Tracy Metz presentation and panel discussion at The Center for Architecture – New York City

October 11th, 2012 by

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6pm

The Netherlands and water: a story of conflict and concord, calamity and prosperity. For centuries the Dutch have been masters at controlling the water. They have wrested land from the water and turned Dutch waterworks into a global export product. The knowledge and technology with which the ‘Low Lands’ deal with water are an inspiration to many countries. Climate change is increasing the threat of both flooding and drought, and the consequences of a potential disaster are incalculable. It is no accident that dealing with water is one of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. In Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch, American-born, Netherlands based journalist and author Tracy Metz describes the metamorphosis the landscape of the Netherlands is currently undergoing and how the Dutch are searching for new ways of living with the water. She will present her new book, reporting on the Netherlands along with various places around the world, such as New Orleans, Hamburg, Vietnam, New York and China, that are working with the Dutch on a new approach to the water landscape.

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Hans Venhuizen to give presentations at Van Alen, Center for Architecture, and BMW Guggenheim Lab – New York City

August 19th, 2011 by

Game Urbanism, image courtesy Bureau Venhuizen

August 24, 25 and 26, 2011

Hans Venhuizen, co-author of the publication of “Game Urbanism: Manual for Cultural Spatial Planning” will give presentations at Van Alen Books, the AiA Center for Architecture, and the BMW Guggenheim Lab.

Wednesday August 24, 2011, 12:30pm
Game Urbanism Lunch event at Van Alen Books

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 6pm
Game Urbanism Lecture at the AiA Center for Architecture

Friday, August 26, 2011, 4pm
The Making Of-workshop at BMW Guggenheim Lab

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Center for Architecture and Amsterdam’s ARCAM collaborate on sustainable cities exhibition – New York City

May 20th, 2011 by

June 8 – September 10, 2011

The Center for Architecture in New York and Amsterdam’s ARCAM collaborate on sustainable cities exhibition in which architects and landscape architects imagine the future of two global cities and their waterfronts.

Join the Center for Architecture and ARCAM for a week of exciting programs:

Crossing Sustainability and Mobility
Lecture by Ton Venhoeven

ARCAM at the Center for Architecture, NYC

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 6-8pm – RSVP

Real Sustainability: New Buildings by SeARCH
Lecture by Bjarne Mastenbroek

ARCAM at the Center for Architecture, NYC

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 12-1:30pm –
RSVP

Glimpses: New York / Amsterdam 2040
Opening Reception for the exhibition

at the Center for Architecture, NYC

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 6-8pm –
RSVP
Featuring work by New York and Amsterdam firms:

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dlandstudio
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Interboro Partners
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Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL)
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W Architecture & Landscape Architecture
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WORKac
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Barcode Architects
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DELVA Landscape Architects / Dingeman Deijs Architect
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Fabrications
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Space & Matter
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van Bergen Kolpa

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ANNOUNCEMENT – Center for Architecture in New York and Amsterdam’s ARCAM collaborate on sustainable cities exhibition – New York City

April 4th, 2011 by

dlandstudio presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture

New York, NY, April 4, 2011 — On the heels of the unveiling of New York City’s Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the Center for Architecture and ARCAM are thrilled to announce an international collaboration and exhibition: Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040. The exhibition challenges ten architecture, landscape architecture and design firms to imagine an urban future that includes new waterside cityscapes, neighborhoods, and transit systems. The exhibition will open in New York at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, on June 8, and remain on view until September 10. The show will also be installed in Amsterdam, on view at the Amsterdam Center for Architecture (ARCAM) June 17 until July 30.

Interboro presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture

SUSTAINABLE WATERFRONT CITIES
Both New York and Amsterdam have extensive waterfronts, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a long tradition of international collaboration and cultural diversity. The twenty-first century requires both cities to address new challenges: shifting demographics, changes in climate, energy transitions and evolving global economic patterns. With these changes, each city will have to consider the relationship between recreational and working waterfronts; the ecology, remediation and preservation of natural habitat; the control of rising water levels; the preservation and reuse of industrial infrastructure; and the role of transport in better connecting cities. These pressing questions are the foundation of the design exchange between the Amsterdam Center for Architecture (ARCAM) and the Center for Architecture in New York. This exhibition is the most recent in a long history of collaboration between Dutch and US partners in addressing urban water issues, and how we "live with water." With a quarter of its landmass under sea level, the Netherlands has developed an
internationally renowned strategy for water management, which they have shared with US communities from the Bay Area to the Louisiana Bayou.

Glimpses of the future can already be seen in our cities — in emerging green industries, in local networks for energy production and in innovative forms of transportation. By presenting glimpses of New York and Amsterdam’s sustainable future, the exhibition will provide a platform for dialogue concerning critical planning and will explore how energy initiatives, economic incentives and educational programs can provide the means for current activities to grow and impact the future of our city.

SO-IL presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture

"As City Planning Chair Amanda Burden said a few weeks ago, the water is our city’s 6th borough," explained AIANY President Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP. "I hope these glimpses of 2040, and the progress already being made, will inspire people to work incrementally towards a sustainable future for our city, and introduce innovative, scalable ideas that will work in other places, like Amsterdam, but also in all manner of waterfront cities around the globe. Change on our waterfronts and in our cities is inevitable – and imperative. Let good design lead the way."

EXHIBITION STRUCTURE
The exhibition will be divided into five "glimpses," based on necessities of 21st century urban life. The role of
recreation (a section dubbed "Breathing"), food production ("Eating"), economic production ("Making"), transportation ("Moving"), and living spaces ("Dwelling") will be explored in the context of both New York and Amsterdam. Within New York, firms will focus their attention on recreation on the Hudson River, expanding the food network of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, commerce and development at the Bush Terminal in Brooklyn, Long Island City and Hunters Point, and the residential development of Newark, NJ. In Amsterdam, designers will focus on the development of the northern and southern IJ-waterfronts, examples of local food production in Amsterdam, the Public Library as a centre for knowledge developing into a ‘public domain work space’, South Axis Business District as a mobility hub with the first electric cars, and the Andreas ensemble as a high density housing estate within the city.

W Architecture & Landscape Architecture presentation at Center for Architecture, April 4, 2011, courtesy Center for Architecture

PARTICIPATING TEAMS – A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE OF DESIGN
The exhibition will include the work of New York studios dlandstudio, Interboro Partners, Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL), W Architecture & Landscape Architecture and WORKac. Dutch firms Barcode Architects, Delva Landscape Architects, Fabrications, Space & Matter, and van Bergen Kolpa will complete visions for Amsterdam’s future. A commonality between all the teams is that they are emerging firms that are already leaving a mark on their communities. Dlandstudio, a six-year old interdisciplinary landscape/architecture studio, has won AIANY, AIANYS and AIA National awards. Interboro Partners has won AIANY’s New Practices competition (2006) and was selected to participate in this year’s MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. In 2010 Fabrications was a finalist for the Prix de Rome. In both Amsterdam and New York, the design firms will be working with students, engaging architecture and landscape studios at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, and others.

Maarten Kloos, director of ARCAM, said "As designers, the most relevant form of reality is not what we see around us, but what is floating above and behind this image of today: plans, projects and visions for the future. We live with one foot in the future, and when we have the chance, such as with this great collaboration, we should study, and explore, the future of the future. I cannot wait to see what the participants in Glimpses produce."

Curatorial team: Marlies Buurman, ARCAM; Rosamond Fletcher, Center for Architecture; Maarten Kloos, ARCAM; Luc Vrolijks, UrbanProgress

Audience for the team presentations at Center for Architecture with Bonnie Harken (center), Rosamond Fletcher and Ferdinand Dorsman (both far left), courtesy Center for Architecture

ADVISORY COMMITTEES

New York Advisory Committee:
Chris Beardsley, Executive Director, Forum for Urban Design

Rick Bell, FAIA, Executive Director, AIA New York Chapter

David Bragdon, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability

Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture, CUNY and Principal, New Civic Works

Mary Burke, AIA, IIDA, Vice President for Design Excellence, AIA New York Chapter

Margaret Castillo, AIA, LEED AP, President, AIA New York Chapter

Ferdinand Dorsman, General Director for Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Bonnie Harken, AIA, Co-chair, Waterfront Committee, APA New York Metro Chapter

Roland Lewis, President and CEO, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Margaret Newman, AIA, Chief of Staff, NYC Department of Transportation

Howard Slatkin, Director of Sustainability, NYC Department of City Planning

Amsterdam Advisory Committee:
Wienke Bodewes, Chief Executive Officer, Amvest

Jaap Huisman, Researcher and journalist, Writing in de Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland, SMAAK, and de Groene Amsterdammer

Bjarne Mastenbroek, Chairman, Royal Dutch Architecture League (BNA)

Tracy Metz, Journalist for NRC Handelsblad

Paul de Ruiter, Founder, Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter

Machiel Spaan, Head of the Department of Architecture, Academy of Architecture Amsterdam

Marcia Sookha, Freelance Advisor and Former Chairman of the Amsterdam Greenbuilding Taskforce

Audience for the team presentations at Center for Architecture with Margaret Newman (center), courtesy Center for Architecture

EXHIBITION ON VIEW
In New York:

June 8 – September 10, 2011

Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City

In Amsterdam:
June 17 – July 30 2011

ARCAM, Prins Hendrikkade 600, 1011 VX Amsterdam

Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040 is designed by Q Collective

PRESS PREVIEW
Media are invited to attend the press preview, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10am-12pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place.

Write enemens [at] aiany.org or call 212-358-6126 to RSVP or set up an interview with featured architects.

EXHIBITION OPENING PARTY
The exhibition opening for Glimpses will be held June 8, 2011, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. Free and open to the public.

EXHIBITION SYMPOSIUM
On Saturday, June 11, 11am-5pm, an exhibition symposium at the Center for Architecture will bring together designers from New York and Amsterdam to discuss their sites, and explore issues of waterfront growth, evolving urban systems, and design for a changing climate.

RELATED PROGRAMS
During the week of June 5-11 the Center will host a number of related programs: two evening panels organized by ARCAM, the opening of the related exhibition Swimming to Manhattan (student work from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture), a program presenting the work of Archiprix workshop participants, and a discussion on "Urban Farming" organized in collaboration with the Dutch Green Building Council.

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Screening of Oeke Hoogendijk’s film "The New Rijksmuseum" at Center for Architecture – New York City

January 29th, 2011 by

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 5:30pm

MUSE Film and Television will launch its fifth annual New York presentation of selections from the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), in collaboration with The Center for Architecture.

The program includes a screening of The New Rijksmuseum bij Oeke Hoogendijk, which received the Jury Award at FIFA. It tracks the troubled progress of the project designed by Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz. Luc Vrolijks, Founder and Principal, Urban Progress Studio, will make an introduction.

About the film
At the end of 2003 the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum closed its main building, to renovate it and turn it – in the words of its Director Ronald de Leeuw – into ‘the most beautiful art museum imaginable’. Spanish architects Cruz and Ortiz conceived a grand design which was to open in 2009: a modernized building embodying a groundbreaking museological concept. Film maker Hoogendijk followed the first four years of what is the Netherlands’ biggest and most ambitious cultural operation.

Gigantic steel claws crushed the walls of the internationally renowned treasure-trove of Dutch art. A new museum was to rise from the ashes of the old museum. But from the very start the project was plagued by opposition from the local authority, the Dutch Cycling Union and building inspectors, to name but a few..
The Dutch Cyclists’ Union organized a vociferous campaign to halt plans to move the main entrance to the thoroughfare through the museum. Local authority Oud-Zuid subsequently came to the unanimous decision that there would be "no building works in the thoroughfare". Again and again the architects’ designs bit the dust, and they were forced to compromise at every turn. As Spanish architect Antonio Ortiz put it: ‘This is not democracy, this is a perversion of democracy’.


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The tortuously slow decision-making process and the continually delayed opening date eventually led to the departure of both project manager Bart van der Pot and chief curator of 20th century history Wim de Bell. Eventually Director Ronald de Leeuw also resigned. In this film we witness these developments at first hand.

When eventually even the call for tender failed, the battleground extended to include the Parliament in the Hague. Minister Plasterk was called to account. Why had he allowed the contracts to be put out to tender when he had been fully aware there was only one contractor eligible? This increased the costs to 212 million euros instead of the 134 million budgeted for: a difference of almost 80 million. The renovation is not expected to be finished before 2013.

The museum building resembles a deserted ghost house. The documentary gives us an exclusive tour of crumbled walls, disillusioned architects, the empty space left by the Night Watch, a ruthless selection process in the depot and the loving restoration of a 16th century "schuttersstuk", a group portrait of the civilian guard.

About the fimmaker
Oeke Hoogendijk began her career as a theater director. Since 1997, she has made documentaries for television. Filmography: Een gelukkige tijd (1998) ; The Holocaust Experience (2002).

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

NY, NY 10012

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Screening of film by Remmelt Lukkien "Sinan, a Divine Architect" at Center for Architecture – New York City

January 28th, 2011 by

Remmelt Lukkien

January 28, 2011, 4pm

MUSE Film and Television will launch its fifth annual New York presentation of selections from the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), in collaboration with The Center for Architecture.

The program includes Sinan, a Divine Architect, directed by Remmelt Lukkien (Netherlands), introduces Mimar Sinan (1489-1588) a cultural hero in Turkey and the foremost architect in Islamic history. His Selim Mosque at Edirne is regarded by many as Sinan’s masterpiece and the apogee of classical dome architecture. Scholar Jerrilynn Dodds, author of “Al-Andulus: The Art of Islamic Spain,” will introduce the film.

Mimar Sinan, Selimiye Camii, Edirne, Turkey, built 1568-1574

About Sinan
Mimar Sinan (1489-1588) is a cultural hero in Turkey and the foremost architect in Islamic history. Born a Christian, he converted to Islam when he enlisted in the elite Janissary army corps, where he trained as a carpenter. During military campaigns in Europe and Asia he displayed an extraordinary talent for design and construction. Years later he was appointed Chief Architect of the vast Ottoman Empire, which included the Middle East and North Africa, and would remain in the position until the age of 98. His greatest desire was to build mosques. His impressive structures in the Ottoman style, with their splendid domes and minarets, have defined the famous skyline of Istanbul for hundreds of years. Challenged by Christian architects, Sinan set out to surpass the immense dome of the Hagia Sophia Basilica in Istanbul with his Selim Mosque at Edirne, which is regarded by many as Sinan’s masterpiece and the apogee of classical dome architecture.

About the filmmaker
Remmelt Lukkien is an independent film producer from Amsterdam, who has specialized in television documentaries since 1990. Filmography: Welcome in South Africa (1991) ; Behind the Music (1994) ; The Philanthropist and Death (1997) ; City Folk Cologne (1999) ; Big Brother aux Pays-Bas (2001) ; An Orchestra in My Head (2002) ; Kibbutz Children (2005).

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

NY, NY 10012

Tel.: 212-683-0023

http://cfa.aiany.org

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