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2014 Honors and Awards Luncheon


11:30 AM - 2:00 PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23

Cipriani Wall Street

Celebrate design excellence at AIA New York's Honors and Awards Luncheon, to be held April 23, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Luncheon will celebrate the recipients of the 2014 AIA New York Design Awards, Medal of Honor, Award of Merit, and Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award. In addition to honoring the award winners, the Luncheon will serve as an important fundraiser for the AIA New York Chapter and our ongoing mission to show that design matters.


Medal of Honor
Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA
Robert Venturi, FAIA, Int. FRIBA

Award of Merit
David Burney, FAIA

Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award
Susan S. Szenasy, Hon. AIA NY Chapter

2014 Design Awards
Click here to view the full list of 2014 Design Awards Winners

Keynote Address
Hon. Shaun Donovan, Hon. AIA NY Chapter, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

11:30am - Reception
12:30pm - Luncheon Program

Individual tickets: $400
Tables: $3,500 - $25,000
Please see the reservation form for more details.

> via AIA New York Center For Architecture

Architects Remember the ’64-65 World’s Fair


Image courtesy Alexander Gorlin//Architect Alexander Gorlin's drawings of the 1964-65 World's Fair showed early promise. Here, the Unisphere, a 12-story high, stainless steel globe in Queens, New York's Corona Park.
Fifty years ago, designers-to-be were inspired by architecture's possibilities when they saw the fantastical pavilions in Queens, New York.
Fifty years ago this month, an architectural wonderland opened in Queens, New York-the 1964-65 World’s Fair that Robert Moses created to bring millions of visitors to Flushing Meadows and raise money to build a permanent park there. Unlike several earlier fairs, notably the 1893 Chicago exposition, with its all-white neoclassical confections, Moses’s effort lacked an architectural through-line; 140 exhibitors did pretty much what they pleased. That meant the sprawling fair lacked visual coherence, but also that companies and countries competed to attract visitors, if not with high architecture than with garish architectural gimmickry, including bright colors, odd shapes, and novel materials.

Total Makeover: 5 Questions To Patrik Schumacher


Patrik Schumacher, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects

Here he argues for a total makeover of the built environment and wonders if Rem Koolhaas really understands Zaha Hadid’s work. But he also reiterates how he is intrigued by Rem’s Biennale approach and confirms that ZHA will participate. He was interviewed via email by anOtherArchitect, Daniel Dendra.

1a) Dear Patrik, you initiated an important discussion on the status of architecture on Facebook where you are very active. You take up the cudgels for contemporary architecture against a nostalgia for the twentieth century, for its debates and its ideologies. Again and again we hear that architecture critique is dead and the internet and social media is to blame.

Roam like a flaneur
PS: I love Facebook as much as I like urban spaces; both are multi-purpose spaces of simultaneity where many interactions take place – in view of each other – inviting participation. You can just observe like a voyeur, as well as draw attention to yourself, roam like a flaneur – seeing and being seen – provoke, debate, flirt, and be serious too. I feel the urge to share and discuss my thoughts and concerns and the feedback helps to reflect and guide further action.

I think urbanism, architecture and design were never as exciting and challenging as today; as cities mushroom into dense megacities and as our mobile devices set us free to roam the urban environment (rather than remaining locked behind our desktops). This new societal dynamic cannot be catered for by the urban and architectural recipes of the 20th century, nor can we flourish within this new world with the ideologies of the 20th century.

1b) But how can we lead a lively debate about contemporary buildings?

PS: By not only posting images but perhaps adding a phrase or two about why a certain building or design appeals to you; this is not always easy as our reactions are often intuitive. But I have acquired the habit of trying to understand which features and characteristics captivate my interest and induce my infatuation, and the next question is: should I love this design? How can I rationalize my preferences?


Interview:The Moriyama RAIC International Prize

In early April, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced a new prize. Awarded once every two years, The Moriyama RAIC International Prize will recognise a practice or individual for a single project or building completed in that time.Architecture awards are common, but what is su ...

Studio Egret West Is Recruiting…


Studio Egret West is recruiting. We have opportunities for Graduate Landscape Architects to work on a range of amazing projects.

Our growing portfolio of UK and European projects leads us to look for a dynamic, creative, focused and efficient graduate landscape architect to join our team. You will be expected to work on projects of all scales; projects may be landscape, architecture or urban design led.



W57 A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A VISIONThe Danish National TV station DR follows BIG's Courtscraper W57, a film that unfolds the vision and the creation of Manhattan's new 100,000 m2 skyscraper in New York. The first of three episodes is available now online. > via BIG ...

“Here is this street, here is this building”


Did you know that by 2018, the city will change almost 67,000 plates on buildings and will install over 10,000 informational signs? The recommendations for improving the capital’s address navigation system were developed by Art. Lebedev Studio together with the Main Architectural and Planning Office of the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow.

The new guide book developed for street navigation includes the colors, typefaces, recommendations for the use of pictograms, and layout principles, for house plates as well for city signs.

As is the case with all the elements of urban design code (street clocks for example), the Studio offered different approaches for building plates in pedestrian areas and the historic center, which is where there are the most tourist routes and the aesthetic requirements are particularly high, and a different approach for other areas of the city.


Longlist Announced for the 2014 Sobey Art Award

The Sobey Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce the longlist for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent contemporary art award. Each year the Sobey Art Award is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art ...

Oxford University Press Online Resources Free During National Library Week

The Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University (image via Wikipedia)In commemoration of National Library Week, Oxford University Press is making freely available the databases in its subscription-only online product catalogue. The offer, which runs through April 19th, includes access to the Grove Art onl ...

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