New Fellows: Audrey Matlock, Justin Garrett Moore, & Ted Shelton

Monday, February 20th, 2012

We’re excited to introduce three new Fellows to the IfUD community: New York-based architect Audrey Matlock; NYC Dept. of City Planning senior urban designer Justin Garrett Moore; & Ted Shelton, an Assistant Professor at UT Knoxville and Partner at curb. It’s great to have them on-board!

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: February 16-29, 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

An Architect Drawing, the first of two exhibits of Theo. David’s work to be staged at the Pratt Institute this spring, opens on 2/17; that same day, Lance Jay Brown will moderate, and David Dixon will participate in, the Center for Architecture panel Climate Change: Inevitable Challenges and Potential Opportunities; there are just a few days left to see Toronto’s STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward exhibit (pictured at left), curated by Larry Wayne Richards, before it closes on 2/18; the documentary John Portman: A Life of Building will be shown on 2/22 as part of the Palm Springs Modernism Week festival; Laurie Kerr will moderate the opening panel at the second annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, hosted by NYU’s Schack Institute, on 2/23; and also in New York on  the 23rd, Executive Director Anne Guiney will moderate a panel at Megacities and Meta-Cities, a day-long symposium at Studio-X organized by David Grahame Shane. Also, looking forward to two events in April: early-bird registration for the 2012 Banff Session in Alberta, featuring a keynote by Craig Dykers, ends tomorrow; and tickets for AIANY’s 2012 Honors & Awards Luncheon, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street, have just gone on sale–Rick Bell and David Ziskind are both on the planning committee for this year’s ceremony.

Quoth the Fellows: Flint, Fowle, & Weisz

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Writing for The Atlantic CITIES blog, Anthony Flint comments on the recent surge in freeway demolition projects, remarking that “We’ve reached a unique point in city-building when the destruction of a public works project has all the glamor and buzz of breaking ground on a new one.” With FXFOWLE leading design work on the ongoing renovation of New York’s Javits Center, Bruce Fowle provides a counterpoint to Meta Brunzema’s favorable remarks in our last Update: “The waste of creative energy, money, and material that would result in its being torn down is painful to think about. When you’re worrying about every detail–trying to do the best you can to make something that represents the city–it’s like having the rug pulled out from under you.” And in a Globe and Mail profile of Edmonton-born Claire Weisz (pictured at left), the IfUD Board Member explained her focus on the public space design projects that have defined her career by explaining that she moved to New York “not to make stuff, but to make stuff happen.”

On the Books: Angotti, Balsley, Sennett, Steiner, & Wilks

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

There are two new titles out from Tom Angotti, including Service-Learning in Design and Planning, co-edited with Cheryl Doble and Paula Horrigan, and Accidental Warriors and Battlefield Myths, Angotti’s first collection of short stories; Richard Sennett’s Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Collaboration was excerpted in Salon, reviewed by the New Scientist, and called “a whirlwind of big ideas” by the Washington Post; Frederick Steiner’s latest, Urban Ecological Design, is now available at a bookstore near you; and Barbara Wilks‘ West Harlem Piers Park is featured in John Hill’s new Guide to Contemporary New York Architecture (Update: Hill’s guide also includes several recent works by Thomas Balsley!)

Fellows in the News: Angotti, Arad, Gardner, Hausman, Holl, Jaklitsch, Lancaster, Mayne, Pasquarelli, Pollak, & Wakeman

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Wall Street Journal spoke to Tom Angotti about the Bloomberg-era evolution of zoning in New York City, and published a wonderful profile of Michael Arad; Architect talked to Board Member Tami Hausman about how architecture firms can (and should) use social media strategically; Luca Farinelli’s 53 Questions, 265 Answers” in Log 23 features interviews with Patron Steven Holl and Board Member Thom Mayne; the WSJ features Stephan Jaklitsch and Mark Gardner’s renovation of Marc Jacobs’ private Soho showroom; Patricia Lancaster expressed surprise at Related’s decision to hire a California contractor for the massive Hudson Yards project in Manhattan; Gregg Pasquarelli’s Pier 15 opened along Manhattan’s East River Waterfront Esplanade; Linda Pollak’s new Elmhurst Branch of the Queens Library, which is wrapping up construction, was featured on NY1; and Rosemary Wakeman was quoted in a Corpus Christi Caller-Times article about the relationship between streetscapes and civic pride.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: February 1-15, 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at St. Louis’ Washington University announced its spring lecture series, with Craig Dykers set to speak tonight (2/1), and visits from Gregg Pasquarelli and Richard Sennett scheduled for later this semester; Rob Rogers will speak about Rogers Marvel’s recent work (including President’s Park South, pictured at left) at the National Building Museum in Washington on 2/2; Denise Hoffman Brandt and Board Member Toni Griffin have organized a panel, Defining Cultural Landscapes, at CCNY on 2/3 (with opening remarks by Olympia Kazi); the Center for Architecture will host the panel Freedom of Assembly: Public Space Today Redux on 2/4, with Thomas Balsley, Rick Bell, Lance Jay Brown, and Susan Chin all participating (Brown will be back at the Center, with David Dixon, for a discussion about Climate Change on 2/17); Bruce Fowle will speak at the Center’s Active Design 201 on 2/7; Board Member Claire Weisz will speak in New York, also on 2/7, at the Studio-X panel Trash Tubes of the Future; Board Member Enrique Norten will give a talk at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach on 2/9; that same day, in New York, Ernie Hutton will moderate a discussion on the Miami21 zoning initiative; and a new exhibit at the National Academy, featuring work by Robert A.M. Stern, has just opened and will remain on view in New York through 4/29.

Quoth the Fellows: Angotti, Brunzema, & Sassen

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In a Crain’s New York article about growth patterns in Brooklyn over the past decade, Tom Angotti did not mince words, stating that “The development has been very uneven and unequal. Instead of the vibrant city that was more diverse, it’s becoming a city of separate enclaves.” Speaking in her official capacity as the chair of the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association’s planning committee, Meta Brunzema cheered Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to tear down the Javits Center: “I hate to say it, but [Hudson River Park's] really inadequate around here and everyone knows it. The Javits Center is an obstacle to it really becoming a great park.” And Saskia Sassen, in an Artforum piece on the sociopolitical conditions that led up to OWS (pictured at left), writes that “The Occupy movements are emergent assemblages of fragments of various national (and global) territories. Their reclamation of public space is also a response to the increasingly palpable insufficiency of the logic of the nation-state.”

Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Gans, Griffin, Guiney, Mayne, Norten, Rogers, Wakeman, & Willis

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Deborah Gans‘ new rose window for the Museum at Eldridge Street, designed in collaboration with artist Kiki Smith (and pictured at left), received a 2011 Faith & Form award from the IFRAA Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture; the Land Art Generator Initiative design competition announced its kickoff, with Executive Director Anne Guiney on the jury (deadline: 7/1/12); recipients of the 2012 AIA Honor Awards were announced–among the winners are Rob Rogers and Board Members Toni Griffin, Thom Mayne, and Enrique Norten; Rosemary Wakeman was awarded a EURIAS Senior Fellowship, and will spend the next academic year at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies completing her book on the New Town Movement; Womens’ E-News will honor Beverly Willis as one of their 21 Leaders for the 21st Century at a gala reception this May.

Quoth the Fellows: Balsley, Greenberg, & Sennett

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

One of the most prolific designers of Privately-Owned Public Spaces (POPS), Thomas Balsley (pictured at left), came out in support of these small-scale but recently-high-profile places in the New York Observer, voicing a hope that POPS will not be the ‘scapegoat’ of the reaction to the Occupy movement: “The fact that a tiny POPS park was made to act in lieu of a dedicated civic forum for popular protest should serve to remind all of us of NYC’s greater obligation to create a new and more innovative kind of public space to do what POPS can’t.”  At the Downtown X-posed symposium in Edmonton, Ken Greenberg made a case for universities as anchor institutions in urban revitalization efforts in his keynote address, stating plainly that “Educational institutions are key city builders.” And in a BBC Radio segment with artist Andrew Gormley on public space and public art, Richard Sennett argued that “The really exciting things that we can do with public art are not monumental…There are lots of small-scale places that need our attention. Grandeur is not what we want in our cities today.” (See also: SFGate has an excerpt from Richard’s forthcoming book Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Collaboration).