Fellows in “Civic Action”

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


At the request of the Noguchi Museum, the Architectural League recently hosted a design charrette about the museum’s ongoing “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City” project, now an installation at Socrates Sculpture Park (pictured above). The session centered on “how to sustain neighborhood vitality [in Long Island City] by capitalizing on distinctive characteristics rather than succumbing to the often homogenizing effects of mainstream real estate development.” Charrette participants included Andrew Bernheimer, Denise Hoffman Brandt, Deborah Gans, Lyn Rice, and Board Member Claire Weisz. Urban Omnibus published video, images, and an article about the workshop.

Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Friday, May 18th, 2012

On Sunday, “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City” opened at Socrates Sculpture Park with work by Mary Miss; this Friday, 5/18,  Nina Rappaport’s “Vertical Urban Factory” exhibit both closes at NYU and opens at MOCAD in Detroit; Ronnette Riley and Richard Rogers will participate in the “Guess-a-Sketch” competition and benefit at the Center for Architecture on 5/22; also on 5/22, Tom Angotti will be at the AIA San Francisco to discuss his new book, Service Learning in Design and Planning; Linda Pollak speaks about Marpillero Pollak’s new Dutch Kills Green park at a “Public Space Potluck” in Long Island City on 5/23 (pictured above); Craig Dykers will be in Prague on 5/26 to give a keynote at the reSITE Festival; Jack Nyman’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute hosts a day-long symposium entitled “Battery Park City: Coming of Age” on 5/31; that evening, June Williamson will be at Van Alen Books to discuss the design and culture of parking; an exhibit of Patron Steven Holl’s work at the Meulensteen Gallery closes on 6/2.

Fellows in the News: Durst, Holl, Jahn, Manfredi, Orff, Pasquarelli, Sassen, & Weisz

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Developer Douglas Durst revealed the hotly-anticipated renderings of his W57 development (pictured at left), which is being designed by Danish rising star Bjarke Ingels; Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote a rave review in the Times for Patron Steven Holl’s design for a new Long Island City library; Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin spoke with Helmut Jahn about the unique pleasures and perils of airport terminal design; the University of Pennsylvania recently broke ground on the Michael Manfredi-designed Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology; Kate Orff’s “oyster-tecture” project has been popping up everywhere recently: in Grist, the Guardian, Metropolis, the PSFK blog, and on TED.com; Gregg Pasquarelli’s SHoP Architects was named as the architect of the first residential tower at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards megadevelopment; Board Member Saskia Sassen made a splash with the cheekily-titled (and highly-enjoyable) article “Talking back to your intelligent city”; and the Architect’s Newspaper took a virtual walk through Claire Weisz’s plans for the revamp of NYC’s Cooper Square/Astor Place, while the Times announced Weisz as the architect for an expansion of Soho’s Drawing Center.

Fellows in the News: Brunzema, Cathcart, Holl, Jerde, and Weisz

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Fellows in the News: Fellow Meta Brunzema’s La Marqueta Mile project in Harlem has been generating a lot of great buzz lately; work has started and a construction webcam has gone live at the site of the new Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, designed by Fellow Colin Cathcart’s firm Kiss + Cathcart; Patron Steven Holl was recently selected to design the new Long Island City branch of the Queens Library; Fellow Jon Jerde’s groundbreaking Horton Plaza shopping center in San Diego (pictured at left) just hit the quarter-century mark, an anniversary the mall’s owners are celebrating with architectural tours; and finally, Fellow Claire Wiesz has been very busy — work on her revamp of Transmitter Park, just a few blocks upriver form the aforementioned Bushwick Inlet Park, has just started, and this week saw the unveiling of WXY Architecture’s plans for the overhaul of Fordham Plaza in the Bronx.