AAP NYC spring and summer 2008 — the busiest yet

September 2, 2008

With 13 B.Arch. students in residence, and several on-site lectures and events, spring 2008 was a busy semester in NYC. Among the accomplished and varied faculty who taught at AAP NYC were the Spanish architect Iñaki Ábalos and his associate, Urtzi Grau, of Princeton University. Their design studio concentrated on the possible future uses of skyscrapers as related to the development of a Second Avenue subway line in New York.

Others who taught at AAP NYC were Jill Lerner (B.Arch. '76), Cornell trustee and principal at KPF; Ben Gilmartin of Diller, Scofi dio + Renfro; artist Oliver Lutz; Visiting Assistant Professor Dan Sherer; and Robert Silman ('56), founder and principal of Silman Associates.

While students in residence are the main users of AAP NYC, events occur at the center throughout the academic term. Lerner ran a professional practice workshop for AAP NYC in-residence students and students making a day trip from Ithaca. The AAP Alumni Advisory Council had a full day of meetings in the space and the Cornell Urban Scholars Program (CUSP) used the center as an orientation location for students who would return for this summer's CUSP session.

AAP NYC was the setting for a roundtable discussion between Peter Eisenman and Kenneth Frampton titled "Architects as Critics/Critics as Architects," which was moderated by Sherer. Professor John Zissovici lectured on "Google Earth: Rethinking the City Through Its Image."

During the summer, the Cornell Urban Scholars Program used the AAP NYC center as a home base, and 12 M.Arch.2 (postprofessional) students completed their third and final term of their program, using New York City, and specifically, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, as their laboratory. Visiting Assistant Professor Mark Morris oversaw the program, and other instructors including Zissovici, Professor Mark Cruvellier, and Sanford Kwinter, as well as guest lecturers Kathy Battista, and Alexandros Washburn. James Biber (B.Arch. '76), principal at Pentagram, led the studio. Professor Emeritus Victor Kord led a group of students on a tour of Chelsea's art galleries.

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