Members of the NYIT community attended an Oct. 18 Archtober lecture featuring award-winning architect Preston Scott Cohen, chair and Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Cohen, who runs an architecture firm in Cambridge, Mass., has led the design of critically acclaimed projects such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His recent work has included a glass canopy covering an 11,000-square-foot outdoor pedestrian arcade in Battery Park City, an addition to the Manhattan landscape that the New York Times likens to "something almost as inspired as the nave of a great Gothic cathedral." View photos of this event.
NYIT architecture professors and students have launched a kickstarter campaign to raise money for constructing a model of their patented water bottle roofing system, with the goal of raising $32,500 by Thursday, Nov. 15. Architecture faculty members leading the project are associate professor Michele Bertomen and assistant professors Jason Van Nest and Farzana Gandhi. Their efforts began in 2011, when the team designed a Soda Bottle Interface Bracket (short for SodaBIB), a key element of the roofing system, and NYIT later received a provisional patent for it. The team soon realized SodaBIB's potential for business partnerships and providing emergency shelter for people in developing countries. Read more.
Assistant Professor of Architecture Tobias Holler will give a presentation today at 6 p.m. at Axor NYC - Design Studio, 29 Ninth Ave. in New York City. His firm HOLLER Architecture was one of seven firms selected by the American Institute of Architects for its New Practices New York 2012 award recognizing innovative and emerging architecture firms in New York City. The award noted Holler’s Long Island Radically Rezoned (LIRR) project, a sustainable vision of a self-sufficient, waste-free “living island” for 3.1 million residents. Many of his firm's projects sync with NYIT coursework, including the design and construction of a recycling and education center in Nosara, Costa Rica, this past summer with NYIT architecture and engineering students.
Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of architecture in NYIT's School of Architecture and Design, will give the lecture, "CrosScape. Urbanized Territories and Integrated Methodologies," at the Third International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies: Spaces and Flows, Oct. 11-12 at Wayne State University in Detroit. The talk will explore his research on a new "urban ecology," where architects approach the planning of cities as fluid, borderless areas integrating infrastructure, urbanism, and agriculture. Read more.
NYIT will host several events this month as part of Archtober, a festival of special tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions presented by the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter and participating architectural organizations. The October celebration will raise awareness of the importance of architecture and design by involving local communities and encouraging international recognition of New York's built environment. Read more.
Noura Ragab is the Student Government Association president for the 2012-13 academic year at NYIT-Manhattan. She is majoring in architectural technology and has served as a first-year experience mentor, student ambassador, and residential assistant. Read more.