• September 6, 2023

    Dear Committee members,

    The AIA New York Chapter (AIANY) and the American Society of Landscape Architects NY (ASLA NY) Chapter are launching the fifth round of the Transportation + Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards, which recognizes the design excellence of nationwide transportation and infrastructure-related projects.

    Launched in 2018, this national awards program specifically recognizes the unique characteristics of transportation and infrastructure work at all scales. The program recognizes the civic importance of this work, and fosters dialogue about related projects and their essential role within the public realm. This awards program is co-organized by the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the American Society of Landscape Architects NY (ASLA NY) Chapter.

    A qualified panel of jurors is being sought to review the submitted projects and help make this program a success. We are calling on you to nominate a potential juror who you believe is available, interested, and qualified. You are welcome to self-nominate. Once nominated, the prospective jurors will be contacted and the panel will be assembled. A nomination does not guarantee a place on the jury. Keep in mind that just as the Awards program is national, the jury pool can and should be national as well, so feel free to nominate candidates from beyond our membership.

    Jurors should have experience in the realms of transportation and infrastructure and/or civic architecture as clients, designers, planners, landscape architects, educators, advocates, or other related backgrounds.

    NOTE: Juror members as individuals and their current firms are precluded from submitting entries for award.

    Tentative Schedule:

    • Q3 2023 – Launch
    • Q3 2023 – Submission Deadline
    • Q4 2023 – Provide Jurors with access to submissions
    • Q4 2023 – Jury day
    • Q1 2024 – Notify Winners
    • Q1 2024 – Event to announce winners, panel discussion

    If you have an individual in mind, please provide that name/names and email address(es) to Aman Krishan, AIA, Gentry Lock, Jeff Dugan and/ or Tom Grassi, FAIA no later than Friday, July 28.

  • June 6, 2023

    Following the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s public program The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at 75: A Crisis in Context, radio station WNYC featured a discussion with several participants from that event. WNYC host Brian Lehrer spoke with Allen Swerdlowe, FAIA, specialist at the Fulbright Foundation and founding trustee of Brooklyn Bridge Park; Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for The New York Times and the author of The Intimate City: Walking New York; and Sam Schwartz, former New York City Traffic Commissioner, past President and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering, and author of the book No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future.

    Prompted by their host, Kimmelman, Schwarz, and Swerdlowe discussed the immediate crisis of the crumbling triple cantilever section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) and the urgent safety concerns prompted by that decay. The group then expanded the discussion beyond the BQE-adjacent Brooklyn Heights neighborhood to stress the importance of a holistic view that includes the sections north and south of Brooklyn Heights, areas where communities have far less resources than what’s available to residents of Brooklyn Heights.

    In the words of Kimmelman: “I’m hoping that what happens out of this is that we can address the immediate crisis and deal with the opportunity, as Allen says, ‘To reconnect the waterfront with this neighborhood and other neighborhoods throughout the BQE.’ That we also don’t get hung up only focusing on this little part of the BQE, [the triple cantilever] because that would be not just a missed opportunity, but a huge question of inequitable redevelopment.”

    A recording of the full broadcast discussion with Lehrer, Kimmelman, Schwarz, and Swerdlowe has been archived by the Brian Lehrer show and can be heard at the WNYC website.

  • Transpo And Infra Award LGA

    On April 25, 2023, the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the first in a series of spotlight events celebrating winners of AIANY’s Transportation and Infrastructure Design Excellence Awards.

    This program focused on LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B, a 2022 Merit Award winner in the Structures category. Held at the Brickworks Studio on Fifth Avenue, the event featured a lively dialogue featuring a panel of experts who shared their insights into what made LGA’s Terminal B an award-winning project.

    Moderated by Tom Grassi, FAIA, Project Director, HNTB, the panel featured:

    Laurie Balbo, LEED AP BD+C, LGA Program Manager, Port Authority of NY & NJ
    Taewook Cha, Principal/Creative Director, Supermass Studio
    Peter Ruggiero, LGA Design Principal, HOK
    Indhira Figuereo, Senior Vice President/National Aviation Market Leader, WSP
    Larry Giannechini, Deputy Director for Program & Operations, Public Arts Fund

    The Design Awards sub-committee is working now on a follow-up Spotlight event and the upcoming Design Awards Program for this year.

  • NLA Freight Case Study

    The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee previously formed a multi-committee task force, working in collaboration with Stantec, to research and author Delivering the Goods, a document that summarizes the impacts and opportunities of urban freight on New York City and includes recommended strategies to counter the burdens that goods movement impose on city communities.

    Recently, task force work has been included as a case study in the research paper ‘Industrial & Logistics: Can London Deliver?’ published by New London Architecture (NLA). The NLA report provides an in-depth look at the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the industrial and logistics sector, with viewpoints from key organizations in the industry.

    A full report download is available to NLA members. NLA provides non-members an excerpted PDF preview as well as a descriptive overview and outline.

    On June 5, a NLA half-day conference examined key findings in their report. The conference included discussions with representatives from international cities to address case studies from around the world that examine how to integrate industry into the urban fabric and what lessons can be learned.

  • Delivering The Goods Report

    In 2020 several AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members formed a Freight and Logistics Working Group to better understand the impacts and opportunities of urban freight. The group quickly expanded to include representatives from the Planning and Urban Design Committee, Committee on the Environment, as well as experts from freight, planning, urban design and engineering fields, including Stantec Inc.

    Initial work by the group focused on developing prototypical freight scenarios for New York City and was then followed by a series of listening sessions with key freight stakeholders including New York City agency representatives, U.S. and international city officials and planners, and industry and community representatives. Findings from prototypes and interviews were then incorporated into a series of design charettes hosted by a collaborating team of Stantec engineers and designers.

    Final results of the project, including original research, design strategies, and targeted recommendations were first shared at an AIANY public program and then published as a digital document: Delivering the Goods: NYC Urban Freight in the Age of E-Commerce. The document along with public program video documentation and related info are all available online at a dedicated AIANY Special Project microsite.


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