by Emily Nemens
In this issue:
· UrbanSHED Winner Announced
· Hanley-Wood Wins National AIA Contract
UrbanSHED Winner Announced
On Thursday, 01.21.10, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, AIANY President Tony Schirripa, AIA, IIDA, NYC Building Commissioner Robert LiMandri, City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIANY, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Building Congress President Dick Anderson, and Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth Burger convened at a steel pipe-and-wood sidewalk shed outside Metrotech in downtown Brooklyn. Inside 3 Metrotech, the Mayor announced “Urban Umbrella” as the urbanSHED International Design Competition winner, and congratulated the winning designers. Young Hwan Choi, a first-year student at the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture program, was one of three Stage I finalists announced in October. He then partnered with engineer Sarrah Khan, PE, and architect Andrés Cortés, AIA, founders of the design firm Agencie Group, to refine the design to the technical specifications required to make it safe and constructable on NYC’s streets. The winners will receive $10,000, and the Downtown Alliance has committed to build a prototype of “Urban Umbrella” on a construction site in downtown Manhattan this summer. View more images of the winning design, and all the entrants online at urbanshed.org, or visit the Center for Architecture’s Helfand Gallery to view models of the three finalists, along with competition boards featuring other notable designs, on view until 02.10.10.
Hanley-Wood Wins National AIA Contract
Starting in 2011, AIA members across the country will start receiving Architect magazine, a publication of Hanley-Wood. Previously, Architectural Record, a McGraw-Hill publication, had been the organization’s magazine, but the 10-year contract expires December 2010. Hanley-Wood will also be responsible for digital media efforts, and discussions are underway about its role in AIA’s national convention.