Oculus - Spring 2012 - (Page 17)
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Small is the New Big
IANY’s 2012 focus on emerging talent will be highlighted throughout the year by exhibitions and programs built around the winners in the biennial New Practices New York (NPNY) and Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) competitions. So it seemed most fitting to start the year by spotlighting small practices – both established and up-and-coming. Considering the energy, resources, and time it takes before one can even consider opening an architecture practice, they’ve proven their mettle. Leading off is an in-depth look at the NYC Department of Design + Construction’s Design and Construction Excellence program that gives small firms the opportunity to tackle big city projects. Other firms are going further afield, finding work overseas and avoiding “New York City myopia.” Still others are thriving in a down economy by being nimble and innovative. We also catch up with two teams of small architecture and landscape architecture firms who are blurring the lines between the two disciplines, finding new ways to bridge the “architecture/landscape divide.” Last, but certainly not least, we explore how competitions offer experience and exposure – and sometimes even lead to work – for both veteran and emerging talent. In our regular departments, “One Block Over” meanders along Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile and finds myriad makeovers happening at a number of the city’s cultural treasures. “In Print” peruses the pages of The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age to uncover “a rich brew of insights, anecdotes, and ideas that can benefit anyone with a stake in the urban environment.” The Storefront for Art and Architecture, which helped launch Steven Holl, FAIA, when he was a young unknown, is the subject of “19-Year Watch.”
Editor anticipating pedal power when NYC Bike Share kicks into gear this summer.
Speaking of young unknowns, the winners of the 2012 NPNY portfolio competition were announced shortly before this issue went to press (see “Center Highlights,” pg. 19). The winners in ENYA’s The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections competition will have been announced by the time the magazine is being printed. This could prove to be a breakout year for any or all of them, and we plan to keep tabs on their progress. Where will the next generation of new talent come from? There’s a good chance a lot of these young architects are incubating their design skills through the Center for Architecture Foundation’s workshops at the Center and its Learning By Design:NY programs in classrooms throughout the city. We’ll keep tabs on them, too. Final thoughts: My personal and heartfelt thanks to Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, for her unstinting dedication over the last three years as AIANY director of publications, and as chair of the Oculus Committee in particular. Also thanks to Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, who is stepping down as editor of e-Oculus after six years to join the Board of Directors as associate director. It has been a joy to have both as colleagues. I’m looking forward to working with Guy Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, as Oculus Committee chair, and Benedict Clouette, who has joined AIANY staff as e-Oculus editor-in-chief. What a privilege and honor to serve with them all. And here’s a special shout-out to architecture critic and friend Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA, who was selected by the AIANY Honors Committee to receive the 2012 Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award at the AIANY Honors and Awards Luncheon on April 18. By all indications, the new year appears to be off to a good start!
Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA Kristen@ArchNewsNow.com
Small Firms Doing Big Things
Spring 2012 Oculus
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2012
Letter from the President: Invitation to the Future
A Word from the Editor - Small is the New Big
Center for Achitecture - Center Highlights
Museum Mile Makeover
Opener: Small, Agile Firms Succeed in Lean Times
Public Projects, Small Firms, Targeted Tactics
Small Firm Workplace: The Whole Wide World
Small Size, Big Thinking
Launch Pad to Success
The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age
Last Words - Smaller than a Breadbox
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Spring 2012
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