Quoth the Fellows

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Susan Chin spoke to Metropolis about the Design Trust for Public Space’s new Five Borough Farm initiative (pictured at left), saying “Along the way we learned that urban agriculture is about much more than food. It’s about teaching kids where carrots come from, providing leadership skills and job-training to high-school students, capturing storm water and food waste for compost, and bringing neighbors together to transform underutilized land into vibrant public space.”  For a Huffington Post piece examining the spatial backdrop of the Aurora shooting, Board Chair Michael Sorkin commented, “Malls are repressive spaces. They have distorted the nature of the way in which one is able to participate in the life of a city as a citizen.” In an article about the lack of connection between new buildings and the city’s environment, the Vancouver Sun quoted Robert A.M. Stern’s recent warning, “We need to be ever suspicious of trends masquerading as ideas.”

Quoth the Fellows

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Speaking at the Center for ArchitectureSusan Chin (left) encouraged women to recognize skill sets within others, urging “It is important to look beyond oneself. People always ask, ‘what does the AIA do for me’? But it’s not about you; it’s about driving business to architects.” In a Toronto Star article about neighborhood improvement methods,  Ken Greenberg cautioned, “It makes no sense to be building extremely high density where you don’t have transit, or a real plan to get transit. Saying that you’re just going to put the density there and transit may or may not appear someday is not good enough.” Coming off of the Rio+20 Conference, Board Member Saskia Sassen wrote an article for Newsroom Panama about the power of cities – as opposed to the nation state – to make environmental change. “Unlike nation states, city mayors from diverse countries are able to have productive discussions about environmental sustainability without being bogged down by national interests…In part, that’s because it is in cities that many of the global environmental challenges become tangible and urgent.”

Fellows’ Honors and Awards

Monday, June 11th, 2012

At the AIA National Convention, Susan Chin was elected to the national AIA Vice Presidency, Patron Steven Holl won the AIA Gold Medal, and the firms of Board Member Thom Mayne and Robert Rogers won Honor Awards; the New York chapter of ASLA announced their Design Awards, with Thomas Balsley’s firm taking home four awards, and the firms of Michael Manfredi, Barbara Wilks, and Henry White each receiving one; the Graham Foundation announced their 2012 Grants to Individuals, with Nina Rappaport and June Williamson both receiving awards to support their respective publications about photographer Ezra Stoller and designing suburban futures; Phil Enquist will be honored with Openlands’ 2012 Conservation Leadership Award at a luncheon in October; Matthew Berman’s workshop/apd won a Building Brooklyn award for their BLDG 92 at the Navy Yard (pictured at left); the Society for Marketing Professional Services awarded Board Member Claire Weisz’s studio with an Industry Award for their Battery SeaGlass Carousel.

Fellows’ Events and Exhibits

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Tonight in Los Angeles, Board Member Thom Mayne will be at the Hammer Museum to discuss Culture Now, a new research organization designed to connect academic work to real-world practice; in New York, Mary Miss urges everyone to attend a Hunter College panel discussion with art critics about her Broadway: 1000 Steps project (pictured at left); in Bern, Matthias Sauerbruch will give a lecture at the Architektur Forum; on Wednesday, OHNY hosts their 10th Annual Benefit at Claremont Stables, with Stephan Jaklitsch serving as event co-chair; Susan Chin will discuss women in leadership at the Center for Architecture on 6/8; Meta Brunzema will serve as featured guide as the AIA NY “Around Manhattan” architectural boat tour series continues on 6/10; the Fine Arts Federation of New York, for which Olympia Kazi serves on the Board, holds their Annual Meeting at Van Alen on 6/12 with Carol Coletta as a featured speaker; on 6/13, the AIA NY will hold their 145th Annual Meeting, where Lance Jay Brown is slated as 2013 First Vice President/2014 President-Elect.

Fellows in the News

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Rick Bell appeared on NBC New York’s Nonstop to discuss the Center for Architecture’s exhibits about Middle Eastern architecture; Bell also traveled to Albany with Susan Chin for Architects in Albany Lobby Day at the state capital; Bauwelt magazine featured an article about Richard Dattner and Andrew Whalley’s Via Verde affordable housing project; David Dixon presented more details about Goody Clancy’s master plan for the redevelopment of downtown Sandy Spring, GA to 200 local residents and stakeholders; in an article on the Atlantic Cities, Anthony Flint questioned the longevity of the new urbanism movement; Julie Iovine wrote about Board Member Toni Griffin’s new J. Max Bond Center in Architect’s Newspaper; Vitamin Green, a new book out from Phaidon about ‘eco-inventions,’ features work by Patron Steven Holl; Kaja Kuhl’s Phytoremediation project (pictured below) was featured in Urban Omnibus; John Palmieri spoke to the Washington Post about his Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s plans for Atlantic City.

Fellows in the News

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Weighing in on the Loci Architecture blog about the contentious debate regarding NYU’s expansion in Greenwich Village, David Briggs questions if new buildings could strike a balance with the existing community; in the latest issue of The Architect’s Newspaper, Jeff Byles profiles Meta Brunzema’s “Building Exhibition Hudson Valley/Erie Canal” project; Susan Chin wrote an op-ed for the New York Observer about the Design Trust for Public Space’s collaboration on the “Taxi of Tomorrow”; also in Design Trust news, the organization’s “Made in Midtown” project is featured in the newly released book, Designing for Social Change; an HOK team led by Ken Drucker is a finalist to design the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY-Buffalo; work done for Marc Jacobs by Mark Gardner and Stephan Jaklitsch’s firm is profiled in Interior Design (pictured above); Laurie Kerr discussed cutting building energy use for an article by the Urban Land Institute; Lebbeus Woods published an extensive transcript of his conversation with Board Member Thom Mayne; Mercedes House, a new residential building by Board Member Enrique Norten, was profiled in The Real Deal; Grahame Shane wrote an article in Bauwelt magazine about restoring the urban dream through affordable housing; Don Stastny oversaw a competition to redesign Austin’s downtown Waller Creek, with Robert Rogers’ firm coming in as a finalist.

Fellows in the News

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The latest issue of Architect magazine includes a feature on Sara Caples’ modernization of the Queens Theatre in Flushing, NY (pictured at left); New York’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” was unveiled two weeks ago, a project on which Susan Chin’s Design Trust for Public Space collaborated extensively over the past seven years; Ken Fisher interviewed New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright of Harlem for the latest installment of his CityWide talk show; as Fenway Park turns 100, Anthony Flint writes about historic preservation in The Atlantic Cities; in an op-ed in the Toronto Star, Ken Greenberg contemplates the future of the city’s waterfront; work by Mary Miss is included in the new book, The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency; the Observer profiles Board Member Claire Weiszs renovation of the Drawing Center; Andrew Whalley’s Grimshaw Architects have been chosen as finalists to design a new medical school at SUNY Buffalo.

Fellows’ Awards & Competitions: Chin, Cooper, Durst, Holl, & Rogers

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The AIANY chapter selected the winners of its 2012 Institute Honor Awards, with Susan Chin taking home a Matthew W. Del Gaudio Service Award, and Rob Rogers‘ firm Rogers Marvel (which recently unveiled plans for Brooklyn’s new Columbia Street Waterfront Park) being named Firm of the Year; the Architect’s Newspaper’s annual Inner Circle round-up of the ‘best of the East Coast’ includes David Cooper’s WSP Flack + Kurtz as one of the best MEP firms; REBNY announced Douglas Durst as the recipient of this year’s Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate award; and Patron Steven Holl is on the jury for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s design competition for a temporary pavilion on the grounds near Holl’s Bloch Building addition (pictured at left)

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: Interview Edition

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

We’ve seen so many wonderful interviews with Fellows in the past couple of weeks; in lieu of pulling just a couple of quotes this time around, we recommend that you take a look at these recent interviews with Susan Chin (pictured at left) in Metropolis and the New York Observer, Board Member Winka Dubbeldam in Lookbooks, Daniel Libeskind in Time Out Hong Kong, John Portman in the New York Times, and Moshe Safdie on PBS’s Newshour. And to catch a Fellow on the other side of the table, don’t miss Ken Fisher interviewing political consultant Joseph Mercurio on the latest episode of his Citywide program on CUNY-TV.