April 17, 2007
by Murrye Bernard Assoc. AIA LEED AP

Oculus 2007 Editorial Calendar
If you have ideas, projects, opinions — or perhaps a burning desire to write about a topic below — we’d like to hear from you! Deadlines for submitting suggestions are indicated; projects/topics may be anywhere, but architects must be New York-based. Send suggestions to Kristen Richards.
06.01.07 Fall 2007: Collaboration
09.07.07 Winter 2007-08: Power & Patronage

04.19.07 Call for Recommendations: AIANY College of Fellows
The AIA New York Chapter Fellows Committee is now accepting recommendations for those who will be nominated to fellowship from our chapter. Advancement to the AIA College of Fellows is granted for significant achievement in design, preservation, education, literature and service. Architects who have been members for 10 or more years are eligible for consideration.

05.01.07 Call for Submissions: Reinventing and Galvanizing Downtown
The Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invite artists to creatively look at downtown construction sites. Projects should re-invent and transform community eyesores into places of attraction, curiosity, and anticipation. Proposals in all visual media — paint, collage, light, sculpture, architectural interventions — are encouraged. Projects will be evaluated in terms of effectiveness in ameliorating daily life in a construction zone and monetary feasibility.

05.04.07 Submission: Land Development Breakthroughs Visionary Award
This award recognizes projects with creativity, vision, and implementation of best practices in land development. Criteria for the award include effective leadership, team building, public relations successes, sustainable principles, community contributions, innovative solutions, and financial success, along with uniqueness and beauty. Finalists will be showcased at the upcoming Land Development Breakthroughs — Best Practices Conference, June 7-8 in New Orleans, LA. The winning project will be showcased in the Conference Review edition of Land Development Today magazine.

05.31.07 Submission: Urban Landscape Award 2007
This award sponsored by Eurohypo AG with Topos and Architektur&Wohnen seeks to raise the profile of projects that enhance inner-city open spaces, including residential blocks, mixed-use developments, and redesigned neighborhoods. Innovative sustainable development and economic and social integration will be expected. Public and private organizations, planners, and architects are invited to submit. Projects must have been completed between the years 2000 and 2006. The first-prize winner will receive EUR50,000 (appr. $67,000).

06.01.07 Submission: Schedium
The AIA NY Chapter’s Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) invites drawing portfolio submissions as part of its new program, Schedium, intended to celebrate the drawing abilities of emerging architects. Artists selected from the portfolio competition may be asked to participate in a live drawing series. International practitioners are welcome. Eligibility is limited to those with an architecture degree or international equivalent, who have received an architecture degree after 01.01.91 or received their architectural license after 01.01.97, whichever is less restrictive. Four winners will receive a $1,000 stipend plus additional benefits.

06.01.07 Submission: Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants
This grant category offers support primarily to small- and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available, in the amount of $10,000 each, for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.

06.01.07 Competition: Walla Walla Market Station Design Competition
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and Valley Transit announce a competition to design a distinctive downtown transit station integrating various community needs. Walla Walla is an Eastern Washington city renowned for wine production and its picturesque and historic downtown. Three semi-finalists will win $5,000 each, and compete for a final $3,000 prize.

06.17.07 Submission: ShelterMe
ShelterMe calls for designs of temporary emergency shelters for deployment in a natural disaster. In the past two years, widespread catastrophic events have called forth large-scale international relief efforts throughout both urban and rural areas. Designers are challenged to present a cost-effective, short-term shelter that is affordable, lightweight, strong, and easily deployed. The competition is open to all registered members of the DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, who are at least 18 years old.

08.01.07 Competition: Connecting Market East: Student Design Competition
The Ed Bacon Foundation, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, launched its second annual national student design competition, open to architecture, planning, and design students across North America. Entrants must create design solutions for improving Market East in Center City Philadelphia focusing on re-connecting Market East and its destinations to the street, transit, and the city at-large.

12.31.07 Submission: Just Jerusalem
Just Jerusalem calls for innovative visions for Jerusalem and what it might be if justice and urban livability — rather than competing nationalist projects — were the principle points of departure. Sponsored by MIT’s Center for International Studies (CIS) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), the project’s goal is to allow for the envisioning of Jerusalem, real and symbolic, as a just, peaceful, and sustainable urban locale by the year 2050. Entries are open to architects, urbanists, artists, historians, poets, political scientists, philosophers, economists, engineers, and all others who have ideas for the future of the city. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged.

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