August 3, 2010
by: Emily Nemens

In this issue:
· AIA Launches KnowledgeNet
· New ADA rules adopted
· AIANY Media Round-up
· eCalendar

AIA Launches KnowledgeNet
On 08.02.10, AIA National launched KnowledgeNet. The site features blog posts, member profiles, podcasts, and conversation among members of the AIA community. Designed to connect AIA’s 83,000+ members and to help them share their experiences and learn from one another, KnowledgeNet will grow into a more robust network with more participation. To check out the latest in architecturally-minded social media, click here. To log on, use the same log-in information you use to get member-only content on

New ADA rules adopted
Twenty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act, and six years since the release of the 2004 Accessibility Design Guidelines (ADAAG), new ADA laws are coming. After Obama’s 07.26.10 announcement, designers will have six months until the rules go into effect. The revisions will synchronize the Model Code standards (ANSI) with the ADAAG. For the list of amendments, visit this page from the Department of Justice.

AIANY Media Round-up

AIArchitect looks to New York
Last week’s issue of AIArchitect, the publication of AIA National, featured Emerging Architects. Two articles highlighted the AIA New York Chapter. There was a profile on Darris James, Assoc. AIA, the recipient of the 2010 Associates Award. In another article, “AIA Components Expand Opportunities for Emerging Professionals” AIANY board members Megan Chusid, Assoc. AIA, and Mark Behm, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, discussed the professional development programs for associates developed by the AIANY Emerging New York Architects and AIANY Professional Practice Committees.

Rising Currents ReturnsWith the second Rising Currents boat tour on 07.29.10, more people started talking about the sunset cruise around New York Harbor. Read posts in Architizer and Capital New York.

Our Cities Ourselves — Exhibition Reviews
Our Cities Ourselves has been getting a lot of attention this summer, including a review in The Architect’s Newspaper , the Associated Press , and a feature in Time Out New York. More information on the exhibition can be found at

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.


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