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22 Feb 2012

Center for Architecture in New York Exhibitions

Change: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present
& City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982

Two related Center for Architecture in New York Events – exhibitions:

‘Change: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present’

New York City’s first exhibition on contemporary architecture and engineering in the middle east;

alongside the U.S. debut of

‘City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982’

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30 Sep 2011

Center for Architecture in New York Exhibition

Center for Architecture in New York Buildings=Energy Exhibition

Buildings=Energy Exhibition Opens Archtober 1st

Exhibition examines role of energy in all aspects of built structures from conception to occupancy; coincides with launch of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month in New York City

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the opening of Buildings=Energy, the presidential-year theme exhibition of Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. The opening reception will take place at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, in New York City, on October 1, 2011, from 7:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will remain on view until January 21, 2012.

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Buildings=Energy explores how the choices made by design, planning, engineering, government, and building management professionals, as well as the behavior of individual citizens, can contribute to significant energy savings in our cities. Buildings=Energy examines different ways in which energy is utilized in buildings, beginning with calculating embodied energy in building materials. Visitors are introduced to the impact of energy consumption as represented by the iconic metric of barrels of oil, visible on the front window of the Center for Architecture; the exhibition culminates with examples of ways New York City institutions are employing new technologies to increase their participation in energy conservation efforts.

“Buildings=Energy is one of the most important exhibitions the Center for Architecture has mounted,” said Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President of the AIA New York Chapter. “It shows that every design decision impacts the use of our natural resources including energy conservation, material extraction and carbon emission. Architects and allied professionals have a tremendous responsibility to change the way we design to create better buildings. In the exhibition we illustrate how policymakers and citizens play an important role in the decision-making process as well. Now that more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, the issues surrounding buildings, transportation and the environment are more critical than ever.”

The core exhibition in the ground floor gallery, called One Building=Many Choices, presents how key choices made during the design of a fictional commercial building can reduce its overall energy use. “Buildings=Energy is a great opportunity to initiate an innovative new approach to development in New York City…This is critical to future development,” said Anthony Fieldman, AIA, LEED AP; Rob Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP; and Peter Syrett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, of Perkins+Will, in a collective statement. “We see an opportunity not just to make buildings more sustainable, but to create a new paradigm for leaner, more flexible and efficient high-rise development on sites previously considered unfeasible. We are inspired to develop a new generation of environmentally responsive buildings for New York City, buildings that make architectural and economic sense because of – rather than despite – their energy efficiency.”

Alongside the story of the fictional building, the exhibition displays a selection of nearly thirty case studies of well-designed, energy-efficient New York buildings, each chosen for a commendable energy-driven choice that was made during the design, construction or operation of the building. Visitors will gain insight into ideas and methods for energy-efficient buildings, from embodied energy and Life Cycle Assessment to innovative building envelopes. The understanding and application of these ideas and methods underscore the challenge we have as citizens, building professionals, and policymakers to make the right choices.

“Developing an exhibit about something as intangible as energy was a true challenge,” commented exhibition curator Donna Zimmerman of Ralph Appelbaum Associates. “We wanted to bring the role of energy in the built environment, and key energy principles, to the forefront in a way that engineers, architects, students, and everyday New Yorkers could relate to these concepts.”

On the mezzanine level, The Energy Lab invites visitors to see for themselves how key energy concepts — like Peak Load, heat flows, and R-Value — can be translated in many different ways: on dashboards, in numerical models and through infrared snapshots. To illustrate these ways of monitoring energy use, a residence dashboard of St. John’s University in Queens, using Lucid Design Group’s interactive energy tracker, will be visible via live-feed on a screen in the Energy Lab, comparing energy use across days or weeks, and across campus facilities and dorms. Dashboard data is illustrated using a variety of scales, like the power equivalent of how many laptops, refrigerators, dollars or kilowatt hours are being consumed at any given moment.

Technology is a tool for understanding how people consume energy, how energy flows through buildings, and how can we make our homes and workplaces more energy-efficient. The Energy Lab demonstrates how other technologies allow for energy consumption to be monitored: the Wattson01 uses a transmitter and sensor clip connected to a fusebox to wirelessly transmit data to a display that shows occupants data in two formats: current power consumption, in watts; and annual energy cost, and glows blue for low energy use, purple for the occupant’s average use, and red for high energy use; the Energy Orb receives wireless data from your utility company and changes color from green to red to indicate when the grid is nearing capacity and expensive to use.

“Understanding energy use and how to change it is an enormous challenge to the buildings construction and maintenance industries,” said Fiona Cousins, PE, FCIBSE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Arup, and member of the exhibition advisory committee. “Getting people to understand energy reduction is hard! You can’t see it, hear it, smell it, touch it or taste it and sometimes you don’t even pay the bills so there is no feedback that helps you to know whether you are an energy miser or an oil drunkard. Although there are many ways of reducing energy use there is no one decision that resolves the problem. Reducing energy use is a matter of making many small decisions and then monitoring and managing the outcome over the entire building life.”

We Make the Change, in the lower level gallery, examines the efforts of several sectors to affect positive change in energy use by the general public in New York City:

• “We make the rules, we can change the rules,” looks at the Public Policy initiatives undertaken by the City, including PlaNYC 2030; the Greener, Greater Buildings plan, focused on Benchmarking, Energy-Aligned Leases, and the Clean Heat Campaign; and the efforts of the Green Codes Task Force of the Urban Green Council.

• We make buildings, we can make buildings better,” explores the role of Design in energy efficient building. Visitors will see the Solar Roofpod, a prototype for a net-zero modular building that maximizes passive solar energy on rooftops, and was designed and built for the 2011 Solar Decathlon by a group of students and faculty members of the architecture and engineering schools at City College of New York. The Net-Zero Challenge asked building professionals to create a new energy-efficient precedent for New York City schools. SOM was selected to design P.S. 62, on Staten Island; all entries in the final round were required to provide energy and cost analysis, design within applicable NYC Construction Codes and the NYC Green School Guide (2009). The designs of Dattner Architects and FXFOWLE are also presented.

• “We make everyday choices, we can make every day count,” presents Sustainable Houses of Worship and the Green Design Lab/ Solar One for the NYC Department of Education, examples of Community efforts towards creating energy-efficient buildings. Solar One and the NYC DoE teamed up to create the Green Design Lab, a free program that provides tools and resources for students and staff to take action. The Pratt Center for Community Development developed their Sustainable Houses of Worship program to impart a message of environmental conservation through sustainable building practices. The example of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Brooklyn is explored; their Reverend, Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, has worked with Pratt to update the church’s 107-year old facilities.

Related Public Programs

Opening Reception
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7-9pm, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place,
New York City
In conjunction with the opening of Smarter Living – The 2,000-Watt Society.

When Green is Not an Option but the Law!
Date: October 3, 2011, 6-8pm
Speakers: Moderator: Stephan Tanner, AIA, Principal Intep, Minneapolis MN; Dr. Daniel Kurz, Building Department, City of Zurich, Curator/Editor of the exhibition; Laurie Kerr, AIA, Senior Policy Advisor on Buildings and Energy, Mayor’s Office, City of New York; Mathias Heinz, Architect, Partner, Pool Architekten, Zurich; Richard Dattner, FAIA, Principal Dattner Architects, New York
Organized by: the Center for Architecture and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

Sustainability by Design – Meeting the 2030 Challenge in New York City
Date: Learning Module #1: October 18, 2011, 1–5pm; Learning Module #2: October 28, 2011, 1–5 pm; Learning Module #3: November 21, 2011 1–5 pm ; Learning Module #4: December 2, 2011 1–5 pm; Learning Module #5: December 12, 2011 1–5 pm
Organized by: the AIA New York Chapter Committee on the Environment

Buildings=Energy: Design for a Change Symposium
Date: November 5, 2011, 11am-5pm
Speakers: Moderator: William J. Worthen, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Resource Architect for Sustainability, The American Institute of Architects; Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo, AIA, AIANY President; Colin Cathcart, AIA, Partner, Kiss+Cathcart; Rebecca Craft, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, ConEdison; Michael Colgrove, Director of New York Office, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Stephen Selkowitz, Building Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Kevin Kampschroer, Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration; Dr. Jane L. Snowdon, Senior Manager, Industry Solutions and Emerging, Business Energy & Environment: Smarter Building Research, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center; Mustafa Abadan, FAIA, Design Partner, SOM; Mahadev Raman, Principal, Arup
Organized by: the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the Center for Architecture Foundation

Buildings=Energy Family Day
Date: November 12, 2011, 11am–1pm; 2–4pm
Organized by: the Center for Architecture and the Center for Architecture Foundation

Universities=Energy: Campus Action for Building Energy Reduction
Date: November 22, 2011, 6-8pm
Speakers: Nilda Mesa, Assistant Vice President Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University; Peter Syrett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Senior Project Designer, Perkins+Will; Dianne Anderson, Sustainable Resources Manager, Operations, New York University
Organized by: the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the Center for Architecture Foundation

Benchmarking in Action: Retrofitting New York
Date: November 30, 2011, 6-8pm
Speakers: Bruce Fowle, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects LLP; Andrew Kimball, CEO, The Brooklyn Navy Yard
Organized by: the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the Center for Architecture Foundation

Design for Energy: The Language of Sustainability
Date: December 1, 2011, 6-8pm
Speakers: Moderator: Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, CUNY, Principal, New Civic Works; Robert Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP, Design Director, Perkins+Will; Daniel Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, FXFOWLE Architects; Varun Kohli, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, MERGEstudio Architecture & Environment; Fiona Cousins, PE, FCIBSE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Arup
Organized by: the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the Center for Architecture Foundation.

Homes=Energy: What You Can Do as a Renter
Date: January 12, 2011, 6-8pm
Speakers: Scott Kessler, NYSERDA; Cameron Bard, NYSERDA; Eileen Egan-Annechino, Con Edison; Rory Christian, Director, Energy Department, New York City Housing Authority
Organized by: the AIA New York Chapter and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Exhibition Team
Curator: Donna Zimmerman
Research Advisor: Fiona Cousins, PE, FCIBSE, LEED AP BD+C, Arup
One Building=Many Choices Building Design, Diagrams and Renderings: Anthony Fieldman, AIA LEED AP, Robert Goodwin, AIA LEED AP, and Peter Syrett, AIA LEED AP, BD+C, Perkins+Will
Exhibition Design: Pure + Applied
Research Assistant: John Keeley

Special thanks to the Buildings=Energy Advisory Committee: Mustafa Abadan, FAIA, Design Partner, SOM ; Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President, AIA New York Chapter; Colin Cathcart, AIA, Partner, Kiss+Cathcart; Rory Christian, Energy Director, NYCHA; Michael Colgrove, Director of New York Office, NYSERDA; Chris Collins, Executive Director, Solar One ; Fiona Cousins, PE, FCIBSE, LEED AP BD+C; Principal, Arup; Anthony Fieldman, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, Perkins + Will; Bruce Fowle, FAIA LEED AP, Senior Principal, FXFOWLE; Carl Galioto, FAIA, Senior Principal, HOK; Laurie Kerr, AIA, Senior Policy Advisor, NYC; Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability; Craig Schwitter, Partner and Regional Director, North America, Buro Happold ; Robert Silman, Hon. AIA, Principal, Robert Silman Associates; Russell Unger, Executive Director, Urban Green Council Underwriters

Center for Architecture in New York Events 2011

Center for Architecture in New York Exhibition

Center for Architecture in New York opens Seen Since 9/11: Interviews and Photographs of New Yorkers by Tibo Exhibition debuts in conjunction with daylong conference on redevelopment of Lower Manhattan since September 11, 2001.

NEW YORK, New York, September 1, 2011 – The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the exhibition Seen Since 9/11: Interviews and Photographs of New Yorkers by Tibo, which will open with a free public reception at the Center for Architecture on September 8, 2011, from 6:00-8:00pm.

French photographer Tibo returned to New York City in the aftermath of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 to photograph and interview New Yorkers whose firsthand accounts help others understand the experience. These New Yorkers gave Tibo a sense of what the city was like during and after the attack; as Tibo said: “I had to come back to New York to get the depth of what happened.”

The resonance of Tibo’s photographs is enhanced by the presence of a piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center site, generously loaned to the Center for Architecture courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; special thanks to Ingersoll Rand and The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi for providing the steel, which will ultimately become part of the USM Center’s 9/11 Memorial. “All of us were touched by the events of September 11, 2001 and it is indeed an honor to share this historic artifact with the Center for Architecture,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. “From day one, our mission at the national center has been to maintain a vigilant approach to sport safety and security. The 9/11 Memorial we have planned at Southern Miss will serve as a somber reminder to never take that responsibility lightly.” NCS4 was established due to the tragedy on September 11; NCS4 is designing and constructing a 9/11 Memorial to honor the memory of those who perished and those who survived the attacks, and is “inspired by the spirit of those never to be forgotten”. For more information on the NSC4, visit

Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director of the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture, said, “Tibo’s photographs of people and buildings seen since 9/11 in New York give a sense of the strength and resilience of our city. The exhibition brings together different narratives, the lives, and structures influenced by the remembrance and aspiration. It is anchored by the steel from the World Trade Center site, symbolizing the events of that fateful day.”


September 8 – September 24, 2011 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City


The exhibition opening for Seen Since 9/11: Interviews and Photographs by Tibo will take place directly following the daylong conference Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2021, at the Center for Architecture from 9:00am-5:00pm on September 8. For more information on the conference, please visit The exhibition reception starts at 6:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

Freedom Tower, NYC : One World Trade Center Construction – 26 May 2011
Freedom Tower New York
tower under construction

World Trade Centre Tower : Robert A. M. Stern Architects
99 Church Street Tower
image : dbox Courtesy of: Silverstein Properties

Exhibition opening sponsored by Ingersoll Rand.

For more information on Tibo, please visit

Exhibition organized by the Center for Architecture, with support from French Cultural Services.

AIA New York – Conference

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Hosts Day-Long Conference on Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan

Four panels of experts will explore aspects of life in Lower Manhattan, ten years post-9/11.

New York City, September, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) will host a daylong conference Lower Manhattan Rising: Looking Toward 9/11/2021, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place on September 8, 2011.

The conference is presented in partnership with The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, City University of New York, the APA New York Metro Chapter, and the ASLA New York Chapter. The discussions will feature a keynote address at 9:15am by Robert Ivy, FAIA, Executive Vice President and CEO, the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Rick Bell, Executive Director of AIANY, said: “Bringing experts together to address what it means for the future is timely, necessary, and urgent. Projects underway will help create and delineate the core of the neighborhood of the future.”

The conference will draw upon the expertise of recognized leaders to examine the ongoing efforts of government agencies, private enterprise, and civic organizations that have been engaged in the design, creation, and development of the World Trade Center site and the surrounding area of Lower Manhattan.

Panel Participants

Speakers at Lower Manhattan Rising include: Robin Abrams, Executive Vice President, The Lansco Corporation; Michael Arad, AIA, partner, Handel Architects, designer of the September 11 Memorial Plaza; John Bayles, Editor, Downtown Express; Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIANY; Elizabeth Berger, President, Alliance for Downtown New York; Robert W. Burchell, PhD, Director, Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University; Bob Ducibella, principal, Ducibella, Venter & Santore, Security Advisors; Craig Dykers, AIA, MNAL, Snøhetta; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects LLP; Timur Galen, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Alex Garvin, senior principal, Alexander Garvin & Associates, Inc.; Paul Goldberger, architecture critic, The New Yorker; Ernest W. Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA, Hutton Associates Inc./Planning Interaction; Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP & CEO, American Institute of Architects; Cathleen McGuigan, editor in chief, Architectural Record; Daniel Libeskind, AIA, principal, Studio Daniel Libeskind; Julie Menin, Chair, Community Board 1, Lower Manhattan; Jack S. Nyman, director, the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute; Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, PhD, Director of Development, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Sam Schwartz, PE, principal, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Donna Walcavage, ASLA, principal, Donna Walcavage Landscape Architecture & Urban Design; John E. Zuccotti, Co-Chairman of the Board, Brookfield Properties Corporation.

Panels – speakers will have approximately 6-8 minutes for remarks, followed by panel discussion and Q&A from the audience.

9:45 – 11:00am – The New 24-Hour Community: Residential/Culture/Retail
Moderator: John Bayles
Panelists: Julie Menin; Robin Adams; Morgan von Prelle Pecelli

11:15am – 12:45pm – Lower Manhattan Real Estate: Downtown Economy 2021
Moderator: Rick Bell
Panelists: John E. Zuccotti; Bob Burchell; Timur Galen; Liz Berger

2:00 – 3:30pm – Architectural Excellence: Building Design for a New Future
Moderator: Paul Goldberger
Panelists: Bruce Fowle; Daniel Libsekind; Michael Arad; Craig Dykers

3:30 – 5:00pm – Urban Design: Transportation, Security and the Public Realm
Moderator: Cathleen McGuignan
Panelists: Alex Garvin; Sam Schwartz; Bob Ducibella; Donna Walcavage

AIA New York – Background on Center for Architecture

AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with almost 5,000 architects, allied professionals, students and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development, and towards these aims, AIANY runs the Center for Architecture, a storefront exhibition space in Greenwich Village, sponsors public programs, publishes a magazine, and works with its charitable affiliate, the Center for Architecture Foundation, to provide scholarship and educational opportunities. For more information on AIANY, please visit

The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. As the city’s leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, the Center drives positive change through the power of design. For more information, please visit

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