American Institute of Architects New York Chapter organizes international exchange of award-winning designers between New York and São Paulo

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Last year, the New Practices Committee of the Chapter recognized seven promising and pioneering new architecture and design firms working in New York – the New Practices New York 2010 winners.

This year, AIANY and the Center for Architecture are thrilled to send an exhibition of these firms to São Paulo, and welcome in return an exhibition of São Paulo’s winning new practices. New York’s 2010 winners will be on view at the São Paulo International Architecture Biennial in Oscar Niemeyer’s OCA Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park from November 1 – December 4, 2011 and the young Brazilian firms will be featured in an exhibition opening July 14 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, in New York City.

The exhibition will remain on view at the Center for Architecture until September 10, 2011. More information after the break.

NYU’s Department of Linguistics / 1100 Architect

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Architects: 1100 Architect
Location: , NY, USA
Design Team: Juergen Riehm, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge; David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal; Texer Nam, AIA, LEED AP, Project Manager; Heather Braun, RA, Senior Designer; Amy Thornton, Senior Designer; Peter Heller, LEED AP, Designer; Serge Khoudessian, Designer; Heidi Hoerig, Designer; Helen Jung, Designer; Illaria Lamanna, Intern
Project Area: 22,500 square feet
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Michael Moran, courtesy of 1100 Architect

Pawling House / SPG Architects

© Tim Street-Porter

This 3,330 sqf weekend getaway provides a private refuge for a NYC couple. The house sits on 5 semi-private acres. Its pavilion-like form nestles into a rise in the landscape allowing for the 2-story bedroom zone to seamlessly link with the main living areas, which contain living, dining, and kitchen functions.

Architect: SPG Architects
Location: , New York,
Landscape Architecture: Mario Nievera
Interior Design: Frank Webb of White Webb Interiors
Photographs: Randy O’Rourke, Tim Street-Porter

Splash House from Parsons School of Design

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Parsons The New School for Design has joined with NYC Parks & Recreation via the Design Workshop, its innovative design-build studio led by graduate architecture students, to create a new pool pavilion for the Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center, a WPA–era bathhouse in Washington Heights.

Join us after the break to learn more about The Splash House.

Mercedes House: Phase 1 / TEN Arquitectos

© Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA, Images Courtesy Two Trees Management Co. LLC

Architects: TEN Arquitectos
Location: New York City, New York,
Client: Two Trees Management Co. LLC
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Alexander Severin/RAZUMMEDIA, Images Courtesy Two Trees Management Co. LLC

SoHo Synagogue / Dror

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Architects: Dror
Location: City, , USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: John Hall

The SoHo Synagogue is the community’s first ever synagogue and represents a fresh vision that translates the inspiration of Judaism to a new generation. With a forward thinking approach, Rabbi Dovi Scheiner along with his wife Esty, founders of SoHo Synagogue,built a religious platform that invites the community to fully integrate their religion within their modern lifestyle. Mindful of the open mindset of lower Manhattan’s Jewish population, The SoHo Synagogue seeks to reinvent the synagogue as a comfortable and enjoyable setting for personal growth and communal connection.

SubCat Studios / Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP

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Architects: Fiedler Marciano Architecture LLP
Location: , , USA
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 18,300 sqf
Photographs: Chris Cooper Photographer

B*Sessions: Business Seminar Intellectual Property

Published playright and lawyer Cheryl L. Davis offers insight into copyright and trademark issues, governance in our tech savvy culture, and imaginative ways to encourage growth and production while retaining your brand.

You will understand:
*What is intellectual property
*Keys to managing your creative knowledge
*Ways to re-imagine control for long term success!

The seminar will take place Wednesday, August 10, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Humanscale Showroom (11 East 26th Street, 8th Floor, NY). Entrance for nycobaNOMA members + local NOMA Chapters is free. Non members is $15.00 // free with RSVP by August 1st. Space is limited so RSVP to events@nycoba.org.

Metal Shutter Houses / Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect

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The Metal Shutter Houses, designed by the internationally renowned Japanese firm Shigeru Ban Architects, are located on the south side of West 19th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in West Chelsea’s art gallery district, steps away from the High Line, the Hudson River, Chelsea Piers, and the Hudson River Park. The block offers a bold display of the new : the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Headquarters are next door and Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th is across the street. Low-profile warehouse buildings throughout the neighborhood allow for long city views, including the Empire State building, from each floor of the Metal Shutter Houses.

Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect
Location: 524 West 19th Street , New York, USA
Executive Architect: Montroy DeMarco, LLP
Structural Engineers: Robert Silman Associates, PC
Mechanical Engineers: ICOR Associates, LLC Consulting Engineers
Interiors: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect
Developer: HEEA Development LLC
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Michael Moran

ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition Winners

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The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (), in collaboration with Brooklyn-based fabrication house FLATCUT_ recently announced the winners of this year’s ACADIA 2011 Design + Fabrication Competition. The competition challenged designers to create new forms in the categories of furniture, partition and lighting using innovative materials and digital fabrications applications. The winners brought not only ingenuity to their designs, but a sense of beauty and functionality that excited the jury. More images and information on the competition winners after the break.

Video: Craig Dyker talks about 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion


We recently viewed an informative video about the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion on Architecture Record’s website. In this video Snøhetta‘s principal Craig Dykers explains the pavilion’s various meanings and features. The exterior is slotted to be completed this September 11th and the interior is expected to open September 11th, 2012.

Manhattanhenge

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Manhattanhenge, is the term used to describe a biannual occurrence in City when the sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main grid. Adopted in 1811 the famous street grid of Manhattan, the Commissioners’ Plan, was the original design plan for the streets in which the grid plan is offset at 29.0 degrees from true east-west. Twice a year photographers gather to witness this urban solar phenomenon, when the sun sets perfectly between the skyscraper corridors and illuminates the north-south facades of the streets. Tripods and pedestrians filled the crosswalks this past Wednesday to catch a glimpse of this moment.

NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal: The World’s Largest Media Façade

Courtesy of GKD Metal Fabrics

One of the ’s most forgettable buildings has been transformed into a model of modern technology. The Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), located in midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd street, now boasts the world’s largest transparent media façade completed by GKD Metal Fabrics which effectively covers the building’s outdated steel façade. More images and project description after the break.

Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage / Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

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The existing five-story concrete Delancey and Essex Municipal Parking Garage is getting a face lift. The downtown Manhattan parking garage, nearly 40 years old, is a NYC Department of Transportation project that will receive a $4 million renovation including an impressive cable facade. Michielli + Wyetzner Architects designed a two layer 1/14″ diameter cable weave like pattern to create a three-dimensional open facade for the second to fifth floors of the garage.

Winner of a 2011 NYC Design Commission Awards, the garage is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s Design + Construction Excellence Program which has been led by the City Department of Design and Construction since 2004.

Hotel Americano / TEN Arquitectos

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Slated to open at the end of this month Hotel Americano, designed by of TEN Arquitectos, is the latest building to be added to the Chelsea area. The first project for Mexican boutique brand Grupo Habita in the city, the hotel’s roof top provides a clear view to the newest section (part two) of the impressive High Line. Easily distinguishing itself from its neighbors, the exterior of the 56 room hotel is covered uniquely with yards of chain mail.

Architects: Ten Arquitectos
Location: City, , USA
Photographs: Paul Clemence

Sagaponack House / Selldorf Architects

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This 15,000 sqf house is a short walk from the Atlantic Ocean, in an open field typical of eastern Long Island. An oversized garden wall anchors the building to the landscape. The rooms are organized around a large square courtyard. Bordering the courtyard, a marble-lined breezeway separates the public and private spaces.

Architect: Selldorf Architects
Location: Long Island, ,
Photographs: Nikolas Koenig

The Pitch: A Hands-on Workshop on Attracting a Client in Two Minutes or Less

Amusingly awful Architect with client stock photo. Enjoy.

We often think of Architecture as a profession within a vacuum, an idyllic world in which design is left to the imagination of the Architect and the possibilities of success are endless… so long as one finds a client. For as great as an Architects work is, or could be, without a client to realize those abilities with, an Architects work often goes unrealized and unappreciated. In a profession built on the visual and the tactile, the ability to verbally translate ideas and abilities serves as both the facilitator and denier. All Architecture school students have gone through the critique process, but presenting to  someone within academia is wildly different than making a pitch to a potential client.

AIA New York is hosting an workshop for perfecting the architectural pitch in two minutes or less. The power of a two-minute elevator pitch lies in cutting your mission and values down to  the essentials, capturing a client’s interest to make them want to know more about you and hopefully hire you.

Omonia Bakery / bluarch

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This bakery is a brand new project for the family behind the renowned Omonia brand famous for its Greek pastries. It sells pastries and breads prepared on premises in the see-through kitchen.

Architect: bluarch
Location: Queens, , New York,
Project Area: 1,200 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of bluarch