Oculus - Spring 2013 - (Page 15)

first words ©Mary Beth Edelman Photography LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Going Global y first few months as president of AIA New York have been intense – packed with the incredible range and variety of activities spearheaded by our Chapter. Twenty-seven AIANY committees orchestrate their programs from the Center for Architecture. Our evening speakers regularly draw crowds of 200, children use the space during the day for classes, post-Sandy training sessions for architects and task force initiatives are convened, and international leaders coming to New York meet with us regularly in a vigorous exchange of ideas. We are fortunate to have members who participate in so many ways, with such commitment and energy. This year, our 10th anniversary at the Center, we see daily evidence of the value of having a home – a space to gather, exhibit, learn, and teach. The Center has become a place to discuss the civic issues that define the future of our city, aligning with our mission to promote design, advocacy, and professional development. The impact of the Center continues to grow, but we cannot rest on our laurels. With a vibrant Center for Architecture we continue to expand our “big tent,” involving industry professionals from practice, academia, and government to promote communication and improve design quality. The theme shaping this year’s activities is “Global City/Global Practice.” Why now? This year’s schedule of exhibits and programs at the Center will be largely devoted to examining the cultural exchange inherent in global practice. As business, education, science, and technology have become increasingly global, architects have traveled as well, inventing new building technologies, developing new paradigms for transit-oriented development, and creating the symbols of developing cities. New York architects come back with the lessons learned from working in new and challenging environments; combined with the diverse, international design community that has chosen to practice in New York, these experiences contribute to a richer dialogue at home. As Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated, our goal is to make New York’s economy “the global capital of innovation for the 21st century.” M Global Exchange Based on research by the New York Building Congress, 2012 has yielded billions of dollars in revenues from international work to New York City, through design and construction services. This is a significant number, translating to jobs and a stronger New York. Consistent with the theme, the current issue of Oculus highlights international projects of varying types and sizes. AIANY strives to serve its members, which range from sole practitioners to major international practices. We have a strong commitment to continue to expand our advocacy efforts at city, state, and federal levels. Over the past few years our voice has become stronger and more effective, as lawmakers look to the architectural community to provide leadership in sustainability, disaster recovery, resilient design, crafting new codes, providing input on zoning initiatives, and streamlining and coordinating the review process. As the 2013 mayoral campaign gears up, we, too, have been developing a platform of key issues we would like to see addressed, crafted with the input of many AIANY committee leaders and other experts in important issue areas. We have put forth our ideas to the mayoral candidates and the Chapter membership, and we look forward to your feedback. It is an ongoing effort to build upon the strong relationships fostered over many years with the NYC Departments of Buildings, City Planning, Design + Construction, Health, and other city agencies, developing and expanding upon the achievements of past Chapter Presidents Margaret O. Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, Joseph J. Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, and others as we consider how architects can aid the city in envisioning the best future for us all. I salute the hard work and dedication of the members and committees of AIANY, and the farreaching vision of our design leadership. I am truly honored to be leading this Chapter in 2013, and look forward to your input and participation, and to a fruitful global dialogue. Jill N. Lerner, FAIA 2013 President, AIA New York Chapter Spring 2013 Oculus 15 http://www.aiany.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2013

First Words
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Sandy’s Watery Wake-up Call
Global Waterfronts: Green Growth, Great Rivers, and Port Cities
Civics in a Shaky Paradise
Where Nature Meets Modernity
Green Retail in the Sky: Hong Kong’s Hysan Place
Flows and Ripples: Shanghai Cultural Square
In Print
49-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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