September 28, 2010
by Emily Nemens

In this issue:
· Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment
· Architecture Week 2010 Schedule
· Conference Round-up
· eCalendar

Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment
By Jay Bond, AIANY Policy Director

City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, Hon. AIA, announced the beginning of public review for the Key Terms Clarification Text Amendment, a set of technical changes to the NYC Zoning Resolution designed to preserve the original intent of the zoning regulations and to clarify the meaning and usage of key terms within the regulations.

The key terms include “development” and “building,” as they are defined in the Zoning Resolution. The use of the term “development” will be clarified to mean only a new building or a new use of open land. The definition of “building” will be revised to differentiate one building from another in a way that corresponds to the intent of the City Planning Commission, the Building Code, and to a layperson’s common understanding of what differentiates two buildings that touch. The Department has referred out the citywide Key Terms Clarification text amendment for public review to all Community Board, Borough Boards, and Borough Presidents for a 60-day review period.

The full text of the amendment can be found here.

The AIANY Chapter would appreciate your feedback on the proposed changes. Please forward them to us here.

Architecture Week 2010 Schedule


All events are at the Center for Architecture unless otherwise noted.


11:30 AM – 4:30 PM: New Buildings New York: Usonian Houses
Tour of the Reisley House, Cooper House, Serlin House and Resnick House. Tickets: $150/person ($50 tax-deductible), proceeds benefit programs at the Center for Architecture Foundation.
Reservations: 212-358-6136 or

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Arch Schools 2010 Exhibition Reception and Deans’ Roundtable
The Center for Architecture’s sixth annual architecture schools exhibition showcases exemplary student work from 14 New York area schools. Deans will discuss current design trends. FREE.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY Living Pavilion Disassembly Party!
Location: Governors Island
Closing ceremony of the FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion. Volunteers will disassemble the Living Pavilion on Governors Island and learn about the continuing life of the pavilion. FREE.


2:15 PM – 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Around Manhattan Official New York City Architectural Boat Tour
Expert architects animate the ’round-Manhattan tour with historical detail and lesser-known anecdotes about the city and its structures.
Tickets: 3-hour tours are $75; 1.5-hour tours are $40.
Also sets sail at 2:15 on Thursday, 10.07.2010.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY Living Pavilion Disassembly Party!
See above.


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Better City / Better Life: Healthy & Sustainable Urbanization
Speakers: Ernest W. Hutton, FAICP, Lance Jay Brown FAIA, James McCullar, FAIA, and Margaret Castillo, AIA
Location: United Nations
This symposium addresses the need to merge the objectives of sustainable development and a healthy population, with an eye to reducing chronic and infectious diseases through design intervention. FREE.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: A New Standard of Design Care
Speaker: Vicki Match Suna, AIA, Recipient of the Center for Architecture Award
Suna and representatives from NYU Langone Medical Center’s lead architects, Duncan Hazard, AIA, Ennead Partners and Joan Saba, AIA, NBBJ present the exciting projects the NYU Langone Medical Center will implement over the next eight years. FREE.


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: A Conversation about Public Architecture
Speakers: Peter Magnani, AIA & David Resnick, AIA, Recipients of the AIANY Public Architect Awards 2010 & 2009
The Queens Borough Public Library system and the NYC Department of Design + Construction provide much-needed civic structures characterized by design quality and construction excellence. A conversation between the 2009 and 2010 tecipients of the AIA New York Chapter Public Architect Awards. FREE.

6:00 PM – 8:00PM: A Conversation with the Architects of 200 West Street
Speakers: 200 West Street Project Team, Recipient of the AIANY Chapter Award
The ambition for Goldman Sachs’ new headquarters was to create a high-performance workplace that reflects and supports the firm’s culture and embodies and expresses excellence in urban design. FREE.


7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Innovate : Integrate Exhibition Opening
Using contemporary case studies and three-dimensional mock-ups, the exhibition educates the public about how buildings are assembled and presents design professionals with information on the latest integrated construction methodologies. FREE.


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Empire State Building Retrofit Tour
Speaker: Clinton Climate Initiative: A Program of the William J. Clinton Foundation, Recipient of the Center for Architecture Foundation Award
The Empire State Building is undergoing a $550 million upgrade program integrating deep energy efficiency using a proven program with bottom line results in energy savings with financial return. Ownership and members of the project team, including the Clinton Climate Initiative and project architects Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, discuss the details of the project. SOLD OUT.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: HERITAGE BALL
Location: Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty
Architects, designers, and industry professionals join together for the annual AIANY and Center for Architecture Foundation black-tie event, which celebrates the tradition of design excellence.
More information:

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM: Party@theCenter
Heritage Ball after-party, which features drinks, music, and dancing. Music by DJ Stylus and DJ Shakey and a special live performance by Mystery Roar.
Tickets: $25 advance / $40 door. Open bar, with drinks by Absolut and Brooklyn Brewery. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
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6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: MADE IN NEW YORK Subway Exhibition Opening
Location: West 4th subway station (south end); Concurrent reception at the Center for Architecture
Building on the success of last year’s New York Now! subway exhibition, MADE IN NEW YORK opens at the West 4th Street subway station presenting works of all scales and types completed by AIANY members across the globe. FREE w/subway admission.


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (EACH DAY): 8th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend & Family Festival
The Center for Architecture serves as headquarters for openhousenewyork, America’s largest architecture and design event. Enjoy family friendly activities (recommended for ages 5-13) offered by the Center for Architecture Foundation, openhousenewyork, and other participating organizations. FREE.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EACH DAY)
2010 New Practices New York in openhousenewyork
Location: New Practices studios at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
The AIANY 2010 New Practices New York firms open their studios. See how these emerging talents have set up their design practices and view their work in progress. FREE.

1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM (10.09.2010 only)
ENYA Tours Highbridge Park
AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) goes to the Bronx to tour the historic High Bridge. The tour will center on the history of the Highbridge neighborhood and preview the upcoming “High Bridge” exhibition at the Center, which will open November 11.
Meet at 167th St. and River Avenue, Bronx. FREE.

For full openhousenewyork schedule and locations for the New Practices studios, visit More information on the Family Festival is available at

Conference Round-up

AIANY is a proud supporter of three upcoming conferences in New York and Philadelphia

Urban Green Expo, 09.29-30.10, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., NYC
Urban Green Expo features more than 35 top-tier educational sessions ( , dozens of internationally recognized panelists and speakers, and a vibrant trade show floor. This year’s theme, Pushing the Envelope, will explore building enclosures. Expo will address a range of topics, from geothermal energy in urban settings to case studies of sustainable buildings.
AIA NY Members can register for free exhibit hall tickets here.

New Aging Conference, 10.01-02.10, UPenn, Meyerson Hall, Philadelphia, PA
A strategic conference complemented by hands-on workshops, matchmaking sessions, and open houses at collaborating institutions. New Aging will investigate recent advances in architecture and urbanism dealing with age-related challenges.
Registration is $285/ $35 for students. Register here.

Innovation Conference 2010 Big and Super-Green: From Buildings to Cityscapes, 10.06-07.2010, The McGraw-Hill Companies Corporate Headquarters, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, NYC
The 2010 Architectural Record/GreenSource Innovation Conference will focus on technical developments and strategies, from large-scale super-green buildings to the super-green cities that support them.
AIANY members get 25% off registration.

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


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