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Hugh Hardy at the New York Academy of Sciences. Credit: Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA.
In Memoriam by • 03/22/17

Remembering New York Architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA (1931-2017)

New York architect Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Founding Partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, died this week at age 84. His career left an indelible imprint on the city, including iconic venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room, New Victory Theater, and many more. Hardy spearheaded design and architecture at Lincoln Center Theater beginning in 1985 up to and including the award-winning Claire Tow on the roof of Eero Saarinen’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Additionally, Hardy founded Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in the 1970s, expanding his sphere of work as far as the Columbus Occupational Health Association in Indiana, which won an AIA Honor Award in 1976. Read More

Author Robert Sullivan contemplates the photography of Elizabeth Felicella at the opening for "Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge."
Reports from the Field by • 09/16/15

Time and Perspective at the Water’s Edge

At the intersection of history, art, and literature, Elizabeth Felicella and Robert Sullivan’s “Sea Level: Five Boroughs from Water’s Edge” presents the complexity of the East River waterfront through an ostensibly simple form: two enormous panoramic composite photographs mounted in parallel and accompanied by interpretive prose. Capturing time through this linear assembly of water-level images, the exhibition shows how New York has developed over the decades while retaining components of its maritime and industrial past. It is a must-see show for anyone interested in the city’s evolution and the myriad stories its built environment contains. Read More

Speakers of "Edge Collaborations: Creative Partnerships with Social Science" discussed how architects and social scientists can mutually gain from a closer relationship.
At the Center for Architecture by • 08/19/15

Measuring Bubbe’s Wisdom and Edifying Clients

When Roger Ulrich designed, executed, and published a controlled study of the view from hospital rooms as an independent variable in patients’ recovery from gallbladder surgery, he didn’t intend it as a slight to anyone’s grandmother. His 1984 report in Science linked a distinction in a common architectural feature – windows facing nature or facing a wall – to differences in both objective outcome metrics (time to recovery, painkiller doses) and subjective reports (nurses’ notes). Ulrich’s observation is widely acknowledged as a foundational paper in the rise of evidence-based design; it has also sparked an enduring debate over the value of science in backing up common-sense observations. “If we all asked our grandmothers if looking at trees through a window would lead to better health outcomes than looking at a concrete wall,” suggested panelist Scott Francisco, founder of consultancy Pilot Projects and an advocate of participatory, crowdsourced approaches to design, “we’d get the same kind of results.” Read More

Keynote speaker Mindy Thompson Fullilove and AIANY Interim Executive Director David Burney, FAIA.
Reports from the Field by • 06/03/15

FitCity 10: Lecture Lineup

Health Keynote: Unhealthy Spaces, How they Got that Way, and Who Gains When They Improve
By Bill Millard

A moment of silence for victims of police shootings (including onetime Parks Department employee Eric Garner) set a tone of solemnity to launch the Health Keynote by Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy (2013), Root Shock (2004), and other books chronicling the development of America’s urban environment. Upgrading parks and streets without recognizing their history, including the unsavory dialectic of gentrification and racism, would be a hollow sense of active design, Fullilove contends. The problems of poor health in urban spaces are inextricable from residential segregation, economic disenfranchisement, and planned urban shrinkage. Read More

Participants at "Using an Innovative Visioning Method to Activate Change: Learning from Staten Island"
Reports from the Field by • 06/03/15

FitCity 10: Breaking it Down

Panel: Designing for Health in Affordable Housing
By Bill Millard

Some observations at this session (links between subpar housing and poor health, risks affecting the rent-burdened), familiar to veterans of FitCity 1-9, were important enough to repeat as the series’ scope and audience expand. Moderator Yianice Hernandez and the Center for Active Design’s (CAD) Joanna Frank traced a century of shifting economic and epidemiologic patterns, with chronic diseases replacing infectious diseases as chief causes of death; conditions such as obesity and diabetes now account for over 83% of the nation’s $1.4 trillion health expenses. The U.S. is on track to have an 86% obese or overweight populace by 2030; “sitting,” Frank noted, is “the new smoking.” Rent burdens nationwide are also already severe: one in four tenants spends half their income on housing. Such data accumulate to make designing healthier, affordable environments an urgent mandate. Read More

Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA, Founder, Institute for Public Architecture, and Principal, Jonathan Kirschenfeld Architect
At the Center for Architecture by • 04/27/15

Can the Nation’s Leader in Supportive Housing Do More?

New York has more supportive housing than any other American city, but no one pretends the available stock of these residences – affordable housing with on-site supportive services – is adequate to the need. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to expand the city’s affordable housing puts a special spotlight on this sector. Thoughtful design makes the difference between dreary institutional stereotypes and dignified, even desirable, residences, noted panelists assessing the history and prospects of New York’s supportive-housing endeavors. Serving both as a snapshot of current municipal policy and a profile of innovative projects by specialist Jonathan Kirschenfeld, AIA, and by the award-winning organization Common Ground, the event offered pointers for architects working in this area, and broader observations about the powerful changes that purposefully crafted buildings can make in people’s lives. Witty, enthusiastic, and practical comments by a current resident capped off the presentations, providing a firsthand perspective that too many professional gatherings take for granted. Read More

Jeffrey Brown, Jeffrey M. Brown Associates; James Garrison, AIA, RA, NCARB, Garrison Architects; David Wallance, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects; Stephen Kieran, FAIA, KieranTimberlake; Chris Sharples, AIA, SHoP
At the Center for Architecture by • 02/11/15

The Mod Moment: Nearly Ready to Rock the Construction Industry?

The opening panel in the “Dialogues from the Edge of Practice” series, launched by 2015 AIANY President Tomas Rossant, AIA, considered an approach that’s been on the verge of disrupting architecture and construction for decades – since 1833, in fact. If one accepts a contention raised in the Museum of Modern Art’s 2008 exhibition “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling,” balloon-frame residences represented “arguably the first prefabricated construction system.” Modular or off-site construction, a theoretical improvement on inefficient conventional building methods, has captivated a long list of innovators: Gropius, Le Corbusier, Wright, Fuller, Safdie, Kurokawa, and beyond. Though practice has yet to catch up with theory, modular has advanced to the point that some view it as a pivotal technology in New York’s effort to expand its affordable housing stock. The Nehemiah Spring Creek houses in East New York, the Stack in Inwood, the Pod Hotel in Williamsburg, the Parks Department’s post-Sandy beach pavilions, and the B2 residential tower at Pacific Park (caught in a stop/start cycle of disputes between Forest City Ratner and Skanska but reportedly back on track to become the world’s tallest modular building) all provide tangible local proof that mod, at last, may be the future. Read More

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture; Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Founder and Principal, Studio Gang Architects; Cara Cragan, Director of Architecture, Helsinki and Abu Dhabi, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; and Joel Sanders, Professor Adjunct, Yale School of Architecture
At the Center for Architecture by • 10/29/14

To the Finland Website: To Get an Icon, Don’t Strive for One

The 1,715 submissions to the open, anonymous Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition went online on 10.22.14. The chance to design the next iteration of the most widely recognized modern art museum on Earth, the institution forever linked (however reductively) with contemporary urbanism’s Bilbao Effect, has unsurprisingly drawn a crowd. The jurors now face the formidable task of sifting out a six-proposal shortlist from that enormous mass of images and texts. A week before the avalanche went public, members of the jury and other prominent architects and academics met with an animated Archtober crowd to preview the project’s potentials and pitfalls. They considered what a new Guggenheim might accomplish in bringing Finland’s impressive design tradition to wider world attention, connecting the international art scene with the Finnish public, and carrying forward the complex cultural and economic endeavors that former director Thomas Krens set in motion by moving the Guggenheim brand beyond New York in 1997. Read More

(l-r) Jessica Yager, Policy Director, NYU Furman Center Jonathan J. Marvel, FAIA, Principal and Founder, Marvel Architects Howard Slatkin, Director of Strategic Planning and Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning Laurie J. Schoeman, Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
At the Center for Architecture, At the Center for Architecture, On View by • 07/30/14

The Next Big Storm as Hegelian Tragedy: Resilience vs. Affordability

As New York’s built environment evolves, resilience against climate-related challenges is a critical priority. Affordable housing is another. With much of the city’s housing stock standing in need of costly retrofitting against climatic threats, these values could be headed for a collision. If one important definition of tragedy (G.W.F. Hegel’s) is a clash between two legitimate and urgent but incompatible values, older multifamily buildings (particularly those located in the city’s 100-year floodplains) could be the site of an impending tragedy assuming several foreseeable forms, including loss of affordable units, inadequate stormproofing – and perhaps, for some of the city’s most vulnerable populations, accelerated displacement or worse.

NYU’s Furman Center, an urban-policy think tank jointly operated by the university’s law school and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, has published The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt? – a report that examines the regulatory, financial, and social aspects of these converging challenges. On the eve of releasing the report, as an initiative of the 2014 AIANY Presidential Theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision” and coordinated with the “Affording Resilience” exhibition on view at the Center for Architecture until 08.07.14, representatives of the Furman Center discussed the report’s findings with two architects and two planners. There is no simple answer to the question its subtitle poses, beyond an unsettling “possibly not,” The current regulatory framework is unprepared for the problem, and private owners are caught between disincentives to upgrade their buildings and the likelihood of soaring flood-insurance costs if they do not. Recognizing the impending problem is a necessary first step toward heading it off, even if financially and politically feasible solutions are not in sight. Read More

Speakers and organizers for "Transportation as Cultural Identifier: Penn 2023."
At the Center for Architecture by • 04/30/14

Lead Us Not Into Penn Station…

There may be only one proposition that every sentient being in the tri-state region would agree on: Penn Station, as we know, it has to go. As Margaret Newman, FAIA, noted at the “Transportation as Cultural Identifier: Penn 2023″ on 04.19.14, the station was built under the twin erroneous assumptions that New York City and rail travel were both in conditions of irreversible decline. Penn Station is slightly smaller than Bryant Park – about 8½ acres, or 368,000 vs. 418,000 square feet – yet the number of people passing through it daily, reported Newman, is roughly equivalent to the population of Denver, some half a million. And pass through it is all most of them do: it is no place to linger, the opposite of a welcoming space, disliked as widely as its lamented predecessor was admired. As Chris Sharples, AIA, hardly needed to remind this audience, it is a place where “we use the word ‘flee’; Vincent Scully probably would use the word ‘scurry.’” “If you think it’s bad now,” added Thomas Wright of the Regional Plan Association (RPA), “you ain’t seen nothing yet,” considering the rising numbers of users at this confluence of multiple transit systems. (Some 80% of Manhattan’s entering commuters now come from west of the Hudson, feeding New Jersey Transit’s growth over the past two decades, with the Long Island Rail Road holding steady, and true high-speed rail for the Northeast Corridor a possibility.) Endure it though we all do, the situation is critical. Read More