Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece
The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York is poised to host a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of La Sagrada Familia, the magnum opus of Antoni Gaudí, the father of Catalan Modernisme. This is the only time that such a demonstration of Gaudí's genius will be featured on American soil. Many institutions have vied for this singular opportunity, and City College is honored to offer this extraordinary experience to New York City. The exhibit includes several architectural models and casts used in construction, and showcases the 3D computer imaging software used to analyze and draw precise tridimensional geometry.
The Opening Reception for Sagrada Família - Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece: Geometry, Construction and Site will be held on Monday, September 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on view from September 29, 2014-May 8, 2015 in the Atrium Gallery, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. free of charge.
The Fall 2014 Sciame Lecture Series—also entitled Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece—will feature architects and historians discussing their work on Sagrada Familia. All lectures are free, open to the public, and held at 6:30 pm in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Sciame Auditorium. Continuing Education Credit for registered New York architects is available. The first four lectures are featured Archtober events. [Lecture Series >]
A City for Children
Associate Professor Marta Gutman's book A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 was published by the University of Chicago Press in September 2014. This new work of urban history focuses on the use and adaptive reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, California, to make the city a better place for children.
Book talks include the following:
- "Cities for Children, Lessons Learned from Oakland and New York," October 8 at the Department of Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center
- "Spaces of Childhood: A Radical Agenda for Design and Research," October 30 at the College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley
Structures of Coastal Resilience
Structures of Coastal Resilience is a four-university research effort, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation with support from the US Army Corps of Engineers, examining four vulnerable urban sites along the North Atlantic coast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Associate Professor Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, the Principal Investigator for the CCNY team, is proposing a strategic set of recommendations supporting coastal resiliency at Jamaica Bay, inclusive of the Rockaway Peninsula, the central marsh islands, and the tributary inlets at the back bay perimeter. This resiliency plan seeks to address social, environmental, and infrastructural vulnerability, with a focus on novel strategies of salt marsh island restoration within the bay. A resilient marsh ecosystem provides coastal storm risk reduction to adjacent communities through wind fetch reduction and wave attenuation. The City College team is comprised of recent graduates Kjirsten Alexander (MLA ’12) and Danae Alessi (MLA ’13), as well as current MLA graduate student Eli Sands.
On Friday 19 September, ten first-year MLA students participated in the 2014 Park(ing) Day festivities, a daylong, international “happening” in which people transform parking spaces into temporary public space. With support from the NY Chapter of the American Association of Landscape Architecture, the students converted two spaces in West Harlem, one focused on reflective power and another on hydrology.
ACSA Steel Design Competition Awards
Congratulations to the students whose projects from the Spring 2014 fourth-year B Arch studios won awards in this year's ACSA Steel Design Competition! The competition program was to design an international border crossing.
A project from Martin Stigsgaard's studio by Donovan Dunkley, Vail Nuguid, and Alexia Sanchez won first place: Kyrgyzstan-China Border Crossing. One from Joan Krevlin's studio by Joan Battle was awarded an honorable mention: Smart Door-Sculpture in the Landscape (at left).