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  • September 12, 2019

    Please join members of AIANY COTE at the Global Climate Strike with Greta Thunberg next Friday, September 20, at noon at Foley Square, marching to Battery Park. RSVP for the NYC strike here.

    Read more about Greta’s visit here, or in the New Yorker. Email Gaby Brainard at braing@rpi.edu if you’d like to join and we’ll email you information and time to meet.

    Encourage your whole office to join, and sign up at architect’s advocate. To see public facing statements from other architectural firms, see this one from VMDO. Join us!

  • March 12, 2019

    Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of $30 Million “Buildings of Excellence” Competition to Advance Innovative Low- and Zero-Carbon Emitting Building Projects. The competition will include three rounds. Each round will provide up to $10 million, with up to $1 million available per project. The first round is focused on multi-family buildings. Applications are being accepted through June 4, 2019 with awards expected in the summer of 2019.

    For more information see press release and solicitation portal.

  • March 2, 2019

    DSNY, in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT), has released an RFEI seeking creative solutions for containerized refuse and recycling that will:

    – increase waste diversion, including by reduction, reuse, and recycling
    – reduce the volume of consolidated material set out on City sidewalks
    – reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with waste collection; and/or
    – improve the cleanliness of City streets and sidewalks

    The RFEI refers to the Zero Waste Design Guidelines, developed through the AIANY COTE and Center for Architecture:

    “Through this RFEI, the City seeks Responses inspired by the best practices as outlined in the Guidelines. Respondents should review Zero Waste Design Guidelines Chapter 3: Collection & Urban Design, which includes examples of best practices, including: sub-surface waste containers; “roll-on, roll-off” containers for private or public use; waste collection containers for public and/or private use; and freight distribution and waste collection micro-centers.”

  • Save A Sample! has launched Save A Sample! for Art with the goal of helping design firms donate unneeded materials to artisan programs—365 days a year!

    “We’ve always dreamed of saving great samples all year long. 2019 is the year we make it happen!,” says Suzanne Swift, Save A Sample!’s founder and president of SpecSimple.com. Save A Sample! for Art partners with top design firms throughout the country to help local artisans achieve their dreams to support themselves through their art.”

    It’s easy to participate. Design firms request a pre-paid mailing label, fill a box with great materials, and are matched with a local artisans program in their area. ​“Save A Sample makes it easy to avoid filling up our landfills and instead re-purposes materials to give them a new life,” says Helle Hodjat, Resource Director/Designer at Gensler. ​Artisans use the samples to create unique artwork.

    Sign up​ today at to be notified for the Save A Sample! for Art launch!

  • May 26, 2018

    “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.

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