Unlocking Potential: Libraries as Hosts for Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced his initiative to provide free, universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) for all eligible children in NYC. To make enough seats available, the city must engage more community-based organizations. Branch libraries have been identified as ideal locations for UPK because of the existing programmatic synergies. On 06.12.14, AIANY hosted “Uncovering Synergies: A Design Charrette,” organized by AIANY and the NYC Department of Design + Construction (DDC), and sponsored by the AIANY Committee on Architecture for Education. The charrette explored how seven library branches in five boroughs can accommodate UPK by fulfilling the city’s varied requirements. This interdisciplinary exercise brought together representatives from the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library, relevant city agencies, non-profit organizations, and architects. Continue reading “Unlocking Potential: Libraries as Hosts for Universal Pre-Kindergarten”

Names in the News

The winners of the design100 2014 New York Design Awards, presented at Steelcase on 05.20.14 as the closing event for NYCxDesign, include: STUDIO V Architecture for Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway; Family and PlayLab for +Pool; STUDIOS Architecture for Shuttercock Headquarters; Gwynne McCue Interiors for Transformer Tea House Dining Room; and dlandstudio architecture and landscape architecture for BQ Green; Built/NYC at the NYC Department of Design + Construction wins the Design Champion Award. AIANY executive director Rick Bell, FAIA, presented a special award to the City of New York… Continue reading “Names in the News”

Lobby from Albany; Learning from Piers

AIA New York State 2014 Albany Lobby Day took place on 04.29.14. With a series of important issues to press, an enthusiastic delegation from AIANY took to the Capitol.

All of our meetings were informative and productive, but our meeting with Assemblymember Deborah Glick was particularly significant because she is chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the committee currently considering passage of the Good Samaritan Act. This legislation would provide protections for architects who volunteer necessary services to the public during disasters and emergencies, as determined by the governor. Following Superstorm Sandy, the need for this legislation was made very apparent when willing architects hesitated to respond without proper protections. This bill needs a final push to get it through the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Continue reading “Lobby from Albany; Learning from Piers”