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


12.08.11 This is the last issue of e-Oculus in 2011. The first issue of next year will be published on 01.04.12. Happy Holidays!

- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Note: The digital edition of the Fall 2011 issue of OCULUS magazine, “Interior Motives,” is online now! Click here to read.

Reports from the Field


In this issue:
· Board Inaugural: 2011 AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP
· Board Inaugural: 2012 AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP
· The Big Apple Builds Greener by Retrofitting
· Buildings Perform in Multiple Senses
· Universities Take on Sustainability Challenge
· Kamin Surveys a Decade of Design

Reports from the Field

Board Inaugural: 2011 AIANY President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP

Event: 2012 AIA New York Board Inaugural
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.06.11
Speakers: Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP — 2011 AIANY President; Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP — 2012 AIANY President
Remarks: Rick Bell, FAIA — AIANY Executive Director
Organizer: AIANY

Looking back over the past year, I am proud and humbled by all that our Board and volunteer activists have done to enhance our advocacy profile, increase our membership, and expand the professional services offered at the Center for Architecture. Tonight, I’ll only have time to review highlights from the many new initiatives and ongoing projects we undertook this year, but I genuinely appreciate all of your efforts.

The 2011 theme – Design for a Change – provided the opportunity to demonstrate that architects are thought leaders crafting the environmental and design agenda of the 21st Century. Never has it been more important for architects, engineers, landscape architects, and urban planners to collaborate and address the issues of urban infrastructure and the built environment. Whether cities are in the industrialized world or in developing countries, it is critical that we look at our natural resources and buildings in terms of economic, performance and social criteria.

During my presidency, the Chapter presented a number of programs that addressed these priorities, including our ongoing sustainable urbanization collaboration with the United Nations.

The theme culminated in October with a major exhibition, “Buildings = Energy,” which educates and inspires the public and design professionals about measures that improve building performance and the environment. The Presidential theme has given us an opportunity to focus particular attention on the benefits of reducing the energy consumed by buildings through more efficient design. We have started delivering training sessions in collaboration with NYSERDA and Urban Green 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 are offered at the Center for Architecture and other locations around the City and State.

With the guidance of Director for Legislative Affairs Margery Perlmutter, AIA, Esq., our advocacy initiatives are having an impact. Our testimony at the NYC Charter Revision Commission encouraging better collaboration between approval agencies and streamlining the approval process led to the Department of Buildings creating the HUB – a state-of-the-art plan review center where construction plans can be approved faster, easier and without paper for the first time in New York City history. We will continue to work with DOB for further improvements.

We have organized numerous programs with a focus on policy outreach. We continue our work on Fit City, a partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Department of Design + Construction, and other city agencies to develop and promote changes in the design of buildings and communities to increase walking, biking, and stair use – all of which are strategies for addressing the problem of obesity and other chronic diseases. For this first time, AIANY and DOHMH convened Fit Nation conferences in Washington, DC, and New Orleans during the Convention.

We’ve also gotten a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant to bring the Fit Nation initiatives to the general public through an exhibition and related programming.

I’m happy to report that despite the rugged economy, the Chapter ended the year in a strong financial position thanks in large part to the fundraising efforts of Board members and committees. This year’s Heritage Ball welcomed 1,200 guests to Chelsea Piers, and grossed $1.3 million to support the programs, exhibitions, and events of the Chapter and our Center for Architecture.

To accommodate even more exhibitions and activities, we’ve expanded our facility into the adjacent storefront at 532 LaGuardia Place. The New York Times and Washington Post have both published articles highlighting our growth.

One of our major achievements was the kick-off of Archtober, the inaugural month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City. Anchored by AIANY, the project ultimately included 38 collaborating institutions involved in architecture and design.

As the Center has grown in stature, so have our exhibitions. This year’s exhibitions explored global architectural communities, from India to the Netherlands, presenting visions of design and change from around the world. Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities garnered the Center our first-ever PBS spotlight. Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040 presented an exchange program between the Center for Architecture in New York and the Amsterdam Centre for Architecture (ARCAM).

I would like to thank the 457 new members who joined AIANY in 2011. I would also like to acknowledge the 139 members who became newly registered architects this year. We expect many more Associates to attain licensure as the fifth edition of our Architectural Registration Exam Boot Camp begins in January 2012.

We thank all our active committee members for their incredible hard work and devotion to the Chapter’s programming!

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Board Inaugural: 2012 AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP

Event: 2012 AIA New York Board Inaugural
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.06.11
Speakers: Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP — 2011 AIANY President; Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP — 2012 AIANY President
Remarks: Rick Bell, FAIA — AIANY Executive Director
Organizer: AIANY

In today’s uncertain times, now more than ever, we must envision the future of our profession and the health of our building environment by addressing its most profound challenges. We will determine our own future by how thoughtfully we respond to those challenges. For these reasons, I have established the 2012 theme as “Future Now.”

Featuring the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Ideas Competition The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections, and the New Practices Competition, they will point us to new directions in the design profession. These competitions and their related exhibitions and programs are the centerpieces of 2012, continuing the Chapter’s focus on innovative technologies and sustainability. Related programs will include a weekend design-build workshop with the firms and local high school students.

As you, I’m looking forward to a resurgent economy with a stronger Chapter recognized for its intellectual, practical, and imaginative leaders. I look forward to working with all of you toward these goals.

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The Big Apple Builds Greener by Retrofitting

Event: Benchmarking in Action: Retrofitting New York
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.30.11
Speaker: Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP — Founding Principal, FXFOWLE; Andrew Kimball — CEO, The Brooklyn Navy Yard; Paul Rode — Project Executive, Solutions, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Moderator: Russell Unger, LEED AP — Executive Director, Urban Green Council, U.S. Green Building Council of New York
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture Foundation
Sponsors: Underwriters: ARUP; ConEdison; Perkins+Will; Lead Sponsors: Buro Happold; STUDIOS Architecture; 3M; EPD Energy Products Distribution; APG Design Studio; Sponsors: FLIR; MechoShade Systems Inc.; Robert Silman Associates; Trespa; Supporters: Acheson Doyle Partners Architects PC; DeLaCour Family Foundation; Ibex Construction; KPF; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.; Friends: 1100 Architect; Bleecker Area Merchants & Residents Association (BAMRA); Brenda Levin; Capsys Corp.; Community Environmental Center Inc.; Helpern Architects; Hugo S. Subotovsky AIA Architects LLC; Levien & Company; New York Building Congress Inc.; Oppenheimer Brady Vogelstein; P.W. Grosser Consulting Inc.; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Viridian Energy & Environmental LLC



(L-R): Empire State Building; Brooklyn Navy Yard development map; Javits Center rendering.

(L-R): BigMac; courtesy Brooklyn Navy Yard; courtesy Javits Center.


By now, most architects know our built environment is massively energy-inefficient. As Russell Unger, LEED AP, executive director of the Urban Green Council, put it, “If we can’t solve energy in existing buildings, we absolutely can’t deal with climate change in this country.” So it’s encouraging to hear from architects and engineers who are beginning to tackle the problem.

Paul Rode, an engineer with Johnson Controls retrofitting the Empire State Building, began by noting a transition away from emphasizing total energy consumption. “It’s no longer about absolute reductions in energy usage,” he said, “it’s about reduction of waste.” Accordingly, the Empire State Building is designed to be more efficient in how energy is used. He noted that more than half of energy savings occur in tenant spaces — not in the building envelope or mechanical systems, though these are also important — so many solutions are aimed at users, from software that allows tenants to monitor their own consumption, to design guidelines that encourage more efficient fit-outs.

Andrew Kimball, CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, discussed retrofitting at the scale of an entire campus. Now housing 275 businesses and 580 employees, the site is one of the country’s few center-city industrial zones to preserve light manufacturing use (rather than converting to residential or entertainment). In recent years, all Navy Yard development has centered on sustainability including managing stormwater runoff and installing off-the-grid streetlamps; adaptive reuse of industrial buildings; and encouraging tenants to adopt green practices. It also centers on the simple fact that manufacturing within city limits saves transportation energy costs while preserving well-paying, middle-class jobs.

Finally, Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, discussed FXFOWLE’s Javits Center renovation. Built in the 1980s, the convention center was never properly funded, and decades of deferred maintenance caused it to deteriorate rapidly. On a shoestring budget, the firm will bring the building to LEED Silver, replacing the curtain wall and rooftop mechanical units, upgrading the interior lighting, and installing a new green roof. The Javits Center currently falls 10% below the performance required by current energy codes; after the retrofit, it should exceed it by 26%. It’s a start.

Carl Yost is the marketing and publicity coordinator for Gabellini Sheppard Associates. He has written for Forbes, Architectural Record, and The Architect’s Newspaper, among other publications.

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Buildings Perform in Multiple Senses

Event: Design for Energy: The Language of Sustainability
Location: Center for Architecture, 12.01.11
Speakers: Robert Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP — Design Director, Perkins+Will; Daniel Kaplan, AIA, LEED AP — Senior Partner, FXFOWLE; Varun Kohli, AIA, LEED AP — Principal, MERGEstudio Architecture & Environment; Fiona Cousins, PE, FCIBSE, LEED AP BD+C — Principal, Arup
Moderator: Hillary Brown, FAIA, LEED AP — Principal, New Civic Works & Professor of Architecture, CUNY
Introduction: Ilana Judah, Int’l Assoc. AIA, OAQ, LEED BD+C — Director of Sustainability, FXFOWLE & Co-chair, AIANY Committee on the Environment
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture Foundation
Sponsors: Underwriters: ARUP; ConEdison; Perkins+Will; Lead Sponsors: Buro Happold; STUDIOS Architecture; 3M; EPD Energy Products Distribution; APG Design Studio; Sponsors: FLIR; MechoShade Systems Inc.; Robert Silman Associates; Trespa; Supporters: Acheson Doyle Partners Architects PC; DeLaCour Family Foundation; Ibex Construction; KPF; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.; Friends: 1100 Architect; Bleecker Area Merchants & Residents Association (BAMRA); Brenda Levin; Capsys Corp.; Community Environmental Center Inc.; Helpern Architects; Hugo S. Subotovsky AIA Architects LLC; Levien & Company; New York Building Congress Inc.; Oppenheimer Brady Vogelstein; P.W. Grosser Consulting Inc.; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Viridian Energy & Environmental LLC



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A decade ago sustainable design in the U.S. was the province of specialists and enthusiasts; five years ago it was such a buzz phrase that its advocates worried that it might become one more in a series of passing bandwagons. Now it’s maturing into something close to a professional and societal norm. As Varun Kohli, AIA, LEED AP, noted, sustainability in any meaningful sense simply equates with “good design practice,” an integral element of architectural and environmental responsibility, rather than any particular style or type.

Kohli’s exploration of connections between MERGEstudio’s new project in Bangalore’s Special Economic Zone and the 16th-century Mughal complex Fatehpur Sikri in India, along with his fellow panelists’ presentations of high-performance, culturally contextual buildings located largely in the Middle East, illustrated that sustainability is not a mere style. It is something that manages energy and resources and the creative possibilities that arise. Sustainability is also, as Hillary Brown, FAIA, LEED AP, suggested, moving beyond voluntary initiatives and entering the regulatory realm. The enthusiasms of the early green-design years, respondent Fiona Cousins, PE, FCIBSE, LEED AP, observed, led too often to “green bling” technologies whose actual energy conservation falls below expectations. From the engineering perspective, she suggested, sustainability satisfies three criteria: functionality, longevity (including adaptation to climate change and an aesthetic appeal), and resource efficiency.

Robert Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP, discussed a series of Middle Eastern projects that counteract many commercial centers’ regrettable tendency (most notable in an image of Dubai’s parade of disconnected design idiosyncrasies) to erase any specific sense of place. In the Al-Birr Foundation headquarters (Riyadh), the Al-Issa Tower (Dubai), and particularly the multi-use Kempinski Hotel and Residence (Jeddah), with its strategically positioned “architectural sail” details managing shade and lighting, Perkins+Will draws from indigenous ideas to address contemporary resource requirements. Sometimes they are able to convince clients who weren’t initially thinking in green terms that cultural authenticity and sustainability is an excellent match. FXFOWLE’s Daniel Kaplan, AIA, LEED AP, added that the Islamic traditions of elaborate non-representative geometry and mashrabiya screens create useful precedents for contemporary designs like the sculpted veils and cloaks of FXFOWLE’s Renaissance Tower in Istanbul, serving multiple functions of climatic adaptation and aesthetic gesture.

Some of buildings’ most useful activities, Kaplan suggested, thus invoke the last of the three principles he cited from Susannah Hagan’s 2001 book Taking Shape (symbiosis, differentiation, and visibility): the realms of iconography and communication. As societies come to terms with conditions calling for what Brown identifies as “a new metanarrative, or set of metaphors, about sustainability [or] ecological thinking,” each building has a rhetorical function alongside its functions of shelter, commerce, climate control, and energy processing. A building’s performance includes the capacity to strengthen the urban condition and affect its occupants and observers. This makes its designers “accomplices” — a term Brown used in its most positive sense — in far-reaching, much-needed transformations.

Bill Millard is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in OCULUS, Icon, Content, The Architect’s Newspaper, and other publications.

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Universities Take on Sustainability Challenge

Event: Universities = Energy: Campus Action for Building Energy Reduction
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.22.11
Speakers: Nilda Mesa — Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University; Dianne Anderson — Sustainable Resources Manager of Operations, New York University; Dan Garofalo — Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Peter Syrett, AIA, LEED AP — Associate Principal, Senior Project Designer, Perkins+Will
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture Foundation
Sponsors: Underwriters: ARUP; ConEdison; Perkins+Will; Lead Sponsors: Buro Happold; STUDIOS Architecture; 3M; EPD Energy Products Distribution; APG Design Studio; Sponsors: FLIR; MechoShade Systems Inc.; Robert Silman Associates; Trespa; Supporters: Acheson Doyle Partners Architects PC; DeLaCour Family Foundation; Ibex Construction; KPF; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.; Friends: 1100 Architect; Bleecker Area Merchants & Residents Association (BAMRA); Brenda Levin; Capsys Corp.; Community Environmental Center Inc.; Helpern Architects; Hugo S. Subotovsky AIA Architects LLC; Levien & Company; New York Building Congress Inc.; Oppenheimer Brady Vogelstein; P.W. Grosser Consulting Inc.; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects; Viridian Energy & Environmental LLC

“NYU Green,” the “Green Campus Partnership” at the University of Pennsylvania, “Clean & Go Green Columbia.” These are not empty slogans, but rather they represent a commitment by the students, faculty, and staff at these universities to reduce their carbon footprints.

There are more than 6,000 institutions of higher learning in the country. Large urban universities such as those represented on the panel are in effect their own metropolises, inhabiting a concentrated or ever-expanding, non-contiguous portion of a city. NYU, for example, has 41,000 students, 16,000 faculty and staff, and inhabits approximately 12 million square feet in more than 160 buildings.

The panelists may have different job titles, but each is considered to be the primary gatekeeper of sustainable efforts at their respective schools. The overarching mission is to garner support for sustainability from administration, faculty, staff, and students.

Columbia University, often credited with coining the term “global warming,” and host to the city’s first green roof research station, is mindful of the three “P’s”: people, planet, and profits, according to Nilda Mesa, assistant vice president of environmental stewardship. Some sustainability measures include clean construction, green purchasing, on-campus composting, and other recycling efforts, including keeping 500 tons of outdated furniture and equipment out of landfills and into community-based organizations or non-profits like Build It Green.

At NYU, as described by Dianne Anderson, sustainable resources manager of operations, measures range from lighting retrofits to shutting down non-essential lights, elevators, and equipment at low traffic times, to building a co-gen plant covered with a lawn and benches to be used as a neighborhood amenity. The university has also established a sustainability advocacy program in which employees are urged to green their own departments and workspaces.

What guides many NYC colleges and universities is the Mayor’s 2030 Challenge, initiated in 2007 by Mayor Bloomberg, which is a commitment to reduce campus-wide greenhouse emissions 30% by 2017.

“I think PlaNYC is brilliant to ask our large institutions to sign onto the Mayor’s Challenge to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, since they own so much square footage,” said Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President. “And since universities have a culture of sharing knowledge, they can share best practices and hopefully have a little healthy competition while doing it.”

Linda G. Miller is a NYC-based freelance writer and publicist, and a contributing editor to e-Oculus and OCULUS.

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Kamin Surveys a Decade of Design

Event: Oculus Book Talk: Blair Kamin, Terror and Wonder
Location: Center for Architecture, 11.03.11
Speakers: Blair Kamin — Architecture Critic, Chicago Tribune
Organizers: AIANY Oculus Committee
Sponsor: Designer & Books; McNally Jackson Books



Terror and Wonder, by Blair Kamin.

Courtesy AIANY


For close to two decades, Pulitzer Prize winner Blair Kamin has written about architecture from both a critical and passionate perspective for the Chicago Tribune. Terror and Wonder — Architecture in a Tumultuous Age gathers some of the best of his writing over the last 10 years, framed by a discourse of reflections on an era torn between reaching new levels of civic renewal and a Dickinsonian mindset of despair.

It takes a spirit like Kamin, who is not stuck in duality, to pull this off. “My aim…. is not to construct this story as a two-dimensional morality play, in which ‘spectacle’ is bad and ‘sustainable’ is good…. the end of this tumultuous decade brought an opportunity to gaze back with keen-eyed clarity at the glories we left behind, as well as our all-too abundant failures.” Defining moments of the 2lst century range from the devastation of 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina; the real estate boom and bust; “starchitecture”; and civic renewal, green architecture, and a growing concern over our crumbling infrastructure.

Kamin’s tour of the most brilliantly executed buildings is balanced, for example, with a sobering reality that not every city that dreamt of being the next Bilbao achieved it, even if they ended up with a stellar, iconic building. Many firms laid off staff to pay for design fees and ended up with, as Kamin puts it, an “if we built it they may not come” dose of reality. Reading this after finishing the chapters on the destruction of the Twin Towers and Hurricane Katrina, it is clear that Kamin sees architecture during the past decade as a powerful channel of force, and a celebration of community and hubris, sometimes all on the same site. Standing on the edge of 2011, entering into what may be the great economic equalizer, 2012, it will be critical not to confuse common ground and common humanity in the built environment with mediocrity of design or public space. Rather, in this era of challenges, we must fight for the collective future by reminding ourselves of what Kamin observes: “We are what we build. We build what we are…. only by tending the garden of our shared spaces can we truly make democracy flower.”

Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA, is a member of the AIANY Oculus Committee. She is in charge of managing the Northeast Region Business Development and Marketing at Parsons Brinkerhoff.

Note about Oculus Book Talks
: Each month, the AIANY Oculus Committee hosts a Book Talk at the Center for Architecture. Each talk highlights a recent publication on architecture, design, or the built environment — presented by the author. The Book Talks are a forum for dialogue and discussion, and copies of the publications are available for purchase and signing. The next talk will take place on 12.12.11, featuring Bjarke Ingels, author of Yes is More! Click here to RSVP.

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In The News



In this issue:
· Pro Bono Design to Improve Valentino Park
· Bronx Center Heals Patients with Light and Open Air
· The Kalahari Will Entertain in Harlem
· Tennis Scores in Princeton

Pro Bono Design to Improve Valentino Park






When Red Hook-based non-profit PortSide NewYork decided to convert a shipping container into a community amenity, desigNYC, a grassroots non-profit founded on improving NYC through design, organized a competition. BoatBox in Valentino Park was the winning entry, designed by a team from 590BC Architecture, Studio L’Image, and Lee H. Skolnick Architecture that provided services pro bono. In addition to maintaining the shipping container’s existing use to store kayaks, a shade structure around the box will provide a protected gathering space. Freestanding kayak racks will be available to the public. BoatBox also serves as a place to post information on the area’s history, the sources of harbor pollution, boat safety, and eating fish caught in local waters. PortSide is now working closely with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation on the conceptual design and conferring with the Coast Guard on messaging about safety.

Bronx Center Heals Patients with Light and Open Air



VIP Community Services Residence.

Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA


VIP Community Services, specializing in substance abuse treatment programs, has recently occupied its new 30,000-square-foot residence in East Tremont, the Bronx. Designed by WASA/Studio A, three floors of bedrooms serving 80 residents are above two floors of common spaces for recreation, computer classes, and group therapy. A dining hall opens into a landscaped rear garden that is tended by the residents. The design creates a dignified and welcoming environment suffused with natural light and color that will facilitate the recovery process.

The Kalahari Will Entertain in Harlem



My Image Studios

Hibbs Architects


My Image Studios (MIST) recently began construction on an 18,800-square-foot entertainment center, designed by Wappinger Falls, NY-based Hibbs Archictects. Featuring emerging and established artists of the African and Latino diaspora, the center is located on the first floor of The Kalahari, a residential condominium in Harlem designed by Frederic Schwartz Architects. The venue will feature post-production facilities for film/digital media, three multi-purpose theaters, and film/video exhibition space, as well as a studio for live broadcasting. The theaters can be combined or transformed into a banquet hall due to the swiveling seats that can be recessed into the floor. In addition to a concessions area, the center will have a bar, a top-shelf kitchen for culinary arts, and a full-service restaurant with another bar on the terrace. Half of the mezzanine is to be used as a control room for the theaters, while the other half is for restaurant storage. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2012.

New Academic Building Means Business



SUNY Plattsburgh.

Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman + Associates Architects


The State University of New York at Plattsburgh recently broke ground on a new 43,400-square-foot building designed by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman + Associates Architects (GSKA). The three-story building will be home to the business, economics, and computer science departments and will serve approximately 1,200 students plus 50 faculty and staff members with new offices, and a number of specialized rooms, including classrooms, video conferencing rooms, computer labs, and an accounting lab and trading room with a stock-market ticker. Two student commons will be equipped with computers, and there will be a green rooftop terrace. The $14.2 million academic building is designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification and is expected to be open in time for the 2013 spring semester.

Tennis Scores in Princeton



Cordish Family Pavilion at the Lenz Tennis Center.

Dattner Architects


The recently completed 7,100-square-foot Cordish Family Pavilion at the Lenz Tennis Center at Princeton University was designed by Dattner Architects to reflect the geometry of tennis courts. Both an indoor and outdoor facility, the building’s central feature is a covered, two-story 3,700-square-foot observation deck where coaches and trainers can watch matches. Wrapping the interior, an overhanging zinc roof slopes and folds to become the rear wall, and the volume, which is supported by slender steel columns, appears to hover over the courts. Coach offices are on the upper level and a glass-enclosed meeting room has views of the courts. A masonry enclosure on the lower level burrows into a small hill and houses men’s and women’s locker rooms, mechanical systems, and storage. An external stair and ramp along with accessible paths are integrated into the landscape and connect the upper and lower levels.


The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Port Authority of NY and NJ, and NYC recently announced an initial investment of $14 million giving the green light to transform Pier 42 on the East River into park land.

The NYC Council has approved the redevelopment of Admiral’s Row, a historic, six-acre site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. New development will maintain two existing structures, raze the less stable ones, and make way for a major supermarket. After the federal government transfers the land to the city, the project will be overseen by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.

LOT-EK is participating in an exhibition that MAXXI Architettura is devoting to the work of innovative practitioners whose work relates to the recycling of architecture, cities, and landscapes. The exhibition is on view through the end of April 2012, at the MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo in Rome.

A new organization, Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis (ASAP), will launch on 12.12.11. With a mission to be an archive of practices advocating for architecture and its “value as part of a broader social, political, and aesthetic discourse,” the 10-year program will collect, archive, exhibit, write, and circulate media about architecture.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture



In this issue:
· New York Observer Reports on AIANY Advocacy Efforts
· Procrastinators’ Days Begin
· AIA Supports Obama Administration’s Public/Private Sector Plan for Building Upgrades
· e-Calendar

New York Observer Takes Note of AIANY’s New Role in Policymaking
On 11.29.11, the New York Observer ran an article by Matt Chaban highlighting the efficacy of recent AIANY advocacy efforts and quiet influence the Chapter has in City government. Click here to read the full article.

Procrastinators’ Days Begin
Procrastinators’ Days present opportunities for AIANY members — and non-members — to fulfill their Continuing Education requirements in a short time while also meeting with professional affiliates to exchange information on new practices and materials in the building industry. With 19 HSW AIA/CES registered educational sessions from which to choose, architects can obtain a majority of their required credits over a three-day period, 12.08-10.11.

Highlights of Procrastinators’ Days:
New Visions of Glass Block: LEED and Beyond (1LU/HSW) On Thursday, from 2:25-3:25pm, Sean Canfield of Pittsburgh Corning Company will lead an interactive presentation on how glass block is made, how it is an effective design element for natural light, how it contributes to sustainable design, and how recent advances in new glass block systems provide surprising resistance to both natural and man-made threats.

Understanding and Designing Effective Induction Loops for Residential and Commercial Spaces (1LU/HSW) On Thursday, from 4:45-5:45pm, speaker Ellen Semel and the Hearing Loss Association will introduce the induction loop, a technology that helps hearing aid users and can be installed in residential and commercial spaces. The loops have been used successfully in northern European countries for more than 30 years; this course will help prepare U.S.-based architects implement the technology locally.

Introduction to Managing Daylight with Shading Systems (1LU/HSW/SD) On Friday, from 11:30am-12:30pm, Steve Glenn of Lutron will lead a seminar examining the benefits of window shading. Participants will discover how different systems can improve the functionality, comfort, and security of a space while reducing energy costs.

Sustainable Bath & Kitchen Design (1LU/HSW) On Saturday, from 11:20am-12:20pm, Jamie Kwiat of Kohler will speak on how healthier homes mean healthier people, communities, and the planet. This course will focus on designing healthy and sustainable baths and kitchens, selecting sustainable residential products, integrating water conservation plumbing products for LEED credits into residential designs, and communicating to clients the importance of sustainable buildings.

Obama Administration announces major energy efficiency initiative for buildings
On 12.02.11, the AIA released a statement endorsing President Obama’s $4 billion public/private sector plan to upgrade buildings for energy efficiency throughout the country. AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA, said: “The White House announcement is an important step in helping make buildings more efficient and create jobs at the same time. This Better Buildings Challenge complements AIA’s June announcement with the Clinton Global Initiative to develop a database of Stalled Projects suitable for investor financing, as well as AIA members’ commitment to make buildings progressively more and more energy efficient toward the 2030 commitment. Thanks to these funding commitments, AIA architects are poised to design the next generation of green buildings.” Click here to read the full statement.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.

At the Center for Architecture



Center for Architecture Gallery Hours and Location
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED
536 LaGuardia Place, Between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Greenwich Village, NYC, 212-683-0023


Building Connections 2011



On view 10.01.2011-02.11.2012


Smarter Living — The 2,000-Watt Society



On view 10.01-31.2011





On view 10.01.2011-01.21.2012


Arch Schools 2011



On view 11.19.2011-03.03.2012


At the Center for Architecture Foundation



(L-R): Communicity; Green House; Personal Shelter

(L-R): Carin Queener; Jasmine Nadal-Chung; Jennifer Smith


The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) welcomed two groups of students to the Center’s computer lab to learn the ins and outs of Google SketchUp. The afternoon class was for fifth- and sixth-graders who learned fundamental concepts in architectural design along with new computer skills. The evening group was for adults with a range of backgrounds, from professional architects to art teachers.

Once introduced to the basic tools in SketchUp by CFAF instructor Carol Gretter, both groups designed personal shelters. Adult participants found the project-based approach particularly helpful as they could practice their new skills in a real-life situation. Both groups also created short animations to walk viewers through their projects, which the kids shared with their parents at the last class.

The Foundation is offering two new SketchUp classes beginning in January. For adults, the eight-week Digital Design with Google SketchUp for Adults class runs Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, starting 01.10.12. Full participation in the class also earns 12 AIA CES Learning Units in Health, Safety, and Welfare.

Digital Design: From Books to Buildings will teach 5th-9th graders how to use SketchUp as they create a 3-D digital design for a building or place from a favorite book. Classes meet Tuesdays, 4-5:45 pm, beginning 01.03.12. For more information about either program or to register, click the links above or visit the CFAF website at http://www.cfafoundation.org.

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As Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rise, Architects Feel the Weight

The New York Times reported on Sunday that global carbon dioxide emissions took a turn for worse during 2010, rising 5.9% — the largest jump on record (See “Carbon Emissions Show Biggest Jump Ever Recorded,” by Justin Gillis, New York Times, 12.04.11). The article cited that, although the U.S. experienced a drop in emissions in 2009, at the height of the recession, they rose just over 4% during 2010, pumping 1.5 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere last year. To say the least, after so much success in 2009, it is disappointing that we seem to be reversing course.

It is appropriate that this article was published while the President’s Theme Exhibition, “Buildings=Energy,” is on view at the Center for Architecture. The lecture series associated with the exhibition has covered different ways that architects can affect change when it comes to carbon emissions (See “The Big Apple Builds Greener by Retrofitting,” by Carl Yost; “Buildings Perform in Multiple Senses,” by Bill Millard, and “Universities Take on Sustainability Challenge,” by Linda G. Miller, all in this issue). The last of the series, Homes = Energy: What You Can Do as a Renter, will take place 01.12.12.

Now that we are supposedly coming out of the recession, architects and designers have the distinct responsibility to be proactive about sustainable practices. It is not just about tightening purse strings and finding the most creative solutions to spend less. We cannot get lazy if the focus of projects shifts elsewhere. At the end of the day, the architecture community should feel the strong blow made by the above statistics.

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Building Design + Construction magazine’s Reconstruction Bronze Award winners include The Juilliard School by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFOWLE, and the B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, Hospitality House by Bergmann Associates

Five teams have advanced to the final phase of the selection process for the redesign of Chicago’s Navy Pier public spaces, including: AECOM (with BIG, Lead Pencil Studio, Project Projects, Speirs + Major, WET Design, Davis Langdon, Christy Webber, Tivoli International, and Eden Project); Aedas Architects (with Martha Schwartz Partners, Halcrow Yolles, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Marshall Brown Projects, Pentagram, Fisher Marantz Stone, Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts, Davis Brody Bond, Atelier Dreiseitl GMBH, Dan Euser, Ned Kahn Studios, Hoerr Schaudt, Action Sport Development, Marks Barfield Architects, Lou Raizin, and Gregory Hummel); James Corner Field Operations (with Terry Guen Design Associates, nARCHITECTS, Bruce Mau Design, Leo Villareal, L’Observatoire International, Ed Marszewski, Fluidity Design Consultants, Patrick Blanc, John Greenlee & Associates, Chris Wangro, Billings Jackson, Buro Happold, Primera, HR&A Advisors, and ETM Associates); and !melk (with HOK, UrbanLab, Terry Guen Design Associates, Thirst, Zoe Ryan, Conservation Design Forum, HR&A Advisors, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Leni Schwendinger LIGHT projects, CMS Fountain Consultants, and Karin Bacon Enterprises)…

ACE Mentor Program of America is one of eight recipients of the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring… Winners of the 2011 Middle East Architect Awards include FXFOWLE, as Boutique Architecture Firm of the Year…

The Boston Society of Architects announced that Renée Loth will take over as the editor of Architecture Boston, starting officially in January 2012. The magazine’s founding editor, Elizabeth Padjen, FAIA, has stepped down after 14 years in the position…

Ada Tolla, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Giuseppe Lignano, Intl. Assoc. AIA, and Mabel O. Wilson are among the United States Artists’ 2011 USA Fellows in the Architecture & Design category…

Walters-Storyk Design Group named three new partners, Nancy Flannery, Romina Larregina, and Joshua Morris, Assoc. AIA… Stephan Dallendoerfer, RIBA, SAR, LEED AP, was promoted to Associate Principal at FXFOWLE…

New Deadlines



12.15.11 Call for Entries: ArchNewsNow / MOO Competition: If you could hand your business card to one person in the world, who would it be?

12.16.11 Request for Qualifications: Leipzig Monument to Freedom and Unity (the Peaceful Revolution of 1989)

01.09.12 Call for Submissions: CLOG –Data Space

01.13.12 Open Call for Submissions: City of Mirage: Baghdad, 1952-1982, from Wright to Venturi

01.13.12 Call for Entries: Third Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition

01.15.12 Call for Entries: AIANY New Practices New York 2012

01.16.12 Call for Entries: AIANY ENYA The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections

01.16.12 Call for Entries: SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design

01.21.12 Call for Entries: NYC AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition

01.23.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Awards

02.03.12 Call for Submissions: AIA Small Project Practitioners

02.03.12 Call for Entries: AIANY Annual Design Awards 2012

02.03.12 Call for Entries: ASLA 2012 Professional & Student Awards

02.15.12 Call for Entries: The Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers

02.27.12 Call for Submissions: Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space

03.01.12 Call for Entries: National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Our Town Grants



12.08.11: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and designers Andrés Cortés, R.A., Sarrah Khan, P.E., and Young-Hwan Choi unveiled the first prototype of the Urban Umbrella, the winning design from the urbanSHED International Design Competition. Click here to read the press release.




AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, takes the podium at the Urban Umbrella prototype unveiling press conference. From l to r: Mayor Bloomberg; Rick Bell, FAIA; Richard Anderson, President, New York Building Congress; Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri; and Elizabeth H. Berger, President, Downtown Alliance.

Samantha Modell




Rick Bell, FAIA (l), joined (from l to r) City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden; Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri; City Council Member Margaret Chin; Mayor Bloomberg; designers Andrés Cortés, R.A., Sarrah Khan, P.E., and Young-Hwan Choi; and Richard Wagman, Managing Partner, Madison Capital, and others at the Urban Umbrella unveiling outside 100 Broadway

Courtesy Edward Reed/ NYC.gov


12.06.11: The Center for Architecture hosted the 2012 AIANY Board Inaugural. Click here to read excerpts from speeches by Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, 2011 AIANY President, and Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, 2012 AIANY President.



Castillo passed the gavel to Aliotta.

Nicole Friedman




Rick Bell, FAIA, AIANY Executive Director, gave Castillo a special gift as a token of the Chapter’s appreciation for her year of service as AIANY President.

Nicole Friedman




Lauren Schmidt, AIA, LEED AP, was presented with the second annual ENYA Merit Award.

Nicole Friedman


12.02.11: A staged reading of the play Glass House, written by Bob Morris and directed by Hal Brooks, was presented at the Center for Architecture.




Actors who presented the staged reading (l-r): Stage Manager Laura Trimble, AIANY Partnership Programs Coordinator (seated); Fajer Al-Kaisi as “Anthony;” Rachel Feldman as “Abby;” Kim Howard as “Jane;” Joe Pallister as “Tad.”.

Nicole Friedman




One of the bikes to be provided by the NYC Bike Share program, set to launch next year, is on display in the Helfand Gallery in anticipation of this week’s DOT Bike Share Open House, to take place Thursday, 12.08.11. The open house was organized by the NYC Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Center for Architecture, Manhattan Community Board 2, the Village Alliance, and Councilmember Margaret Chin.

Nicole Friedman



11.17.11: ASLA-NY President’s Dinner took place at Tribeca Three Sixty




(L-R): NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Eric Goshow, AIA, LEED AP, Goshow Architects; Susanna Drake, ASLA, AIA, dlandstudio; and 2011 AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP.

Kristen Richards


12.01.11: The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee hosted a holiday party at the GE Monogram Design Center.




At the event, the committee honored all of the women who became licensed within the last year. Shown here are 12 recently licensed members.

Lori Apfel Cardeli


10.20.11: Brick NY 2011 Awards, sponsored by the Brick Industry Association New York/New Jersey Brick Distributor Council and the Associated Brick Mason Contractors of Greater New York.




(L-R): Rosemarie Islieb, AECOM, for A Condominiums, Jersey City, NJ (Islieb is now with Superstructures); Mark Thaler, Gensler, for St. John’s University D’Angelo Center for Student Life, Queens, NY; Awards Emcee Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, Editor, OCULUS; Karl Smith, Ammann & Whitney, for Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Park, NY; and Leonard Rampulla, AIA, Leonard Rampulla Associates, for Staten Island Private Residence. Winners, but not pictured: Populous for Citi Field, Flushing, NY; NY City School Construction Authority In-House Design Studio for Public School 184, Flushing, NY; and Perkins Eastman for Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY. Also honored: Trump Organization (Developer/Private Sector); William C. Thompson, Jr., Chairman, Battery Park City Authority (Government/Public Sector Work); Jeremiah Sullivan, Jr., President, Bricklayers Local Union No. 1 (Dedication to the Industry); and Saverio Morelli, Former President, Morelli Masons (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Courtesy of Brick Industry Association New York/New Jersey Brick Distributor Council





The New York Observer featured an article on how AIANY has affected change in NYC. Click here to read “Big Architecture: AIA New York Has Shaped the City, But Can it Reshape City Hall?,” by Matt Chaban.


The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a new task force of 13 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. Learn more at http://www.nea.gov/news/news11/Task-Force-Announcement.html.




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