will unify the new and existing architecture with NCMA's outdoor amphitheater created in 1997 by NYC-based Smith-Miller Hawkinson Architects with artist Barbara Kruger. The new museum building, clad in satin-finished stainless steel, will be filled with natural light from a "flying carpet" roof of coffered skylights and "garden galleries." Construction is scheduled to begin this October and be completed by 2009.



It's Architecture Week!
This year's Architecture Week begins Friday, 10.06.06. With activities culminating at the Heritage Ball and Party@theCenter!, here is a schedule of events and activities you won't want to miss:

Event: Films!Films!Films!
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.06.06, 6:00-9:00pm

Event: openhousenewyork
Location: citywide—the Center for Architecture will serve as the information and Welcome Center, 10.07-10.08.06, 9:00am-5:00pm

Event: Design-In Marathon
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.07.06, 12:00-8:00pm

Event: FamilyDay@theCenter: Building Green Art Workshop
Organizers: Center for Architecture Foundation in partnership with openhousenewyork
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.08.06, 10:00am-1:00pm

Event: Exhibition Opening: Going Public 2: City Snapshot(s) and Case Studies of the Mayor's Design and Construction Excellence Initiative
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.10.06, 6:00-8:00pm

Event: Going Public Roundtable
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.11.06, 6:00-8:00pm

Event: Heritage Ball with Dinner Chair MaryAnne Gilmartin
Honorees: Commissioner David J. Burney, AIA; Walter A. Hunt Jr., FAIA; Richard L. Tomasetti, PE, Hon. AIA; Nontraditional Employment for Women
Location: Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, 10.12.06, 6:00-9:30pm

Event: Party@theCenter! Drinks! Dancing! DJ!
Location: Center for Architecture, 10.12.06, 9:00pm-2:00am

Eighteen and Life

Calvin Tsao, AIA, (left) founding partner of TsAO & McKown, expressing collective sentiments of the departure of Stephen Suggs', Hon. AIA NYS (right).
Marcy Stanley
Last week marked the end of almost 18 years serving the AIA New York Chapter, its Board, and members for Stephen Suggs, Hon. AIA NYS. At his going-away party September 29, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation stating, "The fiscal stability of the AIA New York Chapter owes much of its existence to the resolve, tenacity and organizational skills of Stephen Suggs." As Suggs moves on to his new job, Commercial Manager of DEGW, the AIANY and Center for Architecture community wish him well.



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AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson is planning an all-day tour of three Louis Kahn-designed buildings and other notable buildings at the Yale University campus on October 14 from 9:00am-6:00pm. There will be a screening of "My Architect," the celebrated documentary film by Nathaniel Kahn, en route to the campus; box lunch will be provided; and, there will be a food and drink reception at Temple Beth El at the end of the tour. There is a $100 fee to participate, and you can earn 5 AIA/CES Credits. Go to the website for more information and to sign up.



The New School will honor John L. Tishman, chairman and CEO of Tishman Realty & Construction Corporation and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the The New School, at its 2006 LaGuardia Award Dinner in November… David Taylor has been appointed associate principal at Arup, leading the firm's performing arts sector work in the Americas… The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has appointed Denise Berger, AIA, Deputy Director of Operations in the agency's Engineering Department… It has been confirmed that Anselm Franke is currently in discussions with The Storefront for Art and Architecture to join the organization as its new Director…



Mark Greene, AIA, sighted sporting "The Cap" in Amsterdam. Architecture as public policy is a global issue…
Courtesy Mark Greene, AIA

Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas at the Cornell University NY Campus reception presenting plans for Milstein Hall.
Bill Millard

Eric Bunge, AIA, and Mimi Hoang of nARCHITECTS at Pecha Kucha Night NY.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

Concave face of Anish Kapoor's polished stainless steel "Sky Mirror" at Rockefeller Center.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

Convex face of Anish Kapoor's polished stainless steel "Sky Mirror" at Rockefeller Center.
Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA

"Project Showcase: The New York Times Building," the exhibition at the Center organized by AIANY, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and FXFowle Architects opened September 26.
Kristen Richards

Jan Berman, President of exhibition underwriter MechoShades, with Bruce Fowle, FAIA.
Kristen Richards

FXFowle Architects senior principal Dan Kaplan, AIA, NY Times Director of Construction Glenn Hughes, and Bruce Fowle, FAIA.
Kristen Richards

Crowds gather at the Hearst Tower opening, September 21.
Craig Morton

The lobby of the Hearst Tower.
Craig Morton



An interview with Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx was featured on the Grist website September 28.



AIA New Jersey invites architects to submit projects (completed since January 1, 2004) that reflect the highest standards of design excellence. For architects practicing in New Jersey, submitted projects may be located anywhere; projects located in New Jersey can be submitted by non-New Jersey architects.
Submission: Record Houses 2007
The editors of Architectural Record are seeking submissions of built, single-family dwellings that incorporate innovation in program, building technology, form, and materials. Winners will be featured in an issue of Architectural Record.
Submission: Scion Floorplan
Scion (a line of vehicles from Toyota) is looking for designers to submit innovative concepts for a new 750-square-foot showroom. Winners will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to have their design realized.
Aiming to address the singularity of place and importance of public space, IDENSITAT 07 calls for proposals that deal with rapid changes in the towns of Calaf, Manresa, and Mataró, Spain. Submitted projects may either fall into the category of Production (those which will be realized on site) or Documentation (related projects that are either already completed for other locations or theoretical in nature).
The Housing and Custom Residential Knowledge Community of the AIA calls for submissions of one- and two-family custom homes, production homes, multifamily housing, and special housing for recognition in this year's award program.
This open competition, hosted by the California Chapter of the RIBA-USA, asks architects to develop a concept for a self-sustaining, maximum capacity sustainable community or urban subdivision that exists "off the grid." Winners will receive monetary award, have their work exhibited, and be asked to participate in a symposium.
"Energy" is the focus of this year's Metropolis Next Generation competition, which searches for bold thinking and inventive new ideas from young designers practicing 10 years or less. The winning applicant will be awarded $10,000 to help realize his or her design, or take it to the next step in its development.
Living Steel, a worldwide program to stimulate innovation in housing design and construction, is asking architects to design sustainable urban housing for locations in Brazil, China, and the UK. Winners will receive €50,000 and a contract to complete their designs.



At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place:

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

Annie Leibovitz for Forest City Ratner Companies


September 26–December 16, 2006

Project Showcase: The New York Times Building

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center

The Center for Architecture presents a preview of the new 52-story New York Times Building currently being constructed on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets. Models, drawings, and material samples describe the innovation and design process, with photography by Annie Leibovitz documenting the urban context of this spectacular new skyscraper. Special emphasis is placed on the sustainable features and technique in creating this remarkable new tower for Times Square. Find out why architect Renzo Piano calls the design—a collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects—"An Expression of Love" for New York City.

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter in partnership with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects
Exhibition Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Graphic Design: Pentagram

MechoShade Systems
Mechoshades Systems

Flack + Kurtz; Duggal; FJ Sciame Construction
Flack + Kurtz   Duggal   Sciame

Clarett Group; Gardiner + Theobald; The Thornton Tomasetti Group; Zumtobel Lighting

Special thanks to: The New York Times Company; Forest City Ratner Companies; Annie Leibovitz

Annie Kurtin


September 11–December 16, 2006

5 Years Later…

Gallery: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

Five years have passed since the destruction of the World Trade Center changed New York City and the perception that our iconic buildings are permanent. To mark this anniversary, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and New York New Visions present a photographic and multi-media installation that explores the complexity of remembrance and reconstruction.

Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz taken right after the dust had cleared depict Ground Zero with power and poignancy. Current footage from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's live webcam show the site as it is now, and the construction activity relating to projects underway. Also on display is an enlarged photograph of the slurry wall, the last remaining piece of the original World Trade Center structure.

Accompanying these photographs is a random mosaic of news clippings documenting the rebuilding process. Collectively, the published accounts represent the broad range of opinions and reflect the depth of emotion about the reconstruction process.

Exhibition organized by: AIA New York Chapter and New York New Visions
Staff: Rick Bell, Annie Kurtin, Rosamond Fletcher, Sophie Pache, Pamela Puchalski

Special thanks to: Joel Meyerowitz, Guy Nordenson, Erica Goetz, Margaret Helfand, Duggal

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September 15
FAQ: Scholarship, Internship, Leadership

September 20, 5:00–7:00pm
The Deans Roundtable and Exhibition Opening

October 12–13, 9:00pm–2:00am
Party@theCenter (part of Architecture Week)

November 10
2006 Dean's Forum


September 5–November 10, 2006

arch schools-public view(ing)

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

After the tremendous success of the inaugural architecture schools exhibition, the AIA New York Chapter is proud to continue the tradition of showcasing emerging talents from the metropolitan area architecture schools. Thirteen schools are participating in the exhibition:
The City College of New York
Columbia University
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Cornell University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
Parsons The New School for Design
Pratt Institute
Princeton University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Syracuse University
University at Buffalo (SUNY), and
Yale University

Exhibition organized by AIA New York Chapter

Exhibition Design: Gia Mainiero/Edwin Rodriguez
Graphic Design: Gia Mainiero

Lead Sponsors:
Peter Schubert/Hillier; KPF; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Hillier Architecture   KPF   Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Additional sponsorship provided by:
Arquitectonica; Audrey Matlock Architect; Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planninners; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners; Butler Rogers Baskett Architects; Deborah Berke & Partners Architects; Gabellini Sheppard Associates; HOK; Paul Segal Associates Architects; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects; Rafael Viñoly Architects; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Terrence O'Neal Architect; Thomas Phifer and Partners; Tsao & McKown Architects

Special thanks to:
Heather Philip-O'Neal, AIA, Director, Educational Affairs; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, former Director, Educational Affairs and Peter Schubert, AIA, Director, Programs and Strategic Planning

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About Town: Exhibition Announcements

Through 10.30.06
A Vision for the College Avenue Campus

This exhibition features models and drawings depicting plans by five shortlisted finalists in Rutger's search to re-vision their College Avenue Campus into a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly public space. Competitors were asked to create a landscape plan for the "greening" of the campus, as well as design a new signature academic building.

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick

Through 11.08.06
Making the Connection: Moving Forward with Regional Rail

As plans for Moynihan Station are developed, this exhibit details a proposal for creating a comprehensive regional rail network connecting Manhattan's two main train stations and the extensive systems that they serve.

The Municipal Art Society; 457 Madison Avenue

Chest of drawers, Tejo Remy, 1991.
Courtesy Museum of Arts & Design

Through 01.14.07
simply droog, 10 + 3 years of creating innovation and discussion

For over a decade, the Droog Design collective has set forth innovative and inspired designs for everyday objects using low-cost, industrial, or recycled materials. This traveling exhibit, making its sole North American stop in New York, reveals the playfulness, significance, humor, and social meaning imbued in the work of this international design platform.

Museum of Arts & Design; 40 W. 53 St.

Image courtesy BCUE

10.04.06 through 11.17.06
Urban Eyes: Projects from the Academy of Urban Planning

With the idea that overlooked aspects of a neighborhood often help define its character, graffiti, subway art, and other everyday urban scenes are brought to the forefront of this exhibition, which displays student work from the Academy of Urban Planning.

The Municipal Art Society; 457 Madison Avenue

Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition Memorial Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Courtesy USDA Forest Service

10.07.06 through 10.27.06
Land-markings: 12 Journeys through 9/11 Living Memorials

This exhibition will bring documentary photo, video, and archival information on hundreds of 9/11 Living Memorial Project sites together in the newly restored Federal Hall National Memorial.

National Park Service Federal Hall Memorial; 26 Wall Street

Image courtesy Proteus Gowanus

10.13.06 through 2007

While the role of the book is being questioned in today's society, this exhibition tackles the concept of "library," and touches upon the small alternative libraries that have appeared around the country. A series of interdisciplinary presentations will help expand this yearlong exhibition.

Proteus Gowanus; 543 Union Street; Brooklyn, NY


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NYNV Checking the Mirror, continued

After the Innovative Design Study (misinterpreted as a design competition) and the saga ensuing after the selection of Daniel Libeskind's plan, "it was all downhill," as Petra Todorovich observed. The professional and public input, she found, scared public agencies into a defensive mode. It's hard today to imagine how NYNV might have counteracted this political reaction, but Todorovich identified three roles NYNV and the wider civic community played: substantive planning, research, and design, beginning shortly after 9/11 and before LMDC even existed; offering a forum for public participation; and serving as watchdogs and critics. Campbell's lament summed up the political realities bluntly: "We are marginalized as a profession."

NYNV's lasting effect may be to shift the context and assess other similar efforts. Before NYNV existed, 21 separate groups weighed in on questions of design and planning. Shortly after 9/11, the Real Estate Board of New York conferred with every profession whose input it considered essential—lawyers, engineers, and accountants, but no designers or planners. Overcoming this isolation and fragmentation to gain a seat at the table was no small achievement, and experience may hone the profession's tactical political skills.

Ground Zero needs a better-balanced design with an emphasis on the public realm, not "a suburban vision for an urban environment," as Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP, described both the original WTC and the towers currently planned. To the extent that architects and planners are now civic players to be reckoned with, not bystanders, one can gladly hold NYNV responsible for that.

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

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