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Editor's Note


02.01.12: I am pleased to announce that Benedict Clouette will take over as the new editor-in-chief of e-Oculus with the 02.15.12 issue. Benedict is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Domus, Volume Magazine, and DAMn. It has been great working on e-Oculus for the last six years. I am looking forward to continuing to contribute to the publication, but as an occasional contributing writer, rather than editor. Thank you for reading!

- Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

Note from Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP: As Chair of the Oculus Committee, I am happy, on the one hand, to welcome e-Oculus Editor-In-Chief Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, to the AIA New York Chapter Board of Directors. On the other, it saddens me to say that this is her last issue leading the charge of the bi-weekly communications treat that has been her “e-O” for the last six years. Under her guidance, tutelage, and control, e-Oculus has grown to be more than just the timely and topical missive of the Chapter. Through her insight, editorial balance, and passionate soapbox columns, Jessica has taken our electronic broadsheet to new levels of coverage and advocacy. Luckily, she is not going far and will continue as contributor and Board leader in helping to determine a revised format, focus, and frequency.


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Reports from the Field


In this issue:
· BREAKTHROUGH: The Center for Architecture Expands to New Space
· Technology Meets Tactility: NPNY Winners Announced
· NY Waterways Inspire Parallel Networks
· New Approaches to Housing Advance Care for Seniors

Reports from the Field

BREAKTHROUGH: The Center for Architecture Expands to New Space

Location: Center for Architecture, 01.17.12
Speakers: Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP — 2012 AIANY President; Michael Strauss — President, Center for Architecture Foundation; Jaime Endreny — Executive Director, Center for Architecture Foundation; Rick Bell, FAIA — Executive Director, AIANY
Organizers: AIANY; Center for Architecture Foundation



A view of LaGuardia Place looking toward the expanded Center for Architecture.

Sam Lahoz


AIANY and the Center for Architecture Foundation welcomed more than 200 guests for the debut of the expanded Center for Architecture. The event, BREAKTHROUGH, celebrated the joining of the original Center with the adjacent storefront at 532 LaGuardia Place.

The new space, designed by Rogers Marvel Architects, will provide an additional 1,200 square feet of ground-floor area for the Center’s activities, including events and receptions, as well as AIANY committee meetings and programs run by the Foundation. Like the Center’s other meeting rooms it will also be available for rent, offering supplementary revenue to support the Center.

At the event, AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, quoted The Doors’ classic “Break on Through” to kick off the party. AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, said that the Center, which hosts more than 1,000 events annually, has outgrown its current home, and that the expansion is an important step for the future of the Chapter and the Foundation. Foundation President Michael Strauss agreed, saying that an expanded Center would help bring together the Foundation and AIANY, and allow them to better serve their constituents and the public.

Author Tony Hiss commented on the significance of the expansion for the Center’s mission. In the guest book he wrote, “Breakthrough — to me — means a permanent increase in understanding — the kind of insights the Center and the Expanded Center have brought and will bring to New York.”

For some of the party’s guests, the extension offers a new quality of space. Noushin Ehsan, AIA, remarked, “It’s a different kind of room, more intimate. It gathers people together, and is a good complement to the original building.”

Since opening, the extension has accommodated several committee meetings and two workshops for schoolchildren run by the Foundation, with more planned in the coming weeks.

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Reports from the Field

Technology Meets Tactility: NPNY Winners Announced

Event: New Practices New York 2012 — Winner Announcement and Juror Discussion
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.23.12
Jury: Stan Allen, FAIA — Principal, Stan Allen Architect; Kit von Dalwig, AIA — Principal, Manifold (New Practices New York 2010 winner); Billie Tsien, AIA — Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Mahadev Raman, PE — Chairman | Americas, Arup; William Menking — Editor-in-Chief, The Architect’s Newspaper Introductions: Russ Wheeler — President, Hansgrohe North America; Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, & Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA — Co-chairs, AIANY New Practices Committee
Organizers: AIANY New Practices Committee
Sponsors: Underwriters: Axor/Hansgrohe; NRI; Sponsors: Forest City Ratner Companies; Perkins Eastman; STV Group, Inc.; Supporters: Cameron Engineering; DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects; Ennead Architects; FXFOWLE; Ingram, Yuzek, Gainen, Carroll & Bertolotti; Jack Resnick & Sons, Inc.; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.; Viridian Energy & Environmental/ Israel Berger & Associates; Media Sponsor: The Architect’s Newspaper



Courtesy AIANY


Established in 2006, the biennial New Practices New York competition is especially pertinent this year as it echoes the theme of 2012 AIANY Chapter President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP: “Future Now.” The winning firms this year include: Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; Holler Architecture; formlessfinder; Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY; SLO Architecture; The Living; and Christian Wassmann.

The jury selected the seven firms, all which have been established within the last five years, from a total of 51 submissions. Stan Allen, FAIA, said the portfolios exhibit a “real sense that this generation is redefining practice on the fly.” Billie Tsien, AIA, described a prevalence of “horizontal practice,” featuring collaboration within a variety of different disciplines.

The winning portfolios display a range in scale, from small and intimate projects, to larger, boundary-pushing propositions. Sustainability and digital technology are integral to their practices. According to the jury, however, what make these particular firms stand out is their use of technology to create tactile, inviting designs that relate to the human scale.

Here are some of the jury comments:
· Abruzzo Bodziak Architects — “A very consistent portfolio that is really convincing… A good dialogue among ideas, practice, architecture, client, builder, and consultants.”
· Holler Architecture — “The range of ‘systems approaches’ to sustainability is evident in their work.”
· formlessfinder — “Material experiments are performed with authentic spirit of exploration; the results are rich and experientially suggestive.”
· Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY — “The work is digitally driven, but differentiated by a strong sense of 3-D, materials, and tactility.”
· SLO Architecture — “The combination of formal precision, structural inventiveness, and engagement of found materials ties into larger ecological issues.”
· The Living — “A blend of invention, humor, and conviction that work done should make the world a better place.”
· Christian Wassmann — “A coherent sense of exploration and ideas pursued with a range of scales and mixed media.”

Work by the winning firms will be featured in an exhibition opening 06.14.12 at the Center for Architecture. For more information on the competition, click here.

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Reports from the Field

NY Waterways Inspire Parallel Networks

Event: ONE Prize 2011 Award Ceremony and Exhibition Opening: Water as the Sixth Borough
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.18.12
Speakers: Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, & Maria Aiolova, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; Jill Lerner, FAIA — AIANY President-Elect; Adrian Benepe — Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Alexandros E. Washburn — Chief Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning; R. Anthony Fieldman, AIA, LEED AP — Design Principal, Perkins+Will
Organizers: Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, & Maria Aiolova, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Sponsors: Lead Sponsors: Perkins+Will; NYC ACRE; Institutional Sponsors: Buckminster Fuller Institute; New York University; Polytechnic Institute of New York University; Media Sponsors: Architizer, eVolo, e-architect; Partner: E3NYC



Parallel Networks.

Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari


For those who haven’t heard the news, NYC now has a sixth borough: its waterfront and waterways. At least that’s how city government officials have begun referring to it, as a way of emphasizing the importance of the city’s water to its future. The ONE Prize, an annual design and science award to promote green design in cities, picked up on the meme and made that its theme for 2011. The competition invited entrants to submit designs for an ecofriendly water-transit system and for the world’s largest clean-tech expo, which E3NYC is planning to hold in 2016.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who served on the awards jury, remarked that lately there’s been a “creative ferment” when it comes to thinking about NYC’s waterways. In 2010 MoMA put on its “Rising Currents” exhibition, and last year city government published Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. Vision 2020 sets the stage for expanded use of our waterfront for parks, housing, and economic development, and our waterways for transportation, recreation, and natural habitats,” explained Department of City Planning Chief Urban Designer Alex Washburn.

Meanwhile the ONE Prize served a complementary function, sparking ideas from around the world about the ways NYC’s waterways could be put to better use. The winning project, Parallel Networks by Ali Fard and Ghazal Jafari of Canada, features floating pods for recreation or growing vegetation. Three honorable mentions include a proposal for extending the city’s grid into the river, connecting the boroughs, and providing new spaces for development; a plan to create new parkways and habitats along the Hudson River shoreline; and a design that uses crowdsourcing to create a water-transportation system that responds to user demand.

The projects are “exciting explorations on the future of our sixth borough,” Washburn said. “Each of these winners… is worthy and helps us better think about our future challenges: to grow, while simultaneously making the city more sustainable and resilient, and in the process to always improve the quality of life by putting our passion in the public space.”

Note:ONE Prize 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough” will be on view at the Center for Architecture through 02.11.12.

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Reports from the Field

New Approaches to Housing Advance Care for Seniors

Event: Evolving Models for Senior Housing and Care in New York City
Location: Center for Architecture, 01.19.12
Speaker: Judy Edelman, FAIA, & Andrew Knox, AIA — Principals, Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects; Peter Samton, FAIA, & Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP — Principals, Gruzen Samton – IBI Group; David Weinstein — Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, The Hebrew Home At Riverdale
Moderator: Christine Hunter, AIA, LEED AP — Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
Organizers: AIANY Design for Aging Committee



The Reingold Pavilion at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale.

Gruzen Samton – IBI Group


Living in NYC has its health benefits. At 80.6 years, life-expectancy is now higher here than in the rest of the country. And, according to statistics, the city’s senior population will significantly increase over the next two decades. Approaches to designing facilities for senior living have evolved over the last 50 years. The major goal now is to prolong the length of time that seniors are able to remain independent, which is what most seniors want, and to which many design details can contribute. To illustrate this, Judy Edelman, FAIA, and Andrew Knox, AIA, of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects, presented their work on several HUD-202-financed, mid-rise, affordable residential buildings. Susan Wright, AIA, LEED AP, and Peter Samton, FAIA, principals at Gruzen Samton – IBI Group, spoke about their work on the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale with COO David Weinstein.

In HUD-202 buildings, many seniors live alone in their own apartments. As they age, they may require increased levels of assistance and more companionship. Edelman and Knox emphasized the need for having social and medical services available within their buildings, along with the added benefits of mixed uses, including retail space, cafés, and services for other age-groups such as day care centers. To draw people out of their apartments, lobbies are designed as social “hang-outs” for seniors, adequately sized, with comfortable seating, daylighting, sufficient artificial light for reading, bright colors, interesting floor materials, and plants.

Security guards can be social lubricants if their stations are designed in convenient locations so seniors can engage them in lively conversation, according to Edelman and Knox. If constraints limit the size of the lobby, other gathering spaces should be provided within the building. Roofs may be used as recreational spaces. Color can aid wayfinding. Patterns in corridors can indicate directions and minimize the perception of distance. Edelman and Knox have found the most preferable windows are the swing-out awning type. They are easier for seniors to operate than double-hung or sliders, and they allow good views looking toward the street — “where the action is!”

The Hebrew Home for the Aged is a large facility housing 1,000 residents, 15% of whom live independently and 85% who require some level of assistance. The home is located on a 16-acre campus organized into 21 “neighborhoods” with varying levels of care. The major reason residents choose to live at the Hebrew Home is that the range of care permits residents to move easily from one part of the facility to another as their needs change. A multiplicity of activities attracts residents to the more public spaces.

When the Hebrew Home purchased the facility from an orphanage in 1948 it consisted of several discrete buildings. Over the years, as Gruzen Samton designed additional buildings beginning in 1964, the facility has become interconnected via a central, ground-level interior concourse and corridors on other floors. Wright, Samton, and Weinstein emphasized that their goal is to promote an intimate, small-scale, home-like atmosphere that encourages the greatest amount of independence possible for each resident. The newest building, the Reingold Pavilion, provides more private space per resident than previous buildings. It consists solely of single private bedrooms with full baths and showers. These are grouped into 10-room clusters, each located around a central gathering/recreational space. Small dining spaces accommodate two clusters, and waiters serve the residents as in a restaurant. Earlier buildings had double bedrooms and much larger dining spaces, presenting a more institutional ambience; they are being redesigned.

These are two different types of facilities designed to accommodate the special needs of seniors, yet there are similarities in their overall approach and in many of their details.

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In The News



In this issue:
·Times Square Has a BIG Heart
· Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shape-Shifts with New Visitor Center
· Brooklyn Museum Opens Doors to New Shop
· Aberdeen Weaves a Web of New Landscape with Old Streets
· New Campus Center Peels Back Layers of Long Island Community
· Mitikah Office Tower is Modern Take on Aztec Forms

Times Square Has a BIG Heart


City Pulse.

Bjarke Ingels Group


The Times Square Alliance has selected “City Pulse,” by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), as its fourth annual Valentine’s Day public art installation. The 10-foot-tall cube consists of 400 transparent acrylic tubes lit with LEDs that refract the lights of Times Square. Designed to respond to the flow of people, air, and movement, a red heart suspended in the center of the cube appears to pulsate as air currents move the tubes that surround it. When people touch a sensor in front of the sculpture the heart glows brighter and beats faster. The installation will be on view 02.06-29.12.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shape-Shifts with New Visitor Center



Brooklyn Botanic Garden.



The Brooklyn Botanic Garden announced that its new 20,000-square-foot Visitor Center, designed by Weiss/Manfredi, will open this coming May. The sinuous glass building is composed of two linked forms that seem to appear, disappear, and change shape as the visitor moves through and around them. The center features an orientation room, information lobby, gift shop, exhibition gallery, café, a leaf-shaped event space, and a 10,000-square-foot living roof containing 40,000 plants that will change with the seasons. One side of the building has a pleated copper roof that was designed to echo the garden’s landmarked 1917 McKim, Mead & White administration building. Since the center is built into a preexisting berm, thermal efficiency is increased and a geo-exchange system heats and cools the interior spaces. The fritted glass walls offer veiled views into the garden, minimize heat gain, maximize natural light, and act as a deterrent to bird strikes. In addition, a series of rain gardens collect and filter runoff to improve storm-water management. The project was recognized by the NYC Public Design Commission with a 2008 Award for Excellence in Design and is expected to earn LEED Gold.

Brooklyn Museum Opens Doors to New Shop



Brooklyn Museum Shop.

Visbeen Associates


A new and larger Brooklyn Museum Shop, designed by Grand Rapids-based Visbeen Associates, is set to open in April, as part of the multi-phase transformation of much of the museum’s first floor. The 4,150-square-foot store is organized around an arc shape that is reflected in a curved jewelry counter and echoed in a coffered ceiling. Two light fixtures, created by Brooklyn artist David Weeks, will be focal points of the design. The shop will feature 225 linear feet of oak casework with metal fittings in which merchandise, such as products from established and emerging Brooklyn designers and artisans, will be displayed. The wide entrance will provide visual access to the Great Hall, and a rear entrance will connect to temporary exhibition galleries. Ennead Architects served as architect-of-record for the project.

Aberdeen Weaves a Web of New Landscape with Old Streets



Aberdeen City Garden Trust.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Aberdeen City Garden Trust recently selected a team led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to transform the city center of Scotland’s third largest city. Known as “Granite Web,” the winning proposal, designed in collaboration with Scottish architects Keppie Design and Philadelphia-based landscape architects OLIN Studios, celebrates the three-dimensional aspects of the city’s Union Terrace Gardens. The design reveals historic arches, vaults, and bridges, and retains its balustrades and statues, part of Aberdeen’s legacy. The plan adds 70,000 square feet of green space within eight gardens and features two new plazas; a 5,000-person amphitheater; a 215,000-square-foot exhibition hall; and a 500-seat black box theater, all woven into the landscape. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

New Campus Center Peels Back Layers of Long Island Community



Public Square at Molloy College.

Butler Rogers Baskett Architects


With the completion of the new “Public Square” campus center, Molloy College in Rockville Centre is transforming from a commuter school into a 24-hour learning community. Designed by BRB Architects (Butler Rogers Baskett Architects), the 57,000-square-foot building not only supports activities for students, but its new 550-seat Madison Theater also adds to the cultural life of the public by offering dance, theater, and music performances. The building is organized as a series of three layers separated by open-ended circulation spines. The masonry-clad western wing houses support spaces and enclosed offices. The loft-like central atrium layer allows for multiple uses containing an art gallery, student club workrooms, lounges, and a flexible technologically-enabled space. The central space also houses a theater, rehearsal space, and music department offices, designed in collaboration with Charles Cosler Theatre Design. Overlooking the quad, the glass- and zinc-clad east wing houses a café and lounges.

Mitikah Office Tower is Modern Take on Aztec Forms



Mitikah Office Tower.

Richard Meier & Partners


Richard Meier & Partners has revealed the design for the 34-story Mitikah Office Tower in Mexico City, part of a mixed-use master plan designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The tower, rising above a transparent and translucent base, is inspired by Aztec forms. The lobby is visible from all approaches, and anchors the building to the exposed retail plaza and adjacent commercial space. The south and east façades are composed of a continuous, high-performance curtain wall modulated by subtle folds, while the north and west elevations have a curtain wall system with modular and orthogonal expressions in proportion to the surrounding context. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer views of downtown Mexico City, the surrounding mountains, and the central valley. A sky garden with an integrated conference pavilion on the 19th floor, and a restaurant and sky-bar on the 34th floor provide destinations. The tower, the firm’s third project in Mexico, is expected to be LEED-certified and completed in 2014.


Studio a+i won the NYC AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition for its entry “Infinite Forest.” NY-based Rodrigo Zamora and Mike Robitz were one of three runners-up. Pending City Council approval, the AIDS Memorial Park Coalition aims for construction to be complete in time for World AIDS Day on 12.01.14. All submissions can be viewed at http://AIDSMemorialPark.org.

For the exhibition “007_Urban_Songline,” by Dutch performance, sound, and installation artist Allard van Hoorn, the façade of Storefront for Art and Architecture has been transformed into an interactive, responsive musical instrument. Experience the work through 02.18.12.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in Schermerhorn Hall on Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus is hosting a comprehensive exhibition of the career of Félix Candela (1910-1997). Twenty-one scaled models, photographs, a documentary film, videos, animations, and a selection of original architectural drawings and renderings will be on view. The exhibition will run 02.10-03.31.12.

Around the AIA + Center for Architecture



In this issue:
· AIA Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda
· AIA Launches “Issues and Advocacy” Web Page
· e-Calendar

AIA Announces 2012 Legislative Agenda
On 01.17.12, the AIA unveiled its 2012 legislative agenda that has creating jobs in the hard-hit design and construction industry as its top priority. The Institute’s “Plan for Economic Growth” concentrates its efforts on solving the four key economic challenges facing the profession: Removing Barriers to Private Sector Lending; Saving Energy, Creating Jobs; Helping Small Firms Grow; and Revitalizing America’s Neighborhoods. Click here for more information.

AIA Launches “Issues and Advocacy” Web Page
The AIA Government and Community Relations team recently launched a completely redesigned Issues and Advocacy web page, a one-stop source for advocacy resources and information, including daily updates about AIA efforts at the local, state, and federal level.

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


Arch Schools 2011



On view 11.19.2011-03.03.2012


Two Wheel Transit: NYC Bike Share



On view 01.11-02.04.2012


ONE Prize 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough



On view 01.18-02.11.2012


At the Center for Architecture Foundation

Center for Architecture Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary


(Left): Original members of the Learning By Design:NY Committee (L-R): Julie Maurer; Polly Carpenter, AIA; Catherine Teegarden; Christine Hunter, AIA; Jerry Maltz, AIA; Howard Stern; Rosalie Byard; Dorothee King; and Linda Yowell, FAIA, LEED AP. (Right): Current CFAF Staff (L-R): Tim Hayduk; Jaime Endreny; Eveline Chang; and Catherine Teegarden.

Joe Tortorella


On 01.20.12, the Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) celebrated 20 years of built environment education. Current and former educators, staff, board members, and volunteers celebrated and toasted to the continued success and growth of its programs.

Current CFAF Board Member Linda Yowell, FAIA, LEED AP, a co-founder of Learning By Design:NY (LBD:NY), shared her perspective on the development of the K-12 in-school residency program. What began as an AIANY committee of volunteers has blossomed into an organization that offers in- and out-of-school programs at the Center and more than 75 classrooms in NYC each year.

CFAF Director of Education Catherine Teegarden was also an original member of the LBD:NY Committee, and oversaw the expansion into a standalone program with full-time staff, a team of trained design educators, and residencies in more than 20 schools. She also reflected on the significance of the Center for Architecture’s opening in 2003, which has allowed CFAF to offer in-house educational programs, including family workshops, classroom visits, computer classes, and studios for students of all ages.

Joe Tortorella began his involvement with the Foundation as a volunteer for LBD:NY. He recounted his first experience giving young students a tour of Bedford-Stuyvesant as challenging, humbling, and rewarding. Like many others, Tortorella’s participation has grown alongside the CFAF over the years, including joining the Board and serving as Board President next year.

Remarks were also made by former CFAF Board President Walter Hunt, FAIA, and current CFAF Board President Michael Strauss. Looking ahead to the next 20 years, Strauss shared his enthusiasm for the CFAF’s future growth, including expansions of its youth and adult program offerings.

Building Connections,” the Foundation’s annual showcase of K-12 student design work, served as a backdrop to the evening’s festivities. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the annual exhibition, which is on view through 02.11.12.

The Foundation’s February Vacation Programs are one of many educational offerings throughout the year. Three-day studios will take place at the Center for Architecture 02.21-23.12 for third- through ninth-graders. For more information about the Center for Architecture Foundation or ways to get involved, visit http://www.cfafoundation.org.

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Editor's Soapbox

Looking Back at the Last Six Years

In my first Soapbox I commented on the uncertain state of the profession emerging from 2005 — a banner year for natural disasters wreaking havoc on communities, most notably Hurricane Katrina. “Strife reigns, pinning the public against developers, politicians against each other, and the public against politicians. Architects and city planners are absorbed in the mix.” Has anything changed in the last six years?

For me there have been many milestones since 2005 that demonstrate how the profession has grown. Perhaps the thing that has most profoundly influenced architecture in the recent past is sustainability. 2006 saw green go mainstream, with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” 2007 launched the Mayor’s PlaNYC2030. In 2008, the new building code adopted many of the sustainable practices already incorporated into the International Building Code. However, with the close of the decade, the economy began to take a turn and the term “greenwashing” began to give sustainability a bad name. There was a rejection of the simplistic checklist approach that the profession began to take, with the USGBC and LEED bearing the brunt of criticism.

Today, our approach to sustainability is much more complex than it was six years ago. We consider our carbon footprints, embodied energy of materials and systems, improving our health with active design, and we think both in terms of long- and short-term benefits. While there is, of course, room for improvement — we are far from living holistically — I think we are headed in the right direction.

Physical architectural milestones include both small and large developments citywide. The High Line, Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, 7WTC, the Bank of America Tower, and Brooklyn Bridge Park don’t even scratch the surface of what’s risen in the last six years. NYC is once again becoming a global force in architecture, with starchitect-run firms Atelier Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and Gehry Partners finally constructing buildings in the city. International firms, such as Studio Daniel Libeskind, to Snøhetta and Grimshaw Architects, are making NYC home and are flourishing. Whether it’s Morphosis’s 41 Cooper Square, Grimshaw/Dattner Architects’ Via Verde, or the TKTS Booth and Revitalization of Father Duffy Square, by Choi Ropia, Perkins Eastman, and PKSB Architects, the quality of architecture in the city is having a positive effect on both the public and the profession.

Ultimately, nothing has defined the developing face of the city more than what has happened at Ground Zero. When I started editing e-Oculus, AIANY was advocating for Michael Arad, AIA’s “Reflecting Absence” — a memorial that was not inevitable at the time. Now, the memorial is not only open to the public, but Davis Brody Bond and Snøhetta’s National September 11 Memorial Museum is well underway, and SOM’s One World Trade Center is at 92 stories as of last week.

I have done my best to deliver timely news about the built environment in NYC over the last few years. With the help of my contributing editors Linda G. Miller and Murrye Bernard, LEED AP, I hope we have done the publication justice. Thank you to my mentors Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, and the late Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA; the AIANY Oculus Committee; Rick Bell, FAIA; and the tireless AIANY Staff. It has been a pleasure serving the Chapter, its members, and the more than 11,000 architectural enthusiasts that read the e-zine on a regular basis. And I look forward to seeing e-Oculus take new directions as Benedict Clouette takes over as the new editor.

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Names in the News



The Architectural League announced its 30th annual Emerging Voices awards winners, including INABA (Jeffrey Inaba); SCAPE / Landscape Architecture (Kate Orff, ASLA, and Elena Brescia, ASLA); and SsD (Jinhee Park, AIA, and John Hong, AIA)

The Queens Chamber of Commerce honored the winners of its 99th annual Building Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Jeffrey Levine, chairman of Douglaston Development, Levine Builders, and Clinton Management; the Building Awards Hall of Fame went to the Pistilli-Newtown Office Building (which also won in the new construction, office building category) and the Piano Factory Apartment Building (which also won in the rehab mixed-use category), both by Gerald Caliendo; he also won in the rehab commercial category for the Atlantic Diner, as well as the new construction category for the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel.

Other winners include: the East Elmhurst Community Library (rehab public building) by Integrated Design Group; 90-30 161st St. (rehab office building) by Graf + Lewent Architects; P.S. 280, 34-20 94th St. (rehab schools category) by AECOM; Connelly residence (rehab contextual category) by Arnold Montag-AM/PM Design & Consulting; 93-01 37th Ave. (new construction, mixed use) and 131 Fowler Ave. (new construction, industrial category), both by Lin & Associates; ClearNorth Plaza, 205-04 Northern Blvd.(new construction, commercial) by NF Architectural Designs; Queens Central Library & Children’s Library Discovery Center (new construction, public building) by 1100 Architect; and the living quarters of the Blas family at 96-07 133rd Ave. (interiors — a new category this year) by Christine Baumann Interiors

The Wood Design & Building magazine announced award recipients for the 2011 North American Awards Program, including the Won Dharma Retreat by Hanrahan Meyers Architects (Honor Award)…

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its 2011 list of top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita — New York was ranked #9 with 1.89 square feet of LEED-certified space per person…

Non-profit desigNYC announced the 2012 list of 16 “Recharging Communities” projects and teams (nonprofits paired with pro-bono design professionals): Bard Prison Initiative with PSnewyork; Clemente Soto Velez Center (CVS) with Kudos; Compost for Brooklyn (C4B) with Karen Greenberg; Food Systems Network (FSNYC) with Li’l Robin & Planet360; Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) with Pure+Applied; NYDesigns with Remake Design; OpenPlans Transportation with Purpose; New Destiny Housing Corporation with EOA | Elmslie Osler Architect; PlayHarvest with Moorhead & Moorhead; and Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation with WE-design

The Municipal Art Society of New York in collaboration with the Landmarks Preservation Commission has chosen Cook+Fox and Terrapin Bright Green to develop Greening New York City’s Landmarks: A Guide for Property Owner, a manual on making landmarked buildings more energy efficient:…

STV Inc. is celebrating its 100th anniversary. “Elwyn Seelye’s enduring vision for excellence and innovation continues to inspire us,” said Dominick M. Servedio, PE, executive chairman. The firm’s current projects in NYC include the Port Authority of NY & NJ’s PATH Transportation Hub; the Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project; and One World Trade Center, as the program manager and owner’s representative. “STV’s century of success is built upon the foundation of our core values,” noted Milo Riverso, Ph.D., PE, STV’s chief executive officer and president…

Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen has been named Chairman of the Board for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). For the first year of her term, she will co-chair with David Rockwell, AIA, who has been Chairman of New York-based DIFFA for the past 12 years…

Chris Ward, former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will become the executive vice president of international construction company Dragados…

Ted Moudis Associates has promoted Benjamin Chan to Chief Financial Officer; Jacqueline Barr, LEED AP, to Design Principal; Dean Ulloato Senior Associate, Information Technology; and Lucy Carter, Assoc. AIA, to Senior Associate, Director of Business Development…

New Deadlines



02.01.12 Call for Applications: Arnold W. Brunner Grant

02.10.12 Deadline EXTENDED: AIANY Annual Design Awards 2012

02.12.12 Call for Submissions: “Why I Love Architecture for Humanity NY” T-Shirt Design Competition

02.15.12 Call for Entries: : output award

02.15.12 Request for Proposals: NYSCA Independent Project Grants through Storefront for Art and Architecture

02.27.12 Call for Presentations: 2012 AIANYS Convention

03.08.12 Call for Nominations: 12th Annual Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Brooklyn Awards

03.13.12 Call for Entries: Core77 2012 Design Awards

03.15.12 Call for Entries: AIA Medal of Honor Redesign Competition

03.30.12 Call for Entries: IIDA NY Annual Student Design Awards Program

03.31.12 Call for Entries: EBies Awards — Urban Green Council

04.24.12 Request for Expressions of Interest: Adaptive Reuse and Redevelopment of the Rockaway Courthouse in Queens

05.15.12 Call for Submissions: CTBUH 2012 International Research Seed Funding

05.15.12 Call for Submissions: 2012 Carter Manny Award – Graham Foundation

05.31.12 Call for Entries: Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory Student Architecture Competition



01.17.12: The Center for Architecture celebrated the connection between 532 and 536 LaGuardia Place at a BREAKTHROUGH Party!



(L-R): Andy Frankl, President, IBEX Construction; Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Distinguished Professor, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York; Jonathan Marvel, AIA, Rogers Marvel Architects; AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA. For more about the event, read “BREAKTHROUGH: The Center for Architecture Expands to New Space,” by Benedict Clouette, in this issue of e-Oculus.

Sam Lahoz


01.20.12: The Center for Architecture Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary.


(L-R): AIANY President Joe Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP; former CFAF Board President Walter Hunt, FAIA; and Board Member John Simoni, Jr.

Catherine Teegarden



(L-R): Current CFAF Design Educators Jane Cowan, Hae-In Kim, and Heather Zusman.

Catherine Teegarden


(L-R): CFAF Board President-Elect Joe Tortorella, his wife Andrea, and Board Member Melissa Billig.

Catherine Teegarden

01.23.12: The AIANY New Practices Committee announced the winners of the New Practices New York 2012 competition. To read about the jurors’ panel, click here: “Technology Meets Tactility: NPNY Winners Announced,” by Murrye Bernard, LEED AP, in this issue of e-Oculus.


Russ Wheeler, President, Hansgrohe North America; Co-chairs of the New Practices Committee Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA, of Manifold Architecture Studio, and Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA, of Gage / Clemenceau Architects; and AIANY President Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP.

Nicole Friedman/Center for Architecture



(L-R): Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA; Kit von Dalwig, AIA; Marc Clemenceau Bailly, AIA; Stan Allen, FAIA; Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak of Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; Christian Wassmann; Julian Rose of formlessfinder; Billie Tsien, AIA; Tobias Holler of Holler Architecture; David Benjamin of The Living; Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture; and Mahadev Raman, PE.

Nicole Friedman/Center for Architecture



01.30.12: Dwell hosted a private dinner featuring Billie Tsien, AIA, and Tod Williams, of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, who presented their designs for the Barnes Collection. The event took place in the Center’s new space at 532 LaGuardia Place.

Rick Bell




(L-R): Todd Van Varick, Project Manager for Construction, Ennead Architects; Jock Reynolds, Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery; and Richard Olcott, FAIA, Design Partner, Ennead Architects.

Cristina Carlson





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