Spring 2016: Institutional Shifts

Explore the Spring 2016 issue of Oculus magazine, AIA New York’s quarterly print magazine. Cover: Columbia University Manhattanville Campus includes the Lenfest Center for the Arts (center), and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (right), home of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind, Brain, Behavior Institute, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Davis Brody Bond. Photography: Courtesy Columbia University, pg. 20.

Table of Contents
First Words
Letter from the President
The Town-Gown Connection
by Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP
Letter from the Editor
Ivory Towers Get Street Smarts
by Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA
Center for Architecture
Center Highlights
One Block Over
Queens Plaza: Finally a There There: A fresh swath of green brings a sense of community to a Long Island City transit hub; high-rise development brings residents to use it
by Claire Wilson
In Print
Function Follows Strategy: Architects’ Strategies from the Fifties to the Present
by Eduard Sancho Pou
In Print
Slow Manifesto: Lebbeus Woods Blog
Edited by Clare Jacobson
Reviews by Stanley Stark, FAIA
117-Year Watch
Carnegie’s Book Palaces: Branch libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie’s foundation made enduring contributions to the city’s cultural heritage
by John Morris Dixon, FAIA
Last Words
The Next Chapter
by Benjamin Prosky
The Intersection of Technology and Walkability
by Laura Heery Prozes
The Challenges of Expansion
Growing far beyond its Morningside Heights campus, Columbia University strives to balance academic needs with neighborhood aspirations in Manhattanville
by Fred A. Bernstein
A Win-Win at Rockefeller University
With its new research center being constructed over the FDR Drive, the university adds two acres to its private campus while advancing the public realm
by Janet Adams Strong
Course Requirements
Architects consider the surrounding neighborhood when planning CCNY’s new science building in Harlem—and everyone benefits
by Lisa Delgado
1,087 Windows (and a Unique Focus) on the City
A repurposed 1950s icon in Downtown Brooklyn is an ideal base for NYU's scientific study of urban processes
by Jonathan Lerner
Tech Time
Though devoted to training of healthcare technicians, CUNY City Tech’s new eight-story building opens itself to the street and features free care for locals
by Richard Staub
Playing a New Tune
Brooklyn College gets a renewed image, an updated performing arts center, and a grand entrance, all in one
by Richard Staub
A More Perfect Union
The Hotel Trades Council’s new mixed-use medical center transforms the healthcare experience while taking cues from the neighboring BAM Cultural District
by Bill Millard
Social Innovation by Design
Three educational programs use design as an essential tool in linking citizen need to social change
by Julia van den Hout


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