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Policy and Advocacy | 3/18/19

In the last few years, developers have taken advantage of a number of zoning loopholes to increase the height of residential buildings. The most common loophole...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/5/19

The MTA’s inability to find a substantial dedicated revenue source, while keeping construction costs down, has long plagued the agency. After years of dealing with...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/20/19
Courtesy of Circular City Week.

Circular City Week,  March 4 - March 10, 2019, is a collaborative festival for events that promote a circular economy. Events and activities, hosted by an array of...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/20/19

Next Tuesday, February 26, New York City voters will be heading to the polls for a special election. Former NYC Public Advocate, Letitia James, was elected NYS Attorney...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/5/19
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.

Community board applications for most boroughs are due this Friday, February 8. Community boards are an important way for architects and other land use professionals...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/23/19

Democrats took total control of the New York State government after the 2018 general election, representing a major shift leftward. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/8/19
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.

Borough Presidents and Council Members are now accepting applications for those interested in serving on community boards. Community boards are volunteer advisory...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/12/18

Architects and elected officials have long discussed the need for mandatory retrofitting of existing buildings, particularly large ones, in order to reduce carbon...

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Policy and Advocacy | 11/27/18

With the 2018 Midterms over, all eyes in the political world are now turning towards the presidential election in 2020. 2016 saw Donald Trump, a New Yorker, elected...

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Policy and Advocacy | 11/13/18
US Capitol at dusk. Photo credit: Martin Falbisoner.

The results of the 2018 General Election, also known as the "Midterms," may have major implications for architecture and the construction industry. Democrats look likely...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/31/18

Earlier this year, Mayor de Blasio organized a Charter Revision Commission to examine potential changes to the New York City Charter. Much like the constitution, the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/30/18

This coming Tuesday, November 6 is the 2018 General Election, also known as the “midterm election.” AIANY strongly encourages its members to vote. You may check your...

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AIA National News, Policy and Advocacy | 10/23/18

This year, AIA launched the “Blueprint for Better” campaign, highlighting the role of architects as leaders in improving America’s cities, towns, and...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/16/18

Community boards have a significant influence on land use and construction in New York. While they do not have the authority to approve work, they serve as a forum for...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/15/18

On October 9, representatives from 27 firms gathered at the Center for Architecture for the announcement of results from the AIANY Zero Waste Challenge. Firms were...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/18/18

The Zero Waste Design Guidelines address the crucial role that design can play in achieving NYC’s ambitious goal, outlined in OneNYC, to send zero waste to landfills...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/18/18
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The past few decades saw an enormous amount of construction in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Nevertheless, the Bronx lagged behind the other boroughs, with the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/4/18
Photo: Matt H. Wade/ Creative Commons.

The New York primary election for state positions takes place next Thursday, September 13. Unlike other states, New York has two separate primaries, one for federal...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/21/18
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For years, elected officials and community groups have spoken about the need to close Rikers Island. Last year, the City-sanctioned “Lippman Report” was released,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/6/18

In New York City, around 70% of carbon emissions originate from buildings. For years, little was done legislatively to address the effects buildings have on air quality...

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