Category Archives: Policy Pulse

CLP 2017 Inaugural class: (l-r) Ayodele Yusuf, Jenna Leigh Wandishin, Daniel Horn (back row), Michael Caton, Michaela Metcalfe, Christina Hernandez, A.L. Hu, Shilpa Patel, Jack Dinning, Jessica Morris. Credit: Center for Architecture
Policy Pulse by • 07/13/17

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: Read More

Hyper-Efficient Building Workshop on 06.14.17 and 06.15.17. Credit: Center for Architecture
Policy Pulse by • 06/28/17

Policy Pulse: New Hyper-Efficient Building Training Launches

When New York City passed Local Laws 31 and 32 last year, the groundwork was laid to make NYC-owned buildings among the most efficient in the country. Specifically, Local Law 31 requires that new municipal buildings use 50% less energy compared to code or the median energy use for buildings of that type in New York – radically more efficient than most buildings under construction. Through these laws, most new city buildings and major retrofits must achieve LEED Gold status. Read More

Courtesy of the Center for Active Design.
Policy Pulse by • 06/14/17

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. Read More

AIANY representatives at AIA New York State's "Architects in Albany Advocacy Day." Credit: Center for Architecture
Policy Pulse by • 05/31/17

Policy Pulse: 2017 Architects in Albany Advocacy Day

On 05.17.17, AIA New York State held their annual “Architects in Albany Advocacy Day,” which brings volunteer architects from across the state together at the Capitol for an intense day of meetings with legislators. AIA representatives met with top State Senators, Assembly Members, and their teams to advocate for some of the most pressing issues facing the architecture profession. Read More

Join us for FitCity 2017! Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park by Thomas Balsley Associates and WEISS/MANFREDI. Credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto.
Policy Pulse by • 05/17/17

Policy Pulse: FitCity 2017

FitCity 2017 will take place on 06.06.17 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Hosted by AIA New York and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the FitCity conference champions the role of Active Design in building strong and sustainable communities. Since 2006, FitCity has served as a platform for exchanging ideas, informing strategies, and advancing a community of practice to promote health through the design of the built environment. Read More

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Policy Pulse by • 05/04/17

Policy Pulse: AIANY Launches New Civic Leadership Program

AIA New York has launched a new initiative to cultivate and train the next generation of civic leaders in our profession. Conceived by the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee, the Civic Leadership Program (CLP) will develop an inaugural class of emerging professionals into astute advocates on issues that impact their profession, community, and themselves. Read More

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Policy Pulse by • 04/21/17

Policy Pulse: AIA Urges Policymakers to Keep Carbon Neutral Goals

In advance of Earth Day on 04.22.17, the AIA issued eight principles governing how architects can mitigate climate change and urged the federal government to protect policies designed to conserve energy and reduce carbon in the built environment. Read More

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Policy Pulse by • 04/05/17

Policy Pulse: AIA Releases Disaster Assistance Handbook

As the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches this fall, AIA has released a significantly enhanced version of its Disaster Assistance Handbook that will serve as a go-to resource for architects, built environment professionals, municipal government officials, and emergency managers involved in disaster mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. The revised handbook also serves as a step-by-step guide for maximizing architects’ unique skills in addressing each phase of the disaster cycle. Read More

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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 to say, in one voice: “We are architects. We build your homes, your schools, your hospitals, your offices and your houses of worship. 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