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  • May 26, 2018
    Community Engagement: Creating Success Where it Counts

    “You are not a profession that has distinguished itself by your social and civic contributions…” Whitney M. Young Jr. famously and provocatively stated when he gave the keynote speech at the AIA convention of 1968.

    How much has changed since then? Have we begun to make significant contributions to solutions for our communities? To issues of diversity, gentrification or general inequality that face the people affected by our building projects or in our neighborhoods?

    At this lecture, the renowned Majora Carter—MacArthur Fellow, urban revitalizer and TED talker—talked about her community work. She discussed her personal decision to work with her South Bronx community to help it thrive by working locally, together with neighbors and community. She showed by example how she has helped design professionals understand the array of overlooked opportunities in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities—BEFORE picking up a pencil or creating policy.

    Can we do this in our own daily work? Susan Kaplan started off with a discussion of how much can actually can be done in a building project—how we can have huge positive impact in other people’s daily lives, become the advisors and professionals that help clients see the risks in NOT addressing social issues that are part and parcel of any project, and help clients shine to investors, government officials and potential employees alike, by optimizing their commitment to issues beyond the bottom line.

  • May 10, 2018
    NYC Department of Sanitation presents: Waste is a Design Flaw

    MONDAY, MAY 14   5:00PM
    151 West 42nd Street (21st Floor)

    Every week, the average New Yorker throws out nearly 15 pounds of waste at home and another nine pounds of waste at work and in commercial establishments. Altogether, that adds up to more than six million tons of waste generated per year.

    What role do designers play in New York City’s waste ecosystem? And how can designers help the City achieve its ambitious goal of sending Zero Waste to Landfills by 2030? Join us to explore the latest creative solutions—from high-fashion textile up-cycling to new guidelines for building design.

    Kathryn Garcia, Sanitation Commissioner
    Heron Preston, Designer
    Clare Miflin, AIA, Co-chair, AIANY Committee on the Environment, part of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines development team
    Moderator: Jessica Lax, Van Alen Institute

    Please RSVP here.
    See more Design Talks NYC here.

  • March 1, 2018
    Zero Waste Design Guidelines: Lunchtime Learning Session

    Presentations on the Zero Waste Design Guidelines are available in office for Architects, Sustainability Consultants, Planners and Developers. AIA CEU 1 hour LU/HSW. GBCI 1 hr.

    3 courses are available: General Overview, Residential Building Focus or Commercial Building Focus.

    The Zero Waste Design Guidelines address the crucial role that design plays in achieving NYC’s ambitious goal, outlined in OneNYC, to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. As a resource to help designers, building operators, and planners, the Guidelines show how to dramatically reduce waste and work toward greater adoption of circular material flows. Treating waste as a resource rather than trash depends on our ability to easily separate and manage our waste. Applying design strategies to our current system of linear material use will improve sidewalks and buildings as it lessens environmental and social impacts in the city and beyond.

    The presentation will give an overview of the design strategies within the guidelines and show how the waste calculator can be used to estimate the quantities of different waste streams a building will generate.

    Contact Co-Chair Clare Miflin to schedule:


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