Category Archives: Policy Pulse

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Policy Pulse by • 03/22/17

Policy Pulse: 300 Architects, Advocates and Leaders Attend AIA Grassroots Conference

Earlier this month, over 300 architects, advocates and leaders from across the country came to our nation’s capital and united in one voice that said: “We are architects. We build your homes, your schools, your hospitals, your offices and your houses of worship and we are concerned.” The context for this great chorus was AIA’s 2017 Grassroots Leadership Conference, this year held on March 8-10, 2017. The annual gathering brings together AIA leaders from chapters and components around the country, allowing members and staff the opportunity to provide input on AIA initiatives, share information and ideas, and agree on best practices with their peers from around the country. It also provides a unique forum for the AIA and its members to speak directly with their representatives in Congress. Read More

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Policy Pulse by • 03/09/17

Driverless Future Challenge

As widespread adoption of autonomous cars get closer to becoming a reality, so too does the prospect of major change to our build environment. Critical questions remain of how our streets, civic spaces, homes and neighborhoods will transform. For designers, this is a major opportunity to shape the future of the city.

In preparing for this tectonic shift, AIANY and Blank Space, the online architecture platform, are hosting the Driverless Future Challenge, a competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. Read More

The Forest House Apartments in the Bronx, recipient of LIHTC
Policy Pulse by • 02/24/17

Housing Policy: A Closer Look

Earlier this month, AIANY released a series of position statements to create foundational tools to refer back to as critical issues arise at the federal level. In collaboration with AIANY’s Housing Committee, the statement on Housing discussed the role of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the nation’s public housing system, and the impacts of federal polcies on New York City. Building off that work, we’re taking a closer look at the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), one of the most important resources for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Read More

Architects Advocate published an open letter to President Trump regarding actions addressing climate change.
Policy Pulse by • 02/08/17

Architects Advocate Open Letter to President Trump

Last month, the grassroots coalition Architects Advocate published an open letter to President Trump asking for his support of the design industry’s commitment to addressing climate change. The coalition is inviting firms across to the country to sign the letter and express their support to enact meaningful legislation to mitigate climate change. Read More

The New York Cypher of the nationwide Design as Protest event focused on new ways to use design in support of at-risk communities.
Policy Pulse by • 01/26/17

Policy Pulse: Design As Protest in NYC

On 01.20.16, the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted the Design as Protest NYC Cypher at the Center for Architecture. As part of a nationwide action on Inauguration Day, the charrette-style event connected activists, community organizers, architects, planners, designers, and artists advocating for social justice in the built environment. Similar workshops were hosted in cities around the country, including Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Oakland. Read More

The Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Policy Pulse by • 01/13/17

2017 Policy Look-Ahead

As AIANY begins the New Year, we look ahead to some of the major policy areas and notable events our chapter will be focusing on in 2017. As the representative of more than 5,500 practicing architects, allied professionals, and students, our primary focus remains supporting the future of the profession and allowing communities to benefit from the value of architecture. Through our mission of public outreach and the elevation of the profession of architecture, AIANY continues to be a vocal presence in public debates on policy issues and major projects in New York. Read More

Speakers of "Exploring the New Penn-Farley Complex"
Policy Pulse by • 12/15/16

New Penn-Farley Complex Revealed

On 12.05.16, AIANY hosted the design and development leaders of the recently announced Moynihan Train Hall, revealing many of the unknown design elements as part of the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex. Architects from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Michael Evans, president of the Moynihan Station Development Corporation (MSDC), were on hand at the Center for Architecture, presenting to a packed house eager to hear more about the much-anticipated project.  Read More

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks outside Trump Tower.
Policy Pulse by • 12/01/16

Policy Pulse: New York Elected Officials Weigh in on Trump Administration

State and local elected officials have been quick to react to the election of Donald Trump and his continuing transition into the White House. Governor Cuomo, an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, vowed to work with Trump while assuring New Yorkers their state would remain a “refuge.” Cuomo expanded in a post declaring: “The State of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before. As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign.” Read More

Office of the City Clerk
Policy Pulse by • 11/11/16

Lobby Law Update

On 10.25.16, The Office of the City Clerk issued a favorable advisory opinion to clarify language from the 2013 Lobbying Law impacting architects, design professionals, and engineers. The opinion was prompted after AIANY and other trade organizations requested clarification about whether applications for work permits from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) and preceding communication about those permits or other documents that are part of the normal construction process are considered lobbying. Read More

New York City Council expands reach of the Green, Greater Buildings Plan.
Policy Pulse by • 10/27/16

City Expands Building Energy Plan

On 10.13.16, the New York City Council unanimously voted on a trio of bills to expand the reach of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan to even more of New York’s buildings. This will extend many of the components of the plan to mid-sized buildings and thus nearly 60% of the city’s built area. Read More