Categories: Best in Show; Architecture Honor Award. Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Executive Architect: Gensler. Landscape Architect: SCAPE. Project: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, Columbia University. Location: New York, NY. Photo: Iwan Baan.
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AIA New York Names 2017 Design Awards Winners

On Monday, 03.06.17, at the Center for Architecture, the Jury of the 2017 AIANY Design Awards named Honor and Merit winners spanning the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Projects, and Urban Design. In total, there were 35 winning projects (see above slideshow) including the much lauded Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University, designed by Diller Scofidio + RenfroGensler and SCAPE, which collectively took home Best in Show as well as an Architecture Honor Award. You can see details including submission PDFs for all Honor and Merit winners here.

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Driverless Future Challenge

As widespread adoption of autonomous cars get closer to becoming a reality, so too does the prospect of major change to our build environment. Critical questions remain of how our streets, civic spaces, homes and neighborhoods will transform. For designers, this is a major opportunity to shape the future of the city.

In preparing for this tectonic shift, AIANY and Blank Space, the online architecture platform, are hosting the Driverless Future Challenge, a competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. Read More

From left: Farzana Gandhi; T. Alexander Aleinkoff; Sean Anderson; Eliza Montgomery; Alfredo Brillembourg. Credit: Center for Architecture.
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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

When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America’s Cities and Universities by Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA.
Book Reviews by • 03/09/17

Oculus Book Review: When Ivory Towers Were Black by Sharon E. Sutton

Dr. Sharon Egrette Sutton’s recent book, When Ivory Towers Were Black, is a three-pronged exploration of the cultural, educational, and personal events surrounding the 1968 student insurgency on the Columbia University campus. Sutton describes her experience as a minority student after the insurrection and tells the tale of Columbia before and after. During her Oculus Book Talk lecture on 02.13.17 at the Center of Architecture, Sutton explained that, unlike today, when diversity aspiration ally seen as a way to balance and improve communities, in 1968, the fight against racism and efforts towards creating diverse academic communities were issues of national security. The summer of 1968 numbered 163 racial confrontations in the inner cities of the US. The Ivy League was about to become ground zero for change. Read More

John Cetra, FAIA, co-founder, CetraRuddy Architecture. Credit: Evan Sung.
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Featured Member: John Cetra Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Over his 35-year career, John Cetra has assembled and led a design practice dedicated to the transformation of urban multifamily housing and residential architecture. Since co-founding his firm, CetraRuddy, with his wife and partner, Nancy Ruddy, in 1987 Cetra’s work has been rooted in a rigorous, ongoing study of urban contextual fabrics and patterns of habitation and has resulted in buildings that reinforce community and neighborhood. Read More

Adrian and Jack work on their birdhouse designs.
Learning by Design by • 03/09/17

Students Design Animal Architecture at Studio@theCenter

During one of our February Studio@theCenter programs, our three-day school vacation design camps, we investigated the structures animals create for themselves as well as the structures we create for them. Through this lens, we discovered our own approach to animal architecture! We began our studio with the quick charrette of designing a birdhouse. This was a great starting point because the birdhouse is based on a familiar structure that has been appropriated for a specific animal. Each camper had the opportunity to sand, paint, and design his or her own birdhouse. Read More

300,000 aluminum cans, recycled and cast into cracked clay, form Cast & Place: City of Dreams Pavilion, slated for NYC's Governors Island this summer. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by 03.27.17!
In The News by • 03/09/17

In the News

- Second Life for Aluminum Cans: Cast & Place by Team Aesop winner of 2017 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition
- The Motor City is Revving Up: SHoP to design Detroit’s tallest building
- Answering the Call – SOM’s PSAC II: SOM’s PSAC II augments city’s 911 services
- A Film/Fashion Hub Grows in Brooklyn: WXY design designs new Made in NY campus
- Spiraling In Control: Libeskind’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics celebrates grand opening Read More

Belfer Research Building, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY. Photo: Jeff Goldberg/Esto.
AIA News You Can Use by • 03/08/17

Featured Member: William Cunningham Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

William Cunningham, as Weill Cornell Medicine‘s first Campus Architect, has used design excellence to transform the campus of one of the country’s premier medical institutions into the embodiment of the highest standards of medical education, research, and practice with national and global influence. Cunningham has led the transformation of WCM’s aging and outmoded 2.9-million-square-foot campus, planning new innovative facilities—all designed to a level of LEED Silver or higher—for supporting medical education, ambulatory care, and cutting-edge biomedical research. Read More

Names in the News

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate at Mancini Duffy, is one of the recipients of the AIA 2017 Young Architects Award. Read More

05.19.17: Call for Entries: Blank Space/City of New York/New Lab/AIANY/ Fast Company’s The Driverless Future Challenge
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New Deadlines

03.13.17: Call for Expressions of Interest: The Ross Pavilion: Reimagining Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens

03.13.17: Request for Qualifications: Perth City Hall Redevelopment

03.14.17: Call for Applications: Forest City Ratner’s 38 Sixth Affordable Housing Lottery

03.15.17: Call for Applications: Center for Architecture Allwork Scholarship

03.15.17: Call for Applications: Center for Architecture Design Scholarship Read More

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