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first words LETTER FROM THE EDITOR K&G Panic Graphics Designed for Change C ity, state, and federal authorities around the globe are jumping on the “green” bandwagon. Some are acting more quickly and comprehensively than others, but there’s no denying there is a major shift afoot as communities don ever-greener mantles. We are fortunate to live in a city that, for the past several years, has led the way. New York City agency publications, such as the High Performance Building Guidelines, Active Design Guidelines, and High Performance Landscape Guidelines (to name just a few), are showing up on bookshelves and hard drives in the offices of architects, planners, and building departments worldwide. Local leadership is by no means a one-way street, however (see “How Cities Learn from Each Other” in Oculus Winter 2010/11). If the AIANY Chapter’s theme for 2011 posits that “design for a change” means designing for increased sustainability, we must also ask: What is it we’re trying to sustain, exactly? How do we get beyond semantics, dueling green rating systems, and inevitable greenwashing? These are some of the questions posed to architects, a developer, an educator, and a city official in this issue’s Opener, “A Critique of Pure Sustainability.” Not surprisingly, there are no easy answers, but at least their responses are couched in cautious optimism. It is with great optimism that we present three case studies of green architecture spanning two centuries. A gloriously Gothic 1907 school building facing demolition-by-neglect has been rescued and reborn as the PS90 Condominiums, featuring energy-efficient, loft-like apartments (including affordable housing) and a permanent home for Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute. When a deteriorating, energy hog of a Mid-Century Modern federal building in Newark, NJ, emerges from its construction cocoon in 2015, it should glint LEED Silver, focused on advanced energy efficiency. The Syracuse Editor dreaming of change: from winter to spring. Center for Excellence, a high-tech, LEED Platinum playground for teams of university researchers and design and manufacturing professionals, is on the very serious hunt for solutions to energy needs of the 21st century – and beyond. Also looking to their own sustainable future (and beyond) are the two New York student teams vying to win the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon with entries that offer winning solutions for big cities, not just greenfields. We also focus on stringent new codes that encourage ever-more fruitful collaborations between architectural and lighting design professionals and industries. Speaking of codes, NYC’s new energy laws are now among the strictest in the U.S. We asked an architect to explain what some of the major challenges will be – and how they are actually a great opportunity for architects to expand their services to clients. In our regular departments, “One Block Over” visits Chinatown, “where change is a constant.” And small victories are celebrated in “Good Practices.” This issue of Oculus has been designed for change on its way to sustaining its own future. The most notable change: a fresh look to our pages, devised by the very creative Jessica Wyman of Wyman Projects. In addition, you’ll note a slightly reduced page count; as the industry rebounds, so too will our pages. In the meantime, “So Says…” interviews and “In Print” book reviews will have a new home online. The AIANY Chapter and Naylor, now the publisher of Oculus and e-Oculus, are committed to creating an ever-richer communication platform for Chapter members, industry professionals, and all who care about our built environment. Change is good. It’s not always easy – but it is worth it. Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA Kristen@ArchNewsNow.com Design for a Change: Buildings, People, Energy Spring 2011 Oculus 13 http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/ARCQ0111/index.php#/20 http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/ARCQ0111/index.php#/20

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2011

Oculus - Spring 2011
First Words
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: A Critique of Pure Sustainability
Testing Green Ideas
New Life for a Boomer Building
School Back in Session After 30-Year Recess
It Takes More Than a Village
Shedding Light
What Every Architect Should Know About NYC’s New Energy Laws
Good Practices
44-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

Oculus - Spring 2011