Quoth the Fellows: Angotti, Dykers, & Sauerbruch

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

In criticizing the methodology behind the Bloomberg administration’s PlaNYC sustainability plan, Tom Angotti explained his chief concern thusly: “It’s an accountants’ approach to the city, not a planners’ approach.” At the public debut of Snøhetta’s re-design of Times Square (pictured at left), Craig Dykers stated that his much-anticipated plan was “not taking its cues from some pretty little things in Europe or something. Our design has a film noir feel to it; it’s more muscular.” Speaking to the Globe and Mail in advance of his keynote address at IIDEX/NeoCon event in Toronto last week, ‘crusader for color’ Matthias Sauerbruch noted that color “is slowly, slowly coming back, as a way of tuning buildings, almost like you would tune an instrument–slightly shifting their appearance, their identity, their atmospheric quality.”

Fellows in the News: Angotti, Bell, Berman, Blaik, Ferebee, Flint, Hartmann, Holl, Pasquarelli, Rogers, & Safdie

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Tom Angotti criticized Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC for not focusing enough on providing affordable housing in the Gotham Gazette; The Epoch Times interviewed Rick Bell about how the economic recovery will affect the architectural profession; Inhabitat interviewed Matt Berman about workshop/apd’s GreeNOLA project; land-use advocacy organization The Fayette Alliance has launched a campaign to bring Omar Blaik to Lexington to help develop a plan for enhancing the relationship between that city and its anchor institutions; the New York Times plugged IfUD Founder Ann Ferebee’s new book, A History of Design form the Victorian Era to the Present; Anthony Flint wrote for The Angle about how bike-sharing could improve traffic in Boston; John Hartmann spoke to Brian Lehrer about his map for WNYC’s “New Littles” feature (pictured at left), popped up in an Architect profile of the non-profit SUPERFRONT, and launched a new Kickstarter fundraising initiative for his +FARM project; a+t released a new book on mixed use hybrid buildings with a preface written by Patron Steven Holl; Gregg Pasquarelli talked to Architect about the launch of SHoP Construction, while Paul Goldberger reviewed the firm’s newly-opened East River Esplanade in the New Yorker; Christopher Hawthorne reviewed Rob Rogers’ firm Rogers Marvel’s winning proposal for the redesign of Washington DC’s Ellipse; and Moshe Safdie was announced as the architect for Bishan Central, a planned 540-unit residential skyscraper in Singapore.

Fellows’ Events & Exhibits: July 15-31, 2011

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Our friends at the Design Trust for Public Space will host one of their Public Space Potlucks at Barbara Wilks‘ Harlem Piers Park on 7/20 (pictured at left); Craig Dykers will participate in the Forum for Urban Design’s Next Urbanism discussion at Scandanavia House on 7/27; Ernie Hutton will moderate a panel on PlaNYC at the Center for Architecture on 7/29; and an exhibit of AIA Connecticut’s Design Awards winners, including work by Herbert Newman, will be on view in Clinton through 7/31.

Fellows in the News: Angotti, Baldwin, Berman, Fisher, Flint, Greenberg, Jahn, Kelley, Libeskind, & Stepner

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Civic watchdog Tom Angotti reviews the latest changes to the Bloomberg administration’s PlaNYC 2030 in the Gotham Gazette; Greg Baldwin sat on the jury for the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award; DesignShuffle visited a “whimsical” Nantucket home designed by Matt Berman; you can watch Ken Fisher interview Junior Achievement of New York director Joseph Peri on the latest episode of CUNY-TV’s Citywide; Anthony Flint argued for a re-write of Massachusetts’ state zoning law on Boston.com; the initial reviews of Ken Greenberg’s book Walking Home could generally be described as “glowing,” with the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and Treehugger all sounding off; the Tribune’s Blair Kamin reviews Helmut Jahn’s just-opened Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago (pictured at left); NYC’s Village Alliance, led by Fellow William Kelley, is undertaking a detailed survey of local residents and merchants to revive West 8th Street; Daniel Libeskind just finished an addition to  his first completed project, the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Austria; and Michael Stepner spoke to the Voice of San Diego about the streamlining of that city’s charter.

Quoth the Fellows: Fowle, Kerr, & Sheffer

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Said Bruce Fowle, president-elect of the National Academy Museum and School, on the recovery and re-opening of that once-threatened institution: “The doors are reopening on a whole other world there;” in a recent article on the many ways in which New York City is attempting to become a cleaner and greener place, AM New York spoke with Laurie Kerr (pictured at left), who noted that “Buildings have an enormous impact on the environment; building codes should reflect that;” and speaking of her involvement in the aforementioned Riverside Center project in The Villager, Ethel Sheffer noted that it was getting involved with her Community Board that led her to become a professional planner: “You have to become citizen experts.”

New York City Council Testimony

Friday, June 26th, 2009

greener_greater_buildingsInstitute executive director Olympia Kazi testified in front of the New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee about the package of four bills that mandate energy efficiency upgrades for a great part of the existing NYC building stock. Kazi’s testimony included comments from the third fellows’ Breakfast Club that focused on the Greener Greater Buildings Plan initiative of PlaNYC. The implementation of this plan depends upon the passage of those bills. You may download the [PDF] of the testimony.

New York 2030: Plans, Visions and Reality, Moscow, Russia

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Cca_russ_Institute executive director Olympia Kazi lectured about the latest urban developments in New York and PlaNYC at the C:CA / Center of Contemporary Architecture in Moscow. See the full lecture online at Vimeo.

ECOWEEK 2009 Empowering Youth: Ecology + Leadership + Architecture, Athens, Greece

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

img154255442A speaker at ECOWEEK 2009, Institute executive director Olympia Kazi talked about PlaNYC and the Institute’s New York 2030 research.  More

The New York 2030 Notebook, Urban Center, New York

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008


Urban Center Books hosted a launch of The New York 2030 Notebook. Institute fellows and the board members Enrique Norten and Michael Sorkin joined the editors and many of the Notebook contributors for a toast and a discussion about Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, the basis for the publication.

NEW YORK \ 2030, The Cooper Union Great Hall, New York

Saturday, November 17th, 2007


The Institute hosted the NEW YORK \ 2030 symposium at the Great Hall of The Cooper Union. Changing the Institute tradition of fellows-only symposiums, we hosted a very succesful public day-long event with the authors of PlaNYC and a panel of experts who discussed Mayor Bloomberg’s plans for a more sustainable New York City by 2030.  More