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Tuesday, December 7, 6:00pm: Inaugural of the 2005 AIA New York Chapter Board
The Inaugural features the passing of the gavel from Mark Ginsberg, AIA, to incoming Chapter President Susan Chin, FAIA. The event will also include a presentation of the new addition to the New York Hall of Science at Flushing Meadows Park by Todd H. Schliemann, FAIA, Partner, Polshek Partnership, and Alan J. Friedman, PhD, Director of the New York Hall of Science. Plan to stick around afterwards for a year-end celebratory reception! Sponsored by:

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Above the Fold

Tuesday, December 7: Inaugural of the 2005 AIA New York Chapter Board

Around the Center

  • Friday, December 3: Daniel Libeskind with Alexander Garvin
  • Monday, December 6: New York Chapter 3rd Annual Town Hall Meeting
  • Monday, December 6: Skyscraper Museum's Frank Lloyd Wright Lecture Series @ the Center
  • Tuesday, December 7: Inaugural of the 2005 AIA New York Chapter Board

Holiday Cheer

  • Metro NY Construction Specifications Institute Annual Holiday Dinner
  • New York Construction Best of 2004 Awards Breakfast
  • AIA/NY Committee on the Environment Green Holiday Party

Around the City

  • Wednesday, December 8: NYU 37th Annual Capital Markets Conference
  • Thursday, December 9: EDC/CoreNet presents "Betting on Brooklyn"

On the Radar

  • AIA Staten Island 2005 Architectural Design Awards Deadline – AIA COTE National Call for Volunteers

On View

  • "Civic Spirit: Changing the Course of Federal Design" – "The Encyclopedic Palace" – "Glass House" – LOT-EK Video Lounge

Winners All

  • Calatrava Wins AIA Gold – 2004 NYC Canstruction Competition People’s Choice Winner  Robert A. M. Stern Architects and Frederic Schwartz Architects – Asymptote and TEN Arquitectos – OpenOffice

Reports from the Field




All of the events in this section take place at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY

Friday, December 3, 7:00pm: Daniel Libeskind with Alexander Garvin
A discussion with Alexander Garvin of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and Architect Daniel Libeskind. Hear about Daniel Libeskind's new book Breaking Ground and his plans for the World Trade Center site. Books will be available for purchase.

Monday, December 6, 6:00-8:00pm: New York Chapter 3rd Annual Town Hall Meeting

The AIA Architecture Dialogue Committee invite AIA members to join Chapter president Mark Ginsberg, AIA, incoming president Susan Chin, FAIA, and the 2005 Board of Directors in a pre-inaugural discussion regarding the future of the Chapter and the Center for Architecture. Members input at previous Town Halls have yielded interesting programs and ideas, such as Architecture Week and the Chapter's professional library. Come share in the open dialogue; cocktails to follow.

Concrete skyscrapers: Frank Lloyd Wright's Golden Beacon Tower (482 feet), 1956; SOM's Jin Mao Tower (1,280 feet), 1999 Monday, December 6, 6:30pm: Skyscraper Museum's Frank Lloyd Wright Lecture Series @ the Center
This is the last in the lecture series at the Center presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Vertical Dimension" at the Skyscraper Museum (through January 9). An illustrated talk on Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas for concrete cantilever towers will be presented by structural engineer William F. Baker, a partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In addition to analyzing Wright's structural inventions, Baker will discuss his own designs for several super-tall towers, including Jin Mao in Shanghai and the planned Burj Dubai, now under construction – and which will be the world's tallest building. Admission is free to the public; seating is limited. RSVP: 212.968.1961 or



Wednesday, December 8: Metro NY Construction Specifications Institute Annual Holiday Dinner. Morans Restaurant at Historic St. Georges Chapel, 103 Washington Street. Tkts.: $100; call 866.307.2267 for details and reservations.

Wednesday, December 8, 8:00-10:00am: New York Construction Best of 2004 Awards Breakfast

New York Marriott Marquis, Broadway Ballroom, 1535 Broadway @ 45th St.
Celebrate with 46 teams receiving Project of the Year and Award of Merit awards in 21 categories from museums and parks to transit stations and highways. For complete list of winners, including the 2004 Project of the Year Award,(FDR Drive Outboard Detour Roadway), and registration information, click on link.

Tuesday, December 14, 7:00-11:00pm: AIA/NY Committee on the Environment Green Holiday Party
at Sweet & Vicious Bar, 5 Spring Street (near the Bowery). Co-sponsored by O2, Green Home NYC, GreenDrinks NYC & GreenDrinks Bklyn



Wednesday, December 8, 8:00am-5:30pm: NYU 37th Annual Capital Markets Conference
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave.
"Rising Tide of Interest Rates and the Global Real Estate Markets" is the theme for this year's all-day conference. Panels of industry leaders will convene to discuss current trends and offer insights into the rising tide of interest rates and the anticipated impact upon real estate investment and finance: will the market continue to flourish, or is it heading for a downturn in the cycle? The keynote address will be "A Personal View: Lower Manhattan Renaissance - $13 Billion Rebuilding of the World Trade Center, presented by Larry A. Silverstein. Click on link for agenda and registration details.

Thursday, December 9, 8:00-10:00am: EDC/CoreNet presents "Betting on Brooklyn"

Time and Life Building, 1271 Ave. of the Americas, 2nd Floor Conference Center
The NYC Economic Development Corp. and CoreNet are sponsoring a breakfast event called "Betting on Brooklyn." The program will introduce real estate opportunities that exist and are planned in Downtown Brooklyn, and an overview of the economic incentives available to companies that relocate there. The event is free, but RSVP's by Monday, December 6, are a must; e-mail Emily Rukin:


January 7, 2005: Registration deadline for AIA Staten Island 2005 Architectural Design Awards
Projects submitted to AIA/SI Architectural Design Awards 2005 must have been completed since January 1, 1995 by licensed architects or landscape architects practicing on Staten Island, or by licensed architects whose projects were designed for or built on Staten Island. Submission binders are due February 18, 2005. For details and entry forms, contact AIA/SI President David Businelli, AIA, at 718.667.6340 or

AIA COTE National Call for Volunteers

The national AIA Committee on the Environment is recruiting volunteers to work as members of subcommittees addressing a variety of programs to reach a national and local audience, influence legislation and advocacy, educate architecture professionals and the general public, and continue to positively affect the built environment. If you're interested in working with the COTE Advisory Group, contact Erika Taylor at by December 15.


US Courthouse and Federal Building, Central Islip, NY. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners
Through 12/18: Civic Spirit: Changing the Course of Federal Design
An exhibit of 20 federal projects from around the country that are part of the US General Services Administration Design Excellence Program, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter is hosting its first national exhibition at the Center for Architecture.
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place


Encyclopedic Palace of the World, c. 1950s, by Marino Auriti (1891–1980): wood, plastic, glass, metal, hair combs, and model kit parts

Ongoing: "Folk Art Revealed" includes "The Encyclopedic Palace of the World" by Marino Auriti (and check out the Empire State Building, intricately constructed without any glue or nails).
American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53 St.

Squatter sitting in room of abandoned glass factory

12/8-01/20/05: "Glass House": Photographs and oral histories based on a new book of the same name by Margaret Morton documenting the resilience of 35 squatters, many still in their teens, who defied the law to occupy an abandoned glass factory on NYC's Lower East Side. Opening reception: 12/09, 5:30-8:30pm
Municipal Art Society, Urban Center Galleries, 457 Madison Ave.



Santiago Calatrava

Calatrava Wins AIA Gold
Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, was selected on 12/2 to receive the 2005 AIA Gold Medal. "Wonderful, thank you! I feel very honored," Calatrava said on Thursday, upon learning the news of his award via telephone from AIA President Eugene C. Hopkins, FAIA, and the rest of the AIA Board. "I will try to be at the level of this honor for the rest of my career and honor you with my work." He will be presented with the Gold Medal at the American Architectural Foundation Accent on Architecture Gala, February 11, 2005, at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Murphy/Jahn was also selected to receive the AIA 2005 Architecture Firm Award.


2004 NYC Canstruction Competition People’s Choice Winner
For the first time in Canstruction’s 12 year history the public was invited to vote for their favorite structure. With a field of thirty-four candidates to choose from and voters just recovering from the Bush-Kerry election each vote was hard won. The polls opened November 11th (including the Gala Awards Night attendees) and closed November 24th.
Onsite poling observers reported some marriages in trouble with squabbles arising over opposing candidates; strong lobbying of parents by the 12 and under crowd; and too many namby-pamby "undecideds" who begged to cast their ballot for more than one structure.

On the evening of December 2nd a group of SDA Volunteers assembled at National Reprographics to tally the votes. Unlike some Donald Trump “Apprentice” teams, this crew quickly worked out an ingenious assembly line system to tally the mountain of votes crammed into Hefty bags. Thirty-four boxes were arranged on a large conference table to mirror the ballot – from the 15th floor host showroom down to the 1st floor showrooms – one box labeled for each entry. Two to three volunteers had the task of unfolding the ballots back to their original 8 1⁄2”x11” size, checking for a single vote and then placing them in one of two piles – each pile represented a side of the table that the vote’s box was on. These piles were continually handed off to the other volunteers who dropped each ballot into the appropriate box. A few hanging chads had to be set aside, but unlike Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court did not have to be called in. When all the ballots were boxed the counting began.
2,715 votes were validated and the 2004 Peoples’ Choice Winner is:

Jury and People's Choice winner "An American Classic", with jury and winning team

Butler Rogers Baskett Architects, P.C.
"An American Classic"– Hot Dog, Mustard, Ketchup

To complete a "Top Ten" list, here are the following nine top contenders:
2. Weidlinger Associates, Inc. – “Make Hunger an Urban Myth” – Sewer Gator
3. Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, LLP – “Manhattan Can Chowder” – Sea Shell
3. Fox & Fowle Architects, P.C. – “A Call to Arms” – Octopus
3. STV Incorporated – “A CANstruction Site” – Bulldozer
6. Fradkin McAlpin Associates, LLP – “Fuel for Thought” – Gas Pumps
7. Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP & The Pablo Neruda Academy – “A CAN-o-ramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge!” – Brooklyn Bridge
8. Earth Tech – “AmeriCAN Choice (Party Animals)” – Donkey & Elephant
9. Leslie E. Robertson Associates, LLP – “CAN You Find Nemo?” – Nemo
10. Daniel Frankfurt, PC – “Leaning Tower of P’s” – Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Cityscape 2004 Architectural Review Awards were presented at a gala reception in Dubai, UAE, on Monday night. The team of Robert A. M. Stern Architects and Frederic Schwartz Architects, along with Southeast University of China and Sungal Corporation, was honored twice for its work on the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai: the Master Planning Award, and the Mixed-Use Future Project Award for the People's Tower (at 718 meters, it will be the world's tallest tower – at least for a while). Click on link for a complete list of winners.

and TEN Arquitectos (along with Jean Novel) are on the shortlist to design the Guggenheim Guadalajara.

Preservation League of New York State at its 2004 Pillar of New York Award to Governor George E. Pataki for his commitment to the protection of New York's historic buildings and cultural landscapes. At the awards dinner on November 18, the Governor announced the creation of the "New York State Endangered Properties Revolving Fund" - at least $2 million to continue revitalizing and protecting historic resources and neighborhoods across the State. Also honored with a Pillar of New York Award was Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries for the reuse of an abandoned Nabisco box-printing factory in Beacon, NY, renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and OpenOffice (see Oculus Summer 2003).


Norman L. Koonce, FAIA, will retire after seven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of AIA National on December 31, 2005; a search committee will be formed in early 2005 to identify a new EVP/CEO for a January 1, 2006 appointment....Butler Rogers Baskett has been retained to provide site evaluation and complete design services for the 52,000-square-foot New York law office of McKee Nelson, LLP, at One Battery Park Plaza...London-based David J. Hughes, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, RIBA, has been named CEO of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects...Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED, has been named a principal at Archimuse; she previously served as managing principal of the New York office of Swanke Hayden Connell Architects...Richard L. Tomasetti, previously co-chairman, has been elected Chairman of Thornton-Tomasetti Group; Dr. Charles H. Thornton, who shared the co-chairmanship with Tomasetti, will continue to be actively involved with the firm and with his family's management consulting firm, Charles H. Thornton and Company...Material Connexion has opened a materials resource office in Cologne, Germany.



Designing for Optimism: KPF, SOM, and the GSA
by Linda G. Miller

Chief Architect of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Ed Feiner, FAIA, posed the hypothetical question: "How long will Grand Central Terminal be around? It drew murmurs of "years" from the audience at the Center For Architecture on November 23. He commented that the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynahan expected buildings to have a life expectancy of 100 years, but that today, the GSA sees their buildings going through five or six mechanical systems, lasting hundreds of years, and becoming the future landmarks of communities throughout the country.

In conjunction with the exhibit "Civic Spirit: Changing the Course of Federal Design," currently on view at the Center, Feiner was joined by Gary P. Haney, AIA, of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and William Pederson, FAIA, of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to discuss their projects that are part of the GSA's Design Excellence portfolio consisting of federal office buildings, judicial facilities, border stations, and missions.

When completed in 2006, the SOM-designed U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters new home in Suitland, Maryland, will house 6,000 employees (and 3,000 cars). The site, seven miles southeast of Washington, DC, makes the most of its suburban setting and natural surroundings. Two halves of office buildings are organized around green space that is an extension of the adjacent woods. Laminated wooden sunshades on the exterior wall will create a dance of light and shade in the interior, and even the garage will be covered in ivy.

According to Pedersen, federal judges make good clients because they have a passion for architecture. His statement is backed by the fact that the United States Courthouse in Buffalo, which will start construction in 2006, marks the third time he's worked with judges. For Buffalo, the intention is to express that "this is a living city" with one of the best collections of buildings circa 1929. Situated on a triangular site across from Buffalo's historic Niagara Square, the building is elliptical in shape and has a transparent veil of glass planes. At night the elevator tower that anchors the courthouse will become a lantern.

One audience member commented that the GSA was "designing for optimism." That makes sense when, according to Feiner, "the GSA's Board of Directors are the members of Congress and our shareholders are the American people."

Richard Plunz, José Castillo, Mauricio Rocha, and Margaret Helfand listen to José Luis Cortes
Center for Architecture Spotlight on Mexico City
by Pamela Puchalski

Mexico City and architecture were on the minds of many in mid-November when the Center for Architecture kicked-off Mexico City Dialogues: New Architectural Practices with a party and day-long symposium bringing architects and educators from Mexico together with their counterparts in New York. The events were organized to accompany the city-wide mexicoNOW festival, and marked the launch of a series of dialogues that will accompany the Center's first international exhibition featuring the work of young Mexican architects transforming the architecture and urbanism of Mexico City, opening in late January.

Artist and architect Raul Cardenas of the Tijuana-based artists collective Torolab set the stage as DJ for the November 17th party, co-sponsored by Storefront for Art and Architecture. Saturday's symposium offered a tantalizing, yet compromised view of the megalopolis, noting the constraints and conditions that define the practice and politics of architecture in Mexico City. Participants included a select group of young Mexican architects to be featured in the Center's upcoming Mexico City Dialogues exhibition, as well as Jose Luis Cortes, Dean of Architecture at the IberoAmericana University in Mexico City, and Vice President of the UIA.

Cortes outlined the dialectic between practice and education in Mexico City and the U.S. in the first of three panels. Advocating a stronger connection between students and the profession particularly in the areas of technology, materials, and sustainability, Cortes also noted the collective mandate to address the globalization of practice through exposure to alternative cultures and diversity. Remarking on the challenge to find quality educators willing to teach in Mexico, he praised the younger generation for their ability to make successive leaps in academia and practice.

Alejandro Hernandez (F304) described how young architects in Mexico City adopt the Nike “Just Do It” slogan in crossing traditional borders that separate architectural practice from real estate development and academia. Elaborating on the more complex relationship between fields of expanded practice, education, and publishing in Mexico, Hernandez dismissed the common “reality of practice / practice of reality” disconnect. David Lewis (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis) offered insight into how his students at Parsons learn to creatively engage and resist prescribed roles for architects, while Stan Allen (Stan Allen Architect and Dean of Architecture at Princeton University) noted how the number of architecture students – 50,000 in Mexico City versus 50 at Princeton – allows far greater flexibility for recent educational experiments in the U.S.
A second panel with Javier Sanchez (Higuera + Sanchez, Mexico City), Corie Sharples (SHoP), Irina Verona (Praxis and TEN Arquitectos), and Jonathan Marvel (Rogers Marvel Architects) provided insight into the surprising similarities and stark contrasts defining the nature of commissions and competitions in each city.

The concluding panel with Jose Luis Cortes, Jose Castillo (architectural 911sc), Margaret Helfand (Helfand Architecture), Richard Plunz (Columbia University), and Mauricio Rocha (Taller de Arquitectura) summarized the ways in which Mexico City serves as a laboratory for the problems – housing, waste and sewage treatments, infrastructure and transportation – currently facing cities globally. This analysis afforded an expanded backdrop for exploring the urban planning models of the two cities, and offered an introduction to what will surely be lively visual and cerebral material on view at the Center in January.

The Center concluded the three-day series of events with a family day workshop organized by the New York Foundation for Architecture. Kids and parents constructed a three-dimensional version of Mexico City using topographical maps, building blocks, and cut outs of major New York City and Mexico City landmarks and public spaces.

All of the events were made possible by Vitro, the Center for Architecture's Underwriting sponsor.



Gehry/Goldberger at the Parsons Table
by Eva Hagberg

The scene: Egg-shaped auditorium, a Parsons-red table on the stage.
The players: New Parsons dean and architecture critic Paul Goldberger, 75-year-old wunderkind Frank O. Gehry
The event: The inaugural "At Parsons Table" talk on November 29, 2004.

A few requisite jokes (cousins, vodka, marriages), and Paul Goldberger got right to the heart of the issue, asking Frank Gehry for his take on the conflicted subject of fame. What has marked Gehry's work, he noted, is the hi-lo conflation: instantly recognizable yet architecturally advanced buildings. How does he do it, Goldberger asked.

"I question stuff," Gehry explained.

The architect is currently designing a private house in Venice, a compound that, in accordance with his wife's wishes will have "no curves," and "no metal." The house will instead be a series of structures built out of interlocking 12x12 wood beams.

Goldberger asked the question that has crossed everyone's mind at least once: "Does innovation originate in your mind or with technology?"

Gehry responded with the usual self-deprecating computer-illiterate waffling, but it seems that the crux of the issue is not centered around theoretical design implications, but on actual ramifications of design and construction. The architect now has better, and closer, relationships with subcontractors, he explained. "There are no surprises," Gehry said. "Everything is pre-worked out." The advent of CATIA, a French computer-modeling system that the firm can send directly to fabricators, has changed the faces of Gehry's structures.

For a while, these curving and convoluted faces were all that anyone wanted. People kept calling, Gehry remembered, but they kept asking for Bilbao Two, Three, Four, Five. Program wasn't an issue, so long as they could say they had a Gehry.

The Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles has been acknowledged as his piece de resistance. A project that took 18 years from inception to completion, the music performed in the concert hall, Gehry said, brought tears to his eyes. It was, he said, "extraordinary."

So, it seems, is he.


"community + planners = change: the role of the progressive planners – past, present and future"
by Ronald Shiffman, Director Emeritus of the Pratt Institute Center for Community and
Environmental Development

On November 19, the Center for Architecture hosted the third in a series of six forums entitled "community + planners = change: the role of the progressive planners – past, present and future." I moderated a panel that included: Thomas Angotti, Urban Planning Professor, Hunter College; Chester Hartman, Director of Research, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Washington, DC, Founder of Planners Network; Peter Marcuse, Urban Planning Professor, Columbia University; Frances Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, City University of New York; and Walter Thabit, Urban Planner, Founder of Planners for Equal Opportunity and author.

Hartman opened the Forum by setting the socio-political environment that existed in the mid-1960s. Then, Thabit, one of the first community based advocate planners, shared his personal experiences. When Thabit began his career in the late 1950s, the planning profession was focused on physical development. At that time, the planning and architecture professions had few women and even fewer people of color among their ranks. The work of planners focused on perpetuating the status quo, which often meant displacement of the poor and powerless, leading to development that left our cities and communities segregated with a legacy that we are struggling to overcome today.

The panelists discussed their roles in addressing inequities among their ranks and reforming the planning profession. This included how Thabit came to organize Planners for Equal Opportunity (PEO), and how Hartman later formed PEO's successor, the Planners Network. The discussion focused on how their activities impacted the planning profession and the American Institute of Planners. Their work led to advocacy and neighborhood-based planning movements. The successes and the limits of those successes were touched upon, such as the Lower East Side cross subsidy program and the implementation of the community-initiated plan in Cooper Square after 40 years of concerted struggle. The community based planning, advocacy, and policy work of the Pratt Center and other community-based planning practitioners were highlighted as well.

Also discussed were the roles that planners can play in striving for equitable planning and development, their limitations in fostering change, and the relationship between planners and the social and political movements that propelled that change. Piven and Marcuse elaborated on the critical role that the social and political movements played in the 1960s and 70s, and how those movements influenced the profession.

To a limited extent, they lamented the absence of that kind of energy in today's socio-political environment. The re-election of President Bush with his anti-urban, ill-conceived, neo-conservative economic policies and abysmal environmental record, coupled with his unjustified pre-emptive aggression in Iraq were all mentioned as reminders of how much work is left undone. Piven pointed out that these events collectively endanger us all. In her opinion, the limits to how we define participatory democracy and the ballot should not be viewed as our only means of legitimate political expression. She cited the activism of the past as an example of what we can and should be doing, and she noted that the energy that motivated the civil rights movement was practically non-existent today.

Angotti and members of the audience disagreed, saying that that kind of energy did exist today, and although it takes different forms, it should not be discounted. Examples such as the Environmental Justice Movement were mentioned. Piven argued that planners should not position themselves as "gods" and that as professionals they could only address many of these issues at the margin. Planners are also citizens, and should address societal inequities and injustices.

A full transcript of the discussion will be available in a forthcoming edition of Planners Network magazine entitled "The Progressive Planner" due out later this year.

The Forum Series is sponsored by Pratt Institute's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and co-sponsored by City Lore, NewYork2050 and the New York City Chapter of the AIA and funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation.



November 22 (deadline extended): HOW magazine's 6th Annual Interactive Design Competition (PDF)

November 30 (EOI deadline): University Of British Columbia International Architectural Competition For Campus Entrance

December 1 (registration): Open Competition to Design a Memorial within the National AIDS Memorial Grove, San Francisco

December 1: I.D. magazine 51st Annual Design Review & I.D. Student Design Review

December 1: ICFF 2005 Design Schools Open Call for Entries (PDF)

December 15: 2005 Ergo Cup Awards: Call for innovative ergonomic solutions and education in the workplace.

December 23: NYC Parks & Recreation RFP: Partial Reconstruction and Addition to the 59th Street Recreation Center (info online as of 12/1)

January 7: Bombay Sapphire 2005 Designer Glass Competition

January 14: Call for Papers/Presentaions for 2005 ASLA Annual Convention

January 15: Metropolis Next Generation Prize ($10,000)

January 27: 3rd IAHH International Student Design Competition 2005: Enlightening Learning Environments (International Association for Humane Habitat)

February 25 (registration deadline): Coney Island Parachute Pavilion International Design Competition


Our online calendar is constantly being updated. For the most up-to-date listings, visit



Friday, 12/03/2004, 7:00pm
Daniel Libeskind with Alexander Garvin
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
Speakers: Daniel Libeskind, Architect, World Trade Center site; Alexander Garvin, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
CES LUs: 1.5

Monday, 12/06/2004, 6:00–8:00pm
Chapter Town Hall Meeting – All AIA Chapter Members Welcome
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Monday, 12/06/2004, 6:00–8:00pm
Gio Ponti: Transforming the Everyday
New York Design Center (NYDC) 200 Lexington Avenue, between 32nd and 33rd Streets
Speaker: Marianne Lamonaca
CES LUs: 1

Monday, 12/06/2004, 6:30–8:00pm
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Vertical Dimension
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
Speaker: Bill Baker, Historian
CES Lus: 1

Tuesday, 12/07/2004, 6:00 pm
The Inaugural of the 2005 AIA New York Chapter Board
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Wednesday, 12/08/2004, 6:30–8:00pm
Garden Goes Green – New Buildings & Landscapes at the Queems Botanical Gardens
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
Speaker: Joan Krevlin
CES LUs: 1.5

Thursday, 12/09/2004, 5:30pm
High-Performance Green Building Design Salon: GreenSpec's Top-10 Best Products from 2004
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
Speakers: Alex Wilson, President, BuildingGreen, Inc.; Jim Newman, Director of Online Services, BuildingGreen, Inc.

Thursday, 12/09/2004, 2:00pm
Strategy for The Library at the Center for Architecture
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Saturday, 12/11/2004, 12 noon–5:00pm
The Winners Circle – Projects from the Lumen Awards 2004
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Thursday, 12/16/2004, 6:00–8:00pm
Robert Polidori, Metropolis, photographer
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Thursday, 12/16/2004, 6:30–8:00pm
Conservation, Planning, and Architecture: Biodiversity at Home and Abroad SESSION TWO: The Wildlife Conservation Society
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
CES HSW: 1.5



Friday, 12/03/2004, 7 pm – Midnight
PWC Holiday Dinner Dance
The Yale Club Ballroom, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue (44th Street) NYC

Monday, 12/06/2004, Holiday Party 6:00–9:00pm; Book Signing 7:00–8:00pm
Richard Meier at Urban Center Books Holiday Party and Book Signing
Urban Center Books; 457 Madison Avenue

Monday, 12/06/2004, 5:30pm Reception; 6:30pm Program
Renzo Piano – Preservation: Between Discipline and Freedom
Great Hall at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 28th Street

Tuesday, 12/07/2004
31st Annual New York Housing Conference and National Housing Conference Awards Luncheon
Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers

Wednesday, 12/08/2004, 6:00pm
NY CSI Annual Holiday Dinner
Moran's Downtown, 103 Washington Street

Thursday, 12/09/2004, 7:00pm
Town Hall Meeting: Saving the Far West Village from Overdevelopment
75 Morton Street, 1st Floor

Thursday, 12/09/2004, 6:30pm
The High Line with Elizabeth Diller and James Corner
The Great Hall, Cooper Union
CES LUs: Yes

Thursday, 12/09/2004, 6:30pm
NYC 2012: Olympic Village with Thom Mayne and George Hargreaves
Caspary Hall, Rockefeller University
CES LUs: Yes




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