Quoth the Fellows

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Ken Greenberg spoke at a conference in Hamilton, Ontario about changing transportation habits, stating “Autopia has started to collapse. The new North American dream is about being able to walk to work.” Board Member Toni Griffin (pictured above) discussed the launch of the new J. Max Bond Center for Design on the Just City with Architectural Record, and articulated her goal for the Center as “My long-term vision is to create an academy that raises design awareness among youth of color. As we devise interventions that move toward the “just city”–if we define the just city as being inclusive and equally accessible–then architects must reflect that approach.” In a USA Today article about the Millennial generation of workers, Patricia Lancaster commented, “Cities around the world are competing to become creative digital lifestyle centers…(Young workers) are into culture, parks, working closer to home, having dogs in the office.”

Quoth the Fellows

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

At the first annual Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum, Patricia Lancaster spoke on a panel about infrastructure and public policy. She warned that, “In order for the U.S. to stay competitive, we have to deal with our infrastructure. It has to get sexier because it needs to get funded.” In an interview about multiculturalism and community with The Guardian’s Andrew Anthony, Richard Sennett (pictured at left) argued that “Workplace communities are getting weaker and weaker. Modern capitalism doesn’t encourage much interaction because it’s highly stratifying.” Speaking about the massive ‘Barangaroo’ park in Sydney, Peter Walker said ”We tried to make the landscape itself a playground.”

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.

Quoth the Fellows: Dykers & Lancaster

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Dwell sat down with Craig Dykers to talk about Snøhetta’s design process for the expansion of SFMOMA. On the relationship of the new wing to the museum’s iconic Mario Botta-designed home, he explained that “I think the best way to say it is that we’re working with a dancing partner, and you have to be sure not to step on your partner’s feet.” And back in New York, Patricia Lancaster spoke to the Observer about the recently-announced plans for modular towers (pictured at left, and designed by Gregg Pasquarelli) to rise at Atlantic Yards, stating that “I think prefab is the wave of the future, and I think it will come to New York. The only question is when, and how much power the unions have to do something about it.”

Fellows in the News: Blesso, David, di Domenico, Dubbeldam, Flint, Gans, Ginsberg, Hoal, Lancaster, McKinney, Sorkin, Stepner, Strauss, Walker, & White

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The New York Times and WNYC both featured write-ups of last week’s Making Room symposium, which featured panelists Matt Blesso, Mark Ginsberg, and Mark Strauss, as well as the presentation of new work by Deborah Gans; Theo. David’s proposal for the redesign of the Old GSP Area in Nicosia (pictured at left) was featured on ArchDaily; John di Domenico’s firm has just opened a new DC office; work on Board Member Winka Dubbeldam’s Ports1961 flagship in Paris is just wrapping up; as the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities approaches, Anthony Flint reflects on the book’s legacy; John Hoal presented a draft plan for the reinvention of University City’s Parkview Gardens neighborhood, while construction on Chouteau Park, also designed by Hoal, got underway in nearby St. Louis; Patricia Lancaster joined NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate as a clinical professor; Charles McKinney spoke with DNAinfo.com about the NYC Parks Department’s selection of lanscape architect David Kamp for the design of a new city park, Sutton Place South; Norman Weinstein called Board President Michael Sorkin’s All Over the Map “a triumph of enlightened nay-saying and affirmation” in a review at ArchNewsNow; Michael Stepner published a letter in support of the San Diego Symphony’s plan to revamp their entrance and re-engage the street; KERA interviewed Peter Walker about “what makes a landscape a beautiful, pleasing, and functional space”; and work by Hank White is featured in the new book Shore Décor: Design at the Water’s Edge.

Fellow Patricia Lancaster Named a NYWA Star

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

At the New York Women’s Agenda’s recent 2010 Star Breakfast, Fellow Patricia Lancaster, president and CEO of the Lancaster Group and the first woman to ever serve as the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Buildings, was presented with an award honoring her leadership. Congratulations, Patricia!