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first words LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Ivory Towers Get Street Smarts ┬ęCamila Schaulsohn "I Editor has high hopes for the future at the Center for Architecture's "Building Connections 2015" exhibition filled with inspired creations by K-12 students in the Center's Learning By Design:NY and Programs@ theCenter residencies and studios. Institutional Shifts 'll meet you on the quad," a fellow aspiring theater director said. The what? my then almost 17-year-old self pondered as we wandered the grand and hallowed halls of Henry Hornbostel's 1916 Renaissance Revival palace that is Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts, looking for our assigned interview/audition rooms. My college-campus experience up to that point had been trips to Manhattan with my mother to attend performances and exhibitions at NYU and the New School for Social Research (as it was known then). Nary a Hornbostel in sight, let alone a "quad." Only bustling sidewalks, honking taxis - the city. For awhile, I enjoyed quad life on the bucolic Carnegie Mellon campus in the genteel Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We freshmen were advised to stay away from downtown unless it was necessary. But I grew restless. I wanted busy sidewalks and taxis honking - and to see people who didn't all look like me. I tried to find downtown; it wasn't there. Even the waterfront was off-limits - by law. Pittsburgh was the Detroit of that era. I returned to New York City for the summer and was offered a job as assistant to the director of a Broadway show (a lowly position, but a Broadway show!). So the city became my university. I got my busy sidewalks and honking taxis. (And Pittsburgh, I'm happy to report, has made its own comeback over the years.) This is why this issue is so special to me. Our main focus is on higher-ed and research institutions (often the same). Those with classic quad campuses and ye olde ivy-covered walls are expanding into and rebuilding neighborhoods. Those with urban, on-the-street campuses are growing by constructing new or adaptively reusing perfectly sound but aged buildings. All are making efforts to reach out to - and be a part of - their neighborhoods. Does everything score an A+? Perhaps not on everyone's scorecard. But almost all are once-insular institutions at least trying to walk the sustainability talk that includes community. A panelist at the SMPS-NY's 2016 Principal's Breakfast: Real Estate & Construction Market Forecast in January put forth a jaw-dropping statistic: the college/grad school student population in NYC is larger than the entire population of Boston. I fact-checked. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, there are 670,093 students enrolled in NYC's institutions of higher learning. The population of Boston is 655,884. Perhaps more eye-opening: there are more than double the number of student-citizens in our city than the entire population of Pittsburgh (306,045). What's important to remember is that it's not only the institutions that make communities. It's their constituents who want to be a part of the rich urban experience this city offers. Any institution that doesn't take that lesson to heart will not make the grade. I am particularly heartened by the many design schools whose outreach has nothing to do with facilities, but are nurturing minds to think beyond a building, as reported in our feature "Social Innovation by Design." And, though a healthcare center for union members might seem an anomaly for this issue, one institution is building not a squat, self-contained, union-members-only edifice, but a graceful tower that will contribute to its BAM Arts District neighbors. In our regular departments, "One Block Over" visits Queens Plaza, a once-desolate patch of parking lots, now a swath of green that people actually enjoy. "In Print" gives a thumbs-up to Sancho Pou's Function Follows Strategy: Architects' Strategies from the Fifties to the Present, and Slow Manifesto, a compilation of Lebbeus Woods' beloved blog entries. Andrew Carnegie's "book palaces" for the New York Public Library system is the focus of "117-Year Watch," a fitting closing for this issue. On a different topic: I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Ben Prosky. We have worked together for many years in his different capacities at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Columbia and Harvard Universities. I look forward to working with him - side-by-side - in his new role as executive director of AIA New York and the Center for Architecture! Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA kristen@ArchNewsNow.com Spring 2016 Oculus 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2016 Institutional Shifts

Letter from the President
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The Intersection of Technology and Walkability
The Challenges of Expansion
A Win-Win at Rockefeller University
Course Requirements
1,087 Windows (and a Unique Focus) on the City
Tech Time
Playing a New Tune
A More Perfect Union
Social Innovation by Design
In Print
117-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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