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Editor's Note: If you couldn't feel it in the weather, Staten Island Chuck predicted an early spring (who cares about that other rodent somewhere in PA?). This week introduces a couple of new columns. Rhetorically Speaking provides a place for political commentary and The Measure is an avenue to voice your opinion on timely architectural issues. Please contribute regularly! I'd also like to welcome web aficionado Mauricio Alexander to the e-O team.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
Juggling Social Responsibility with Formal Agendas
Aristocracy or Democracy?
Photo by Adolf Cluss courtesy of the Goethe Institut
The movement towards greater democracy in city planning presents both a crisis and climax in the profession. Democracy demands that all have equal voices, yet the tradition of urban planning recalls a need for visionaries to define the city through formal relationships and spatial organizations. Perhaps the goal of education and practice should focus on reestablishing trust in the planning profession as a conduit for social representation.
The future of planning as a discipline and its role in shaping tomorrow's cities was debated at Columbia University's GSAPP January 30. Reinhold Martin, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia, moderated the discussion. Participants included Professor Robert Beauregard of Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, Raymond Gastil, Director of the NYC Department of City Planning's Manhattan Office, and Kenneth Reardon, Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.
Planning solely addresses social issues abdicating responsibility from formal design. Lost is the element of the profession responsible for providing structure, orientation, and sense of place. The future of urban planning lies in the ability to accomplish both.
Aileen Iverson is an architectural designer practicing in New York.
Frampton's Architecture Spectacle
"Being an architect means creating a context for culture. Architecture competing with art is a disease," proclaimed Kenneth Frampton. This was one of many broadsides he aimed at the commercialization of architecture during a discussion between Frampton, Columbia's Ware Professor of Architecture, and William Saunders, editor of Harvard Design Magazine (HDM), at the Municipal Art Society on January 24.
The program, "Commodification and Spectacle in Architecture: A Harvard Design Magazine Reader," took its name from the new HDM publication of the same title (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). The book, with an introduction by Frampton, includes 10 essays by an international roster of design pundits compiled by Saunders over the last six years that examine the pro's and con's, the why's and wherefores of the current craze in "architainment" and the "starchitect" syndrome. As Saunders summarized, some "bemoan a lack of gravitas, and propose options to tune out of the media-ization of architecture"; others celebrate "buildings used to sell things."
Saunders's leading question to Frampton: "Where do you draw the line between exciting and engaging, and the frivolous; sound-bites vs. reflectiveness?" Framton left no doubt about which side of the fence he sits on: "Icons are determined by surface [images], a star system, a pecking order that the media either over or under criticizes…the Bilbao effect: hire Gehry because he's 'it'—it's not about the architecture." He said Koolhaas is "too impatient." On the "cult" of New Urbanism: "…ersatz kitsch colonialism for the modern middle class." When asked if grand, 19th century buildings, while spectacular, were more authentic, Frampton responded, "It's about structure—without an armature it can't be a heroic structure—it is spectacle without public consideration." Perhaps his harshest criticism was about political, social, and environmental responsibilities being overlooked in both educational and professional spheres of design.
Lincoln Center Reclaimed
Interior rendering of Alice Tully Hall with resin-cast lights behind wood veneer.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
We're all gluttons for punishment.
Courtesy of Columbia University GSAPP
The overriding goal for the Lincoln Center Redevelopment Plan, as presented by Elizabeth Diller, principal of Diller Scofidio + Refro, is to highlight the successful sections of Lincoln Center while animating existing desolation. Throughout her lecture at Columbia University February 1, Diller addressed constituents, the city, community, preservationists, professionals, and academics individually. Every entity represents considerations for a plan intending to infuse additional program, provide a new urban strategy, use innovative materials, and stay true to historical intent.
The redevelopment plan, designed by Diller Scodidio + Renfro with FXFowle, attempts to permeate the existing fortress-like "Urban Acropolis" by engaging the neighborhood. Infusing program along a cultural spine on 65th Street will attract residents as well as those attending shows. Sinking drop-off lanes and opening more access points to the central square will create a transition zone between the city and the center. Increasing density by reworking North Plaza—embedding trees for a shaded performance space and incorporating an accessible grass roof above a restaurant—will draw youth to the otherwise elderly destination. Pedestrians will visually interact with those attending shows through new glass fašades of Alice Tully Hall and Julliard. Alice Tully Hall sound quality will improve due to resin-cast lights behind wood veneer providing a red glow as lights dim.
Hearst Tower Provides Hope for a Sustainable New York
Hearst Tower's diagrid system.
The Hearst Tower is already an icon, a daring new element on midtown's skyline. The Hearst is New York's first office tower to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council; LEED Gold status is expected. Foster and Partners along with Adamson Associates Architects (architects of record), Flack + Kurtz (mechanical/engineering/plumbing), and Tishman Speyer Properties (development manager), challenge New York builders to rethink how skyscrapers fit into ecosystems.
The Hearst employs structural steel with 90% recycled content, recycled 85% of demolition waste from the original Joseph Urban building's interior, and uses locally manufactured materials. The roof collects rainwater for storage and reuse in building systems, contributing to a net saving of 1.7 million gallons of water per year. Polyethylene tubing within the lobby floor conducts water for efficient heat control. High-albedo roofing pavers and sidewalks help counteract heat-island effects. Substances that produce vapors or deplete ozone are minimized; there are few volatile organic compounds and no hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerants. Low-emission glass reduces solar radiation. A system of sunlight-harvesting lighting controls and motion sensors contribute to overall energy-efficiency.
The tower's appearance represents a frugal solution to a structural challenge. The shifted core frees up larger frontal floor space for office use. The 1.7 million-cubic-foot atrium is lit through clerestory windows and glass roofing. Asymmetrically aligned escalators lead past the "Ice Falls" water feature, helping to cool the massive space in summer and humidify it in winter.
Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Sports a New Look
Boardwalk at Pier 1
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Brooklyn Bridge Plaza in the Winter
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
As people crowded around a model, architects from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. described the thinking behind the design of 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park at the Urban Center February 3, hosted by the Architectural League. The master plan, two decades in the making and blessed by the Empire State Development Corporation, will make the five five-acre piers that jut out from the shoreline a primary recreational.
A 10-acre "safe-water zone" will protect the marina from rough East River currents, allowing visitors to kayak and swim. Undulating hills will create views of the river and Manhattan skyline while dampening the often-earsplitting Brooklyn Queens Expressway.
About 10 percent of the park will be leased to private developers as a mixture of luxury housing, commercial space, and a hotel. Though the plan ignited fierce opposition from some local groups and politicians, the privately run space will subsidize the $15.2-million cost of maintaining the park through taxes and development and resident fees.
Bryan Keogh is a graduate student in business journalism at New York University and an intern with Crain's New York Business.
Professionals Celebrate Sustainability
Sustainable New York City, published by the Design Trust for Public Space with the NYC Office of Environmental Coordination (OEC), explains why municipalities should integrate sustainable development into everyday operations. High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, published by the Design Trust for Public Space with the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), details how to create sustainable city streets, sidewalks, utilities, and urban landscapes. Design professionals and city representatives gathered at the Center for Architecture January 24 to celebrate the release of both publications with presentations highlighting exemplary sustainable design.
Dean Cavallaro, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, presented the development of stepped fish ponds to facilitate the migration of glass eels from Staten Island to Cuba and back in the Staten Island Bluebelt project. Tom Jost described how 2,200 acres of former landfill at Fresh Kills Park is transforming into an ecologically diverse park. With her firm's South Bronx Greenway master plan, Signe Nielsen, principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architecture, spoke of implementing green practices and techniques that are outlined in the High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines.
Copies of both publications are available from the Design Trust for Public Space website.
Megan Canning is the Director of Operations for the Design Trust for Public Space.
New Orleans Looks to the Past for Its Future
New Orleans' weak edge.
New Orleans: Strategies for a City in Soft Land, by Joan Busquets in collaboration with Filipe Correa, is the culmination of collaborative research at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Tulane University, completed before Hurricane Katrina. An extensive collection of maps and diagrams reveal that Katrina was just one of many natural disasters inevitable in New Orleans. Questions about the future remain, but recorded history can aid planning efforts.
An academic panel consisting of the book's authors and educators, Joan Busquets, the Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD, GSD design critic Filipe Correa, and Associate Dean and Professor of Urbanism at Tulane University's School of Architecture, Ila Berman, discussed the future of New Orleans in reference to its past at the National Arts Club February 2.
Each panel member voiced opinions on where to begin rebuilding efforts. Correa advocates a buy-out plan for the re-habitation of residents. Berman suggests using research as a base from which to develop the city accounting for disasters and ever changing shorelines. Busquets recommends building confidence in residents through incremental and consistent development. With the publication of comprehensive research, this book hopes to affect and impact planning methods for New Orleans.
Challenging Children at Play
Courtesy of the Municipal Art Society
The miserable state of American playgrounds was the focus of a presentation and panel discussion January 31. Susan Solomon's new book, American Playgrounds: Revitalizing Community Space, advocates examining playgrounds as vital part of American urban design and criticizes design trends resulting in risk-free and unchallenging spaces for children. "If playgrounds were more interesting kids would not be in front of the TV munching on snacks."
Panelists widely praised adventure playgrounds that include sites to build small structures, areas to interact with domestic animals, and landscapes to garden. These spaces provide an important connection between architecture, play, and education. Solomon commended playground designs by Richard Dattner, FAIA, Stanley Saitowitz, and Vito Acconci, but whether the works of enlightened designers have much influence is debatable. Children want to engage with interesting spaces, observed Rogert Hart, professor of psychology at the City University of New York. They often would rather amuse themselves in the street or interact with empty lots than play in a designated playground.
The discussion took place at the Urban Center, hosted by the Municipal Art Society and Urban Center Books. Panelists included: moderator Liane Lefaivre, Vienna University of Applied Art; author and art historian Susan Solomon; Roger Hart, CUNY Graduate Center; Nina Antonetti, Smith College; Nadine Gerdts, Rhode Island School of Design; and Helle Burlingame, Kompan Play Institute.
Pollyanna Rhee has done graduate work in education and is a member of the steering committee for Architecture for Humanity New York.
The Importance of Branding
Let us be clear as to the main reason for branding ourselves: of all recurring expenses, the most punishing to our bottom line is the business we keep losing to the competition, time and again, at least in part for lack of clear branding. When diversification is random and opportunistic, it manifests as a distortion of the natural process and robs us of our core identity. It is therefore difficult to overstate the importance of articulating brands and defining boundaries.
Diversification evolves naturally from within a brand, generating spontaneous company expansion and additional profits. But a brand demands sustained delivery on a specific promise. It is incumbent on a CEO to engage his/her firm in new, profitable markets. Additionally, as certain markets periodically weaken, diversification helps a firm pick up some of the slack, at least in the short term.
The real question is how do we diversify without confusing our core clients, without damaging our core business? We need to ponder our brands and consider whether projected areas of practice can truly be deemed to arise and evolve naturally from it. Branding defines us in the minds of clients. When the time comes to diversify, it is useful to consider what it is that makes us unique and different and, with a deep sense of who we really are, decide which of all roads is the one for us.
Originally trained as an architect, Raphael Shammaa (email@example.com) started a corporate branding consulting business for A/E/C firms. He has lectured on branding at AIANY, Global Design Alliance, and American Consulting Engineers Council. His views have been published in Oculus and The Principal's Report.
Practical Meets Whimsy in Israel
Sturdy Straws chair and stool made from polypropylene drinking straws.
Artist: Tal Gur, courtesy of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Plastic. Every second toolbox sold worldwide is made in Israel. Yet this material, associated with lightness, cheapness, and mass production is used by Israeli artists to create unique art pieces.
Most Israeli contemporary designers make their living in industrial design, from high tech components to medical equipment. However, besides the plastics industry, there are few businesses in Israel that manufacture household goods and furniture. Tal Gur's chair and ottoman, made of fused plastic drinking straws, epitomizes the range of vastly different one-off creations using everyday materials produced after hours.
Fifteen designers' work presented in the exhibit "Solos: New Design from Israel," on view now at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum through April 23, range from Chanan de Lange's sloping metal bookshelves to Zivia's chairs hinting of Bedouin nomadic life. Ayala Serfaty's sculptural lighting fixtures and Pini Leibovich's floppy rug made of balloons are whimsical and conceptual. The exhibit was guest curated by Ezri Tarazi, head of the industrial design graduate program at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, a school instrumental in laying the foundations of contemporary Israeli visual culture, and Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt.
New MDF Passes the Test
(l-r) Dr. Andrew Dent, VP of Material ConneXion, Bradley Quinn, curator Fashion in Architecture exhibition, Kevin Walz of Walzworkinc.
Material ConneXion, Inc., an independent, New York-based center for materials consulting and research with the largest holding of cutting-edge materials in the world, holds quarterly jury sessions. Vice President Dr. Andrew Dent presents materials to a panel of design experts who decide whether the materials gain a place in Material ConneXion's stacks and database. At the January 25 session at the Center for Architecture, jury members were Susan Lyons, an independent textiles consultant; Craig Konyk, AIA, principal of Konyk Architecture; Dorothy Dunn, Director of Programs for the AIGA; George M. Beylerian, Founder and President of Material ConneXion, Inc.; Bradley Quinn, curator of the Fashion in Architecture: CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion exhibit; Kevin Walz of Walzworkinc.; and Eric Chan, principal of Ecco Design.
As a nod to the fashion exhibition, Dent brought several materials relevant to the fashion community including microtaggant pigments distinguishing the authenticity of labels, phase change textiles that provide warmth under a thin wax coating, and fine hemp fabrics. Topping the jurors' list was MDF plywood made from straw or wheat containing a water-based, nonflammable, non-toxic soy-based binder instead of urea-formaldehyde.
Lilas Harley is the editor of Matter magazine, the quarterly magazine of Material ConneXion.
Blueprint by Bloomberg
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is not a registered architect—nor has he spent time at AIA New York Chapter's Center for Architecture - but in his State of the City address on January 26 he presented a graphic and engaging "Blueprint for the Future of the City of New York." The speech, delivered in the jamb-packed Music Hall of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island (renovated by Rafael Vi˝oly Architects) was a crowd-pleaser. The only people not standing up to applaud every few minutes were those who, encumbered by laptops or cynicism, were sitting in the press seats off to the side.
What made the speech a blueprint? Perhaps it was its comprehensiveness, from public health issues such as diabetes to child welfare concerns, the remarks contained broad outline specifications. More likely it was the future orientation. Here were schematics of the Administration's goals for the next four years, the duration of many a public construction project. Summarized in blue-line, the state of this city looks crisp, functional, and poetic.
Most importantly, the Mayor's remarks spoke dramatically about capital construction and design excellence, about the physical future of a city that has reached new heights of population and prosperity, but still struggles to retain the people who must be its foundation. Affordable housing goals, school construction, even a reasonable rendering for the symbolic center of our first city, Lower Manhattan, these were the parti that gave the Mayor's Blueprint compelling contrast, and made those present eager to start building.
Do you have a comment about the Mayor's State of the City Address? Would you like to discuss any other public figure in politics? Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: This letter is in response to last issue's Editor's Soapbox about Calatrava's Downtown Third Thursdays lecture, hosted by the Alliance for Downtown New York. Please send your own response to email@example.com.
Dear Editor, Though I did not attend the Calatrava presentation, I'm unsurprised by your description. In working with architects and other design professionals for most of the past 25 years, I've seen and heard innumerable presentations that consist mostly of "…this next slide is a picture of a building I designed…" I know it's a slide, and I can tell that it's the next slide; I can also see that it's a picture of a building; and I assume that you designed it, because you're here to promote yourself.
There are wonderful exceptions, of course. But in general, and with much-lauded designers in particular, architects make canned "I Am The Great I Am" presentations, which is disrespectful to the audience (especially an audience of colleagues and peers) and does a disservice to the profession. Of course a presentation is a marketing opportunity. But the audience is there to learn something they didn't already know, to see something of which they were unaware, to be amused, entertained, enlightened, uplifted. It is possible to do both—I know, because I've seen it done. We need to hold Calatrava, and all architects, to as high a standard of rhetoric as of design.
Discussion about the crucial need for collaboration and communication occurs each time I attend a discussion about Gulf Coast rehabilitation. Few, however, address how they are reaching out to others in order to encourage this vital communication.
As a New Yorker, I am privy to the consequences of miscommunication and friction at charged sites. Clearly, each aspect of urban redevelopment needs focused attention, and I applaud the efforts of those who pursue goals of improving the urban situation in the Gulf Coast. With so many institutions, so many frustrated and cynical (or apathetic) individuals throughout the nation, who is taking responsibility for cross-organizational collaboration?
Please respond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
eON THE SCENE
Purdue's Students Design to the Cutting Edge
The future of industrial design. (l-r): Andrew Monteleone, Third-Place, Nick Poteracki, First-Place, James Dyson, President of Dyson, Inc.
Engineers, product designers, and industrial designers attended the "Eye for WHY" competition awards reception, held at MoMA's The Modern restaurant, hosted by Dyson, Inc. and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). James Dyson, smooth-voiced spokesperson and creator of the Dyson Cyclone vacuum cleaner, espoused his dedication to the future generation of designers.
Dyson's function-first design philosophy is apparent in the winners. First place, a "drop: water filtration unit," designed by Nick Poteracki, purifies water with a portable perpendicular filtering and housing unit. R. Alec Cobb's XLa Laser Mower, using an energy-efficient laser light beam and electrical charge to cut grass, won second place. In third place, Plenary Therapeutics, lava-like stones designed by Andrew Monteleone, combine heat and cold therapy with infrasound therapy. Poteracki will represent America competing internationally for the James Dyson Award.
Remarkably, all three top winners were from the same studio at Indiana's Purdue University. When asked about his approach to the "Eye for WHY" competition, professor Scott Shim stated his own design philosophy, "One plus one can be two, but not necessarily… perhaps it can be four, but you have to do research on how it can be four!"
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AROUND THE AIA + THE CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
High School Students Redesign Midtown
Students from the High School of Art and Design (HSAD) presented their redesign proposals of the midtown neighborhood surrounding their school January 20. This was the final session of a Learning By Design:NY (LBD) residency, the Center for Architecture Foundation's in-school architecture education program. HSAD was adopted by Peter Marino + Associates through the Foundation's Adopt-A-School funding initiative.
Students presented compelling design concepts for the school's neighborhood. Over the course of 10 sessions, students completed in-depth market analyses of the neighborhood, interviewed people on the streets, and assessed the needs of the neighborhood. One team's solution included increasing open space by creating a running track on the roof of Bloomingdale's. Another team created a pedestrian bridge over the FDR Highway, leading to a river overlook. Jury members included: Jane Cowan, the LBD design educator for the residency; Frank Spadora, an architectural designer at Peter Marino + Associates; Lisanne Beretta, program manager for the Municipal Art Society; Michelle Todd, designer and LBD design educator; Charles Scalera, AIA; Gary Papush, Chair of the Parks, Landmarks, and Cultural Affairs Committee of Community Board 6; and Jessica Kemper.
For more information about the Adopt-A-School initiative, please contact Jessica Kemper at 212.358.6133 (email@example.com).
From Dresses to Tents
Kids work on a tent structure with a frame system of wood, string, pipe cleaners, and fabric.
Armed with yards of fabric, needle, thread, and scissors, kids went to work creating remarkable structures of shelter and style at FamilyDay@theCenter: From Dresses to Tents, February 4. Bradley Quinn, curator of The Fashion of Architecture: CONSTRUCTING the Architecture of Fashion, led kids and families through the exhibit, engaging them in a conversation about favorite colors, clothes, and shapes. Participants were joined by volunteers Jane Pereverzoff, architectural designer at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, and Michaela Metcalfe, project architect at Sage and Coombe Architects.
From a single square, everyone made simple folded bags with hand stitching and raw edges. Kids were asked to think about their own live-wear pieces. One group focused on designing an elaborate tent model. Other notable creations included a kimono style dress in red velvet, pale green pants with a blue velvet sash, and a red and green sarong and shirt combo.
Special thanks to Rocco Giannetti, Chair of AIANY Interiors Committee for coordinating fabric donations, and thanks to Knoll Textiles, Maharam, DesignTex, Luna, Gensler, and Arc/Com Fabrics for the 100+ yards of material.
New Yorkers Commit to Change
(l-r) COTE Co-Chair Chris Garvin, AIA, LEED with Councilmembers Melissa Mark Viverito and Alan Gerson and the Sallan Foundation's Nancy Anderson, PhD.
The final High Performance Buildings panel at the Center for Architecture presented sustainable solutions for New York City. Joanne Derwin, Urban Agenda, moderated the discussion. Panelists Patricia Noonan, Senior Vice President at the Partnership for New York City, Ashok Gupta, Natural Resources Defense Council, Randy Croxton, FAIA, Croxton Collaborative Architects, Carlton Brown, Full Spectrum of NY, and Susan Boyle, AIA, BigSue, presented how to achieve success when all commit to change.
Panelists identified energy efficiency and green building as critical components in a city's ability to remain competitive and attract businesses. New York City must continually advance its sustainable initiatives along with education, housing, and other business opportunities to accomplish these goals. Private sector incentives and clear public policies are essential. The city must establish environmentally sound guidelines and revise existing approaches to energy efficiency. Other ideas include removing Con Edison's commercial and residential net metering limits for distributed electrical production, importing new sustainable construction products, and revising housing standards to promote affordable green housing.
The "High Performance Building: Sharpening Our Competitive Edge Through Innovation" panel discussion was held January 26 at the Center for Architecture. Sponsors include the Sallan Foundation, the Municipal Art Society, and AIA New York Chapter's Committee on the Environment (COTE). A diverse group including city council members Alan Gerson, Melissa Mark Viverito, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn's aid Kate Seely-Kirk were present for the event.
Articles from previous panel discussions are available at the Sallan Foundation's website. A related article available to subscribers, "High-Rises That Have Low Impact on Nature," appeared in the 02.02.06 issue of the New York Times. Both Chris Garvin, AIA, LEED, and Bruce Fowle, FAIA, principal of FXFOWLE, are quoted.
Chris Garvin, AIA, LEED, is co-chair of AIANY COTE with Craig Graber, Assoc. AIA. He is Vice President at the Croxton Collaborative Architects, PC.
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NAMES IN THE NEWS
Michael Arad, AIA, partner at Handel Architects, is a recipient of the 2006 AIA Young Architects Award. For more information on this year's six winners, click here… Three local firms have been recognized by the Bienal Miami+Beach 2005 and the AIA Miami Chapter: Acconci Studio; Richard Meier & Partners Architects; and SOM…The Institute of Store Planners/ Visual Merchandising + Store Design have announced the winners of their 2005 International Store Design Competition; a TPG Architecture project nabbed the top award, with local firms Hambrecht Oleson Design Associates, Mancini Duffy, Lippincott Mercer, and Point Design also receiving recognition… Front Studio has been named a finalist in the first round of Urban Voids, a competition sponsored by the City Parks Association of Philadelphia and Van Alen Institute; local groups Interboro and Loop/8 both received honorable mention…
Robert Harlow, AIA, has been promoted to Senior Associate at BBG-BBGM… Joel Towers has been appointed Director of The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center, a new education and research initiative supporting the environmental and allied sciences…Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture has announced that Adi Shamir has been appointed as Executive Director…
The International Code Council Foundation has donated copies of I-Codes to 11 Louisiana parishes declared federal disaster areas, to help local governments execute the state's new construction code law…
RFQ: United Nations International School Master Plan
The Master Planning Committee for the United Nations International School is seeking consultants to complete design work for Phase I of the school's Master Plan. This is the first phase of a multi-step selection process. For full submission guidelines, contact Stephen Roache at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission: AIA San Francisco 2006 Design Awards
The AIA San Francisco Chapter is calling for submissions for its 2006 Design Awards program. Open to both AIA San Francisco members and nonmembers, the program accepts projects completed after January 1, 2002.
Registration: 4 Corners Design Competition
Sponsored by the Antaramian Development Group and the Naples Bay Resort, in conjunction with the AIA Florida Southwest, the United Arts Council of Collier County, and the City of Naples, Florida, Community Redevelopment Board, the 4 Corners Design Competition is soliciting ideas to create attractive pedestrian connectivity across U.S. 41 in the City of Naples.
Registration: House for an Ecologist: A Design Ideas Competition
The AIA Committee on Design and the AIA Committee on the Environment announce an ideas competition to design a live/work dwelling for an ecologist in residence at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Emphasis will be placed on solutions addressing how environmental innovation can contribute directly to design excellence.
Abstract submission: FLW Building Conservancy Call for Papers
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is calling for papers for its 2006 conference. The conference will focus on Wright's work in Southeast Michigan and on the themes of craft and industry. For additional guidelines contact: email@example.com.
Submissions: 2006 BIM Awards
The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community has issued a call for entries for their 2006 Building Information Model (BIM) Awards. This annual competition recognizes exemplary projects that have used integrated and interoperable building information models.
Submissions: HOTSEAT 2
OFS and Metropolis announce a chair design competition. Submissions must incorporate wood, promote sustainability, and be technologically relevant, among other design criteria.
Oculus 2006 Editorial Calendar
The 2006 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards have a revised schedule:
At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place:
Elsewhere: Exhibit Announcements
Elsewhere: Ongoing and Upcoming
AIA NEW YORK CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP REPORT: JANUARY, 2006
We are proud to start the year with a membership of almost 4,000, and plan to continue our growth in 2006. We are equally grateful to new members and those who have recently renewed, thank you all!
If you have not yet returned a renewal payment for 2006, it is not too late. Architect, International Associate, and Associate members continue to be able to pay online from www.aia.org; you'll need your ID# and password to log on. Contact the AIA New York Chapter or the national membership help desk 1- 800- 242- 3837 if you need assistance. Local Center for Architecture members such as students, public members, professional affiliates, or Corporate Members will need to contact Suzanne Mecs for membership renewals, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-358-6115.
New Architect Members: Timothy A. Anderson, AIA | Bradley Bartholomew, AIA, Arquitectonica | David B. Berridge, AIA, David Berridge Architect | George M. Berry, AIA, BERRY plans, LLC | Jennifer Brayer, AIA, HLW International LLP | Eun Sun Chun, AIA, 212 Box Architecture, PC | Pietro Cicognani, AIA, Cicognani Kalla Architects, PC | Richard Foley, AIA, Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects | Maya Maria Foty, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects | Stewart Green, AIA, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick LLP | Narciso A. Hernandez, AIA, MTA Bridges & Tunnels | William B. Hovland, AIA, Kazumi Adachi & Associates | Dean W. Kimball, AIA, DMJM Architects & Engineers | Ethan Lu, AIA, Cook & Fox Architects, LLP | Garth H.H. McIntosh, AIA, New York City Transit Authority | Christina Contis Nambiar, AIA, Ann Beha Architects | Robert C. Portnoff, AIA, Paratus Group II, Inc. | Damian Peter Possidente, AIA, Magnusson Architect & Planners | David S. Rolland, AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects PC | Michael J. Rostkowski, AIA, Daniel J. Barteluce PC Architects | Carolyn W. Straub, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects | Joshua D. Uhl, AIA, Toshiko Mori Architect | Alexander van Gaalen, AIA, Gensler | Andrew D. Wilson, AIA, Nicholson & Galloway, Inc.
New Associate Members: Robert P. Aitcheson, Assoc. AIA, Arquitectonica | Viren Brahmbhatt, Assoc. AIA, NYC Housing Authority | CarloMaria Ciampoli, Assoc. AIA, AEN Architects | Jennifer M. Newsom, Assoc. AIA, Cooper Robertson Partners | Chas Peppers, Assoc. AIA, Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP | Stephen M. Pezdek, Assoc. AIA, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey | G. Steven South, Assoc. AIA, Perkins & Will | Begum B. Taft, Assoc. AIA, Arquitectonica
New Center for Architecture Public Members: Jose Navarro Gonzalez | Howard S. Rappaport, Continental Properties
New Center for Architecture Corresponding Member: Frank Farrokh Sabouri, AIA, PS & S A/E
New Steel Corporate Member: Gregory P. Clark, John Longman, Sarah A. Opperman and Patricia Scanlon, Cerami & Associates, Inc.
New Aluminum Corporate Members: Robert A. Baram, Armstrong Ceiling Systems | Stephen Stimson, Stephen Stimson Associates | Colin David Rath and Pamela Harvey Rath, Terrapin Industries LLC | Tom Quinn, Unico | Daniel Bonifacic and Patricia Hildebrandt, WB Engineers/Consultants
Reinstated Architect Member: Ronald Feltenstein, AIA, Gran Associates
Members who have transferred to another AIA Chapter: Good Luck in your new locale: John Eisler, AIA, John Eisler Architects | Stephen J. Kredell, Truex Cullins & Partners, Architects
The Chapter mourns the passing of: James I. Freed, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
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Starbucks Coffee Company has architectural needs in New York City.
Job captains produce construction documents, architectural drawings and material specifications for new store construction and renovations.
Callison Architecture is an international design firm with over 550 team members and growing. We are currently seeking a talented Administrative Assistant for our New York Office. This individual is responsible for supporting the administrative needs of the NY office. Responsibilities include word processing, creating/maintaining filing systems, copying, faxing, and administrative telephone backup and marketing support. Candidates need a minimum three years prior administrative assistant experience, advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and PowerPoint, Ability to type 60 wpm, a client service focus, organizational skills, excellent follow-through skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. This is a full-time position. To apply, send materials to Callison Architecture, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400 Seattle, WA 98101 or by email to email@example.com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and value workplace diversity.
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