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  • 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

    Summary
    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

  • August 22, 2018

    In early 2007 the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee initiated a series of committee meetings and workshops with the goal of providing an evaluation of the City’s PlaNYC 2030 transportation initiatives by the professional design community.

    To provide context for the response, we offer a series of overall planning principles for a better city, developed by New York New Visions during their complimentary efforts, as well as five more detailed transportation principles.

    The response identifies the need to develop priorities, both to demonstrate that successful strategies can be achieved with “early action” plans and to sustain the longer-term programs or projects that will extend over many years and decades. The costs and benefits along with the need for public support, political capital and funding resources must be considered when establishing the priorities.

    Following this, the response analyzes the 16 transportation initiatives introduced in PlaNYC along with observations and comments. During the AIA/NYNV workshops, 4 additional initiatives were developed which could reinforce the goals of the City. We suggest that these be considered for incorporation when updating the plan in the future.

    This report was written by the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and adopted by AIA New York as an official position in March 2008.

    Read the PDF of the report here: PlaNYC 2030 Transportation Initiatives: Response and Recommendations

  • After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, AIA New York spearheaded a large set of collaborators to investigate the short, intermediate and long-term impacts of the storm and the escalating effects of climate change on New York City.  The precedents from other cities and regions that have suffered similar events serve as a best practices from which we can rely as we begin to build back better and smarter.

    Superstorm Sandy revealed that we have created a hard-to-defend interconnected built environment consisting of fragile land-use patterns, transport systems, storm water management and existing buildings.

    The goals and opportunities contained within the Post-Sandy Initiative will help reverse the vulnerability we have inherited from centuries of misguided development. Key concepts and findings include:

    • Defensive TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE planning with simple adaptive efforts and passive solutions.
    • Address HOUSING to define the unique needs of multi-family buildings during extreme events to affect appropriate support from centralized agencies, training and urban planning in flood zones / coastal areas that could increase community resiliency.
    • CRITICAL FACILITIES & BUILDING’S like hospitals, police and data centers must be able to withstand the effects of a disaster and remain in operation. Strategies of vulnerability assessments, technology updates and implementation plans are outlined.
    • Cultural attitudes now favor attempts to soften rather than harden WATERFRONT If we are to continue to adapt, we will need to be even more versatile in designing coastal built environments.

    The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was responsible for the development of the Transportation and Infrastructure portion of this paper, which won an AIA National Award for advocacy.

    Learn more about the Post-Sandy Initiative here.

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