Fall Fellows’ Dinner a Rousing Success!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

It was wonderful to see so many Fellows this past Tuesday night at Double Crown restaurant for the 2010 Fall Fellows’ Dinner, The Social Life of (Very) Small Urban Spaces! Thanks again to all of our presenters, including NYC DOT plaza program director Andy Wiley-Schwartz, architect and Fellow Claire Weisz, artist Mary Miss, and Snøhetta Times Square team members Maura Rockcastle and Claire Fellman. It was a wonderful evening, and a truly provocative discussion. Make sure to check out our photo album on Facebook if you were unable to attend, and stay tuned for information on our next Breakfast Club — we hope to see you there.

Breakfast Club #11 Photo Album is Live

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Fellows packed the reading room at the Center for Architecture this morning to discuss the innovative new public spaces that the city is carving out of New York’s streets with representatives from the NYC Department of Transportation. A photo album featuring several images from the Club is now live on the IfUD’s Facebook page — go take a look! If you weren’t able to join us, we hope to see you at next month’s Club; check the next Institute Update for details.

Next Breakfast Club: October 6, 2010

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Our next Breakfast Club will take place a week from today at the Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place) in New York from 8:30-10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 6th. Some of the most interesting new public spaces in New York are being carved out of city streets by the Department of Transportation to calm traffic. They raise a number of really interesting urban design questions, and we’ll be discussing those and the idea of shared spaces in an urban environment. DOT Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability Andy Wiley-Schwartz and New York-based artist Mary Miss will join Fellows Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture and William Kelley of the Union Square Partnership to help kick off the conversation. Breakfast Clubs are limited to Fellows and their guests. Please email to RSVP.

Fellows in the News: Blesso, Dykers, and Weisz

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Board Member Matt Blesso (pictured at left) was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal for his impressive roster of charity work; also, the New York City DOT announced its selection of the design team that will plan the permanent revamp of Times Square, and the winning group includes Fellows Craig Dykers of Snøhetta and Claire Weisz of WXY Architecture + Urban Design.

NYC Department of Transportation Hosts Walk21

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

walk21-2009The NYC Department of Transportation will host Walk21, a three-day conference on October 7-9, 2009. Institute board chair Michael Sorkin will give a keynote speech, and Institute fellow Chris Hardwicke will present on “How Retail Food Availability Shapes Walking Patterns.” Featuring a mix of plenaries, workshops, and poster sessions, Walk21 will also host “walkshops” which will showcase New York’s most innovative new projects – from the new pedestrian spaces in Times and Herald Squares to projects in neighborhoods in all five boroughs. Register here. Click here for more information.

4th Breakfast Club, New York

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Roxanne Warren flips through the Street Design Manual during the discussion.

Margaret Newman, chief of staff of the New York City DOT, led Institute fellows in a discussion on the recently released Street Design Manual at the New York Center for Architecture for the fourth fellows’ Breakfast Club. Check out our new Facebook page for pictures, and become a fan while you’re at it!