October 24, 2012
by Marvine Pierre Assoc. AIA
The public gets a close look at AIANY member work.Marvine Pierre
Architecture meets infrastructure in the W. 4th Street Subway Station.Marvine Pierre

Event: Design by New York Subway Exhibit
Location: West 4th Street Subway Station, 10.10.12
Organizers: AIA New York Chapter

If you’ve taken the A, B, C, D, E, F, or M lines lately and gotten on or off a train at West 4th, you might have noticed that instead of the usual movies, food, and fashion advertisements, the station walls are lined with large, colorful photos of architecture projects. AIANY’s annual subway show, “Design by New York,” features 188 projects (86 in New York City) in 39 countries, all designed by AIANY Chapter member architects and architecture firms (below are a few more interesting statistics about the projects on view). The exhibit, covering the southern corridors of the West 4th station, showcases everything from competition entries and built projects, to small residential work and large-scale landscape and urban design projects. It represents well the scope of today’s diverse architectural practice.

If you haven’t seen it yet, the exhibit will be up until November 4th and is organized as a part of Archtober, Architecture & Design Mont. The showcase is a great opportunity for architects to share their work with the multitude of commuters who who use the station, bringing architectural design to the public. Happy Archtober!

The 147 U.S.-based projects include 73 public projects; 34 of the 86 projects in New York City are public projects; 106 firms have worked or are currently working on these projects; and 28 countries are represented. Projects by region:
12 projects in Asia, including 3 in China and 4 in Korea
11 projects in Europe
8 projects in the Middle East, including one in Iraq
2 projects in Central America (Mexico, Trinidad, and Tobago)
2 projects in North America (Canada)
1 project in Africa (Burundi)
1 project in Oceania (Australia)
1 project in South America (Brazil)

Marvine Pierre, Assoc. AIA, is an architectural designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox, and a contributing writer to e-Oculus. She is also a member of the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee.


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