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  • July 7, 2019
    The Waterfront Initiative: Accessible, Active, and Resilient
    The NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan aims at making NYC’s 520 miles of waterfront accessible, active, and resilient. Photo: STUDIO V Architecture/David Rahr.
    The NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan aims at making NYC’s 520 miles of waterfront accessible, active, and resilient. Photo: STUDIO V Architecture/David Rahr.

    The New York City Department of City Planning is in the process of writing the next Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, which will lay out the guidelines for the future of New York’s 520 miles of waterfront. The Plan is due to be published in 2020, and the city has appointed a diverse group of Waterfront Management Advisory Board members to advise and provide guidance as the plan is developed.

    An AIANY Cross-Committee working group between Planning and Urban Design, Committee on the Environment, Design for Risk and Reconstruction, and Transportation and Infrastructure has developed The Waterfront Initiative to bridge the gap between architects and the city during the process of writing the Waterfront Plan. Over the course of the next year and a half, a series of programming oriented around the waterfront will engage AIANY members and solicit input towards the formulation of the plan. The Waterfront Initiative will be critical to providing a platform for architects and design experts in New York City to express their points of view and experience from work on the city’s waterfront.

  • June 13, 2019
    Net-Zero Neighborhoods for NYC
    Scenario and scope-specific emissions relative to urban design-based CO2 equivalency reduction strategies. Credit: Yuval Eynath, Urban Climate Lab, NYIT (2019).

    An AIANY cross-committee working group between Planning and Urban Design and Committee on the Environment (COTE) has developed an initiative called Net-Zero Neighborhoods. Supported by a Committee Excellence Grant, the effort aims to exemplify standing committee objectives through establishing a best-practice visionary model for encouraging the achievement of carbon-neutral development in New York City by 2050. The initiative co-locates cross-disciplinary knowledge as it tests and supports a progressive sustainable development agenda. Findings will be shared publicly upon conclusion.

    Read more here: AIANY Net-Zero Neighborhoods – Summary_April’19

  • December 17, 2018
    PROJECT NY: An Integrated Platform

    PROJECT NY begins with a recognition of the City as the body of work of many authors—authors that, by and large, do not collaborate with each other directly.

    New York City has always been a city of constant change, responsive to the demands of pulsating economic pressures. In contrast to ad hoc measures of reactive planning, PROJECT NY sees the City as an indivisible and evolving organism, where the interrelationships of infrastructure, property development, public process, and design must be coordinated to ensure a healthy future for urban life and the preservation of the public realm. If we consider a set of projects planned for New York, even the simple delineation of public versus private creates a potential obstacle for coordination.

    In a sense, the projects in these distinct “silos” are virtually opaque to each other if no clear conduit is created specifically for communication. Further complicating multi-lateral planning, there are dozens of smaller agency silos within the public silo (silos within silos), and thousands of development companies and individual entrepreneurs within the private silo. Separated from each other, a myriad of projects are conceptualized, designed, and implemented with limited opportunity for interaction and integration with others—until, of course, they are built.

    The spirit of the 2016 reboot of the Planning & Urban Design Committee and Jeffrey Raven’s “Salon” format was to begin to counter this myopia. PROJECT NY is the central initiative of the refashioned committee and was first conceived as a knowledge-sharing and advocacy platform to initiate a “meta-awareness” between individual projects in the City. As the venture developed from position paper to prototype, it became self-evident that the most appropriate technological foundation for the project was a mapping platform, where both urban design projects along with the data foundations and research that support said projects could be aggregated and represented beyond silos.

    The PROJECT NY Leadership Team is actively pursuing start-up funding and development partners. Once secured, they will embark upon building the first edition of PROJECT NY platform.

    PROJECT NY Fall 2018 Summary

  • November 28, 2018
    Maker City & City Making

    Leading up to the recent Maker City & City Making panel discussion at the Center for Architecture, Planning & Urban Design Committee member, Jay Valgora contributed to the blog The Nature of Cities, exploring the topic of the Maker Economy, and how it is transforming the city.

  • August 7, 2018
    Meditations on the 100th Anniversary of New York City’s Zoning Resolution
    Featured in the "Mastering the Metropolis New York and Zoning, 1916-2016" exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.
    Featured in the "Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016" exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.

    On July 25th, 1916, New York City passed the first comprehensive zoning law, forever changing  how cities everywhere would be shaped. We asked leading thinkers and practitioners to reflect on:

    • What has the last 100 years of zoning meant to New York City?
    • How does zoning affect the City and your practice today?
    • What will or should the next 100 years of zoning look like?

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