Courtesy of the Center for Active Design.

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.

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria provided an equally fitting setting to discuss designing and activating civic assets – like museums, libraries and parks – that promote social cohesion and attract diverse users. Now in its twelfth year, the annual FitCity conference champions the role of design in building strong and sustainable communities.

Over 300 attendees took part in the full day of engaging presentations, dynamic speakers, interactive training, open exhibits and walking tour, both throughout the venue and on social media using #FitCity. Highlights include keynote addresses from DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett:

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver:

As well as the “Civic Life Panel,” exploring community anchors in Queens:

The “Community-Driven Art Panel,” empowering citizens to shape their spaces:

and the “Design for Healthy Living” training from the Center for Active Design and the NYC Department of Design and Construction:

Big thanks to everyone that attended and participated! Videos from the conference to follow.

Pulse Points:

  • On 06.05.17, AIANY issued a letter opposing the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. AIANY has long been devoted to fostering a more sustainable and resilient built environment and affirmed our ongoing commitment to the mitigation of climate change. Read our full statement.
  • On 06.13.17, AIANY testified before the NYC Council Committee on Housing and Buildings on Intro 1307-A, a bill to amend the City Charter in relation to the minimum qualifications for NYC Department of Building inspectors (DOB). AIANY was concerned that the bill would reduce the qualifications of DOB inspectors, including those charged with the healthy, safety, and welfare of the public. Read our full statement.
  • On 06.15.17, NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is hosting their annual “Consultants Open House.” DDC will introduce their Project Pipeline, as well as highlight new contract processes and procedures. Topics include Project Pipeline; the Design Excellence program; site safety; changes orders; and deliverables. Register Here.
  • Registration is now open for the “Hyper-Efficient Building Workshops,” AIANY and Urban Green Council’s in-depth training on the design of hyper-efficient buildings and compliance with Local Law 31/32. The two-day workshops are limited to 25 participants and open to all architects, designers, engineers, and construction trade professionals. The next workshops are being held on 08.29.17-08.30.17 at the Center for Architecture. Register here.
  • Registration is open for SpeakUp 2017, AIA’s premier advocacy training event in Denver, CO. Running from 07.19-21.17, SpeakUp will unite you with other engaged AIA members to develop the skills you need to advocate for your profession and your community. Use your passion to advance positive change for the profession! Register for SpeakUp 2017 today.