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Editor-in-Chief Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
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Editor's Note


Congestion pricing may have come and gone for now, but with Earth Day approaching, let’s hope for new alternatives to reduce pollution and aid the greening of the city.

- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

SAVE THE DATE: OCULUS is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year with a party following the Annual Meeting.
Location: Center for Architecture
Date: 06.03.08, 8:30-11:00

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Reports from the Field

In this issue:
· Breathing Façades, Energy Carts for Dead Cell Phones Featured in FEEDBACK Show
· Queens Theater Offers Night on the Town
· Long Overdue, Modernized NYC Museum Evokes City’s History
· Amanda Burden — Engine Driving Mayor’s Redevelopment Frenzy
· Buildings Commissioner Inspires Women Architects
· D-Critters Dance with Assorted Devils
· Brad Pitt Narrates New York and Bogotá’s Green Showing
· Reflecting Absence in the Details

Reports from the Field

Breathing Façades, Energy Carts for Dead Cell Phones Featured in FEEDBACK Show

Exhibition: FEEDBACK
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street, through 04.19.08


(left) Fluxxlab’s Revolution Door uses manpower to generate energy for an LED sign; (right) The Power Cart by Mouna Andraos and Fluxxlab, among others, provides power to recharge electronic devices via a hand crank and solar panel.

Courtesy Eyebeam

In the future, perhaps sick buildings will automatically vent stale air by opening slits in their façades, recycling will be universal, and dead cell phones and laptops will be easily recharged with a few twists of a hand crank. These are just a few of the eco-friendly measures being conceived by architects, artists, and engineers featured in FEEDBACK, an exhibition at Eyebeam in Chelsea through this Saturday.

Visitors enter through a revolving door designed by Carmen Trudell and Jenny Broutin, who formed the design firm Fluxxlab to work on experimental sustainable projects together. Titled Revolution Door: Power for People by People (2007), the door recycles the energy used to push it to light up an LED sign. Fluxxlab also contributed the show’s exhibition design, which includes artificial turf covering a central “green,” evoking the ambiguous nature of some environments. Recycled artificial grass was a more eco-sensitive option than real grass would have been, said Broutin, who led one of FEEDBACK’s many accompanying workshops on the turf one recent Saturday.

Around the common green lie displays of about 20 projects at various phases of development. Designed by Mouna Andraos with help from Broutin, Trudell, and others, The Power Cart (2007) is a recycled-wood contraption designed to wheel around city streets, providing power to recharge cell phones or other devices via a hand crank and solar panel. On the side is a shelf for wine bottles, so the eco-conscious may have a drink while they wait for their gadgets to charge.

Systems for monitoring air pollution and other toxins abound. One highlight is Living City (2008) by architectural designers David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang of The Living. The latest phase of this project involves networking buildings in NYC and San Francisco to share air-quality data gleaned by sensors. In response to the air quality readings, a prototype building façade at the SF art center Southern Exposure “breathes” by opening and closing gill-like slits (viewable at Eyebeam through live video). Eyebeam visitors can also see (but, alas, not ride) a prototype of the wooden bike that Rogers Marvel Architects and West 8 designed for Governors Island.

A few projects may leave visitors scratching their heads, such as Annina Rüst’s eRiceCooker (2006), which tracks references to genetically modified rice on Internet news sites and automatically cooks rice in response, creating an excess of food that seems counterintuitive. Overall, though, FEEDBACK serves as a roadmap of promising routes being developed toward a more sustainable future.

Reports from the Field

Queens Theater Offers Night on the Town

Event: Project Team Collaboration: Queens Theater in the Park; part of the Architects in Training 2008 series
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.09.08
Speakers: Sara Caples, AIA — Principal, Caples Jefferson Architects; Jeff Rosenstock — Executive Director, Queens Theatre in the Park; David Oldham — Construction Manager, Hill International; Sergio Silveira — Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Design & Construction
Organizer: AIANY Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee


The entrance to Queens Theatre in the Park brings visitors in along a spiral pathway leading to an inverted, golden dome.

Caples Jefferson Architects

After touring theaters nationwide, Jeff Rosenstock’s goals for QTiP were simple — provide for a shared and diverse community while creating a sense of awe and wonder. “Queens needs a theater where people can gather for a night on the town,” stated Queens Theatre in the Park (QTiP) executive director Rosenstock.

Currently, there is no place in Queens for a group to meet up, have dinner, see a show, and grab a drink afterwards. Sited next to the New York State Pavilion, originally designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, “The Drum” houses the 464-seat main stage and 99-seat studio theater that comprise Queens Theatre. With the help of $20.45 million, Caples Jefferson Architects is adding a 75-seat cabaret performance space, full-service café and kitchen facility, new offices, and a 3,000-square-foot lobby in hopes that QTiP will become a cultural nexus for the borough.

With more than 300 performances annually, it was also important that the theater stay open during construction. Once the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Art Commission were on board, the goals expanded. Preserving and maximizing green space, cutting down as few trees as possible, and preserving a sense of history and nostalgia tied to the World’s Fair added to the project’s challenges. With construction manager (and former architect) David Oldham of Hill International, Caples Jefferson expects the project to be complete this year.

For Sara Caples, AIA, principal of Caples Jefferson, the design of QTiP centers on the project’s name: a theater, and the park. The firm did not want to overpower the existing building, so they added pieces that fan out around the central cylinder. The building is on axis with Johnson’s original building, and the two approaches bring visitors in on a spiral trajectory.

The lobby is a transparent cylinder with a ceiling in the shape of an inverted dome. This Nebula, as Caples calls it, is the major feature of the project as it acts as a point of entry, a gathering space, an observatory for the World’s Fair “ruins,” a place to view the park, grab a bite to eat, or even host public and private events. It is meant to enhance the life of the park and feed back into the cultural life of the theater, according to Caples. The golden yellow that coats the dome is a festive color in many cultures, reflecting both the diversity of the theater’s programs and the local community.

Semi-industrial materials that emulate the World’s Fair pavilions are used throughout. The glass façade allows views of the inverted dome, the park, and the ruins. The upper portion of glass around the building’s perimeter is tinted in a pattern that follows the sun’s path throughout the year to reduce heat and glare. Caples Jefferson worked with lighting designer Hervé Descottes to create movement with light; dappled light lines the entry and spirals up to the glowing inverted dome at night.

Ultimately, the project team — including the architects, contractors, clients, and government agencies — expects QTiP to help spur development of the entire Corona Park, making the area a performing arts center. Master planning is underway for the rest of the park, but the World’s Fair pavilions remain in ruins. Caples hopes QTiP will spur enthusiasm to preserve the respected structures.

Reports from the Field

Long Overdue, Modernized NYC Museum Evokes City’s History

Event: The Museum of the City of New York: New Building Addition
Location: Center for Architecture, 03.24.08
Speakers: Susan Henshaw Jones — President and Director, Museum of the City of New York; James S. Polshek, FAIA — Senior Design Counsel, Timothy P. Hartung, FAIA — Partner, Joanne L. Sliker, AIA — Associate Partner, Polshek Partnership Architects
Moderator: Ann Marie Baranowski, AIA — Co-Chair, AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee
Organizers: AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee


The new glazed gallery pavilion at the Museum of the City of New York.

©Polshek Partnership Architects

New York’s museum has languished without attention for much of its lifetime. Situated on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park, the Museum of the City of New York had to wait from its construction in 1929 as designed by Joseph J. Freedlander until 2005 for its first modernization. Today, it is set to open Phase One of its renovated and expanded gallery space.

Polshek Partnership Architects has worked in phases. First came the addition of HVAC and updating of the building’s infrastructure, then the gallery addition and other expansions. These next phases will redistribute spaces within the landmark building, bringing gallery, administrative, and storage spaces up to par with current design and technology. In the vacant plot east of the building, Polshek’s team, led by partner Timothy Hartung, FAIA, has created a new gallery space and expanded subterranean storage area to add 20,000 square feet to the museum’s original 90,000.

The new glazed gallery pavilion offers a double-height exhibition space open to an outdoor patio. Its sun-filled space can be darkened for presentations and lectures. A drop ceiling creates a light pocket around the top seam of the gallery.

Below the new gallery, a storage expansion will give the museum a new haven for its over 1.5 million objects and images. Relocation from the previously crowded attic levels will relieve the building’s space crunch and allow the curatorial and administrative staff to breathe in two newly opened floors of interconnected, sky-lit office space.

Central to the scheme within the existing building is a renovation of the entry court rotunda that previously connected the north and south wings and allowed access to the second floor “Marble Court” via a spiral stair. The rotunda and the stair will remain as designed, save for a new connection and window below the stair providing access to the new east pavilion. Hartung hopes the final decision to create two centrally oriented openings and preserve the original stair will integrate the new east pavilion to the circulation order. The rotunda will include a new bookshop and café. Galleries on the first three floors now offer unfettered spaces devoted exclusively to exhibitions.

Reports from the Field

Amanda Burden — Engine Driving Mayor’s Redevelopment Frenzy

Event: City College School of Architecture Lecture Series: Amanda Burden
Location: City College School of Architecture, 03.27.08
Speaker: Amanda M. Burden, Hon. AIANY — Chair, NYC City Planning Commission & Commissioner, NYC Department of City Planning
Moderator: George Ranalli, AIA — Dean, City College of New York (CCNY) School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
Organizer: CCNY School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture


Long Island City is one of the major development sites Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, has taken on as commissioner of the NYC Department of City Planning.

Jessica Sheridan

Under the leadership of Commissioner Amanda Burden, Hon, AIANY, the NYC Department of City Planning has worked at a frenetic pace over the last six years, including rezoning one-sixth of the city — more than combined actions of the past 40 years.

Burden’s role in reshaping NYC is significant in making Mayor Bloomberg’s aggressive redevelopment plans possible. A review of City Planning’s major initiatives during the Bloomberg administration include: the East River waterfront, World Trade Center site, West Side Rail Yards, Jamaica Business District, Long Island City, Greenpoint / Williamsburg waterfront, the South Bronx, 125th Street, and the High Line, to name a few. Each of these projects could take years of analysis, field observation, and community interaction, yet somehow they have all been implemented under one administration.

Embedded in Burden’s City College lecture were counterpunches to criticism of some of the proposals’ scale, affordability, and potential to restrict community access to neighborhood assets. For example, when discussing the Greenpoint / Williamsburg waterfront, Burden cited the FAR bonus for waterfront buildings that include at least 20% affordable housing. Burden also mentioned “get-downs” allowing direct water access that will be part of both the East River and the Greenpoint / Williamsburg waterfront projects, deflecting criticism that recent waterfront redevelopment projects tend to treat the water as something to be seen and not experienced. Burden also discussed the numerous down-zoning and preservation efforts made by the department in an effort to maintain the character of important neighborhoods like City Island, Park Slope, and Whitestone.

While the debate rages on as to whose needs these massive development projects address, there is no debating Burden’s sweeping impact on the shape of this city.

Reports from the Field

Buildings Commissioner Inspires Women Architects

Event: Breakfast Lecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 03.26.08
Speaker: Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA — Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings
Organizer: AIANY Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee
Moderator: Nancy Aber Goshow, AIA — Co-Chair, AIANY WIA Committee
Sponsor: Gensler

Patricia Lancaster, FAIA

NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, FAIA, speaks to the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee.

Jenny Huang

On becoming the NYC Department of Buildings commissioner in 2002, Patrticia Lancaster, FAIA, was asked by Mayor Bloomberg to “fix the department” and restore its credibility. She has headed an agency that regulates NYC’s construction industry, and is responsible for enforcing the Building Code and Zoning Resolution for 975,000 buildings and properties. Under Lancaster, Buildings has been brought into the 21st century. She is implementing the International Building Code, come down on areas of the construction industry that needed improvement — from making sure all general contractors who build one-, two-, or three-family homes are registered to changing inspection protocol for tower cranes — and identified employees whose sole aim is to advance safety, transparency, and integrity. Kicking off this year’s AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) breakfast lecture series, Lancaster shared her story, experiences, and lessons learned with other women in the profession.

Asked to explain her success, Lancaster credited her architecture education, which prepared her to be a multi-tasking problem solver. While at the University of Washington, her thesis professor made students come up with at least 10 solutions for each design problem. Lancaster applies this method to her work, and manages to come up with an array of feasible solutions to each issue.

What drives Lancaster? It’s the need “to make a difference,” despite often having had to work harder and longer than her male colleagues throughout her career. “Success doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, each day counts.” Her advice to women in the profession: craft each day to be full and significant.

Reports from the Field

D-Critters Dance with Assorted Devils

Event: D-Crit Reading Night: “Evil”
Location: KGB Bar, 03.27.08
Speakers: Steven Heller — Author, The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption? & Co-Chair, MFA Design, School of Visual Arts; Philip Nobel — Author, Sixteen Acres: Architecture and the Outrageous Struggle for the Future of Ground Zero & Columnist, Metropolis; Andrea Codrington — Writer, Editor, & Brand Strategist, Brand Building Communications
Organizers: MFA program in Design Criticism (D-Crit), School of Visual Arts


The SVA D-Crit program takes on “Evil.”

Courtesy School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) launches its Design Criticism (D-Crit) program this fall, seeking to strengthen links among journalism, academic critique, and design. Several months before classes begin, D-Crit is already striking an informal, edgy profile with readings at the literary nightspot KGB. By taking on vast topics like Home, Music, and Evil, D-Crit’s organizers aim to show up the breadth and flexibility of this area of critical writing. The latest reading also showed how evil can elicit both gravity and wit.

Steven Heller, author and co-chair of the MFA Design program at SVA, argued that a symbol can be wrenched out of its history and converted to a visual weapon dangerous enough to ban. Fascinated from youth with the Nazis and the swastika, Heller expanded this interest into The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?, explicitly “a polemical history, not a linear or narrative one.” He has considered arguments for rehabilitating the symbol because of its long pre-Nazi history in Hindu and Native American cultures, among others; yet, he is against ever normalizing it, voicing special scorn for Sid Vicious-style transgressive displays. Because of the unique pathology of Nazism as “a paradigm of how terror became official policy for a civilized state,” Heller says, a suggestion that time could ever decontaminate it “begs the question, ‘What is enough time?’”

Author and columnist Philip Nobel read from a Metropolis column that nearly got him fired: an open letter to Philip Johnson connecting washed-out aesthetics to fascism. Nobel took the “Dean” to the woodshed for cynicism, collaborationism (in his period of admiration for Hitler — something Johnson’s admirers ignored until critic Michael Sorkin unearthed some early writings), and the tendency to revel in a position of power out of proportion to his architectural gifts. Though Johnson’s “acerbic wit, deracination of Modernism, and endless pimping” defined contemporary architecture for several generations, Nobel makes a case that Johnson’s influence also constricted and warped it. Nobel’s potshots add up to a distinction between taste making and the ethical seriousness that informs deeper talent.

Andrea Codrington, brand strategist for Brand Building Communications, observed how Hollywood directors use Modernist design to connote menace. Commercial cinema mythologizes American domesticity and the associated homey building styles; the flip side, Codrington finds, is a tendency to portray Europeans, and their clean-lined buildings, in terms of “villainy and vanity.” James Bond, she notes, becomes increasingly endangered the closer he gets to the geometric lairs of the Dr. Nos, Blofelds, Goldfingers, et al., all “monomaniacal scoundrels with exquisite modernist taste.” Hollywood’s habitual demonization of Modernism, she concluded, eventually ran counter to reality: when genuine terror hit Americans on 9/11, the culprits were not the elegant villains of Hitchcock or Kubrick. They lived in caves.

Reports from the Field

Brad Pitt Narrates New York and Bogotá’s Green Showing

Event: Green Screens: e2 design
Location: Center for Architecture, 03.29.08
Speakers: Elizabeth Levison — Senior Producer, e2; Serge Appel, AIA, LEED AP — Associate Partner, Cook + Fox Architects; Oswaldo Martinez — Architect under former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Peñalosa
Organizer: AIANY Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Committee
Sponsors: Herman Miller; Benhar Office Interiors


The central arteries in Bogotá include extensive rapid transit bus lanes for the red TransMilenio buses.

Courtesy Google Earth

NYC and Bogotá differ greatly, but green urban planning in both cities is on a roll. The featured projects in “The Green Apple,” and “Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City,” episodes of the PBS e2 design documentary series, include: One Bryant Park designed by Cook + Fox Architects, Battery Park City’s Solaire designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, Bogotá’s pedestrian-friendly Alameda walkway, and its TransMilenio public bus. The episodes, narrated by Brad Pitt, guide the viewer from NYC’s vertical, technologically based green design, to Bogotá’s horizontal view of sustainability in which a city’s health is measured by the well-being of its inhabitants.

NYC is seen as part-environmental nightmare of concrete, diesel, and garbage, and part-energy efficient nucleus, with its density and accessible mass transportation. “If NYC were the 51st state, it would be the most energy-efficient,” states “The Green Apple.” As One Bryant Park rises toward the sky, it will soon be the “greenest skyscraper in America,” filtering air and flushing the sinuses of midtown smog.

Bogotá comes across as a city emerging from mid-20th century poverty and despair to a continental hub of self-esteem through the enterprising work of former mayor Enrique Peñalosa. By concentrating on the pedestrian rather than the automobile, Peñalosa and city planners designed the Alameda pedestrian walkway and the TransMilenio computerized public transport system, creating new travel arteries that aid the city’s business, leisure, and social spaces. The wide pedestrian/bicycle lanes provide access for the three million residents at the city’s edge who live on less than $1 a day. Initially meant for mobility, the Alameda has also become a park space and a gathering spot. Peñalosa once personally patrolled the area to keep motor vehicles away.

The TransMilenio public bus system is a symbol of the city’s revitalization and renewed quality of life, stated Peñalosa. Main “trunk” lines service large busses that run on exclusive arteries throughout the city. Smaller tributary lines that reach out to the peripheral neighborhoods feed these lines. The busses are now federalized, after long being controlled by the mafia.

Cities that build better live better, and e2 puts it forth that “sustainable design” will eventually be called just “design.”

Reports from the Field

Reflecting Absence in the Details

Event: Reflecting Absence: Designing a Memorial at the World Trade Center
Speaker: Michael Arad, AIA — Partner, Handel Architects
Location: 7WTC, 03.20.08
Organizer: Downtown Alliance (part of the Downtown Third Thursday series)

WTC Memorial

Arial view from the southeast of “Reflecting Absence.”

dbox, courtesy wtcsitememorial.org

When it opens in 2011, the World Trade Center Site Memorial, whose theme is “Reflecting Absence,” will look somewhat different from its original concept. In addition to the bosque of trees that has been added surrounding the Memorial, the concept and progression of the underground Memorial Gallery has been altered. Michael Arad, AIA, winner of the memorial design competition, showed how the design has been refined over the past four years, presenting a palette of details currently under development with landscape architect Peter Walker, FASLA. Undergoing fine-tuning are the fountain design and the project’s name plaques, both of which are intended to ultimately reinforce the memorial’s underlying theme, “Reflecting Absence.”

The water delivery system designed for the project’s massive fountain centerpiece is vital, says Arad. Though initially intended to be a sheet of water “clinging to the surface” of the memorial, the fountain will ultimately feature individual streams of water canting more than six and a half feet from the face of the wall. The fountains take inspiration from Arad’s initial concept of providing two large fissures in the Hudson River. Now they will mirror the footprints of the towers on the memorial site.

After many mock-ups, Arad and his team are also close to finishing the design of the name plaques, including material and font. The plaques will now circle the top ring of the fountains (instead of the original location proposed circling the lower level of these openings) and may be partially engaged with the water. Viewing the names from the surface, rather than from inside the fountains, altered one of the project’s initial concepts - reflecting from within the void. According to Arad, this move “changed the entire meaning of the project’s edge,” making the ground-level perimeter of the fountains even more important.

Editor's Soapbox

State Risks Sidelining Art at WTC

The New York Times published an article about a proposal to move the Joyce Theater performing art center from the World Trade Center site to the Fulton Street Transit Center (See “Proposal Would Relocate Arts Center to Transit Hub,” by Robin Pogrebin, 04.10.08). While the proposal, put forth by Avi Schick, president and downstate COO of the Empire State Development Corporation and chairman of the Board of Directors at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, is not yet approved, I am concerned that the state will make rash, damaging decisions dictated by inadequate funding.

One of the biggest challenges facing planners of the WTC site is how to make it a destination for locals and tourists at all times of day and night. The commercial development, major transit hub, retail stores, and memorial should keep the site lively throughout the day. However, once work hours are over, I doubt a shopping mall will do the trick. It hasn’t worked in the past, and businesses in Lower Manhattan have enough trouble staying open once Wall Street executives limo home, outside the area. Instead, the Joyce Theater’s diverse performances and programs, that attract both young and old audiences, would create a magnet for evening activity. The WTC could become a downtown alternative to Lincoln Center.

The proposal to move the art center to Fulton Street would take away from both the Joyce Theater and the transit center projects. How will the state reconcile between the current transit hub, designed by Grimshaw Architects with James Carpenter Design Associates and Arup, and the Gehry Partners-designed art center? The proposal itself seems to assume that buildings can be used for anything, no matter what the initial design intent. It is a matter of misappropriation. The transit hub, designed for mass transit, cannot simply incorporate an art center; and by proceeding with this proposal, there is no guarantee it will save the city any money.

Ultimately, I feel that the state has not been able to see culture as a critical asset. It is often viewed at best as an enhancement to a place, or at worst an afterthought, but it is not perceived as a requisite to successful urban planning. For a city internationally renowned for its culture, it’s a shame new, high profile projects are being compromised.

eOn the Scene

World Leaders Take Up State of the Planet

Event: State of the Planet 08, Real People, Real Places, Real Solutions
Location: Columbia University Earth Institute, 03.27-28.08
Speakers: For full list of over 30 speakers, go to the State of the Planet 08 website.
Organizer: The Earth Institute at Columbia University

The poor population is expanding, human and environmental conflicts abound, clean energy seems elusive, and climate change is happening at an unpredictably quick pace. A new global mindset is required. In their own self-interest, the rich will need to help the poor. If developing countries go it alone, the environmental impacts from smokestacks will be felt across national borders. The polar ice cap is already 30-50 years ahead of projected melting due in part to the compounding effects of water seepage through cracks. The time to act is now and we will have to adapt to the irreversible damage already done.

And yet, “There is no clash between national and international interests.” — Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and President of the Global Humanitarian Forum told the gathering.

The State of Planet 08 conference addressed all of these issues, and more. Here are notable sound bites. To watch the full event online, click the link.

“The poor are the most motivated to eliminate poverty; all they lack are the tools.” — Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Beware of attempts by the security industry to reframe the climate change problem as a security problem. Hardening infrastructure and tightening immigration policies will not address root causes of instability.” — David Victor, Director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

“A nation’s energy expenditure is relatively fixed. When costs rise by 20%, demand decreases by about 20%. There will be no macro-economic damage from fixing the energy carbon problem.” — Michael Grubb, Chief Economist, UK Carbon Trust

“It is a myth that biofuel crops destroy the Amazon — the soil conditions and proximity to processing centers rule this out. Ethanol from sugar cane is eco-friendly and makes for a good Sunday drink.” — Roberto Rodrigues, Coordinator, Getulio Vargas Foundation Agrobusiness Center; President, Superior Agriculture Council of Sao Paulo’s Federation of Industries; Co-Chairman, Interamerican Ethanol Commission, and Former Brazilian Minister of Agriculture

“Coal-fired power plants must be made more efficient for carbon capture to become economical. We should immediately construct demonstration projects to prove effectiveness of carbon capture technologies.” — Klaus S. Lackner, Murice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University

“What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. The growing season has doubled in some parts of Alaska.” — Daniel White, Director, Institute of Northern Engineering

“Some species win when climate change takes place. Cod, for example, grow larger in warmer waters, and invasive species like snake pipefish thrive as well.” — Ken Drinkwater, Senior Scientist, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen, Norway

“One potential solution that could help improve productivity by improving communications is the simple cell phone. This has been seen with female nut pickers who are coordinating and maximizing sale prices across their marketplace via telephony.” — Carl-Henric Svanberg, President & CEO, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

“We don’t want a global government but we do want global governance.” — Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

In The News

In this issue:
· Affordable Green Housing Comes to Harlem
· New School Building Wins Gold
· A Barfly Lands in the East Village
· New Office Thinks It’s a Bar
· Office Expansion for a Private Jet Business

Affordable Green Housing Comes to Harlem

David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens

David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens.

Dattner Architects

Doors opened on the new David and Joyce Dinkins Gardens housing development in Harlem, designed by Dattner Architects. Built on city-owned property, the project is designed to meet the community’s social and environmental needs. The building includes 85 studio to two-bedroom apartments for low-income families and youths aging out of foster care, a first floor community center, and a landscaped community garden. The masonry bearing wall and pre-cast concrete plank building is organized into bays of contrasting brick colors. Two recessed, glazed window wall bays are inserted into the brick façade intended to mark the residence and community center entries and open the façade to the community.

Sustainable features include: a green roof with a solarium, rainwater harvesting system to irrigate the garden, sunshades, low-flow plumbing fixtures, recycled materials, and enhancement of indoor air quality through insulation and ventilation. The project was co-developed by Jonathan Rose Companies and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI).

New School Building Wins Gold

Manhattanville College

Student Center at Manhattanville College.

Peter Gisolfi Associates

A new 24/7 student center at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, designed by Peter Gisolfi Associates, recently opened. Sited near Reid Hall, a McKim Mead & White building, and adjacent to the existing dining hall, student post office, and college store, the new three-story, 31,000-square-foot building acts as a gateway to the campus, defining a new quadrangle that is part of the entry sequence to the center of the campus. New spaces include the student radio station, a multipurpose performance space, student lounge, campus art gallery, dance studio, graphic arts labs, and a recreational fitness center on most of the top level. The building has won LEED Gold certification.

A Barfly Lands in the East Village

Bar Solex

Bar Solex.

OPUS Interdisciplinary Design Studio

The design for Bar Solex, a French wine bar in the East Village, was inspired by the fuselage of the Concorde, the caves of Lascaux, and a lightweight French moped that is its namesake. The entry to the 15-foot-wide storefront space, designed NY- and Rome-based OPUS Interdisciplinary Design Studio, is via an existing aluminum and glass façade. The transition to the inside is facilitated by an extension of the exterior storefront’s bronze brown color and exposed cast iron column and brick walls. Patrons are greeted by an engineered lightweight, vaulted, illuminated wing ceiling that forms the 55-foot-deep space. Travel themes abound — a stainless steel counter with solid birch bull nose adds to the wing metaphor, columns evoke the repetition of milestones along a highway, and the pattern of 60 tire treads are laser cut into masonite tiles, creating a high-tech mural.

New Office Thinks It’s a Bar

Northeast Regional Office of Heineken

Northeast Regional Office for Heineken USA.


NYC and Stamford, CT-based MKDA has completed work on an 11,000-square-foot office for the Northeast Regional Office of Heineken in downtown Stamford. The new space for the light beer importer has a light green hue and is highlighted with Maplewood and brushed chrome accents. A curved and canted white glass partition divides the back office from the 1,500-square-foot bar and reception area, outfitted with wood flooring, high-top tables, banquettes, pendant lighting fixtures, sheetrock ceilings, and an illuminated glass bar. The office also includes a “think” room designed with amber-colored accents, soft illumination, and upholstered chairs with tablet arms to enhance creativity and camaraderie among employees.

Office Expansion for a Private Jet Business

CitationShares Offices

CitationShares Offices.

Photo by Adrian Wilson

The construction of new office space for CitationShares, a division of Cessna Aircraft Company specializing in fractional jet ownership and jet card membership, is underway. Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects (GKV Architects), is responsible for space evaluation, programming, and full architectural services. The project expands existing office space, and incorporates open plan workspaces, and flexible training rooms. Construction is scheduled for completion this May.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture

In this issue:
· First-time AIA and Associate Members to Attend Convention Free
· Wicks Law Overhaul Increases Threshold
· Sweets Network Available on AIA’s Soloso
· Passing: David Todd, FAIA, FCSI

First-time AIA and Associate Members to Attend Convention Free
The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) will host the AIA National Convention and Exhibition, May 15-17, for the first time in 16 years. To encourage local designers to participate, the BSA invites first-time AIA and Associate AIA members who join by April 30 to attend the convention at no cost. Complimentary registration includes most continuing-education programs, expo education programs, general sessions, and business meetings. Download an application on the BSA website or contact Membership Director Karin Broadhurst via e-mail or call 617-951-1433 x228.

Wicks Law Overhaul Increases Threshold
New York lawmakers have reformed a decades-old law that drove up local property taxes by requiring state and local governments to pay for multiple construction contracts on most public works projects. Dating back to 1921, this is the first time Wicks Law has been adjusted for inflation since the 1960s. It required governments with construction projects valued at $50,000 or more to divide the job into several contracts. The law, which was intended to protect subcontractors from billing fraud, drove up construction costs, which were then passed on to taxpayers. The new threshold for triggering the law is $3 million in NYC, $1.5 million in downstate suburbs, and $500,000 in upstate New York. For more information go to the New York State Division of the Budget.

Sweets Network Available on AIA’s Soloso
McGraw-Hill Construction announced that information on 80,000 building products from its Sweets Network will be integrated directly into Soloso, the AIA’s online resource for solutions, products, and trends. AIA members will be able to link directly to detailed information, download product catalogs, CAD details, 3-D models, and specifications. McGraw-Hill Construction will provide AIA with regular updates as building product manufacturers change or add information on the Sweets Network.

Passing: David Todd, FAIA, FCSI
After a long career as an architect and landmark preservationist in New York, David F.M. Todd, FAIA, FCSI, passed away on March 31 at the age of 93.

Todd received his architectural degree at the University of Michigan and began a career in NY following his return from the Pacific after WWII, joining the firm of Harrison, Ballard & Allen. He became a name partner in 1957, first as Ballard, Todd & Snibbe, then Ballard Todd Associates, and finally sole name partner in 1967 when Ballard left to become head of the New York City Planning Commission.

Todd’s architectural work included a range of projects, from Manhattan Plaza (co-designed with Robert Cabrera), to the Polo Grounds Houses in upper Manhattan. He did extensive work for schools and universities, including the master plan for the State University of New York, and buildings for Princeton, SUNY New Paltz, Lehman College, and the Collegiate School.

Following his architectural career, he became the chairman of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission where he sought to balance the competing interests of design, history, community, efficacy, fairness, and forward planning and development. He was closely involved in the designation of Manhattan’s Upper West Side as a historic district.

Todd was committed to public housing, and was a board and committee member of housing and community organizations throughout his life, including the Leake & Watts Children’s Home (Chairman, 1984-1988), the Settlement Housing Fund, West Side Day Nursery, St. Margaret’s House (Section 202 Housing for the Elderly), the Community Service Society, Community Planning Board Number 8, the West Side Day Nursery, and Exploring the Metropolis Foundation. He received the Andrew Thomas/Pioneer in Housing Award from AIANY in 1986.

Todd was also the AIANY Chapter President in 1969-70, during the time of the Vietnam War, the Chicago Convention, and campus uprisings, including striking architectural students at Columbia University. He met with them on campus, and organized a delegation to Washington to meet with top housing officials to press for more public housing.

A memorial service will be held on May 9, at 5 pm. Individuals interested in attending are invited to contact his son, Greg Todd, by e-mail, or call 212-246-5151.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Ballparks of the Future

Now that baseball season is in full swing, New Yorkers are anticipating their new stadiums. Not only are the Yankees and Mets going to play in new ballparks, the Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, and Minnesota Twins sit in anticipation. To preview what is to come, check out the Major League Baseball Ballparks of the Future website.

Names in the News

The New York chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS-NY) will recognize excellence in marketing, public, development, and media sectors with its 12th Annual Honor Awards on Tuesday, 04.29.08. Those being honored at the event are: David Burney, FAIA, commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction, who will receive the Public Sector Award; Larry Silverstein, president and CEO of Silverstein Properties, the Developer Award; Lockhart Steele, president and founder of Curbed.com, the Media Honor Award; Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA, principal of business development and director of marketing at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, the Marketing Champion Award; Judy Pullar, vice president and director of business development of Cannon Design, the Marketing Achievement Award; and Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, director of marketing and communication at FXFOWLE Architects (and OCULUS Committee chair), the Marketing Mentor Award…

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced six recipients of its 2008 awards in architecture: Richard Meier, FAIA, won the Gold Medal for Architecture given “for an entire body of work”; Peter Zumthor, Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, given “to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art”; Neil Denari, AIA, and Jim Jennings, Academy Awards in Architecture that recognize American architects whose works are characterized by a strong personal direction; James Carpenter and Kenneth Frampton, Academy Awards in Architecture that acknowledge American designers who explore ideas in architecture through any medium of expression…

Daniel Jacoby, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the FXFOWLE Architects as Design Director in the Interiors Studio…


03.03-07.08: The Berlin-New York Dialogues jumped the pond to Germany. With conferences, parties, and the Berlin-New York Dialogues: Building in Context exhibition at the Deutsch Arkitektur Zentrum (German Architecture Center), some local faces made an appearance as well.

Berlin-New York Dialogues

The Berlin-New York Dialogues: Building in Context exhibition opening.

Florian Braun

Illya Azaroff

Illya Azaroff, AIA, AIANY Vice President of Design Excellence on the streets of Berlin.

Florian Braun

Sophie Stigliano

Sophie Stigliano, AIANY Director of Exhibitions, on a riverboat tour.

Lutz Knospe


03.26.08 AIANY Women in Architecture (WIA) Committee Breakfast Lecture (l-r): Nancy Goshow, AIA, WIA co-chair; NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster, FAIA; Diane Tien, AIA, WIA co-chair.

Jenny Huang

New Practices Mixer

04.08.08 New Practices In The Mix launch party for the 2008 New Practices New York competition at Poliform USA (l-r): Cinzia Fama-Agnolucci, vice president of Poliform, with the co-chairs of the New Practices Committee Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, and Matthew Bremer, AIA.

Vanessa Crews


03.18.08 Emerging NY Architects (ENYA) Networks hosts the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council (YCC): AIANY exhibitions coordinator Rosamond Fletcher gives a tour of the Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories exhibition at the Center for Architecture to the Guggenheim YCC.

Megan Chusid

04.02.08: The first annual World Architecture Festival will launch in Barcelona in October, but the British organizers — along with a British starchitect — landed at the National Arts Club first to fete the festival with NYC design industry folks.

World Architecture Festival

The U.K.’s Architectural Review editor Paul Finch (at podium) introduced U.S. media sponsors including Architectural Record Deputy Editor Suzanne Stephens, and The Architect’s Newspaper Editor Bill Menking.

Kristen Richards

World Architecture Festival

British star David Adjaye with Architectural Record’s Robert Ivy, FAIA, and Bill Menking of The Architect’s Newspaper.

Kristen Richards

World Architecture Festival

Author/editor Jayne Merkel, Lisa Chamberlain, director of Forum for Urban Design, and Alex Washburn, AIA, Chief Urban Designer, NYC Dept. of City Planning.

Kristen Richards

World Architecture Festival

Robert Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP, Perkins + Will; The Architectural Review editor Paul Finch; and Markus Dochantschi, studioMDA..

Kristen Richards


04.09.08: James Dyson (left) was in town to introduce the winners of the Dyson/Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Eye for Why Student Design Competition. First Place went to “Rake n Take,” designed by senior Ryan Jansen from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Kristen Richards

New Deadlines

Oculus 2008 Editorial Calendar
If you are an architect by training or see yourself as an astute observer of New York’s architectural and planning scene, note that OCULUS editors are looking for writers for the Fall and Winter issues. The themes:

Fall OCULUS: Practice. Focus of this year’s Practice issue is on the architectural office — the culture and decision-making structure of NY-based practices, how the office’s design reflects the culture, along with the views key players in the firm.

Winter OCULUS: Competing for Space. Explore the growing competition between expansionist institutions on limited sites and the interests of adjacent communities, many in residential areas with moderate-income families.

If you’re interested, please contact OCULUS editor-in-chief Kristen Richards. with a brief outline and full contact information.

Spring 2008: closed
Summer 2008: closed
Fall 2008: closed
08.01.08 Winter 2008-09: Competing for Space

04.30.08 Call for Entries: In Building Bike Parking Facility Design Competition
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), in partnership with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the support of Google Inc. and Transportation Alternatives, is hosting an international design competition for new bicycle parking for NYC. This facility will serve as a place to secure bikes in residential or commercial buildings and need not incorporate a standard rack fixture. The first-place winner will then work with Google to install the facility, if feasible, at its NYC headquarters, and receive a $5,000 prize from DOT.

05.02.08 Call for Applications: AIAS/AIA COTE Summer Research Fellowship
The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) is sponsoring a $1,500 Summer Research Fellowship for one AIAS student member to engage in 40-60 hours of research and project work from June-August 2008. The selected student will conduct research about water using past “Top Ten Measure and Metrics” winning projects. The work will likely include contact with architecture firms, consultants, and building owners. Applicants must be AIAS members in good standing at time of application and should be currently enrolled as students or be a recent graduates (graduated within one year of time of application deadline).

05.05.08 Request for Qualifications (pdf): City of Newark Planning
The City of Newark Division of Planning & Community Development seeks consulting architects and planners for tasks including the Citywide Master Plan, Waterfront Planning, Zoning Ordinance Revisions, Neighborhood Planning, Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Community Engagement, and Project Review for Landmarks and Historic Preservation and Central Planning Board. Factors include experience in the field, knowledge of the city agency and subject matter. Minority-owned, women-owned, and locally-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to submit.

05.10.08 Call for Proposals: Living Room
Artists are invited by the Flux Factory to play with the notion of belonging to a home and claiming a space as one’s own. The project will bring artists into domestic locations in NYC to create site specific works. The locations will range from volunteers’ living rooms to private, historical sites, which openhousenewyork will help facilitate access. Works will be on view during OHNY Weekend on 10.04-05.08.

05.16.08 Call for Entries: One Good Chair
Designers are invited to contribute their vision for a new kind of eco-chair that focuses on form. What kind of shapes can minimize resources while maximizing comfort and enjoyment? How can design integrate ecology and ergonomics? A cash prize of $4,500 will be awarded to one designer or shared among two to five designers, subject to the judges’ discretion. The award is intended to support the fabrication of a prototype.

05.23.08 Call for Entries: Robin Hood Gardens International Ideas Competition
Robin Hood Gardens (RHG), the 1970s housing development in east London designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, is currently being considered for demolition and redevelopment to accommodate increased numbers of homes on the site. Designers are invited to consider all reasonable options for retaining it while allowing for further development. The winner and finalists will be published in a special feature in Building Design magazine.

05.26.08 Call for Entries: Lord & Taylor Rose Contest
Each spring Lord & Taylor unveils a “Rose” which adorns the store’s bags, boxes and gift cards, direct mail, and Fifth Avenue windows. This year, the company invites independent artists to create the Rose for the Spring Rose Campaign of 2009. The top 60 submissions will be posted online for public voting. The Grand Prize winner will be announced online on 07.02.08 and will receive a $10,000 cash prize and national and international press.

05.30.08 Call for Entries: USGBC NY 2008 Tote Bag Competition & 2008 Photo

The NY Chapter of the US Green Building Council announces two design competitions — a tote bag design and a photography competition. First place winner of the tote bag design competition will receive a Haworth Zody Chair. The photography competition calls for original photos of NYC green buildings or green features to be used on the USGBC NY’s new website, and/or other promotional materials. The Grand Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $500, and two honorable mentions will receive $250.

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Building China

February 26 — May 31, 2008

Building China

Five Projects, Five Stories

Galleries: Judith and Walter Hunt Gallery, Mezzanine Gallery

The People’s Republic of China is undergoing a phenomenal transformation. Since 1978, with the adoption of an open-door policy, the country has developed a thriving market economy, out of which existing and new cities are experiencing rapid and aggressive growth. A new generation of architects is active in the vanguard of this construction, developing their own architectural identity.

Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories features five unique architectural case studies that were conceived, designed, and recently completed by Chinese architects. Located throughout China, many of these buildings, being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time, offer the public insight into China’s ever changing landscape. Through the stories of these five projects, themes emerge: Production of Contemporary Culture, Reinventing Urban Fabric, Making the Private Public, Reinterpreting Traditional Design Philosophy, and Hybrid Development Models. These case studies of contemporary architecture introduce critical voices from the People’s Republic of China, challenging the West’s stereotypical interpretation of China as a homogeneous society.

Organized by: The AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation in collaboration with People’s Architecture and the AIA New York Chapter International Committee

Curator: Wei Wei Shannon, People’s Architecture

Co-Curator: Shi Jian

Exhibition Design: Popular Architecture

Graphic Design: Omnivore

Photography: Iwan Baan

Patron: Digital Plus

Beyer Blinder Belle: Architects & Planners


Jerome and Kenneth Lipper Foundation

Friend: Häfele, Calvin Tsao

Related Events

Friday, May 9, 2008, 6:30 — 8:30

Asian CineVision presents Films from Contemporary China

Friday, May 30, 2008, 6:30 8:30pm

Film from the Da Zha Lan project, Sponsored by
the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU’s China House

To register or for more information: www.aiany.org/calendar
CES credits available

February 15 — April 12, 2008

Danish/Chinese Collaboration on Sustainable Urban Development in China

Galleries: Kohn Pedersen Fox Gallery, HLW Gallery

The exhibition confronts the environmental challenges related to rapid and extensive urbanization in China and illustrates the value of international and interdisciplinary collaboration. CO- EVOLUTION displays four visionary projects – the results of collaborations between Danish architects and professors and students from leading Chinese universities.

This exhibition at the Center for Architecture is financed by the Danish Ministry of Culture

Related Programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter, the Center for Architecture Foundation, the Danish Architecture Centre, People’s Architecture, and the AIA New York Chapter International Committee

Curator: Henrik Valeur and UiD

Sponsored by:

Engineering Consultancy Services:

Related Events

Friday, May 9, 2008, 6:30 — 8:30

Asian CineVision presents Films from Contemporary China

Friday, May 30, 2008, 6:30 8:30pm

Film from the Da Zha Lan project, Sponsored by
the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and NYU’s China House

To register or for more information: www.aiany.org/calendar
CES credits available

One Bryant Park

January 28 — May 3, 2008

Project Showcase: The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park

Galleries: Margaret Helfand Gallery, Gerald D Hines Gallery, Public Resource Center

Under the growing pressure of the climate crisis, how we design, as well as what we design has become a critical issue. The new office tower at Bryant Park, designed by Cook+Fox Architects and developed by the Durst Organization and Bank of America, is an example of how the design of tall buildings can be fundamentally rethought, serving the client and the planet with equal efficiency and respect. This exhibition explores One Bryant Park as a living ecosystem composed of the elements Light, Air, Water, Fire and Earth. These primary forces, when thoughtfully addressed as integrated and sustainable systems, contribute to a substantial reduction in the environmental impact of tall buildings, as well as to worker health and productivity. Anticipating a LEED platinum rating (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the highest level of sustainable design recognized by the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), the crystalline faceted 54-story tower is at once both an iconic corporate presence and an emblem for the green design movement. Project Showcase: The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park asks design professionals to look more deeply at how architecture can engage natural systems and infrastructure, how sustainable measures can be more user-friendly, and how we can raise awareness for the urgent need of comprehensive green building solutions.

Exhibition and related programs organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society of New York (IESNY)

Curator: Margaret Maile Petty

Exhibition Design: Morris | Sato Studio

Graphic Design: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

Lead Sponsor: A. Esteban & Company

Sponsors: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Illuminating Engineering Society of New York (IESNY), Severud Associates, Tishman Construction Corporation


Supporter: Jones Lang LaSalle

About Town

Exhibition Announcements


Productive Public Space.

Courtesy Van Alen Institute

Through 04.25.08
Productive Public Space: Exploring Hybridities in Informal Settlements

During their New York Prize Fellowship term at the Van Alen Institute, Chelina Odbert and Jennifer Toy organized a series of roundtables with a wide range of design and environmental professionals to explore the significance of public space in informal settlements. Odbert and Toy also commissioned a group of artists and graphic designers to create a poster series, to be reproduced and distributed throughout Nairobi, NYC, and other cities as part of an awareness campaign this summer. The originals, which range in media from woodcut to newsprint and silkscreen, are on view.

Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street

Keith Lang

Jersey City’s Hudson & Manhattan Powerhouse Transformation.

Keith Lang

Thesis 2008: SVA Interior Design

Students at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) are trying to enhance life around the city, and their designs are on view to start the discussion. Projects include the transformation of the Jersey City Hudson and Manhattan Powerhouse into a contemporary sculpture center, a new culinary institute for Tribeca, and an artist colony as 21st-century urban lodge. Works of 17 students graduating from SVA are on view. The curators are Neville Lewis (National Arts Club Gold Medal and Interior Design Hall of Fame) and Anthony Lee, design director at Gary Lee Partners.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South

Italian Mosaic

Courtesy Columbia University

Through 04.28.08
Italian Mosaic and Terrazzo Workers in New York City

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University presents an exhibition on the unknown history of mosaic and terrazzo workers, a chapter in the story of Italian immigration to NY and America. The decoration of many of NYC’s buildings came from the hands of skilled Italians — the palatial homes of Vanderbilts and Goulds, and public buildings such as Christ Church, the Metropolitan Club, and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building. Gold leaf and jewel-toned glass mosaics were a hallmark of these Italian immigrants, as were the inlaid, polished marble floors (known as Venetian mosaic and terrazzo).

The Italian Academy at Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue


Courtesy Parsons The New School for Design

Parsons Integrated Design Curriculum Displays Theses

Thesis work by students in the Parsons Integrated Design Curriculum (IDC), a self-directed art and design interdisciplinary degree program, is on view. The work presented has undergone a comprehensive, year-long process involving research and prototyping, and culminates in a final project.

Parsons The New School for Design
66 5th Avenue


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HNTB Architecture, a national firm with specialty in public projects, is seeking:
A Senior Project Manager for its growing New York City office: Serve as project lead on assignments for major clients, coordinate disciplines and provide oversight of other project managers. Required: Architecture degree, R.A., 12 years experience, excellent communication skills, ability to supervise a team and mentor staff, project management, proposal experience. (requisition 07-1515)

Send resume to HNTB Architecture, Attn: Evan Supcoff , 5 Penn Plaza, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or apply on line: www.hntbcareers.com

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY Assistant Professor (3 positions)

New York City College of Technology/CUNY
The Architectural Technology Department seeks full-time faculty members to join our growing program, the only one of its kind in the CUNY system. The candidate must have a Master’s degree and architectural registration in New York State. Prior college level architectural teaching experience is preferred, with demonstration of excellent communication and classroom skills. At least five years architectural office experience in a responsible position is a must, as well as expertise in two and three-dimensional CADD. Candidates should have the ability to teach across the following range of subject matter with mastery in three of the following areas: Construction documents, materials in architecture, architectural history, design, site planning, model making and graphics, office practice, structural design, computer animation, architectural software, space planning, urban design, or theory. Experience in curriculum development, instructional technology and innovative pedagogy is desirable. Send letter of interest, files of student work in a self-addressed stamped envelope and contact information for three professional references.
Please email: isr@citytech.cuny.edu

Commercial Loft sublet:
New construction, prime Soho location. Private office and workstations available for sublet within architect’s office. Sun-filled office loft, access to all amenities including conference rooms, roof terraces. 24/7 building access. Contact Elaine Suben 212-524-8512 elaine.suben@subendougherty.com for further information.

Manhattan firm specializing in cutting-edge modular design and high-end site-built houses has positions:

Project architect: 6-9 years. Strong detailing skills; solid construction document experience; self-starter, works independently.

Intermediate designer: 2-5 years. Strong designer; working drawings; excellent 3D skills.

E-mail resume: info@dw-arch.com

Callison: A World of Opportunity

Senior Project Manager
Located in midtown Manhattan, our New York office is growing! Callison is an international design firm focused on the excellence of design and client service with retail and mixed used projects.

This is a fully competent professional architect who manages the development and completion of one or more major/complex projects. Possess overall project responsibility including client relationship, scheduling, budgeting and construction administration and is accountable for the quality of work performed, client service and profitability. Bachelors or Masters degree in Architecture or related field. Architectural license. Fifteen years experience as a professional architect, including three years experience as a Project Manager with client and contractor interface. Minimum two years previous supervisory and personnel management.

We offer competitive salary, full medical and dental / vision, 401(k) / profit sharing, transit subsidies, and a great location! Visit www.callison.com Email resumes to employement@callison.com EOE.

Callison is an international design firm focused on the excellence of design and client service in the Retail, Corporate Workplace and Mixed Use markets.

Callison is seeking a Senior Interior Designer who:

· Defines program requirements and establishes interior design parameters
· Generates & develops overall interior design concepts; formulates and executes design presentations
· Manages interior design process for project consistent with project’s program, budget, time constraints; leads/directs other interior designers, technical staff
· Manages project budget/schedules related to interior design team efforts
· Manages client interaction and decisions related to interior design

Candidates should have a Bachelor or Masters degree in Architecture or related field and min. of 10 yrs. experience as a professional interior designer, including prior project designer responsibilities. NCIDQ desirable.

We offer competitive salary, full medical and dental / vision, 401(k), & transit subsidies! To view a complete job description, visit us at www.callison.com or email resume to employment@callison.com EOE

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