Of, By and For the People

On 09.25.17, members of AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program are hosting the first of two public events, Of, By, and For The People: Grassroots Movements and Policy Transformations, at the Center for Architecture. With an intense focus on civic action in the United States today, “Of, By, and  For The People” will feature practitioners from across the country whose work operates in a manner that broadens our understanding of what it means to be a Citizen Architect. Continue reading “Of, By and For the People”

DOB Proposes Rule for Additional Fees

Last month, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) proposed a new rule that would introduce additional fees for processing variations, pre-determinations, and appeals. According to the DOB, these fees would “cover the administrative costs incurred by the Department in reviewing these requests and appeals.” The proposed additional fees include $1,000 for a variation or pre-determination request and $2,500 for an appeal. Continue to read the full proposed rule.

A coalition of industry organizations, including the New York State, Bronx, Brooklyn, New York, Queens, and Staten Island chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of American Registered Architects – New York Council (SARA|NY), Architects Council of New York (ACNY), American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York), and New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) have joined together to voice concern over these proposed fees. Continue reading “DOB Proposes Rule for Additional Fees”

Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse

Since the election of President Trump, New York and cities across the country have been host to a rising groundswell of protests​ in streets, parks, plazas, and other public space​s at levels unseen since the 1960s. Data collected by New Yorkers for Parks show at least 189 confirmed actions citywide between​ January​ ​​and​ ​May, totaling over half a million attendees. This renewed focus on the public realm calls into question how planners and designers can respond and engage with issues related to the civic commons. Continue reading “Public Spaces, Social Movements: How Planning and Design Can Shape Public Discourse”

Policy Pulse: City Approves Midtown East Rezoning

On 08.09.17, New York City Council approved the long-awaited rezoning of Midtown East. The plan, originally proposed in the twilight of the Bloomberg Administration, allows the development of new, modern office buildings throughout the city’s largest business district in exchange for improvements for pedestrians and commuters. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: City Approves Midtown East Rezoning”

Policy Pulse: AIA Hosts Annual SpeakUp Event

The AIA brought 150 architects, students, emerging professionals, small- and large-firm owners and other practitioners together in Denver, Colorado, last week for its inaugural SpeakUp event, a three-day-long workshop to teach tactics for advocacy around legislative topics related to architecture and the built environment. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: AIA Hosts Annual SpeakUp Event”

Policy Pulse: Announcing 2017 Civic Leadership Program Class

AIA New York and the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) are pleased to announce the 2017 class of the Civic Leadership Program (CLP). The ten talented and socially committed young professionals will participate in a year-long training program to help them develop the skills to become civic leaders: Continue reading “Policy Pulse: Announcing 2017 Civic Leadership Program Class”

Policy Pulse: New Hyper-Efficient Building Training Launches

When New York City passed Local Laws 31 and 32 last year, the groundwork was laid to make NYC-owned buildings among the most efficient in the country. Specifically, Local Law 31 requires that new municipal buildings use 50% less energy compared to code or the median energy use for buildings of that type in New York – radically more efficient than most buildings under construction. Through these laws, most new city buildings and major retrofits must achieve LEED Gold status. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: New Hyper-Efficient Building Training Launches”

Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017 Lands in Queens

On 06.06.17, AIANY hosted our annual FitCity conference with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. FitCity 2017 showcased Queens, New York’s largest and most diverse borough, a fitting backdrop for exploring how designers, policymakers, public health professionals, community advocates, and funders are working hand-in-hand with local residents to reimagine civic assets and foster community engagement. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017 Lands in Queens”

Policy Pulse: 2017 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day

On 05.17.17, AIA New York State held their annual “Architects in Albany Advocacy Day,” which brings volunteer architects from across the state together at the Capitol for an intense day of meetings with legislators. AIA representatives met with top State Senators, Assembly Members, and their teams to advocate for some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: 2017 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day”

Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017

FitCity 2017 will take place on 06.06.17 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Hosted by AIA New York and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the FitCity conference champions the role of Active Design in building strong and sustainable communities. Since 2006, FitCity has served as a platform for exchanging ideas, informing strategies, and advancing a community of practice to promote health through the design of the built environment. Continue reading “Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017”