Oculus - Winter 2011/2012 - (Page 11)
LETTER FROM TWO PRESIDENTS
Aliotta and Castillo take in the “Buildings = Energy” exhibition
One Busy Year Ends, Another Begins
his year the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture have been filled with energy, unprecedented activity, and, despite the stilllanguishing economy, optimism for the future. For the first time we celebrated the month of “Archtober,” with 35 collaborating organizations and museums. We also hosted our Big Sib colleagues from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, for discussions about the AIA’s national agenda regarding urban sustainability, active design, and accessibility. We’ve expanded our space to include an additional 1,200-square-foot adjacent storefront, which debuted in Archtober with “Smarter Living – The 2,000-Watt Society,” an exhibition from Switzerland that spotlighted energyreduction efforts in Western Europe. Closer to home, the presidential theme exhibition “Buildings = Energy” (on view through January 21, 2012) shows how good planning, siting, construction technology, design, and operations will enable New York to achieve significant energy- and carbon-emissions reduction. It was a big part of the “Design for a Change” theme that resonated through the activities of many Chapter volunteer committees this year. To fulfill our 2030 energy goals we’ve initiated two new training programs. “Cracking the Code” is a four-hour course, developed by AIANY and the Urban Green Council and funded by NYSERDA, to address energy code changes and benchmarking requirements important to architects across New York State. Locally, the AIANY Committee on the Environment collaborated with Seattle AIA+2030 and Architecture 2030 in developing “Sustainability by Design,” a five-session program that addresses, through case studies, conceptual analysis, and an energy modeling component, the issues that impact the practice of architecture. It has been a particular pleasure to work closely with New York-based national thought leaders Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, LEED AP, and Dennis Andrejko, FAIA, in developing the course. This year’s orientation to the future also encompassed the “Glimpses: New York/Amsterdam 2040” exhibition, in which young practitioners from
both cities envisioned the way people might live, eat, work, and move in the year 2040. It was extraordinary to hear similar discussions unfold both here at the Center and at our partner ARCAM, Amsterdam’s Architecture Center. Thinking locally but getting the word out globally also meant taking our energy message to Tokyo, where the triennial congress of the International Union of Architects took place in Rafael Viñoly Architects’ spectacular Tokyo International Forum. Participants from around the world discussed the future of cities, and were urged to get involved with planning and advocating for sustainable energy, infrastructure, and transportation development. With the United Nations’ prediction that two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050, we must invest in our future now. This issue of Oculus couldn’t be more important and timely: our design of buildings and systems does not stop at the property edge. I wish to thank the staff of the AIA New York Chapter, who dealt with a frenetic pace of activity, and my good friend and colleague, Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, who went well beyond the role of President-Elect to advance the advocacy, design excellence, and professional development causes that animate everything we do at the Center and the Chapter.
Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP 2011 President, AIA New York Chapter
It has been a privilege to work with Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, during her 2011 presidency, and to follow next year by focusing on the future of the profession with continuing commitment to innovative technologies and highperformance buildings. The 2012 theme “Future Now” will reinforce the concern we all share – that the profession, the city, and the world be transformed for the better by our members’ activities, advocacy, and projects. As Margaret has said, the Chapter’s success would not be possible without the hard work and creativity of the staff, including Executive Director Rick Bell, FAIA, and Managing Director Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, LEED AP.
Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP 2012 President, AIA New York Chapter
Up, Down, and Sideways
Winter 2011 Oculus
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Winter 2011/2012
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
From NIMBY to YIMBY
Complete Streets: If Only Mumford Had Lived to See This
Regional Transit: The Next Generation
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Winter 2011/2012
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