Oculus - Winter 2013 - (Page 13)
Architecture and the
hat defines our urban health? The experience of the built environment -
physically defined and inspired by great buildings - also needs safe and
walkable streets, clean air, beautiful parks and plazas, good shopping, enticing
meals, and reliable and pleasant transportation. This issue of Oculus is devoted to just that - design that enhances the joy of urban living for residents and
visitors alike. Focused on hospitality and tourism, it is upbeat and optimistic.
For some (but not all), 2013 has been, economically speaking, a better year
than others in recent memory. This was reflected in much-appreciated support
for the events that bring our industry together - such as the Heritage Ball and
AIANY Design Awards Luncheon - as well as in people's generosity of spirit,
enthusiasm for new ventures, and pride in civic achievements over the past decade. It is clear that New Yorkers recognize and value the importance of design.
At AIANY, 2013 was a year for discussion of serious issues of the day.
From risk and reconstruction to global competitiveness, from potentially
losing the American Folk Art Museum (an urban loss) to Hudson Yards (a
civic gain), from Michael Bloomberg to Bill de Blasio, the city is constantly
in flux. Throughout the year, we worked to position the architecture and
design community as a respected voice on civic issues: in our "A Platform for
the Future of the City" and "Post-Sandy Initiative" documents; in highlighting the Hudson Yards mega-project in our Breakthrough Gallery; and in our
many vibrant programs and exhibitions, including "Practical Utopias," which
brought the experience of 20 international firms working in the major financial centers of Asia to a New York audience.
This October we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Center for Architecture - a milestone that encouraged us to consider the impact we've had
during the decade. "This year we have captured an amazing series of events,
discussions, debates, and stories," one of our members recently wrote me,
citing record attendance, new committee collaborations, new faces, extensive
outreach, and media relationships that have signified a new level of critical
dialogue. For all these reasons I applaud AIANY members and thank the
leadership team led by Rick Bell, FAIA, and Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED
AP, and everyone at AIANY who has dedicated countless hours to making
our journey this year absolutely extraordinary. In particular, thanks to all who
participated in my effort to look beyond our borders to foster cross-cultural
dialogue about common issues of urban life around the globe.
Who knows where we'll be in the next 10 years? Together we'll continue to
bring outstanding programs and exhibitions to professional and public audiences, building bridges with an incoming administration of newly elected officials. I look forward to next year's presidency led by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA,
whose support and counsel went well beyond the role of president-elect, and
whose focus on public space will surely continue to lift our civic spirit in 2014!
Jill N. Lerner, FAIA
2013 President, AIA New York Chapter
The Fun Factor: Visitors + Vistas
LETTERS FROM TWO PRESIDENTS
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, and Jill N. Lerner, FAIA
he role of architecture in creating cultural
identity and building the civic realm has
always been my passion. Resilience has become
a primary focus since 9/11, and particularly with
increasingly frequent and devastating natural disasters. My 2014 AIANY Presidential Theme, Civic
Spirit: Civic Vision, will address these critical issues. We'll examine public space both at home and
abroad, learning lessons from each. And we'll look
at how architecture and resiliency are inseparable,
shaping occupancy and beneficial use.
I would like to thank Jill N. Lerner, FAIA, for
her leadership in 2013. She set a high standard.
I look forward to working closely with Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, Managing Director
Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP, and the truly
outstanding Center for Architecture staff. Together
with AIANY members and our professional colleagues, we'll continue to promote our resonant
"A Platform for the Future of the City," a detailed
30-point guide for municipal leaders. This firstever effort on the part of the Chapter was on view
at the Center for Architecture through the recent
citywide elections. We look forward to supporting
and advising Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration in meeting our shared goals.
As an ACSA Distinguished Professor at the
Spitzer School of Architecture and an AIA Fellow,
I am constantly aware that we are all students in
this world of accelerated change. In this spirit of
ongoing engagement, let's work together in 2014!
Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA
2014 President, AIA New York Chapter
Winter 2013 Oculus
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2013
First Words Letter from Two Presidents
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Designing – and Defi ning – a Moment in Time
Eat, Drink, and Wear the Brand
Architecture Tourism: New York City’s Waterfront – and Beyond
Development Does DUMBO
A Tale of Two Piers
Healing Buildings to Heal a City Once Again
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Winter 2013