Category Archives: At the Center for Architecture

Alex O'Briant takes the mic. Credit: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/22/17

Busting Myths: How Can Social Research Impact Design?

On 02.22.17 at the Center for Architecture, the AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee held the first event in a series, titled Hesitations and Constraints, on how social research informs varying building typologies. The discussion sought to uncover, or at least clarify, the reasons behind the varying degrees of interest in social research from different typologies as well as the possible solutions for increasing the value of research. Read More

From left: Farzana Gandhi; T. Alexander Aleinkoff; Sean Anderson; Eliza Montgomery; Alfredo Brillembourg. Credit: Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 03/09/17

Designing for the Refugee Crisis Reveals Both Hard Truths and Hope

On 02.23.17, AIANY’s Global Dialogues Committee brought the roiling debate around refugees to the Center for Architecture for a night of hard truths and small glimmers of hope. The lecture, titled “Designing for the Refugee Crisis,” gathered a distinguished panel of political and design experts to discuss the complex concerns surrounding this global problem. Read More

New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA) Members, 1979. Credit: NYCOBA.
At the Center for Architecture by • 02/07/17

‘SAY IT LOUD’ Includes Timeline of Black Architects in New York

Opened in conjunction with Black History Month, SAY IT LOUD: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA puts the spotlight on architects and allied professionals of color, as well as their rarely recognized impacts on the architecture and design fields and the community at large. Among the 20 architects, designers and students honored with project photography, quotes, and video interviews, Roberta Washington, FAIA, NOMA, Principal, Roberta Washington Architects, has contributed a timeline of the history of black architects in New York, which we’ve reproduced below. Read More

Over 300 attendees gathered at the Center for Architecture. Photography by Center for Architecture.
At the Center for Architecture by • 01/25/17

NYCHA Debuts Design Guidelines for Improving Public Housing

On 01.12.17, representatives from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) debuted the authority’s new Design Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of NYCHA Residential Buildings to a packed room of architects, policy makers, urban designers, and concerned NYC residents. As part of  NYCHA’s 10-year strategic plan entitled NextGeneration NYCHA, which aims to dramatically improve residents’ quality of life through updated health, environmental, and social policies, the publication details new guidelines and procedures to improve the interiors and exteriors of the 2,550 buildings within NYCHA’s domain. Read More

Industry City by Mathews Nielsen.
At the Center for Architecture by • 12/15/16

Women in Landscape Architecture

On 11.29.16, AIANY’s Global Dialogues and Women in Architecture Committees hosted the fourth annual “Leaning Out” lecture, a series focusing on women in the industry, with a discussion of women in landscape architecture. Dan Gallagher, AIA, and Hana Kassem, AIA, LEED AP, moderated the discussion, and AIANY 2016 President Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, provided introductory remarks. Read More

Speakers and organizers of "I Love this Place! Exceptional Design Driven through Social Research"
At the Center for Architecture by • 12/15/16

I Love This Place! Social Research-Driven Design

On 12.05.16, the AIANY Social Science and Research Committee held its seventh public program, the last of this year, at the Center for Architecture: “I Love this Place! Exceptional Design Driven by Social Research.” Co-chair Melissa Marsh, Assoc. AIA, explained that she and Evie Klein, Assoc. AIA, positioned the committee under the “Design Excellence” umbrella at AIANY because a social science perspective is critical for great architecture. Read More

Michael Sorkin, Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio, with Michael Murphy, Co-founder and Executive Director, MASS Design Group
At the Center for Architecture by • 12/01/16

Infrastructure, Politics, and the Dilemma of Donald Trump

On 11.18.16, what was originally supposed to be a straightforward discussion between Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, and Michael Murphy, co-founder and executive director of MASS Design Group, was transformed (at their suggestion) into a hothouse of political debate and dissension. They were joined by a sprawling crowd (even the overflow room did not have enough seats for all) to discuss questions facing architects in light of the recent election results, and the initial statement issued by AIA National CEO/EVP Robert Ivy, FAIA, on behalf of AIA’s 89,000 members, that the organization was “committed to working with” President-elect Donald Trump on the infrastructure promises he has made. Read More

New York City's Roadmap to 80x50
At the Center for Architecture by • 12/01/16

Roadmap to 80×50

On 11.14.16, the Center for Architecture hosted an intimate discussion of New York City’s progress on its 80×50 initiative, an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Sustainability released its “Roadmap to 80×50” strategy this September, detailing how this goal would be achieved in various sectors of environmental concern, including waste, energy, transportation, and buildings. The city joined the 80×50 initiative in 2014.

Three members from the Office of Sustainability led the discussion: Benjamin Mandel, Renewable Energy Policy Advisor; Lia Carione, Senior Policy Advisor; and John Lee, RA, LEED AP, Deputy Director, Buildings and Energy Efficiency. Read More

Sponsors and organizers of the 2016 Ratensky Lecture with Rosanne Haggerty. (l-r) Peter Bafitis, AIA; Jennifer Sage, FAIA; Gary Solomon; Rosanne Haggerty; Theodore Liebman, FAIA; and Fernando Villa, AIA.
At the Center for Architecture by • 12/01/16

2016 Samuel Ratensky Lecture: Rosanne Haggerty

On 11.17.16, AIANY’s Housing Committee honored the memory of Samuel Ratensky, former New York City Housing Authority director and Monument Man, with a lecture presented by MacArthur Fellow and Jane Jacobs Medal recipient Rosanne Haggerty. Read More

LA Gensler office, sample rendering from within the Gensler VR app.
At the Center for Architecture by • 12/01/16

Brave New Worlds: The Impacts of Virtual Reality on Design

On 11.16.16, students and professionals gathered at the Center for Architecture to hear from three designers at Gensler – Regional Director Mark Pollock, AIA, LEED AP, and Specialists Chang-Yeon Cho, AIA, LEED AP, and Seth Waldman – who talked about an interesting new addition to their workflows: virtual reality (VR). Read More