Museum of the City of New York



New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will lead a conversation among a wide-ranging group of thinkers about how New York City can tackle large-scale public projects in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, both effectively and fairly. With architectural historian Hilary Ballon, University Professor at NYU and curator of the Museum’s blockbuster exhibitions on Robert Moses and the Grid; Adam Freed, Director of the Global Securing Water Program at the Nature Conservancy; Adriaan Geuze, founding Principal of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (Rotterdam and New York); and Philip Orton, Research Scientist at Stevens Institute of Technology and an expert on storm surges and physical oceanography. Co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the AIA New York Chapter, and the Citizens Budget Commission.

From my perspective architecture is about buildings in context. Buildings don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re not just images, we can animate the way they actually exist on a street, in a neighborhood, a community, the way they look from different perspectives – the fact is that one is not just reviewing outsides of buildings but insides of buildings. They have to function and to see how they function is also a very important part of reviewing them

Charter Communication is close to take over Time Warner Cable at $55 million, which would make it as the largest pay-TV provider in South California. The acquisition is expected to be disclosed on Tuesday, considering more likely to clear regulatory barrier, compared to the present scuttled acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast Corporation, which is partly, as the combined firm is likely to look smaller with 17 million customers across the nationwide.

Reading Log 15

Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership Site Visit

Stoking a Hearth for Human Rights by Michael Kimmelman

  • author describes the building as “modest”
  • cost $5 million to build, funded by Jon Stryker, a K alumni and billionaire. Stryker is founder of the Arcus Foundation to “advance human rights and social justice”
  • the space is described as being “nonhierarchical, open, and inclusive”
  • built with a modern design that is not parallel with the other architecture on K college’s campus
  • the space was meant to be “an open space at the intersection of community, campus and the landscape, where people could hear each other’s stories”
  • “How does social justice occupy a space?”

The Urban Wild by Amy Waldman

  • Aquarium in Texas mimics natural surroundings of the bay around it
  • the architect, Gang, seeks to establish a strong relationship between nature and culture
  • “wanted to move from an aquarium that dabbled in conservation to being a conservation organization that has an aquarium”
  • seeks to restore wilderness into urban settings

These readings and video’s provided a much needed insight into the craftsmanship (craftwomanship!) of the Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership. Not only is it the only building dedicated to strictly social justice on a college campus but its design was also very intentional. The three wings of the building open up to the campus, the community, and a grove of trees, uniting all three in a collaboration of nature, leadership, and community. Despite various critiques I have heard from K college student’s about the building being “at the top of the hill” and therefore inaccessible, the aim of the building was to unite the community and the campus for the common goal of justice, and architecturally speaking I think it achieves this goal.  

First Ruth Toor Grant Won by Library Media Specialist at Clearview Regional High School

Arlen Kimmelman, library media specialist at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 American Association of School Librarians’ Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Kimmelman also serves as the current president of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Association of School Librarians.