Oculus - Winter 2010/2011 - (Page 9)
A Word from the Editor
Kristen Richards, Hon. ASLA kristen@ArchNewsNow.com
Correction: In Oculus Fall 2010, the design of the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse pictured on pg. 26 should have been credited to Armand LeGardeur Architect as well as to Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
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nd what a world. Depending on who’s talking, we are/aren’t coming out from under a major recession. We are/aren’t taking climate change and energy independence seriously. We are/aren’t paying enough attention to our built and natural environments to support a burgeoning population. The list goes on and on. The only thing that’s clear, now more than ever, is that “we” no longer means just “us” within our own borders. Today, what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t stay in Las Vegas – or Shanghai or Mumbai or Sydney or New York City. Not that it ever really did – it’s just easier to get to “there” from “here,” sometimes without ever having to actually leave home. The last time Oculus explored NYC architects on the international scene was Fall 2003 with “New York as Global City.” The focus was on their processes, challenges, and rewards. Now we’re taking a much broader view. As James P. Cramer, Hon. AIA, Hon. IIDA, and Jane Gaboury point out in the Opener, “...firms taking a global tack in business development...will be moving into the front seats of our industry.” Cramer and Gaboury back this up with astounding statistics regarding projected non-U.S. billings for 2010, along with seven trends that “offer some strategic assistance” any firms already working or considering work abroad might want to take to heart. For the Big Picture, we examine one of the most significant global trends: how cities learn from each other, exchanging and adapting strategies – and architectural and planning talent Editor: Long distance, please – to make our buildings, public spaces, and infrastructure better. With business challenges galore, London-based Lucy Bullivant, Hon. FRIBA, offers a timely look at how other countries recognize the economic value of architectural services and support them as a valued export. (Architecture, after all, doesn’t need a passport.) By contrast, the U.S. does so little. Two features tackle what it takes for large and small firms to survive and thrive in the international market; another looks at the changing face of outsourcing. As case studies, we offer two NYC firms’ very different paths to winning infrastructure projects in China and India, and another two making very different headway in Africa. Still others are lending their skills (and hearts) to humanitarian projects abroad. Our regular departments are also internationally flavored. “So Says” catches a minute with Craig Dykers, AIA, LEED AP, cofounder of Oslo- and NYC-based Snøhetta, to talk about the differences between working here, there, and everywhere. “One Block Over” visits Flushing, Queens, a mélange of immigrant cultures that seems to thrive on chaos. “64-Year Watch” revisits the unprecedented international collaboration that went into building the United Nations headquarters. “Good Practices” offers Episode 8 of “Chronicles of Life in the Profession,” highlighting Three Existential Crises. “In Print+” gives four thumbs-ups to tomes by Kamin, Gatje, Clausen, and Sanderson that are, respectively, “vivid,” “delicious,” “highly relevant,” and “rare and magical.” And “Click Here” scopes out Citiscope.org, spearheaded by noted journalist Neal Peirce (one of the best at reporting on and analyzing urban issues) to “increase attention to world cities’ dramatic 21st century needs – and potentials.” Internationalized practice certainly offers pitfalls with its opportunities, but also reasons for optimism – even if we still have a ways to go before we truly are a small world after all. An important housekeeping note: I am very pleased to announce that AIANY and the Oculus Committee have selected Naylor as the new publisher of Oculus and e-Oculus. With its 40+ years of experience supporting the media needs of trade and professional associations, we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding collaboration. Beginning with this issue, you’ll see some changes in the magazine this year – including (drum roll, please!) a fully interactive digital edition!
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
Oculus - Winter 2010/2011