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  • July 16, 2018
    Memorials for Unsuspecting Victims: 15 years after the 9-11 competition
    Laser light veil - "A Letter to Our Future". Image: David Marlatt.
    Laser light veil - "A Letter to Our Future". Image: David Marlatt.

    On July 25, the Cultural Facilities Committee will present a lecture and discussion reflecting on how designers create memorials in the wake of the 9/11 Memorial competition. The last fifteen years have been marked by numerous tragic events (mass violence, terrorism, hate crimes, etc.) and the discussion of memorials to remember these events. The design of these memorials has generated a complex dialogue in the design community about how we memorialize the victims. Our program will reflect on the ideas expressed in the 9/11 Memorial competition and consider methods to promote better design and construction of memorials today. Lester Levine will provide a retrospective on the competition by presenting examples from a variety of entrants to highlight the important characteristics that formed the zeitgeist of this seminal competition. The presented approaches will represent the confluence of previous tendencies in memorial design, as well as innovative ideas and precursors to contemporary trends. This presentation will be followed by a panel and audience discussion to reflect on the trends explored in the 9-11 competition and drive a wider dialogue about what we should be doing as a society and design community to memorialize tragic events.

    Register for the event here >

  • June 19, 2018
    June 30: DETAILS, details Symposioum

    The Cultural Facilities Committee is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Raymond Farm Center to present an exciting one-day symposium on the history, theory, and evolution of modern residential architectural detailing, form the early 20th century to contemporary architecture.  The symposium is in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the publication of Antonin and Noemi Raymond’s Architectural Details 1938.  The symposium will be at the Raymond Farm Center in New Hope, PA on Saturday, June 30th. For more information about this event and tickets, visit the Raymond Farms website.

  • March 9, 2018
    April 23: Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Architecture and Landscape

    The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located twenty miles north of Copenhagen, Denmark, is famous for its enchanting seaside setting, distinctive architecture, and welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere. Constructed around a park, the museum occupies the grounds of a nineteenth-century estate, Louisiana, established by a beekeeping aristocrat who planted a collection of exotic trees and married three women named Louise. 100 years later, the art collector Knud W. Jensen purchased the estate, adopted the existing villa as the centerpiece of his new museum, and began planning an unconventional institution that would unite art and nature. The first extension to the villa, designed by Jørgen Bo and Vilhelm Wohlert, opened in 1958 and is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Over the next four decades, the same architects would construct five more extensions that reflected changes in the character of contemporary art and the evolution of Louisiana’s collection. The result is a place for experiencing culture in every form, dedicated to the idea that art is life.

    Michael Sheridan, author of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: Landscape and Architecture

    Register for the April 23 event here!

  • February 27, 2018
    March 6: Public Space: Crossroads of Art, Architecture, and Community
    Public Art commissioned by Alloy Development
    Public Art commissioned by Alloy Development.
    123 Melrose Park by ODA.
    123 Melrose Park by ODA.
    Art Installation By Sun Kwak At PS298Q
    Art installation by Sun Kwak at PS298Q. Commissioned by the NYC School Construction Authority.

    The AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee presents a panel presentation and discussion on strategies for including public art into public spaces. Panelists will present ways in which public art can meet the standards and flavor of a community, integrate the artist’s intent into a building’s design, and provide enhancement of sites for property development and client interest. Community involvement, with a focus on public murals, will be among the topics discussed by esteemed panelists from the public and private sectors and design community. Register here.

    Tania Duvergne, Director, Public Art for Public Schools, NYC School Construction Authority
    A.J. Pires, President, Alloy Development
    Heidi Theunissen, Project Architect, ODA Architects

    Meta Brunzema, Architect, Urban Design consultant and faculty member at Pratt Institute

  • November 10, 2017
    Arthur Rosenblatt Lecture on Museum Design

    In 2006, the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee developed an annual lecture series to honor the work and memory of their founding Committee chair, Arthur Rosenblatt. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Rosenblatt was the Vice President for Architecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 19 years during its period of great expansion, the founding Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as a highly regarded Museum design consultant. He was an enthusiastic promoter of the architectural profession through his long involvement with the AIA, a generous friend to countless colleagues, and passionate about the role of art in our everyday lives. The Arthur Rosenblatt Lecture is a highlight of Archtober, the AIANY’s annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions held each October.

    Past Lectures:

    2017 – Farshid Mousavvi, RIBA, “Thoughts on a New Architecture”
    2016 – David Chipperfield, RIBA
    2015 – Moshe Safdie, FAIA, “Made to Measure”
    2014 – Brad Cloepfil, AIA, Allied Works, “Amplifiers”
    2013 – Ben van Berkel, (F)RIBA, Hon. FAIA, UNStudio, “Every Day Culture”
    2012 – Craig Dykers, AIA, RIBA, Snohetta, “Being Alone Together: Managing the Museum as Mausoleum Syndrome”
    2011 – David Adjaye, OBE, RIBA, Hon. AIA, “Evolving Art and Exhibition Spaces”
    2010 – Richard Gluckman, FAIA, “Content Context = Concept”
    2009 – Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society, “The Role of Museums in 21st Century Asia”
    2008 – Tod Williams / Billie Tsien, FAIA, “Museums Balance Unform Form”
    2007 – Richard Meier, FAIA, “On Museums”


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