Fit and Engaged

AIANY is continuing its work with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on FitCity 9 on 05.19.14. The ninth annual conference at The New School University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, will explore the alignment of Active Design with the priorities of the new mayoral administration, including the creation of affordable housing that promotes resident and community well-being and the safe and equitable access to active transportation and transit. A full program and list of speakers can be found here. FitCity 9 is free and open to the public.

FitCity 9 will continue on 05.20.14 at the Center for Architecture from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. The second day of workshops will give participants the opportunity to discuss issues raised on the first day, including how to make urban planning in New York City accessible. Please RSVP here. Continue reading “Fit and Engaged”

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”