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Editor's Note


For those of you attending the 2009 AIA Convention in San Francisco, be sure to check out the AIA Convention Preview in the Around the AIA + Center for Architecture section.

- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Reports from the Field

In this issue:
· Hockenberry Stimulates Big Ideas
· Sustainability and Historic Preservation Come Together
· Composite Fibers Weave Buildings
· AIA Navigates the Future of BIM and IPD
· Fitting People to Place: Urban Design, Simplified
· Joel Sanders Brings the Outside In
· Women in Architecture Committee Founder Speaks to New Generation
· FLW Still Provocative After All These Years

Reports from the Field

Hockenberry Stimulates Big Ideas

Event: AIA New York 2009 Design Awards Luncheon and Ceremony
Location: Cipriani Wall Street, 04.22.09
Keynote Speaker: John Hockenberry — WNYC & PRI Host, “The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji”
Master of Ceremonies: Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP — Principal, FXFOWLE Architects
Organizers: AIANY, with Boston Society of Architects for the Building Type Awards
Sponsors: Benefactor: ABC Imaging; Patrons: Cosentino North America; Syska Hennessy Group; The Rudin Family; Lead Sponsors: Dagher Engineering; The Durst Organization; HOK; Mancini Duffy; Sponsors: AKF Group; Arup; Building Contractors Association; FXFOWLE Architects; Hopkins Foodservice; Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti; JFK&M Consulting Group; KI; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; MechoShade Systems; New York University; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Rogers Marvel Architects; Steelcase; Studio Daniel Libeskind; Tishman Realty & Construction; VJ Associates; Weidlinger Associates; Zumtobel Lighting/International Lights

“All economic booms are alike; prosperity is alike; but bubbles burst in their own ways.” Loosely referencing Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, WNYC and PRI Host John Hockenberry urged architects to think beyond President Obama’s stimulus plan to help bring NYC out of the recession. For Hockenberry, it’s history’s great design ideas that have helped pull the country out of recessions before — whether it was the Bonneville Dam, Lyndon Johnson’s idea for rural electrification, Rockefeller Center, or the Empire State Building. In the 1930s, design was equaled with prosperity. The bigger the idea, the more wealth was associated with the city. The Empire State Building did not relate to the rest of the city in terms of scale. It wasn’t a typical structure, such as the repetitive, unoriginal glass boxes that are scattered through the city currently, stated Hockenberry. Instead, it projected the idea that people can do something huge, something that transcends the poor state of the city.

Hockenberry thinks “stimulus” is the wrong word; it does not have meaning, it is not sustainable. He does not understand how money is being divided around the country, yet nothing seems to be reaching the places that need it most. For example, stimulus money could be used to make the U.S. accessible. To him (wheelchair-bound himself), that would not be a simple gesture. It would demonstrate that this country cares about people with disabilities in a way no other country in the world does. It is through design that the country could be elevated to new levels. Referring to this year’s Design Awards recipients, Hockenberry hopes that ideas bigger than “stimulus” will inspire a new age of prosperity.

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Reports from the Field

Sustainability and Historic Preservation Come Together

Event: Save History, Save the Earth: Commonalities and Conflicts between Preservation and Sustainability
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.15.09
Speakers: Chris Benedict — Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning & the Environment; Fiona Cousins, LEED AP — Principal, ARUP; Scott Demel, LEED AP — Associate, Rogers Marvel Architects; Ned Kaufman — Co-founder & Co-director, Place Matters
Moderator: Erica Amravi — Preservation Consultant
Organizers: AIA Historic Buildings Committee, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

McCarren Park Pool, in its current state.

Courtesy Google Earth.

Historic preservation advocates and sustainability practitioners are natural collaborators, and the conservation of our natural resources as well as the conservation of our historic structures are mutually inclusive. Two architects, a researcher, and an engineer discussed the common ground and differing perspectives.

The reuse and renovation of an existing building is inherently more sustainable than new construction because of the building’s embodied energy. It takes 65 years for even a new “green” building to recover the energy wasted in the demolition of an existing structure. Sustainability expert Fiona Cousins, LEED AP, principal at Arup, encouraged designers to carefully weigh a building’s lifespan before making the decision to either demolish or renovate it.

Author, heritage conservation specialist, and co-founder of Place Matters, Ned Kaufman argued that buildings play a large role in a community’s historic and cultural identity, and that we must consider the protection of both this and our natural environments equally. The McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn was provided as one such example — built in 1936 and closed to the public in 1984, it was sized to provide summer recreation for up to 6,000 bathers. Scott Demel, LEED AP, of Rogers Marvel Architects is leading the pool’s renovation into a year-round community center. He expects the project will receive LEED Silver certification.

Architect Chris Benedict provided several examples of tenement buildings in the East Village that had been rehabilitated to decrease energy expenditure. By installing tight air barriers and appropriate insulation, as well as calibrating water management systems, she proved that a century-old structure can be as efficient as a new building and will often yield the lowest energy bills.

“There’s a need for development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the past,” Kaufman asserts. Benedict agrees: “There are lessons to be learned from these pre-fossil-fuel buildings — lessons that can inform our decisions in today’s changing world.”

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Reports from the Field

Composite Fibers Weave Buildings

Event: Composite Crossover: Technology Transfer from Aircraft to Architecture
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.14.09
Speakers: Charles Blomberg, AIA — Technical Director, Rafael Viñoly Architects; Michael Silver — Principal, Mike Silver Architects & 2007 RVA Research Fellow; Rob Langone — Vice President, Automated Dynamics
Introduction: Ned Kaufman — Director of Research and Training, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Moderator: Susan Szenasy — Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis
Organizer: Center for Architecture
Sponsors: Underwriters: The Center for Architecture Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Patron: Con Edison; Lead Sponsors: Arup; Buro Happold; Material ConneXion; Thornton Tomasetti; Supporters: The American Council of Engineering Companies; Josef Gartner USA/Permasteelisa Group; Weidlinger Associates; Friend: Grimshaw

Cleveland Museum of Art atrium proposal incorporating composite structures.

Courtesy Rafael Viñoly Architects Training and Research Program

“Building is always a one-off experiment,” said Charles Blomberg, AIA, technical director at Rafael Viñoly Architects. He meant that technologies employed in architecture are usually developed by other industries, such as the automobile industry’s advancements with glass. This is often due to the fact that clients do not want to pay for extensive research. In response, Rafael Viñoly Architects created a Training and Research Program, and its 2007 grant recipient, Michael Silver, has been exploring the architectural potential for composite fibers long used in aerospace fabrication. Working with a team of professionals, he explored this material within the conceptual context of an actual project: a 114-foot-long, clear-span skylight atrium for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Composite fibers are comprised of two materials: carbon or glass fibers, and a matrix of resin or high-strength epoxy. Constructed in numerous layers with unidirectional plies, composite fibers are anisotropic — they only work in tension. Silver explored many different forms with varied fiber placements, resulting in a triangular truss with a spiraling fiber structure. Within the design of the proposed museum atrium, the trusses are oriented tip-down and taper together at the joints. As described by Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis, the result is “a woven building.”

As with any complex project, this one required close collaboration: Silver worked with programmers, architects, engineers, manufacturing experts, and students at Pratt. Chipp Jansen, a painter and computer scientist, wrote a code from scratch in Java to generate paths for the three-dimensional surfaces. These paths were then transferred to the coordinates of a CNC-milling machine at the facilities of Automated Dynamics, a manufacturer specializing in composite structure engineering. With the company’s assistance, Silver tested his design with real material, a process that he maintains allowed him to “discover problems you’d never figure out just in drawings.”

Composite fibers have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Their lightness makes them a sustainable option — one can literally lift an eight-foot-long mockup with one hand. However, at $200-$250-per-ound for finished material, they are prohibitively expensive for most building projects. While the composite structure “behaves like a normal beam,” according to Blomberg, due to its complex structure, orientation is crucial. Therefore, it must be installed by highly skilled laborers.

Silver’s exploration held such promise that the Viñoly Training and Research Program extended his fellowship a second year. He continues to explore its possibilities and hopes that someday composite fibers will become a viable building material.

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Reports from the Field

AIA Navigates the Future of BIM and IPD

Event: Change Is Not Optional: Sustainability, BIM and Integrated Project Delivery
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.14.09
Speakers: Markku Allison, AIA — Resource Architect, American Institute of Architects
Organizers: AIANY Technology Committee
Sponsors: ABC Imaging

“We’ve never seen anything like this in the history of the profession,” said Markku Allison, AIA, resource architect at the American Institute of Architects, referring to the growing popularity of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) among architects, owners, and most notably, contractors. According to a McGraw Hill Construction Smart Market Report survey, 35% of firms using BIM described themselves as very heavy users in 2008; that percentile is projected to rise to 45% in 2009. The benefit of the new technology is clear. Allison cited case studies in which a two-week-long BIM constructability analysis saved $800,000 in change-order costs and resolved a $250,000 miscellaneous metals discrepancy.

A force driving change, BIM introduces an integrated world to the A/E/C profession in which all players are involved from the beginning of the design process. BIM facilitates synergy among a project team as well as the ability to drastically reduce change orders, budget creep, and construction waste. E202-2008, a BIM Protocol Exhibit, is a roadmap from the AIA detailing responsibilities and transitions of BIM projects to avoid gaps and oversights throughout the design process, and to clarify authorship and ownership of the model during each project phase.

IPD allows owners, designers, and builders to leverage knowledge and identify opportunities early on through unified models, enhancing certainty and the potential of the project from design through operation. Progressively, the AIA released two new agreements for IPD in May 2008 to respond to the emerging procurement process — one providing transitional owner/contractor and owner/architect contracts, while the other offers a single purpose entity agreement among all parties with mutual goals and target costs.

An effective response to evidence of increasing sustainability standards within the AIA and among the profession, BIM offers the capacity to analyze building performance and expedite key design decisions about the life cycle of a building. Tools for strategy, BIM, and IPD yield an eight-in-ten chance of completing a project on schedule and within budget, a notable improvement from design-bid-build project statistics.

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Reports from the Field

Fitting People to Place: Urban Design, Simplified

Event: Urban Design for an Urban Century: Book Signing, Reception, and Authors Presentation
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.03.09
Speakers: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, & David Dixon, FAIA — authors, Urban Design for an Urban Century (Wiley, 2009)
Sponsors: RKT&B

Courtesy wiley.com

Urban design is about “fitting people to place,” stated David Dixon, FAIA, arguing against the preconception that urban design is much more complex, depending on economy, social values, and environmental forces. Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People (Wiley, 2009), by Dixon, Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and the late Oliver Gillham, AIA, tackles urban design concepts in an easy-to-digest format, beneficial to students and experienced practitioners alike.

Just as peoples’ lives constantly change, the space-making strategies in which they live must alter accordingly, Dixon explained. “You can’t change pedestrian paths and be successful,” Brown added. The authors referred to examples throughout history, from some of the earliest cities including Babylon, Miletus, and Rome, where the basic tenants of urban design were established. Grids were defined to effectively move troops; public squares were created to honor the wealthy; and cities were compact to protect inhabitants. When industrialization offered more mobilization, cities began to decentralize. The Modern movement attempted to use art as a generator for urban form, which Dixon believes was not very successful (think of Le Corbusier’s utopian visions).

Fortunately, Dixon and Brown believe, urbanism is back in vogue: people are rediscovering cities with a renewed appreciation for urban life. Especially in the current economy, sprawl is simply too expensive. We are, therefore, beginning to feel a responsibility to live more sustainably, choosing denser housing options. Downtowns are being repopulated, and cities are considered healthier places to live than the suburban, auto-dependent alternative.

To support their case, Dixon and Brown cite examples of urban design-done-right: recent winners of AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design. Through these case studies, the authors examine effective approaches to urban design. For example, the redevelopment of Portland’s Pearl district, a former rail yard community that now claims to be Portland’s “number one walkable community,” has encouraged new families to stay rather than flee to the suburbs. Similarly, the development for Harmonie Park in Detroit attracted life back to the historic area by creating a mix of shops, restaurants, and loft apartments. Millennium Park in Chicago, the world’s “largest green roof,” recently achieved international fame as it served as backdrop for President Obama’s historic victory.

Brown explained that the book is a “reflection of the spirit of what its authors do,” which is much more than just design: they spend much of their time advocating the principles of good urban design while trying to resolve the divergent voices often involved in the planning process. The authors’ best advice for urban designers? To “make places people love instead of iconic sculpture.”

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Reports from the Field

Joel Sanders Brings the Outside In

Event: 2009 Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Interface: Overlapping interior and Exterior, a lecture by Joel Sanders
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.01.09
Speaker: Joel Sanders, AIA — Principal, Joel Sanders Architect
Organizer: AIANY Interiors Committee
Sponsor: Gensler

Mix House.

Courtesy Joel Sanders Architect

Historically, landscape architecture has largely been viewed as a secondary discipline to architecture — decoration for the exterior of a building — while architecture has been traditionally taken more seriously, stated Joel Sanders, AIA, principal of Joel Sanders Architect. At this year’s Oberfield Memorial Lecture, he countered history and called for the integration of landscape and architectural design, and presented his firm’s attempts to blur the boundary between inside and outside. Sanders claimed that the current environmental crisis is forcing designers to readjust the dialectic between nature and culture. “The organic and synthetic operate as fields of varying intensities across the surface of the Earth,” not as discrete categories, he said.

Through a series of collaborations with landscape firm Balmori Associates, Sanders illustrated the ways integrated design principles can unify the two fields. Their proposal for the 2012 Olympic Equestrian Center in Staten Island incorporated a curvilinear skin that encircled the fields, making the structure continuous with the ground. Seongbukdong Residences, a stepped residential development in South Korea designed with Haeahn Architecture, provides views of mountains in the distance and the neighbors’ gardens in the foreground, while hiding neighboring buildings from one another. And a penthouse on Broadway in Manhattan eliminates distinctions between outdoor “public” and indoor “private” spaces by opening the interiors and enfolding planted gardens within the structure.

Most dramatically, Sanders described a conceptual house his firm designed with Karen Van Lengen/KVL and Ben Rubin/EAR Studio that brings sights and sounds from the exterior environment into the house through a series of parabolic windows and microphones. Called “Mix House,” the design allows residents to set volume levels for various inputs — such as the sound of kids playing in the backyard, or of jets passing overhead.

In all projects, Sanders insists that the design incorporates environmentally sustainable materials and draws elements of the exterior environment into the interior. In this way, he suggested, his firm is attempting to erase distinctions between inside and outside, between natural and synthetic, and between landscape design and architecture.

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Reports from the Field

Women in Architecture Committee Founder Speaks to New Generation

Event: Women in Architecture Breakfast with Laurie Maurer
Location: Center for Architecture; 04.08.09
Speakers: Laurie Maurer, FAIA — Principal, Maurer and Maurer Architects
Organizers: AIANY Women in Architecture Committee

Laurie Maurer, FAIA, speaking to the Women in Architecture Committee.

Kimberly Chin

Trained by Philip Johnson and Marcel Breuer, Laurie Maurer, FAIA, works passionately to preserve classic ideals of architectural practice with her partner-in-life-and-business, Stanley Maurer, AIA. They keep their firm small, and design and draft by hand — with pencils. Because of shared values and goals, the Maurers agreed early on in their practice to be home for dinner every night and impressed upon employees to maintain private interests beyond work. Recently, Laurie Maurer presented her perspectives to the current generation of women architects at a Women in Architecture Committee breakfast.

Maurer’s years working under Johnson and Breuer were invaluable apprenticeships that are now less accessible in contemporary firms. Hand drawing warrants a design process not possible with computer software, she believes. She described sitting back in her chair, cigarette in hand, contemplating a design problem. The process of drawing and having to erase by hand permits time to deliberate, which is a very different process than the expedient digital drafting.

Maurer sees the architectural profession morphing. She shared a story about a young architect who complained about having to draft because she is still a junior at her firm. Since senior level staff members in modern firms handle marketing and business development much of the time, Maurer questioned whether the profession will soon be divided in two: architects who design and draw in smaller firms, and something more descriptive of managerial duties imposed upon principals in larger firms.

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Reports from the Field

FLW Still Provocative After All These Years

Event: Frank Lloyd Wright in the 21st Century: Being Versus Seeming?
Location: Columbia University, 04.13.09
Speakers: Michael Maltzan, FAIA — Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles; Shohei Shigematsu — Partner, OMA*AMO, New York; Marion Weiss, AIA — Partner, Weiss/Manfredi, New York
Moderator: Kenneth Frampton — Ware Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University
Organizers: GSAPP in collaboration with David Van Der Leer, Assistant Curator, Architecture & Design, The Guggenheim Museum, in conjunction with the upcoming exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward”

MoMA Queens by Michael Maltzan Architecture

Christian Richters

Frank Lloyd Wright gets the wrong kind of press and plenty of it. Whenever today’s architects get caught up in the dreaded star system, they can thank Wright (or curse him) for inventing the “starchitect” role. Wright did for American architecture what Mark Twain did for American literature: he brought the field to mass attention by attaching it to a larger-than-life public persona. This hasn’t always advanced his professional legacy. It’s been easy for the legends, the pronouncements, the flamboyance, the 1914 arson and murders at Taliesin, and so forth to overshadow the actual work.

As Marion Weiss, AIA, of Weiss/Manfredi, observed, a large-format photo of Fallingwater — reasserting the centrality of landscape and site-specific features in 1938, while European theorists were moving in the opposite direction — can be the first architectural image an American born in the 20th century recognizes. Despite his massive popular presence, or because of it, much of architectural academia keeps him at a distance. “When I was in school,” Michael Maltzan, FAIA, of Michael Maltzan Architecture, recalled, “you were not allowed to look at Wright,” as if all the pop-culture exposure had somehow contaminated him. (Maltzan studied him in secret.) Shohei Shigematsu, partner at OMA*AMO, noted the relative shortage of scholarly attention paid to Wright compared with theoretical rival Le Corbusier, suggesting Wright’s concentration on private homes (474 residential projects out of his built total of 532) among the possible reasons, but also noting a stylistic adaptability bordering on opportunism and observing that “Wright’s… vision was so open that it somehow spawned someone like Venturi, who said ‘vision sucks.’”

The agrarianism and anti-urbanism of Broadacre City have not aged well in the era of exurban sprawl, but the panelists find that other aspects of Wright’s vision prove durable. His ability to choreograph a linear experience strikes Maltzan as a strong model for his own firm’s movement-oriented projects like the Museum of Modern Art’s temporary quarters in Queens. Wright focused attention on the relation between democratic political models and various spatial models, demonstrate a knack for inverting spaces so that urban conditions appear in the interior, a paradox that Columbia University’s Kenneth Frampton later noted in Wright’s “introverted” public buildings adapting a courtyard-house typology.

Weiss observed how Wright “intensifies what’s already there” in a site’s topography and materials; this conceptual strategy informs several recent Weiss/Manfredi projects regardless of their formal dissimilarities to the Prairie Style. Shigematsu called attention to outlier projects in Wright’s canon that hint at under-recognized concerns, such as the Guggenheim’s implicit subversion of New York’s zoning-driven setbacks, a convention that OMA’s new 23 E. 22nd St. project also sports. Wright’s provocations have stimulated the work of the firms represented here, though they seldom replicate his signature geometries.

Wright’s public prominence is peaking again, thanks to the Guggenheim’s forthcoming 50th anniversary exhibition “From Within Outward” as well as the latest biographical narratives (T.C. Boyle’s new novel The Women (Viking, 2009), and Richard Nelson’s 2007 play Frank’s Home). This panel suggested that Wright can raise unexpectedly tricky questions and carefully avoided the assumption that substantive answers appear easily. Toward the conclusion, Frampton offered another context where Wright has fresh relevance: if the concept of sustainability is taken in its broad cultural and ethical senses, Wright’s “response to specific climate and site conditions… resists the seduction of the global,” and his legacy of a hypothetical suburbanism (contrasting, Weiss noted, with the “complex and contradictory framework” of the very different America built in the post-Wright era) remains near the core of the unresolved question of what a sustainable national architecture might be.

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Preview: AIA Guide to NYC

Photographing the City

(L-R): Charles McKim’s University Club on Fifth Avenue at West 54th Street; Hong Kong Bank Building, Canal Street; Giorgio Cavaglieri’s Engine Co. 59, Ladder Co. 30, West 133rd Street; Former Forward Building, East Broadway.

(L-R): Bradley Kaye; Douglas Moreno; Jason Prunty; Amanda Chen

Since last September my students and I have walked virtually every street in Manhattan. We’ve snapped 25,000 photos, visited just about every construction site in the city, poured over hundreds of architect’s websites, searched planning documents, and read miles of real estate blogs. It’s a huge project: we’re photographing new buildings and re-photographing old ones for the new AIA Guide to New York City, all 1,100 pages of it, one borough at a time.

Author Norval White, FAIA, (his original co-author Elliot Willensky, FAIA, died in 1990) needed someone to walk hundreds of miles of city streets, re-photograph everything from the fourth edition (Three Rivers Press, 2000), note significant changes (a favorite old café that’s gone under or a brownstone that’s bitten the dust), and to look through the peepholes at new construction sites and figure out what’s being built and if it’s notable enough for inclusion in the new Guide, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2010.

When White enlisted me as co-author, I knew that I would need a lot of help if we had a chance of meeting our publication deadline. It was his idea that I would lead a squadron of my eager students from the City College of New York School of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture, fan out across the city, and (photographically speaking) wrestle Manhattan to the ground. I realized this was an opportunity to not only get the Guide done on time, but a unique new way to teach a class “in the field.” I hoped our perceptions of the city would change, as a succession of façades, gardens, streets, squares, statues, sidewalk clocks, signs, and people took up residence in our memories.

When I arrived for the first day of the fall semester, I discovered that the administration had, because of space constraints, given our classroom away to a seminar in construction technology. With no place to meet, I saw no reason why we couldn’t move our base of operations to the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. The Shack, designed by James Wines, was ideally suited as a place to launch our assault on the city. It provided everything a modern classroom requires: benches, trees, wireless Internet connection (so we could “skype” White and upload photos to our database), new coin-operated public toilets, and delicious hamburgers.

My students soon discovered this was a ton of work, time-consuming, physically tiring, rewarding but often frustrating: a doorman gets territorial (”no photos, no photos!”), a moving van blocks the perfect shot, the sun doesn’t cooperate. But the 14 students who toughed it out have been stellar, conquering Midtown (over 800 buildings!), the Upper West Side, and the Upper East Side last fall, and Harlem, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and the Village this spring. 25,000 photos later, we are scheduled to finish shooting Manhattan by May 1. The students have also been instrumental in reporting from the field, noting additions and demolitions, and more subtle changes (for example, a façade described as white stucco in the fourth edition has been painted bright yellow: ouch!)

I am constantly amazed at the quality of my student’s photos. Included here is a preview, in color, of a few of the best of my student’s shots from the new Guide.

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Editor's Soapbox

PlaNYC Sticks to the Plan

During this year’s Earth Day, PlaNYC issued a Progress Report with an update on how the city has fared since the initiative’s launch in 2007. In general, NYC is doing pretty well at achieving, or staying on track, with the 127 proposals. The city has planted almost 200,000 trees, increased the number of hybrid vehicles on the streets, issued a Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan, and opened the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, among other programs.

Each of the nine sections of PlaNYC — housing, open spaces, brownfields, water quality, water network, transportation, energy, air quality, climate change — is showing that 2009 milestones have been met on time, completed, or are in progress. Relatively few initiatives have been delayed, except for transportation. Yes, new bicycle lanes have been constructed, regulation of parking placards has been instituted, and a pilot Bus Rapid Transit route was piloted. However, as we all recall, the failed congestion pricing plan did damage to the transportation goals. As I wrote in my last Editor’s Soapbox (See NYC Transportation Funding Doesn’t Add Up, 04.07.09), the stimulus plan is not doing much to help our mass transportation issues.

As someone who was skeptical about the survival of green initiatives as soon as the economy took a turn for the worse, the overall progress of PlaNYC is encouraging. Hopefully the payback will soon be more evident, and we will have more substantial numbers backing the proposals.

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In The News

In this issue:
· New Museum for African American History and Culture Announced
· Public Radio Takes to the Street
· New York State Theater Adjusts Its Sounds
· A Shop Pops Up in Brooklyn
· An Elevated Park Runs Through It
· Putting the Parking in Ballpark
· NYIT Heads Upstate to the Estates

New Museum for African American History and Culture Announced

National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Courtesy Davis Brody Bond Aedas

The team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup has been selected by The Smithsonian to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture to be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The core design team consists of three firms — The Freelon Group will ensure that the design reflects the values and priorities of the museum and the Smithsonian; Adjaye Associates will focus on the formal development and refinement of the building design; and Davis Brody Bond Aedas will assure adherence of the design to the program and vision. The building design will take up to three years, with construction to begin in 2012. Set to open in 2015, the museum’s total cost is estimated to be $500 million. Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup was one of 22 teams that responded to the Request for Qualifications in the summer 2008, and six firms selected to participate in the design competition in January 2009.

Public Radio Takes to the Street

Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

Courtesy WNYC

WNYC radio is on the air, online, and now on it’s on the street! The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, designed by Kostow Greenwood Architects, is a state-of-the-art, multimedia performance space and broadcast studio on the ground floor of WNYC’s new home at Charlton and Varick in Hudson Square. The Greene Space was created for live performances, WNYC radio shows and video webcasts with concerts, theater, political and cultural discussions, film, and visual arts. A news ticker carves through space and out the windows, making breaking news available to passersby. The venue can seat 125, and millions more will be able to stream live audio and video events and download podcasts created in the studio. The space was registered as a relocation project with the USGBC and expects to achieve a LEED Silver rating. The use of recycled paper for printed materials, low-wattage LED theatrical lighting, a stage made of renewable bamboo, and interactive programs on environmental issues that the station broadcasts are just some of the ways Greene Space will promote being green.

New York State Theater Adjusts Its Sounds

David H. Koch Theatre.

David H. Koch Theatre

An interior renovation of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center by JCJ Architecture will update the venue, providing an enriched experience for devotees of both the New York City Opera and New York City Ballet.. Phase one of the improvements includes enlarging the orchestra pit and providing operable platforms, , replacing the stage lighting system, building a media center to allow hi-definition recording and broadcasting of performances, , and installing 2,550 custom-designed seats. In addition, the lobbies will be refinished with new carpeting and wall covering. This will be the first major facelift for the 45-year-old, Philip Johnson-designed theater, which, until recently, was known as the New York State Theater.

A Shop Pops Up in Brooklyn

Rocawear shop.

D-ASH Design

D-ASH Design has created a mobile lounge to showcase hip-hop music mogul Jay-Z’s line of apparel for Rocawear. The first location for the temporary space will be in Brooklyn, near the Atlantic Terminal. Mohair sofas, suede walls, custom zebra wood cabinetry, a 46-inch flat-screen TV, stereo system, and a custom gaming zone, transport the customer into the Jay-Z and Rocawear lifestyle. Fully stocked with merchandise, the 50-foot luxury liner will travel around the country to Jay-Z concerts and other events.

An Elevated Park Runs Through It

The High Line Building.

Morris Adjmi Architects

Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, The High Line Building on West 14th Street in the Meatpacking District has topped out. The building, which was designed to LEED Gold standards, features 100,000 square feet of office space and 11 floors of retail space at the base of the park’s main entrance. The building has a dramatic steel-framed glass tower atop an existing five-story Art Deco masonry building that was a former meat processing facility. The offices on the upper floors have panoramic views of the Hudson River and the historic neighborhood through its floor-to-ceiling windows, while its lower floors offer direct views of the park, which also runs 103 feet through the building. The building is expected to be completed Fall 2009.

Putting the Parking in Ballpark

Ruppert Plaza Garage.

Clarke Caton Hintz

Trenton-based Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), unveiled several parking garage facilities at the new Yankee Stadium that will provide recreational and park facilities for the surrounding community — which lost valuable park space when the new stadium was erected. The more than one-million-square-foot Ruppert Plaza Garage will accommodate 1,500 public parking spaces and features an expansive roof-deck to support the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s rooftop park. When completed in April 2010, it will include basketball and handball courts, a 400-meter athletic track, adult fitness equipment, an artificial turf soccer/football field, a 600-seat grandstand, site furnishings, and a comfort station that will house restrooms and changing areas.

The approximately 250,000-square-foot 164th Street Garage, a five-story garage with rooftop parking adjacent to the new stadium, will provide approximately 630 spaces. The garage’s façade, highlighted with blue lighting and stainless-steel mesh, matches the new stadium’s stone. Construction on the four-story, approximately 970-space 161st Street Garage will begin this summer. CCH and its design-build partners continue to be responsible for overseeing financing, design, building, operation, and maintenance of the garages. All aspects of the project now run through a newly created entity called Bronx Parking Development Corporation.

NYIT Heads Upstate to the Estates

Dean’s Office at NYIT.

Courtesy DIA/WRKS

DIA/WRKS has been selected to design the administrative offices for New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design in Old Westbury, NY. With more than 100 wooded and landscaped acres, NYIT’s Long Island campus comprises several former North Shore estates, including the former C.V. Whitney estate buildings that were reconstructed for educational use. The design of the new building takes its cues from the architectural details of the estates’ former polo stables while contrasting them with clean, understated surfaces and angles. Among the distinctive elements in the design of the 2,500-square-foot space are original furniture pieces by Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer, a rustic brick fireplace, and white marble mantles. The project is slated to begin in May and be completed by the fall.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture

In this issue:
· AIANY Convention Preview
· New Benefits for AIANY Members
· Attend the AIA Convention — Virtually
· WIA Work/Life Balance Survey
· New Bike Parking Regulations and Waterfront Design Standards for NYC

AIANY Convention Preview
Looking toward the 2009 AIA Convention in San Francisco, 04.29-05.02, here is a list of events that may be of interest to AIANY members:

Wednesday, 04.29
W03 Project Finance for Principals and Project Managers: Project Management in an Increasingly Diverse Environment
Speaker: Jim Sawyer, AIA

W06 The Human Connection: Bring Your Presentations to Life!
Speakers: Carol Doscher and Geoff Webb

W32 Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment, The Essentials: Diversify Your Practice to Include Selection, Specification and Procurement of FF&E
Speakers: Diana M.H. Brenner, FAIA, IIDA, IFMA; Julia Monk, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; and Tricia Moore, LEED AP

W33 Architecture’s New Rainbow Coalition: Or What Happens When You Design with Diverse Materials, Urban Sites, and Multiple Cultures?
Speakers: Carlton Brown, NOMA, CSI; Frederic Schwartz, FAIA; Wendy Talarico; and Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMA

W46 Designing with Your Whole Brain
Speakers: Carol Doscher and Geoff Webb

FOUR X FOUR: 4 Architects/4 Regions/4 Visions/4 the Future
Hafele San Francisco Showroom
151 Vermont St. #9

Thursday, 04.30
T20 Design as a Business Strategy
Speakers: Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA; John Grant Jessen, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP; and Richard Logan, AIA, LEED AP

Plenary Presentations

Candidate Speeches and Regional Caucuses

New Practices New York Exhibition Opening
AIA San Francisco’s Center for Architecture + Design
130 Sutter Street, 6th Floor

T34 Navigating Life and the Workplace: How Leading Women in Architecture and Other Professions Balance Their Careers and Other Goals
Speakers: Nancy A. Goshow, AIA; Geri A. Gregor; Barbara Kasoff; Lina G. Telese, Esq.; and Diane T. Tien, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

T68 Queer Space: Designing for the GLBT Community
Speakers: S. Jane Cee, AIA; Belmont Freeman, FAIA; Robert J. Hotes, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB; and Grant C. Uhlir, AIA, NCARB

T72 Building a Sustainable Future: How Architects and Designers Connect with Politics, Practice, and Action
Speakers: Bob Adams; Richard Burdett; Daniel M. Kammen, PhD; Vivian E. Loftness, FAIA; Christopher K. Ratcliff, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP; and Susan S. Szenasy

E25 Honors & Awards

T83 High Performance Schools: Design Strategies, Tools and Resources
Speakers: Charles Eley, FAIA; and Deane M. Evans Jr., FAIA

T85 New Active Living Design Guidelines for Healthier Environments
Speakers: David J. Burney, FAIA; Karen Lee; and Gayle Nicoll, PhD

City Club
155 Sansone Street

E40 AIAS Nightcap Reception

Friday, 05.01
F18 The Urbanization of Urban Design: The Evolution of the RUDC Honor Awards Recipients Over the Past Decade
Speaker: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, and David Dixon, FAIA

F31 The Invisible Shield: Designing High-Risk Structures
Speakers: Matt Kmetz, PE, and Tod Rittenhouse, PE

F40 Manufacturing for Sustainability: Diverse Approaches to Green
Speakers: Hillary Brown, FAIA, LEED AP; Gail Whitney Karn, AIA; Annette Schaich Maharam, IIDA, ASID; and Melissa Vernon, IIDA

GS02 Focus on Design and Global Practice
Speakers: Moderated by John Hockenberry; Amale Andraos; Minsuk Cho, AIA; Craig Dykers, AIA; Julien De Smedt

F25 Design Innovation: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Speakers: Phillip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP; Robert Ivy, FAIA (moderator); Lisa Iwamoto; Paul Lewis, AIA; and Kulapat Yantrasast, Assoc. AIA

F51 2007 Latrobe Prize Presentation
Speakers: Guy Nordenson, PE, SE; Catherine Seavitt, AIA; and Adam Yarinsky, FAIA

F89 Diversity of Ideas and Concepts: How Design Competitions Enrich the Fabric of San Francisco and Provide Opportunities for Architects
Speaker: G. Stanley Collyer, Ph.D., Hon. AIA; Craig E. Dykers, AIA; William Liskamm, FAIA; Craig Scott; and Allison G. Williams, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB

F90 What’s Wrong with How Design Firms Are Set Up?
Speakers: Joan L. Capelin, Hon. AIA, FSMPS; James E. Frankel, Esq.; and Hugh M. Hochberg, Assoc. AIA

Investiture at Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill

F107 Designing the New China: A Conversation With Architects Changing the Face of China
Speakers: Yung Ho Chang; Qingyun Ma, AIA; and Clifford Pearson

E48 Friday Night Live!
Asian Art Museum (extra cost)

Saturday, 05.02
S29 Designing the Emergent Firm
Speakers: Frank J. Greene, FAIA; Giles A. Jacknain; and Patricia Saldaña Natke, AIA

S51 New Technological Tools-Can They Replace Intuition?: Practice Management Knowledge Community Luncheon

Speaker: Mahadev Raman

GS03 Focus on Contemporary Architecture: Critical and New Opinions
Speakers: Randy Brown, AIA; Teddy Cruz; Jeanne Gang; Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP; Sheila Kennedy, AIA; Tom Kundig, FAIA; Lisa Iwamoto; Paul M. Lewis, AIA; Qingyun Ma, AIA; Sebastian Schmaling, AIA; Cameron Sinclair; Nader Tehrani; Kulapat Yantrasast, Assoc. AIA

Architecture for Humanity10th Year Anniversary Celebration
The Autodesk Gallery
One Market Street

New Benefits for AIANY Members
AIANY announced new benefits for members, including: discounted membership to Mint Cars; discount for study materials from PPI Educational Partner Program; and discounts at Office Depot. Go to the AIANY website for more information.

Attend the AIA Convention — Virtually
The AIA National Convention begins in San Francisco this week. Since this is a critical time in the profession, the AIA is making a select number of convention education events available online through live video streaming. Fourteen presentations, including the three keynote sessions, will be available to AIA members live and at no cost. Participating members also qualify for continuing education learning units. The presentations will also be available for a limited time online and on demand. Advance registration is required for each session. For more information or to register, click here.

In addition, up to 50 exhibitors at the Expo will be participating online in virtual booths. To gain entry to the Virtual Convention, you must register for it separately from the live video streaming sessions. To do so, click here.

WIA Work/Life Balance Survey
How are architects in NYC balancing work and life? As our lives become more complex and demanding, we struggle to manage the boundaries between work and personal life. The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee (WIA) seeks to understand the associated challenges and issues via an online survey. To participate, click here.

New Bike Parking Regulations and Waterfront Design Standards for NYC
The City Council has adopted new bicycle parking regulations that will require enclosed and secure bike parking in all new buildings. For more information, click here.

Additionally, the City Council has adopted new waterfront design requirements to underscore the city’s commitment to creating inviting and publicly accessible waterfront spaces throughout the city. For more information, click here.

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Of Interest

Architectural Record Highlights Host City

Architectural Record has dedicated a portion of its website to explore San Francisco, host city of the 2009 AIA Convention. RECORD REVEALS: San Francisco includes recommendations from Bay Area architects; video tours of the city through the eyes of luminaries; photos; a portfolio of San Francisco-based projects; a blog; and other relevant links of interest.

Names in the News

The AIA selected 17 Recipients for the 2009 Housing Awards including the House at Sagaponac by Tsao & McKown Architects…The 2008-2009 IDP Firm Awards recipients include Mancini Duffy; Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences elected the following new Fellows for architecture: Guy Nordenson, Ricardo Scofidio, AIA, and Michael Sorkin… The Lower East Side Tenement Museum hosted a fundraiser honoring Brad Perkins, FAIA, Enrique Norten, Hon. FAIA, and Gary Handel, AIA

Ohio State has announced the short list for its new $43 million emergency hospital’s chiller plant, including Polshek Partnership Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

The Preservation League of New York State has named properties in South Street Seaport to the group’s annual list of the Empire State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save

Thomas Grooms is retiring as the Director of Design Excellence and the Arts in the Office of the Chief Architect this summer, beginning a nation-wide search for his successor; applications are due 04.30.09. Click here for more information…

The American Council on Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York announced the 2009 Engineering Excellence Awards, including the following projects which won Diamond Awards: The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, Empire Award for the Best Project in New York State, by Cook + Fox Architects; The Standard Hotel, Polshek Partnership; North River Pollution Control Plant, DMJM Harris/AECOM; New York City Transit Grand Avenue Bus Depot and Central Maintenance Facility, Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects; Intrepid Pier 86, Dattner Architects; The High Line Project, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro; Pier 17 Redevelopment, SHoP Architects; Foundations for the New York Law School Expansion, SmithGroup; African Burial Ground National Monument, AARIS Architects; Shanghai World Financial Center, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Park Center for Business & Sustainable Enterprise, Robert A. M. Stern Architects; The New York City Waterfalls, Olafur Eliasson; and Citi Field, HOK Sport (now Populous)…

CetraRuddy has created a new division, the CetraRuddy Hospitality Group

Hausman, a public relations firm, has been launched to serve as an advisor to firms in the design and construction industry…

Nicholas S. Fusco has joined Gertler & Wente Architects as its healthcare facility planner… Laura Gralnick has been named senior designer at Poulin + Morris…

John Sadlon, Assoc. AIA, a principal at Mancini Duffy, was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Real Estate New York…

The IIDA New York Chapter awarded five $5,000 scholarships in interior design plus 10 one-year IIDA student memberships to winners and honorable mention recipients, including Peerapong Sornnuwat and Anna Pilarska, Pratt Institute; Larissa Raywood, School of Visual Arts; Sang-Pyo Hong and Horacio Hernandez, Fashion Institute of Technology… Honorable Mentions were awarded to Daniel Park, New York School of Interior Design; Ambar Margarida and Mohamed Ame, School of Visual Arts; Anupriya Subbian, Pratt Institute; and Gal Vaknin, Fashion Institute of Technology…


04.16.09: The Paley Center for Media unveiled The Kissinger Global Conference Room. Designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, it is a high-tech, media-based room for teleconferencing meetings, presentations, and discussions. (L-R): Henry Kissinger, Lee Skolnick, FAIA, and Pat Mitchell, CEO of the Paley Center./p>

Courtesy Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

04.16.09: Spacebuster, an inflatable, portable pavilion designed by Raumlabor Berlin, spent its first of 10 evenings in NYC, sponsored by Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Goethe-Institut New York, under the High Line.

Kristen Richards

Kristen Richards

New Deadlines

2009 Oculus 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 want to hear from you! Projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. The themes:

Fall Issue: Carbon Neutral Now. The new green frontier, carbon neutrality, researched, explored, planned, and designed at all scales by New York architects.
06.01.09: Suggestion Deadline

Winter Issue: Health & Architecture. Architecture designed to promote fitness, health, and wellness will be profiled. Projects selected from within this growing field will demonstrate sensitivity to generational and demographic issues, sustainability, and technology.
08.01.09: Suggestion Deadline

If you have suggestions, please contact OCULUS editor-in-chief Kristen Richards.

05.07.09 Call for Entries: R + D Awards

05.08.09 Call for Proposals: Willets Point Development Project

05.08.09 Call for Entries: AIAS/AIA COTE 2009 Research Scholarship

05.29.09 Call for Nominations: Yolanda Garcia Community-Planner Award

05.29.09 Call for Submissions: onedotzero_adventures in motion

05.29.09 Call for Entries: One Good Chair 2009

06.01.09 Call for Entries: World Habitat Awards 2009

06.04.09 Call for Entries: Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards

06.19.09 Call for Entries: Design the 4th Bin

06.26.09 Call for Entries: Faith and Form Awards

06.29.09 Call for Entries: Rising Tides: Sea level Rise in San Francisco Bay and Beyond

06.30.09 Call for Entries: Energy Value Housing Award

At the Center for Architecture

Center for Architecture Gallery Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED

Join an Architalker for a Hosted Tour of Center for Architecture

Join us for free Architalker-hosted tours of the Center for Architecture exhibitions Fridays at 4:00pm. To join one of these tours, meet in the Public Resource Area on the ground floor of the Center for Architecture.


Helfand Spotlight Series
Public Art + Architecture New York

April 17 — May 9, 2009

The images in this exhibit, taken by photographer Francis Dzikowski for the book Public Art New York, represent the wide variety of works of public art in the five boroughs of New York City. Illustrating that public art consists not only of monumental sculpture in outdoor plazas but also decorative sidewalks, sculpted facades, and evocative lighting, Public Art New York broadens the dialogue on how art can complement and enrich architecture and public space. From the Coney Island’s Parachute Jump, to Dubuffet’s Groupe des Quatre Arbres in Chase Manhattan Plaza, to James Carpenter’s “Ice Falls” in the lobby of the Hearst Building, these photos reveal the magnificent range and richness of the works that enliven New York’s urban landscape and are accessible for all to enjoy. As Kent L. Barwick noted in his introduction to the book, “these striking photographs of both the new and what we thought familiar remind us of the ever-changing and compelling landscape we are so lucky to inhabit and so rarely take the time to see.”

Public Art New York by Jean Parker Phifer FAIA was published by W.W. Norton in March 2009. Francis Dzikowski is represented by Esto.

Public Art + Architecture New York is presented as part of the Helfand Spotlight Series.
The series highlights competitions, projects under construction, and projects recently completed that will have a far-reaching impact on New York City’s built environment. Projects are exhibited as a means of generating public interest as well as presenting in-depth information to the Center’s professional audience.

This spotlight will be on view through May 9, 2009.

Organized by AIA New York

Related Events

Friday, April 17, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm

Exhibition Opening Reception

Monday, April 20, 2009, 5:30 — 8:00pm
Panel: Public Art + Architecture New York

2009 Design Awards and Building Type Awards

April 23 — June 13, 2009

AIA New York’s Annual Design Awards Program is the largest competition held to recognize excellence in architectural design for projects in New York City and by New York City architects worldwide. The 2009 Design Awards Program also includes the Building Type Awards in collaboration with the Boston Society of Architects to honor excellence in architectural design in Housing and Health Facilities.

The thirty-two winners of these awards will be on display at the Center for Architecture beginning April 23 and through June 13.
For the full list of winners, please visit the AIANY Awards Web site.

Exhibition organized by: AIA New York

Exhibition design by: Remake with Corey Yurkovich



Lead Sponsor:


Dagher Engineering
The Durst Organization
Mancini Duffy
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

AKF Group
Building Contractors Association

FXFOWLE Architects
Hopkins Foodservice Specialists
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
JFK&M Consulting Group
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
Mechoshade Systems

New York University
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
Rogers Marvel Architects
Studio Daniel Libeskind
Tishman Construction Corporation
VJ Associates
Weidlinger Associates

Zumtobel Lighting/International Lights


Associated Fabrication

Related Events

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Exhibition Opening

May 6, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Architecture Winners’ Panel Discussion

May 18, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Interiors Winners’ Panel Discussion

May 28, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Housing Winners’ Panel Discussion

June 3, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Project Winners’ Panel Discussion

June 10, 2009, 6:00 — 8:00pm
Health Facilities Winners’ Panel Discussion

About Town

Through 05.08.09
The Geography of Buzz: Visualizing Cultural Space in New York and Los

The Geography of Buzz.

Courtesy Study-X

Elizabeth Currid and Sarah Williams transformed the Getty Image Database to explain spatial patterns of cultural industries. By geo-referencing, coding, and performing statistical analysis on 6,000 events and 300,000 photographs taken in New York and Los Angeles, the team shows how cultural industry events cluster.

180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, NYC

HomeBase IV New York

HomeBase IV New York.

Courtesy Home Base IV

Fifteen international artists interpret their concept of home within exam rooms of a vacant, former medical clinic on the Lower East Side.

HomeBase IV
232 East Broadway at Clinton Street, NYC

05.09, various dates
Parsons Presents 2009 Thesis Exhibitions

Throughout May, a series of exhibitions in venues across Manhattan represent the final works of the Parsons The New School for Design undergraduate and graduate students.

Parsons The New School for Design
Various venues

Through 07.12.09
Landmarks of New York and Harlem, 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara

Landmarks of New York and Harlem.

Camilo José Vergara, courtesy New York Historical Society

Photographs taken by Camilo José Vergara show streetscapes that the photographer visited repeatedly over the course of 38 years, creating a time-lapse portrait of the neighborhood.

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, NYC


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