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e-Oculus: Eye on New York Architecture and Calendar of Events

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Editor-in-Chief Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Contributing Editors Murrye Bernard, Assoc. AIA • Linda G. Miller
Online Support Mauricio Alexander • Kevin Skoglund

Editor's Note

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the AIA, e-OCULUS is launching its new design. The website is more interactive and user-friendly, thanks to graphic designer Rachel Schauer and web technician Kevin Skoglund. New sections and features will be added throughout the year, so keep an eye out for more changes. Voice your opinion in The Measure section, or send me an e-mail.

- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Reports from the Field


• Panel Sizes Up Bloomberg’s PlaNYC
• Power Broker Revisited
• LOT-EK Injects New Life Into Shipping Containers
• Why Bronx Library Lures Customers
• Architects Return to School
• Curating Kahn

Reports from the Field

Panel Sizes Up Bloomberg’s PlaNYC

Event: Mayor’s Plan for NYC 2030 New York New Visions: An Evolving Conversation
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.05.07
Speakers: Rohit Aggarwala, PhD – director, Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; Donald H. Elliot, Esq. – Hollyer, Brady, Barrett & Hines; Frank Fish, FAICP – BFJ Planning; Mark Ginsberg, FAIA – Curtis + Ginsberg; Jerilyn Perine – executive director, Citizens Housing and Planning Council of NY; Joseph Tortorella, PE – vice president, Robert Silman Associates; Thomas K. Wright – executive vice president, Regional Plan Association
Moderator: Ernest Hutton, AICP, Assoc. AIA – Hutton Associates & New York New Visions
Organizers: New York New Visions; AIA New York Chapter Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Courtesy plaNYC 2030

Courtesy plaNYC 2030

The easy take on the mayor’s potentially prescient PlaNYC 2030 process is that it’s an exercise in collective doomsaying, a deep dark pool of worst-case scenarios. Despite some early press coverage boiling down the message to “the city’s going to become a rat-hole again, just as it was in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” city sustainability director Rohit Aggarwala actually takes a chipper tone. With demographic projections calling for a population of 9.1 million by 2030, the associated problems and risks aren’t hard to identify, whether it’s the chronic affordable-housing crunch, the shortage of trained engineers predicted by Joseph Tortorella, or the surprising fact (raised by Aggarwala in a global-warming context) that NYC ranks second only to Miami in hurricane risk exposure. Major infrastructure here is many decades old; flood lines are likely to rise; the transportation system is already congested enough to cost the city $11.5 billion annually in lost productivity. In this context, preventing trouble by projecting possible versions of it looks prudent, not alarmist.

Having an optimistic outlook while assessing the challenges is constructive initially, but the key term is “initial.“ At this stage, PlaNYC is defining broad targets and gathering data through task-force sessions, not prescribing solutions. Questions of means and accountability will inevitably enliven the debate. Executive vice president of the Regional Plan Association (RPA), Thomas Wright, called on New York New Visions (NYNV) members to serve as “civic cannon fodder,” drawing community leaders’ attention to these priorities. The real fireworks will come when costs and sacrifices have to be specified. The GreeNYC component, for example (the others being OpeNYC and MaintaiNYC), includes an ambitious four-point plan: cutting global-warming emissions by 30%, attaining the nation’s best urban air quality, cleaning up all contaminated land, and opening 90% of the city’s waterways for recreation.

Other stated goals of the overall program include improving park and playground access throughout all boroughs, adding transit capacity, and developing backup systems for the water network. Education, employment, and crime are conspicuously underemphasized in the official brochures distributed, but panelists emphasized the interconnection of those variables with the physical changes under discussion. Jerilyn Perine, executive director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council of NY, urging a renewed effort to secure support for public housing, offered a useful summation of the human bottom line: “If our neighborhoods stop being little factories to manufacture hope of entering the middle class, we’re in real trouble, because the million people who are coming are not all coming with MBAs.”

Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Oculus, Icon, Content, and other publications.

Reports from the Field

Power Broker Revisited

Event: Robert Caro: Reflections on Robert Moses
Location: The Museum of the City of New York, 02.11.07
Speaker: Robert Caro – author, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Organizers: The Museum of the City of New York

“Rome was power, Greece was glory, New York is home.”
– Robert Caro

Published in 1974, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York took seven years for Robert Caro to write. It grew from a straightforward biography into an investigation of urban political power and its function in cities. Though Robert Moses was arguably the most powerful figure in mid-century New York, he was essentially impervious to politics. Holding a litany of appointed titles during his career, he set the city’s priorities from 1945 forward, skewing spending away from social welfare programs and towards public works. He continually diverted funds from Mayor LaGuardia’s pet project – pre-natal care for poor families – towards development.

In a democracy, it is generally believed that power comes from being elected. Moses, one of New York’s most influential and controversial figures in the 20th Century, never held an elected office; but, in many ways he exercised more power over a 40-year span than the six governors and five mayors he served while working for New York. Caro became fascinated by this while writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Moses, Power Broker.

At least 500,000 people lost their homes to his projects, and 21 communities were affected – the famous dark side to Moses’s genius, discussed by Caro. After interviewing inhabitants displaced by the Cross-Bronx Expressway, Caro revealed the widespread blight of which Moses’s heavy-handed public works projects were capable. Ultimately, Caro left the audience with this query: How do we achieve a vision for the city’s future without disturbing the integrity of its past?

Robert Moses and the Modern City is a three-part exhibition currently on view at the Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum of Art, and Columbia University Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

Kate Soto is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor.

Reports from the Field

LOT-EK Injects New Life Into Shipping Containers

Event: People and Buildings: Thinking Inside the Box
Location: Housing Works Bookstore Café, 01.30.07
Speakers: Giuseppe Lignano & Ada Tolla – Principals, LOT-EK; Marc Levinson, author, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
Organizers: The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); New York Council for the Humanities

Courtesy LOT-EK

Mobile Dwelling Units (MDU) travel as standard-size containers, expand to reveal furnished interiors, and could be plugged into “vertical harbors” in any city.

Courtesy LOT-EK

Home, gallery, train station, vertical village, museum, portable retail hut, mega-billboard, recycling plant: these are among the novel alternative uses that Giuseppe Lignano and Ada Tolla, founding principals of LOT-EK, have conceived for the thousands of surplus 20- and 40-foot-long standard shipping containers that accumulate like empty shoeboxes in U.S. port cities. Interpreting the containers as adaptable architectural shells rather than inherently defined freight boxes, the partners envision a radically modular landscape as liquid as capital itself.

Their January 30th presentation – part of CUP’s People and Buildings event series – complemented a lecture delivered by the economist Marc Levinson recounting the evolution of the modern shipping container. According to Levinson, a former editor of The Economist and author of a new book on shipping container history, the adoption of standard shipping containers in the 1950s-70s fueled the industrial decline of formerly bustling ports such as Brooklyn. LOT-EK’s designs creatively invert this relationship; in its hands the very same shipping containers become post-industrial building blocks to revitalize the city. The firm is on a mission to discover how many different types of program can be dynamically planted in, around, and between the containers.

One case study is the Mobile Dwelling Unit (MDU), which not only functions as an independent, fully furnished home, but hypothetically plugs in to a vast “vertical harbor,” or high-rise steel rack, in any metropolis. Said Lignano, “Like pixels in a digital image, temporary patterns are generated by the presence or absence of MDUs in different locations along the rack, reflecting the ever-changing composition of these colonies scattered around the globe.” The completed Bohen Foundation gallery and offices on West 13th St. shows how shipping containers can be adapted to create flexible interior volumes. Accommodating an entirely different program, the train station and tower they have proposed for Turin, Italy, is a 1,800-foot-long “programmable billboard” animated by the constant movement of trains, cars, passengers, and shoppers, as well as a giant stream of travel information and advertisements.

Recycling is one of LOT-EK’s goals, but not only in the material sense. Responding to Levinson’s account of endless negotiations over the exact specifications of standard containers, Lignano said he and Tolla would like to “recycle the intelligence and all the effort” spent developing the 8.5-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide steel and aluminum boxes. They also see latent pop-art value in the multi-colored containers. Shipping containers could one day become as ubiquitous in the built environment as they are on the seas and highways.

Gideon Fink Shapiro is a writer and researcher at Gabellini Sheppard Associates, and contributes to several design publications.

Reports from the Field

Why Bronx Library Lures Customers

Event: Bronx Library – LEED Silver
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.07.07
Speakers: Daniel Heuberger, AIA, LEED AP – Principal, Dattner Architects; Robin Auchincloss, AIA, LEED AP – Senior Associate, Dattner Architects; James Kilkenny – Project Executive F. J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Susan Kent – Director & CEO of The Branch Libraries, The New York Public Library
Moderator: William Stein, AIA – Principal, Dattner Architects
Organizer: AIA NY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Jeff Goldberg/Esto

The Bronx Library Center’s sloping roof aids its green design.

Jeff Goldberg/Esto

The 78,000-square-foot Bronx Library Center at the New York Public Library, the largest public library in the Bronx, is the first publicly funded building in New York City to receive LEED Silver certification. Its open, light interior contrasts the dark 25,000-square-foot building it replaced creating a transparency that connects with the neighborhood. Since its opening in January 2006, numerous community groups began to use the building. If numbers can indicate success, 527,000 items were checked out and 15,400 library cards were issued last year, compared to a previous 154,000 items and 3,100 library cards.

The design of the Bronx Library Center is specific to the site conditions, particularly its eastern orientation and zoning envelope. The sloped metal roof maximizes the building’s area within the zoning constraints and allows light to penetrate the western side of the building. Cantilevered glass on the east façade also gives a sense of openness and maximum light penetration. The design includes an outdoor reading room on the roof that will be surrounded by a 10-foot hedge. Related energy conservation measures include thermally broken glass, light shelves, and mechanical blinds.

In addition to being an important lesson in sustainable design for the client, designers, and contractor, the library enjoys success as a public resource. The users of the building learn about sustainable architecture on a daily basis as they explore the Center’s new design.

Aaron Slodounik, LEED AP, is a freelance art and architecture writer.

Reports from the Field

Architects Return to School

Event: A New Architecture for a New Education symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition “School Buildings – The State of Affairs: A New Architecture for a New Education”
Location: Center for Architecture, 02.03.07
Speakers: Bruce Barrett – Vice President of Architecture & Engineering, NYC School Construction Authority; Barbara Custer – Principal, Nordstrasse Elementary School, Zürich; Richard Dattner, FAIA – Dattner Architects; Manuela Keller-Scheider – Zürich University of Teacher Education; Daniel Kurz – architectural historian, Zürich Building & Zoning Department; Kelvin Shawn Sealey, EdD – founder, Design Lab for Learning Organizations at Columbia Graduate School for Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Tony Vinzenz – Director, Department of Schools and Sport, City of Zürich; Markus Ziegler – Immobilien-Bewirtschaftung, City of Zürich.
Moderator: David M. Steiner – Dean, Hunter College School of Education
Sponsors: Holcim, Think Swiss, The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York


Falletsche School, Zurich-Leimback, Switzerland.


American architects and educators might benefit from looking at recent European models and rethinking the fundamentals of educational building design. In Zürich, the educational structure is departing from the traditional “banking” model, where information is “deposited” into students by teachers. According to Tony Vinzenz, Director of the Department of Schools and Sport in Zürich, teaching is evolving into a team effort intended to “tap the individual potential of each child,” a change that demands more flexibility and connection among classrooms. Extended school hours also increases demands on space, and integration of technology challenges the rigid classroom layout of traditional school buildings.

Even though Zürich faces similar problems to NYC, NYC must address the issues on a larger scale. According to Markus Ziegler, of Zürich’s public real estate department Immobilien-Bewirtschaftung, the amount of school space available in Zürich has doubled since 1940, while the number of school children has decreased by 21%. In NYC, the School Construction Authority houses over 1 million children and plans to add 63,000 seats to the city’s schools within the next five years to keep pace with demand. So while clustering classrooms and providing flex space is desirable in new schools, the question remains how New York’s 1,300 existing facilities can adapt to house new teaching models. “Schools change constantly, while the school buildings stay built,” said Ziegler, an idea that architects should seriously consider when designing tomorrow’s schools.

Carolyn Sponza, AIA, is an architect with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners and is the AIANY Chapter Vice President of Professional Development.

Reports from the Field

Curating Kahn

Exhibition: Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation
Location: Yale University Art Gallery, on view through 07.08.07
Curators: Timothy Applebee – M.Arch. candidate, Yale University; Sonali Chakravarti – Political Science Ph.D. candidate, Yale University; Shannon N. Foshe – History of Art B.A. 2006, Yale University; Kate Howe – Graphic Design M.F.A. candidate, Yale University; Harriet Salmon – Sculpture M.F.A. 2006, Yale University; Catherine Sellers – Education Intern, Yale University Art Gallery; Sydney Skelton – History of Art 2007, Yale University; under the direction of Pamela Franks – Curator of Academic Initiatives, Yale University Art Gallery

Elizabeth Felicella

Yale University Art Gallery, Louis Kahn building, first floor; interior view of Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation exhibition, 2006. (c) 2006 Yale University Art Gallery.

Elizabeth Felicella

Bricks the size of his hands make up the walls. Concrete columns bearing the scars of their creation hold up the suspended ceiling of tetrahedrons. A circular stairwell capped by a dark floating triangle completes the geometry of the space. These are cues we, as student curators, took from the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) building for the Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation exhibition. Connections are made between Louis Kahn’s history and the building while providing a space for conversation between architecture and art.

In representing Kahn’s architecture in the form of a sculpture exhibition, we focused on bringing the visitor to the architect through art. Specifically positioned lights cast the triangular shadows of an Alexander Calder mobile onto the broad cylindrical stairwell behind it. The artwork moves gently with the movement of the building – from door drafts, air conditioning, or passing visitors – connecting elements of Kahn’s vision: the city, the building, and the viewer. Christian Boltanski’s three towers of La fete de Pourim are constructed of biscuit tins that visually mimic the intimately measured bricks of Kahn’s walls.

The concrete columns in the gallery express their construction with imprints of the wood framework – which we saw as translations of Kahn’s physical scars (caused by a fire from his childhood). Likewise, Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled bears the rawness of its creation in her plaster casting, and Lynda Benglis’ Hitch glass sculpture clutches the sand in which it was formed.

Maintaining the life of a building and rejuvenating the spirit of its architect, especially an icon like Kahn, is a challenge. After the recent renovations by Polshek Partnership Architects (see Un-cluttering a Kahn Classic, by Kristen Richards, eOCULUS 07.25.06), the life of YUAG continues, and hopefully we, as curators, have heightened its spirit as well.

Shannon N. Foshe is the Development Associate at the Center for Architecture, and a member of the curatorial team for the Responding to Kahn exhibition.

Rhetorically Speaking

A Grassroots Accent on Appreciation

Doug Gordon

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez.

Doug Gordon

Grassroots, the AIA’s annual legislative and leadership conference, took place this month in Washington, D.C., and was marked by rhetorical flourishes left and right. Speeches at plenary sessions and candidate forums were complemented by acceptance remarks at award ceremonies and impromptu words from the podium when the teleprompter could not keep up with the speakers.

Remarkable speeches included those of architect John Barnes, son of Edward Larrabee Barnes, who accepted the AIA’s Gold Medal on behalf of his father at the Accent on Architecture Gala at the National Building Museum. Following remarks by Henry Cobb, FAIA, of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, who eloquently put the award-winner’s career in perspective, Barnes fils spoke for the 500 people who over the years had worked at the Barnes firm. Unsaid was the feeling that the award would better have been conferred before Barnes died. Perhaps most eloquent was the dignified elation visible on the face of firm partner Mary Barnes, who, from her wheelchair, did not speak, but whose elegant presence captivated the room.

Also at the Accent gala, Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, and Andrea Leers, FAIA, spoke of how their AIA Architecture Firm Award was a product not only of their efforts, but of all those who had worked in their office since its creation in 1982. Recognizing former employees – and the founders’ mothers – as part of a thank you speech seemed especially gracious. Similarly, Maya Lin, following golden-tongued architectural historian VIncent J. Scully, Jr., was more than generous with her praise not only of her former teacher, Scully, but also of her collaborating architects, Kent Cooper, FAIA, and William P. Lecky, AIA, of the Cooper-Lecky Partnership, who share credit for the 25 Year Award winning project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

By far the speech with the most impact, in my opinion, was that of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, of New York’s 12th Congressional District, representing parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. At the opening plenary session on Wednesday, 02.07.07, Rep. Velázquez, now Chair of the House Small Business Committee, spoke of the AIA as an organization of small businesses, and addressed the need for national health plans that allow for employees of start-ups and small businesses to have the same benefits as those working at larger established corporations. She also noted how much better it was to be chair, than merely the ranking minority-party member of a House committee, if one wants to be able to bring legislation to the floor of Congress. After her keynote speech, Rep. Velázquez conferred with local AIA members.

One of the other plenary speakers, Sir Ken Robinson, doing a riff on the subject of creativity, remarked that by late afternoon, “most men have used all their words up.” The most interesting speeches at this year’s Grassroots were, notably, by women.

Editor's Soapbox

America’s Favorite Brands Define Architectural History

“When you ask people to select their favorites… they choose buildings that hold a place in their hearts and minds,” said RK Stewart, FAIA, 2007 AIA President, of the recently released America’s Favorite Architecture list. The public poll compiled 150 “best works of architecture” in celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the AIA’s founding. Many of the buildings are what you might expect – a garden variety of classical icons that speak of patriotism and democracy. Most of the buildings are accessible to the public, whether they are hotels, museums, transportation hubs, or memorials. Indicative of the types of buildings included, the Empire State Building tops the list. The list is generally uninteresting to me (as are most survey results), but the fact that only 21 buildings were constructed in the last 10 years does compel me to question why practicing architects are generally unsuccessful at tugging the heartstrings of the general public.

Perhaps it is a good sign that the largest percentage of those 21 recently constructed buildings are located in NY (six in NYC and one in Long Island). However, three are places where people go to shop: the city’s two Apple stores (#53 and #141) and the Time Warner Center (#105). We are a consumer-oriented society, and we spend more time interacting with retail architecture, maybe more than other types of architecture. So it could be good that people are considering the architectural experience rather than an image. Then again, the Hearst Tower (#71) is inaccessible to the public, and the New York Times Building (#68) is still under construction.

Ultimately, I think it all comes down to branding. Name recognition is at the forefront of the public’s and architects’ minds (after all, it was architects that came up with the initial 248 buildings). Currently, corporations are striking a chord more so than the buildings themselves – and that does not bode well for the future of architecture.

eOn the Scene

Progressive Architecture: 54 Years Young

Event: P/A Awards Party
Location: Center for Architecture – 01.24.07
Organizers: ARCHITECT magazine
Sponsors: Hanley Wood Business Media

Darris James

Ned Cramer (second from left), editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT, poses with members of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. The team won a Jury Citation for the Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Community.

Darris James

Darris James

(l-r): Teran Evans; Jeremy Edmunds, Assoc. AIA, AIANY Director of Programs and Strategic Planning; Teman Evans; Ryan Clark, Assoc. AIA, 2006 AIANYS Associate Director. The Evans twins are managing partners of Dioscuri and contestants from the first season of HGTV’s “Design Star.”

Darris James

The 54th annual Progressive/Architecture, announced at the Center for Architecture January 24, honors architects and designers whose un-built work varies in scale, from Marc Boutin Architect’s Calgary Centre for Global Community, a 25,000-square-foot community center, to Michael Maltzan Architecture’s 2,500-square-foot Pittman Dowell Residence in La Crescenta, California. Although many of the winning projects have international settings – Aziza Chaouni won for her in-depth analysis and proposals for vacant sites in the old medina of Fez, Morocco, and Boston-based Office dA won for an expansion of the Kuwait Sports Shooting Club – many of the projects are community-oriented.

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) received a Jury Citation for its Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Community in Little Rock, Arkansas. “The benefits of being recognized by the P/A awards include bringing to light a type of planning for an aging community and increased visibility to Arkansas’ struggle with urban planning in a disproportionate economic environment,” according to Aaron Gabriel, project director of the UACDC.

The awards ceremony itself was a modest affair. With the P/A Awards being inherited by ARCHITECT, there was a sense that this patriarch of design awards was a nascent event. Replacing the traditional exhibition that usually accompanies the ceremony, full descriptions of the projects were only available in the free copies of ARCHITECT offered at the event. Even though a slide show of the winners cycled throughout the evening, many attendees were disappointed by the omission of an accompanying exhibition. The ceremony itself was rushed and understated as winners were not invited on stage for recognition. In the end, the ceremony did not live up to the preeminence and prestige that a 54-year-old award program deserves.

In The News


• Boerum Hill Grows a Green Urban Show House
• New Spaces Round Out Music Conservatory
• Two Interactive Playgrounds Stretch Kids’ Minds, Muscles
• 30-Story Condo Slated for Brooklyn
• Piazza for SUNY Purchase
• Reopen Airport as Service Center
• NYC IDA Spurs New Office, Industrial Space in Brooklyn
• Survey Predicts Engineer Shortage


Boerum Hill Grows a Green Urban Show House
Working with developers R & E Brooklyn and Studio A/WASA, Natural Home magazine is converting a circa 1920s Brooklyn brownstone that had been slated for demolition, into the city’s first American Lung Association Health House. Plans call for preserving the existing historic brick commercial façade, while creating two three-bedroom residences.

Designed to meet a high standard of environmental performance, solar panels will provide electricity, and an innovative hybrid solar-thermal and gas-fired system will provide heating and cooling. Eco-friendly materials will include cement made from fly ash, recycled glass countertops, bamboo flooring finished with low-VOC water-based poly, and sorghum stalk kitchen cabinets. In order to be a Health House, a project must meet stringent standards that address moisture and humidity control, energy efficiency, air filtration and ventilation, and materials emissions. In addition, the project will include site inspections during the construction phase and performance testing upon completion. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.


New Spaces Round Out Music Conservatory

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

The multi-functional Ades Performance Space at the Manhattan School of Music.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

The Manhattan School of Music gained two new performance spaces and a residence for the president, completing the school’s plan for a fully functional and centralized campus community on the Upper West Side. The $65 million project, designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, began with the construction of a 19-story multi-use building to house dorms, practice rooms, and a new music library.

Now the school’s campus has the Miller Recital Hall, designed for recitals by faculty and students it is an intimate 1,775-square-foot performance space that seats 15. The multi-functional, 2,080-square-foot Ades Performance Space accommodates 216 persons and allows for multiple configurations for staging informal performances including chamber music, jazz, opera, and musical theater, as well as rehearsal space for large ensembles. The residence, with a penthouse and wrap-around terrace, also serves as an extension of the president’s office and as entertaining space for the institution.


Two Interactive Playgrounds Stretch Kids’ Minds, Muscles

Ellen Honigstock Architect

The deli component of apple seeds playground.

Ellen Honigstock Architect

Rockwell Group

Burling Slip playground aims to encourage imagination.

Rockwell Group

Imagination Playground, a private/public partnership between the Rockwell Group and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation got a thumbs-up from Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) after receiving necessary approval from the local community board. Billed as a place “where kids will exercise their minds as well as their muscles,” the Rockwell Group’s model, initiated as a pro bono project, adds a rich environment of diverse materials encouraging unstructured “free play” in addition to traditional fixed equipment for physical activity.

The playground, located at Burling Slip adjacent to South Street Seaport, incorporates elements such as climbing ropes, a lookout ramp with telescopes, amphitheater seating, and a multi-level “crow’s nest” that has a double function as storage for loose parts. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) provided a grant for the construction of the Playground and the architect and the city are seeking to raise an additional $2 million for an endowment. Construction is slated to begin late 2007.

On West 25th Street near Madison Square Park, two friends, both moms of twins, decided they needed an indoor place for kids and their parents to hang out in the neighborhood. Designed by Ellen Honigstock Architect, apple seeds is a 15,000-square-foot play space, café, and boutique with classrooms where students can learn music, art, cooking, and yoga. The main attraction of apple seeds is its 2,500-square-foot NYC-themed interactive playground created by children’s museum designer, Roto Studios. The playground is divided into three zones – “the neighborhood,” ‘the park,” and “the city,” coinciding with early childhood development.


30-Story Condo Slated for Brooklyn

Courtesy Clarett Group

Purchase College Student Services Building

Courtesy Clarett Group

Forté, a 30-story residential condo designed by FXFOWLE Architects, will be constructed in the new BAM Cultural District. Containing 108 residences, from studios to three-bedroom apartments, the streamlined glass ribbon façade will house four homes per floor and include gourmet kitchens and luxury amenities.


Piazza for SUNY Purchase

Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects

Purchase College Student Services Building

Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects

Kevin Hom + Andrew Goldman Architects has recently completed a new, $12.6 million student services building for Purchase College. The project is part of a campus master plan conducted by the firm, designed to create a new center for academic and outdoor functions. The 57,000-square-foot glass and brick building has a two-story atrium with a one-stop-shop for student services and a multi-media conference center. The center is located at the end of the newly created Central Campus Mall, a plaza extension consisting of an overpass infill that bridges over an existing roadway, creating a new quad area know as the “Piazza.”

Reopen Airport as Service Center

Margulies Hoelzli Architecture

The Avitat Westchester

Margulies Hoelzli Architecture

After a 15-month, $9 million renovation that converted its pre-jet age airplane hangar, Avitat Westchester reopened as a modern airport service center at Westchester County Airport. The 21,000-square-foot, two-story lean-to terminal, designed by Margulies Hoelzli Architecture, contains multi-tenant offices, crew facilities, maintenance shops, and storage facilities. Hoping to make the trip from to the aircrafts interesting, the facility has a glass canopy, an atrium, custom stainless steel staircases, aquariums filled with tropical fish, a baby grand piano, and its own Starbuck’s with freshly brewed coffee for pilots and passengers.


NYC IDA Spurs New Office, Industrial Space in Brooklyn
New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA), administered by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), approved financial assistance for the office component of The Center at Albee Square, a mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn that will serve as the city’s first major commercial project constructed in the area since a 2004 rezoning. The $60.4 million project is expected to create more than 470 construction jobs over three years and provide office space for about 500 permanent jobs. The IDA Board also approved financing assistance to four industrial companies, an auto parts manufacturer, commercial printer, importer/distributor of groceries, an apparel manufacturer, and a not-for-profit religious school.


Survey Predicts Engineer Shortage
In time for National Engineers Week 2007, a survey of 175 member firms conducted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACECNY), reveals the direction, trends, and challenges the consulting engineering industry expects to face over the next five years. Critical issues include finding and retaining qualified personnel. Currently, 42% of those surveyed said they have enough engineers to meet their needs, and they anticipate this problem to grow. Personnel shortages in civil engineering, including transportation, highway, and bridge engineers, followed by mechanical and electrical engineers, fire safety, structural, and environmental engineers appeared to be of greatest concern to respondents. Topping the list of factors important to retaining professional engineers are higher salaries, more visibility and recognition, mentoring, and job security.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture


• Communities Benefit from Blueprint
• AIA Presses Congress to Establish New Energy Standards
• NCARB Restructures
• Training Architects to Manage Liability
• Passing: Luisa Kreisberg

SAVE THE DATES: 2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Celebrations

2007 AIA New York Chapter Design Awards Celebrations

04.11.07 Design Awards Luncheon for Award Recipients and their clients
04.12.07 Design Awards Exhibition Opening at the Center for Architecture


Communities Benefit from Blueprint

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched the nationwide community service initiative Blueprint for America to mark the organization’s 150th anniversary. In 156 communities across the country, AIA members are donating their time and expertise in collaborating with citizens to find and implement ways to enhance their communities.

“Architecture cannot exist in a silo,” said David Downey, CAE, Assoc. AIA, Managing Director of the AIA Center for Communities by Design. “Communities thrive when the public is engaged and encouraged to share their vision for the future.”

Over the last six months, the AIA has donated $2 million to community grant projects led by AIA chapters and members. Grant recipients were notified in May and October of 2006. As the projects are completed over the course of this year, the AIA will compile case studies from individual Blueprint projects. The case studies, intended for local officials interested in implementing similar programs, will be accessible through the AIA’s website free of charge. The completed piece, titled “Blueprint for America Mosaic: A Gift to the Nation,” will be presented by the AIA in 2008.


AIA Presses Congress to Establish New Energy Standards

Following The American Institute of Architects annual Grassroots Legislative and Leadership Conference, 2007 AIA President RK Stewart, FAIA, testified before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the issue of energy efficiency in buildings. He explained that buildings play a pivotal role in contributing to climate change, and recommended that Congress pass legislation committing the federal government to meeting aggressive energy efficiency requirements for federal buildings. It is the AIA’s recommendation that all new buildings and major renovations owned or leased by the federal government should immediately meet fossil fuel-generated energy consumption targets that represent a 50% reduction from that of similar federal buildings in 2003. In 2010, this target would increase to a 60% reduction. The targets would increase thereafter at five-year intervals until 2030, when new federal buildings and major renovations would be carbon neutral.

“Because the built environment produces nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, there is an overwhelming need to revolutionize the ways that buildings are designed,” said Stewart. “While state and local governments have taken the lead on encouraging energy-efficient building design, the federal government is in the best position to accelerate adoption of sustainable design principles through a combination of tax incentives, regulations and legislative requirements.”


NCARB Restructures

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) said it would restructure its staff leadership. It hopes the organization will bring a new focus on more integrated programs and improved operations over the next decade. At the core of the change is the establishment of two vice president-level positions that will report directly to Executive Vice President Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA. Long-term NCARB staff members, Mary S. de Sousa and Stephen Nutt, AIA, have been promoted to vice president of operations, and vice president of programs, respectively. Together with the Lucey, the two vice presidents will form the Office of the EVP. The leadership of the Council offered its strong support to this restructuring.


Training Architects to Manage Liability
By Carolyn Sponza, AIA

Speakers Michael S. Zetlin, Esq., and Lori Schwarz, Esq., helped the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) kick off its 2007 Architects in Training series with the talk Contracts, Liability and Construction Law. “When we talk about construction law, it’s not really the truth; it’s about the perception of the truth,” according to Zetlin. The goal of the lecture was to help architects navigate successfully through the contracting phase, drafting an agreement that could help mitigate liability throughout the entire project.

Zetlin outlined potential pitfalls that architects often succumb to when assembling contracts, such as not clearly listing phases of service with tasks, an effort that assures both architect and client have a fixed expectation of project scope. Identifying what comprises an “additional service” is also important, as is identifying a fixed project end date. Other traps to avoid in the contract include using language that implies extremes, such as phrases like “to the highest professional standards” or agreeing to “guarantee” the work. Inclusion of such phrases could ultimately void insurance coverage. Schwarz ended the discussion with an explanation of dispute resolution, saying that despite all of the legalese, “don’t ignore your common sense.”

Architects in Training is a series of six lectures aimed at addressing practical issues not often taught in the workplace. Three lectures still remain in this year’s series:

02.27.07 Zoning: Regulating the Good You Can’t Think Of
03.06.07 Architect’s Financial Management Is Not an Oxymoron
03.13.07 Marketing Panel Discussion

For more information about upcoming events click the link.


Passing: Luisa Kreisberg

Luisa Kreisberg, arts advocate and public relations advisor, has died at age 72 following a long struggle with cancer. She directed the communications office of the Museum of Modern Art during some of its most eventful years, and then went on to establish her own widely influential public relations firm, The Kreisberg Group, through which she advised a host of high-profile clients, from Lincoln Center, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the Rockefeller Foundation, to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the New York Times Company.

Of Interest

Check out two new website resources for the architecture and planning community:

Launched by the Skyscraper Museum, this is the second in a series of Web projects that present the museum’s archival holdings with an interactive interface. The Visual Index to the Virtual Archive 2 (VIVA2) provides access to more than 1,000 photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building, including workers, machinery, ceremonies, and city scenes. All images can be enlarged, e-mailed, or printed. This spring, the World Trade Center towers will be made available as well.

Created to be a general user-contributed encyclopedia, glossary, reference and resource guide, directory, and compendium of best practices, PlanningWiki is intended to be more than just an encyclopedia-like reference guide. The new Wiki will provide a resource for specialized and localized planning knowledge that would otherwise be considered too narrow in scope for encyclopedia-type sites such as Wikipedia and Digital Universe. Anyone can contribute, so spread the word and consider adding an entry or two!

Names in the News

The AIA New York Chapter released its list of 2007 Design Award recipients; 31 winners were selected from over 400 submissions. Architecture Honor Award winners include: Weiss/Manfredi (Olympic Sculpture Park); Diller Scofidio + Renfro (The Institute of Contemporary Art); Steven Holl Architects (Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall Center Wing, and New Residence at the Swiss Embassy); Steven Harris Architects (92 Jane Street); and Foster + Partners (Hearst Tower). Interior Architecture Honor Award winners are Dean/ Wolf Architects (Operable Boundary Townhouse/ Garden) and Della Valle Bernheimer (23 Beekman Place). Project Honor Awards were awarded to Thomas Phifer and Partners (North Carolina Museum of Art) and nARCHITECTS (Windshape).

Michael Kwartler, FAIA, and Carmi Bee, FAIA, will receive the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union Alumni Association in April at the Cooper Union Founder’s Day Dinner…Civitas, the citizens’ group dedicated to improving neighborhood quality of life in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and East Harlem, has chosen Metropolis magazine publisher Horace Havemeyer III and editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy as the 2007 recipients of its August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence… The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is the recipient of a grant of $10 million from The Starr Foundation…

Balcony Media, Inc., publishers of art and architecture books and LA Architect magazine, announced that it will launch a new national trade publication, FORM: pioneering design, in June 2007…The Architect’s Newspaper launched a California edition on 02.21.07 with Sam Lubell as the chief editor…

Raymond C. Bordwell, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the Perkins Eastman as a New York City-based principal… Meltzer/Mandl Architects has promoted David G. Carpenter to Associate Principal and Director of Development… David Kriegel, AIA, has been named Managing Principal at Gran Kriegel Associates, a newly named full-service architecture and planning firm originally founded in 1965 as Gran Associates…


Adam Melis

Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director discusses “Grassroots” issues with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, of New York’s 12th Congressional District, at Grassroots, the AIA’s annual legislative and leadership conference.

Adam Melis

Courtesy New York Public Library

The NYPL Bronx Library Center celebrated receiving LEED certification 01.11.07. (l-r): Michael Alvarez, Bronx Library Center Chief Librarian; Ariella Rosenberg, NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations; Daniel Heuberger, AIA, LEED AP, Datter Architects; Paul LeClerc, Bronx Library Center President; Joyce Lee, AIA, Chief Architect at the City of New York Office of Management and Budget; Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO, and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Courtesy New York Public Library

Neelesh Jethwa

02.12.07: The 2007 AIANY Design Awards jury discussed the 31 winning entries at a sympoisum at the Center for Architecture (l-r): Benjamin Gianni, School of Architecture, Carleton University, Ottawa (Interiors); Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Architect, Raleigh (Projects); Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago (Projects); Piero Sartogo, Sartogo Architetti Associati, Rome (Interiors); Peter Waldman, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Projects); Massimiliano Fuksas, Massimiliano Fuksas architetto, Rome (Architecture); Dan Hanganu, Dan S. Hanganu Architects, Montreal (Architecture); and Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin (Architecture); not present: Debra Lehman-Smith, Lehman Smith McLeish, Washington, DC. 2007 Design Awards Chairman William M. Singer, AIA at the podium.

Neelesh Jethwa

More than 200 art enthusiasts and designers were “wowed” Tuesday night with the official launch of the Art Production Fund’s (APF) new Works on Whatever (WOW) series at the Madeline Weinrib Atelier, ABC Carpet & Home.

Courtesy Art Production Fund

(l-r): Doreen Remen – Co-Founder, Art Production Fund; Diane Hachtman – Northeast Regional Vice President, Durkan Hospitality; Yvonne Force Villareal – Co-Founder, Art Production Fund; Susan Halpern – Northeast Regional Sales Representative, Durkan Hospitality.

Courtesy Art Production Fund


The Southpoint: From Ruin to Rejuvenation exhibition is traveling throughout New York State. Organized by the Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee, AIA NY Chapter, the exhibition is currently at the University of Buffalo. Check out Proposals for “Universal Art Center” Subject of UB Exhibit to read more.


The Center for Architecture Foundation, and its director Erin McCluskey, was featured in the 02.12.07 issue of New York magazine. Check out On the Rise.


The NYC Economic Development Corporation launched a redesigned website to provide comprehensive information and resources. The website features tools for determining incentives eligibility, interactive maps for locating zoning areas and project locations, and other industry-specific data. Click the link.

New Deadlines

Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
if you have ideas, projects, opinions – or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below – we’d like to hear from you! Deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated; projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Send suggestions to Kristen Richards.
06.01.07 Fall 2007: Collaboration
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

02.23.07 Submission: The Future of Architecture
The Small Project Practitioners Journal is seeking articles, practice tips, and case studies on architecture of engagement and lessons learned for SPP Journal #40: Leaders or Followers: The Future of the Architecture Profession. The issue will address such questions as what it means to be a community leader and define architecture of engagement. Contact Diane Trevarrow Evans for more information.

02.23.07 Submission: On the Water
As part of the AIA 150 celebration, AIA Seattle seeks examples of innovative waterfront design projects, both built and imagined, from the U.S. and beyond. The designs will hopefully inspire and generate dialogue as part of a community-level campaign focused on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and other waterfront design issues in the region.

03.01.07 Registration: NYCSCA Grants
The New York State Council on the Arts is awarding grants, valued up to $10,000, for projects that relate to architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, urban and rural planning, urban design, historic preservation, graphic design, and industrial design. The program is particularly interested in innovative ideas being explored outside of traditional practice. Only New York State residents are eligible to apply.

03.02.07 Nomination: Jane Jacobs Medal
The Rockefeller Foundation will award the first annual Jane Jacobs Medal to two individuals whose contributions have significantly shaped the urban environment of New York City. Prizes will total $200,000.

03.15.07 Submission: 2007 AIA St. Louis Architectural Photography Competition
AIA St. Louis has announced the call the call for entries for its annual Photography Competition. The 14 winning images will be exhibited at the 2007 convention and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four prizes. Fifty-two of the images will be used in the 2009 Rizzoli Architectural Engagement Calendar. The competition is open to any/all actively registered architects in the US, Associate AIA members, and student members of AIAS.

03.30.07 Submission: 2007 AIA NYS Convention: Call for Presentation Proposals
Inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the AIA, the theme of the 2007 AIA New York State Convention (10.04.07 – 10.06.07) will be “The Past as Prologue.” Proposals are being accepted for seminar topics that address this theme – or better yet, take it to the next level: to educate design professionals.

04.06.07 Submission: Smart Environments Awards
Metropolis magazine and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) invite architects and interior design professionals to submit interiors projects that achieve design excellence while promoting human well-being and sustainability. Winning projects will be considered for publication in Metropolis.

04.06.07 Submission: SMPS 2007 Marketing Communications Awards
Open to both members and non-members of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), this competition recognizes excellence in 18 different categories of marketing communications by design and building industry firms.

04.15.07 Submission: Lifecycle Building Challenge
Building materials from construction and demolition account for one-third of the total waste produced in the United States each year. This national competition invites students and professionals to submit designs and ideas that provide possible solutions for the disassembly of entire buildings, building components, and/or tools and strategies.

05.04.07 Submission: HPD RFP
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced an RFP for a mixed-use development comprised of affordable housing, performing arts space, and retail that will be located in the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District. A pre-submission conference will be held on 02.23.07 at 11:30 A.M at HPD, and responses to the RFP are due by hand on 05.04.07 no later than 4 P.M.

On View

Gallery Hours
Monday–Friday: 9:00am–8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am–5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Falletsche School, Zurich-Leimbach, Switzerland

Related Events

Thursday, February 1, 2007, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Saturday, February 3, 2007, 1:00pm — 5:00pm
A new architecture for a new education

CES credits available

Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 4:30 — 6:30pm
Educator’s Open House

Saturday, February 10, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm
FamilyDay@theCenter: Schools of the Future

January 15 - March 24, 2007

School Buildings – The State of Affairs

Gallery: Kohn Pederson Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery, South Gallery

Today’s educators require flexible spaces that can satisfy multiple functions and future demands and they are in need of spaces that enhance modern teaching as well as a student’s personal development. Communities request to share facilities and services, and changing social patterns require new services at schools. In response, architects design schools that feel, look and function differently, having become learning and community centers. It’s a new architecture for a new education. This exhibition illustrates this process and the schools that have been built in the course of it. It contains 31 examples of recently built or designed schools from Zurich Switzerland along with examples from Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Austria. It facilitates a dialog among educators, architects, and the community, strikingly similar to the efforts than have been made in New York over the past few years. It will make for an interesting and fruitful dialog. Click here to see a complete list of all schools showcased in the exhibition.

The current exhibition is organized by:

AIA New York Chapter Committee on Architecture for Education, Umberto Dindo, AIA, Chairman ETH Zurich / Center
for Cultural Studies in Architecture (CCSA), Martin Schneider, scientific associate, dipl. arch. ETH Zurich

The exhibition is a site-specific presentation of a traveling exhibition originally organized by: ETH Zurich / Center for Cultural Studies in Architecture (CCSA), City of Zurich Building Authority, School and Sport Authority, and the Zurich University of Teacher Education.

Exhibition Underwriters:
Credit Suisse, City of Zurich, ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture

Credit Suisse

City of Zurich

ETH Zurich

South Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Hunts Point, NY, Weisz + Yoes Studio
Albert Vecerka/Esto

January 16 — March 17, 2007

Schools of the Future — US Case Studies

Gallery: Library

What is the relationship between pedagogical visions and spaces for children? This question is pivotal to understanding good school architecture. Currently there is widespread emphasis on innovative approaches to education that reflect a more personalized conception of learning than prevailed during the 20th century. This exhibition presents a selection of significant school designs from across the US.

Organized by:Ria Stein, Berlin; Texts by Mark Dudek, London; Design by Oliver Kleinschmidt, Berlin

The exhibition is based on the book Schools and Kindergartens — A Design Manual by Mark Dudek, published by Birkhauser Verlag AG

Exhibition sponsored by:
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Jason Bruges Studio

Related Events

Friday, January 12, 2007
Opening Party
Talk with designer Jason Bruges, 5:30 — 6:30pm
Party, 6:30 — 10:00pm

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 5:30 — 8:00pm
A new architecture for a new education

CES credits available

Saturday, March 10, 2007, 1:00 — 4:00pm
Shadow Play — Family Day @ the Center

January 12 — March 10, 2007

Visual Echo

Gallery: Gerald D. Hines Gallery

This interactive light installation acts as a meandering ribbon of light by remembering the colors visitors wear. While also recording the rhythm and frequency of visitors, the ribbon transforms the viewer’s perception of space. Using cutting edge LED tiles, this work by Jason Bruges Studio demonstrates exciting new potentials and questions how light, space and color can interrelate in architectural space.

Organized by: The AIA New York Chapter in partnership with the Illuminating
Engineering Society, New York Section (IESNY), the International Committee
AIA New York Chapter, and the Royal Society of the Arts

Exhibition Underwriters:
Color Kinetics, SKYY 90




*Opening Party
presented as part
of the SKYY90
Diamond Design Series

Bjorn Wallander

Related Events

October 10, 6:00–8:00pm
Exhibition Opening

October 11, 6:00–8:00pm
Going Public Roundtable

October 6–March 3, 2007

Going Public 2: City Snapshot(s) and Case Studies of the Mayor’s Design and Construction Excellence Initiative

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery, Edgar A. Tafel Hall

Two-part exhibition celebrating public projects in New York City. City Snapshot(s) is the second installation of the Center for Architecture’s inaugural exhibition showcasing recent and newly proposed public architecture, art, engineering and landscape projects submitted by open call. Highlighting the efforts of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to enhance the city’s built environment, Case Studies of the Mayor’s Design and Construction Excellence Initiative will focus on seven projects and look at how the NYC Department of Design and Construction is redefining what public architecture can be in the twenty-first century. Together, the two installations document the scope, quality, and diversity of public work in New York City.

Curator: Thomas Mellins
Exhibition and Graphic Design: TRUCK product architecture

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter

Bovis Lend Lease; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; FXFOWLE Architects; KPF

Bovis Lend Lease  

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson  



Forest City Ratner Companies; National Reprographics, Inc.; Rose Brand; W Architecture and Landscape Architects

The LiRO Group

Special thanks to:
Office of the Mayor, City of New York; New York City Department of Design and Construction; Center for Architecture Foundation; The Thornton-Tomasetti Group

Bjorn Wallander

September 26–February 17, 2006

Project Showcase: The New York Times Building

Galleries: Street Gallery, Public Resource Center

The Center for Architecture presents a preview of the new 52-story New York Times Building currently being constructed on Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets. Models, drawings, and material samples describe the innovation and design process, with photography by Annie Leibovitz documenting the urban context of this spectacular new skyscraper. Special emphasis is placed on the sustainable features and technique in creating this remarkable new tower for Times Square. Find out why architect Renzo Piano calls the design—a collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects—”An Expression of Love” for New York City.

Organized by: AIA New York Chapter in partnership with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFOWLE Architects
Exhibition Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Graphic Design: Pentagram

MechoShade Systems
Mechoshades Systems

Flack + Kurtz;
FJ Sciame Construction

Flack + Kurtz  



Clarett Group;
Gardiner + Theobald;
The Thornton Tomasetti Group;
Zumtobel Lighting

Special thanks to: The New York Times Company; Forest City Ratner Companies; Annie Leibovitz

On View

Exhibition Announcement

Note: In the 01.09.07 issue of e-OCULUS, a description of the exhibition, Floodwall, was included. This exhibition is being accused of Copyright Infringement for plagiarizing Resurrection II, by artist Sook Jin Jo. Click on the “issues” link to read more about it on Jo’s website.

Christian Holm, courtesy P.S.1

Emergency Room is open to the public.

Christian Holm, courtesy P.S.1.

Through 03.19.07
Emergency Room

Emergency Room is a constantly evolving collaborative exhibition conceived and led by artist Thierry Geoffroy, a.k.a. Colonel. Geoffroy has invited over 30 local and international artists to create and install new works in a range of media, all generated daily in response to current events. On each day of the exhibition, artists will install new work in response to the events of the last 24 hours, an arrangement that recalls daily news cycles. The artworks stay on view until the next morning when some are moved to an adjacent archive space and replaced by new work. Click here to see daily updates of the exhibition.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Courtesy Exit Art

Courtesy Exit Art

Through 03.31.07
The Building Show

In homage to buildings as vertical symbols, Exit Art presents an exhibition featuring 26 conceptual, realistic, personal, intimate, and analytical artworks that are defined by artists’ personal relationships to existing structures.

Exit Art 475 10th Avenue

Courtesy Whitney at Altria

Courtesy Whitney at Altria

Through 09.15.07
Burgeoning Geometries

Simple, reductive forms draw attention to the minutiae of the material environment in this group exhibition. Artists Diana Cooper, Tara Donovan, Charles Goldman, Jason Rogenes, Jane South, and Phoebe Washburn used materials from everyday life including cut paper, felt, discarded paint, straight pins, scrap wood, left-over Styrofoam, fluorescent lights, and cardboard.

Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria 120 Park Avenue at 42nd Street


eCalendar now includes the information that used to be found in eOculus’ Around the Center, Around the AIA, and Around Town sections. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.

AIANY Membership Report


Pardon the long report! It is wonderful to see the chapter growing in this 150th Anniversary year of the American Institute of Architects. We welcome each new member and encourage participation by all those who take a deep interest in the design community in New York and beyond; click here to learn more about our member categories and benefits.

On March 15, 2007 we’ll be having a special welcome reception for new members starting at 5:30 pm; we hope you’ll come and meet committee chairs, board members, staff and others who can help to make your membership create a lasting difference.

Reminder to those who have not yet renewed: All 2007 dues should be paid or in process. Unrenewed individuals will miss membership benefits after March 31, 2007. Email Suzanne Mecs if you need a replacement renewal notice or special assistance with your renewal.

New Architect Members: Geoffrey Ronald Aiken, AIA, Perkins + Will | Amy Wai Ching Cheung, AIA, DGBK Architects | Pablo De Miguel, AIA, Tsao & McKown Architects | Pengzhan Du, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Irina Gorelik, AIA, SBLM Architects | Robert Gross, AIA, Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design | William E. Hoisington, LEED, AIA, Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, P.C. | Stanley Jones, Peter Marino Architect, PLLC | Steven Keith, RA, Perkins Eastman & Partners | Leonid Kravchenko, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Chi Kwong Lau, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | David Marini, AIA, S. Russell Groves Architect | Edward Michael Mayer, AIA, Gruzen Samton LLP | Willliam C. McCallion, AIA, Merritt & Harris, Inc. | Nicholas Melone, AIA | Kenichiro Mito, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Matthew Howard Mueller, AIA, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects | Julie Elizabeth Nymann, AIA, Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Nancy A. Rankin, AIA, John G. Waite Associates, Architects, PLLC | Satyen B. Rawal, AIA, GF55 Architects, LLP | Charles Renfro, AIA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro | Jason D. Smith, AIA, Michael Graves and Associates | Esther Sperber, AIA, Studio St Architects, PC | Tran Vinh, AIA, Specialty Brands Group | Todd Walbourn, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Feng Xu, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C. | Chia-Ling Yin, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C.

Individuals recently upgraded to Architect Membership: Colin Davis, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Min-Chang Lee, AIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners | German Ortiz, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Kevin Seymour, AIA, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc.

New Associate Members: Daniel Y. Cheng, Assoc. AIA, CUNY City University of New York Graduate Center | Dunam Choi, Assoc. AIA, Seoul National University Department of Architecture | Vera Coren, Assoc. AIA, City College Architecture Department, CUNY | Kathryn Crepeau, Assoc. AIA, Narofsky Architecture & Design | Tina Marie Duhon, Assoc. AIA, Parsons | Jin S Hwang, Assoc. AIA, SIAPLAN & Associates, INC. | Jong Youne Kim, Assoc. AIA, Butler Rogers Baskett Architects P.C. | Lindsey Ann Kosinski, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Amanda B. Langweil, Assoc. AIA, Goshow Architects | Samuel Martinez, Assoc. AIA, City University of New York | Ann Charmaine Chua Ong, Assoc. AIA, David Hunter Architects | Frank Perez, Assoc. AIA, Metamorphix Global, Inc. | Peter Christopher Poruczynski, Assoc. AIA, SBLM Architects | Ruangpong (Ron) Rodpracha, Assoc. AIA, EDI Architecture, Inc. | Steven R. Schutt, Assoc. AIA, Steve Schutt Modern | Lorna Torres-Jones, Assoc. AIA, CUNY Department of Design, Construction and Management | James A. Underwood, V, Assoc. AIA, U:Lighting, Inc. | Jo Ellen Walker, Assoc. AIA, Jo Walker Design Consulting

New Titanium Corporate Member Representatives: DMJM Harris – Gary Morris, PE | Enterprise Lighting Sales – Jonathan Barnett | Severud Associates Consulting Engineers PC – John A. Baranello, Jr.; Dominic Cullen; Edward DePaola; Brian Falconer; Cawsie Jijina; Yury Marinyansky; Andrew Mueller-Lust; Steven J. Najarian; Louis A. Occhicone; Richard Savignano

New Steel Corporate Member Representatives: AMEC Construction – Pat Muldoon | National Reprographics, Inc. – Leah Kaplan; Justin Levitz; Dougals Magid; Ira Packer; Griff Roberts | WSP Cantor Seinuk – Ahmad Rahimian, S.E.P.E.; Viadimir Seijas; Jeffrey Smilow, PE

New Aluminum Corporate Member Representatives: Abbey Hart Brick & Stone – Doug Wetzel | Won-Door Corporation – William Saraceni

New Center for Architecture Student Members: Juan Caicedo, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Vincent Castelli, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Giovanna Danna, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Zinaida Eskina, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Anne Feldman, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Iris Giboyeaux, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Stella Rose Grillo, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ashley Henschel, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Angie Huh, Columbia University Ctr. for Urban Research & Policy | Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture | Ryan Knippenberg, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Joseph Kremar, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Karen L. Kubey, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation | Birute Kubiliute, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Kin Hei Lam, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Natalie Langone, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Adam Levin, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Anthony Malacarne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture | Thomas McDermott, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Milan Michail, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Nathanael Morejon, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ross Padluck, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Christopher Petrone, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Michael Pryor, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Ruben Ramales, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | James Reynolds, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Mihir Shah, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Colin Simmer, Syracuse University School of Architecture | Jared Smith, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Igor Tolkach, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | David Turturo, Syracuse University School of Architecture | Mei Fung Wong, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | James Yankopoulos, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Wei Tzu Yu, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan | Paul Zajac, New York Institute of Technology- Manhattan

New Center for Architecture Professional Members: Chuck Bailey, Halfen Anchoring Systems | Dave Bueche, Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. | David deBear, CUSTOM BUILDING PRODUCTS | Bob Dehne, Owens Corning | Lawrence Barry Goldberg, Esq., Lawrence B. Goldberg, Esq. | Steven R. Goldstein, Esq., Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt, LLP | Karen Lewis, Microsol Resources Corporation | Roger McGuire, Dunbarton | Rob Morrison, Venco Sales | Dave Pedreira, ASSA ABLOY | Kenneth R. Raikowski, ASSA ABLOY | Jay Tribich, DGA Security Systems | Attila Uysal, SBLD Studio | Youngoh Yoon, Yoon & Y Design, Inc.

New Center for Architecture Corresponding Members: John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, Hoffmann Architects | Martin Millman, Colgate Development LLC | Cass Calder Smith, AIA, CCS Architecture

New Center for Architecture Public Members: Miles Aiken

Congratulations to Sheldon Wander, FAIA, who has upgraded to Emeritus Status

Reinstating Members: Cleveland Adams, AIA | Joseph C. Carrillo, AIA, The Ford Foundation | Ashoke K. Chakraborty, AIA, New York City School Construction Authority | Jong Kwon Cho, AIA, KLC Architects | John J. Ciardullo, Jr., AIA, John Ciardullo Associates | Lise Anne Couture, AIA, Asymptote Architecture | Laurian J. Dixon, Assoc. AIA | Carol Dufresne-Trent, AIA | Harry Elson, AIA, Harry Elson Architect | Jan A. Gorlach, AIA, FXFOWLE Architects | Gary Todd Griggs, AIA, American Development Group (ADG) | Joseph A. Hand, AIA, DMJM H & N | Douglas J. Hassebroek, AIA, Douglas Hassebroek Architect | Apichat Marquardt Leungchaikul, AIA, Polshek Partnership Architects LLP | Daniel Libeskind, AIA, Studio Daniel Libeskind | Nadia Mojib Shirazi, AIA, Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners | Leslie Neblett, AIA, Office for Global Architecture | George Restivo, AIA, Cannon Design | John Soraci, AIA, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP | Douglas R. Wasama, AIA, Wank Adams Slavin Associates | Anton Wong, AIA | Bashir Zivari, AIA, Jeffrey Berman Architect | Members who transferred in to the AIA New York Chapter:, | Catherine G. Alberte, AIA, NBBJ | Asma Jalees Bajwa, Assoc. AIA, Ted Moudis Associates | Murrye E. Bernard, Assoc. AIA | Michael E. Hardy, AIA, Granary Associates | Anne Gatling Haynes, AIA, City of New York, Office of the Mayor Capital Project Development | John J. Hill, AIA | Jean Kim, AIA, H Associates, Inc. | Ying Li, AIA, CCDI USA | Marica McKeel, Assoc. AIA, Parsons The New School for Design | Yetunde O. Olaiya, Assoc. AIA, Rafael Vinoly Architects P.C. | Steven J. Piguet, AIA | Maria Tarczynska, AIA, DMJM + Harris, Inc. | Jennifer Thayer, AIA, B. Thayer Associates | Vera Tse, Assoc. AIA, STUDIOS Architecture | Elizabeth A. Uncles, Assoc. AIA, Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Arch., PC | Michael S. Wildman, LEED AP, AIA, Berzak Associates Architects, PC | Leonard R. Woods, AIA, Leonard Woods Architect

Members who have transferred to another AIA Chapter: Good luck in your new locale: Fabiola Anzola, Int’l Assoc. AIA, Gensler | Peter Glenford Bachmann, AIA, BL Companies | Frank Bonura, AIA, Frank Bonura | Robert Boyers, AIA | Sanki Choe, AIA, Kyu Sung Woo Architects | Anthony Cucich, AIA, Anthony Cucich-R.A. | Daniel J. Fenyn, AIA, The S/L/A/M Collaborative | Robert C. Halverson, AIA, John Portman | Scott B. Hunter, AIA, NBBJ (Los Angeles) | Anthony Law, AIA, Anthony Law Architect | John Ming-Yee Lee, FAIA | Emma Macari, FAIA | Sarah Markovitz, AIA, NBBJ | Amber Mazzucca, AIA, Kean Williams Giambertone | Paulom Mistry, AIA, Di Domenico and Partners, LLP | Saverio Anthony Quaranta, AIA | Edward O. Rice, AIA, Ann Beha Associates, Inc. | Martin P. Riese, AIA, Gehry Technologies | Terence Riley, AIA, Miami Art Museum | Zachary Rosenfield, AIA, Zachary Rosenfield, Architect | Edward T. Shiffer, AIA, Edward T. Shiffer Architect P.C. | Michael Silverman, AIA, WPG Architect Group | Niall Washburn, AIA


Urban Designer – Senior Level
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP New York is currently seeking a senior level urban designer with an expertise in transportation design to participate in all phases of project design and development in the Urban Design and Planning Department.

Applicants must hold a 5 year professional degree and/or Master’s degree in Architecture or Urban Design and have a minimum of five years of professional experience working on a wide variety of projects. Knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3d Studio Max, Rhino, and GIS Arcview experience is preferred.

This position reports to the Urban Design Associate Partners.

The successful candidate will:
• Have experience in leading the design efforts on large scale urban design projects;
• Demonstrate the ability to understand architectural typologies for completing comprehensive master planning exercises;
• Have experience working on a small team while working in the context of the larger Urban Design Department;
• Assist in developing master planning concept incorporating site, landscape, transportation and infrastructure;
• Coordinate information on drawings and calculations and work with urban design consultants including landscape architects, transportation engineers, civil engineers, etc;
• Demonstrate practical knowledge of zoning codes.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 -5 work samples to:

Human Resources
14 Wall Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
ATTN: UD Senior Level Posting

Or you may email all files to hrnewyork@som.com. (PDF or JPEG only please)

No phone calls please. Work samples will not be returned.


Urban Designer – Junior Level
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP New York is currently seeking junior level urban designers to participate in all phases of project design and development in the Urban Design and Planning Department.

Applicants must hold a 5 year professional degree and/or Master’s degree in Architecture or Urban Design and have a minimum of one year of professional experience. Knowledge of AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3d Studio Max, Rhino, and GIS Arcview experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will:
• Contribute to general preparation of master planning and site planning;
• Demonstrate general knowledge and abilities in documentation, urban history, urban design and planning;
• Understand basic building programming and massing, open space and general design philosophy;
• Perform basic documentation and presentation work, including diagrams, scale comparisons and visualizations;
• Have the ability to create pedestrian level images from a 3D computer model, and;
• Work effectively with minimal supervision.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 -5 work samples to:

Human Resources
14 Wall Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
ATTN: UD Junior Posting

Or you may email all files to hrnewyork@som.com. (PDF or JPEG only please)

No phone calls please. Work samples will not be returned.


Position: Assistant Project Manager
SOM is seeking applicants for an Assistant Project Manager position. Applicants should have
1.) A professional degree in Architecture;
2.) A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible project experience;
3.) Proven knowledge of general architectural practice and process;
4.) Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills with the ability to build quick rapport with all levels of clients, consultants, employees and vendors, and;
5.) Architectural Registration, or in the process of completing requirements towards Architectural Registration.

The Assistant Project Manager’s position will involve:
1.) Working under direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager;
2.) Managing projects to help ensure that the goals and priorities of the Client and SOM are being satisfied;
3.) Develop and maintain a Project Plan for each project;
4.) Serving as contact with Client, external consultants and vendors;
5.) Monitoring services vis-à-vis the contract requirements and identifies changes in project scope and construction cost and brings such changes to the immediate attention of the Client and Senior Project Manager and Project Partner, and;
6.) Maintaining project data in a timely fashion to insure accurate reporting of earnings and accurate billings.

Please send a cover letter and resume:

Human Resources
14 Wall Street, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10005
ATTN: UD Assistant PM Posting

Or you may email all files to hrnewyork@som.com. (PDF only please)

No phone calls please.


Preservation Architect
Work on a variety of historic preservation projects for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. NYS Registered Arch & 4 yrs FT exp req’d. Master’s in Historic Preservation, proj man exp, AutoCAD, GIS, PhotoShop & driver lic a+. For more info go to: www.nyc.gov/parks. Send res & cvr ltr by 3/9 to: Preservation Architect/11633, Personnel, Parks & Recreation, 24 W. 61st St. 2nd fl, NY, NY 10023.


Starbucks, one of the largest in-house design organizations in the country, is looking for sr. design managers to lead a regional team, upholding Starbucks Customer Experience while meeting cost, schedule and operational requirements. Five years management experience and seven years with retail, hospitality, or restaurant design required as is a four year design degree.

If interested in exploring this opportunity, please submit your resume to sbux.staffing@starbucks.com. All inquiries will be kept in confidence.


Starbucks, one of the largest design organizations in the country, is looking for production designers. This job assists the design manager and senior design manager to design outstanding stores. Ideal candidates will have two years retail design, hospitality or restaurant design experience and must have strong CAD drafting skills and have completed full sets of construction documents.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume to sbux.staffing@starbucks.com. All inquiries will be kept in confidence.


Architect Positions Available
Our 25 person, award winning, design-focused architecture firm based in NYC is seeking to hire architects with exceptional design skills. We specialize in residential, commercial and institutional design and are looking for talented architects at all levels of experience: a designer with 2 years of experience, two Intermediate Architects with 5 years of experience, and a Senior Architect with 10 years of experience. Email resumes to msalas@mbbarch.com.


Melville Thomas Architects seeks an architect for a permanent, full-time position. Specifics are available at www.mtarx.com, employment link.

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