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We are Building
And if you think of Brick, for instance, and you say to Brick, “What do you want Brick?” And Brick says to you “I like an Arch.” Louis Kahn “And you,” the great Khan asked Polo, “you return from lands equally distant and you can tell me only the thoughts that come to a man who sits on his doorstep at evening to enjoy the cool air. What is the use, then, of all your traveling?” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, 1972 We are building / Bridges of compromise / We are building / Whispers of acceptance / We are building / Stacks of analyses / Between our worlds… Ana Popovic, from “Between our Worlds” in Still Making History, 2010 ples. The show will highlight small-scale based, interventions solutions that that make urban design communityand respond to limited resources with common sense and great design. Developed in conjunction with the India-China Institute of The New School, the Indo-American Arts Council, and the Society of Indo-
Last Words Rick Bell, FAIA Executive Director AIA New York Chapter
Bell in Red Square
American Engineers and Architects, the exhibition will present symposia, workshops, and films that portray numerous sites and solutions illustrating what the U.S. can learn from the Subcontinent. CHINA The expectations of ongoing cultural exchange developed in Rio extended to Shanghai, where Karen H. Lee, MD, MHSc, presented the Active Design Guidelines, developed by the NYC Departments of Health & Mental Hygiene and Design + Construction, in concert with AIANY. Dr. Lee wrote that “in some regards, cities across China had already implemented the precepts we had published about the relation of public health and design, and the importance of active living facilitated by design decisions including bike lanes, generous provision of parkland, and welldesigned and inviting buildings.” Previously, AIANY commissioned photographer Iwan Baan to document new work for our exhibition “Building China,” a show that accompanied the Danish Architecture Center’s prizewinning presentation addressing rapid urbanization and environmental challenges in China. KOREA In October 2008, the AIANY Design Awards represented New York City in a 10-metropolis exhibition held as part of the Seoul Design Olympiad at the Olympic Stadium along the Han River. Organized under the aegis of Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, the related conference brought together architects, planners, and industrial designers from around the world. AIANY’s presentation of award-winning New York architecture stood beside fashion design from Paris and Olympic concept design from Beijing, representing the best of what was happening in the design world. During the keynote addresses, New York architects, including Daniel Libeskind, AIA, presented projects being constructed all over the world that spoke to the importance of architecture and the power of design. Common to these interventions is the realization that, despite alphabet differences and travel distances, the design world is unified. Technology today changes Babel to Babylon, with green walls in Seoul being interchangeable with green roofs in SoHo. Not nomads but green globalists, architects today create communities that redefine the future. In the words of theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth.”
IA New York is building strategic alliances with colleagues in other countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and Korea, known at AIA National as BRICK.
BRAZIL In spring 2010, AIANY was represented at the World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro by Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA (2011 Chapter President), Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, James McCullar, FAIA, and Urs P. Gauchat, Hon. AIA. Castillo presented PlaNYC2030, the environmental plan of New York City, at a conference that included architects, city planners, and urban designers worldwide, accompanied by elected officials and heads of government planning agencies. The presentation reinforced anticipation about the 2011 exchange of New Practices with São Paolo, featuring seven NYC design firms: Archipelagos, EASTON+COMBS, LEONG LEONG, MANIFOLD, SOFTlab, SO-IL, and Tacklebox. An equivalent group of young Brazilian architects will have their work displayed at the AIANY Chapter’s Center for Architecture. RUSSIA “Made in New York: The Architecture of Social Responsibility” was AIANY’s exhibition at the Zodchestvo 2010 Architectural Festival in Moscow. Organized in collaboration with the Union of Architects of Russia, the show reprised “MADE IN NEW YORK,” the West 4th Street subway station exhibit of members’ work. It brought 30 of the 200 projects to Manezh, the State Exhibition Hall a block from Red Square. More than 50,000 conference attendees saw NY-designed schools, libraries, recreation centers, parks, and plazas. With assistance from Zodchestvo Festival Director Yuri Avvakumov, Festival Curator Egor Moscow exhibition was a corollary to Architecture Week in New York. INDIA “Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities” will open at the Center for Architecture in February 2011. The Hindi term jugaad is used to describe innovative, resourceful approaches that often challenge traditional spatial hierarchies and predetermined planning princiSolopov, and architects Anya Bokov and Vladimir Belogolovsky, the
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2010/2011
Oculus - Winter 2010/2011
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
So Says...Craig Dykers, AIA, LEED AP
How Cities Learn from Each Other
Why Isn’t Architecture a U.S. Export Priority?
When Small Firms Venture Abroad
Division of Labor
Out of Africa
Thinking Globally, Acting Humbly
Index to Advertisers
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