Calendar of Events

Mon 04.27.2015

Edge Living: Micro Units, Live/Work Environments, and the Future of Urban Dwellings


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, APRIL 27

Where: At The Center   

This is the fourth in a series of events related to the presidential theme of Tomas Rossant, AIA, "Dialogues from the Edge of Practice." The theme intends to explore how architects are boldly enlarging the purview of the practitioner to bring their particular critical problem solving skills and design acumen to endeavors previously considered outside the traditional scope of practice. There has never been a time when the role of the architect has been more relevant as an instrument to shape culture, society, and positive environmental outcomes. “Dialogues” will engage the practitioners amongst us who are breaking rules, trying new things, and taking new risks—expanding the impact of the architect—and disseminate their experiences to our professional community.

In order to achieve Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing goals, architects and City agencies must work together to contain construction costs and time. Through the development of microunits and live/work communities, we can build more units on a single site and support the creative economy in all five-boroughs. These approaches could also serve the growing senior population.

Speakers will answer the questions: How should the mix of dwelling typologies in New York City evolve? What would these types of development require from a design perspective? A zoning/policy perspective?

This event was preceded by a think tank roundtable discussion with thought leaders deeply involved with advances in micro units, live/work spaces, and the future of urban dwellings.

Eric Bunge, AIA, Principal, nARCHITECTS
Michael Kim, AIA, Partner, ARExA
Miriam Peterson, Partner, Peterson Rich Office

Beth Broome, Managing Editor, Architectural Record

Peter Bafitis, AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Housing Committee; Principal, RKTB
Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Chair, AIANY Housing Committee; Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning


Co-Organized by: AIANY Housing Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and students; $10 for non-members. 

Speaker Bios:

Beth Broome joined Architectural Record as managing editor in 2004, following six years working in newspapers, most recently as managing editor of The New York Observer. Beyond architecture, she has written on a variety of subjects, including finance, food, and society and culture. In her current position, she oversees the day-to-day operations, planning, and production of the magazine and edits and writes on a range of projects. Originally from the Boston area, she is a graduate of Tufts University.

Eric Bunge, AIA
, is a co-founder and Principal of Brooklyn based nARCHITECTS and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. The practice’s ongoing work includes a winning design for My Micro NY - the groundbreaking adAPT NYC competition to design Manhattan’s first micro unit apartment building (in construction), Pierscape at Chicago’s Navy Pier, a competition-winning project led by James Corner Field Operations (in construction), and the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn. In addition to these projects, nARCHITECTS is designing buildings and public spaces in Calgary, Seattle, Columbia Maryland, Buffalo, Cleveland, and New York City. Other examples of recent work include Manhattan’s Switch Building, the ABC Department Store Facades in Beirut, Lebanon, and the bamboo MoMA/P.S.1 Canopy and Forest Pavilion in Taiwan. A Montreal native, Eric obtained a B.Arch from McGill University and an M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Michael Kim, AIA, is a founding partner of ARExA, a New York City-based research and design firm. ARExA’s team includes architects, interior designers, urbanists, brand wizards, researchers, and an animator. Since 2012 the firm has completed a variety of projects including the conceptual design and master planning of two Integrated Food and Energy facilities in New England, the rooftop GreenLAB for NEST+m School in New York City, and four urban Live / Work residential towers – all under various phases of design or construction. ARExA’s work was featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s Innovative Educational Design Expo in 2013 and has been referenced by the Wall Street Journal, The Real Deal newsletter, Archinect, Washington Business Journal, and The Huffington Post. Kim received a Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College.

Miriam Peterson received her BA in Economics from Cornell University and her Masters in Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture where she was awarded the William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal for the student showing the most promise in Urban Design. Her graduate work and professional research have focused on the interface between the built environment and its surrounding physical and economic context. Peterson previously worked at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects before leaving the firm in February of 2012 to start Peterson Rich Office. During her time at TWBTA, a practice with a focus on materiality and constructability, she played key leadership roles on notable projects including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia (completed in 2012), and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, a state of the art nanotechnology facility to be completed in 2015. She has been a visiting critic at The Cooper Union, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, and led the introductory architecture studio at Wesleyan University. She is currently a Lecturer at Yale School of Architecture.


Edge Construction: The Future of Modular
February 2, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Edge Sustainability: The Future of Architecture in a Changing Climate
March 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Edge Business: New Modes of Profit
March 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Edge Living: Micro Units, Live/Work Environments, and the Future of Urban Dwellings
April 27, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Edge Criticism: The Impact of Criticism on Practice
June 29, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Edge Collaborations: Creating Interdisciplinary Partnerships
August 06, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Edge Digital: The Interactive Building
October 05, 2015

Edge Architects: Expanding the Definition of Architect
October 29, 2015

Edge Education: Feeding Practice
November 30, 2015




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