• December 14, 2020
    Good(s) Shift: Revitalizing the Port of Newburgh. Student Team: Antonia Medina Abell, Hugo Bovea, Sharvari Raje, Tal Fuerst. Location: Newburgh, NY. Image: Student Team (Columbia GSAPP).
    Good(s) Shift: Revitalizing the Port of Newburgh. Student Team: Antonia Medina Abell, Hugo Bovea, Sharvari Raje, Tal Fuerst. Location: Newburgh, NY. Image: Student Team (Columbia GSAPP).

    The winners of the 2020 Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards were announced on Wednesday, December 9 during a virtual event! Submissions were evaluated by an esteemed independent Jury, and honorees were selected from a nationwide pool of entrants. Judging criteria included projects that display outstanding achievement in socially responsible, multi-modal connections between vulnerable neighborhoods, cities, and regions, and demonstrate excellence in transportation and infrastructure systems, such as equitable food and goods distribution; projects that shape, rejuvenate, and promote inclusive neighborhoods and cities, and improve pedestrian experience, health, and safety;  projects that display excellence in sustainability, resiliency, and climate-sensitive design; and innovative work, including the demonstration of exemplary new and emerging technologies or pioneering solutions.

    At this critical junction, a year in which global transportation patterns have been disrupted, with an existential threat posed to mass transit systems by plummeting ridership, and with the daily habits of mobility inextricably altered, taking this opportunity to recognize Design Excellence in Transportation + Infrastructure could not be more essential.

    Merits and Honors were awarded in four categories (Planning, Projects, Structures, and Student Awards) as follows:

    Structures – SR99 Tunnel Project, HNTB; Goose Creek Rest Area, VJAA

    Planning – Brightline, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

    Projects – Return to Service: Public Transit, AECOM; Brooklyn Bridge: Back to the Future, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

    Student Awards – Good(s) Shift: Revitalizing the Port of Newburgh; Three-Dimensional Urban Thresholds; A Porous Poche

    Please visit the Awards Archive for a full report.

  • August 20, 2020
    AIANY Web Newspage 1500x1000 2020

    The New York chapters of the AIA and ASLA organize an annual awards program to celebrate design excellence in transportation and infrastructure architecture. The AIANY + ASLANY Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards recognizes built and unbuilt projects for their design, innovation, and impact.

    Projects reflecting the partnership’s commitment to sustainability, community engagement, social equity, and civic architecture will be celebrated. The awards program, subsequent publications, and events will raise awareness about the critical role that well-designed infrastructure plays in our cities, our communities, and our lives. This awards program is co-sponsored by the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the ASLA NY Chapter.

    The awards program, first launched in 2018, has received over 100 submissions and has recognized truly outstanding projects submitted by national and internationally known firms in addition to smaller local practices. See the 2018 and 2019 award winners and jurors.

    The jury will be a diverse group of prominent professionals’ representative of the national design community. Each entry is judged for design excellence, and that the project has met its individual requirements or program. Entries are weighed individually, not competitively.

    Registration will open on September 7, 2020. Submissions will be due on November 2, 2020. See more submission details here.


  • December 2, 2019

    The AIA has responded to the federal government’s RFI on the climate crisis. This includes recommendations for sector-specific and cross-cutting policies.

    Read the PDF of the RFI response here: House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis RFI

  • July 28, 2019

    Download PDF: Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Framework | 2017

    As part of its mission of advocacy for quality planning and design of transportation and infrastructure, the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (AIANY T+I) developed this Policy Framework to support the goal of sustainable growth for the New York City Region. The framework builds on previous AIANY T+I outreach efforts related to New York City’s 2007 and 2011 PlaNYC Sustainability Plans, Superstorm Sandy recovery recommendations, AIANY’s 2013 A Platform for the Future of the City, public testimony on City and State legislation, and informal consultation with City agencies on proposed legislative and regulatory changes.

    The movement of people, utilities, and goods is essential to the quality of contemporary life. As the City approaches a population of nine million residents and a regional population exceeding twenty million, our aging infrastructure is increasingly strained to adequately serve the public.

    AIANY continues its role in helping shape the built environment by engaging in a public dialogue surrounding the vitality of the City and region as it strives to provide a higher quality of life for its residents, workforce, and visitors in the face of pressures of population growth, economic and social inequity, and environmental challenges. This Policy Framework is a snapshot in time of this dialogue.

  • June 20, 2019

    Assessing the Economic Impact of New York’s Failing Infrastructure. Hearing 2: Transportation before the New York City Council Committees on Transportation and Economic Development—November 3, 2014

    Testimony by Jeffrey Dugan, co-chair of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Transportation infrastructure, with long-term planning forms the basis for resolving many of the problems that the city faces today. In light of that we must plan for population growth, continued economic development, NYC’s continued status as a creative cultural capital, social equitability, quality of life and environmental stewardship.

    While the past decade has seen a remarkable collaboration among city agencies a good part of New York City’s transportation infrastructure is planned, maintained and built by entities outside city government. The City must continue to focus on City agency collaboration and reach out to our State, regional, and federal friends to forge alliances that will be beneficial to all.

    The interconnectedness of our five-borough city relies on its transportation system. As the storms Irene and Sandy proved, shutting down those transportation systems paralyzed the city. With our awareness of climate change and economic connectedness we must build on prior success to expand bikeways and bike share, continue a state of good repair of NYC’s infrastructure, continue momentum to complete partially-funded infrastructure expansion projects like East Side Access, continue to roll out Select Bus Service on heavily trafficked corridors, and expand transit options for neighborhoods lacking adequate options for access.

    New planning goals for the City should include better integrated land-use and zoning with transportation planning. Our work to increase affordable housing should be linked to expanded public transit options. Vision Zero and redesigned streets should be accompanied by improved stormwater management, increased pedestrian resources, upgraded bike paths, and improved signage and traffic management technologies.

    New York City’s transit system must keep pace with “world class” service. All options for funding these goals must be considered: federal and state, assessments on private development for public transport, public private partnerships and public funds.

    By developing and building with transportation in mind, improving street design for public safety and increasing access to underserved areas we will create opportunities for city residents, workers, and visitors. Architects understand the challenge and will be part of the solution.

    Read the full PDF of testimony here: City Council Testimony by Jeffrey Dugan


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