Fellows in the News

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Matt Blesso discussed Bushwick’s burgeoning real estate future in Metro New York; an Architectural Record article about Via Verde (pictured left) included comments by Lance Jay Brown, a founding member of the development’s steering committee; Brown, and the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee he co-chairs, was also featured in an Architect article about rising sea levels; Anthony Flint wrote about digital public art in Atlantic Cities; the Washington Post reviewed Daniel Libeskind’s exhibit at the Goethe Institut in Washington, DC; Engineering News-Record gave an in depth account of the structural engineering of the forthcoming Barclays Center designed by Gregg Pasquarelli’s SHoP Architects; Linda Pollak’s transformation of Queens Plaza was featured in the Wall Street Journal; Metropolis profiled Robert Rogers’ firm; Michael Stepner spoke to the U-T San Diego about planning lessons learned from teaching in Madrid.

Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012


stillspotting nyc, organized by David van der Leer and the Guggenheim, was offered last Saturday and Sunday in Staten Island; the “Civic Action” installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, including work by Mary Miss (pictured above), closed on Sunday; Kaja Kuhl hosts the last of this season’s workshops at her Phytoremediation Lab in the South Bronx on 8/11; an exhibit organized by Phil Enquist is on now through 8/31 at the Chicago River Museum, showcasing proposals for waterfront improvements along the river’s south branch.

Fellows’ Honors and Awards

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Richard Dattner’s firm won an Innovative Architecture and Design Award for its tennis center at Princeton University (pictured at left); the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat awarded its lifetime achievement honor to Helmut Jahn; “The Passage: A Moving Memorial” by Mary Miss won a Design Excellence Award from the City of New York; Ted Shelton was honored with an AIA National Small Projects award for his restoration and creation of the Ghost Houses in Knoxville, TN; Peter Walker won the 2012 ASLA Design Medal; Walker’s firm was also shortlisted to design the grounds for one of the world’s largest research facilities, to be built in Sweden.

Fellows in the News

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Wendy Feuer spoke to DNAinfo.com New York about NYC DOT’s public art projects (one pictured above); Board Member Tami Hausman wrote about the future of the AEC industry in Design Intelligence; a Hargreaves Associates team led by Mary Margaret Jones unveiled the final draft of its riverfront plan for Richmond, VA; Interior Design interviewed Daniel Libeskind about his foray into door design; Nina Rappaport spoke to Nate Berg of Atlantic Cities about her Vertical Urban Factory exhibit on now at MOCAD in Detroit.

Fellows’ New Projects

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Michael Arad designed a rooftop garden for the Earth School in Manhattan; a major new development in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood includes gardens by Thomas Balsley’s firm; SFMOMA announced that it will close for three years, beginning in June 2013, to make way for an expansion by Craig Dykers’ Snøhetta (pictured at left); the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, led by John Palmieri, approved two projects that could anchor new medical and arts districts in Atlantic City; Board Member Claire Weisz worked closely with Charles McKinney to design new water fountains for New York City parks, with the first one installed in Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park.

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’ New Projects

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

In an interview with New York, Craig Dykers outlined Snøhetta’s proposal for a revamped Times Square; Princeton University submitted plans for their new Arts and Transit project, with work by Patron Steven Holl, to the Regional Planning Board of Princeton; the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the development of a residential complex designed by David Manfredi (pictured above), one that will include micro-apartments, or so-called ‘innovation units’; Robert A.M. Stern will design a residential tower next to Hudson Yards.

Fellows’ New Projects

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Last week, it was announced that Deborah Berke will expand the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia and design a new 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, KY; Matt Blesso opened a luxury, eco-conscious hotel in Panama City; a new lab and office building designed by David Manfredi’s firm in Kendall Square celebrated its topping off; Linda Pollak’s firm designed the new Dutch Kills Green park at Queens Plaza (pictured at left), officially opened by Mayor Bloomberg on 4/4; a new Robert A.M. Stern building for Webster University opened in St. Louis; Peter Walker will develop the landscape for UT Dallas‘ Campus Enhancement Plan; a student center at Duke University will be designed by Andrew Whalley’s Grimshaw Architects; Barbara Wilks has been selected to renovate the Troy Riverfront Park on the Hudson in Troy, NY.

The Future of the New York Metropolitan Region

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

If you could change one thing about the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region, what would it be? The Regional Plan Association wants to know!  In anticipation of their 22nd Annual Regional Assembly on 4/27, the RPA has launched MindMixer, an interactive, online town hall forum. Head on over to the site, answer questions like ‘Are we building the right housing?‘ and win rewards. Check out how it works here, and share your ideas about making this region a better place to live, work, and play.

Quoth the Fellows

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In an article looking at the politics of New York’s MTA subway construction in The Indypendent, Tom Angotti commented, “from a long-term planning perspective, the only rationale is real estate development.” The most recent issue of MAS Context features an essay by Patron Denise Scott Brown, who writes that “America is far more different from Europe than most visiting Europeans realise. This is in part due to the emigrants’ search for a new world, which they defined as the counterform to the unsatisfactory old world.” As the New York Times examined the strange bedfellows of starchitecture and the recession, Board Member Enrique Norten opined, “Developers were not just looking for architecture brand, they were looking for any brand. Of course I love Mick Jagger, but does that make a good apartment?”  In a Times op-ed exploring architectural writing, Board Chair Michael Sorkin’s 1985 description of the Whitney Museum (pictured at left) – “to which are affixed the winning ‘eyebrow’ windows, apt symbols of museum going” – is lauded as an exemplary piece of criticism.