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first words LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT ©Jordan Matter Photography New Views of New York W elcome to Archtober, the first-ever monthlong celebration of architecture and design in New York City! The festival is launched at the same time as the opening of the presidentialtheme exhibition “Buildings=Energy,” which highlights innovative environmental theory and practice in our city. These two events are taking shape during a very exciting time for the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture: As we go to press with this issue of Oculus, the Chapter has announced it is expanding into the adjacent storefront at 532 LaGuardia Place, in the heart of historic Greenwich Village, where the Center continues to pay tribute to both the iconic past and bright future of New York architecture and design. Sustainability is not just a buzzword for me, but a central idea to which AIANY is committed. It encompasses many aspects of the future of architecture and design, and is increasingly about our efforts and the precious resources of our world. While it is a focus of sustainability, energy is not only something we consume. As architects and designers, we create an intangible energy within the built environment, corresponding directly to interiors, the focus of this issue of Oculus. No city in the world outpaces the energy created by the physical environment in our frenetic, energetic New York City. As we hope you’ll see throughout Archtober’s programs, the interiors of our most innovative, contemporary buildings are just as dynamic as their exterior geometries. The interior environment has received heightened attention from AIANY members during the past several years of economic distress. The realities of lost financing and downsizing across the spectrum of our industry have provoked creative responses from architects when little or nothing is being built. Our profession has responded to the challenge by finding innovative ways of renovating existing structures. We have made our city a leader in sustainable design by focusing on how to do more with what is here. In fact, the new NYC energy code calls for treating existing buildings as if they were new construction, making interior fit-out all the more important as an environmental tool for carbon reduction. Archtober events highlight the very best of what architects and designers have offered the city. Every day of the month we have designated a “Building of the Day;” each has been a winner of an AIANY Design Award between 2006 and 2011. Unprecedented access to the interiors of the structures that make our cityscape leap forward will be provided in conjunction with openhousenewyork (OHNY). The interactive and inspirational spaces are ours for the OHNY weekend and the entire month of Archtober. Partner organizations around the city are enthusiastically participating. Some of the special interior places on the Archtober calendar include the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center; Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center; the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, The New School; the NYC Information Center; and our home, the Center for Architecture. But, for my part, the most exciting new interior is that of 532 LaGuardia. Over the summer, Crain’s New York Business reported on a study conducted by the Center for an Urban Future, titled, “Growth by Design: The Powerful Impact and Untapped Potential of NYC’s Architecture and Design Sectors.” Among the recommendations made as a result of the study was to establish a high-profile design festival in New York. If form follows function, and our buildings come alive through the activities and design decisions visible in their interiors, then what a great time to be an architect in New York, and what a welcome opportunity to celebrate architecture and design. Happy Archtober! Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP 2011 President, AIA New York Chapter Interior Motives: Activity & Growth Fall 2011 Oculus 11 http://www.naylornetwork.com/arc-nxt

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

First Words
A Word from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: The New Office Space
Small Spaces, Transforming Results
Redesigned Practice
The Lure of Pop-ups
A Giant, Hardly Sleeping: Pro Bono Sector
In Print
57-Year Watch
Last Words
Index to Advertisers

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