Oculus - Summer 2012 - (Page 19)
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Designing our Future
his issue’s theme is a celebration of our annual AIANY Design Awards and the inspired work of the award winners. Juror comments at the Design Awards’ Symposium in March gave insight to their selection process. One project in particular, The House on Chicken Feet: Fairy-Tale Architecture, garnered a number of remarks from the jurors: “This research project is a lyrical take on architecture…completely free in thought… developed in great detail…interesting rigor… wonderment of a fairy tale…amazing drawings.” Indeed, “amazing” is an apt description of many of the award-winning projects featured here, and I’d like to thank Oculus Editor-in-Chief Kristen Richards, Hon. AIA, Hon. ASLA, and Contributing Editors Linda G. Miller and Richard Staub for their painstaking efforts in putting together the text and graphics of this superb issue. It is gratifying to observe that a number of previous New Practices New York (NPNY) competition winners have won 2012 Design Awards less than a decade after the inception of NPNY. We hope that Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) competition winners will be featured in a future Design Awards issue, too. At this writing, NPNY and ENYA are busily working with exhibition designers to showcase the winners of their competitions: the “2012 New Practices New York” exhibition opens June 14, and ENYA’s “The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections” opens July 12. It is an exciting buildup to the exhibitions of the 2012 “FutureNow” theme. I’m especially pleased that ENYA will feature a “Next Generations” exhibit that will include the work of both StudioENYA students from the Center for Architecture Foundation’s K-12 program Learning by Design:NY, and highschool students from the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York.
The program brief for the ENYA Harlem Edge competition highlighted many advocacy policy issues that “FutureNow” explores. Key components are a food and nutrition education complex and a multimodal transportation hub. The program challenges emerging designers to partner with governmental and community organizations, positively impact a NYC community, inspire community activism, and provoke continued political discourse. The competition asked designers to examine public access to the waterfront, the introduction of urban agriculture to the community, creative programming to stimulate economic activity, and sustainability. The brief mirrors many of the advocacy policy issues that the Chapter is looking into, such as the Future of the City; Transportation & Infrastructure; Architecture & Public Health; Design and Aging; Sustainability/Energy; Parks/Open Space; and Waterfront Land Use. Our committees are studying issues that place AIANY at the forefront of policy debates with key decision-makers and stakeholders. One example is Design for the Rising Tide, a “freeboard” design charrette with more than 50 participants that developed creative responses to the challenges posed by rising water levels. It was held in March by the Design for Risk & Recovery Committee and the NYC Department of City Planning with the Mayor’s Office for Sustainability and Department of Buildings. Whether it is providing testimony at the City Planning Commission, City Council, Lobbying Commission, or Mayor’s Office, AIANY’s advocacy is robust in representing our members. We encourage you to learn more about our advocacy work as we improve our communications to you about our efforts on your behalf.
Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP 2012 President, AIA New York Chapter
2012 AIANY Design Awards
Summer 2012 Oculus
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Summer 2012
First Words Letter from the President
Center for Architecture
Last Words Letter from the Executive Director
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Summer 2012