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April 15th, 2013 | Read | No Comments


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Teddy Cruz: Conflict as an Operational Tool

The Syracuse School of Architecture curates an event every year known as the Graduate Sessions. A team of students researches the work of a given practitioner in order to construct an exhibit of the work and conduct a public interview with the architect. A subsequent publication is issued that combines the interview with documentation of [...]

April 5th, 2012 | Read | No Comments

Whitney Young 1968 Speech to the AIA

Keynote address by the Executive Director of the National Urban League Whitney M. Young, Jr. Not so long ago a group of miners suddenly found themselves after an avalanche entombed unto their death in one of the diamond mines of South Africa, starving for food and thirsting for water and the need of spiritual comfort. [...]

December 31st, 2011 | Read | No Comments

» Work

Movement on Main Competition

Movement on Main seeks to tie together the investments being made on Wyoming Street as a part of the revitalization of Syracuse’s traditionally impoverished Near Westside neighborhood. This street is anchored on the north by the new WCNY broadcast facility and on the south by the rehabilitation of Nojaim Bros. grocery store and the expansion [...]

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Near Westside Annual Report

The 2011-2012 Annual Report for The Syracuse Art, Literacy, Technology (SALT) District of the Near Westside is directed by the Near Westside Initiative Inc. (NWSI), a not-for-profit organization. Syracuse University and The Gifford Foundation jump started this initiative.

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» Research

Near Westside Neighborhood Plan

Conceived as an alternative to the conventional master plan, The Near Westside Neighborhood Plan proposes contemporary solutions grounded in the local assets of the community. It recognizes that the possibility of active urban life requires developing new design strategies that foreground the cultural, human, and infrastructural assets of a place – making the diversity and [...]

April 9th, 2013 | Read | No Comments

Storefront:Syracuse Venice Architecture Biennale Spontaneous Interventions Submission

Spontaneous Interventions: design actions for the common good is the theme of the U.S. Pavilion at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale (Fall 2012). In recent years, there has been a nascent movement of designers acting on their own initiative to solve problematic urban situations, creating new opportunities and amenities for the public. Provisional, improvisational, [...]

February 16th, 2012 | Read | No Comments


» Politics

Re: AIA PERSPECTIVE The Future for Education

The following is an excerpt from the March edition of ARCHITECT Magazine featuring a commentary from Clark Manus, FAIA, and 2011 President of the AIA.  Address the issues we have come to call Public Interest Design, Mr Manus references my article in Crit:70 Overproduction called “Reclaiming Architecture.”   “The fall 2010 issue of crit, journal [...]


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» Cities

Movement on Main Competition

Movement on Main seeks to tie together the investments being made on Wyoming Street as a part of the revitalization of Syracuse’s traditionally impoverished Near Westside neighborhood. This street is anchored on the north by the new WCNY broadcast facility and on the south by the rehabilitation of Nojaim Bros. grocery store and the expansion [...]


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» Action

Syracuse Works: Student Visions for the City

Syracuse Works is an unprecedented exhibition of student work in downtown Syracuse hosted at the student-run Storefront:Syracuse in September, 2011. The exhibition is titled Syracuse Works: Student Visions for the City, and is intended to open a dialogue between student-architects and the citizens of the City for which they are frequented designing.


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» Education

Intensifying Impact: Engagement Matters

Intensifying Impact: Engagement Matters North Carolina Campus Compact Tenth Anniversary Civic Engagement Institute Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 15, 2012 Original speech by Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor From Civil to Social Infrastructure: The Legacy of the Warehouse The Warehouse has been ideal as such a hub. It anchors a section of downtown that is [...]


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» News

Central New York lands $103.7 million for economic development

Originally Published by The Post Standard Article by Charles McChesney Albany, NY — Central New York landed the biggest prize, $103.7 million in economic development fund, at a ceremony this morning. The region’s economic plan was chosen as one of the state’s four “best plan awardees,” joining Western New York, the North Country and Long [...]


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