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”

CLP Development Session III: Community Transformations through the Lens of Resiliency

As our co-existence with natural systems is pushed to limits, cities and communities are having to face some harsh realities. As was the case during Sandy, and most recently with Harvey in Houston, Texas and Irma in the State of Florida, we are witnessing the incredible scale of property destruction, severely compromised infrastructure, and the disruption of lives. Communities are now facing the prospect of long recoveries from the aftermath of these extreme events.

Appropriately, the third AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) development session, held on 09.08.17 and organized in two parts, focused on the resultant transformations these impacted communities will be forced to undergo, particularly through the lens of resilience. Part 1 of the session kicked off with a site visit to Wagner Park in Lower Manhattan, where the group was joined by Jamie Rogers, Chair of Manhattan Community Board (CB) 3, and Diana Switaj, Director of Planning and Land Use at Manhattan CB1. The group discussed anticipated lower Manhattan transformations: “The BIG U” Rebuild by Design Proposal + Wagner Park Resilience Plan (the former has since advanced into two key ONENYC Projects that have received federal funding), the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project (LMCR), and the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR). Continue reading “CLP Development Session III: Community Transformations through the Lens of Resiliency”

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”

CLP Development Session II: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement—Strategies and Struggles

“Engagement” is a term thrown around frequently by architects, but what does it really mean? Who are you engaging? For what purpose? How and when do you do this? How do you build consensus among a community, engaging all stakeholders in a collaborative way that allows them to express their feelings, goals, and values? How do you persuade others to listen? “Safe space” is a term that is rarely used by architects. What does safe space look like in different contexts? For whom is it important and why? How do architects create a safe space that is inclusive of all community members in order to productively engage? Continue reading “CLP Development Session II: Facilitating Inclusive and Productive Engagement—Strategies and Struggles”

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”

Challenges of Engaging Locally: Civic Leadership Program Opens Discussion

On 07.21.17, AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program convened at the Center for Architecture for the first of five development sessions. The discussion focused on civic principles and how they impact the practices of architects and architect-citizens in New York City. The program participants were joined by four guests. Continue reading “Challenges of Engaging Locally: Civic Leadership Program Opens Discussion”

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”

Civic Leadership Program Kicks Off

On 06.24.17, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee kicked off the Civic Leadership Program (CLP) at the Center for Architecture. Ten carefully-selected future leaders, the program’s inaugural class, learned about the origin, mission and objectives of CLP. They are also learning about AIA New York, the invited guest speakers, and one another. Arising out of the urgency created by the 2016 presidential election, CLP aims to engage emerging professionals with all levels of government by fostering their civic leadership skills. Continue reading “Civic Leadership Program Kicks Off”