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01.11.11 Editor’s Note: Happy New Year! In this issue, AIANY Policy Director Jay Bond outlines the 2010 advocacy efforts of AIANY. Be sure to read about everything from our work on streamlining the regulatory review process and our efforts on the NYC Energy Conservation Code, to our positions on Moynihan Station and The New Domino development in Around the AIA.
- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
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Event: Parks Design Manual Launch
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.06.11
Speakers: Adrian Benepe — Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; Deborah Marton — Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space; David Bragdon — Director of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, NYC Mayor’s Office; Nette Compton — Senior Project Manager for Design, Parks and Recreation; Jeremy Barrick — Capital Projects Arborist, Parks and Recreation; Nancy Owens, ASLA, LEED AP — Nancy Owens Studio; Stephen Koren, RLA, LEED AP — Parks and Recreation
Organizers: Center for Architecture; NYC Department of Parks; Design Trust for Public Space
Sponsors: New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Site Specialists; AECOM; Viridian Landscape Studio; Meliora Environmental Design
“It may come as a shock to many of you,” said the Design Trust’s Deborah Marton, “but in the fundraising world, soil remediation and bio-intensive pest management are not considered sexy.” The Parks Department’s new design manual promises to do for civic landscape architecture what other recent city-agency-sponsored documents have done for sustainable infrastructure and active design: codify the state of the art and promote sound practices. The manual’s organizers and contributors have given New York and other cities a powerful instrument for designing outdoor spaces that generate both a lighter impact on the planet and an improved quality of urban life. And that, Marton added, is plenty sexy.
High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC extends the Design Trust’s High Performance series, preceded by High Performance Building Guidelines (1999) and Infrastructure Guidelines (2005). The primary authors of the Landscape Guidelines, Marton and the Parks Department’s principal urban designer Charles McKinney, Assoc. AIA, ASLA, put their multidisciplinary team of Design Trust Fellows, landscape architects, arborists, and editors through four years of work, beginning with the department’s recognition that its design standards needed updating, and culminating in a rigorous peer-review process.
The work is organized in six segments: Context, Site Assessment, Best Practices in Site Process, Best Practices in Site Systems, Case Studies, and a brief coda, Next Steps, plus a useful 92-term glossary and an extensive index. It is a practical manual, integrating contemporary knowledge about soil, water, and vegetation (“the heart and soul of the document,” in Nette Compton’s phrase) into all its recommendations. Its principles will help shape PlaNYC’s expansion and upgrading of parkland over the coming decades under new Long-term Planning and Sustainability Director David Bragdon, who stressed the connections of “beauty, environmental attachment, and a love of where you are.”
Parks already comprise about 14% of the city’s area — some 29,000 acres. By mitigating heat-island effects, brownfield conditions, sewer overflows, and the urban populace’s chronic shortage of space that’s wholesome to body and spirit, parkland is a critical determinant of livability, both in New York and in other cities that increasingly look here for models to emulate. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe noted that the Landscape Guidelines are the first of their kind in the nation; various in-house personnel and consultants described recently renovated parks and playgrounds that have already put the new document’s ideas into effect.
The Landscape Guidelines are available free electronically (http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/go_greener/green_capital.html) and in hard-copy form from the Parks Department and at the Center for Architecture. They can also be purchased on Amazon.
Event: Oculus Book Talk: Greening Modernism by Carl Stein
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.10.11
Speaker: Carl Stein, FAIA — Principal, Elemental Architecture
Organizer: AIANY Oculus Committee
Sponsors: Green Mountain Energy Company
Carl Stein, FAIA’s Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability and the Modern Movement (W.W. Norton & Company, 11.29.10) offers a compelling and insightful argument for a creative and enthusiastic reexamination of the interconnection between modern architecture, sustainability, historic preservation, and green strategies. One of the many things that sets this book apart from others on architecture and sustainability is the way in which Stein unfolds the theoretical, instructional, and pioneering tenets between design and technology from the pre-petroleum to late-petroleum eras, suggesting opportunities for architecture in a post-petroleum world.
“A sustainable future,” writes Stein, “one in which humankind will have a place in the ecosystem of the Earth, depends on a fundamental reconsideration of how we utilize all of the resources that support the qualities of our lives.” The second greatest end-use energy consumer is infrastructure construction, and there is a dire need to upgrade this part of American society. As you read Greening Modernism, you, too, will be reminded that as much as the truth sounds good on paper, the hardest part is to convert these ideas to the politics of choice and economics. While architects have their challenges set out before them, Greening Modernism will be a hearty and generous companion for those who are willing to challenge what they value in themselves and consider to be the nexus of design, quality of life, and a sustainable global future.
Note: This was the first of a monthly series of book talks hosted by the AIANY Oculus Committee.
In this issue:
· Pratt’s Eco- and Neighborhood-Friendly Myrtle Hall Opens
· Power House Hits a Home Run
· Classical Music Has a Permanent Space Midtown
· Pace Dorms to Face Fulton Street Transit Hub
· Major Medical Research Institute Opens in Houston
Pratt’s Eco- and Neighborhood-Friendly Myrtle Hall Opens
Myrtle Hall exterior (left); Digital Arts Gallery (right).
Photos by Alexander Severin/ RAZUMMEDIA
Pratt Institute has officially opened Myrtle Hall, a six-story, 120,000-square-foot facility for the college’s Department of Digital Arts and several administrative offices. Designed by WASA/Studio A, the building embodies Pratt’s mission to innovate and put green design into practice, along with its commitment to the community and the revitalization of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The design integrates two wall types — a glass curtain wall and a paneled masonry wall — that relate to the surrounding mercantile brick structures found along Myrtle Avenue. Connecting the two wall systems is a four-story atrium with views into and through the building from both sides. The atrium will also serve as a gallery for alumni work. The fourth-floor gallery will display student and faculty work. Other design features include a loft-like interior that reflects the industrial character of Pratt’s creative workspaces. Sustainable features include exterior
sunshades, a green roof, and solar photovoltaic panels. The project is expected to receive LEED
Power House Hits a Home Run
The Power House.
Photos by Lauren Touryan, Stantec
As part of the Yankee Stadium Uplands and the Bronx Terminal Market Waterfront Park projects, Stantec has transformed The Power House, a vacant 26,000-square-foot steel and masonry structure into a public and commercial building. Built in 1925, the building was originally the icehouse and power station of the Bronx Terminal Market. Remaining part of the market complex, the rehabilitation took more than three years and involved restoring many of the building’s historic features. As part of the modernization of the building, sustainable features, such as an extensive green roof, high-efficiency plumbing, and a photovoltaic array helped earn the building LEED Gold. The space currently houses public restrooms, a concession stand and café space for the adjacent tennis facility, and offices for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.
Classical Music Has a Permanent Space Midtown
Dimenna Center for Classical Music.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
The 36-year-old Orchestra of St. Luke’s is set to move into its first permanent home in early March. Designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, the $37 million venue, known as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, is located in lower portion of the building that houses the Baryshnikov Art Center in Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton Hill. The 20,000-square-foot center will also provide subsidized rental space for rehearsals and recording sessions for musicians. The space contains a large rehearsal hall that can accommodate a full symphony orchestra and chorus, a chamber orchestra rehearsal hall, an ensemble room, two artist studios, a media center, music library, instrument storage facilities, and a musicians’ lounge and café. The main rehearsal halls feature a “box-in-a-box” construction. The rooms float on pads and springs inside an acoustic isolation box made of concrete and concrete block, thus eliminating noise emanating from outside
or from the other performance spaces in the building. South Norwalk-based Akustiks is in charge of the project’s acoustic design. The center is expected to receive a LEED Platinum
Pace Dorms to Face Fulton Street Transit Hub
Karl Fischer Architect
A 220,000-square-foot building for Pace University, designed by Karl Fischer Architect, will rise on a site across from what will become the Fulton Street transit hub. The 24-story building will contain 20 floors of student housing with one floor of amenities. The remaining bottom floors are reserved for retail. The building replaces an existing two-story structure, and is expected to be complete by 2013.
Major Medical Research Institute Opens in Houston
Methodist Hospital Research Institute.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The 440,000-square-foot Methodist Hospital Research Institute, an advanced technology facility dedicated to medical research, recently opened in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. NYC-based design architect Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) created a 12-story facility, six floors of which contain open research space housing laboratories and support spaces that form a collaborative research facility for the study of cancer, heart, and neurological diseases, among others. The massing of the facility expresses its internal functions. Common breakout areas connect the labs vertically, encouraging informal interdisciplinary gatherings. Bridge connections to the existing hospital are proposed at several floors to facilitate translational research and a sense of professional community. Houston-based WHR Architects served as executive architect.
AIA New York has provided testimony, letters of support, and position statements on numerous issues and projects this past year, offering expertise as architects on city policy initiatives, the Charter Revision, and major building projects to the NYC Council, City Planning Commission, Charter Revision Commission, and other governmental agencies.
Task Force on Regulatory Review Reform/Charter Revision
Our Task Force on the Department of Buildings and Charter Revision worked over the last 11 months to document issues of concern architects have with city agencies that became the basis for our testimony before the Charter Revision Commission and for our meeting with Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith. During our meeting, Goldsmith invited us to participate in the Construction and Building Working Group, which was seated to assist management consultants (KPMG) in developing recommendations to streamline the processes at the Department of Buildings.
Community Board Outreach Effort
An initiative was launched in November 2009 to place architects on New York City Community Boards. We have had some success in placing members, and have expanded by providing outreach twice a year. To date, we have at least two architects on every Community Board in Manhattan. The deadline for new applications is 01.15.11 for 2011 Manhattan Board positions.
Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment
AIANY has participated in advance review of the proposed key terms clarification text amendments to the Zoning Resolution organized by the NYC Department of City Planning. Based on refined definition of the terms “development” and “building,” as well as associated terms, AIANY reviewed and commented on potential implications of these far-reaching modifications and recommended changes. The Committee on Planning and Urban Design also held a meeting that allowed City Planning to present the proposed changes to a larger audience of design professionals. We offered testimony on 12.15.10 at the City Planning Commission and expect to testify at the City Council in the coming weeks.
New York City Energy Conservation Code
We testified at the NYC Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings hearing on the NYC Energy Conservation Code. AIANY offered recommendations on language changes and general support of the amendments to the code, which regulates the design and construction of buildings for the effective use of energy. The proposed changes will ensure that the code remains as stringent as the 2010 State Energy Code and complies with the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We understand that buildings contribute significantly to carbon emissions and climate change, and therefore we have a fundamental responsibility to improve building energy efficiency to reduce the negative impact on the environment.
Statute of Repose
We are working diligently to organize support to establish time limits after which tort claims for personal injury or wrongful death may not be asserted against design professionals. Under current law, a cause of action grounded on a theory of simple negligence brought by a third party (not an owner of a building or structure) against a design professional or construction contractor is governed by a three-year statute of limitations. The cause of action does not accrue until the injury takes place — even if the plaintiff is injured 20, 30, 50, or 100 years after the design professional has completed work on the building or structure.
Forty-eight other states have enacted legislation establishing a statute of repose of seven years or more, with completion of the project serving as the accrual date for the cause of action. It is our goal to obtain similar relief for architects in New York State. We continue to research the issue to inform our strategy moving forward. While we have anecdotal evidence that there are very few cases that fall under the statute and even fewer that go to trial, we are gathering data that will strengthen the argument.
Car Share Zoning Text Amendment
On 07.27.10, AIANY wrote to the City Planning Commission in support of a citywide Car Share Zoning Text Amendment to allow car share vehicles to park in off-street parking garages and lots in suitable locations around the city.
On 06.10.10, we delivered testimony at the Government Structure Issue Forum, advocating for consistent approval policy among agencies and a coordinated review process for larger projects that require approvals from multiple agencies. AIANY recommendations on regulatory review were included in the Charter Revision Commissions Final Report for consideration by future commissions with the recommendation that the proposal be studied in greater detail.
State Budget Impasse
AIANY, the New York Building Congress, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York, and the General Contractors Association of New York wrote an open letter demanding passage of a State budget to the Governor and members of the New York State Legislature, calling on the New York State Legislature and the Governor to pass a final budget immediately.
NYS Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act
In May, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, wrote to the state legislature in support of The Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (Bill #S5560AlA8011 A). The act requires state agencies, authorities, and corporations to align their infrastructure expenditures with specified smart growth criteria. This will optimize the effectiveness of limited public infrastructure funds and will encourage sustainable land use and development. The act was signed into law by the Governor in August.
Streetscape Preservation Text
We sent a letter to the Chair of the City Planning Commission supporting the objective to create a more attractive and functional streetscape in residential neighborhoods but cautioned moving ahead with the proposal before the Department of City Planning had completed its parking study.
AIANY spoke in support of Phase One development of Moynihan Station at a joint ESDC/MSDC public hearing held at the Farley Post Office. Phase One Changes include actual physical change to the fabric of the Farley Building, which will allow straphangers, commuters, and tourists to enter the station through an exciting and dignified pair of portals.
The New Domino
After hosting “The New Domino” spotlight exhibition, and a design presentation by Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, at the Center for Architecture, and visiting the site with AIA Brooklyn, 2010 AIANY President Tony Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, wrote to City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, Hon. AIANY, FAICP, and provided testimony on behalf of the Chapter in support of The New Domino master plan.
NYSERDA Energy Code Training
AIANY will deliver training sessions to architects, engineers, and others in the real estate, construction, and design industries on the new energy code through 80 course sessions over a 30-month period. These sessions will be offered at the Center for Architecture and other locations around the city and state.
Architect in Albany Lobby Day
Last April, architects from the Chapter joined with other components of AIA New York State in meetings with members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to discuss legislative issues of importance to architects. Among the issues discussed were: Alternative Project Delivery; Non-Design Professional Ownership; Green Schools; Qualification Based Selection of Professional Design Services; Good Samaritan Act; Design Liability Reform; Smart Growth; and the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
Second Avenue Subway
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney visited the Center for Architecture to discuss funding and timing of massive infrastructure projects happening on both sides of the East River, including the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, and other efforts she is undertaking on behalf of her constituents on the Upper East Side and in Queens. The program was co-organized by AIANY and AIA Queens, with the support of AIA National.
AIANY testified at the City Planning Commission in support of Atelier Christian de Portzamparc’s eight-acre development on the Far West Side. The plan as proposed would: replace a large parking lot and continue the residential character of West End Avenue; extend the street grid to allow unimpeded access through the site as well as restore sightlines to the waterfront; and provide new open space and the core and shell for a new school.
National Housing Trust Fund
The Chapter sent letters to Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in support of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) legislation pending in the Senate. The legislation calls for an infusion of $1.065 billion in capital funds into the NHTF which will support the immediate production of 10,000 homes, creating 15,000 new construction jobs and 4,000 new jobs. This part of the legislation also has the support of AIA National.
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The Center for Architecture Foundation has announced the winners of the 2010 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, which was established to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel.
Diane Davis-Sikora, Owner/Designer of DDesign Studio and Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University, received a grant for her project, “Revisiting Penumatic Architecture.” Davis-Sikora intends to gain a working knowledge of the state of structural and material capacities of air-supported membranes by traveling to various locations within Europe where pneumatic structures are a highly developed form of construction.
Fiyel Levent, Owner and Principal of Fiyel Levent Design in NYC, will survey the architectural heritage of the silk road for the project, “Echoes of Dialogue: The Genealogy of Central Asian Architecture.” Her travel itinerary will take her through the Ferghana Valley, which stretches among various countries including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgystan.
Stephanie Zurek, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Designer and Project Manager at Donald Powers Architects in Providence, RI, with her project, “Exploring and Learning from Indonesian Kampungs,” will take a two-week trip through the Indonesian cities of Jakartha, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. She will study the Indonesian Kampung, an efficient building type that can contribute to sustainable development, public space, and cultural diversity.
Note: The Arnold W. Brunner Grant deadline is fast approaching. This annual award funds a project that contributes to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The deadline is 02.01.11. Click the link for more information.
After two years of the recession, economists are predicting that this year we will see a turn-around. There are signs of hope in architecture as many projects that were put on hold are being revisited; new commissions are being won (outside of the government sector, too!); and firms are actually hiring again. While most of the action, as I have witnessed, is happening at the medium-to-large-sized firms, there is a revived sense of optimism in the profession.
As firms begin to get their feet on solid ground, and with so many unemployed professionals vying for open positions, the key to success will be finding and keeping the best staff for each project. Mentorship is one of the most important factors for individuals to make connections at all levels. Whether it is an emerging designer looking for guidance or help with his/her portfolio, or a firm principal trying to find the best prospect for a project, it is our responsibility as design professionals to do what we can to give back to the community to see it thrive.
AIANY is doing its part in several ways by continuing its “Not Business As Usual” luncheons, and hosting courses in current software and training sessions for the ARE exam. Building on the success of the Women in Architecture Committee’s Speed Mentoring program, the committee has joined forces with the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) and the Professional Practice Committees to bring the Chapter’s first co-ed Speed Mentoring program. Held on 01.10.11, the event will hopefully be the first of many similar events that link the generations and encourage growth in the profession.
Winners of the AIA Institute Honor Awards include the AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre by REX|OMA; The Barnard College Diana Center by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism; Horizontal Skyscraper Vanke Center by Steven Holl Architects; New Acropolis Museum by Bernard Tschumi Architects; North Carolina Museum of Art by Thomas Phifer and Partners; One Jackson Square by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; U.S. Land Port of Entry by Julie Snow Architects; and University of Michigan Museum of Art by Allied Works Architecture…The Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design winners include the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park by dlandstudio; click here to view all of the winners…
Winners of the Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture include, in the category of Religious Architecture, New Facilities — Bryant University Interfaith Center by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (Honor); Religious Architecture, Renovation — Infinity Chapel by hanrahanMeyers Architects (Honor), and The Church of St. Francis Xavier by Thomas A. Fenniman Architect (Merit); Liturgical/Interior Design — Johnson Chapel Renovation by Butler Rogers Baskett; and Religious Architecture, Unbuilt Work — Won Dharma Center by hanrahanMeyers Architects (Merit)…
Loriann Maas, IIDA, LEED AP, has been named a Principal of IA Interior Architects…
2011 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. Please submit story ideas by the deadlines indicated below to Kristen Richards: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com
Spring (President’s Theme): Design for a Change: Buildings, People, Energy
Summer: AIANY Design Awards 2011
Recognition of outstanding architectural design by NYC architects and for work completed in NYC. There are four categories: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design, and Un-built Work. Click here for details.
Register/Submit entries by 02.04.11
Fall: Interior Activity
Architects as interior designers; Changes in corporate culture = transformation of the workplace; Architects designing products/Multi-disciplinary cross-overs; Rebranding hospitality, restaurants, retail to attract new audiences; Interiors as laboratories for small firms.
Submit story ideas by 04.22.11
Winter: Up, Down, and Sideways: Density and Transportation
Density enabled by transportation: mass transit, cycling; Moynihan Station; Regional connections; Housing Authority: former purposeful disconnect, now reintegrating back into neighborhoods; How a century of New York skyscrapers has/is/will affect the architecture, planning, and culture of the city and the world.
Submit story ideas by 08.19.11
For further information, contact OCULUS Editor Kristen Richards: kristen@ArchNewsNow.com.
01.22.11 Call for Entries (DEADLINE EXTENSION): 2011 FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion
01.21.11 Call for Applications: ADC Designism Award
01.31.11 Call for Entries: North American Copper in Architecture Awards
02.01.11 Call for Applications: The Arnold W. Brunner Grant
02.01.11 Call for Entries: American Architecture Awards 2011
02.01.11 Call for Entries: Living City Design Competition
02.04.11 Call for Entries: AIANY Design Awards 2011
02.04.11 Call for Entries: Contract 2011 INSPIRATIONS Awards
02.08.11 Call for Entries: Think Space — Urban Borders
02.25.11 Call for Entries: ASLA 2011 Professional Awards
03.01.11 Call for Entries: AIA Flint Chapter Design Competition for the Revitalization of Genesee Towers (pdf)
More than 400 people came to the Center to attend the launch of the High Performance Parks Guidelines,
written by the NYC Parks Department and the Design Trust for Public Space (see “Command Performance by Parks, Design Trust, and Colleagues
” by Bill Millard, 01.11.11).
David Bragdon, Director of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, NYC Mayor’s Office, addressing the crowd.
Chris Kannen, Design Trust for Public Space
Carl Stein, FAIA, kicked off the 2011 Oculus Book Talk series with a lecture on his new work, Greening Modernism: Preservation, Sustainability, and the Modern Movement
(W.W. Norton, 2010).
AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, author Carl Stein, FAIA, and AIANY Oculus Committee Chair Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP.
The AIANY Emerging NY Architects (ENYA), Women in Architecture (WIA), and Professional Practices Committees organized a speed-mentoring session at the Center for Architecture. Principals and seasoned practitioners advised on resumes/portfolios, becoming licensed, graduate schools, how to apply for travel grants, volunteering, changing careers/alternate career paths, and starting your own firm.
AIANY President-elect Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, and two mentees.
Mark Gardner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, (left) mentored at the event in addition to serving as the Mentoring Chair of NYCOBA/NOMA.
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